My husband is an INTP, and we've encountered the same issue. Frankly, if there's a problem I'm dealing with, I'd rather make a decision that's 98% right in time to actually implement it, than come up with what would've been the absolutely perfect decision, three months too late to do anything about it.I'm trying to understand how ENTJs make decisions quickly, and also why. As an INTP, a decision made quickly is simply terrifying unless it is a decision where all the information has already been gathered and it's just a matter of choosing. The reason I make decisions slowly is because I want to choose the best option, and to choose the best option I have to work out what the best option is, which takes time. But once I know, I know.
Do you often make a decision then go back on that when you gather more information?
He's very bright, but back when we were in our early twenties... I remember telling him in a moment of frustration that the minute any problem demanded a quick, practical solution rather than abstract wool-gathering, it's like his IQ automatically dropped a good 50 points. LOL
He has improved in this over the years... it seemed more tied to the strength of his Fe than anything. (This makes sense in a way, given that this is his extroverted judging function. However, it still leaves me scratching my head, because I frankly cannot imagine "thinking" with Fe per se.) And I have improved re: tact in the intervening years... although my assessment re: his functional intelligence in such situations wasn't wrong.
You will never know all the information beforehand. Most of the time, you will not be able to determine the outcome of all the probabilities you face with 100% accuracy, either.
If you can, then what are you still sitting there reading for? Tell me what the winning numbers will be for the next Mega Millions jackpot ASAP! :tongue:
Lol... anyhow, I would describe it as the difference between planning and steering.
Planning is what one does before one begins... to decide on a course of action, to build contingencies for things which might prove troublesome, to allocate resources, to gather the needed supplies, to learn what information is necessary for satisfactory performance of the task... just in general, to get your shit together beforehand.
Steering is what one does in the thick of the fray, or in the midst of dealing with whatever problem is at hand. It's on the spot reasoning, backed up by a blend of instinct and intuition, and often bent towards improvement or troubleshooting.
Once you grow more confident in your ability to steer, not just plan, you will probably be happier in making decisions. Being confident of your ability to steer when necessary and still win through will help you worry about the occasional minor snag less.