Because Ni is the NiTes main function, everything else is said to serve it. These four functions comprise a types functional stack. The relative strength of preference for these four functions is expressed in the following manner: dominant, auxiliary, tertiary, and inferior. This further intensifies their sense of being different from their peers. The truth is that a proper understanding of the inferior function is indispensable in the human quest for wholeness and integration. When Im more in the moment these life-long puzzles seem to, rather quickly, fall into place. They are likely to get into a certain state - an organized or a relaxed state for example - and they prefer to stay in that flow for a chunk of time rather than switching back and forth between errands and relaxing. One of the best explanations of INTJ that Ive come across (Im also a 5w4). One of my INTJ friends, for instance, can readily recite lines from movies hes only watched once. Ive also known INTJs who show little more than a passing interest in psychology. Some have described it as a whole new world. It can thereby serve as a powerful source of energy and motivation. TPs often enjoy social situations (at least for a stint), which grant them opportunities to showcase or sharpen their social chops. They also tend to be interested in solving big practical issues like pollution or overpopulation. When this happens repeatedly, INTJs may become dismayed or nihilistic, concerned that humanity will forever remain blind to the truth. One of the most unique articles I have ever seen on INTJs. Unlike Fe, Te is not concerned with procuring social harmony or group morale. Ni - internal iNtuitionNi is like a background processor that can compute and process information without needing to consciously work through each part of the thought.
The longer they live and the more they see, the more their worldview crystallizes and the more confident they feel in their understanding of things. When it comes to making life transitions, NiTes like to think things through and implement them one step at a time. An example could be a co-worker mentioning that a parent died. For instance, one of my INTJ friends spent well over a month working to resolve a problem with the rendering of bullet points in his businesss email newsletters. Ive met many INTJs who seem to have photographic memories, able to recall nearly anything theyve been exposed to. This is one way INTJs differ from SJ types, who often miss the bigger picture or end up getting lost in the particulars. Although they may be consciously oblivious to their surroundings, they are still absorbing and subconsciously registering a breadth of environmental stimuli. This way, if something doesnt work out like they thought it would, they can adjust or redirect the path theyre on to take the new information into account. It is the NiTes secondary decision-making process and can take longer to come to a conclusion than Te does. Fortunately, the challenges associated with the inferior can be largely offset by understanding its essential nature, as well as potential ways of integrating it. This is one reason type theory is so important: it keys us into inner (I) outer (E) type differences that might otherwise be overlooked. Too much time being forced to engage with the real world can get really exhausting for them. As suggested by this example, perfectionism, thoroughness, and perseverance (or what some might call obsessiveness or compulsiveness) are closely linked for INTJs. As a last function, it is inherently not as strong as the other functions. With that said, Ive observed a fair amount of variability among INTJs with respect to the prominence of Fi in their personality. Its easily able to see ten steps ahead and predict what might happen in the future because. A lot to process. NiTes have a very deep internal world. More proactive types, such as ENTJs, might even consider them a bit lazy or apathetic. In its popular connotation, intuition is understood as an unconscious way of knowing, or what writer Malcolm Gladwell has cleverly described as thinking without thinking. It is therefore interesting to consider that, for dominant Intuitives such as INTJs, intuition is understood to be their most conscious function. Oh Ken says. You may be surprised to stumble across a drawing and learn that an NiTe you know is excellent at drawing manga characters but never mentioned it to you before. Figuring this out sooner rather than later can prevent years of frustration, both on the part of the NiTe themselves and their bosses and co-workers. But as we will see, the inferior function is sort of a special case, summoning INTJs attention at an earlier phase than might otherwise be expected. A.J. Early in life, Introverted Intuition (Ni) emerges as INTJs dominant function. Its easily able to see ten steps ahead and predict what might happen in the future because. They are also usually more interested in finding the meaning behind things than taking them at face value, which means they may take some time to process new opportunities or unusual circumstances they find themselves in. They can also end up in Ni-Fi loops where they create an entire subjective reality in their mind based on a fairly small amount of evidence. While Se takes in plenty of sensory data from the outside world, what INTJs typically experience is an Ni synthesis of that information. Because of its prescience and depth of insight, Ni may at times seem to border on magical or supernatural. Another consequence of INTJs Perceiving dominance is their tendency to be passive or phlegmatic. Instead, they typically invest themselves emotionally in their families, along with one or two close friends. With that said, INTJs do possess some measure of control over the types of problems they want their Ni to solve, not to mention the raw material they feed into it. Parenthetically, while it is true that ENPs also have a dominant N (i.e., Ne) and inferior S (i.e., Si) function, Ne tends not to get attached to a single vision in the way that Ni does. Ive known some INTJs who begin every day with comedy, such as catching up on the latest 9gag website postings. This can lead them to feel estranged from their physical environs, not to mention their own bodies. Much thought and research put into this explanation. While INTJs can certainly function as rational thinkers via their auxiliary Te, their first preference is to process matters in less rational ways a la Ni. In these situations they may find that it helps to ask the person a question so that they have enough information to feel like theyre on the same wavelength. Te allows NiTes to operate efficiently in all areas of life. Other INTJs are characteristically more steady and independent in handling their emotions. They might say something and get a negative response, but while they may be aware that it didnt go over well, they can struggle if they dont know exactly what they should replace the old behaviour with. Good writing. They acquire much of their knowledge through happenstance, without much in the way of conscious effort. The interaction of nature and nurture may also affect the degree of INTJs emotional stability. Being able to stick to the same types of activities for a chunk of time can help the NiTe better deal with the external world. This is one reason INTJs often enjoy the role of lecturer or professor.
Eventually, an impression is formed that reveals the deeper reality or N pattern behind the data. An example could be an old friend that didnt mention they were dating someone and brought them along to a planned hang out.
