“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 INTJ’s dislike of the basic facts may, at times, work against them as they can make decisions based on their theories and concepts and at times they may overlook ‘the obvious,’ seeking instead the complex solution. 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

• Being 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 co-workers

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 the INTJ everything has a scientific base so 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 and so they may not understand their impact on others or indeed gauge the emotional reactions of others, which can make them appear as 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 and so feelings are difficult for them to fathom..

The INTJ is a perfectionist and may also find it difficult when other people or projects etc do not come up to their high expectations and standards. This can make them seem a little superior and so some people may love it if they trip up, but this would be unusual for the INTJ. INTJs 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, the INTJ is capable of being a real chatterbox – 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 the INTJ would prefer not to speak of it), the INTJ is prone to wax lyrical about it even to the extent of becoming an expert bore!

INTJ at work

“The INTJ loves the intellectual challenge and will come to the fore when there are difficult problems to solve, but 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 and are superb at cutting through the extraneous issues and getting to the real meat of the problem. The INTJ is a genuinely free and radical thinker with an incredible ability to pull together all the disparate strands into one cogent whole.

INTJs will overturn established practice be forward thinking and truly radical. They love the intellectual challenge, coming alive with difficult problems to solve then step back again when it becomes mundane. The INTJ will be at their best with the facility to work for long periods on their own

The INTJ will often find the mundane and routine tedious and energy sapping and may prefer individual contribution excelling
at deep diving and working on the unique, the interesting and the 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 towards 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?”

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