INTJ Cognitive Functions
- Introverted iNtuition associated with philosophical thought and our ability to reflect on and theorise about things.
- iNtuitive Judging generally connected to intellectual projects and long term idea processing and decision making.
- Introverted Thinking usually associated with rational or critical thought.
- Thinking Judging is generally connected to our ability to work hard at something and to plan and execute a project well.
The INTJ wants to mainly make sense of their emotions and to explain why they feel and act the way they do. They want to be able to explain or rationalise their feelings but do not want to get perspective about it. Feeling Perceiving is the grounding force here, making the INTJ-philosopher focused on understanding the truth about other people. The INTJ-Philosopher wants to know how people “really are.”.
The INTJ-Architect wants to understand how reality really works on a pragmatic level, even if it goes against what the INTJ ideally thinks is logical. Sensing Judging makes this INTJ less intellectually inclined and more focused with realising their ideas on a more practical and straightforward level. Extroverted sensing finally is a forced thing INTJs can put on, a defeatist idea about “how life works”.
A tendency to get emotional when things do not go your way and to use passion where you would ideally want to use wit. Extroverted iNtuition makes this INTJ typically inclined with realising opportunities and bringing possibilities into other peoples lives. If other people want something, the INTJ wants to do whatever necessary to give it to them.
Feeling Judging is a steer here, the INTJ vision has to be in line with what the people expect, and has to be liked by the people. There is a fear of having your ideas mocked by the community. This stretches all the way into extroverted feeling.
There is a fear that your intellectual projects are unrealistic and that you have to focus on what is smart at the moment. You are constantly distracted from sensing perceiving here, there is always something to do, and you can never devote yourself enough to your ideas.
Thinking Perceiving helps you stay tactical in this. Keep looking at what is trendy or what people think is smart or valuable right now, even if it goes against your long term goal or project. Look at what has been successful in the past, not what your introverted intuition thinks is theoretically worth testing out.