No personality type is perfect. When it comes to INTJ strengths and weaknesses, they’re pretty standard but definitely unique to this personality type.
That being said, what you may consider a weakness isn’t really one to us INTJs.
But that doesn’t mean our weaknesses don’t exist. They’re there, just like their strengths are.
Knowing these about an INTJ can help you not only understand us better, but interact with us in a way that brings out more of our strengths.
Here are a few examples of an INTJ’s strengths and weaknesses.
Everyone has strengths. Whether you are aware of them or not doesn’t really matter.
But if you’re looking accentuate them or even find a job that puts your strengths to good use, here’s what INTJs excel in.
1. Problem solving
This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, really. INTJs are the best problem solvers out there. They look ahead in any given situation and can piece together the best outcome.
This is obviously a strength for many reasons.
They can avoid conflict easier, excel in the workplace, and even maintain better relationships due to their willingness to find a way to fix any situation.
There’s no denying INTJs are imaginative.
They have the ability to think far and wide on a variety of topics and that’s actually what makes them such great problem solvers too.
This is a major strength in a number of different areas in life.
We tend to be more creative, while still maintain our analytical side and that’s a rare quality in a person overall.
It helps us think in unique ways, which can be a huge asset.
Most INTJs are confident, but not in a showy way. They love who they are and feel great about themselves without feeling the need to throw it in anyone’s face.
Confidence like INTJs have is a major benefit for so many things.
It helps us with getting new jobs, within our jobs, in our relationships, and in any other person-to-person setting.
Essentially, confidence touches many different parts of life and having a lot of it only does you good.
4. Highly independent
Independence is both a good and a bad thing, but right now we’ll talk about its strengths.
When you don’t really rely on other people, you take initiative.
This can come across as isolating to some but to an INTJ, it’s fulfilling. We enjoy taking on tasks and doing them alone simply because we like the way we process information and perform tasks better than other personality types.
We thoroughly enjoy doing things by ourselves and will often take on added responsibility for others without really thinking much about it.
This rewards INTJs by making sure tasks are always done and done to our liking, which is essential for jobs and life in general.
INTJs can be some of the most stubborn personality types, which may seem like a flaw or a weakness to some.
But when it comes to being stubborn, INTJs see this as determination.
We’re able to make a goal and stick to it without budging, something that comes in handy with everything we do in life.
1. Highly independent
This is listed in both strengths and weaknesses because it is both for an INTJ.
Being independent can be a great thing until you have to open yourself up and let yourself depend on someone.
Since it’s such a struggle for an INTJ to let their walls down and let someone else do things for them, it’s a weakness – particularly for relationships.
INTJs tend to judge first and ask questions later.
This is obviously a weakness because there are so many opportunities than can be missed based on a first impression.
Because INTJs are so observant and are wired to make decisions quickly based on the information they have, wrong judgements can easily be made.
For obvious reasons, this can set us back when it comes to jobs, making relationships, and even get us in trouble with family.
Us INTJs tend to critique the way other people do things. This is mainly because we think our way is the best – and this is true for the most part.
But that doesn’t mean we have to say so to every single person we see doing something different.
Being overly critical is one things INTJs struggle with, particularly in relationships. They can be nitpicky about inconsequential issues and drive a wedge between them and their significant others.
Many relationship-related problems with INTJs have to do with them being too critical of their friend, family member, or partner.
4. Over analytical
Analyzing every little thing in life is not good for anyone – especially INTJs.
Because this personality type has such a strong analytical side, it can be difficult for them to turn it off and just let life happen. We overthink so much that it can push us into a stressful state of mind.
Basically, we can be our own worst enemy when it comes to stress and anxiety.
Over analyzing little things that don’t really matter in the grand scheme of things is just something INTJs have a habit of doing, even if it hurts us.
5. Not rule-followers
It’s not that all INTJs love breaking the rules. This is more about this personality type never just blindly following the rules that have no point or meaning behind them.
If we disagree with a rule because we don’t believe it has merit, we won’t listen to it.
While this might seem perfectly fine, it can cause issues if a rule is in place for a reason the INTJ just doesn’t understand.
Society is set up with rules just like the laws. It can be a good thing to rebel against them at times but for INTJs, those times are more frequent than warranted, which can get them into trouble.
These INTJ strength and weaknesses don’t mean everyone with this personality type has issues in these areas. More likely than not, an INTJ will work through their flaws and learn how to harness their strengths.
P.S. I’ve read a lot of books and taken a lot of courses, but the one thing that has helped me the most is the INTJ Starter Kit by Personality Hacker. If you’re an INTJ who is tired of general self-improvement advice and who wants specific, tailor-made suggestions on how to optimize your life, you should check it out.