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Are You an INTJ – The Logical and Creative Mastermind

Are You an INTJ – The Logical and Creative MastermindUpdated on November 8, 2021 | Published on October 3, 2021
Reviewed by Dr. Nereida Gonzalez-Berrios, MD, Certified Psychiatrist

INTJ Personality Type – The Logical and Creative Mastermind

Human beings have an intrinsic need to know the type of person they are. Or to be more precise about the type of personality they possess. Isn’t it so? 

Online personality tests and quizzes to know your personality type is easily accessible these days. As such you may be interested to know your specific typology and the personality traits that you possess to become successful in life.

Do you think you are intuitive and focused, full of creative ideas, can plan strategically, and decide with logic and reasoning? Then you must be an INTJ.

This personality type, though rare, is an interesting type to explore in detail because they generate innovative ideas and brand new possibilities to shape their life in this present-day contemporary world.

In this article, we will discuss the various facets of this extraordinary and unusual type of personality and you can find out whether you are really the one INTJ amongst the small number of them around you.

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INTJ – Meaning and personality type

SUMMARY
An INTJ stands for Introverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, and Judging personality type. They are logical, creative, ambitious, dominant, progressive thinkers, and always decide with rationality. A typical INTJ is an explorer with booming ideas to work with; they plan with a vision and accomplish things with hard work, passion, and commitment.

INTJ personality type is one of the 16 personality types described in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) typology. The personality type is an intellectual nerd, who is smart, thoughtful, possess a high IQ, and is a systematic planner; yet they are considered uninteresting, frivolous, and less cheerful.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator was developed by Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers.

It would be a mistake to consider them dull and boring because, under the cover of their questioning and analytical mind, they possess good social sharpness, and can delight others with their wit and pure humor. Quite a poles apart personality. Right?

The acronym INTJ personality type is described as follows:

  • Introverted – Reserved, quiet, introspective, and likes to be alone
  • iNtuitive – They love to play with brand new ideas, explore innumerable opportunities, and look at the bigger picture of everything rather than only scrutinizing the details.
  • Thinking – Deep thinkers, organized, efficient planners, and decide everything based on logic and reasoning. INTJ’s are typically proficient in problem solving.
  • Judging – INTJ personalities are organized and relate facts with intuitions to decide and judge people around them and situations they are in.

INTJ personality types are ambitious and they are commonly referred to as ‘masterminds’, ‘Strategist’, and ‘architect’.

The typical personality traits that make up the INTJ personality type are:

  • Analytical
  • Confident 
  • Logical and ambitious
  • Plans with a definite purpose and goal in life
  • Organized and systematic
  • Deep thinkers with a strong sense of intuition
  • Rational, focused, and goal-oriented

What if you are an INTJ?

If you are an INTJ personality type, you will always find yourself exploring new things and connecting your head and heart to decide upon important issues of life. You will plan perfectly and will be focused to achieve whatever you have cherished.

You will delve deep into the issue at hand, yet will look at the bigger picture as well. For you, accomplishment is a habit because you never wish to fail.

Others may think you are a boring and dull person because you’ll love to be alone and hardly will enjoy social gossip and backbiting spree.

You are a capable dreamer and a go-getter in delivering the best results. Being An INTJ, you will have the willpower and intelligence to achieve victory in the toughest of situations.

People will always consider you an unimaginative and mediocre person unless they know you personally because you are a quiet person who appears unexciting and dry as dust.

Being an ‘architect’, you will defy conventional expertise and knowledge and will create a masterpiece idea of your own. You will be guided by intuition and analogical thinking in delivering the best output possible.

You will never be afraid to break the rules and make a breakthrough discovery of your own. FOr you, there will always be a better way of doing things. 

Your passion, dedication, and perseverance are the strengths that help in successful goal accomplishment.

Being an INTJ is not easy because you will be criticized for being unconventional and haughty. Others may misunderstand you as socially isolated, fuzzy, and authoritarian. 

As you will say things in front and will never resort to white lies, you will never win the hearts of many in social setups.

You may be considered rude, impolite, and mannerless as well. Though it won’t bother you much because you’re intuitive and lonely by nature. 

You will not mind doing things alone and living a quiet life away from the limelight of society. In a nutshell, you are a mixed bag of traits that are full of contrasts.


Why is INTJ also known as ‘architect personality type’?

The INTJ type personality is known as the architect in the subtype INTJ-A, where ‘A’ stands for an architect. The other subtype is INTJ–T, where T stands for ‘Turbulent’.

INTJ-A is one of the rare types in the 16 personality types developed by mother-daughter duo Myers-Briggs in 1960. 

