We have just looked at the dominant forces of our
society and have seen that state and church are giving way to science,
technology, psychology and entertainment. We have also examined three of the
four iNtuitive, Introverted MBTI types. I suggest that these two topics are
related. In fact, I suggest that each of the four candidates for replacing state
and church has transformed one
of the four iNtuitive Introverted MBTI
We have already noticed that the INTP naturally gravitates toward science.
In other words, the discovery of science has opened up a new world for the INTP.
Before, all he could do was study books and use Perceiver logic to analyze their
contents—as in the scholasticism of the Middle Ages. Science allows him to
go beyond the bookworm stage. It shows him that the entire external world is
‘written’ with iNtuitive sentences, and that he can use internal
Thinking to ‘read’ this ‘book’ of Nature.
The INFJ has gone through a
similar transformation. Initially, his only option was philosophy—building
theories out of semi-deluded self-analysis. But, psychology has allowed him to
escape from his self-constructed prison by showing him that he can extend his
analysis to other
people. Instead of abandoning self to the introspection
of navel-gazing, he can broaden his horizons by studying the behavior of
With this in mind, let us turn to the INTJ—the fourth iNtuitive
Introverted MBTI type.
suggest that the transformation of his thinking is especially significant
because it has happened in our lifetime. We will begin by describing the natural
INTJ, and then show how technology
has given him a new lease on
As usual we will start with the auxiliary or mental assumption, which in
this case is Extraverted Thinking. Remember that the MBTI categories, according
to MBTI theory, are all ‘either-or’—a person uses either one
mode or another, but not both. Thus, the INTJ uses Thinking with the external
world and suppresses external Feeling. In other words, he approaches his
external environment objectively and ignores all subjective emotional Mercy
Obviously, such a person is not swayed by emotional status. Most people
accept the opinions and pronouncements of established authorities. The INTJ does
not. He tries to look beyond the ‘experts’ and discover the real
facts. He uses logic to evaluate his beliefs, thank you very much.
This viewpoint gives the INTJ an unusual view of reality. Unlike others, he
does not fixate upon specific Mercy experiences. As far he is concerned, what
really matters is the Perceiver facts that lie behind those experiences. One
positive result is external flexibility. He knows that the situations of life
can change, and he is equipped to adapt when they do.
Unfortunately, this seemingly ‘rational’
approach of the typical INTJ is full of hypocrisy. This is because, like Spock
of Star Trek, the logical INTJ has a ‘human mother.’ Remember that
Mercy strategy is the first to develop in a child. All other mental programming
grows from this emotional core. Because the INTJ was also a young child at one
time, this emotional foundation lives in him as well. Therefore, when the INTJ
suppresses external Feeling and focuses upon external Thinking, he is showing
others the logical periphery of his mind while at the same time pretending that
the emotional core does not
How can one know that this emotional foundation is there? Because the INTJ
is a private person who is easily hurt. If he had no subjective emotional core,
then he would not need to keep his personal life hidden. But, he is very
sensitive to rejection from those with whom he has emotional ties. This shows
that his mind really is integrated around personal feelings.
I speak here from personal experience, for, as far as I can tell, I began
life as an INTJ. In fact, I suggest that most INTJs are either Perceiver or
Contributor persons. Why? Because these two styles both have conscious access to
Perceiver thought and they can both see how vulnerable Perceiver confidence is
to Mercy pressure. Thus, it is natural for these two styles to emphasize what is
conscious, and then defend it by suppressing subjective feeling.
