INTJ with All Low Trait Preferences

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    INTJ with All Low Trait Preferences

    Hey guys,

    I'm new to the site. I've read several articles before and thought about contributing a few times but never bothered to sign up until I got massively frustrated by this issue I'm having.

    Essentially, whenever I'm typed by any MBTI test (I've taken several), every one of my traits has ridiculously low preference margins. I consistently type as INTJ-T and that never wavers, but out of curiosity, I've taken it with influence of friends and / or family after having the issue and the margins for preference are always the same.

    For some clarity, I get roughly:
    57% I | 58% N | 65% T | 63% J | 56% T

    I would sort of just own the fact that I'm an INTJ with low preference for traits, but I'd say I'm fairly regularly an INTJ and switch wildly on a regular basis between types. In social situations I either pull back and observe or perfectly own the ESFP type and entertain, perform, and connect. I also often switch from N to S when I feel a situation calls for it, and strongly identify with many aspects of the ISTJ personality. I'll adopt mannerisms of the ENTJ if I feel that's necessary as well. One thing I'd say that I take comfort in not lapsing in is just in general the feeling trait. I have a high capacity for strong empathy, but only if I feel it's deserved. I literally cannot stand when people are just babies about things.

    Anyhow, I could ramble on about random details, but that frankly wouldn't do a whole lot of good unless I can be specific enough to answer a pointed question.

    Does anyone else have this issue? I had someone tell me it must stem from a lack of confidence in who I am, but I feel incredibly confident, sometimes a little too much so. I will admit though that I have no problem adopting an entirely different persona at any given time - it's not a fake thing, either. If I feel like a situation calls for it, I'll just adopt the traits that seem most appropriate at any given time, and I don't believe that a cut and dry approach works. I guess I'm fairly "INTJ"-ish when there's no need to be anything else? I had a friend of mine tell me that I was "divergent" from the test, but that just sounds a little dumb.

    What are anyone's thoughts on this, and has anyone else dealt with it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by metamorph View Post
    Essentially, whenever I'm typed by any MBTI test (I've taken several), every one of my traits has ridiculously low preference margins. I consistently type as INTJ-T and that never wavers...

    For some clarity, I get roughly:
    57% I | 58% N | 65% T | 63% J | 56% T
    Given the consistency across tests/time, I wouldn't sweat the low scores. A lot of INTJs will have scores like these and your TJ scores aren't "ridiculously low" anyway.

    In social situations I either pull back and observe or perfectly own the ESFP type and entertain, perform, and connect.
    So does this INTJ enneagram 5 "observer" when she's not doing her best impression of a ESFP party-girl (I love to dance/'let go'/just have fun sometimes -- hello inferior Se + enneagram instinct sx which needs 'intensity' and to "connect").

    I also often switch from N to S when I feel a situation calls for it, and strongly identify with many aspects of the ISTJ personality.
    I think everybody who receives an INTJ result should double check they aren't an ISTJ. It's said that the test picks up some of the more open minded/creative/higher intelligence ISTJs and scores them as INTJs. Be sure you strongly relate to Ni (and Se to a lesser extent), not Si.

    I'll adopt mannerisms of the ENTJ if I feel that's necessary as well.
    I do this. Some INTJs have better developed Te than others and can relate more to ENTJs. I consider myself an ENTJish INTJ.

    I have a high capacity for strong empathy, but only if I feel it's deserved. I literally cannot stand when people are just babies about things.
    Me too :)

    I will admit though that I have no problem adopting an entirely different persona at any given time - it's not a fake thing, either. If I feel like a situation calls for it, I'll just adopt the traits that seem most appropriate at any given time, and I don't believe that a cut and dry approach works.
    I suggest looking to the enneagram for answers here. What you're describing may indicate 'social instinct' or an 'image' type (2, 3, 4). I'm a 5 with a 4 wing and that 4 influence shows up in me by not taking identity too seriously. I know a brilliant type 1 who puts on a different public persona than who he is privately (he has a very strong 4 influence in his 'tritype'). It sounds fake but it's still him, it's his way of being. MBTI alone doesn't describe whole personality. MBTI + enneagram gets a lot closer.

    What are anyone's thoughts on this, and has anyone else dealt with it?
    When I first looked into 'INTJ' (after a test result), I was amazed by the accuracy but was surprised by how cold we're described as (I'm pretty sensitive/empathetic/warm by nature -- although my exterior may appear on the cooler side). I discovered the enneagram here at PerC which described the missing pieces perfectly. I view it that I have NTJ hardware (preferred way of thinking) but my software (focus/motivation/way of acting) is 5w4 sx/sp 513 with my dominant instinct (sx) behind a surprising amount of my behavior.

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    This is all really helpful. Thanks so much for taking the time.

    I looked into what you mentioned - definitely not an ISTJ. I've got no sense of Si and tend to lapse into Se in controlled doses when healthy, and just go wild on it when unhealthy. INTJ makes a lot of sense given the differences in functions, so thanks for pointing that out.

    I've never been super familiar with the enneagram test, but I read through all the types today, and took a couple different tests. I wound up a type 3, which is definitely what I most identify with, with balanced wings. I'm close to a type 1, but 3 definitely makes a lot more sense for me. I'm just a little more quiet than most 3's I guess. I've heard several INTJ's say they're type 5, but I didn't identify with it a whole lot and it was in my bottom two type scores.

    I got the same dominant instinct, sx. That wasn't surprising when I read over what the different instincts were. I'm not sure how much it plays into overall behavior, so I'll probably do some more research on what else is behind instincts.

    Anyhow, your reply was super helpful. Much appreciated!!
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    Ni Te Fi Se
    Se Fi Te Ni

    Alrighty. Welcome aboard and i have to say you MAY truly earn your nickname.

    I consider myself as sometimes drawn toward my shadow personality. Add some ambiversion, then there i am, the joker troll.
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    INTJ as a joker troll... well then, you may very well earn your name as well, contradictionary.

    Looking forward to some dry humor and unpredictable charm.


     

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