Strategies: Confident Individualism

Shared traits: Introverted and Assertive

Confident Individualists typically trust in themselves, and they often embrace solitude to pursue their own interests rather than seeking out social activity. Fascinated by personal projects, people following this Strategy often have an impressive range of skills and interesting ideas. But projects are usually only pursued for their own merit – Confident Individualists tend to feel that social displays and bragging are time and energy wasted. These personality types are proud of who they are, what they know, and what they can do, but they don’t feel the need to prove themselves to others.

Confident Individualists engage their internal inspiration instead of searching for motivation outside themselves. They favor privacy, and aren’t particularly fond of interacting with society, whether in a strictly social sense or when embracing broader societal goals. These personalities often favor substance over superficiality and personal honesty over playing along, and prefer a utilitarian approach, even when pursuing esoteric goals.

This utilitarianism also means that Confident Individualists are not easily drawn into emotional drama. They hold their own opinions firmly, but tend to see little reason to try to convince others. When drama does arise, these personality types express their truth with little concern over whether they’ll cause friction or offense. Confident Individualists tend to endorse self-reliance over cooperation, and are rarely pressured into agreeing with or lending support to others unless they believe in the cause.

This relaxed self-assurance means that Confident Individualists may not push their boundaries. Their live-and-let-live attitude goes both ways: they don’t need to convince others, and they tend to expect others to return the favor. While highly capable, they can miss information and opportunities that challenge their views because they simply don’t place much importance on factoring in others’ approval. They can be tolerant in disagreement though, respecting others’ individualism just as they respect their own.

When these personality types form friendships, they tend to be strong and honest. Because these types don’t feel like they need other people’s approval, their loyalty and affection is a deliberate expression of affection. Impressing a Confident Individualist earns their respect and care, and these types make for dedicated, passionate friends.

Self-reliance is central for these types, and they handle difficult situations well because they tend to be emotionally secure, bold, and resistant to stress. They rarely seek leadership or the spotlight, but when they do find themselves in these positons, these personalities lead by an example of self-determination and uncomplicated honesty – they appreciate grace, class, and form, and rarely seek to impress by appearances alone. When acting with knowledge and wisdom, Confident Individualists can be noble pillars of strength.

2 months ago
100% accurate!
2 months ago
Me, But things aren't going well. By the way,thanks for making this website. Maybe you guys will never know how much change you are bringing in someone's life.
3 months ago
Yup. I'm who I want to be. Of course I believe I can always improve myself in lots of ways but I think that doesn't mean I'm not good enough now. Only opinion on me that matters is mine. Being self-confident is the best present one can give himself. For me it is the only true way to achieve happiness and peace in mind and in social interactions. It took me long enough to realise this.
4 months ago
Wow, not only did the test itself nail me to a T, but so did this article. This site is doing some good work.
Alan
4 months ago
It seems to be a good description of INTJ's strategies but there are 2 statements that I wouldn't necessarily agree with. "These personality types are proud of who they are, what they know, and what they can do" - this is not the case when one realizes that one knows too little in certain areas compared with other professionals specializing in these areas. Of course getting to a comparable level is a matter of time and effort(and sometimes publicity) but still, just knowing how to do something is not a good reason to be proud. Also, I value humbleness more than pride and I'm consciously trying to reject the latter whenever I can. "they handle difficult situations well because they tend to be emotionally secure, bold, and resistant to stress." - it depends on a situation though. Some of my colleagues are impressed by my calm behaviour in difficult situations. There are however other situations when I'm quite stressed and not very able to solve complex problems. Maybe I'm not a 'model' INTJ. I'm wondering what others think about these statements?
3 weeks ago
I agree with your statements. I am an INFP and CI. While I am definitely proud of what I do, I am humble and try to keep I to myself. As for the stress, I also agree. your statement of often being calm, yet sometimes stressed, is definitely accurate. I have to agree with your statement; people often are saying things like "how are you so calm?!" as they are freaking out. I think it just comes from this confidence in things and also the fact that I can see much more logically than most my age. Those are my thoughts.
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