Their work is based on the type theory of Carl Jung, though they extended Jung’s work in categorizing people according to the four key dichotomous dimensions such as:

  1. Introversion Vs Extraversion
  2. Sensing Vs Intuition
  3. Thinking Vs Feeling
  4. Judging Vs Perceiving

The term ‘architect’ was first used in the 16 personality type theory of Myers-Briggs. They are called so because they are master thinkers who are intuitive, logical, progressive, and goal-oriented at the same time.

The architect is a planner and a designer of his/her fate. They make things happen and never wait for good luck and favorable times to do things for them. They possess a curious mind, yet private and quiet within.

They need time to recharge themselves by spending time inside their comfort zone, yet they continuously seek improvement for themselves and the world around them.


INTJ personality traits (25 Signs that you are INTJ personality type)

In this section, we will discuss the chief signs of an INTJ personality type. If you feel that your innate nature matches with most of the signs discussed below, you can be an INTJ. So, let’s check out.

1. Intelligent and curious

INTJ people are born explorers. As they think out of the box, they are intelligent, curious, and love to create genuine ideas. INTJs are lifelong learners, they take pride in their knowledge about diverse topics and subjects. 

They widen their knowledge through reading and exploring ideas for logical reasoning and problem-solving.

2. Ambitious and goal-oriented

An INTJ is ambitious and focused only on things that matter. They attain perfection with their hard work and passion. They can even achieve tough and impossible tasks that others find difficult to achieve.

Being ambitious, they always improve their skills to keep pace with the changing time. They make use of every small opportunity for growth and innovation.

3. Challenges tests their tenacity

For an INTJ, challenges become life lessons to be learned. It motivates them to stretch their boundaries and learn new things. These individuals can remove obstacles in life easily that others find hard to overcome, being unbeatable and unstoppable always.

4. INTJ’s possess thinking minds

INTJ’s are master thinkers. They analyze every problem in detail and also as a whole to come up with innovative ideas to approach the problem.

They seek answers to the queries about ‘self’ and others. For them, life is like a game of chess. Each move needs to be considered many times before making the ultimate decision. For this reason, they make minimal mistakes in the work they do and shine professionally.

5. A lonely time is their trump card

INTJ personality types are the people who prefer to be with themselves because they are reserved, quiet, and introspective. 

An INTJ focuses on deep thinking processes. They live in their minds for a long time that helps them to come up with some great ideas to work with. 

6. Deep conversations are their favorites

INTJ types like to be involved in deep conversations about various topics. It could be science, global politics, history, or anything that requires a lengthy exchange of ideas.

They prefer detailed analysis of everything they talk about. Usually, these individuals hate small talk because they may find it boring and a waste of time.

Since they love to be involved in deeper conversations, they are master storytellers. They can talk for hours if they find the topic interesting and exploratory.

7. INTJ’s are competent people with an amazing mind

INTJs”s are born with diverse qualities. They can do many things together. They are usually jack of all trades. You may find an INTJ who excels in science and technology and at the same time is good in linguistics, music, or even sports.

8. They are born leaders and capable of guiding others in great ways

Most INTJ’s possess a bold character, though they appear meek and timid. They can lead others perfectly as if born leaders who know how to bring out the best from others working with them. They grow themselves as well as help others to flourish.

You may find an INTJ willing to change the system if they think it’s not working well. They are least bothered about what others think and feel about them. 

9. INTJ’s are independent and loves to be like a free bird

These personality types are independent and know to lead their lives all by themselves. They go against typical conventions and dogmas of society if they feel it’s not worthy. 

They prefer doing things on their own and will relate to those whom they find intellectually stimulating and able. They can motivate themselves to pursue the hardest of tasks all alone without anyone’s help.

10. INTJ’s are inquisitive 

They have an incredibly curious mind that can question anything and everything they see or hear. These people are interested to know the nitty-gritty of how things work and how life functions in general.

11. INTJ’s seem to be socially unfit

Most INTJs are considered haughty and arrogant by others in society. These people do not follow the social rules that go against their ideology. 

They never like to spend a lot of time hanging around with friends or family. As such they appear unpopular and not much liked by others.

These people are honest and serious. They appear less emotional and more logical in dealing with relationships. Thus others misunderstand them as emotionally cold and aloof. 

They are social outcasts who do not fit in the so-called traditional societal framework because they get hooked on ideas that others do not like. 

The small chitchats of society are not for these bunch of intellectuals.

12. A hunch for inefficiency and things not working out well

Most INTJs will tell you that certain things in a specific scenario, whether in a job they are doing or elsewhere in life, are not working well. 

This happens because they can sense issues much before they happen. Their intuitive mind tells them that there could be some better ways to deal with problems. 

A straightforward and readymade solution to problems doesn’t interest them much. Have you ever come across such a person in your life? Or you think you are the one who fits in this.

