I'm getting a head start on this month. I've been meaning to post this for a while (2+ years) anyway, so here you go. If you were ever curious why I am so weird, I am ready to provide a detailed explanation.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Results Description for INTJ:

The roughly 1% of the population who share the INTJ type are distinguished by their self-confidence and independence. INTJs are on a mission to improve any procedure, theory, or relationship that captures their interest. What keeps them from becoming bogged down in never-ending perfectionism is that they temper their idealism with an equally strong pragmatism. INTJs apply (often ruthlessly) the criterion "Does it work?" to everything from their own research efforts to the prevailing social norms. If they believe they have discovered a better way to do something-and they can't help but look for ways to tweak everything-they are usually undeterred by indifference or even direct orders in bringing their idea to fruition. INTJs rarely pay much attention to authority, convention, or sentiment unless they can be made to serve the overall goal. Oddly enough, given their other characteristics, INTJs are not particularly prone to ego trips-the solution rather than the person doing the solving remains the focus. Perhaps because of this lack of ego-involvement, INTJs usually don't mind admitting their limitations and tend to be very open to others' ideas.

The INTJ is always focused on ways that he (or she, but most commonly he) can improve himself. This can take the form of perfectionism, and a constant search for more knowledge about the way the world around them works. INTJ's are known to be argumentative. Like the INFJ in that they have a tendency to feel a need to persuade others to their point of view, the INTJ must make the world and everyone in it succumb to their version of logic. Not to say that the INTJ does this without good reason- his logic is usually correct, but the INTJ does not back down unless proven wrong, in which case he will pursue this new-found logic with great zeal. INTJs live in the world of ideas and strategic planning.

It is not easy for the INTJ to express their internal images, insights, and abstractions. The internal form of the INTJ's thoughts and concepts is highly individualized, and is not readily translatable into a form that others will understand. However, the INTJ is driven to translate their ideas into a plan or system that is usually readily explainable, rather than to do a direct translation of their thoughts. They usually don't see the value of a direct transaction, and will also have difficulty expressing their ideas, which are non-linear. However, their extreme respect of knowledge and intelligence will motivate them to explain themselves to another person who they feel is deserving of the effort.

Probably the strongest INTJ assets in the interpersonal area are their intuitive abilities and their willingness to "work at" a relationship. Although as Ts they do not always have the kind of natural empathy that many Fs do, the Intuitive function can often act as a good substitute by synthesizing the probable meanings behind such things as tone of voice, turn of phrase, and facial expression. This ability can then be honed and directed by consistent, repeated efforts to understand and support those they care about, and those relationships which ultimately do become established with an INTJ tend to be characterized by their robustness, stability, and good communications.

The INTJ's interest in dealing with the world is to make decisions, express judgments, and put everything that they encounter into an understandable and rational system. Consequently, they are quick to express judgments. Often they have very evolved intuitions, and are convinced that they are right about things. Unless they complement their intuitive understanding with a well-developed ability to express their insights, they may find themselves frequently misunderstood. In these cases, INTJs tend to blame misunderstandings on the limitations of the other party, rather than on their own difficulty in expressing themselves. When under a great deal of stress, the INTJ may become obsessed with mindless repetitive, Sensate activities, such as over-drinking. They may also tend to become absorbed with minutia and details that they would not normally consider important to their overall goal.

INTJs are known as the "Systems Builders" of the types, perhaps in part because they possess the unusual trait combination of imagination and reliability. Whatever system an INTJ happens to be working on is for them the equivalent of a moral cause to an INFJ; both perfectionism and disregard for authority may come into play, as INTJs can be unsparing of both themselves and the others on the project. Anyone considered to be "slacking," including superiors, will lose their respect -- and will generally be made aware of this.

A good job for an INTJ is one that provides autonomy, variety, plenty of intellectual stimulation, and the opportunity to generate ideas.

As with all types, INTJs can encounter problems in certain areas. The INTJs' natural independence can bring them into conflict with hierarchies, such as those found in corporations and governments. Redundancy, inefficiency, and incompetence are all characteristics that can cause an INTJ to dismiss a person, idea, or procedure altogether-even when some merit exists. Interpersonally, INTJs may find themselves frustrated since they expect their partners to "make sense" at all times. This problem is often made worse because INTJs don't have the innate grasp of the social graces shown by other types and are naturally very private. Small talk, self-marketing, and asking for help are all skills that INTJs need to make a priority.

Personal relationships, particularly romantic ones, can be the INTJ's Achilles heel. While they are capable of caring deeply for others (usually a select few), and are willing to spend a great deal of time and effort on a relationship, the knowledge and self-confidence that make them so successful in other areas can suddenly abandon or mislead them in interpersonal situations.
This happens in part because many INTJs do not readily grasp the social rituals; for instance, they tend to have little patience and less understanding of such things as small talk and flirtation (which most types consider half the fun of a relationship). To complicate matters, INTJs are usually extremely private people, and can often be naturally impassive as well, which makes them easy to misread and misunderstand. Perhaps the most fundamental problem, however, is that INTJs really want people to make sense. :-) This sometimes results in a peculiar naiveté', paralleling that of many Fs -- only instead of expecting inexhaustible affection and empathy from a romantic relationship, the INTJ will expect inexhaustible reasonability and directness.

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No way! I mean, I know "less than 1% of the population" is still 10s of millions of people, but I didn't think I knew anyone who made sense! :P
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