INTJs often get a bad rap. There are many false or negative stereotypes floating around on the web. And while some of those stereotypes do contain a grain of truth, many of them are false.
In this article (and video), I’ll cover 10 negative INTJ stereotypes.
10 Negative Stereotypes for INTJs
- INTJs hate everyone. We don’t. We just hate 99% of people. Just kidding (some do, though, if they are misanthropes). I actually do admire, respect, and love many people.
- INTJs have no emotions. We do have very deep emotions. We don’t like to show them to people we don’t know well. Sometimes it makes us feel weak or uncomfortable to show them to people we do know well. But we do have them.
- INTJs are robots. We’re not robots. We’re cyborgs. Learn the difference, people! Seriously, though: INTJs are not all robots. We have feelings, we can laugh, be playful, and more.
- INTJs are control freaks. True, most INTJs are control freaks, but that’s only because we like to operate at 100% efficiency, and that only occurs when things flow according to our plans.
- INTJs are jerks. Most are nice. However, INTJs can be the biggest, most sarcastic jerks you’ve ever met in your life. It depends on the INTJs maturity level, personal beliefs, and whether you’ve done something to justify it.
- INTJs are narcissists. People get that impression because we’re often absorbed in our own thoughts and not very sociable. However, our thoughts are not necessarily selfish in nature. We may be trying to solve a problem that could help other people.
- INTJs are crazy. I know I’m not crazy thanks to some very simple logic. You see, people who are truly crazy don’t actually think they are crazy. I think I’m crazy. Therefore, I know I’m not crazy. Got it?
- INTJs are antisocial hermits. That’s partially true. We socialize with a select few. We just have a lower need to socialize compared to other types, and we do feel quite awkward in many social settings. We get drained very quickly, and it’s uncomfortable. But some INTJs are more social than others, and an INTJ could even be the life of a party. (But don’t expect to see that INTJ for the next two months after the party, okay?).
- INTJs do nothing but play video games all day. Playing video games was one of the top leisure activities mentioned in an MBTI study. That’s mostly true. However, INTJs do other things, too.
- INTJs are cheapskates. I do donate money, but it has to be to a worthy cause. I loathe to waste money on silly things.
Okay, so that sums up some of the negative stereotypes for the INTJ type. Of course, there are many more, but these are perhaps the most comment. You may also want to see a related article titled, “20 Signs You’re an INTJ.” I also plan to do an article and video on some positive INTJ stereotypes soon!