13. INTJ’s love planning

These people will plan much ahead before their tasks get executed. Thus they are known as ‘strategists’. They will create a fundamental flowchart of ideas that need to be worked well and executed successfully to get the best outcome. 

Without planning, their minds may boggle with misplaced ideas lying here and there. Thus, they plan every small and big idea in a definite framework before starting with the actual work of accomplishing them in reality.

They try to get an overall big picture of their next course of action beforehand.

14. Improving on weak spots is a habit for an INTJ

An INTJ is ready to learn new skills to improve upon themselves. They strive to become the best in whatever they do because they are lifelong learners. 

They are open to new learning and upgrade themselves all the time, though quietly and without much shouting in society. They love the privacy and don’t like others to intrude into their personal space and private living.

15. A class apart

INTJ’s are the people who have a knack for high-quality things in life. They like elegant things that others may ignore. Being highly intellectual and inquisitive personalities, these people never settle for less.

They go on achieving things as much as possible, till their soul gets the satisfaction that it deserves.

16. An introvert with a complicated inner world

An INTJ is an introvert. They spend time in an inner world that is fascinating, yet quiet and thoughtful. They feel comfortable in this world because it is genuine and matches their values and priorities in life.

As they are reserved, they are less manipulative and no-nonsense. These people are serious with rich imaginations that are classy and not mediocre at all.

Maybe they have internal dialogues going on continuously in their heads that others never even try to analyze and understand fully. Thus, they are misunderstood as dull, arrogant, proud, and dominating.

17. Stubborn folks who are hard to be change

INTJ’s are inflexible in most situations. They think they know the best and will never do anything to change their nature. 

They take criticisms as foolish talk of others and do not pay much heed to it. These people are stubborn and rigid. They will never change their mind and will always stick to their point of you. 

In most situations, they win over others’ opinions, no matter how bad others may think and feel about them.

18 An emotional inner world dominates INTJ personality type

Contrary to popular beliefs that an INTJ is cold and less emotional, you should know that they are highly emotional, loving, kind, helpful, and loyal people. 

The outer covering of rationality and logic is hard, so others cannot penetrate and see what’s going on in their inner world.

They are emotional and have a soft touch to their personality that others cannot see because they always remain quiet about their feelings and never verbalize and clearly discuss life matters with others. 

Their quiet world is full of emotional mysteries that are hard to uncover by others.

19. INTJ’s are overly sensitive to rejections

An INTJ person will be hurt if their ideas are rejected, neglected, or avoided by others. Since this personality type is dominant from within, they cannot afford to feel good if rejected in social spheres. 

They carry the burden of being the best always while forgetting the fact that they may also go wrong sometimes. They feel hurt if they are betrayed or dismissed in some way.

20. INTJ’s are impulsive and stressed out

Most INTJ’s cannot handle the stress that seems to challenge their values. In such a situation, they may become impulsive and hyperactive. It happens because they will do anything to safeguard their values.

They believe they cannot afford to lose, thus will resort to something that helps them protect their beliefs, perspectives, and values. INTJ’s may become reckless, less focused, and uncontrolled in times of stress.

But no matter what happens, they will soon get back on track with renewed energy and vigor.

21. INTJ’s hate routine life

People with INTJ personality traits hate to follow the same routine. The mundane daily stuff does not interest them at all. It destroys their creativity and talents.

An INTJ looks for innovative things to explore every day, otherwise, they feel bored and cannot put their concentration into daily tasks. They do the same thing in a different way. 

They crave an inspirational life in which they can create new ideas and explore new opportunities to grow and evolve.

22. They have a hard time praising and acknowledging others

You may find an INTJ who never appreciates others. Since these people cannot express their emotions well, they find it hard to affirm and compliment other’s behavior and actions.

Thus, they are often misunderstood as haughty and arrogant.

23. Self-mastery and emotional control dominates an INTJ personality type

You will often see that people with an INTJ personality are quite bold and have a lot of inner strength. Rationality rules their emotions and they always try to control every aspect of their life.

They feel perfection is a habit and they can go to any extent to control their life. However, if they lose control emotionally, financially, or even socially, they tend to become insecure and vulnerable. In such a situation, they may start to feel like an incompetent person.

24. A hidden romantic side prevails that others cannot see

INTJ’s are misunderstood as cold and affectless. But they have a loving, caring, and romantic side as well. You are a silent lover who likes to read romantic novels, watching romantic movies and likes to read poetry.

25. INTJ’s forgets the names of their co-workers and acquaintances

Being a genius, INTJ’s often forget the names of people who they meet or work with. They are good at remembering the ideas of others rather than names. 

