I attempt to paint a picture of an INTJ (figuratively...) in this video. Let me hear your feedback and critiques!
Discussion/Questions I have:
-Experiences with INTJs?
-For INTJs: What are some grand ideas or interesting perspectives you have that are related to Ni? Let me into your inner world. (INFJs feel free to answer too, or anybody with Ni)
-For INTJs: When do you get emotional?
Below is my unedited, in-depth portrait of an INTJ. I use the word "He" throughout it, but remember, of course, that there are female INTJs out there too.
Ni and Te:
Here's a guy who's calculating, analytical, and not afraid to look straight at reality for what it is. He knows he's right about something when evidence and the real world stares back at him with an affirming nod. He's confident in the agendas he pushes forward or the directions he gives to people because it's all based on that affirming nod, on the evidence. He thinks, how can you argue with this judgment when the evidence is right here? He will only change his opinion when new evidence expands his perspective OR contradicts what he originally saw. These judgments are rigid and solid. They're based on the constant and stable real world.
These characteristics are what everybody sees in the INTJ, they're the things that get outwardly shown. But these are not what define the INTJ. They're not the biggest part of what an INTJ is.
Contrary to what you may think, INTJs are, at their core, observers. But not observers of the outside world, observers of their inner world, of their own ideas and how their ideas are evolving. They devote most of their energies to experiencing. But not experiencing events or what's going on around them. Experiencing impressions. For instance, somebody makes a comment about religion. The INTJ experiences something intense from this comment, an intense impression is going on inside of them. Their energies focus in on how this changes their perspectives, their ideas, their previous judgments, their world view. They sense potential in this comment and start probing the person, asking further questions, seeing how this further changes the process going on inside them.
INTJs are impression junkies. They live for finding things that leave a lasting impression on them or that which transforms their thoughts into something completely new. Unlike Ne-doms, they focus on one thing or a few things at a time. Things that leave a lasting impression on them are near and dear to them. This concept or area study or whatever it is that piques their interest is what they're completely devoted to. If they drop that one thing then they lose a lot of progress and they have to search like a lost dog for something else that had just as high a magnitude of effect on them. This is unlike Ne-doms. The object holds no special significance to the Ne-dom. Once the surface level stimulation is exhausted, they uncaringly move on to the next thing that's stimulating.
Why is the cold, analytical nature needed? Where do the rigid judgments come into play? The perspectives and ideas that they have in their heads have the most potential when they align with reality as much as possible. When they are valid. Sound judgements are used as a filter to cut out ideas that don't align with the real world, those that hit a dead end in potential because of that misalignment. Te is the process they need for this. Ideas become are developed because of Te. Ideas cannot be built on top of if they have no part of reality serving as a base or reference point. They can not be developed. In order to develop their ideas and their perspectives Te is needed. It's like the structure and raw material that keeps a building standing up. It gives the ideas form and allows them to be developed and built upon.