Se - external SensingSe is the NiTes last function. While not discounting it impressiveness, the Ni process can, at least to some extent, be rationally explicated. This can foster a powerful imagination which lets them come up with completely novel ideas because they simply arent tied to thinking about things in terms of the normal limits others consider. One of the biggest drains is when real world things are unstable (like not having enough money to pay the bills) and the NiTe needs to think about all the little practical details of staying alive, it can be especially stressful. This is depicted in the arrangement of their functional stack: While we will soon discuss each of these functions in greater depth, for now, we will turn our attention to another feature of INTJs personalitytheir type development. With that said, INTJs always keep at least one eye on the bigger picture, ensuring that they are staying true to their foundational intuition. Having Se last means that NiTes can easily get drained if they have to actively engage with the people or the world around them for long periods of time. Too bad because I love to make complex thngs simpler. This is what Ni does. Generally speaking, having Se as their inferior function makes INTJs less attuned to the details or concrete elements of life. Practicing mindfulness, or even better yet walks outside in nature seem to help clear the brain. Frighteningly accurate Very helpful in making sense of the mid-life crisis I am going through. It looks beyond appearances to discern the root causes and structures of things. It can act as a warning system when Te thinks a decision makes sense but Fi knows its a bad idea. When its stuck in a loop of examining every thread of possibility on either a particular topic or simply everything the NiTe encounters throughout their day, they can get really exhausted. When NiTes are younger, they dont have enough past experience in various areas of life to pull from in order to know which reactions would be appropriate in social and relational settings. For more on this, see my book, The 16 Personality Types. Quite right about the big picture thing, personal tuning to do the right thing, do it to your best for if you dont you are selling yourself and others short. They may also have a clear expectation of how something will play out based on past experiences with the other person. Although some people may simply try to step into the other persons shoes to handle this, Ni and Fi as a pair can create an extremely subjective perspective. They feel really good when they know that they have the option to be completely independent of other people and their decisions. Once an intuition has formed, Te takes the reins and works to give it rational form, sort of like decompressing a computer file. They may even end up accomplishing things others would deem impossible. As I get older the colours seem more beautiful, the rain more life giving and my soul is becoming a huge plain to walk through. They may even end up accomplishing things others would deem impossible. INTJs pay close attention to the way things are ordered, ensuring that their work follows the appropriate linear or logical sequencing. When they do get emotional, its usually because theyre talking about something that matters to them deeply. This means that doing the right work, they are extremely responsible and determined. INTJs first preference is Ni, followed by Te, Fi and Se respectively. I would imagine that very few real INTJs fit into the stereotypes that seem so prevalent online.
Because Se is last, the NiTes ability to just go with whats happening in the moment usually isnt very strong until theyve had a chance to develop it more. Fi is the NiTes third function. It is also the most difficult to access, understand, and integrate. I hypothesized that in most cases it was probably career-related, such as trying to match their personality to a particular career field. If one can argue, for instance, that great athletes are born not made, might the same not be true for a types dominant function? Therefore, Phase II INTJs can typically benefit from a reality check, remembering that their core self is ultimately founded on their Ni, not Se. Te may also play a role in the process, such as developing strategic or logistical plans for reforming broken systems. They may find it frustrating at times if people assume that the thoughts theyre sharing are fully formed and decided on, when often theyre just talking to work out a thought and they havent quite arrived at a conclusion yet. NiTes can make great managers if its worth it to them, but its important for them to recognize the types of people they work well with and develop their ability to delegate tasks to those working for them. If all goes well, they can start adding on more of the features and incorporating other ideas they had. INTJs in Phase III also become skilled in achieving what psychologist Mihly Cskszentmihlyi has dubbed the flow state. Flow states are characterized by deep absorption in an activity, an optimal balance of challenge and stimulation, and a sense of progress toward a meaningful goal. If its something that their Ni wasnt able to predict, it can feel very abrupt.Because Se is last, the NiTes ability to just go with whats happening in the moment usually isnt very strong until theyve had a chance to develop it more. Career-wise, Fi may inspire INTJs to work toward social change and reform, be it in business, politics, economics, education, or otherwise. They are then able to analyze all the options and refine them down until they arrive at what they feel is the most likely one. Im glad you explore the reality of INTJ being a dominant perceiver, and therefore prone to (paraphrasing) periods of navel-gazing. The NiTes functions are as follows:1. Its important for the NiTe to not spend too much of their day in an environment that demands their focus on real world details that dont have a clear and obvious structure to them. Finding Your Path as an This page offers a more balanced picture with room for variations in personality. This is especially true for those in Phase II of type development. If its something that their Ni wasnt able to predict, it can feel very abrupt.
This can help humanize them in the eyes of their audience, even if their overall delivery remains a bit dry or mechanical. It is the NiTes primary decision-making process, which means that if a decision is needed in the moment, they will rely on what makes the most sense objectively. Further complicating INTJs social life is their use of Extraverted Thinking (Te). Where Ne is open to multiple interpretations or possibilities, Ni sees only one. By contrast, INTJs, along with other Te types, often loathe unfamiliar social situations. So its not that INTJs can be totally hands-off and allow Ni to do all the heavy lifting for them. As is true for all the personality types, INTJs type development consists of three general phases. In recognizing their powers of insight (Ni), not to mention their vast stores of factual knowledge (Te), INTJs are naturally inclined to share what they know with others. In casual conversation, they may be tempted to correct what they feel are inaccuracies stated by others, or point out information they feel is being left out. They may even be able to use this to predict the future in a sense. Instead of seeing variations of expression or intonation (Fe), one encounters a relatively flat, monochromatic presentation (Te). This led him to develop interests in both normal and abnormal psychology. Both are among the most intelligent of politicians, possessing a solid understanding of national and global dynamics.