For them to know someone’s name is absolutely futile and non-significant because they judge others for their work and not for who they are.


Differences between INTJ and INTP

Both INTJ and INTP are similar personality types, so differentiating them is not an easy job. Both these types of Myers-Briggs typology are intuitive thinkers with a nudge towards introversion. Both are intelligent, dominant yet socially aloof.

It becomes an uphill task to differentiate between the two only by a first impression. They are a difficult pair to set apart only based on traits.

Let us look into some of the points of difference between the two:

INTJINTP
Efficiently plans and takes a calculated risk to achieve goals without the help of othersGenerates ideas and explores options given by others before accomplishing goals
They decide only when they are pretty sure that something is working out well in reality. They never make a compromising decisionINTP types are assertive and understanding. They stick to their decision yet can go for some compromises as well if they feel that others also have the right approach to do things.
Under stressful circumstances, you will find an INTJ escaping from reality. They will either do some binge-watching or may resort to eating awkwardly and drinking heavily. Their emotions will be internalized.An INTP will have an emotional outburst. They may show temper tantrums, monologues with themselves, or will brood about the stressful situation. This means their emotions will be directed outside. 
More focused only on few things that are intellectually stimulating, not all. Their passion more or less remains unchangeable throughout life.Usually has diverse interests and passions. INTPs can get attracted to reasoning on one hand to reading romantic novels on the other. Their passion for things are haphazard and changes with time
They secretly care and possess love for others. They are socially quiet and do not show off their concern about their loved ones.INTP’s can show that they care for others. They help their friends and care for their families without keeping it a high secret affair. They are more open and transparent as far as their social relationships are concerned.
An INTJ hates fuss and mess in their work. They are perfectionists and neither leave room to make mistakes for themselves nor with others.An INTP also doesn’t allow too many mistakes in their work, yet they give themselves and others some space to rectify the ordeal if any in the best possible way.
INTJ’s think straight and progressive. For them their introverted intuition makes them think in one line with a definite conclusion. Of course, they evaluate the pros and cons well before making a final decision. They do not give heed to what others say and mostly take a call based on what they think.INTP’s can lose their train of thought and can discuss various things at the same time. Their thoughts are not straight, rather get diverse in different channels. Usually, they carry out long discussions with others before making the final decision.

INTJ compatibility

An INTJ thrives well with an intuitive and organized person who prefers planning and order. The extroverted intuitive types such as ENFP and ENTP match well with them. These two types are deeply imaginative and they can complement the introverted nature of INTJ.

INTJS look for commitment, loyalty, and faithfulness in their partners. They always get attracted to a confident and self-assured person who can stimulate them intellectually with thought-provoking discussions on abstract topics.

INTJs are not casual daters, as such they do not like partners who engage in small talk, or is overly-emotional. The perfect compatible partner for an INTJ could be someone who can think about the future and can share long term life goals with them.

They look for commitment, loyalty and mutual respect and interdependence. The chart give below shows the compatibility summary of INTJs with other personality types.

Personality typeCompatibility when paired with INTJ
ENFPENFPs are lively, outgoing extroverts. They can bring new experiences and exciting perspectives in the life of an INTJ. Sometimes clashes may happen if INTJs remain rigid and never try to adapt with the easygoing and spontaneous nature of ENFP.
ENTPA good match. Both can stimulate each other intellectually with freedom of thought and expression
INFPBoth are intuitive and introverted types with wild imaginations, love for abstract ideas, but INTJs may find it hard to meet the emotional needs of INFPs.
INFJINFJ and INTJ can blend well because both are introverts with a strong gut feeling, they respect each other’s private space and alone time. Sometimes the INFJs’ feelings can overwhelm the INTJ.
ENFJINTJs will struggle to understand and deal with the emotional nature of ENFJ.
INTJTWO INTJs together are a kindred spirit. They will get along very comfortably with each other. Both have similar needs, viewpoints, and  thus can relate well with each other
ENTJBoth these types are ambitious and have similar cognitive functions, the extroverted ENTJ may complement the introverted qualities of INTJ. Sometimes ENTJ may appear dominating to an INTJ while ENTJ may get annoyed by the INTJs tendency to overanalyze every situation deeply.
INTPBoth are introverts, rational-minded and deep thinkers. They are future-oriented. INTP is less confrontational and direct but INTJs are close-minded and this may lead to maladjustment if not played safe
ISFPThese two types are not well matched until and unless they learn to adjust and give space to each other. INTJs are straightforward and emotionally numb, while ISFP are spontaneous, warm, helpful, and emotional.
ESFPESFP is carefree and easygoing. They may not relate well with the serious and committed nature of INTJ.
ISTPISTP and INTJ can have a harmonious relationship with each one respecting the other’s privacy, and interests.
ESTPESTP may not like the introspective and thoughtful nature of INTJ. Moreover, INTJs are organized and cannot easily show consideration towards the easygoing, spontaneous, and relaxed attitude of ESTP
ISFJINTJ may consider an ISFJ as overemotional. ISFJs may not like INTJs’ tendency to get lost in their thoughts and abstract imaginations.
ESFJBoth these types are very organized but INTJs are emotionally insensitive. They cannot give the same level of emotional care and support to ESFJs.
ISTJISTJs are reliable and practical and can be liked by INTJ. However, clashes may happen due to ISTJs conventional and traditional nature and INTJs unconventional creativity.
ESTJESTJ and INTJ do not have many similar traits. Thus, they may need to adjust and complement each other’s weaknesses to get along in a balanced manner. INTJs may like ESTJs sense of grounding and stability.
INTJ compatibility

