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INTJ is Independent, Original, Quick, Organized

Introvert – Intuiting – Thinking – Judging

The INTJ is the most independent pattern of all the MBTI®types. The originality of their thinking and ideas, their insight and vision, together with the judging need for closure make them good strategic thinkers and brainstormers. The difference between an INTJ and an INTP is the drive to actually implement their ideas and achieve their goals. They have great capacity to seize opportunities.

They are logical, critical and reliable, but also creative, imaginative and innovative. This provides excellent pattern recognition abilities to enable long-range planning, trend analysis and system building capability. There is also a strong pragmatic drive that asks “does it work?” and “how is this useful?”

They are more confident than INTPs, but are perfectionists and highly demanding of self and others. This may be because they are less constrained by criticism, convention or authority. They have a wide range of interests and develop expertise in many areas. These wide-ranging abilities together with the confidence and decisiveness that comes from depth of knowledge can be mistaken for arrogance.

Most Developed Skill

INTJs strongest drive is to for competence, in themselves and others from the Intuiting combination. They like to improve things and people – they see the possibilities. They are great model and theory builders – they can organize very complex ideas and concepts. They see implications in areas others would not imagine even looking. They are predominantly introspective, scholarly, theoretical, possibility driven and focused.


Their strengths lie in their ability to focus deeply on issues, to see implications and possibilities. They are strongly motivated to be competent, have high standards and work ethic. They are innovative, visionary, can understand complex ideas and deduce principles and trends.


Because INTJs dominant skill is in intuiting, they have excellent big picture, pattern recognition and visionary abilities. This pattern is useful for persuasion, quiet influence and conflict resolution. Creative problem solving and the ability to create systems and models, backed by the drive to implement these make them productive.


They can also be arrogant, remote and rough with people’s feelings. They find it difficult to appreciate and praise. They usually see social rituals as something a little tedious and indirect. They can overlook necessary details and challenge authority and rules.

Once projects become established they tend to lose interest. In other words, they like to lay the tracks, but not drive the train. They are often impatient with others less competent are who cannot think as quickly. There is a tendency to be theoretical rather than practical.

Stress Response

Under stress they can be withdrawn, tough minded, reserved, arrogant, condescending and even mercenary.

Typical Expression

The typical expression of the Introvert, Intuiting, Thinking, Judging pattern is observant, systematic, action oriented comments


INTJs value introspective theory development, independence and autonomy.


INTJs have a high need for autonomy, variety, stimulation and challenging work.


The Intuiting Thinking combination learns best when provided with complex systems, theories and possibilities. They are comfortable with abstractions, the big picture and implications.

Least Developed Skill

The least developed skill is in Sensing – collecting sensory information from the environment. This can make them jump to conclusions from limited evidence/facts. A lack of step-by-step logic can show itself as incorrect deductions that arrive out of the blue without foundation.

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