INTJ – The Strategist Personality Type

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Introverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, Judging

When you become self-actualised as an INTJ, you begin to embody the archetype of a Mastermind. The mastermind is a rational leader, a true original, a scientist, a strategist, and a philosopher.

Nicknames

The Architect, The Philosopher, The Visionary, The Scientist, The Leader, The Innovator

Core values

Originality, Independence, Challenge, Intelligence

Temperament

Meditative, Nomadic, Critical, Serious

Cognitive Functions

Introverted iNtuition, Introverted Thinking, Thinking Judging, iNtuitive Judging

Key Intelligences

Existential Intelligence, Speculation Intelligence, Systems Intelligence, Analytical Intelligence

The Mastermind Archetype

If you are a Mastermind, you have developed your intelligence and strategy to the point where it can accurately respond to the problems you are facing in life. A mastermind is someone that is able to decisions independent of external control. A mastermind is also someone that has gained higher existential awareness and a deeper understanding of the world and its finer mechanics. 

Becoming a Mastermind

The process of becoming a mastermind requires you to actively challenge yourself. To push yourself and to work yourself hard towards your personal ambitions. You need to practice your intellect, you need to think, question, and reason about the world around you. What rules are in play? How does the system work? And how can you use your knowledge to give you an advantage? 

IN: The Hermit Archetype

INTJs need a lot of time in private, time to think, to process, and to detach from the world. This time in privacy will make INTJs more aware of the bigger picture. They will start to conceptualise and theorise about the state of the world, and their existential awareness will over time make them more outgoing. Using this awareness and this existential map, INTJs can understand complex aspects of the world, and entertain thoughts and problems most people miss. 

NJ: The Wanderer Archetype

INTJs need to maintain their independence and originality. This means that you should aim to stay true to your path and go where you feel pulled. At times, it may be hard to explain to other people why you do what you do, but walking your own path in life will give you more stimulation and satisfaction with the results.

TJ: The Doer Archetype

Thinking and Judging gives an INTJ a productive drive, a drive to achieve an ambition, to strategise, and to work hard towards your desires. If you harness this superpower, there is little you can’t achieve. All INTJs tend to have some kind of ambition: some kind of objective goal they wish to achieve, and when they take steps towards this ambition, they become more warm and passionate.

IT: The Scientist Archetype

If you’re an INTJ, you should have a scientific calling, a calling that manifests in a thirst to understand the finer mechanics of the universe. The secret dynamics of social interactions, the hidden rules of economics, how law and justice is executed. What facts are in play and what rules make the world behave the way it behaves? 

INTJ Body Language

In my experience, INTJs tend to at their best appear intelligent, serious, strategic, cunning, independent-minded, original, eccentric, rigourous, philosophical, amused, thoughtful, and preoccupied. Their facial expressions tend to start in the centre of their face, their gaze fixed, yet dreamy and detached. 

Their expression serious and solemn. Their chins tense and their expression critical, as if they are trying to keep a cool grasp of the situation. There is typically a lack of modesty in the INTJ, as they tend to hold themselves in high regard. When you have their attention, they can appear overly reactive or reserved towards what you are saying. When they are speaking, they appear commanding yet calm. 

INTJs can sometimes let emotions get the better of them, going from a strongly logical demeanor to a suddenly irrational and emotionally blinded expression. INTJs can at other times appear overwhelmed and nervous in sensory situations, when things are changing unexpectedly and when the crowd or the situation becomes too intense.