INTJ Relationships

So far, a lot was discussed about the primary signs of an INTJ personality type. Now we will focus on how these rare and self-confident people excel in relationships.

An INTJ partner or spouse

INTJ partners are loving and caring, yet they prefer to give space in the relationship. They believe in growing together and find a quick fix to the relationship problems if any in their daily lives.

As lovers and partners, they are less fussy and take their family commitments and vows seriously. INTJ’s are not touchy by nature; so sometimes they appear cold, emotionless, and insensitive.

As INTJ’s are extremely intelligent and organized people, they want to relate with a partner with a similar personality profile. They do not want mess and 

This helps them to stimulate their thinking and intuitive understanding. In short, they would prefer to have another one exactly like them in their personal life.

For them, finding a compatible partner is not easy because they approach everything in life with a strategy, disregarding the inconsistency of human nature and emotions.

If they go on dates, you may find them insisting on open and honest communication that is boring, straightforward, and doesn’t have a touchy-feely expression to it.

Thus as partners, they are no doubt committed and helpful but less expressive and revealing by nature.

Sometimes dating may appear silly, purposeless, and a waste of time. INTJ’s are silent lovers. They never follow the conventional rules of romance like sending cards, writing love poems or celebrating Valentine’s Day with their loved ones. For them, showy business is a big ‘no’.

INTJ’s are loyal and devoted partners but never give up their individuality to safeguard the plight of their relationship. 

Dating an INTJ may be frustrating at times because they appear and behave cold, passionless, and impassive.

INTJ’s don’t fall in love easily with anyone. They are choosy and look for long-term relationships.

They are an open book that speaks everything about them clearly. Usually, they prefer honest and caring partners but will surely not look for someone who is too touchy or needy in love.

An INTJ as a friend

An INTJ chooses his/her friend by choice and not by chance. This personality type is not bothered about social popularity. Their self-esteem is high and would never do an act of pleasing to validate their thoughts, feelings, and actions.

In friendship, they prefer to have an equal who matches their ideology and can connect with them at a deeper level. They want a friend with whom they can enhance their creative juices and intellectual talents.

As they crave mental stimulation, they may get bored with people who cannot keep pace with their curious and exploratory minds. 

Thus, they will have a handful of close pals who understand them better. You will never find an INTJ hanging around with a big circle of friends.

For an INTJ, an ideal friendship is all about mutual respect, help, support to be given to each other. Too much show, fuss, and obligations in any relationship make them feel uncomfortable and distant and friendship is no exception to this.

Overall, they remain committed to their best friends throughout life. INTJ’s reward their friends with love, compassion, help, and gratitude as the need arises. 

An INTJ as a parent

Are you an INTJ parent? Then you must be like this. Right?

Being an INTJ, you will do everything to make your child become confident, self-reliant, and independent. You are a supportive parent who will guide them to unleash their creativity in the best possible ways.

You are not a rude parent, yet firm with your parenting rules and principles. Maybe you will help your child develop clear-cut goals, critical thinking skills, problem-solving tactics, and diverse interests than any other personality type.

You may not shower your children with too much affection, praise, reward, etc; but that doesn’t mean that you do not love them or care about their well-being. It just means you avoid being overly showy.

In such a situation, your little one may think you do not love them or appreciate them. Thus it’s advisable to express a little more than usual. 

You can hug them occasionally or praise their small achievements just to let them know you are emotionally present in the relationship. Do you feel it’s too difficult for you?

You will stimulate your child continuously to help them grow and become the best version of themselves.

INTJ parents are loving but not expressive. They never enforce rules that may turn into pointless discipline and do more bad than good. 

Unlike every relationship, you will prefer to give space in the parent-child relationship. You will teach them to use your trust and freedom given to them responsibly and humbly.

