Things an INTJ Hates
1. Incompetent power-holders
Few things will make an INTJ angrier than a boss or authority figure that seems undeserving of their position. If they see a person in charge that does not appear to think through their actions, avoids making decisions, or only seems to have gotten where they are through blatant self-promotion, it will be very difficult for an INTJ to keep their mouth shut. Above all else, these thinkers value brilliance, self-confidence, and the ability to make firm, effective decisions.
2. Constant social interaction
INTJs, like all introverts, need lots of time to themselves. No matter how much they love hanging out with a particular person, if they find themselves unable to escape from said person to read a book or work on a project, they’ll become exhausted and get more and more difficult to be around.
To be clear, we’re talking about constant social interaction with a good friend. Partly owing to their Extroverted Thinking function, many INTJs absolutely love to talk, but only about the subjects that they’ve explored and thought about very deeply (usually having a scientific, social, or psychological bent). Small talk is probably not going to happen. If it absolutely needs to happen, INTJs will probably disappear as soon as they can.
People who routinely lie definitely bother an INTJ, but because this type is incredibly intuitive, what bothers them more is the person who is dishonest with themselves. It’s true that INTJs can be absolutely wrong about who a person really is, but they usually learn from experience to trust their intuitive hunches. Right or wrong, if an INTJ thinks you’re in a bad career, relationship, or life trajectory, they’ll probably tell you. Bluntly.
4. Tears and feelings
It’s not that INTJs don’t care. If you’re in their life, they definitely care about what you’re going through. Feelings just make them nervous, and the more they try to take emotions into account, usually the worse they do at pleasing other people. INTJs do feel, but they tend to take a pragmatic approach to their emotions, trying to optimize their lives and relationships based on what they can immediately control. They also expect the people in their lives to try to behave rationally.
Reading and education are incredibly important to INTJs, but they aren’t total monsters about it. If you haven’t read a book that they have or don’t know anything about a subject that they know a lot about, they’ll understand. That said, if you throw your opinion around without reading the article, or frequently talk about how useless education is, you’re probably not going to make an INTJ happy.
6. When people don’t use their knowledge
INTJs love to learn and are insatiably curious. But, surprisingly, they’re not the type to learn and learn and never do anything with that knowledge. These thinkers act as much as they learn, and what drives them crazy is running into someone who loves to think about ideas but never tries to put them into practice. INTJs want to test out their theories in real life, instead of only playing around with ideas in their heads.
7. Rules and the status quo
Playing by the rules is not very important to INTJs. Give them a list of rules and they may endlessly question you, bend the rules, and even break them if they see a better way. INTJs are always innovating and tweaking. If they don’t have the opportunity to do that, they’ll be very, very, unhappy — and you’ll probably hear about it.
8. Routine tasks
Obviously, routine tasks are not looking good for this personality type. INTJs are easily bored with process work and are not good at paper-pushing. They might, say, go to the gym, but only after they’ve created the best, most research-backed and efficient way of working out. Groceries, clothing, cooking, anything routine, will never be done the same way every day — if at all. Or they’ll delegate these tasks.
9. Social niceties
INTJs enjoy friendships and need people just as much as anyone else. However, getting people to play along with that goal is a source of endless frustration for this personality type. Analytical approaches are pretty much useless when trying to connect with another person, and INTJs usually come to know this through painful experience. They may be better off displaying their brilliance and waiting for other people to come to them instead of becoming frustrated with “the game” of social interaction.
10. Aimless activities
To hang out with an INTJ, you either need to have a plan or prepare to have one made for you. They’re not inclined to play anything by ear, and they hate uncoordinated activities. That said, their hatred for all unplanned things can result in master plans for the best day ever. Just make sure that you define what “the best day ever” is in advance — otherwise you might end up enrolled in a materials engineering course.
11. When people want to stay the same
INTJs are constantly changing and growing, and they demand that others do the same. Improving processes and techniques usually morphs over time into a tireless obsession with improving themselves and their relationships. Growth is a must, and INTJs will be bored to death if they are forced to do the same things day in and day out.
Wait, aren’t INTJs considered uncompromising and closed-minded? Think again. INTJs are more able to change their opinions and beliefs than most other Myers-Briggs personality types. They just need to be faced with overwhelming evidence. Give them rational evidence that they should change, and they probably will. When faced with someone who never changes despite sufficient evidence, INTJs will probably engineer their downfall.
Are You an INTJ?
Some of these points are things a lot of people will hate, and every INTJ is going to be a little different. If you can relate to most of them, however, chances are good that you’re an INTJ. Want to be one hundred percent sure? There’s an easy way to find out: Take this free personality assessment from Personality Hacker and see your personality type in minutes.
Do You Challenge Authority Often, Based on Your Personality Type
Some people believe in challenging authority and finding ways to make their own rules in life, while others prefer to follow the leader and do what is expected of them. Both paths certainly serve a purpose in the grand scheme of things, but for some it just feels like the right thing to challenge authority and make their own decisions. Here is how likely you are to challenge authority, based on your personality type.
