Understanding the INTJ Personality Type

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You may have heard of the Myers-Briggs personality type assessment before. It is a helpful tool to use in understanding yourself and others. There are four pairs that make up the personality types. Every personality will be a combination of intuition or sensing, introversion or extraversion, feeling or thinking, and perception or judging. Of the 16 personality types, the INTJ personality type is one of the rarest combinations, making it difficult for this type of personality to find others who think similarly to them.

INTJs have a few characteristics that set them apart from the crowd:

With the right attitude, nothing is impossible to achieve if you put your mind to it. INTJs can be dreamers but they can also be very cynical, potentially making it difficult for them to achieve their goals. That is why an INTJ with the right attitude believes they can be an unstoppable force who will reach their ultimate goals.

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Ideas and systems need to be questioned and explored. INTJs want to make sure something will actually work. They will explore different angles using methods that might not make sense to others but will make sense to them. These people are brilliant and often seem very confident to the outside observer. They will always strive to remain logical throughout their own process.

You would rather remain out of the spotlight and in your own head. INTJs are constantly reflecting, strategizing, and attempting to remain in control of their own situation. They feel more comfortable with themselves because they are confident in their own way of thinking and reliability.

These characteristics lead INTJs to be brilliant, self-confident, independent, decisive and hard-working people. With these strengths, INTJs seem to find success wherever they go making them seem good at just about anything they put their mind to. As with any strength, INTJs do have some distinct weaknesses. With their intellect and confidence, it can be easy for them to become arrogant. They may think their opinion is the only one that matters and close themselves off from the ideas of others. INTJs may have a tendency to question certain structures, particularly if it does not appear to them that there are logical reasons for doing things a specific way. They can be judgmental and overly analytical. They rely heavily on logic and their ability to analyze any situation potentially leaving them to dismiss emotions which can lead to difficulty in relationships. These potential weaknesses can make it difficult for them to empathize and connect with people who they are interested in dating.

As with any personality type, there are always strengths and weaknesses. INTJs are strong, confident, highly intelligent, and hard-working individuals. Many people are drawn to them in many contexts including a work environment and relationships. If left unattended, these qualities can result in excessive amounts of arrogance, leave them to bulldoze over the ideas of others, and create disconnection in their relationships with people. Whether you are an INTJ or identify with another personality type, it can be helpful to explore these personalities further. Not only will this kind of exploration help you potentially understand others, but it can also help you understand yourself more deeply.

Michelle Overman is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist working as a counselor for students, faculty, and staff at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. She works with athletes, bridging the gap between athletics and mental health at ACU. She is becoming a Certified Mental Performance Consultant in sports psychology.  Michelle ran her own private practice in Austin, Texas where she worked with a diverse population, including couples and families. Michelle earned a Master’s in Marriage & Family Therapy and has been working in the field for 6 years.