INTJ Personality and Emotions

INTJs are defined by their confidence, logic, and exceptional decision-making, but all of this hides a turbulent underbelly – their emotions. The very notion of emotional expression is synonymous with irrationality and weakness to many INTJs, a display of poor self-governance and fleeting opinion that can hardly stand up to the enduring light of factual truth.

This mistrust of emotions is understandable, as Feeling (F) is the most weakly developed trait for INTJs – like any complex tool, skilled hands can use it to remarkable effect, while untrained hands make clumsy and dangerous work.

People with the INTJ personality type take pride in remaining rational and logical at all times, considering honesty and straightforward information to be paramount to euphemisms and platitudes in almost all circumstances. In many ways though, these qualities of coolness and detachment aren’t the weapons of truth that they appear to be, but are instead shields designed to protect the inner emotions that INTJs feel. In fact, because their emotions are such an underdeveloped tool, INTJs often feel them more strongly than many overtly emotional types because they simply haven’t learned how to control them effectively.

INTJ personality and emotions

There Is Not a Truth Existing Which I Fear

This is a challenging paradigm for INTJs to manage, especially younger and more Turbulent types who are already less confident than they would like to appear. These feelings are contrary to INTJs’ idea of themselves as paragons of logic and knowledge, and they may go so far as to claim they have no emotions at all. This does not mean that people with the INTJ personality type should be seen as, nor should they aspire to be, cold-blooded and insensitive geniuses living by the mantra that emotions are for the weak. INTJs must understand that this isn’t the case, and isn’t ever going to be.

More mature and Assertive INTJs find more useful ways to manage their feelings. While they will never be comfortable with a truly public display of emotions, INTJs can learn to use them, to channel them alongside their logic to help them achieve their goals. While seemingly contradictory, this can be done in several ways.

Firstly, INTJs are goal-oriented, with long-term ideas founded on sound logic. When something does cause an emotional reaction, good or bad, that energy can be used to further those goals, aiding rational and pre-determined plans. Secondly, emotions are figurative canaries in the coal mine, indicating that something is off even though logic can’t see it yet. These feelings can help INTJs to use their logic to ask questions they may not have thought to ask. "This is upsetting. Why? What can be done to resolve it?"

Question With Boldness

In this way, emotions are not INTJs’ way of addressing a decision, but rather an indication that a decision needs to be addressed. INTJ personalities’ Thinking (T) trait acts as a protective big brother to their Feeling (F) trait – seeing that something has upset the less able sibling, it steps in to take action, letting logic do the talking and resolving the condition rather than complaining about its consequences.

There comes a time though, when logic is simply the wrong tool for the job, when there just isn’t a rational solution to a problem, and it is in these situations that INTJs must use their Feeling (F) trait most clearly. INTJs would do well to practice this from time to time, or at least be aware of it, because however they may try, it is impossible to truly separate emotion from the decision-making process. The fact is that INTJs do feel, and deeply, and this makes them better, not worse.

2 years ago
When my parents divorced when i was a child i went into a whirlwind of emotion (first time in my life) one minuet i'd be fine, as happy as i could be given the situation, the next i'd be throwing objects at my classmates in a fit of rage (usually instigated by one of the many bullies i had) or sobbing uncontrollably. Only when my rage got to the point that my sister was the recipient of it in an uncontrolled state did i finally develop the ability of an INTJ to suppress and shield them with pure logic and reason, in this case though it was to protect not only myself but others as well.
2 years ago
I feel you. My parents recently got a divorce, and last year while the majority of their stuff was happening, I was overly stressed. At one point I yelled at my father and called him some names (that he deserved. ). It's more difficult for us INTJs to control our feelings when we're under immense stress.
3 years ago
Has anyone else experienced extreme rage when someone is wrong about something about yourself but they tell other people? Or even assume something wrong about you?
2 years ago
Actually, I have three younger brothers who always assume that I will do one thing when I mean to do the other. They often make me feel rage and anger, but I have been taught to control it and keep it inside. However, I still go into fits of fiery anger, but only for moments at a time. They always judge me based on what they think I will do and say, even when it never happens. I don't hate them for it, though. Rather, I hate how they always assume my actions. And, until I took the quiz, I never knew that there were other people like me out there. People who understand what I personally go through.
3 years ago
Finally I find why always be troubled by my emotions. The Emotion Page, is concise and comprehensive, hit the mark .
3 years ago
I found a great way to fit in with society, just pretend to be happy and make others happy its a logical way because of the fact that INTJ struggle with showing emotion, this has helped me greatly.
3 years ago
I always thought that my issues with emotions had developed as a response for having a brutal father, who would punish me for showing emotions (it has taken him more than half a century to overcome his own trauma... and he still needs help!). Never thought this could be a personality trait shared among a defined theoretical personality profile; with my own experience, the logic would be that, anyone having issues expressing their feelings has had a turbulent past, independently of their "personality profile", so this is interesting to read and analyse. Anyway, while reading this comment section, I can only say: WHERE'S YOUR WILL POWER, PEOPLE? Maybe it's because most INTJs don't want to do anything to their "feels" area yet, and that's why they haven't used their will power to change things in there; otherwise, according to our description, there shouldn't be an excuse for us to *not* being capable of addressing our weak areas. (Oh, that perfectionism!) "In this way, emotions are not INTJs' way of addressing a decision, but rather an indication that a decision needs to be addressed". HAHAHAHAHA! Shouldn't it be that way, though? x')
1 year ago
With regard to your first paragraph, you are lucky you are an INTJ, we do not show emotion much and are therefore somewhat resistant to emotional stimulation and stress.
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