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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Jul 01, 2015 04:15:19

"Pssh, wow, you expect me to feel sorry for that?"

*proves arrogance correct*
Jun 17, 2015 00:54:45
Has anyone noticed? Just about every INTJ here is posting grammatically correct. Everyone here using proper capitalization and punctuation.

Says a lot about the perfectionist that we are commonly associated with.
Jun 05, 2015 20:01:16
Does this comment section, and the number of people on it mean we aren't necessarily as "alone" as we feel, and there's an list of us staring right at us. What if we get in touch with one another, then segregate among'st on the basis of our particular "fields of interests" or "specialties, abilities(broad ex. art,business,IT etc..)", find a good working mix for the different projects that we would like to pursue (ex. If the goal is to reach the top(satisfying competitive needs)(is that [the top] necessarily monetary success or is that more of a measure of success and only a particular factor?) while solving a personal problem(satisfying idealism needs) such as obtaining unlimited bandwidth at greater speeds without restrictive data caps then to open up our own ISP capable of achieving such service would need people from the fields of business as well as IT and gradually mktg. etc. etc.) and use our pooled expertise and resources to achieve our goals since i'm assuming most of us are still striving, seem like a good idea? Don't forget to involve me if yes.. 2% is less so this list should be pretty valuable assuming it's accuracy is high enough. The ISP example is possible btw, as per reports of a new ISP in the Boston are. And since a lot of us aren't established enough to demand investment on the scale we know we could achieve great results with, let's pick the small fish, but a lot of them (greatly paraphrased and as understood from the snowball(book))
May 29, 2015 01:39:01
"Clueless in romance" is the only thing - including the rest of the weaknesses - that I'm not proud of.
Jun 25, 2015 07:50:02
Mar 22, 2015 12:52:52
Am I the only one who found that a few of the weaknesses didn't necessarily apply to them?

I definitely think very highly of myself, especially my intellect, so I can see how I might come across as arrogant. But at the same time, I strive to be a good person and I'm constantly worrying that other people will misunderstand me and think I'm an asshole, so I make this overly conscious effort to not seem arrogant or just obnoxious in general.

I'm definitely judgmental when it comes to certain things, particularly illogical, irrational behavior and just stupidity in general (obviously), but I'm also somewhat forgiving of such flaws and I understand that the vast majority of people will not fully satisfy my expectations. I also don't completely dismiss emotion considerations. I'm actually a very emotional person myself, it's just that I'm far too rational to let those emotions get the better of me.

This one hit the mark. I'm DEFINITELY overly analytical. However, I understand humans far too well to let it affect my relationships with them.

I can't stand highly structured environments, and I especially can't stand authority figures who blindly uphold the laws/rules, so this one is definitely true for me.

I think this is the one that doesn't apply to me the most. I'm fascinated by human behavior and psychology and even though I've only been on this earth for just shy of two decades, I've really come to understand quite a bit about the way humans work. And it's because of this that I think I'm actually far from clueless when it comes to romance. I'm able to let my intellect come through in a relationship but still be compassionate, kind, funny and other generally desirable characteristics. But my rational mind still keeps me level-headed and makes sure that my emotions don't take over. We can probably all agree that irrational, overly emotional people are unbelievably irritating in romantic relationships.
Jun 02, 2015 05:22:15
I have to agree. I'm actually planning to get a job as a Psychiatrist when I leave School, to watch the amazing human brain at work. While I do appear somewhat misanthropic around people I can't stand: people, for the most part, fascinate me. Perhaps this article should be slightly tweaked?
Jun 17, 2015 12:44:24
This is possibly due to the fact that you don't view people simply as people, but more subjects to study, and the learning of their habits etc as a project. I am similar; hate small talk etc but find people fascinating as there is so much to learn from/about them.