INTJ Traits - “The Scientists”

Positive Traits:

  • Not threatened by conflict/criticism
  • Typically confident and self-assured
  • Take relationships and commitments seriously
  • Typically extremely intelligent and capable
  • Able to leave bad relationships, though they may dwell on it in their minds for a while after
  • Like to optimize their relationships
  • Good listeners
  • Highly logical, rational and practical
  • Continually search for ways to improve things
  • Highly conceptual
  • Strongly value intelligence, knowledge and competence, continually strive to fulfill these standards
  • Tremendously insightful
  • Quick to understand new ideas
  • Driven not only to understand ideas/concepts, but to apply them in a useful way 
  • Usually organized and deliberate
  • Natural leaders, but typically prefer to remain in background until/unless they see a true need to take over
  • Highly gifted strategists
  • Able to objectively see the realities of situations
  • Adaptable to change when it is for the sake of improvement
  • Excellent at long-range planning
  • Spend a lot of time inside their heads
  • Desire to organize everything they encounter into a rational, understandable system
  • Often possess highly developed intuitions  
  • Ambitious
  • Value structure, clarity and efficiency
  • Generally quite open to hearing alternative ways of doing things and can, in that way, be open-minded
  • Great at seeing the big picture
  • Excellent at generating ideas and creating solid plans of action to implement them

Negative Traits:

  • Not naturally in tune with the feelings of others, can be insensitive
  • My be overly logical when responding to situations that require emotional support
  • Expressing feelings and affections does not tend to come naturally to them
  • Can be know-it-alls, believing they are always right
  • Likely to have trouble accepting blame
  • Continual quest to improve everything can be strenuous on personal relationships
  • Tendency to hold back part of themselves
  • Because of the non-linear nature of their ideas, they often have difficulty explaining themselves to others
  • May often find themselves misunderstood and tend to blame others because of it rather than evaluate their own difficulty expressing themselves
  • May have little interest in others’ thoughts/feelings and dismiss others’ input too quickly
  • May have difficulty giving others the level of intimacy they need
  • May overlook details 
  • Often quick to judge and express judgments
  • When frustrated, can become/come across as arrogant, elitist  
  • May appear aloof, reserved and rigid to others who don’t know them well
  • If they do not learn ways to express themselves efficiently, out of frustration, they may become isolationists who are short with others

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