NJs are interested in new ideas and content with a lifelong profession. NJs come up with detailed action plans and make choices dependent on the future consequences of their actions. They develop a vision of what they want out of life and set out to make it a reality. They’re not sentimental, have little interest in revisiting past experiences, and are fiercely independent. They tend toward romanticism (they usually have an incredible imagination) and idealism.
These traits are the result of their introverted intuition cognitive function (Ni). This function looks at an idea, individual, or situation from a wide variety of angles in order to understand and solve it. It is good at reading people and looks forward. Ni sees how actions in the present will alter future events. Ni is strategic, able to envision a goal and systematically work backward to determine how to accomplish it. This can be as simple as writing a short story or as complicated as re-structuring a business model. After considering all the data, it eliminates all useless information to focus on a single course of action. (This is what I want. What do I do first?)
Because the future is so important to them, the NJ has a hard time living in the present. They are big picture people who tend to neglect the details. Once they decide on a course of action, it is hard for them to change their mind or deal with unexpected hiccups. Since they rarely think about the past, aren’t sentimental about it, and have no real concept of what happened when, they won’t understand others’ adherence to tradition, unwillingness to try out a new idea, or look at a belief system or idea from a totally new perspective. They like to be on the cutting edge. They are forever in search of new ideas, but are intensely focused on their projects. They will not stop until their vision becomes reality.
NFJs are different from NTJs in how they relate to other people and deal with information. This has to do with their next most-used function.
NFJs use extroverted feeling (Fe), which gathers emotional data from the outside world. Because of the imaginative internal focus of Ni, Fe works differently in an NFJ than in a SFJ. Where SFJs need to share an experience to truly empathize with another’s emotions, the NFJ’s Ni allows them to imagine those feelings, and experience them right along with the other person. Because of this empathy, NFJs are very sensitive, and usually form strong bonds to nature and spiritual things. They easily anticipate and meet the needs of others, and are able to correctly identify reasons for behaviors. A healthy NFJ can be completely objective in a heated situation, and find a solution that benefits all involved. Fe needs external support and approval for its actions. NFJs are happiest when they are appreciated and affirmed.
Galadriel from The Lord of the Rings is an NFJ. Her long-term focus looks at the future impact of her decisions, she has an instinctive knowing about the different members of the Fellowship, and provides for their emotional and physical needs on their journey.
NTJs use extroverted thinking (Te), which gathers factual data from the outside world. It bases its logic on provable outside sources (research, textbooks, facts, scientific studies). Te makes logical decisions aimed at accomplishing a goal. NTJs are long and short-term strategists who enjoy problem-solving. They are efficient and love to accomplish things. They are the visionaries you want in your business, those able to anticipate coming trends and devise a long-term plan for continued success.
Tony Stark, from Iron Man, is an NTJ. He invents and then perfects his Iron Man suit, with the long-term goal of protecting humanity. He is purpose-driven, brutally honest, and efficient.
NJ children are happiest when:
- They’re allowed to concentrate on one idea
- Life provides them with new experiences
- They are allowed to make detailed plans
- They get to use their imaginations
- They are allowed to be themselves
- They have an angst-free environment (NFJ)
- They can invent and prefect their ideas (Te)
All NJ children form a vision for their life that never wavers as they get older (doctor, writer, lawyer, inventor, CEO) and care mostly about information that will help them accomplish that life goal. ENFJ children are outgoing, talkative, and easily hurt by criticism. INFJs are private, fearful, and shy, but form intense friendships. ENTJ children like to take charge as natural leaders, and are frank in their opinions. INTJs are solitary and highly focused on their projects. They aren’t easily offended and can be blunt.
Self-Improvement for NJs: try to understand and value the traditions that others hold dear. Do not “steamroll” over people in a desire to fulfill your vision of the future. Learn to listen rather than problem solve. It’s okay to settle in one place and keep things the same. Don’t say, “I told you so” when a prediction comes true. Once you understand how much importance they place on the future, it’s much easier to find harmony with an NJ.
PS: Sorry, I haven’t been posting these as often. I’ll try and finish out the series soon! Most of my free time now is spent answering questions on my MBTI tumblr.