So, am I a typical INTJ hypocrite? Not any more. For
years I have struggled to escape from the emotional suppression practiced by the
INTJ by integrating facts with feeling. To the extent that I have succeeded in
bridging T/F through personal transformation, to that extent I have emerged from
the fundamental hypocrisy of the
Moving further, hidden within the T/F separation of the typical INTJ is a
P/J split. This is because the mental operation of the INTJ depends upon the
subjective core that he suppresses. Remember that Perceiver facts cannot ever
exist as independent
entities. Rather, they are connections between Mercy
memories. Facts are gathered as Perceiver strategy looks through its
‘window’ into Mercy thought and notices similarities and differences
in the ever-flowing stream of Mercy
experiences flow by Perceiver thought? Exhorter
strategy. Exhorter mode is naturally attracted to experiences with strong
emotions. These fill Mercy thought and are then categorized by Perceiver
Therefore, the attention of the INTJ is driven by
the very subjective core that he is suppressing. Subconsciously, in Mercy and
Exhorter thought, his mind is continually being attracted to emotional
situations in his environment. The INTJ responds by suppressing the feelings and
working out the facts. In order to Judge the external world, his mind
always contain a subconscious, suppressed fragment which operates in
Others sense this emotional suppression as a sort of generalized
condemnation. Let me explain. When the INTJ uses Perceiver strategy to learn
facts about people, he is constructing mental ‘self-images’ about
What type of self-image
does the INTJ impose upon others? One which despises personal feelings and which
rejects those who express themselves emotionally.
Perceiver facts, by their very nature, apply equally to all Mercy
situations. Therefore, this same self-image will be imposed upon the subjective
identity of the INTJ himself—a self-image which suppresses external
Feeling. Therefore, deep down, the INTJ will know that he has no right to
exist in the external world as a person. Notice exactly what is being
suppressed. Not the internal feelings of the INTJ. These continue to
exist in privacy. Rather, it is his external existence as a living,
breathing, feeling person that is being mentally condemned. The INTJ thinks that
he will never lead a normal life.
Obviously, no one can live with such a conclusion. But, this is what logic
states, and the INTJ assumes that logic applies. Therefore the nagging doubt
always remains—I am not a person; I will never have a ‘normal
life.’ This fatalism can affect the relationship of the INTJ with members
of the opposite sex. On the one hand, he finds it difficult to interact
emotionally with others. On the other hand, his self-image predicts that he will
never be able to interact emotionally with others. One can see why the
INTJ is so sensitive to personal rejection from friends.
Let us turn our attention now to the dominant mode of Introverted
iNtuition. What does the INTJ do with the collection of Perceiver facts provided
by Extraverted Thinking? He builds an internal world of possibilities, free of
any emotional attachment to external idols. This happens in both Mercy and
Teacher thought. On the one side, Perceiver facts re-link Mercy
experiences and create internal images of what could be. What type of images?
Ones that can be implemented in the real world, for these images were
created by facts that were acquired through rational external
observation. On the other side, whenever Teacher thought in the INTJ is
faced with a pile of Perceiver bricks, it is emotionally motivated to build them
into a general structure. These theories can usually be applied externally,
because they are constructed out of mental bricks that came from the external
world. And, because Perceiver strategy hates redundancy, these theories are
usually free of repetition and overlap. Also, because of their basis in
Perceiver analysis of rational external observation, there is a freedom from
While the INTJ appreciates logic, he lacks the motivation to restrict his
thinking to the dry reasoning of higher math and formal logic often pursued by
, who uses the same mental modes of N and T, but switches the
dominant and auxiliary. The reason for this is interesting. The INTJ gains most
of his facts by analyzing emotional situations from the external
If he tried to focus upon internal
rules of logic, he would have to use
to direct subconscious attention away from the external stream
This would be a
losing battle, because emotionally driven Exhorter excitement will almost always
win out eventually over Perceiver inhibition. However, if the INTJ can use
internal iNtuition to build internal theories and visions, then this
Teacher and Mercy feeling can pull the
attention of subconscious Exhorter thought away from the stream of external
In fact, if these internally produced feelings are strong enough, then the
internal world will become the main focus of subconscious Exhorter attention. As
a result, the ideas of the INTJ often acquire a life of their own—Exhorter
strategy finds internal emotion exciting, this drives his mind, he acquires more
facts, these add to internal structure and create more excitement for Exhorter
The INTJ may be good at building
structure, but he has problems when it comes to implementation
. On the
one hand, he is motivated
to apply his theories and visions. This is
because they are constructed out of facts gleaned from the external world.
