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Spotlight on INTJ

Spotlight on INTJ

By Donna Dunning

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Motto: “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

When creating type resources, one of my goals is to offer practical descriptions and examples to help people understand each of the different patterns of personality type preferences.

One way I have done this is by creating mottos for each four-letter combination. Each motto is based on type research, my reading, and my experiences. The intention is to create a motto that reflects the dominant function.

I chose “A picture is worth a thousand words.” for INTJ preferences to describe their conceptual, logical approach.

People who prefer INTJ often create complex visual representations to summarize and integrate information. Flow charts and cognitive maps are tools they seem to relish.

If you want to see a couple of examples, I have some study notes that an individual with INTJ preferences shared with me. He used these in the MBTI ® Certification program.

INTJ Study notes

INTJ Study notes 2

Your Opinion

Do you think this motto is appropriate for people who prefer INTJ? What other motto would you choose to describe these type preferences?

For more information on these preferences, go to the INTJ tag.

What’s Your Type?

Learn about your personal approach on our What’s Your Type? page where we’ll introduce you to personality type and the 8 Ways of Working.

Introduction to Type and Communication describes in detail how personality preferences influence communications.

If you live in the USA, Introduction to Type and Communication is now available on Kindle.

Looking for a practical resource to help you plan your ideal career? Check out my book, What’s Your Type of Career?: Find Your Perfect Career By Using Your Personality Type

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5 Responses to “Spotlight on INTJ”

  1. Meilseoir Schwartzthal says:

    I wanted to respectfully disagree, but not in entirety, and carefully explain in a way that justifies your own observation about our complicated visual representations. I am an INTJ. I too not only make but think in complicated visual arrangements. This is one of the reasons I have always enjoyed maps. More than enjoyed, I can often redraw the map I’ve been reading. It’s like a photocopy. That’s because I think visually. Sure, I have a good vocabulary, and write well, but I do not remember those maps as a logical flow chart of black and white words (knowing street x runs from street y to street z). No. I remember it visually. As if I took a picture of it, and could visually refer back to it any time that I wanted. Years later.
    So, my issue with the motto “a picture is worth a thousand words” is what is implied by the word “worth”. Worth implies “replaces”; that you don’t need to trifle with details when you have a good representation of the general idea. I know that in this instance, “words” are metaphorical, not literal. Words mean details. I think that whole vague general idea thing is some other type. While I (and I think “we” INTJ) relish the details, and my example of a mental snapshot of a map would actually be a “picture of words”. If I am told an appointment date over the phone, and don’t write it down, consider it forgotten tomorrow. If I see it on paper, I’ll remember it, rip on the top left corner, and coffee stain and all, much longer than I need to.
    While I agree with us thinking in “big picture” ideas, I disagree with the assumption that that means big vague/general ideas with a distaste for “the details”. I think that that is a misrepresentation (and I hope merely a misunderstanding. Big picture literally means big picture with all of those details that would not make it into an impression painting. I use a lot of words to get my point across as a direct affect of me thinking visually. Instead of able being able to say things in the simplest way; explaining rudimentary logic, I often find it much easier and more natural to “paint a picture with words”. Most of the time I feel like would lose my point if I attempted to express it in pure logic. So, I turn it into a parable of sorts….

    Apart from thinking visually I’ve noticed that while a verbal conversation is quickly forgotten, a song lyric, even in a language I don’t even speak is remembered perfectly forever, so long as it is sung not spoken.
    This all sounds very right brain. Very well could be.

    But to borrow another slogan/motto I’ve seen assigned to INTJ: “whatever works” (or “does it work”).

  2. Donna Dunning says:

    Hi Meilseoir, Thank you for your insightful post. I meant “big picture” more as a comprehensive integrated approach rather than a step-by-step practical approach, but can certainly see how “big picture” sounds more like broad brushstrokes. I appreciate your description of the depth of detail you capture. Do you think the near photographic visual memory is a characteristic of all INTJs, or more a characteristic of your individual learning style?

  3. Laura says:

    Donna, I would agree with you. I am very visual and can draw with near photographic reality. I also remember details from books I read 20 years ago. When I go to the store, I keep a running total in my head without really thinking about it. I’m not saying this to brag, I am saying it to explain that although INTJ’s are very aware of detail, we are also very aware of the final picture we are looking for. I think INTJ’s are good at seeing the interconnectedness of many different things into one whole – or how to build many different needs into one solution. The strategy needed. I’m not sure if that is what you mean. When I am finding a solution to a problem, in my mind there are dozens or hundreds of threads all of which must come together to form a perfect solution. Like a spider web. I tweak individual threads as needed. I look for the perfect solution and will keep at it until everything comes together like a puzzle. It needs to be right. It needs to be logical. Most of all, for me anyway, it needs to be efficient. But it isn’t necessarily straight line thinking, like a list. There are jumps of intuition, but they are BUILT on ramps of pure logic, so usually get to where they need to go. Often, looking back, it is impossible for me to say how I got a solution because I did it in 10 different ways. I don’t know if this makes sense at all. Lol.

  4. Luc says:

    I think that if there is one word to describe most INTJs, it would be coherence.

  5. Meilseior Schwarzthal says:

    Figured it out; it’s me: I’m an INFJ… not an INTJ.

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