Are all INTJs intelligent? (7 facts about INTJs)

In this article, we will answer the following question: Are all INTJs intelligent? We will discuss 7+ facts about INTJs that make them unique. We give every INTJ out there 10 rules for a successful life.

Are all INTJs intelligent?

All INTJs are rare and intelligent people with many special abilities. As an INTJ you are endowed with strengths specific to this type of personality that are not natural for others. By recognizing these special points and encouraging their growth and development, you will more easily find your place in the world and become more involved in your role.

Most of the INTJ type will be found in the following description. You should embrace and develop these characteristics:

  1. The mind of an INTJ is naturally endowed with the systematic analysis of information from several contextual perspectives and with the possibility of retaining or rejecting information as they become aware of its necessity or validity. He probably does very well at school and in any activity that requires serious analytical thinking.
  1. They are extremely insightful and see things that are not obvious to others. This ability to see patterns and meanings in the world can help an INTJ in many ways.
  1. When given a purpose or context, an INTJ is able to generate all sorts of possibilities. He can see the problems from many different angles and can come up with solutions to suit the needs of the situation.
  1. An INTJ does not take criticism personally and is open to changes of opinion when he is shown better ideas.
  1. An INTJ has a “sticky” attitude. He is not afraid of hard work and will make considerable efforts for the things that interest him most. This persistence will help him succeed in achieving his goals.
  1. Generally intelligent and able to focus, an INTJ can understand difficult ideas and concepts.
  1. The well-developed thinking of an INTJ will be able to understand and process concepts that are beyond its natural intelligence.
  1. If he has gained enough life experience, an INTJ can become a strong force in politics.

INTJ: unique qualities

INTJs who have a well-developed Extrovert Sensitive side to complete the dominant side, Introverted Intuition, will enjoy the following qualities:

  • They can very well distinguish between their own intuitions and build ingenious systems to help them achieve their goals, or they can determine a successful action plan to meet their needs. In this way, they can be extraordinary scientists, doctors, mathematicians, or strategists in various corporations.
  • Their deep understanding, logical abilities, and persistence can allow them to make discoveries of new ways of looking at various things. In this way, they can perform various services for society. For example, an INTJ is the most favorite personality to discover the cure for cancer.

INTJ: possible weaknesses

Most of the weak characteristics found in INTJ are due to their dominant function (Introverted Intuition) which raises their personality to the point where the other characteristics barely exist to serve the purpose of Introverted Intuition. In such cases an INTJ may manifest to varying degrees some or all of the following weaknesses:

  • He can be ignorant (and sometimes careless) about how he appears to others
  • He can quickly reject the ideas of others without really considering them
  • He can apply his thinking more often to others than to himself
  • Having the opportunity to see a problem from multiple angles, they may always find others to blame for the problems in their lives.
  • He can look at external ideas and people in order to find a culprit
  • He may become too proud of his ability to criticize and may begin to blame people and things
  • He may have unrealistic or unreasonable expectations of others
  • He can be unforgiving with the weaknesses of others
  • He can trust that he is always right
  • He can be extremely mocking and sarcastic about others
  • He can have an intense and fast temperament
  • He can be resentful and have difficulty forgiving others
  • It can be changeable and uncertain how to react in a situation where a quick decision has to be made
  • He may have difficulty trying to express his thoughts and feelings to others
  • He can see so much fun everywhere that it would be impossible for him to pay attention to the big picture.

How can an INTJ overcome his weaknesses?

Most of the problems described above are the results of Introverted Intuition which took over the personality of INTJ and brought it to the point where all other sides became subjects of Introverted Intuition.

 A healthy personality must have a good balance between the dominant and the auxiliary side. For an INTJ, the dominance of Introverted Intuition must be very well supported by the auxiliary side, Extroverted Thinking. If Extroverted Thinking exists only to sustain the desires of Introverted Intuition, then neither side is used to its true potential.

Introverted intuition is a side of the personality that constantly gathers information and sees everything from several perspectives. As a dominant player of the personality, it has the effect of constantly bombarding the psyche with new information. Introverted intuition is like a framework for understanding what is in the mind. 

As soon as something is perceived, it is assimilated into the existing intuitive framework. If an entire piece of information is perceived by the Introverted Intuition, that person must redefine the entire frame of reference. Therefore, Introverted Intuition constantly gathers information about the world that must be processed in a relatively slow manner to be understood. 

This is a real challenge for an INTJ. It is not uncommon for an INTJ to feel overwhelmed by all those things he needs to fully understand an idea or situation.

When Introverted Intuition dominates the INTJ type in such a way that other functions can no longer serve their own purposes, we find an INTJ disconnected from the information it must consider. If the psyche is imbued with information that looks like something that Introverted Intuition has processed in the past, it uses Extroverted Thinking to quickly reject information. 

The psyche uses Extroverted Thinking to reject ideas faster than to gather information for the intuitive frame, so it can cause the frame to be reshaped and redefined.

