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Who Are the INTJs?

An INTJ is an introvert, a reserved person, because their introversion is Introverted Intuition. It will look like a disconnect from others, as if they’re oblivious to whatever is going on around them. They are logical people, thinkers.

Their logic is Extroverted Thinking, their logic is about structuring everything and categorizing it. To others, it will look like a very uptight, perfectionistic person. They still have feelings, but they have Introverted Feeling.

So their feelings are more individualistic and internalized, so you may not notice. It comes out in moments of passion when they believe in something wholeheartedly, or when something moves them emotionally. You may then see very genuine emotion being processed behind their eyes. You won’t see it splayed all over their face and going outward, as you would with those Extroverted Feelers.

They can still be concrete. They have the ability to take notice of their immediate environment and to recognize that their 5 senses are alive.

But most of the time, they won’t. Because they shun the real world in favor of their first function, Introverted Intuition. Ni just wants to float around and not be connected to people and places. Those are “too real”. It especially doesn’t want to be tied to anything concrete or non-abstract. It lives in an abstract world…

Who Are the INTJs?

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5. Inherently Competitive

An INTJ’s ability to control his or her emotions and override cognitive biases, is extremely advantageous in competitions. While the benefits of emotional control in competition may seem relatively direct, the ability to recognize, overcome, and manipulate biases is fundamental in “winning.”

4. Extremely Strategic

Their strategies may stretch so far into the future and cover such vast terrain that their immediate choices may actually seem random, and irrational to their peers.

3. Notably Adaptive

INTJs truly internalize the “one-size-does-not-fit-all” concept. Just as one key may not fit in every lock; and just as one government system may not fit every country; few fixed behaviors, strategies, and mentalities fit well into every situation. Whether the INTJ chooses to significantly change their behavior, despite their knowledge though, varies on an individual basis.

2. Steadfastly Loyal

I have very few “standards” when it comes to relationships of all kinds, but loyalty is extremely important to me. This is because I don’t have the emotional capacity, desire, nor time, to truly empathize or support everyone’s needs. However, when I find someone with whom I click and trust, I will move metaphorical mountains to be there for that person.

Do these actions interfere with my personal gain? From an entirely emotionless standpoint, yes. Absolutely. My actions have cost me financial, global, and professional development opportunities on several occasions.

However, if you are someone who values close relationships, then supporting your loved ones, especially in their time of need, will be both the subjectively and objectively right thing to do. Moreover, I know that my friends would do the exact same for me.

Since loyalty of this caliber is so rare to find, it would be unreasonable and wrong to let such special people out of your life. Due to the level of loyalty I expect from others and expect of myself, I have few people I am actually close with.

1. Instinctively Dishonest

Now, while dishonesty, manipulation, or greed, are not traits exclusively reserved for this personality type, their heightened presence among INTJs makes sense when contextualized with their overall personality.

INTJs love learning why and how things work; They enjoy creating novel, sustainable, more efficient & effective solutions via experimentation; They like optimizing positive gains, however defined by the individual; They are more prone to viewing every system in terms of objects and explainable relationships.

For these reasons, INTJs tend to gravitate towards and excel in technical fields. Engineering, coding, and finance, for instance, virtually demand individuals to repeatedly manipulate various information, resources, and conditions to find the optimal solution.

However, when an INTJ’s focus and interests more visibly touch the social realm, society tends to deem the INTJ’s behavior as dishonest, manipulative, or greedy. Just because an INTJ knows how to manipulate objects or information, it doesn’t mean that he or she knows how to manage individuals with the same level of sophistication, nor that acts upon each opportunity to do so.

INTJs may appear extremely social and happy-go-lucky because it is possible for them to enjoy human relationships and life’s beautiful moments, and they do generally care about creating this perception of it as it usually does benefit them.