How is the INTJ performance


I. Letter code (preferences)

I - introversion (reflection on oneself) is preferred to extraversion (interaction with the environment). INTJs like to withdraw from the world to recharge their batteries. INTJs immerse themselves in a rich inner life in which they ponder about the world and indulge their ideas and fantasies.

N - Perception is preferably intuitive. In Jungian terminology, this means that INTJs try to understand things for which there is insufficient evidence in their current environment. It is assumed that intuitive people are better able to access unconscious content. You can easily replace missing details by recognizing patterns and parallels to known content and thereby find explanations for events that are not obvious.

T Think is more important to the INTJ than feeling. (The letter "T" refers to the English word "thinking"). This means that INTJs prefer to be guided by the laws of logic rather than emotional considerations in their decisions and actions. You analyze a situation carefully and critically and recognize inconsistencies. Feelings are too vague as an explanation for them. INTJs are quick to draw logical conclusions and predictions based on a few clues without needing to fully understand the facts.

J - Judging (engl. judging). INTJs look for stability and structures in their outside world. Too many unpredictable changes are more likely to be unpleasant for them. With an INTJ, this attitude is particularly evident in the need to bring things to a close and find a solution. INTJs prefer to come to a decision quickly rather than enduring uncertain external circumstances over which they have no control for long periods of time. Their dominant perceptual function (introverted intuition) can lead them to temporarily put their plans and duties behind in favor of pursuing their ideas and mind games. They are mostly acutely aware of their duties and endure this condition worse than P-types, who are often better able to suppress the consequences of their haphazard actions.

II. Strengths
  • INTJs are independent thinkers who are able to systematically analyze information, taking into account different perspectives and contexts, and who at the same time adapt their knowledge store to the results of their analysis.
  • Through their intuition, they often come to deep insights about the world that are not obvious to others.
  • Most of them are very good strategists who see many possibilities and ways to achieve a goal. In doing so, they identify the most optimal strategy and develop complex plans and systems to implement the goal.
  • They are persistent and thorough in the implementation of their goals.


III. weaknesses


  • INTJs are often so convinced of the correctness of their point of view that they do not listen to others sufficiently or like to limit themselves to pointing out weak points without wanting to understand other points of view correctly. As a result, they are sometimes more destructive than constructive.
  • They tend to disregard their own feelings and the feelings of others and try to rationalize everything, including their personal relationships.
  • They often seem aloof and sometimes arrogant. They can sometimes be quite merciless when they criticize and often take too little consideration for the feelings of those around them.
  • Since they are often lost in thought, they often do not perceive what is happening in their environment sufficiently and thus also overlook important details.


IV. Functions strongly anchored in consciousness

Dominant function: Introverted intuition (Ni)

Its dominant function is intuition, it is directed inwards. Intuition often gives INTJs insights into contexts, even though the concrete facts are insufficient to explain them. This process often appears to others to be mysterious and incomprehensible. However, it can also be explained without recourse to magical powers. INTJs often take in many details from their outside world without being aware of it and after a while process them inside into a unified whole. The insights gained in this way then feel like aha effects, as they seem to appear out of nowhere.

Second function: extraverted thinking (Te)

Their second function is extraverted thinking. It enables INTJs to see whether their ideas hold up in reality. As a judgment function, it helps INTJs to follow up their perceptions with concrete actions. In this way, they deal with existing structures and at the same time try to apply their new findings. By testing the applicability of their ideas to reality to achieve set goals, they ensure that their insights are correct and of practical use.

V. Atypical behavior

Each of the 16 types shows certain atypical behaviors. They are an expression of the excessive use of their dominant function at the expense of other functions that lead a shadowy existence in the subconscious. You can find more information on this topic here.

Inferior function: extraverted feeling (Se)

The inferior function of the INTJ is extraverted sensation. Under the influence of this function, INTJs act more like poorly developed ESFPs. They lose their ability to think globally and begin to get attached to little things in their outside world. Instead of seeing many possibilities, they get a kind of tunnel vision, worry about trivial things and lose sight of their priorities completely. Similar to the INFJ, they are overwhelmed by the demands of their environment and the external stimuli. They lose their ability to concentrate and take forever to complete everyday tasks. Objects are misplaced and constantly searched for. Things in the environment that were previously neglected suddenly trigger unfamiliar activities. Although INTJ's sensory impressions don't pay much attention, they suddenly become more preoccupied with enjoying things. Often the excessive propensity for indulgence is accompanied by a careless attitude towards the financial and physical consequences.

Please note that the functions only explain part of the personality. People of a certain type differ in terms of the degree of development of their functions. These are more or less well developed and the strengths and weaknesses of the type come to light accordingly. Among other things, this has to do with the individual's development to date. The more conducive your own circumstances are and were, the more balanced and less extreme the personality. The weaknesses are clearly visible in young INTJs or INTJs who have only insufficiently developed their second function, whereas mature INTJs have this better under control.

A detailed profile description of the INTJ can be found here.