Using Extroverted Thinking in this way can help the physique of an INTJ in two ways: 1) it saves the energy it needs to consider new information and 2) it protects the sacred inner world of the INTJ. 

In any case, it is not ideal. It can cause the INTJ type to omit information that could be useful or decisive in developing a quick understanding of a problem. It can cause an INTJ person to have too strong an opinion or become snobbish with others.

The best use of Extroverted Thinking for an INTJ would be to use it to evaluate its rich intuitions and weigh them against the outside world. When an INTJ personality uses Extroverted Thinking to limit the information gathered from the outside, rather than to judge internal intuitions, it actually means that he is wrong. 

It’s like giving the answers to a test without understanding exactly the questions. It’s easier to get the answer right away than to have to think about it. For INTJ, which has an extraordinary amount of information and “studies” that needs to be done, it is very tempting to use shortcuts. Most types of INTJs will do this to some degree. 

Real problems arise when an INTJ personality becomes so impartial that it is important to consider someone else’s ideas and opinions.

Ten rules for a successful life for an INTJ

  1. Invest in your Strengths! Do things that allow your extraordinary logic and intuition to grow. Explore the fascinating worlds of science, math, law, and medicine. Give your mind substance for the exceptional analytical skills it has and the way it flourishes.
  1. Face Your Weaknesses! Take your weaknesses as they are and try to overcome them. In particular, fight to use your judgment against your ideas and intuition, rather than disregarding other people’s ideas.
  1. Speak Through Your Thoughts. You need to go through your intuitions so that you can put them in order. Give yourself time to do this and enjoy discussing your ideas with others. You will find that externalizing your inner intuition is a precious exercise. If you have no one to discuss your ideas with, try to express them clearly in writing.
  1. Take Everything Into Account. Don’t reject ideas prematurely just because you don’t respect the person they come from, or because you feel like you already know them all. After all, everyone has something to offer and no one knows everything. Steven Covey said it well when he said, “Try to understand first and only then understand.”
  1. When you get angry you lose. Passion and intensity are your assets, but you can hurt yourself if you allow yourself to fall into the “nerve trap”. Remember that anger is destructive in your relationships. Work on your anger before you impress others or you will wake up alone. Disagreements and disappointments can be handled effectively in the most impersonal way possible.
  1. Respect Your Need for Intellectual Compatibility. Don’t expect to be a person who conveys sensations and warmth. He realizes that the most burning connections with others will begin with the mind rather than the soul. Pay attention to the emotional needs of others and express your innate love and respect for the terms that really define you. Be yourself.
  1. Be Responsible For Yourself. Don’t blame others for the problems in your life. Look for solutions inside. No one has more control than you over your life.
  1. Be humble. Judge yourself at least as hard as you judge others.
  1. Choose Only The Best. Don’t bother yourself or others by always seeing the dark side of things. Just as there is a positive side to any negative side, so there is a bright side to every dark side. Remember that positive situations are created by positive attitudes. Expect the best and the best will come out.
  1. Don’t Isolate Yourself! Recognize the value that the outside world has for you and interact with it in your natural style. Join different clubs and e-mail lists that discuss topics that interest you. Seek to make friends with others who have the competence and ability to understand. Socialize in your own style.

Final thoughts 

In order to develop as an individual, INTJ needs to focus on applying his thinking to things after they have gone through his intuition. In other words, INTJ needs to consciously try not to let its thoughts take away ideas prematurely. 

Rather, they should use their thinking against their own ideas. I can’t effectively judge something I don’t understand. INTJ needs to take things into his own intuition in order to understand them. It may be necessary to give his intuition enough time to process the new information so that he can reconstruct his global framework of understanding.

INTJ needs to focus on using its thinking in such a way that it does not reject ideas, but rather supports their intuitive framework.

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FAQ on Are all INTJs intelligent?

What does INTJ mean?

INTJ personality type stands for Introvert, iNtuitive, Thinking, and Judging. This is one of the 16 MBTI personality types. 

Who are INTJs most compatible with?

INTJs are most compatible with ENFP or ENTP, personalities dominated by Extraverted Intuition.

What causes an INTJ personality?

INTJ people live in a world of ideas and strategic planning. They value intelligence, competence, knowledge, and, typically, have very high standards in this regard, standards that they strive to achieve. The others are somehow expected to be just like them.

Are INTJs manipulative?

INTJs are not manipulative, however, they are innate leaders – although INTJs choose to remain the people behind the curtain, except in situations where they really need to take the lead. When they are in the lead, they are quite efficient because they know how to observe the objective side of things and they like to find solutions to things that do not work properly. 

References

Mba-institute.org

16personalities.com

Divya is currently a Clinical Psychology Trainee in a Master of Philosophy program and holds a Master’s in clinical psychology. She has a special interest in Personality studies and disorders, having researched the subject before, and Neuropsychology; with an additional interest being Mood disorders. She likes to write about Psychiatric issues, having worked in multiple specialty setups during her time as a clinical psychology student, and in her free time she likes to cook and read.

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