Myers Briggs Personality Type
Summary of INTJ type
- Have original minds and great drive for implementing their ideas and achieving their goals.
- Quickly patterns in external events and develop long-term explanatory perspectives.
- When committed, organise a job and carry it through.
- Sceptical and independent, have high standards of competence and performance - for themselves and others.
Full explanation of INTJ at: Myers Briggs Personality Types
They apply (often ruthlessly) the criterion "Does it work?" to everything from their own research efforts to the prevailing social norms. This in turn produces an unusual independence of mind, freeing them from the constraints of authority, convention, or sentiment for its own sake.
INTJs are known as the "Systems Builders" of the types, perhaps in part because they possess the unusual trait combination of imagination and reliability. Whatever system they happen to be working on is for them the equivalent of a moral cause; both perfectionism and disregard for authority may come into play.
Personal relationships, particularly romantic ones, can be the their Achilles heel. This happens in part because many do not readily grasp the social rituals.
Perhaps the most fundamental problem, however, is that INTJs really want people to make sense.
They are analytical. Like INTPs, they are most comfortable working alone and tend to be less sociable than other types.
Nevertheless, they are prepared to lead if no one else seems up to the task, or if they see a major weakness in the current leadership.
They tend to be pragmatic, logical, and creative. They have a low tolerance for spin or rampant emotionalism. They are not generally susceptible to catchphrases and do not recognize authority based on tradition, rank, or title.
INTJs are strong individualists who seek new angles or novel ways of looking at things. They enjoy coming to new understandings.
They tend to be insightful and mentally quick; however, this mental quickness may not always be outwardly apparent to others since they keep a great deal to themselves.
They are very determined people who trust their vision of the possibilities, regardless of what others think. They may even be considered the most independent of all of the sixteen personality types. They are at their best in quietly and firmly developing their ideas, theories, and principles.
Hallmarks of the INTJ include independence of thought and a desire for efficiency. They work best when given autonomy and creative freedom. They harbour an innate desire to express themselves by conceptualising their own intellectual designs.
They have a talent for analysing and formulating complex theories. They are generally well-suited for occupations within academia, research, management, engineering, and law. They are often acutely aware of their own knowledge and abilities—as well as their limitations and what they don't know (a quality that tends to distinguish them from INTPs). They thus develop a strong confidence in their ability and talents, making them natural leaders.
In forming relationships INTJs tend to seek out others with similar character traits and ideologies. Agreement on theoretical concepts is an important aspect of their relationships.
By nature they can be demanding in their expectations, and they approach relationships in a rational manner. As a result they may not always respond to a spontaneous infatuation but wait for a mate who better fits their set criteria. They tend to be stable, reliable, and dedicated. Harmony in relationships and home life tends to be extremely important to them.
They generally withhold strong emotion and do not like to waste time with what they consider irrational social rituals. This may cause non-INTJs to perceive them as distant and reserved. Nevertheless, they are usually very loyal partners who are prepared to commit substantial energy and time into a relationship to make it work.
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