The Philosopher – Originality – Existential Intelligence (Introverted iNtuition)


The deep love for privacy and the secretive nature of this type will often make them known to be Hermits.When alone, these types can let their thoughts run free, exploring deep thoughts. This brings them energy and peace.

The Hermit

If you value privacy, you often find yourself needing to withdraw from the world, into your own thoughts and to your personal world of ideas. Here, you observe the world from within, from a bigger picture. From this bigger picture, you get ideas, energy, and stimulation that allows you to act and to consider thoughts and perspectives others miss. 

Introverted intuition

Nickname: The Hermit

Primary desire: To consider all information, to see the “bigger picture”
Fears: To be short-sighted, to only see a small part, but not the whole, to miss to account for something big.
Inspired by: Free spirits who can act without chains and outside convention.
Variations: INFJ, INTJ, INTP, INFP
Jungian term: Introverted intuition

Inner objects appear to the intuitive perception as subjective images of things, which, though not met with in external experience, really determine the contents of the unconscious, i.e. the collective unconscious, in the last resort.

Carl Jung on introverted intuition

Key motivations: To have full understanding, to see all things, the past, the present, and the future, to be aware of and to have accounted for every piece of the puzzle. 

Cognitive abilities

Foresight, perspective, vision, inner sight, hidden intention, sensory detachment, otherworldly perception, big-picture thinking, making theories about your experiences, conceptualisation.


Existential intelligence is intuitive introversion. Existential intelligence gives you foresight, the ability to reflect on something before it has happened. A type with existential intelligence can take action or reason about things that do not exist, or things that won’t happen until far in the future.


Distance tends to give perspective. When alone, we can see the bigger picture, looking at life from an outsider perspective. Perspective gives us the ability to understand and to consider things an insider might miss, and gives you more information to consider before you act.

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Experience of the future

Existential intelligence also gives the gift of perspective. Because intuitive introversion is subjective, it’s like being able to hold different possible interpretations in your head. You can in your own head see, twist, and turn a theory to consider it from different angles. The introverted intuitive can act as if they have experienced war, conflict, or what it is like to be a woman/man, or to be god, by envisioning themselves in this archetype, moving forward with the wisdom of experiences they have never had.

What is existential intelligence?

Existential thinking is an intuitive ability in that it requires you to make personal interpretations about the world you are in and who you are. The introverted nature of this intuition suggests that most existential thinking is directed towards understanding more subjective parts of the world: Who am I? What is my purpose? What is humanity?

Existential thinking is the predecessor of freedom and possibility. Without the ability for existential thought, we can’t motivate unique or original action. Why should I become a scientist? Why should I become a singer? Vision and the ability to reason about life in more complex terms can help you unlock the answer.

Existential thinking unlocks our sense of purpose and gives us motivation to chase towards our dreams. Existential thinking also helps us comprehend the incomprehensible, for example death, greed, and war. Why does evil exist? Thoughts like this help us cope with difficulties in life. This is why we need priests and wise people – they can give us answers to what seems pointless.

Existential thinkers are always reflecting about life, the future, and the universe and its hidden truths.  Existential thinkers often blossom at a late age but often come to be regarded as wise, brave, as seers and philosophers. Types who often are strong existential thinkers are often the INFJ or INTJ as well as the INFP and the INTP.

Dreamy, thoughtful, preoccupied, detached, philosophical, that’s the INXX gaze.

Visual characteristics

Hermits tend to be described as private, secretive, hidden, and hard to read. They can appear somewhat absent in their gaze, as if they are here, but not really here. Hermits tend to have a dark, mysterious and aloof style. They will speak in an elaborate and philosophical manner, and their tone can be described as “searching” and elaborate. When happy, their expressions can appear amused, and dreamy, as in a fantasy.


When raising an INFJ or INTJ kid, frequently give them time and privacy to reflect about the world, and encourage them to read books like Sophie’s World and others that can introduce them to existential thought. These kids may appear to be hard to reach – they don’t just take your word for truth.

Philosophers need to reach the same answer independently, but trust that these kids are still highly impressionable, they listen, and they take in, but they take in a lot, and they need more time to process and make up their own answer on what you have taught them.


Existential intelligence is integrated by interpretative intelligence (EN). To be integrated means to be “boosted”. It’s like unlocking a more full, complete form of intuition, a higher level of awareness. Detectives can help boost your intelligence by:

  • Providing ideas, clues, possibilities that you can synthesize into concepts, theories, and your vision of the future
  • Building bridges and drawing lines between what you say and do to help you feel more connected
  • Suggesting changes and new ways you can respond to a situation when things go wrong.

When you’re not integrated, you may experience yourself becoming more obsessive, feeling more isolated, and more lost in your own mind. When this happens, your health level may drop.

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