Probably has been mentioned before a bunch in other words but....
It seems that NTs in general are obsessed with becoming more intelligent in an abstract thinking kind of way, and that INTJs are slightly the best at the NTs at showing such abstract thinking kind of intelligence by mastering the arbitrary tests that the general public sees as showing someone is smart in the "classic" sort of way.
(Then I wonder, if these INTJs can also make sure this thread stays alive, since they has built skillz like that...)
Shhhh! No INTJ will ever admit to being average, not even the stupid ones.
Originally Posted by SillySapienne
Intelligence, what a touchy subject.
Yep. So touchy that you don't even have to call someone stupid, but simply explain something in a pedantic manner that they regard as condescending, and the intelligence wars start all over again.
I view wisdom, perceptiveness, introspection, reflection and innovative ways of thought (including imagination) as being manifestations of intelligence.
I completely agree. Different people have different talents. I think that what differentiates classical "IQ" intelligence from the rest is its rarity and that it is easily subjected to reliable tests. The tests, in turn, tend to favor INxx (introverts that live in their heads, thinking about stuff), and particularly INxJ (because of the speed at which Ni can intuitively solve a problem, and tests have time limits) and INTJ (since it is easier to test objective analysis than subjective - a limit of the testing tools, not of those being tested).
At a baser level there is the ability to process and analyze information, and the faster and better you are at doing this, the more smerrt you are.
I only get frustrated when Ts think they are inherently smarter than Fs.
Well, Ts aren't inherently smarter, that's for sure. A salsa practice partner of mine is an INFP Ph.D. computer scientist whose job consists of way more fancy physics (modeling car engines with computer analysis) than anything I do these days.
Brains is how you use them, not whether you're T or F.