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INTJ Communication Highlights

INTJ Communication Highlights

By Donna Dunning

Donna DunningIn my personality type based communication workshops I sometimes have participants complete this thought -“To communicate most effectively with me, please…”. This exercise helps participants express their personal communication style and preferences.

I can’t take credit for this exercise. It is modified from one created by Jean Kummerow.

Here is a photo of a response from an individual with INTJ preferences.

I am always interested in how introverted dominant functions, in this case Introverted Intuition (Ni), show up in the world.

Since the dominant function is introverted it is not usually obvious. When Introverted Intuition (Ni) is the dominant function (INFJs and INTJs), the individual tends to internally process complex ideas thoroughly.

What you tend to see more often in the outer world, when interacting with someone with INTJ preferences, is the Extraverted Thinking (Te) auxiliary function.

The Thinking preference can be seen in the descriptors: ask questions, get to the point, and know when to stop talking.

Notice that many of the descriptors are linked to the dominant function: full info, start with concept, talk about your ideas, thorough explanations, future-oriented viewpoint, and systematic.

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4 Responses to “INTJ Communication Highlights”

  1. Paul Sage says:

    I’m an INTJ and I can relate to the “know when to stop talking” advice. People who have worked around me know that I need 3 minutes of discussion to understand something but at 10 minutes there’s too much apparently contradicting information to process. I will say “I thought I understood you a few minutes ago, but now I don’t.” What I don’t understand about the above is how Extraverted Thinking (Te) is the auxiliary function of an INTJ. How can an Introvert have Extraversion as an auxilliary function?

  2. Donna says:

    Hi Paul, You are right, Extraversion can not be an auxiliary function. Te refers to extraverted Thinking, meaning that Thinking is your auxiliary function and you tend to interact with the world using this function. i.e.. you use thinking in the outer world. Type theory assumes you use your dominant function in your preferred orientation (in your case Introverted Intuition (Ni) and your auxiliary function in the opposite orientation (in your case Extraverted Thinking). For example, directing people to complete a task or sharing a decision and wanting to move forward into action are examples of using Te. If you want to read more, I have posts explaining these type dynamics. The dominant function one is a good place to start.

  3. Luc says:

    Are these traits that I have noticed of myself normal? I get very impatient with people when they try to do “small talk”. I think that they are trying to waste my time. Also, I want to plan everything, from my mortgage payments to my funeral costs. I need to replay at least 2 times anything in my head for me to feel comfortable in doing anything.

  4. Donna Dunning says:

    Hello Luc, What you describe is typical for INTJs. Thorough planning and then a need to accomplish a goal effectively are hallmarks of this approach (integrate and implement are the words I choose to describe the ITJ approach). Interestingly, people usually see INTJs as task-oriented and decisive (Te); what others usually don’t see is their inner thought process, which is open to new ideas and interested in learning more and building more comprehensive models (Ni).

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