What are the different types of INTJs
The first function of the INTJ is introverted intuition. Its second function is extraverted thinking.
In addition to the INFJ, the INTJ is one of the rarest of the 16 types. This is all the more true for female INTJs, whose incidence in the population is around 1%.
INTJs are independent free spirits. They are full of ideas and visions. It is easy for them to identify the underlying pattern behind a multitude of seemingly incoherent information and to derive far-reaching predictions about the development of events from this. They are interested in understanding the world and its underlying principles. Their dominant function - introverted intuition - provides them with a rich treasure trove of information from which they can develop their ideas and gain deep insights into the functional principles of the world. Comparable to the INFJ, it allows the intuition to better access the unconscious contents of the memory. Young INTJs often find it difficult to see that other people cannot easily follow their insights.
While an INFJ is particularly receptive to the emotional sensitivities of his fellow human beings due to his outwardly directed emotional function, the attention of the INTJ is more on the generally recognized knowledge of his community due to the extraverted thinking. He likes to analyze complex issues and is able to perceive a problem from very different perspectives.
INTJs are masters at pinpointing the information that their fellow human beings usually miss, but the non-observance of which has an impact on the effectiveness of our everyday actions. They intuitively see if a system that exists in the outside world has weaknesses, and they are interested in eliminating these weaknesses in order to make the system work more efficiently. INTJs discover these weaknesses by questioning those generally accepted assumptions that are incompatible with their personal experiences and intuitively acquired insights.
(To explain: Generally accepted knowledge is that knowledge which a community assumes to be true and which its members can generally expect to know and observe. It facilitates communication between the members of a community. It also helps us cope with everyday life It is unbelievable when we can use the experiences of others instead of having to find out everything ourselves. Water usually freezes at 0 degrees Celsius. Toadstools are poisonous. The year has about 365 days. There is a risk of electric shock if I reach into the wall socket.Such claims are usually rarely questioned but assumed to be true. This objective knowledge of a society is largely taught in school or passed on from generation to generation. It feeds into the methods and procedures a community teaches its members to achieve specific goals. Commandments and prohibitions also fall back on such standard assumptions, and we usually trust without further ado that the premises on which they are based are valid. Occasionally, new knowledge leads to the abolition of such do's and don'ts. For example, only a few parents feel obliged to make spinach palatable for their children after closer research has shown that spinach contains significantly less iron than originally assumed and that the abundant oxalic acid in spinach even hinders the utilization of iron.)
INTJs are happy to check such generally recognized assumptions and in particular the resulting instructions (rules) for their justification. Practical applicability in the outside world is one of its most important criteria. If a rule that has been established does not seem suitable for fulfilling the purpose it is intended to achieve, the INTJ believes that its justification is more than questionable. However, INTJs do not stop at individual rules but consider them in conjunction with other rules and factors that underlie external systems. If an existing rule hinders the functioning of a system or even jeopardizes the purpose pursued by the system itself, they notice this very quickly and usually consider it a challenge to deal with the individual components of this rule, which contradicts the overall system, in order to discover the weak point . In this process, they are also ready to revise their previous idea of the functional principles of a system if this leads to a coherent integration of the opposing information and an improvement in the system can be expected.
In order to reconcile their own perception of the world with the reality around them, INTJs feel compelled to point out to the society in which they live the inconsistency of their basic assumptions and the inadequacy of existing systems. While INFJs feel obliged to support other people to perceive their real needs and to this end willingly participate in their fulfillment, INTJs see themselves compelled to bring their system, which has been recognized as correct, to the outside world. For both types, portraying their inner visions outwardly is a challenge and both find it difficult to make their intuitive insights understandable to other people.
INTJs are interested in applying their knowledge because of their second function, extraverted thinking. This is where they differ significantly from the INTP. At first glance, both types seem to be similar. However, they differ in terms of the motivation behind their knowledge acquisition. The INTP's knowledge is more useful for its own understanding of the world. The INTP is mostly of little interest in the specific applicability in the outside world, rather it is rather a by-product of its knowledge acquisition. The INTJ, on the other hand, has an inner need to carry its knowledge out into the world. In contrast to the INTP, for him the penetration of matter is not an end in itself but always takes place with a view to the practical use of the knowledge gained from it. The INTJ is happy to use a method, the effectiveness of which has not been clarified, as long as this brings about the desired results and other methods are not evident. He likes to see the success as an indication of the effectiveness of the method. He tacitly assumes that sooner or later an explanation of the exact relationships will be found. In this way, an INTJ can even confuse seemingly contradicting assumptions with a clear conscience. Many INTJs are looking for superordinate laws that consolidate such contradictions. However, they have fewer scruples than INTPs about leaving the question of the effectiveness of the method unresolved if necessary and living with the apparent contradictions.
