As if the pain, itself, was a foot in the door of entering in and seeing the whole picture.
To find an entrance into an INTJ is much, much more difficult.
I mentioned before that an INTJ is like an arthropod, with an exoskeleton and a very squishy center.Like INFJs, INTJs use the Perspectives process to be able to see things as others see them and get in the heads of other people.So there’s always this feeling, however deep and unconscious, that their talents – or even they, themselves – are being ‘wasted’.Because of their introverted nature, there’s a strong need to be acknowledged and given credit, but without the indignity of having to do cartwheels.It’s also where we get in touch with what gives us an adrenaline rush and how we improvise with our bodies.
(If you’re a Myers-Briggs geek, the primary cognitive function for this type is Introverted Intuition, the secondary is Extraverted Thinking, the tertiary is Introverted Feeling and the inferior is Extraverted Sensing.) If you look at most profiles about the INTJ personality type, they’ll focus on the Mastermind quality of the INTJ.This gives birth to a couple of other things that just become “INTJ Problems.” First, as a society we tend to glamorize raw computing power, but we don’t have a lot of love for people who come up with solutions that mean we have to change stuff. unless those problem-solvers are putting dollar bills into our pockets.Most true solutions mean going through a painful transitional cycle, and the more far reaching the problem the longer the transition.But there’s only so much think tanking the world wants done, and the overwhelming majority of INTJs are just looking for a job that doesn’t make them want to stab their eyes out.This is important to recognize – most INTJs are only satisfied in their career choice.But this dismissive attitude, combined with a perpetual feeling of being marginalized, creates the perfect context to generate pride as an emergent.