INTJ Friends

People with the INTJ personality type tend to have more success in developing friendships than they do with romantic relationships, but they none-the-less suffer from many of the same setbacks, substituting rational processes for emotional availability. This intellectual distance tends to go both ways, making INTJs notoriously difficult to read and get to know, and making INTJs not want to bother reading anyone they think isn’t on their level. Overcoming these hurdles is often all but impossible without the sort of instant connection made possible by sharing the Intuitive (N) trait.

INTJ friends

No Person Will Complain for Want of Time Who Never Loses Any

INTJs tend to have set opinions about what works, what doesn’t, what they’re looking for, and what they’re not. These discriminating tastes can come across as arrogant, but INTJs would simply argue that it’s a basic filtering mechanism that allows them to direct their attentions where they will do the most good. The fact is that in friendship, INTJs are looking for more of an intellectual soul mate than anything else, and those that aren’t prepared for that kind of relationship are simply boring. INTJs need to share ideas – a self-feeding circle of gossip about mutual friends is no kind of social life for them.

INTJs will keep up with just a few good friends, eschewing larger circles of acquaintances in favor of depth and quality.

Further, having more than just a few friends would compromise INTJs’ sense of independence and self-sufficiency – they gladly give up social validation to ensure this freedom. INTJs embrace this idea even with those who do fit into their social construct, requiring little attention or maintenance to remain on good terms, and encouraging that same independence in their friends.

When it comes to emotional support, INTJs are far from being a bastion of comfort. They actively suppress their own emotions with shields of rationality and logic, and expect their friends to do the same. When emotionally charged situations do come about, INTJs may literally have no clue how to handle them appropriately, a glaring contrast from their usual capacity for decisive self-direction and composure.

But Friendship Is Precious

When they are in their comfort zone though, among people they know and respect, INTJs have no trouble relaxing and enjoying themselves. Their sarcasm and dark humor are not for the faint of heart, nor for those who struggle to read between the lines, but they make for fantastic story-telling among those who can keep up. This more or less limits their pool of friends to fellow Analysts and Diplomat types, as Observant (S) types’ preference for more straightforward communication often simply leaves both parties frustrated.

It’s not easy to become good friends with INTJs. Rather than traditional rules of social conduct or shared routine, INTJs have exacting expectations for intellectual prowess, uncompromising honesty and a mutual desire to grow and learn as sovereign individuals. INTJs are gifted, bright and development-oriented, and expect and encourage their friends to share this attitude. Anyone falling short of this will be labeled a bore – anyone meeting these expectations will appreciate them of their own accord, forming a powerful and stimulating friendship that will stand the test of time.

1 year ago
This is true. I only have acquaintances but if I tell them this then I know for certain they will feel bad and hurt. Being honest I don't care for friends or lovers, I never feel a strong enough connection to make me want to keep someone. Its a downside I suppose but I like the tranquillity of my solitude. Instead of fitting in standards perhaps they should attempt to understand me more
1 year ago
I only have like, three really close friends at the most. The rest are more like acquaintances.
1 year ago
Heh. Honestly speaking, I haven't actually ever met anyone who, to me, is worthy of the title 'friend'. Anyone?
1 year ago
Yes. I understand!
3 years ago
20 years.still haven't met anyone like me.everyone else just looks lost like I see something they don' I can't associate with them I just involuntarily repel them so.I'm still friendless.I don't mind for the most part.
4 months ago
It’s like you’re on a glass walkway over top of them and they just can’t manage to look to the sky where you stand?
3 years ago
Does anyone here feel that the title, 'friend' is being misused and thrown around a lot? If I newly acquaint myself to someone for the first time, they automatically consider me as a 'best friend'. If I just call them a acquaintance, or maybe even a stranger they get unnecessarily butt-hurt, even though I'm simply stating the truth (not that it bothers me).
3 years ago
Hahahahahaha. It's so weird to read that from someone else. And yes, I totally know that feel. It's not just that word; there are lots of words being misused, and it's kinda frustrating. That's why I had to 'deceive' my mind into thinking that every person lives in their own world, so every person has their own definitions on these "ambiguous" concepts.
2 years ago
I'm ISFJ but I don't make REAL friends easily because I can't trust someone I don't know and I'm hard to get to know....I call people "friends" for lack of a better word. One of my closest friends is INTJ and she id awesome:)
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