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MBTI- INTJ Personality

MBTI- INTJ Personality
INTJs, also known as Scientists, Architects or Masterminds, are strategic thinkers with a unique knack for understanding complex systems. They are often referred to as "the Architects" because of their ability to build and innovate. INTJs are driven by a desire to understand the world around them and to make it a better place.

INTJ and Myers Briggs Personality Test

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is an introspective self-report questionnaire designed to identify a person's personality type, preferences, and strengths. It is based on the work of Carl Jung, who developed a theory of psychological types that categorized individuals based on their preferences for four key dichotomies:
Introversion (I) vs. Extraversion (E): Individuals who are more introspective and energized by solitude are categorized as introverts, while those who are more outgoing and energized by social interaction are categorized as extraverts.
Sensing (S) vs. Intuition (N): Individuals who focus on concrete details and facts are categorized as sensors, while those who prefer abstract concepts and possibilities are categorized as intuitives.
Thinking (T) vs. Feeling (F): Individuals who make decisions based on logic and reason are categorized as thinkers, while those who consider emotions and personal values are categorized as feelers.
Judging (J) vs. Perceiving (P): Individuals who prefer structure and closure are categorized as judgers, while those who are more flexible and adaptable are categorized as perceivers.
Read more and take a quick MBTI test to assess your personality.

INTJ Personality Type

INTJs are analytical, determined, and intensely individualistic. Their primary function is Introverted Intuition in which they process data internally through their intuition. Their auxiliary function is Extraverted Thinking in which they approach situations with empirical logic. They enjoy introspecting and coming to new understandings with the world. They are deeply motivated by inspiration. INTJs are idea generators and are willing to take every measure to ensure their ideas become reality. They have high standards for themselves and a lesser extent for others. One can call them “perfectionists.” They seem to have a keen ability in improving anything of their interest.
INTJs are also pragmatists and recognize their limits. They are known as system-builders and seek to apply theoretical models. According to BSM Consulting, they value intelligence, knowledge, and competence. INTJs dislike route memorization and learn best when they are able to develop their own system for learning in which they become absorbed into the subject.
INTJs can have trouble communicating in simple terms and can grow impatient for others whom cannot catch onto their idea. They can also be unwilling to adapt to new environments. They may be single- minded and dismiss all other viewpoints. They may be so reserved to the extent at which they will not share their idea before it is fully formed.
INTJs have a tough time with people who make their decisions based on their emotions and traditional social niceties.

Jungian functional preference ordering:

Dominant: Introverted Intuition
Auxiliary: Extraverted Thinking
Tertiary: Introverted Feeling
Inferior: Extraverted Sensing

INTJ’s generally have the following traits:

• Able to absorb extremely complex theoretical and complex material
• Driven to create order and structure from theoretical abstractions
• Supreme strategists
• Future-oriented
• See the global, "big picture"
• Strong insights and intuitions, which they trust implicitly
• Value their own opinions over others
• Love difficult theoretical challenges
• Bored when dealing with mundane routine
• Value knowledge and efficiency
• Have no patience with inefficiency and confusion
• Have very high standards for performance, which they apply to themselves most strongly
• Reserved and detached from others
• Calm, collected and analytical
• Extremely logical and rational
• Original and independent
• Natural leaders, but will follow those they can fully support
• Creative, ingenious, innovative, and resourceful
• Work best alone, and prefer to work alone
More so than any other personality type, INTJ’s are brilliant when it comes to grasping complex theories and applying them to problems to come up with long-term strategies. Since this type of "strategizing" is the central focus and drive of the INTJ, there is a happy match between desire and ability in this type. Accordingly, the INTJ is happiest and most effective in careers which allow this type of processing, and which promote an environment in which the INTJ is given a lot of autonomy over their daily lives.

INTJ Relationships

INTJ’s believe in constant growth in relationships, and strive for independence for themselves and their mates. They are constantly embarking on "fix-up" projects to improve the overall quality of their lives and relationships. They take their commitments seriously, but are open to redefining their vows, if they see something which may prove to be an improvement over the existing understanding. INTJ’s are not likely to be "touchy-feely" and overly affirming with their mates or children, and may at times be somewhat insensitive to their emotional needs. However, INTJ’s are in general extremely capable and intelligent individuals who strive to always be their best, and be moving in a positive direction. If they apply these basic goals to their personal relationships, they likely to enjoy happy and healthy interaction with their families and friends.

INTJ Strengths

• Not threatened by conflict or criticism
• Usually self-confident
• Take their relationships and commitments seriously
• Generally extremely intelligent and capable
• Able to leave a relationship which should be ended, although they may dwell on it in their minds for awhile afterwards
• Interested in "optimizing" their relationships
• Good listeners

INTJ Weaknesses

• Not naturally in tune with others feelings; may be insensitive at times
• May tend to respond to conflict with logic and reason, rather than the desired emotional support
• Not naturally good at expressing feelings and affections
• Tendency to believe that they're always right
• Tendency to be unwilling or unable to accept blame
• Their constant quest to improve everything may be taxing on relationships
• Tend to hold back part of themselves

Potential Problem Areas

INTJ may show some or all of the following weaknesses in varying degrees:
• May be unaware (and sometimes uncaring) of how they come across to others
• May quickly dismiss input from others without really considering it
• May apply their judgment more often towards others, rather than towards themselves
• With their ability to see an issue from many sides, they may always find others at fault for problems in their own lives
• May look at external ideas and people with the primary purpose of finding fault
• May take pride in their ability to be critical and find fault in people and things
• May have unrealistic and/or unreasonable expectations of others
• May be intolerant of weaknesses in others
• May believe that they're always right
• May be cuttingly derisive and sarcastic towards others
• May have an intense and quick temper • May hold grudges, and have difficulty forgiving people
• May be wishy-washy and unsure how to act in situations that require quick decision making
• May have difficulty communicating their thoughts and feelings to others
• May see so many tangents everywhere that they can't stay focused on the bottom line or the big picture


• Scientist
• Engineer
• Computer Scientist
• Professor / Teacher
• Curator
• Corporate Strategist
• Psychologist
• Researcher
• Entrepreneur
• Medical Doctor
• Philosopher
• Book Editor

Key Elements to Working with this Type

• Do be direct with the INTJ and expect the truth from them.
• Do offer constructive feedback, INTJs love to improve ideas.
• Do not express an opinion unless you are ready to back it up with sound evidence.
• Do not engage the INTJ in small talk and repetition of statements.
• Do ask for clarification of ideas.

If you are an INTJ, you are a strategic thinker with the potential to make a positive impact on the world. Use your strengths to solve complex problems, make innovative discoveries, and build a better future.

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