Being an INTJ, you will nurture curious and independent minds at home who are loving, yet less showy; grateful but not a people pleaser; confident yet assertive.

Parenting will be a stimulating journey with emotional challenges that you need to overcome. You will want to raise confident and capable children who can face every life challenge with ease and grace.


INTJ in workplace

If you are an INTJ personality type, you will pursue your professional goals with focus and dedication. You will set high work standards for yourself and others.

You will hate carelessness and negligence at work and as such you may not be liked by many team members or colleagues. As an employee and a co-worker, you are a go-getter and will complete your assigned job with the best outcome.

You will always set high standards of work for yourself and others. You will love to work freely and will hate pointless discussions and meaningless agendas at work. 

Sometimes you may disagree with your manager and may not restrain yourself from giving feedback to them; beware it may backfire at times and you may lose your reputation at once.

You are a respectful colleague but will never engage in canteen gossip, chitchats, or office politics because these are not for you. 

Though you belong to a team, you’re not a good team player. At times, too many team discussions and pointless conversations between teammates may appear a nuisance and waste of time. Most often, you prefer to accomplish tasks on your own.

You will never wish to pair up with a colleague who is less serious about his/her work. You would like to do things alone.

As a manager, you will be a great leader. Your teammates will respect you for your focus, organization, and generation of innovative ideas at work. They will love to work with you. 

You will consider those colleagues as equal to you if they possess critical thinking skills, and can be more creative and innovative just like you.

At the workplace, you are the master of efficiency and performance. Your work ethics are transparent and your dedication and hard work are unmatchable.


INTJ and career choices

Here, it is important to point out that any personality type can actually excel and shine in any job type. However certain traits of the person help to escalate their success in a better way.

Most INTJs work well in jobs that match their intelligent and critically analytical mindset. Most INTJ’s choose a career path that facilitates logical reasoning and solving problems creatively.

Though they may show interest in a lot of things around them they are quite choosy about their career goals. Some of their preferred career choices are:

  • Scientist
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry or biophysics
  • Economist
  • Mathematician
  • Financial analyst
  • Aerospace engineer
  • Network administrator
  • Architect
  • Lawyer or legal services

INTJ – strengths and shortcomings

Every personality type comes with a set of unique strengths and weaknesses that makes them authentic and genuine. When you know your personality strengths, you develop those skills to become better every day.

On the flip side, your weaknesses are an integral part of your personality type. Knowing these shortcomings helps you overcome them as much as possible so that you can live your life by choice and not by chance.

Now let’s see what INTJ’s are good at:

Their Key strengths

The key strengths are as follows:

1. Rational and logical

If you are an INTJ, you will take pride in your mind. You are logical from the core. Every opportunity in life is a learning experience for you. You can make the best use of this trait in achieving even the impossible.

2. Independent thinker

You are an independent thinker and a worker as well. You never mind working alone on a project. It makes you do things in unique and innovative ways that others may not even think of. 

You are creative and self-assured about doing things on your own. You possess enough self-motivation and can keep on doing things without the help of others.

3. Curious

You have a curious mind that wants to know everything. Your deep inquisitive nature triggers an urge to know many known and unknown facts that others may ignore quite often.

Being an INTJ, your thinking and intuitive mind look for answers to weird things. You will always remain open to new ideas and knowledge that satisfies your thirst for knowledge.

4. Informed and versatile

Being an INTJ, you are well informed and versatile. Your curious mind helps you to know many unknown facts. 

You will never base your opinions on hunches rather you would prefer to validate them based on evidence and proof.

You have diverse interests and can dive into many things together. You love to multi-task because you are versatile. You will always love to face challenges and will learn from them.

5. Determined and steadfast

Your determination and passion help you achieve the most arduous tasks. You remain bold and steadfast in times of adversities. Being relentless and hardworking, you strive to achieve your goals, no matter how challenging they might be.

You never feel frustrated, rather use it for accomplishing what you have wished for. Most INTJ’s are successful professionals because no task appears to them as daunting and taxing. 

They are confident of their abilities to overcome the hardships that may come on the way of progress.

6. Open to learning

Your key strength is, you are a lifelong learner. Your willingness to learn and make progress in life is unmatchable. 

You work on improving your skills and know-how by continuously updating yourself.

7. Strategist

You will always have a perfect plan before you start working on something. To put it in a better way, you are a born strategist. You will have many backup plans ready with you, lest if anything goes wrong with any one of your plans.

This helps you to overcome challenges and come out with flying colors whatever you do. As you are focused on results, you can easily see the loopholes and gaps in advance and will take steps to remove them on time.

So in the end, success will all be yours.

8. They are highly reliable, loyal, and committed

If you are an INTJ personality type, you will be responsible, reliable with your work commitments. You will deliver the best results in whatever you do.

