How do you know if you are an INFJ vs INTJ? I know many INXJs get stuck on solving this big existential puzzle. No matter if you’re an INFJ or an INTJ, you’ll find that you are a highly focused, self-controlled person with a strong sense of direction. You value vision and goals and can work with a single project for a long time without getting bored. As an INFJ ‘Philosopher’ or INTJ ‘Visionary’, you lead with a process known as Introverted iNtuition, or ‘The One Idea’.
This is a visual-imaginative cognitive function, giving you the ability for organized creativity. Having dominant Introverted iNtuition means being able to pursue a specific idea and goal with confidence and enthusiasm. But what are the differences between INFJs and INTJs? In short, the INFJ is the high-minded, driven idealist, and the INTJ is the cool-headed brother, ambitious and fair.
In this article, we will compare INFJ and INTJ Thinking and Feeling, discuss the INFJ and INTJ cognitive functions, and the personality traits. I’ll show you 5 questions to help you know your personality type. Tell me which one you relate to most at the end of the article.
Table of contents
- 5 Questions To Decide If You Are An INFJ or INTJ
- The INFJ Cognitive Functions
- The INTJ Cognitive Functions
- 1. Do You Value Honour Or Justice More?
- 2. Do You Value Effectiveness higher than Harmony?
- 3. Do you value efficiency above authenticity?
- 4. How do you respond to authenticity?
- 5. How do you respond to conflict?
Estimated reading time: 8 minutes
5 Questions To Decide If You Are An INFJ or INTJ
Firstly, what I’ve found is that INFJs and INTJs are difficult to distinguish based purely on what we know about Thinking and Feeling. Both types tend to be in the middle on Thinking and Feeling, and end up identifying with both. Instead, we need the INFJ and INTJ cognitive functions to better understand these two personality types. So what are the INFJ cognitive functions?
The INFJ Cognitive Functions:
- Introverted iNtuition ‘The One Idea’
Where you conceptualise one big thought or project
- Extroverted Feeling ‘People’
Where you communicate an idea to other people
- Introverted Thinking ‘Reason’
Where you analyse problems and spot solutions
- Extroverted Sensing ‘Action’
- Where you take action to make an idea real
The INTJ Cognitive Functions:
- Introverted iNtuition ‘The One Idea’
Where you conceptualize one big thought or project
- Extroverted Thinking ‘Systems’
- Where you set goals or targets to achieve
- Introverted Feeling ‘Character’
- Where you work on yourself and your own needs
- Extroverted Sensing ‘Action’
Where you take action to make an idea real
Because INTJs and INFJs have different cognitive functions, they will answer differently on these five questions.
- Do You Value Honour Or Justice More?
With this question, you can figure out if your Feeling function is your secondary or tertiary function.
Firstly, the INFJ personality type is far more concerned with ethical integrity and good moral conduct than the INTJ personality type. As a Philosopher, you have a strong code of honour. You temper yourself and work hard to make the right decision in every situation. Philosophers seek to set a positive example for the world to follow. Philosophers have a strong sense of pride and feel deep shame if they ever break one of their moral codes or perceived obligations to other people. Their desire to do what is right can overshadow their own more human side, causing them to repress or ignore personal needs.
As an INTJ, you are more far more interested in justice in a global sense. Firstly, you are not beyond acting in your own self-interest and have no problem with getting your hands dirty, if it serves your goals in the long run. As a Visionary, you might think of the INFJ as unnecessarily strict from an ethical point of view. In your eyes, people are allowed to have selfish intentions and to look out for their own interests first. With that said, justice and fairness are important to you. The system should treat everyone fairly and everyone should have an equal chance to succeed. Those that are most competent deserve success and recognition for this.
- Do You Value Effectiveness higher than Harmony?
With this cognitive function, you can figure out if you are dealing with an Extroverted Thinking or Extroverted Feeling type.
Harmony is the long-term goal of any INFJ. This does not mean that you are not prepared to endure conflict and hardship in order to advance your vision, but that you always seek to communicate and make your ideas understood by the people around you. As a Philosopher, your desire to maintain peace can cause you to take the longer, more complicated route. You try to navigate interpersonal dynamics and to avoid criticism or conflict. That means you may choose your words carefully or take a more diplomatic route to avoid upsetting other people.
