I would say that I definately have this, but I don't always use it. If I am with close friends, I will own up to it if I am wrong. However, if I am around idiots or people that I don't know well, it will sometimes annoy me that they have proved me wrong and I will just let the issue drop (Although, I will frequently think about their point of view later and decide that it was, in fact, better).We INTJs base a lot of our self-esteem on being insightful and decisive, but we are not always right - and that's okay. Making errors (of fact and of judgment) is forgivable. (People don't mind that we are not perfectly oracular. Really! ) Refusing to recognize and own up to our errors, however, costs us serious points. And it's idiotic, really, given that we aren't fooling anyone, just alienating them. Some strategists!
The general consensus seems to be that this is a weakness. I disagree. Does it help our social life? Well...no, but it can definately be a strength professionaly (as in...anything that isn't social). Sometimes the appearance of confidence is just as important as actually being confident. This is particularly true for those in leadership positions. Appearing to "flip-flop" on positions doesn't help you at all. This is probably why we tend to do this.INTJs are always right. It's not that they are "objectively" right, it's that, right of this moment, they are right. If it turns out that they were wrong about something, they change it... and of course, that means they are right again. Since the change is instant, they are never wrong... always right, always certain.
Plus, I think it is a strength that we are willing to change our position at all. Would it not be even worse to just stick with our original wrong, point of view?
I guess what I am trying to say is that this close-minded certitude isn't a weakness, it is a strength. Our true weakness is that we are not able to adapt it socially, and thus make it more effective. That is why it appears to be a weakness...We are examining it from a casual conversation/social situation point of view.
I entirely agree, but as I just stated, the appearance of being wrong too often can hurt in professional situations.Being wrong sometimes does not hurt our standing with other people.
I haven't voted because I don't view INTJ's as having close minded certitude. I would describe them as having open minded certitude. INTJ's are very willing to listen to another's viewpoint and to receive correction. It's just that they seem deceptively sure about their all of their ideas regardless of what they are.