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.
5 years ago
I believe as an INTJ we can understand emotions better by understanding body language. I was curious as a child, dont know why is it hard for me to get along with rest of the kids, then (one day) I stumbled upon a topic regarding body language in my sister's teenage magazine. Most of the signs are very obvious and doesnt need much intepretations. train you eyes and its actually very easy. Now I can translate body language to emotions and respond to what considered as socially acceptable/ sensitive response. You'll be suprised how learning body language will help you understand people better. You can even fool people that you're psychic! (Sorry about my english!)
5 years ago
"...They may overanalyze everything and get frustrated trying to understand how the other person thinks, try to use a nearly scientific approach to dating, or just give up altogether..." This INTJ weakness described here was one of the main problems I was with my ex-spouse. I think this weakness was also the main cause for the subsequent depression that I fell. This is because that, for a couple of days, I remained trying to analyze her thinking process that was concluded with the separation, looking for the logical cause of the decision and the precise moment from what the declive was started... getting frustrated. Only two weeks after the separation I got the idea that maybe I was not necessarily so bad person or she so logical. She was an ISTJ and I am an INTJ. Thanks you for this great site, and sorry for my bad english. Greetings from Argentina, far away to the south.
5 years ago
I was a ISTJ and am not surprise to find that experience has changed me to an INTJ and I agreed that I tend to ask about the logic of things. I am open minded and I analyze things but when it comes to passing a decision, I WOULD actually based it on "what's the point?" true.
5 years ago
EVEN THE WEAKNESSES ARE STRENGTHS!!!! I turn my propensity for reason, into logic, then efficiency, then wealth....and ultimately wealth is freedom. The freedom to find solace away from the overwhelming zombie-neanderthal populace. Or the freedom to dangle that wealth in front of them to make them dance and perform for my pure amusement and joy. To see them grovel out of envy. To have them beg for insights into my formula for wealth, freedom, peace and relaxation. That very same wealth and freedom acquired from managing emotions, shielding from risk and unreason, and being logically respsonsible, challenging convention, cowardice, and conformity. Who says we can't relax and have a good laugh and enjoy the pot of gold, and light at the end of the tunnel.
Maria Povarova
5 years ago
YES YES AND YES. evaluate everything. openminded. hate structured enviros!!! this is all too correct its starting to get scary.
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