As an INTJ, you may perceive the INFJ way of communication as ineffective and drawn out. Philosophers use a lot of words and elaborate storytelling to get their point across. As a Visionary, you choose a more direct approach, even if it may rattle people’s feathers. At times, your approach can make you misunderstood by other people, who may feel threatened by your ideas or original approach. You’re a competitive person, though. If people have issues with your ideas, you’ll prove them wrong by simply demonstrating your ideas in practice.
- Do you value efficiency above authenticity?
I use this question to tell the difference between Introverted Thinking and Introverted Feeling
As an INFJ, you tend to take an analytical approach to life. You see life as a series of obstacles or problems that have to be resolved. INFJs think like hackers, manipulating the fundamental rules of the world with the core goal of being useful for other people. As a Philosopher, you often seek to please people. You’re always thinking about how you can make yourself useful to humanity. However, people may not always notice your warmth. As a Philosopher, your analytical approach can make you come off as cold or calculated. People find it hard to connect with and know what your true intentions are. You are often quiet about your own feelings (except with those very close to you) and so people will often not understand what you are going through or how you are experiencing a situation.
The INTJ personality type takes a more personal approach to life. You focus on your own individual expression, your character and your ethics and beliefs. As a Visionary, you are fundamentally more in touch with your feelings and interests. When there are problems and issues, you may respond more emotionally, complaining about the situation or expressing your pain or anger over what has happened. Unlike the INFJ, people can easily tell if you are upset and you will be more upfront and direct about how you are feeling. Sometimes, this will cause conflicts or issues for you, as it may put you at odds with other people.
- How do you respond to authenticity?
I use this function to tell the difference between how INTJs and INFJs respond to Introverted Feeling in other people.
INFJs are highly receptive to the feelings and needs of other people. You take time to listen to and honour other people’s values. If other people make their feelings clear to you, you will take this into account when making decisions. You tend to pick up and shoulder other people’s feelings as if they were your own. People tend to feel very seen and understood by the Philosopher. Just be careful that you don’t forget about your own needs. You take a more active role, actively giving advice and offering help to address other people’s problems. Be careful not to overstep your boundaries, and do not offer help to people who do not want it.
The Visionary may find it more difficult to deal with other people’s feelings. As an INTJ, you can often find other people’s feelings inconvenient or difficult. You tend to see people’s feelings as their own responsibility – ultimately – everyone is responsible for taking care of themselves. What other people are going through should not be your business. You understand that you have to take people’s feelings into account, especially close friends and loved ones, but it can be draining to hear someone complain for a longer time. You may also take a more passive approach, nodding or giving advice, but ultimately letting other people figure out their own problems. Sometimes, you might benefit from showing more interest in other people.
- How do you respond to conflict?
I use this question to spot how you deal with Extroverted Thinking in other people.
INFJs find conflicts incredibly taxing. As an INFJ, you do what you can to avoid conflict. Strong and decisive people can make you feel pushed around or overrun. You may sometimes be too quick to give up in a discussion, just to please the other side. During conflict, you can be passive, letting other people lead or steer the discussion, while you take a more analytical approach. You may choose to turn the other cheek or let the other person win, if it can help de-escalate the situation. Just be careful that you don’t retreat too much inwards or let other people control you.
The INTJ personality type is highly skilled in navigating conflicts. It is not that you like conflict, but you do like a chance to prove yourself and your abilities to other people. You can speak with confidence and assertiveness and make decisions quickly. You have no issue with criticism and can push through for what you want. At the same time, you can spark unnecessary conflict because you fail to navigate social etiquette. Sometimes, conflicts can be avoided if you are willing to meet with people as humans and compromise on smaller matters. If there is conflict, you will take an active role in resolving it, by force if necessary. Sometimes, you may benefit from being more gentle with other people.
So are you an INFJ or INTJ? If you’re still wondering, I have some tips for you:
Take my personality test to find out your personality type
Check out my video on INFJs and INTJs
What made you realize you were an INFJ or INTJ?
What are your biggest doubts about your personality type? Share your thoughts in the comments below!