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Personality Type and Learning: INTJ

Personality Type and Learning: INTJ

By Donna Dunning

Logical Visionary (INTJ)

“A picture is worth a thousand words.”

Our personality type preferences link to how and what we prefer to learn.

In my booklet, Introduction to Type and Learning, I describe how each of your four preferences (E/I, S/N, T/F and J/P) link to your learning style. You can read a summary about how type preferences influence learning on my Connecting Personality Type to Your Learning post.

In the booklet I also discuss how your whole type, the combination of your preferences, links to your learning style. I do this using the eight dominant function groupings.

I use the name Visionaries for people who prefer INTJ (and INFJ), since they both share a reflective, conceptual approach to living, working, and learning. In type language these types have a dominant function of Introverted Intuition (Ni). See the Visionary page for more general information on this combination of preferences.

Visionaries tend to enjoy learning about complex concepts and ideas. They want to research topics in depth and enjoy integrating multiple sources of information.

Each of the eight approaches to learning is discussed in detail as you can see in these Introduction to Type and Learning sample pages shared by CPP Inc. (the publisher) on their website.

In this post, I have taken a short excerpt from the booklet to highlight how INTJs prefer to learn. The tips mainly describe how INTJs can use their Thinking process to support their natural Visionary approach. If you are learning something new and have INTJ preferences, use the tips to maximize your learning. If you are teaching, leading, or coaching others, consider adapting your style to accommodate these learners.

Learning Tips for INTJs

  • Set broad, integrative, challenging learning goals
  • Seek expert and objective instructors
  • Organize and structure ideas logically
  • Ask “why?” questions
  • Seek opportunities to critique and debate concepts
  • Validate and confirm the credibility of information sources
  • Consider long-term consequences and implication of ideas
  • Engage in strategic, complex learning projects
  • Take time to analyze and integrate concepts before discussing them
  • Find opportunities to learn independently

As well as personality type specific tips, there are essential learning strategies everyone can use to be a more effective learner. These are described in detail in my Introduction to Type and Learning booklet and are summarized in my post on the Top 10 Learning Strategies.

Being a life-long learner is a necessity in this complex, changing world. Understanding and adapting how you learn can be a powerful tool for your career and life success.



You can also purchase Introduction to Type and Learning from CPP Inc. in PDF format.

I hope you enjoy the photographs for this Personality Type and Learning blog series. They were taken from helicopter and boat during a trip to the Discovery Islands off the west coast of Canada.

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