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( Apr. 2nd, 2009 02:27 pm)
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.

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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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