Can any of y'all, as ENFPs, relate to what is said about INTJs in their type descriptions? A lot of what is said about them rings true for me as well. Perhaps the descriptions are written in such general terms they're highly relatable, even for those who don't fit the type. Share your thoughts on the bolded parts, please. :) Discussion of our use versus their use of cognitive functions is welcome.
"NTs as a group tend to enjoy playing with words, finding pleasure in exploring verbal intricacies. Convoluted phrases and paradoxical statements fascinate them."
"NTs tend to focus on the future, regarding the past as something dead and gone. What matters most is what might be and what might happen next."
"The INTJs rather than using deductive logic, use their intuition to grasp coherence."
"INTJs can be very single-minded at times; this can be either a weakness or a strength in their careers, for they can be either a weakness or a strength in their careers, for they can ignore the points of view and wishes of others."
"INTJs want harmony and order in the home and in relationships. They are the most independent of all types. They trust their intuitions about others when making choices of friends and mates, even in the face of contradicting evidence and pressures applied by others. "
Not easily discouraged, all things become possible, including what other types would consider to be impossibilities.
"The INTJ, more so than the INTP, may become very frustrated if that knowledge is not, in the form of some type of project, eventually applied constructively in the world."
"INTJ’s are very self-motivated, drawn to working autonomously, and often do their best work when simply left to their own devices to undertake a particular project or task. They do not need to be, or enjoy being, watched over closely or micro-managed."
"With their imaginations unconstrained by tradition or social norms, the freethinking INTJ is willing and able to imagine possibilities that others might never consider. Combined with their understanding of systems and their strategic, coordination and planning skills, this renders the INTJ capable of conceiving often novel concepts and solutions."
Thus, compelled to determine the very best plan of action, the INTJ may feel obligated to postpone any final decisions or bold actions until they have intelligently analyzed this range of possibilities and developed a plan about which they feel rather certain. [...] In some cases, the INTJ, mired in perfectionism, may even fail to take action at all."
"Constant self-doubting is the hallmark of the NT, so severe, that because of these doubts the NT often does not react at all because of fear of failure. He can be completely immobilised by self-doubt so far that his resolution fades.
"Losing Themselves in Irrelevant Obsessive Thought – In addition to biting sarcasm, another tactic the INTJ may use to distance from the outside world is escaping into their own mind. With their ability to see contingencies and explore possibilities, there is a virtually endless buffet of material available for an INTJ to ponder. And while the INTJ may usually be frustrated by meaningless abstract thought decoupled from constructive action, they may, when stressed, take great comfort in remaining deep in contemplation as an avoidant defense rather than as a step in the pursuit of meaningful goals in the world."
"In their desire to escape from outside stressors, the unhealthy INTJ may retreat not only mentally through perpetual abstract thinking, but even physically. At the extreme, the INTJ may become almost completely disconnected from the outside world around them.
"The INTJ may experience the day-to-day tasks of living – paying bills, cleaning, shopping – as extremely boring or even threatening distractions from the intellectual deliberations and engaging projects that they perceive as more important and meaningful. When very unhealthy, they may eschew these activities as much as possible while escaping into the much more exciting and stimulating realms of their imagination and autonomous work."
"The always visionary INTJ may have a clear image of their ideal relationship in mind, rife with romantic and sexual symbolism and, just as in other areas of their life, may be exhilarated or frustrated based on the extent to which the reality of the situation matches their imagined ideal. Where the relationship falls short of this ideal, the INTJ may, typically, feel driven to develop strategies to close that gap. This approach can make the INTJ a very committed partner, eager to work with their lover to make the relationship the best it can be, but may also leave their partner feeling more like a science experiment than a loved human being."
"The INTJ tends to value a mate who is strong and independent and can “hold their own” in discussions and dealings with the INTJ."