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INTJ-free zone

Sometimes the minor occurrences in life give you an insight into how alone you are as an INTJ in this world with 98% non-INTJs. When I wanted to pick up my pizza, a group from my little town sat at the table: four business owners, a teacher and a veterinarian. So actually rather higher level. They discussed the violent demonstrations around the G20 summit in Hamburg and the related escalation of violence. That was so loud that I could not resist it to throw in an argument. I had read in the online edition of the SZ, that the police (respectively the chief of operations) was not innocent because of their strategy. The source is serious and the opinion expressed there is comprehensible. The whole truth can not be put into a single sentence anyway. But once again typical for non-INTJ people was the reaction at the table: My argument was directly fought because the autonomists are the bad guys and the police are the good ones. Also my second argument: "There are always two responsible for an escalation" suffered the same fate.

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The Grey Men or the Battle against Time

Who does not know them, the gray gentlemen from Momo of Michael Ende, at least in germany? Basically, one cannot circumvent the time problem, at least not with my character traits.

While other people are very good at procrastinating, i usually cannot - only for a few exceptions. If something has to be done, I want it done immediately so I can point my attention somewhere else. Besides, I get up in the morning with a plan, which I want completed in the evening.

That is now developing into a vicious circle: If something is more work than I thought, I want to get rid of it nevertheless, the other things on the list too and so my activity goes until late at night, until 2 a.m. or so. On the next morning, getting up is difficult, and I need time to get started. It is just hard to accept that a human needs time for rest and sleep and every attempt to fool around that is either plain harmful or just backtracks and hit you in the arse. Really annoying are the early risers, who only see me slightly sleepy at 10 a.m. and think I would vegging because they leave in the afternoon and do not even see what I work at nights and weekends.

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The Talkative Introvert

While doing a thoroughly self-analysis it was obvious that INTJ and a particular low Interpersonal Intelligence left their traces in my personality - means what is commonly known as "Emotional Intelligence" is only rudimentary for me. On the other hand, this is compensated by Ni, means high levels for attention, observation and memory. I might not being able to empathize with other people, but I can read them anyway. What I have observed is actually a stark contrast between apparent theory and practice. Actually, all people with high EQ and extroverts should also be very open and communicative to other people. The fact is, however, that is definitely not true. And it is obvious for myself: Although I am the exact opposite and I have my problems with people, I am open and communicative like hell, not to say garrulous and surrendering personal detail almost without inhibitions. Otherwise I would not write this blog here.

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I now have no idea whether this is INTJ-specific, but success usually comes with a certain degree of self-discipline. Whether it is solving a problem or achieving set goals well before the deadline, the personal attitude is important in any case. My parents have recognized this from the beginning and never exerted pressure in their parenting: imposed discipline is never as effective as self-imposed. This affects practically all areas of life and should also be responsible for my saying "if I want something, then I simply do it" - because "simply" is usually understating and you need a lot of willpower to push it through. One could also pin it on a certain degree of autism if you are breeding so intense and for a long time on a problem, trying one possible solution after another, until you finally get it right. While doing that, you lose your sense of time and don't notice the many hours you have invested in the problem.

bit overweight woman as security at a festival

a bit overweight woman as security at a festival

Even if this autistic-based absolute focus doesn't apply, the personalities are very different when dealing with personal temptations. If you see such people as in the picture, then you have to ask yourself whether you really have to meet every emerging desire.

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In the previous article, I have outlined the multiple intelligences and the fact that I am well-equipped in all areas except for interpersonal. This is the right place for a little excursion: for an outsider it may seem as if I would brag with my abilities, but you can believe it or not: My life would be much, much easier if "normal" would be an option. I got such an awkward combination of factors that puts my chances of meeting a similar person on the street dangerously close to zero. Therefore, this is further away from bragging than one can imagine - rather a call for a self-help group of anonymous multigenies or something.

This is also the right keyword, because genius and excellence are not part of my profession. There are always people to find who can do more and better in every area. Even with an IQ of 140 there is among 500 people someone else who has the same (that is not really rare) and I do not believe my value is so high. But let's take a look at what we've already had: INTJ, Introverted Intuition, Enneagram 5/1, and a broad multiple intelligence. If we let that simmering forty years, this gives a strong soup. Driven by Ni, one constantly sucks in information, across all subject areas, always looking for new input. If you want to do something, then you just do it . There are, of course, preferences - if the logical-mathematical side is so strong, one is drawn to deterministic systems.

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Being gifted and Multiple Intelligences

This topic is not directly related with INTJ, but indirectly there are connections. Let us first consider the classical intelligence measured by IQ tests. If one reaches more than 130 points there and is thus two standard deviations from the normal 100, is regarded as a gifted - by definition 2,27%. As expected, the intelligence is not evenly distributed across all types. For INTJ and INTP (Einstein ...) there are almost three times as many gifted persons than on average.

The second topic is Multiple Intelligences: apart from the classical mathematical-logic intelligence, there is a model with eight or more intelligences in far more areas such as body domination or musicality.

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A little bit more esoteric is the Enneagram as personality model. Unlike MBTI, the Enneagram describes nine different motives that determines why you do what you do. Most of the INTJs are type 5 (Investigator) which is also without doubt my main driving force. Analytical, distanced, abstract , positive inventive, wise, energetic and negative unfortunately also isolated, nihilistic and eccentric. This usually includes the so-called wings, ie the neighboring types 4 (Individualist, creative, natural, disciplined) or 6 (Loyalist, faithful, courageous, trustworthy).

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Introverted Intuition

MBTI as a personality indicator is based on the work of Carl Jung, and he has assigned each personality a number of functions in descending order. Admittedly, this is the part of the theory about which one can argue, but for myself theory and practice agree completely. INTJs and INFJs are the only ones to have Introverted Intuition (Ni) as the primary function. This function is the reason that makes both types so special (and rare). This blog describes this (rather strange) feature for the rest of the world quite well, so I just add a few comments.

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Why I'm doing this?

Personality psychology is largely unknown in Germany, so it wasn't until 2015 as I came across a sentence on a dating page: "I am INTJ, and I like INTP" or so. Curious as I am now, I had to google it and thus began a completely new trip in the matter of self-knowledge. So please ignore my non-perfect language, I'm still german and translate my articles to english for a wider audience.

At the last city campus in Trier the psychology professor has confirmed that the Big Five model is established. Whether this is also true of all the subtleties of the Myers-Briggs model is open to discussion, but the saying on is sooo true:

“It’s so incredible to finally be understood.”
"Take our Personality Test and get a 'freakishly accurate' description of who you are and why you do things the way you do."

In short, my result was INTJ. Each of the four letters represents a personality aspect, there is a lot of stuff to read, as always Wikipedia provides a good overview.

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