INTJ strengths and weaknesses

INTJ Strengths

  • Quick, Imaginative and Strategic Mind - INTJs pride themselves on their minds, taking every opportunity to improve their knowledge, and this shows in the strength and flexibility of their strategic thinking. Insatiably curious and always up for an intellectual challenge, INTJs can see things from many perspectives. INTJs use their creativity and imagination not so much for artistry, but for planning contingencies and courses of action for all possible scenarios.
  • High Self-Confidence - INTJs trust their rationalism above all else, so when they come to a conclusion, they have no reason to doubt their findings. This creates an honest, direct style of communication that isn't held back by perceived social roles or expectations. When INTJs are right, they're right, and no amount of politicking or hand-holding is going to change that fact - whether it's correcting a person, a process, or themselves, they'd have it no other way.
  • Independent and Decisive - This creativity, logic and confidence come together to form individuals who stand on their own and take responsibility for their own actions. Authority figures do not impress INTJs, nor do social conventions or tradition, and no matter how popular something is, if they have a better idea, INTJs will stand against anyone they have to in a bid to have it changed. Either an idea is the most rational or it's wrong, and INTJs will apply this to their arguments as well as their own behavior, staying calm and detached from these sometimes emotionally charged conflicts. INTJs will only be swayed by those who follow suit.
  • Hard-working and determined - If something piques their interest, INTJs can be astonishingly dedicated to their work, putting in long hours and intense effort to see an idea through. INTJs are incredibly efficient, and if tasks meet the criteria of furthering a goal, they will find a way to consolidate and accomplish those tasks. However, this drive for efficiency can also lead to a sort of elaborate laziness, wherein INTJs find ways to bypass seeming redundancies which don't seem to require a great deal of thought - this can be risky, as sometimes double-checking one's work is the standard for a reason.
  • Open-minded - All this rationalism leads to a very intellectually receptive personality type, as INTJs stay open to new ideas, supported by logic, even if (and sometimes especially if) they prove INTJs' previous conceptions wrong. When presented with unfamiliar territory, such as alternate lifestyles, INTJs tend to apply their receptiveness and independence, and aversion to rules and traditions, to these new ideas as well, resulting in fairly liberal social senses.
  • Jacks-of-all-Trades - INTJs' open-mindedness, determination, independence, confidence and strategic abilities create individuals who are capable of doing anything they set their minds to. Excelling at analyzing anything life throws their way, INTJs are able to reverse-engineer the underlying methodology of most any system and apply the concepts that are exposed wherever needed. INTJs tend to have their pick of professions, from IT architects to political masterminds.

INTJ Weaknesses

  • Arrogant - INTJs are perfectly capable of carrying their confidence too far, falsely believing that they've resolved all the pertinent issues of a matter and closing themselves off to the opinions of those they believe to be intellectually inferior. Combined with their irreverence for social conventions, INTJs can be brutally insensitive in making their opinions of others all too clear.
  • Judgmental - INTJs tend to have complete confidence in their thought process, because rational arguments are almost by definition correct - at least in theory. In practice, emotional considerations and history are hugely influential, and a weak point for INTJs is that they brand these factors and those who embrace them as illogical, dismissing them and considering their proponents to be stuck in some baser mode of thought, making it all but impossible to be heard.
  • Overly analytical - A recurring theme with INTJs is their analytical prowess, but this strength can fall painfully short where logic doesn't rule - such as with human relationships. When their critical minds and sometimes neurotic level of perfectionism (often the case with Turbulent INTJs) are applied to other people, all but the steadiest of friends will likely need to make some distance, too often permanently.
  • Loathe highly structured environments - Blindly following precedents and rules without understanding them is distasteful to INTJs, and they disdain even more authority figures who blindly uphold those laws and rules without understanding their intent. Anyone who prefers the status quo for its own sake, or who values stability and safety over self-determination, is likely to clash with INTJ personality types. Whether it's the law of the land or simple social convention, this aversion applies equally, often making life more difficult than it needs to be.
  • Clueless in romance - This antipathy to rules and tendency to over-analyze and be judgmental, even arrogant, all adds up to a personality type that is often clueless in dating. Having a new relationship last long enough for INTJs to apply the full force of their analysis on their potential partner's thought processes and behaviors can be challenging. Trying harder in the ways that INTJs know best can only make things worse, and it's unfortunately common for them to simply give up the search. Ironically, this is when they're at their best, and most likely to attract a partner.


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stella colchester
Feb 25, 2015 19:15:46
I think I started off as INTJ but I have trained myself to use fake emotions that I find in books to cover it up
Feb 22, 2015 13:23:23
Wow... I'm 0.8 percent... No wonder I'm not friendly. My BFF is constantly accusing me of not liking her when really I'm not into anything social.
Feb 25, 2015 23:56:19
It's fine. As an INTJ, I have trouble feeling sympathy, but I can relate to you 100%. Many of my friends accuse me for being too quiet, when I'm just thinking of better things. I'd care less for gossip and trivial information such as their life problems or fashion trends. I'm only social when I am able to discuss about politics or science, stuff like that.
Feb 15, 2015 22:41:33
If you are a true INTJ, then you would have read the list of weaknesses and ask yourself, "how are those weaknesses?" Am I the only one that asked myself that?
Feb 18, 2015 17:06:23
Certainly not. I can't see myself as arrogant anyway. While I do believe my thinking preference is superior to those with a feeling preference, I do not critisize people for having the feeling trait - nor do I believe that my thinking skills produce the correct verdict every time. For the former, I argue that these people never CHOSE to prefer thinking over feeling, when the 26 chromosones met to form the zygote cell of the person in question, these people were not capable of cognitive thought - yet alone given the choice of the preference.

People are different, that is the unfortunate truth. In the words of the great Albert Einstein, 'Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree it will live it's whole life believing it is stupid.'
This is my Name
Feb 21, 2015 19:53:11
I'd disagree, arrogance is a deplorable trait. I do not deem myself as arrogant, I agree with the person who commented above me. I DO believe rationale is more superior to feelings, but I will not loathe those who are more inclined to feelings.

We are all human beings, none of us are immaculate. It is irrational to think one is the best at everything.
It's Over Confidence
Feb 22, 2015 19:06:32
It's not necessarily that we are arrogant, it's just that that is an easy label to put on a very complicated personality
Insert Name
Feb 14, 2015 19:53:01
I do hate it how INTJ's are frequently stereotyped as villains. Yes, we can be very cynical, sarcastic, unsympathetic, calculating, and blunt, but that doesn't mean we are bad-willed. I, as an INTJ can be extremely loyal towards the ones I am fond of, and ruthlessly Machiavellian towards the ones whom posses a threat to me. I also HATE it when I'm underestimated, but I usually take it to my advantage. Who else here relates to me?
Eli Frazer
Feb 18, 2015 00:21:19
If you read forward, you shall discover that the author of the article explains exactly what you are.
Thomas A.W.
Feb 10, 2015 23:31:02
I have at several points leaned over to INFP or INTP types, but this one really sounds much closer.
Damn, I sense my love life is doomed to be tragedy.
Isabella W.
Feb 13, 2015 08:14:41
I usually try and convince myself that I don't need a relationship partner anyway, but it's kind of an uphill battle.
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