What is the INTJ death stare? As many of you may know, INTJs are known for having something called a “death stare” or “death glare.” What is the death stare? The death stare generally refers to a hostile or intense look that can develop on an INTJ’s face. Some INTJ females have called it their “witch face”–that is, witch with a capital B.
INTJ Death Stare
You probably have a death stare if people say the following things to you:
- Is something wrong?
- Are you mad at me?
- Did I say something to offend you?
- What in the world are you thinking about?!
- Cheer up!
- Why do you look so sad?
- Why are you in such a bad mood?
Why do INTJs have this face? If an INTJ has a “death stare,” it’s generally for one of two reasons:
1. The Unintentional Death Stare
This type of death stare is harmless, although it can scare others and make them feel uneasy. This type of death stare occurs when the INTJ is concentrating or pondering something very deeply. When concentrating or thinking, INTJs will often disappear into the deep recesses of their minds. As INTJs become lost in their own inner world, they lose touch with their outer senses. They become unaware of their own facial expressions. Their brow may drop, their facial expression will be serious, and their eyes gaze so intensely that they’ve been known to pierce steel.
I not only have a death stare, but I even go so extreme that I begin moving my lips or eyebrows. My wife, laughing hysterically, stopped me in the middle of a great imaginary conversation I was having the other day. Apparently, my lips and eyebrows were moving as I was arguing in my own head. It was embarrassing, but perhaps that’s how the death stare progresses when INTJs become too wrapped up in their inner thoughts.
2. The Intentional Death Stare
If you see an intentional death stare on an INTJ’s face, it may be too late. This only occurs when the INTJ has reached the breaking point. INTJs are known for having a convincing poker face which hides their true emotions. If you’ve offended or irritated the INTJ to the point where he or she willingly forces an emotional expression, you’ve messed up. Your life is in danger, or at the very least, your relationship with that INTJ is in danger. The INTJ may cut you out very soon.
My advice is to apologize to the INTJ…quickly and profusely!
In conclusion, the death stare is pretty common among INTJs. But don’t be alarmed–it’s usually harmless. And do us one other favor: please don’t suggest to an INTJ to “cheer up” or “smile.” We hear that far too much, and it can get annoying.