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I guess you could say yes and no. An INTJ will put systems together and see if they work. They also use Ni as a dominant function and Te to bounce back on so they would be using their gut instinct but not acting until they had it all sorted out in some coherant pattern when following leads and solving crimes. Details? INTJs can dismiss details and sometimes cases are solved on the details. I would recommend a duo with an INTP and and INTJ as a more failsafe option.
 

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As a cop, I think I can answer that. I am good at solving problems and connecting 'Dots.' I can make associations using just information I obtain through the computer. However, as an introvert, I have a hard time talking with people. Talking to witnesses, suspects, and victims is vitally important to solving an investigation. The first rule of investigation is "Everybody Lies." Detecting the truth through all the B.S. is hard to do on the fly. I usually figure out the problems with a subject's statement later, after the interview. That being said, I still think there is a place in law enforcement for an INTJ. However, I think an INTJ is better off in the analysis business i.e. Criminal Intelligence.
 

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As a cop, I think I can answer that. I am good at solving problems and connecting 'Dots.' I can make associations using just information I obtain through the computer. However, as an introvert, I have a hard time talking with people. Talking to witnesses, suspects, and victims is vitally important to solving an investigation. The first rule of investigation is "Everybody Lies." Detecting the truth through all the B.S. is hard to do on the fly. I usually figure out the problems with a subject's statement later, after the interview. That being said, I still think there is a place in law enforcement for an INTJ. However, I think an INTJ is better off in the analysis business i.e. Criminal Intelligence.
You should study body language and facial expressions. It will help you a lot when talking to people. When you get good at it (takes at least a year if you practice a lot. practicing means watching people while searching for what you have learned),.. when you get good at it, it becomes natural and you can't switch it off. Then it becomes very easy to see if somebody lies and if you´re going about it the right way.

This is a great resource: Using Body Language
 

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Do INTJs make good detectives? If so, why?
I think some INTJ's make great detective. They do need to have an interest in being a detective though. Connecting the dots comes natural to an INTJ, and they can be cold about what they find, not allowing their feelings to destract them.
 

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Thanks for the info. I attended a good interview and interrogations course that helped a lot. But a lot of crooks are great liars. Its what they do for a living...
 

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Thanks for the info. I attended a good interview and interrogations course that helped a lot. But a lot of crooks are great liars. Its what they do for a living...
Then go research micro expressions. Those can't be faked. Difficult to detect at first, but once you know what to look for, you see them all the time, including in your self. It can be very revealing.
 

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I've learned about those. It does help, but they are often a bit generic, they don't really say "lie" or "not lie". It can help though. Body language in general is great, especially for INTJs as they lack the natural knack. Great for dating and picking up girls, too.
 

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I've learned about those. It does help, but they are often a bit generic, they don't really say "lie" or "not lie". It can help though. Body language in general is great, especially for INTJs as they lack the natural knack. Great for dating and picking up girls, too.
True. They indicate anxiety. Which is raised when someone is lying. The problem is they are hard to detect when you are interviewing a suspect at 3 am, your tired, he's on crystal, and you want to get home to see the kids before they go to school. Detectives have it easier. They schedule the interview and watch the videotape later. Then re-interview the suspect and shoot holes in their statement.

I caught this petty criminal once and I taped the interview. I didn't really need to, but I wanted to try out some of the techniques I learned. He did show micro expressions and also made some admissions. It was cool to see how it works in RL.
 

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True. They indicate anxiety. Which is raised when someone is lying. The problem is they are hard to detect when you are interviewing a suspect at 3 am, your tired, he's on crystal, and you want to get home to see the kids before they go to school. Detectives have it easier. They schedule the interview and watch the videotape later. Then re-interview the suspect and shoot holes in their statement.

I caught this petty criminal once and I taped the interview. I didn't really need to, but I wanted to try out some of the techniques I learned. He did show micro expressions and also made some admissions. It was cool to see how it works in RL.
Learning about body language and micro expressions I found out one basic thing. This is not easy to make part of your natural attention span. You need to practice practice practice practice practice and then, practice more. Like learning to play the piano. You won't be any good unless you practice a lot.
 
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