INTJ strengths and weaknesses

INTJ Strengths

  • High self-confidence. INTJ personalities rarely doubt themselves or care much about their perceived social roles, expectations, etc. Consequently, they are not afraid to voice their own opinions. This exudes confidence and reinforces the INTJ’s self-esteem even further.
  • Quick and versatile mind. INTJs are very good at improving their knowledge of (often diverse) topics and fields that interest them. People with this personality type take pleasure in tackling intellectual challenges, and their natural curiosity pushes them forward as well.
  • Jacks-of-all-trades. The most important strength of any INTJ is their mind. Other personality types pride themselves on being artistic, intuitive, convincing, athletic, etc. In contrast, INTJs excel at being able to analyze anything that life throws at them, uncovering the underlying methodology and then applying it in practice. Consequently, INTJ personalities are usually able to become what they want to become—be it an IT architect or a high-flying politician.
  • Independent and decisive. People with the INTJ personality type are ruthless when it comes to analyzing the usefulness of methods or ideas. They could not care less if that idea is popular or supported by an authority figure. If the INTJ believes that it does not make sense, only overwhelming rational arguments will convince them otherwise. This strength makes them efficient and impartial decision-makers, often at a very young age. INTJs also tend to be quite resistant to conflicts, usually remaining rational and calm in an emotionally charged situation.
  • Hard-working and determined. INTJ personalities can be very patient and dedicated if something excites or intrigues them. They will work hard to achieve their goals, often ignoring everything else. That being said, INTJs may also appear lazy in situations that do not require them to flex their mental muscles. For instance, they may take risks and not study that hard at school, knowing that in all likelihood, they will be able to tackle the tests anyway.
  • Imaginative and strategic. INTJs are very good strategic thinkers, often using this strength to devise multiple contingency plans in both professional and personal situations. They like to plan ahead and be prepared, imagining all the potential scenarios and consequences.
  • Honest and direct. People with this personality type hate playing social games and putting comfort or social expectations above honesty and facts. INTJs tend to see these activities as pointless and irrational, preferring inconvenient truth over a comforting lie.
  • Open-minded. INTJ personalities do not mind being proven wrong and enjoy being exposed to something they were not familiar with. They will embrace a competing theory if it makes more sense, regardless of the existing traditions or expectations. Not surprisingly, INTJs also tend to be fairly liberal in a social sense, believing that many social norms are outdated and unnecessarily restrictive.

INTJ Weaknesses

  • Arrogant. There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance. Some less mature INTJs may overestimate the importance of their knowledge or analytical skills, seeing most other people as irrational or intellectually inferior, often making their opinion known.
  • Perfectionists. INTJ personalities loathe inefficiency and imperfection, trying very hard to iron out all the flaws and analyze all possibilities. If left unchecked, this trait can easily become a weakness, slowing down their work quite significantly and frustrating people around the INTJ.
  • Likely to over-analyze everything. INTJs tend to believe that everything can be analyzed, even things that are not necessarily rational, e.g., human relationships. They may seek logical explanations and solutions in every situation, refusing to rely on improvisation or their own emotions.
  • Judgmental. INTJs reach their conclusions very quickly and stick to them. Even though people with this personality type tend to be open-minded, they have little patience for things they consider illogical, e.g., decisions based on feelings, irrational stubbornness, emotional outbursts, etc. An INTJ is likely to believe that someone who behaves in this way is either very immature or irrational; consequently, they will have little respect for them.
  • May be insensitive. INTJ personalities often pride themselves on being brutally honest and logical. However, while their statements may be rational and completely correct, they may not take into account another person’s emotional state, background, individual circumstances, etc. Consequently, the INTJ’s directness and honesty may easily hurt other people, thus becoming a major weakness in social situations.
  • Often clueless when it comes to romantic relationships. Many INTJs are likely to have difficulties dealing with anything that does not require logical reasoning, and this weakness is especially visible in interpersonal relationships. They may overanalyze everything, get frustrated trying to understand how the other person thinks, try to use a nearly scientific approach to dating, or just give up altogether.
  • Loathe highly structured environments. INTJ personalities do not respect rules or regulations just because they are there; they need to be confident that those restrictions make sense. Consequently, INTJs strongly dislike environments that are built on blind obedience, traditions, or respect for authority. They are likely to challenge the status quo and clash with people who prefer stability and safety.


