By Donna Dunning
Several people with preferences for INTJ have told me they experience tension between their internal process of building models and integrating multiple ideas and their external drive to complete projects and accomplish results.
This can be a challenge for them when they start to implement projects, as it can be frustrating to explain their complex thoughts and plans to others.
What you might not see
What people don’t usually see, is that INTJs generally take a comprehensive, broad, long-range view and want to create a thorough, all-encompassing plan. They can struggle with “scope creep” as they see how parts of a project could link to and impact other parts of a complex system.
They gather input, but often their idea generation and planning is completed using Introverted Intuition (Ni) – an internal process of reflecting on ideas and integrating information to build and hone their vision.
What you do see
However, at the same time, they also want to accomplish results effectively in a timely manner. So, once their plan is formulated they want to take charge and get it done.
This focus on the implementation phase is what they generally show to the rest of us.
At this point, they may be impatient with having to explain their multifaceted thought process and may brush aside questions and concerns. They know the plan is well thought-out and want to move forward, using Extraverted Thinking (Te) to direct others.
This may lead to push back or resistance from others.
What can INTJs do?
I’m sure many readers out there have ideas or have developed strategies for managing this dilemma. If you have experienced this as an INTJ or if you interact with an INTJ in your life, please let others readers know your solutions to this challenge.
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