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 overanalyze 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.

Do you agree or disagree with these points? Please share your opinion in the comments!

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77 Responses to “INTJ strengths and weaknesses”

  1. Nolya Reply

    They say it’s intuitive type, but never they specify how it works. Well, this is how: I simply know in advance, e.g. what mark I’ll get at the exam tomorrow, is something bad going to happen today, will my trip be successful, – if I feel something wrong I don’t engage in it, if possible. The intuition helps a lot when you are making decisions and logical arguments are not enough or absent

  2. Zagrus Reply

    I have taken several MBTI tests from different sources and the assessments are that I am a typical INTJ. Yet again ,I have taken several tests about HSP. The result is that I am an ultra hyper HSP. I agree with most of the content of this article about INTJ’s strengths and weaknesses. But the section about INSENSITIVNESS doesn’t seem to apply to me. Perhaps I am a new kind of INTJ or insensitivity of INTJs is not accurate. My question is as follow:
    Is there a discrepancy between being an INTJ and HSP?
    In other words, can an INTJ person be a HSP too?

    • Miyu Reply

      Wow – I think this must be a very rare combination, but I happen to be INTJ and HSP too. :) I think being sensitive to others due to influences beyond personality type must soften the “judgmental”, “insensitive”, “arrogant” characteristics typical to INTJs. It doesn’t change how the mind works, though: I still find myself suppressing emotional reactions in order to respond in a logical manner, but I feel them very deeply even if I don’t show it to others. How complicated!

  3. Luiza Reply

    It characterizes me perfectly… it’s like someone described me especially. damn! I don’t consider being judgemental a weakness. that’s what I think.

  4. Hira zeeshan Reply

    When I was reading these points, I was recalling all those moments in my life where these points occurred. These points are 100& correct & I agree with them. 7 I’m kinda feeling happy that I have figured about my personality & it’s cool. Thank you !

  5. dmp Reply

    I always an INTJ on every test I took. But I have no problem understanding people because I learned it. I studied psychology, communication and marketing. I kept practicing what I have learnt and I found most people are very predictable.. to the point that I can manipulate them..It’s scary.. do you think hannibal is really INTJ?

    • sokrates2 Reply

      Great to know the approach works! Will be ordering my psychopath books very soon! :D honestly, I will.

    • sokrates2 Reply

      Do you mind giving a top 5 or 10 litterature list for understanding people to the point of manipulation? I am a compassionate being, promise.

  6. Andrea Marie Reply

    WOW i found myself constantly giggling because of how accurate this whole INTJ description fits me. Unreal!

    • Terrell Emanuel Reply

      I also found these descriptions to be very accurate lol. I really enjoyed reading how much of these details described me.

  7. Pert Reply

    I think that most of us are not a totally fixed personality. We may act differently in various different environments.

  8. Dean Langridge Reply

    Agree with the weaknesses more so than the strengths, but 90% accurate.

  9. ZimKeyTar Reply

    I took the test two times and took another one from a different site and i get the same results, “INTJ”……i guess i am after all. Well, the strenghts i agree with completely. As for the weaknesses i am surprised by what i see……those are exactly my weaknesses except for the fact that i am more SENSITIVE. I totally agree with the characteristics!

  10. sokrates2 Reply

    “Loathe highly structured environments.” – it’s not a weakness, please, it’s the natural feeling which comes with unnecessarily decapacitating restrictions. “Consequently, INTJs strongly dislike environments that are built on blind obedience, traditions, or respect for authority.” – sounds more like we are saviors of oppression.