The INTJ is the patient visionary with a clear view of how the future should look and will work with quiet and logical determination to make it happen.
INTJs make decisions based on rational logic rather than emotion, and they will be quite measured in their approach to other people. They generally have strong opinions, are independent of thought and action, and have no need to verbalize these, other than to declare the conclusions. This economy of information can be a handicap, as it may leave members of the team feeling that they are “on the outside.”
The INTJs dislike of the basic facts may, at times, work against them. They can make decisions based on their theories and concepts and at times they may overlook “the obvious,” seeking the complex solution instead. However, they will generally trust their own judgments, especially as these have been considered, chewed-over, and processed for a long time prior to being announced.
• Interested and innovative
• Single-minded concentration
• Unimpressed with authority
• A naturally high achiever
Areas of Growth
• Be sensitive to others’ needs.
• Take care of routine details.
• Take time to smell the roses.
• Be more empathic in relationships.
INTJs need and want to know why things are the way the are. They cannot accept any phenomenon at face value. Even though their basic attitude is one of skepticism, they insist upon clarity.
• A flexible work schedule
• Maximum autonomy
• Clarity in role definitions and responsibilities
• An organized, structured environment
• Dealing with details
• Working under irrational or illogical people
• Too much extroverting
• Lack of follow-through from coworkers
To function at their best
Support for ideas and projects. Freedom from routine and mundane details. Problems to solve. To see ideas worked out and applied.
For INTJs, everything has a scientific base. Getting close would be difficult initially, as they don’t see the need for emotional connection. Their engagement tends to come via intellectual arguments with like-minded people. For INTJs, emotion doesn’t compute, so they may not understand their impact on others or gauge the emotional reactions of others. This can make them appear insensitive or a little cold. INTJs are private and can often be naturally impassive as well, which makes them easy to misunderstand. INTJs want people to make logical sense, so feelings are difficult for them to fathom.
INTJs are perfectionists and may also find it difficult when other people or projects do not meet their high expectations and standards. This can make them seem a little superior, and some people may love it if they trip up, but this would be unusual for INTJs. They are generally extremely private people and can often be naturally impassive as well, which makes them easy to misread and misunderstand.
Perhaps the most fundamental problem, however, is that INTJs really want people to make sense. Although quietness pervades, INTJs are capable of being real chatterboxes, but not in general or small talk—only on issues which are important to them or which stimulate them. When an idea is fully formed—until it is, INTJs would prefer not to speak of it—they are prone to wax lyrical about it, even to the extent of becoming an expert bore!
INTJ at work
INTJs love the intellectual challenge and will come to the fore when there are difficult problems to solve, but to those which require a complex understanding of many disparate issues. They love to deep dive, a solitary pursuit; then they come to life when the team is stuck. They are superb at cutting through the extraneous issues and getting to the real meat of the problem. INTJs are genuinely free and radical thinkers with an incredible ability to pull together all the disparate strands into one cogent whole.
INTJs will overturn established practice by being forward-thinking and truly radical. They love the intellectual challenge, coming alive with difficult problems to solve, then will step back again when it becomes mundane. INTJs will be at their best when they are able to work for long periods on their own.
INTJs will often find the mundane and routine tedious and energy-sapping and may prefer individual contribution. They excel at deep diving and working on the unique, interesting, and complex. INTJs are perfectionists, with an endless capacity for improving upon anything that takes their interest. They will work long and hard on such tasks, driving toward closure, impervious to the outside.
INTJs are ideas people. Anything is possible. INTJs love developing unique solutions to complex problems and, conversely, if it were not complex or interesting, then why would they bother?