At the same time, you will remain accountable for any mistakes or failures happening in the project. You will never thrust it on others by blaming them for what has happened.

You will remain dedicated to overcoming all hassles and make things happen in a unique way.

Their key shortcomings

Most INTJ have the following shortcomings that need to be eliminated or improved upon to become the best version of themselves.

1. Intolerant

INTJs”s are intolerant and cannot accept the fact that most people in this world are not like them. IT is not possible. They have a very shallow acceptance level about other people’s abilities and strengths.

2. Poor emotional expression

You are less expressive and thus no one can comprehend your emotions and feelings. You may appear cold and affectless in social situations. People may not like you for who you are, though you remain unaffected by it.

You are at discomfort if you need to express yourself. In relationships, you remain perplexed about how to express and respond to the love and care showered upon you by others.

3. Arrogant and critical

Sometimes you are arrogant and rude towards others in your personal and professional life. You judge others based on their performance only. 

With your high self-esteem, you may disregard others and consider them as inferior and worthless. You have high expectations from yourself and others and that makes you an over-critical person, who is haughty and never tastes setbacks and disappointments.

4. Poor social skills

This becomes your greatest weakness. You are never comfortable in a social gathering of many unknown faces. They hate surprises that do not meet their logical explanations.

As you like to discuss innovative ideas only, you may not like small talks and chit-chats that become a part of any social event hosted and adorned by commoners.


Cognitive dynamics of an INTJ personality (The Functional Stack)

Each personality type described in MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) uses a definite functional stack that determines the dominant cognitive dynamics of that particular personality type.

This functional stack is based on Carl Jung’s personality theory. A functional stack is defined as an order or series in which some specific traits are used dominantly by the person and few other traits are used recessively by the individual.

The natural and most commonly used cognitive functions become the dominant traits and others are auxiliary, tertiary, and inferior functions that play a supporting role in shaping a person’s overall personality type.

Most INTJ’s possess the following hierarchy of cognitive functions that build up their unique personality type.

1 Dominant cognitive function: Introverted intuition

  • INTJ’s use their introverted intuition to look within and create innovative ideas. Then they use logic and reasoning to establish those ideas into reality. Most INTJ’s possess this dominant function. It is the hallmark of their cognitive abilities.
  • Intuition and introversion helps them to deliver the best outcome by analyzing the cause and effect of everything.
  • People with these dominant traits are often explorative by nature. They do simple things in innovative ways.
  • As far as their memory function is concerned, they remember and recall impressions and the images more accurately than the details of the dream

2. Auxiliary Cognitive function: Extraverted thinking

  • In an INTJ personality type, extraverted thinking acts as a secondary cognitive function. This gives them a dominant and bold nature. It allows others to seek order and control from them. This quality also enables them to become a good and able leader.
  • INTJ’s are systematic and methodical in approaching problems. They are organized and plan much ahead before something is executed in reality.

3. Tertiary cognitive function: Introverted feeling

  • INTJ’s use introverted feeling as a tertiary cognitive skill. They are private people yet can mix with close friends or people who blend well with their values and ways of thinking and feeling.
  • People with this personality type are guided by their values and will relate well only with people who meet their expectations.

4. Inferior cognitive function: Extraverted sensing

  • This is a least developed cognitive skill that an INTJ may possess, yet it influences their behavior in a small way. This function enables them to experience, analyze, and process information based on senses.
  • It helps them to live in the moment and stay connected to their immediate surroundings. Their mind doesn’t wander here and there and stay focused where they should be.
  • This function also helps an INTJ to get different sensory and cognitive stimuli that they need to create wonderful and mind blowing ideas that others can envy and they can take pride in.

Famous INTJ people you may be knowing

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How to relate with INTJ personality (Tips to guide you)

Research studies have found that INTJ’s comprise only 2% of the population. They are not commonly found and they will always struggle to get like-minded friends and partners in their life,

If you really want to relate with an INTJ and make them your partner or companion, no matter what personality type you may belong to, you will have to know a few tricks that can create a magical relationship between the two of you.