Therefore, by applying the theory or vision, the INTJ would gain more external
On the other hand, the ideas of the INTJ lack two critical components.
First, they exclude human feelings. Thus, the INTJ finds it easiest to apply his
ideas in areas of life which are objective. Second, they gloss over Server
skills. The INTJ may know what is logical, but he has a much weaker grasp of
what is doable
Therefore, the ideas of the INTJ are usually applied to organizations and
institutions, because these entities ignore personal feelings and they maintain
a distinction between instructions and actions. Here, he can focus on words and
know that actions, by others, will follow.
- The INTJ emphasizes the mental circuit that is associated with
- An auxiliary of Extraverted Thinking divides the external world into logical
facts and objects.
- A dominant of Introverted iNtuition assembles these facts and objects into
Let us look now at the way in which
technology has transformed the INTJ. We will focus upon consumer electronics
because these attract the attention of the INTJ most strongly. First, there is
an external world full of Perceiver objects. Electronic stores are filled
with ‘black boxes’ such as audio equipment, video gadgetry and
high-tech computers. These devices are completely free of Mercy emotions and
obey only Perceiver logic. This satisfies the INTJ’s auxiliary mode of
Second, consumer electronics provide a continuing stream of novel and
improved devices. Almost every day, new gadgets appear which make old ones
obsolete. Thus, not only is auxiliary Thinking satisfied, but there is enough
externally generated novelty and excitement to keep subconscious Exhorter
Third, there are iNtuitive possibilities. Electronic devices can be
to form systems
. In other words, these Perceiver objects
can be tied together to form both awe-inspiring examples of Teacher
complexity and amazing exhibits of Mercy wonder. Simply imagining these
possibilities is sufficient to quicken the heartbeat of the INTJ.
Fourth, there is a minimum of Server skills. Assembling electronic
components does not require years of practice. A modicum of manual dexterity is
sufficient. In fact, most electronic components fit together like building
blocks. Thus, the INTJ finds that iNtuitive thought, apart from Sensing, is
sufficient to allow him to enter the magical world of electronics.
Fifth, not only is iNtuition sufficient, but it is also necessary.
With mechanical devices, you can observe gears turning and rods moving.
When they need fixing, you can usually see where the problem is. This
triggers Sensing. In contrast, electronic devices work invisibly. You cannot use
Sensing either to observe or to understand them. Instead, you must use
iNtuition to imagine how they do or do not work, based upon the few physical
components that you can actually see, and the connections between
Finally, programmable electronics, such as computers, are actually
through iNtuition. Very little physical
required. Instead, you type in verbal
instructions, or use the mouse to
objects that can be seen on the
You can see why the INTJ turns easily into a techno-freak. Technology
transforms his mode of thought and frees him from emotional contact with people.
This does not mean that the INTJ avoids all individuals. He is always
happy to interact with those who share his technical bias, because this
interaction focuses upon facts and derives its emotional pleasure from technical
We will discuss the
INFP and entertainment immediately after this next section.
Why do I include these
personal details? Because, when the topic of study is the human mind, then
rational thought cannot be assumed. It must be acquired.
The first volume
describes this relationship in detail.
forming images about their
The Perceiver person
finds this especially difficult because he has no conscious control over
concentration. Like a rider trying to stay on a wild horse, he attempts to
retain conscious control even as his mental attention is being dragged here and
there by emotional pressure.
Yes, yes. The same
complaints could be made about the material in this book. But, when idolatry
rules, then personal feelings cannot
be trusted. And, when doing
is no longer an option, then one has
to follow logic regardless of
doability. What other choice is there?
This is like the
distinction between talking and acting. Speech does involve some physical
movement—you have to flap your lips and waggle your tongue. This is
minimal, though, compared to normal action.