The INTJ mostly has very good organizational skills, which help him to develop plans in order to realize his visions step by step. Due to his foresight, he is able to recognize problems in the implementation of a project at an early stage and to take appropriate precautions. The tendency to make provisions for all eventualities can, however, also represent a hurdle if the INTJ, in its desire for a perfect implementation of its vision, postpones the concrete realization.
INTJs are thinking types and are usually less interested than the INFJ in maintaining harmony. They are therefore more willing to point out the inadequacy of their assumptions to other people, even if their feelings could be hurt in the process. The certainty of the correctness of their point of view resulting from introverted intuition often gives INTJs a high level of self-confidence in defending their point of view. In addition, INTJs tend to be very thorough in their discovery process. You spend a lot of time acquiring knowledge and analyzing and understanding theories and systems. In doing so, they are interested in backing up their claims with verifiable facts. INTJs therefore quickly become experts in their field who can convince with sound arguments. So when someone questions their point of view, they naturally expect that the other side has dealt with the issue as thoroughly as they do.
They therefore often find it unreasonable when someone puts forward a thesis that is obviously devoid of logic and does not seem to be justified by any facts. In this case, the INTJs can be perceived as arrogant and opinionated by people who are less appreciative of logic and the acquisition of knowledge.
INTJs often clash with types who particularly value traditions (SJ types i.e. ESTJ, ISTJ, ESFJ and ISFJ) and whose need for security and predictability is violated by disregarding generally established instructions. Younger INTJs in particular often find it difficult to accept traditions that are evidently outdated. It often goes beyond their imagination that people, contrary to their better knowledge, want to stick to ineffective methods and thus actively hinder real progress.
The special abilities of an INTJ come into their own in companies that are open to new developments and improvements and that are prepared to give the INTJ a lot of freedom in developing and implementing its ideas. INTJs, on the other hand, find it more difficult to work in strongly hierarchical companies, in which power games often hinder the efficient implementation of corporate goals. INTJs accept authorities insofar as their position of power is based on performance and competence. Conflicts can arise, however, when INTJs feel compelled to carry out instructions whose effectiveness and effectiveness appear questionable. If the INTJ is not in a position to abolish or ignore instructions that are perceived as meaningless, this can severely undermine the self-image of the INTJ and lead to tensions between all those involved. However, before an INTJ comes to the conclusion that his environment stands in the way of real progress, he should first self-critically rule out that it is not his own type-related weaknesses that jeopardize the implementation of his visions.
Young and immature INTJs in particular, whose emotional function is underdeveloped, often regard conventions that are supposed to create harmony between people as a waste of time. They tend to have an aversion to small talk and find it difficult to use gestures to express their affection for other people. They often appear cool and distant to their fellow human beings. Because of the direct way in which they criticize the thinking errors of others, their desire for constructive change can therefore easily be misunderstood by more sensitive natures as personal rejection. Ultimately, they also deprive themselves of potential allies for their ideas. By adequately integrating their emotional function, they realize that logic is just a system for achieving personal goals and that not everyone chooses logic as a goal. Efficiency only makes sense if it enables a personal goal to be achieved better and in a more resource-saving manner.
The extraverted sensation is the inferior function of the INTJ. Like all dominant intuitive types, he tends to downplay the importance of details. Often, INTJs do not even notice that they have withheld important detailed information from others. Such omissions often complicate the discussion of their ideas with S-types, who place more value on seamless chains of argument and who are quickly overwhelmed by the leaps of thought of an INTJ.
By improving their communication skills, INTJs can increase their own effectiveness in implementing their ideas. Knowing about the 16 types can help you to recognize the peculiarities of your methods of perception and judgment. In addition, knowing about the other types helps them to be more tolerant of their fellow human beings' standpoints that appear strange to them. With this knowledge, they are better able to develop effective methods to make their ideas palatable to other people. At the same time, they can constructively consider the particular strengths of others when implementing their plans.
For deepening, I recommend:
http://www.personalitypage.com/html/INTJ_per.html (particularly good presentation of typical development problems of the INTJ)
Very detailed description of the strengths and weaknesses of the INTJ from the perspective of an INTJ.
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