How's the dark side of INTJ

INTJ - the strategist

General description & clichés

Evil super genius, sociophobic, ice block, alien brain, problem solver, arrogant asshole. In fact, these are usually all compliments for an INTJ. Doesn't this guy mind if you call him an asshole, because most of the time the reasons are, situations where he just says what he thinks. Since they are usually told something like this when they are of the opinion: "Wow, everyone is acting irrationally and emotionally, how good that I can remain objective here!", The reaction "arrogant asshole" tends to be positive, encouraging Connected experiences.

An INTJ who speaks politely sounds something like this, "I'm not a control freak, but can I show you how to do it right?"

OK. Enough clichés. Let's unpack and reveal the mysteries of this not-so-mysterious type.

First function - Introverted introverting ("Intuition Introverted, NI for short")

There are certainly people and other sources of knowledge / experience to whom the INTJ is inclined, but ultimately it only trusts one person: himself. Is also very much due to his introverted intuition - what does that mean again? First of all, the intuition itself: keeping an eye on the immaterial, i.e. on concepts, theories, ideas. Accordingly, many INTJs are not averse to philosophical or political debates and enjoy discussing them. Due to their suppressed fourth function, the extroverted feeling ("SE"), they can also enjoy the present and appreciate physical distractions, but they like to suppress it.

Why? Introverted intuition is very much directed towards the future, towards concrete goals. This means that an INTJ often only feels really comfortable in a job if he really knows that his actions contain a long-term meaning. As a result, they often don't care too much about social activities, small talk, or long walks. Basically, the relationship between the two functions, NI and SE, is a spiral. An example that everyone should understand: the INTJ values ​​high quality, tasty food. He can enjoy it because he knows that it is good for his mind and body and so he ingests it. Because if his mind and body work well, he can perform well - he is appropriately rewarded for this performance and can buy high-quality food again.

Very simplified, but the concept should now be clear. Due to the pronounced introverted intuition, the INTJ is very sensitive to symbolism and future prognoses. This may also be reflected in his preferences for entertainment media: most INTJs have a thing for science fiction or films that involve alternate timelines or convoluted realities, such as Christopher Nolan's "Inception" or "Interstellar".

In my opinion, however, the most important aspect of NI is the drive, the willpower, which is nourished by this function. Now one can protest and say: "Wait a minute, didn't it say that introverted intuition is a perceiving and not a judging function?" - Correct. But what if perception shows you attractive goals that give fulfillment to life? Because that is exactly what INTJs have in mind. Most of the time, this is already evident in the professional field. This guy is extremely ambitious and likes to give up one or the other personal pleasure in order to become faster, more educated, ultimately more efficient and thus more successful. This is a huge differentiator from the INTP, with which the INTJ is often confused due to its cerebral nature and seclusion. The INTP can also develop ambitions, but these are rarely pursued with such vehemence and perseverance as with a typical INTJ.

Second function - extroverted thinking ("Thinking Extroverted, short TE")

But what then distinguishes the INTJ from its sentient counterpart, the INFJ? The differences can be seen, for example, in the more pronounced competitive thinking, which is primarily stimulated by extroverted thinking. This is because this is responsible for the previously mentioned sorting according to efficiency and performance. Extroverted thinking collects data, rules, laws and “calculates” them. That means, unlike the introverted thinker, he does not constantly question everything and does not distance himself so enormously materially from his environment, but rather goes into it, accepts the rules of the sciences instead of constantly questioning and trying on a philosophical level then actually make something out of it. He tends to spend less time with details, but always tries to keep an eye on the big picture, which is also due to his NI preference.

The extroverted thinking of the INTJ is also in many ways the backbone of his self-esteem - they not only evaluate the outside world, but also themselves and therefore have a very fine sense of what they can and know and what their limits are. Accordingly, they rarely hesitate when they tackle something, since they have already made the decision in advance whether the task to be mastered is something they can master or not. However, this is also one of the points that in principle prefer to let the INTJ work alone - he himself is a more or less reliable factor. He is more likely to tolerate teammates if he is absolutely sure about their abilities and also knows what to do with them. Since other types often lack his “eagle eye” for the big picture and he fears that this will not lead to the desired results, the INTJ is generally not shy about assuming the leadership role for an introverted type. Not because he likes to be the center of attention - on the contrary, he needs a lot of time for himself. But because then he has the feeling of control and security.

These characteristics often make him look cold, calculating and inhuman in the eyes of others, especially those of feeler types, especially since the INTJ himself often expresses himself in a business-like manner in private and rarely thinks long about how his words could be received emotionally before he she pronounces. And while it is indeed calculating, at heart it is far from cold. He calculates facts, objective facts that have nothing to do with emotions. Like most other types of thinkers, he often disregards feelings in order to be able to make clear decisions, which does not necessarily mean that he does not have them or that he admits them to others. He can also be empathetic, silly in a weird way and laugh even when a long-term opponent has not been taken out of the race by him, but that is very exhausting for him in the long run. His tertiary introverted feeling ("FI") gives him a sense of empathy. It is not as pronounced as his intuitive talent, but it is sufficient to be able to understand other people's emotional states well, for example. Thanks to their FI, INTJs are also quite sensitive when it comes to morals and ethics. If that seems contradictory to their actions, it is because they are the epitome of utilitarians, i.e. the end justifies the means, if the end is something that is both for morality and decency (TE) as well as for morality and ethics (FI ) is a goal worth striving for. As a result, older INTJs in particular often begin to feel attracted to nonprofit humanitarian organizations.

At the same time, your FI is also, in some ways, an Achilles tendon. Even when they like to deny it and it's not clearly visible, INTJs can be tremendously emotional. They just have a good poker face while they romp and cook inside.

This can give them even more drive and determination, which can become almost fanatical if they are not careful, but it also drains them, which is why they like to evade emotions that could become exhausting for them. They get annoyed extremely quickly, maybe even faster than any other guy.

Conclusion & examples


We don't really need it, the INTJ can read between the lines. And he doesn't like repetitions. But for all the other interested readers: the INTJ is exactly the person you want by your side when it comes to pulling off a project. Assuming the INTJ wants to do the same. If you have good arguments in your pocket, they are always interesting discussion partners, even if they have the tendency to want to be right (INTJ: what does “want” mean? I'm right, that's just the way it is! I can't do anything for when you just do not miss ...). They are not necessarily the ones you want to have around you when you want a shoulder to cry on. As people who always want to keep the big picture in mind, they are good strategists who, thanks to their TE, also have a sense of what is possible and feasible and what is not. But don't try to make small talk with them unless you have something really interesting to say. But then it wouldn't be any more small talk either ...

Here are the examples:

  • Walter White (Breaking Bad)
  • Friedrich Nietzsche (philosopher)
  • Emperor Palpatine (Star Wars)
  • Gandalf (Lord of the Rings)
  • Tywin Lannister (Game of Thrones)
  • HBO’s Octavian Caesar (Rome) [but probably also the real Augustus]
  • Brain (Pinky & Brain)
  • Gus Fring (Breaking Bad)
  • Nikola Tesla (inventor)
  • Yennefer von Vengerberg (The Witcher Saga)

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