Hi, everyone! So, important announcement… Today is the first official type post day! *throws confetti gleefully* 😀 (Sorry to all you Thinkers, that was my Fe acting up. Lol.)
So, here’s how we’ll normally do a MBTI type post: Cognitive function stack-ups, how this manifests the type’s personality in the real world/characteristics, and give you a rough idea of their worldview (how they view themselves, others, the world in general, and problems), maybe how we can understand them better (or, that may be a sub-post. Just saying.), and maybe a real-life example (was going to do fictional characters, but that, along with celebs, is a bit cliche and unnecessary– so instead we’re doing more of historical characters, and *maybe* one or two personal examples 😉 I’ve a couple good ones here, for INTPs… ) if we’ve time. But, since we’ve already covered the functional stack-ups of the INTJ in our previous post on that topic (because examples are wonderful things), I figured, we can just cut to the bone here.
So, the cognitive stack-ups show us the order in which functions are used, the matter of functional preference– and, in this case, which functions the type allows you to witness.
INTJs, due to having Fi and Se as Tertiary and Inferior functions, can be or feel a bit socially awkward, and sometimes cover for this with a calm, polite, if a little aloof facade. Contrary to the social norm, due to the complexity of their Ni and the brainy Te, INTJs usually prefer having their noses in a book, hands and mind working on some complex project that many people may not understand. Now, that doesn’t mean they are stand-offish or entirely unsocial. They tend to cautiously dip their toes into the shallow end of the social people with others, particularly strangers, before conversing (kudos to the cool cat who got that reference from said INTJ, btw. 😉 ). For instance, when I first met my future besties (two of which were INTJ twins), the twins were a little distant. Not cold or anything, distant. Cautious. Feeling me out, vibe-wise, with that unconscious Ni, while slowly but surely getting to know me. Now that SEVEN years have passed, they’ve peeled back a few of those layers for me, to reveal warmer, more caring, and at times very fun-loving, underbellies. And once you’re friends with an INTJ, you’re often with them for life. They are loyal to the end (which is why most of this incredibly guarded type have an relatively low tolerance scale for betrayal…). But they are very smart and cautious about who they let into their inner circle of good friends.
Ni-dominant, they are generally also very innovative, inventive, creative, and future-oriented. They use inferior Se to detect things at that time and place, and Ni uses those things to subconsciously go, “Ah HAH!” This is why they seem to know people so well, how they know what might just happen if you hypothetically did XYZ instead of ABC. It often frustrates them that others don’t notice or seem to care, even when said INTJ is trying to give advice on or critique things that matter a lot to them or to people they care about– only to have said advice/critique brushed away carelessly. The INTJ cannot stand incompetence (it therefore blows my mind that I’VE so many INTJ female friends and acquaintances, haha…), this is one of their major pet peeves. But if you’re a competent individual with incredible know-how in your field, it is very likely they’ll respect you for that, or ask your opinion on something related to it. This is one way you’ll know they like you for who you are. INTJs don’t do fake, they look for truth, authenticity. In fact, they are probably one of the least likely to be conned or manipulated types (them, and INTPs). They generally hate deceit, which is likely why they take betrayals so badly.
Additionally, being in the NT group, they are a very argumentative and sarcastic type, which can be a turn-off to some, particularly to those who don’t like conflict. But they rarely get personal in these arguments, as they are not fans of ad hominem, and have a strong sense of justice (and are capable of telling how far is too far in pushing someone). One of the twins told me, for instance, once how she was arguing with a girl in an online university group over proper attire for young women to wear at a Christian school. (My bestie was in favor of pants, but of course.) Said INTJ twin used only facts and pure logic to argue and back up her point, while the other girl, becoming increasingly frustrated, started to personally attack while recycling her previous points, and essentially swimming around in a meager argumentative circle, not making any progress. (Basically, the INTJ bestie destroyed her argument 🙂 ) They don’t always argue to say they disagree, however– this is something common with many NT types. They will sometimes test an idea, maybe even your own idea, by arguing against it to see how strongly it stands up to criticism, if it’s for real. In a sense, depending on the circumstance, this can be considered a huge compliment; they don’t do this with just anyone’s ideas!
Understanding INTJs: Being the second to rarest type (INFJ just barely beats it there), INTJs can often and easily be misunderstood. But one of the things to remember about them is: give respect if you want respect. Listen to and consider what they have to say, at least, even if you don’t fully agree with them. They generally value competence (being good at what you do, and knowing how to do it right) and uniqueness, and often, since healthy ones are typically advocates for justice and honesty, look out for the underdog, if they can. While they do, like all types, have a dark side if pushed to it, they make excellent, highly intelligent, and very loyal friends and family members who aren’t afraid of NOT sugarcoating the truth, if you ask for it.
Historical INTJs: Nikola Tesla, C.S. Lewis, Susan B. Anthony, Isaac Newton, John Maynard Keynes, Martin Luther, Sylvia Plath, G.W.F. Hegel– to name a few!
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Psychological help/Credit: Steve Brock, aka “The MBTIGuy”