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INTJ Strengths and Weaknesses

The strengths and weaknesses of the INTJ personality type

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Understanding where INTJs naturally excel and where they naturally need support helps with an understanding of what they should seek out. As an INTJ you can play to your strengths and manage your weaknesses.

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Your strengths and weaknesses may become more apparent when you interact with other personality types, as the differences are contrasted.


INTJ Strengths

Natural strengths of an INTJ
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Ambitious

INTJs love self-improvement. They will set very high goals for themselves and their willingness to learn and improve will drive them on to achieve such goals.

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Creative and innovative

INTJs are usually very innovative and possess the ability to think about things in new ways. From understanding whatever problems exist, an INTJ is very effective at thinking up ideas to solve them.

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Independent

INTJs are very self-motivated and able to strike out and act on their own. INTJs do not need much advice from others before being able to handle situations, and will often happily do things their own way.

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Strategic thinkers

INTJs are very effective at seeing the bigger picture with ideas. INTJs can analyze all the complicated parts of different plans, including any pitfalls, to find effective strategies to solve any problems.


INTJ weaknesses

Natural areas where INTJs could focus on improvement
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Over-confidence

INTJs have many strengths that center around their intelligence and self-confidence. This can lead to INTJs appearing over-confident or arrogant to others, especially when frustrated by other people's inability to understand certain concepts and ideas.

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Emotionally unavailable

INTJs often find it hard to express their emotions in an authentic manner. INTJs are thinkers and tend to focus on logic and facts over emotions. This can lead to INTJs seeming cold or distant when it comes to engaging emotionally with others.

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Independent

We talked about INTJs being ambitious and setting high standards for themselves, however this can lead to INTJs being too critical of those around them when they fall short of the standards an INTJ has placed on them. This criticism is often unwarranted and over the top.

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Social withdrawal

INTJs, like most introverts, will naturally gravitate away from large gatherings. As introspective thinkers, INTJs don't find the trivial chit-chat of many social events of interest to them and will much prefer socializing with a small number of close friends.

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People's weaknesses are not set in stone; it's possible to work on them and try to reduce the impact they may have on your personality.

 


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Ellie Simmonds, MSc

University of Bath, Psychology

Ellie Simmonds, MSc in Psychology from University of Bath. Ellie is an associate lecturer on psychometric assessments and has extensive knowledge of the 16-type model.