INFJs do have a tendency to challenge authority, at least in an analytical sense. They prefer to consider whether or not the people in control deserve this position, and if they have their followers best interests at heart. INFJs often realize that most people in power will be corrupted by this, and might not deserve to be in their position. They are willing to challenge this authority, and often struggle to completely fall into line. At the same time INFJs don’t like being someone who constantly breaks rules or disobeys the expectations of their loved ones, so they search for some kind of balance.
ENFJs don’t believe in being someone who causes too much trouble, but at the same time they are passionate and strong-willed people. They often analyze the situation and are willing to mentally challenge authority and consider whether or not they should be following them. ENFJs don’t just accept things as they are, instead they believe in looking at the different angles. They use their intuition to decide whether or not they can truly trust someone, and if they deem someone worthy. If the ENFJ realizes that a person does not follow the right moral path, they are certainly likely to challenge their authority.
INFPs are willing to challenge authority in the right circumstances, especially someone who appears as immoral to them. If a person in a position of authority is rude and uncaring, it becomes difficult for the INFP to follow them without needing to often challenge their sense of power. For the INFP it is about following their own rules and path, and only listening to people who they can truly trust and rely on as morally sound.
ENFPs definitely believe in challenging authority, since they want to follow their own rules and path in life. If someone tries to control the ENFP it often makes them want to challenge this and fight against it. They don’t mind when someone else is in a position of authority, they simply want to be sure they are not taking advantage of this. They don’t like blindly following anything, instead the ENFP believes in analyzing, as well as following their intuition.
INTJs don’t mind following someone who is in a position of authority, for them it is about being logical. They will respect authority and rules, if those rules make sense and prove to make society more efficient. INTJs just don’t want to follow anyone who they consider to be foolish or ignorant, and will be willing to challenge them if this is the case. INTJs want to be sure they are being wise before challenging authority, and make these decisions after a lot of consideration.
ENTJs often prefer to be the person in the authority position, since they aren’t fans of having to follow others. They are natural leaders who want to be the ones setting the rules and making the decisions. They are willing to follow the rules and go with what the person in authority suggests, but only if it is the smart and efficient choice. ENTJs are not afraid of challenging authority, but they don’t do this for no reason at all.
INTPs do naturally challenge authority, since they don’t like feeling obligated to follow the rules. INTPs often feel it is their duty to challenge authority, in order to figure out if someone is doing things the wrong way. They aren’t rule followers by nature and prefer to go against what is expected of them. For the INTP this is the best way to learn and really uncover the truth in any given situation. They would rather explore the different possibilities, which sometimes makes them want to challenge authority.
ENTPs are not rule followers by nature and so they do actually enjoy challenging authority. They believe in going against what people expect in order to really learn and uncover different possible outcomes. ENTPs will certainly challenge authority, especially if they feel like the person in power needs to be challenged a bit. For the ENTP this is about uncovering the truth and learning more about people and situations.
ISTJs don’t like challenging authority most of the time, since they prefer to follow the rules rather than shake things up. This doesn’t mean they will blindly follow someone who is immoral, but they prefer to find people they can respect and follow. ISTJs simply believe in focusing on getting things done, and don’t like to get caught up in challenging authority and breaking the rules which prove to help them be more efficient.
ESTJs aren’t naturally likely to challenge authority, since they prefer to follow the rules. ESTJs want to be seen as a valued member of their community and so they don’t want to shake things up and cause trouble. ESTJs are capable of being in positions of authority themselves, and do generally prefer to be the leader. They are good at filling this role, and so instead of challenging authority they want to work towards becoming one themselves.
ISFJs don’t usually challenge authority, instead they prefer to follow the rules and keep focused on what is important to them. ISFJs care about providing for their loved ones and so they don’t like doing anything which might get in the way of this. For the ISFJ challenging authority seems like a messy thing to do, which could cause them to shake things up in a negative manner. They would much rather follow the rules so that they can work towards a good future for their loved ones.
ESFJs don’t challenge authority for no reason, but this doesn’t mean they don’t do this occasionally. For the ESFJ it depends on what the authority is presenting to them, and if it goes against their beliefs and what they have grown accustomed to. When the ESFJ is raised with certain beliefs they don’t enjoy when authority tries to defy this or make them change their minds, and so in these situations they actually will challenge authority and have a hard time to really following.
ISTPs don’t mind challenging authority, and sometimes they do this naturally without even thinking about it. For the ISTP it is best to follow their own path and so they don’t like being told what to do. If they feel inspired to go in a certain direction, it becomes difficult for them to listen to some authority telling them they can’t.
ESTPs are more likely to challenge authority when they are younger, but they do this as adults as well. For them it is about going in the right direction and not allowing others to control or force them. If the ESTP feels like the person in authority is foolish and making the wrong choices, then they will be much more likely to challenge them.
ISFPs are certainly willing to challenge authority, since they find it hard to follow what other people expect of them. They often dance to the beat of their own drum, making it difficult to simply fall into line. ISFPs will challenge authority, or in some cases completely ignored it and go about living life on their own terms.
ESFPs really aren’t afraid of challenging authority and often know how to go about this in the right way. They believe in following their own path in life and don’t like doing what people command of them. If the ESFP wants to explore a different option then they belief in doing this freely without really feeling restrained by others. They are willing to challenge authority when they know it is the right choice for them, and are not afraid of this.
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