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Aug 17, 2014 15:16:40
Completely accurate.
Aug 17, 2014 03:19:40
What if, I feel like I'm more of an INTP than INTJ? Am I the only one? Even though I keep on getting INTJ every single time I re-do the test. It's frustrating because I don't see myself as an INTJ. Or probably because I feel like I don't deserve to be an INTJ. I don't know. But I guess as time passes by, I'll accept it and probably be proud of it knowing that this type is very rare.
High School Senior
Aug 15, 2014 08:43:02
Would anyone agree that this can be useful for writing the Common App essays? (For high school seniors applying to undergrad)
I've always found it hard to describe myself, but this looks perfect.
Please share opinions!
Aug 08, 2014 12:29:15
The ones that judge other people as arrogant, are mostly even more arrogant and even childish then the one they judge. :-( don't judge intj as arrogant.
And why am i even reacting, people like them will never understand, because they're not standing in our shoes.
Aug 04, 2014 01:20:15
I've gotten INTJ several times now, and the description really does fit. However, I don't exactly consider myself confident. I'm an 18 year old female and have always felt too insecure to express my knowledge to anyone I don't know well, in fear of being wrong... because I hate being wrong.

I don't know if this is normal for an INTJ, but I was the kid in high school who never spoke up in class, despite being 99% sure of the answer, but who instead quietly mumbled the answer with slight uncertainty, loud enough for close friends sitting next to me to hear, and then was pleasantly "surprised" when the answer was right. I hated the idea of sounding confident, but being completely wrong, and it makes me cringe when others are like that. So I think this was a way for me to avoid showing weakness and to seem more humble. Because as much as I try to be humble in life, and I think that I actually am quite humble (for an INTJ), unfortunately, I still need to be reassured of my intelligence and like to be the best at things. So this way, at least someone knows I know the right answer. Anyways, I have to be very very sure of my answer to say it confidently. I also never liked answering questions in class because It always felt like an annoying way to show off.

I do APPEAR confident though. I have chronic bitch face, walk with my head held high, and have been told I am intimidating simply because of this. I barely speak to people I don't know well. I hate appearing weak and so I hide my insecurity and any kind of anxiety very well. Public speaking is pretty scary, but no one can really tell I'm afraid once I'm up there. I actually prefer public speaking, as in reading a pre-written speech vs. having a real conversation with a stranger on the spot.

I also consider myself empathetic, which INTJ's typically aren't. I always try to see things from other peoples perspective and can almost always find a way to relate to how they're feeling. I use this a lot actually and resolve conflicts by helping everyone understand each other and helping explain why someone did something. I am often one of the only people who considers everyones point of view, and it can frustrate my friends when I don't take their side whole heartedly. I ultimately value logic over emotion though and will not tolerate irrational emotions for long. For example, girls who are constantly worked up over their boyfriend problems drive me crazy and it doesn't take long for me to tune out.
Aug 05, 2014 21:09:57
Huh, interesting. I took this test twice and got INFJ both times, but I can really relate to a lot of your descriptions of yourself here. Especially the whispering answers under my breath and get pleasantly surprised when they turn out to be right part (then get mad at myself for not saying it louder). Also the public speaking scares the crap out of me but no one can tell part. And I agree with the "considers everyone's point of view and try to help people understand each other" part whole-heartedly. I consider myself a INFJ with a dash of INTJ and a bit more than a dash of INFP, though.
Aug 09, 2014 00:22:19
Nice to know someone can relate! I actually consider myself an INTJ with a little INFJ or a strong F, since apparently you can't be in between two types. But for a while I was confused and didn't know which I was. I get INTJ almost every time, but I know I am more in tune with emotions than the profile seems to describe. My mother is an INFJ though and we are very similar, so thats interesting as well.
Aug 09, 2014 15:30:12
I feel the same way! I am surprised that I am considered an INTJ just because I am not at all highly confident. I don't mean to sound sexist, but I have seen a lot of INTJ women who aren't entirely as sure of themselves like INTJ males seem to be. Although, that might just come down to obvious psychological differences between men and women. Also, I understand where you are coming from with only appearing to be confident. Often times inside I feel anxious and timid, but that is obviously something I would never let people see. From thoroughly researching the points I make and spending too much time rehearsing details of speeches before they are even considered to be spoken aloud, I go to great lengths to seem more self-assured than I actually feel. You say you are empathetic as well, but you appear to be using that part of you as a strategic problem-solving method, which in my opinion sounds exactly like something an INTJ might do. Although I often stray from fully identifying myself as an INTJ, upon realizing that everyone varies on levels of empathy and confidence within this personality type, I feel more certain of my placement in the INTJ category.
Aug 11, 2014 17:27:23
You sound like me a lot! There is one exception, I used to approach the "answer in class" scenario like you did in school, but when I got to university, nobody else in my class ever wanted to answer and the professor would just be left hanging, so I decided to answer his questions just to let him know that at least he is not wasting his time. Obviously, since then many of my classmates secretly hated me. They would be nice to me in class or when they needed help with work or whatever, but at social gatherings I could see the vibe toward me change drastically. I have to admit, even though I'm a guy that doesn't care much for emotions, that always really used to hurt me very much deep down.