  • You can share your long term plans and goals with them. This will be of much interest to them because they are born planners. They may give you tips and advice on how to make a good strategy and keep backup plans ready, if you fail in one of them. Slowly they may find you interesting and likeminded and the relationship can go far more than ever expected.
  • Try to keep pace with their dominant and logical mind. In no time, you may start to think like a fool in front of them. INTJ”s are witty, sharp, and hardcore intellectuals. They will pull you in tougher discussions just to see how much you know and how far you can deliver. You need to be really good at logic and reasoning to become one of  their close friends
  • Since INTJ’s have a complex mind, you really need to meet them personally quite often and bond with them at a deeper level, so as to know them better. Once you have won their hearts, they will remain committed forever.
  • Ask them questions that are based on science, logic, philosophy, etc. They like it and they will find you interesting and worthy of friendship. INTJ’s like people who are thoughtful themselves and can make others think in diverse ways as well. If you can do it successfully, you will become their best friend.
  • INTJ’s never like emotional drama, so avoid doing it in front of them. You should be straightforward and truthful to them. They like honest people, so refrain from falsehood and showy stuff. They will dislike it the most.
  • You can nurture their minds by debates, discussions, and abstract reasoning. They will love to share their views on anything that involves deeper understanding and awareness. This personality type people are good at arguing for hours, if given a chance.

What INTJs hate?

INTJ’s would always hate the following things in their personal and professional life:

  • Nice social talks
  • Pointless discussions
  • Disturbance in their solitary time
  • Procrastination
  • Illogical family gatherings
  • People who work without definite life goals
  • Others nagging for their time and attention
  • Unethical people who are malicious and harm others
  • Lack of logical arguments and verbal fights with others without a reason
  • Invasion of their personal space
  • People pleasers in and around them
  • Inconsistency and negligence in work
  • Unnecessary surprises
  • Someone interrupts them in the middle of something.

Their list of non-likable character traits is quite long. Right?


Popular hobbies of an INTJ personality

INTJ personality types have diverse hobbies and interests.

  • Reading
  • Adventure sports
  • Science and technology
  • Playing computer games and video games
  • Painting and graphic designing
  • Photography
  • Playing games of logic such as puzzles, chess, Sudoku
  • Learning new facts and researching on innovative ideas

Are INTJ personalities rare to find?

Yes, an INTJ personality type is a rare one. They are the most capable yet not widely found in the population. Being the most rational and witty types, they take pride in their independent and logical approach to life. They are less concerned about what others might think and feel about them.

INTJ’s make up only 2.1% of the population. There are more INTJ men (3.3%) than women. INTJ women are also rarely found, they comprise only 0.8% of the population

INTJ’s are a hard find because they are made up of contrasts. Their character traits are full of polarities. Some of the paradoxical truths about them are as follows:

  • They are born leaders but would hate to lead
  • Open-minded yet quiet and reserve
  • Highly logical and analytical yet imaginative
  • Likes deep conversations but not a great socialite
  • Romantic yet appears emotionless

INTJ and Myers-Briggs test

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (1985) is a self-report questionnaire used to identify the different types of personality typology. The test was developed by Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers. The test describes 16 personality types that are unique in nature. 

This personality assessment tool is used to determine specific types of the person. The test consists of nearly 100 items that contain two statements. The respondent will choose any one of the statements that best describes him/her.

The test result does not give any numerical score; rather the person is assigned a personality profile based on the dominant and tertiary traits that describe them. 

They are assigned to one pole or other of each trait identified in the test. This judgment is done through functional stacking of the characteristics or traits possessed by the person.

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Does an INTJ personality get stressful at times? Know here

INTJ’s are stressed out in situations where they need to express their emotions. Since they are inexpressive and naturally reserved people, they may feel extra pressure if they are asked to shower love and affection to others.

They may feel drained out if they spend a lot of time with someone who demands their care and support all the time. In short, INTJ’s do not like emotionally needy people.

Sometimes, if someone doesn’t work in the way they want they may feel dissatisfied. Even large social gatherings make them feel unpleasant and odd.

If you ask an INTJ to follow traditional customs and conventions, they may feel the pressure that is hard to bear. These things go against their logical mind and thus they do not want to live by it.

They may feel stuck in situations that do not challenge their intuitive mind, thus feeling anxious and insecure. 

The same daily routine, everyday pleasantries with friends and colleagues, small irrelevant chit-chats brings monotony into their intellectual world. They find it difficult to escape from them and thus feel stressed out.

In the face of frustration and exhaustion, an INTJ may become more reserved and lonely. They will hardly share their thoughts with others. 

You may find them shut down in a closed comfortable space that helps them to re-energize and get back to work again.


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Key takeaway from ‘ThePleasantPersonality’

So much has been spoken about the INTJ personality type. They are indifferent and silent people who make their presence felt wherever they go.

They are argumentative and fiercely logical, so you may find them pulling the curtain to the debate or discussion they are in.

An INTJ will go mad if you do emotional drama with them, they will not fight but will ignore and avoid you with a harsh touch of indifference.

An INTJ is an analytical introvert who can pick up subtle cues and create wonderful ideas that open the door for innovation and discovery.

They are a class apart visionary who takes pride in who they are. Others envy them, though they remain uninvolved and poised from within.

“Let others live small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.”

Jim Rohn

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