MBTI 4 Functions of INTP & INTJ (3a)


CHARTS below: All SARCASTIC Functions 

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INTP = The THINKER (Review)
Independent, logical, objective, abstract thinker, loyal & affectionate with loved ones

: Don’t like to follow rules, hard to get to know, insensitive, prone to self-doubt, trouble expressing emotions

INTP’s primary response is to try to understand how things work. They have an insatiable thirst for knowledge, often breaking down larger things or ideas to find the individual components & see how things go together

They make decisions based on logical analysis, done internally, over time.  Being highly logical, efficient thinkers, they like to have a complete understanding of something before sharing an opinion or taking action.

As a support to the DOM Ne is the main way INTPs take in information. They spend a lot of time thinking about the future, exploring all the what-if possibilities. Using intuition to find patterns & underlying principles, they can form theories & frameworks when talking, writing or creating.

Their insight, imagination & past experiences can lead to a flash of insight or inspiration into a problem. They can seem “rambley” at times, when they jump from topic to topic, as they make connections on the spot, rather than following more linear conversation

Less prominently, Si in 3rd place gives INTPs a tendency to be very detail-oriented, carefully categorizing all the facts & experiences they’ve accumulated. They compare & contrast new info with what they already know, to make predictions about what they believe will happen next.

Si makes their internal world structured & detailed, which can lead to a strong sense of stability, but can come across as arrogance. It drives them to have a high need for precise language, which helps them express themselves well.  As they get older, their thinking speeds up, so they won’t need to consciously consider every step, unless taking on a totally new problem or task.

Usually least preferred, here Fe is the INTP’s humanitarian side. They want harmony in groups, wanting to use their intelligence & creative problem-solving to help others by fixing the world in some way.
Even though an introvert, INTPs can be quite outgoing when around people they’re familiar & comfortable with.
When stressed they shut down emotionally, & struggle to connect with others, relying instead on logic. Having Fe last means INTPs often start out life less aware of & less equipped to deal with emotions than other types. Even so, with growth they can develop all their functions to be used as needed.
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: Enjoy abstract & theoretical concepts, are good listeners, have high expectations, are hardworking & have self-confidence, taking criticism well

Weaknesses: Can be overly analytical, judgmental & perfectionistic, don’t like to talk about emotions, can be insensitive

INTJs use introverted intuition to look at patterns, meanings & possibilities. Rather than simply looking at concrete facts, they’re more interested in what these facts mean.

They enjoy thinking about the future & exploring possibilities. When remembering events, they focus on impressions more than exact details of what happened. They’re good at ‘reading between the lines’ to figure out what something really means

As a support to the DOM, Te allows INTJs to operate efficiently in all areas of life. They want order, control & structure in their world, so can be very deliberate & methodical when dealing with problems. When a decision is needed in the moment, they’ll choose what makes the most sense objectively, organizing thoughts to look for cause-and-effect relationships.
Because Te is the primary external function, it is usually the first thing other people will notice about NiTe’s.

INTJs do use this function, but because it’s a third preference, they do so to a lesser degree. As a secondary decision-making process it can take longer for them to come to a conclusion than the Te-AUX part of them.
As an internal process, it likes to mull over all the details before deciding, especially since it tells an INFJ how they or others might feel about a potential action.

INFJs who develop this aspect pay more attention to values & emotions.  It can act as a warning system when Te thinks a decision makes sense but Fi knows it’s a bad idea. As a result, they’ll be drawn to people & activities that fit with those values.

Even though this is often the least developed function, it does still exert some influence. It allows people to process information through their senses. When activated, INTJs can sense that they’re living in the moment, energized by the world around them.

As a least preferred function, it is not as strong but SE provides a concrete side that lets the ISTJ connect to the world around them. But it can can easily them drained if they have to actively engage with the people or the world around them for long periods of time.

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