INTJ

The INTJ is the oracle. With introverted intuition (Ni) as their primary function, otherwise known as subjective intuition, and extroverted thinking (Te) as their secondary function, otherwise known as objective logic, INTJs are masters at predicting the future of systems and world events. Of any type, the INTJ is the most likely to plan their own funeral, or predict systematic world catastrophes.

The world of introverted intuition is one in which the person sees all angles and perspectives of a situation at all times. This can lead to both an open mind, and indecision. When all opportunities look equally valid, its often hard to choose one from the other. Time is percieved from the begining to the end all in an instant, and all other aspects of time are percieved on a flat equal plane of priority. To the INTJ, time almost doesn’t exist. They are very patient people, and can be very accepting and friendly people as well. As they see everything from all angles at once at all times, a difficult person can easily be given the benifit of the doubt. Only over time will the INTJ begin to develope a more solid understanding of what the person ACTUALLY is, as opposed to what the person could potentially be. With a dominant Ni function, INTJs can sometimes get lost in their imagingings of the world. As they percieve mountains forming, coming and going, civilizations rising and collapsing, wars being fought and then dissipating… they begin to see their place in the larger context of the world. Often times, with such enormous scope of existence at the forefront of their minds, they may feel quite insignificant in the grand scheme of the universe. This can lead to some issues of insecurity. Over time they begin to learn just how much of an impact they actually make on the world, and come to realize their contribution to the world. If left unchecked, an INTJ may fall into a recursive internal state of existential reflection, and begin to feel nihilistic or depressed. Its important to realize that this is merely a matter of perception, and that the truth is what you want it to be.

With extroverted thinking as their secondary function, INTJs are able to see things at face value and discern hard objective facts from bias. However, as this is a secondary function ,its use must be practiced regularly. An INTJ that doesn’t use Te on themself, will only criticize everyone else but themselves. In the INTJs mind, they are the only genius in the world, and their way is the most important way. But when they eventually turn Te in on themself and evaluate the objectivity of their own opinions, they begin to realize they are just as subjective and flawed as everyone around them, and that their views and perceptions are merely one small part of the whole puzzle. INTJs are prone to becoming hostile with those they deem as incompetent. This anger can be even tempered with an objective understanding of other humans over time, and learning what each person actually has to contribute to society.

With introverted feeling as their third function, INTJs will often confuse their own opinions for objective statements. Since they are so good at identifying the objective validity of others’ statements, they too, must be objective in their own thoughts, right? This belief is incorrect, and a mature INTJ will eventually realize they are a victim of their own criticisms of others. Once they reach this humbling realization, they begin to grow from the bottom up and cherish other personalities for their contributions and differences. Their personal moral code is strengthened, and their integrity and self perception grows in importance. In essence, by evaluating the way the rest of the world works, they begin to realize their true place in the world, and this strengthens their identity and self esteem. Along with that, INTJs enjoy ethical debates and topics of philosophy that question moral codes and ethical thought.

With extroverted sensing as their weakest function, INTJs are not naturally able to prioritize a myriad of possible courses of action. They can be very indecisive for this reason. In sports, they hate competition. The idea of competition is usually something they are not willing to deal with, and would rather use their intellect to find an unexplored niche that is safe from competitors. Ironically, when an INTJ is most concerned with beating the competition, is when they are their most insecure. They are most comfortable with independent sports, where the only person they have to compete against is themselves. INTJs need to realize that competition involves inflating your energy level to scare or intimidate your oponents into losing. Very often, the winner of a boxing match is the one who won the battle of eye contact and ego inflation before the match has ever begun. This is not a natural strong point of the INTJ as they are naturally a low profile personality, and they shouldn’t grow frustrated for failing under these conditions. Many INTJs have at some point felt invisible, or unrecognized for their aptitudes.

To them, the earth is so large, and they are just one human in this context. What possible effect could they have on the world? While its true that INTJs are not naturally as driven or big energy as Se dominant personalities, the INTJ’s strength is one of perception and depth of understanding. They are awed by someone who confidently controls the environment around them at all times and can make an impact on the world with their own personal power. Its important for INTJs to realize that though the earth is big, this is only a matter of perception. They are as useful and as powerful as they choose to be. Their strength is not one of energetic frontline charisma, but to serve as a cerebral powerhouse. They have the patience and practical intelligence to succeed where many are too impatient and impractical. Where society is engaged and distracted with one another in a battle of wills, the INTJ is secretly growing stronger in the shadows. When they find their area of expertise, they can become some of the most trusted and respected leaders or advisors. Where the ESTP and ESFP can personally alter the course of the world with their own energy and force of will, the INTJ is most capable of personally altering the course of the world by carefully sharing their knowledge and intellect. INTJs best operate with a partner who is energetic, optimistic, driven and politically aware enough to cover his weaknesses and help him make a tangible impact on the world. The best match for the INTJ is the ESFP.

Common identities include: The mastermind, The Predictor, the analyst, the critic, the nerd, the encyclopedist, the office introvert, the technician.

Recommended careers include: Technician, Information technology, Day trader/investor, Analyst, Economist, Technical Advisor, Consultant, professor, philosopher, Orchestra Conductor.

Commonly mistype as: INTP, INFJ, ISTJ, ISTP.

Common Enneagram typings: 3 4 5 6

Famous INTJs include: Immanuel Kant, Isaac Asimov, Jodie Foster, Lance Armstrong, Stanley Kubrick, Veronica Hamel.

Fictional INTJs include: Luke Skywalker (Star Wars), Calvin (Calvin and Hobbes), Stewie Griffin (Family Guy), Sabastian (Neverending Story).

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