INTJ Strengths and Weaknesses

INTJ Strengths

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 almost 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

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.
4 years ago
I must add too, that not all of the adjustments I made were bad. They really helped reduce the negative traits of the female INTJ. But they are taxing for me cause they do not come to me naturally. I understand why now. And I'm going to be more careful to manage them.
4 years ago
Lately, I've been in a very unexpected position and things have been said to me that I really do not agree with. I figured I needed time for myself to do some personal evaluations. I wondered about my personality type and decided to do some in depth study. I stumbled upon this sight and this facts are just so amazing. I am definitely INTJ - female. I've always wondered why people don't get things that are just so obvious to me. I overanalyse things and I try to rationalise. The information above explains so much. I realise I have adjusted my life to suit other personalities because everybody else seemed different and I just felt I must be wrong. Since everybody sees things differently. But even after doing what they did or going where they went. I come home and analyse cause I just wasn't comfortable. And now I understand why. Thank you so much for this test and the points. I understand myself better now. No more trying to fit in cause I understand why I'm different - it's cause I'm in the minority. But a brilliant minority. Proud to be INTJ
4 years ago
While the strengths and weaknesses definitely line up with my natural personality, I do find that you can address a lot of the weaknesses and become better at many of them. Particularly in the "F" realm, I think it is almost mandatory for a lot of us to explore that side of things as a lack of awareness (or desire to change) causes most of our problems. Ironically, I've worked with some pronounced INTJs (I'm middle of the road) and found them to be challenging to manage. While I respected their work and their autonomous tendencies, they tended to make a lot of work for others because of their almost stubborn refusal to self-reflect. In my experience, a lot of INTJs seem to love the "outsider" status and that is a double-edged sword. I don't think it's a surprise that my ability to manage at work coincided with my willingness to meet other people half way as opposed to try to find ways to dictate my way to them. With that being said, I don't think I'd trade these traits for those of another personality. I even was slightly amused in the company I was keeping according to the "famous INTJs" section.
4 years ago
I read through this, after taking a quiz, and found that the strengths and weaknesses describe me completely.. I knew about all of them but was never truely concious of it.
4 years ago
We INTJ's should all have our own continent. It would be awesome!!!
4 years ago
That idea sounds highly appealing, but when you look at it in more depth, it's actually quite terrifying. Imagine, an entire continent of people with strong opinions and different notions of what is wrong and what isn't. And I have heard us INTJ's being described as "heartless", or insensitive by others. If we are truly heartless, how would that translate well into a land where only we exist? It would go completely downhill. I'm sorry if I just ruined your optimistic view on a place for only INTJ's. I tend to over-analyze EVERYTHING and look too far into the picture. I guess this proves I am an INTJ. Please, I don't mean to offend you or shoot your idea down. I was just thinking and wanted to share my opinion. :)
3 years ago
Think; 'The Hunger Games', and every competitor a Katniss.
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