kwerpoable said: Could you please explain the biggest differences between an INTJ and an ISTJ?
Sure.Both of them have subjective dominant functions, which means there’s a 50/50 chance on them being delusional, either about the past (Si) or the future (Ni). The truly tragic thing is… they’re rarely wrong. Dammit.ISTJs remember how things were, and compare it to how they are now. This includes everything from family reunions and where that potluck dish sat last time to random impressive facts learned in grade school, which they can pull out of their backside at leisure, and not even be consciously aware of knowing that fact until they needed it. Things like tradition, routine, taking part in long-established professions, and maintaining a consistent social standard of behavior are important to them. They don’t like change. No, scratch that, they hate it. Their philosophy is, if it has worked up until now, why change it? This is a product of Si, which makes them predisposed to trust that if others have succeeded using this method, they will succeed too, because … time has proven that it works. And if it works, why mess with it? Their tendency to want to “invest” in things that are long-standing and worth more than just the present means they usually have a strong pull toward family and preserving both the family itself and its traditions. They, unlike me, actually enjoy being around their relatives over the holidays, because each memory is retained, compared to previous memories, and added to a collective “life experience” data bank, which enables them to remember certain important experiences in vivid detail; this repetition entrenches their memories, digging them deeper and establishing a sense of safety in their “same-ness.” ISTJs (and all SFJs) live in the present, but while paying attention to the past, since that is their main source of knowledge and information.INTJs, by contrast, find the greatest enjoyment in visualizing the future, so they live primarily in the future with one foot in the present. Time tends to “blend together” for the INTJs, since their emphasis is so heavilyfuturistic that the present doesn’t have genuine “time markers” in the way it does for the ISTJ. INTJs are all about new ideas, visualizing long-term goals and working toward them, using their intuition to know how to do things without ever having studied them before, and sometimes even predicting what will happen next. ISTJs can do this too, using their Ne, but it’s always based in past experiences… this happened this way before, so it’ll happen again; INTJs have nothing to draw on other than their own instincts. They are typically not sentimental toward the past, and have no interest in maintaining anything they consider to be an “outdated system.” Like all other intuitives, INTJs are interested in new ideas. New thoughts. New philosophies. The old holds little interest for them, because their lives are lived with great expectation for the future. Routine bores them. Details are often overlooked, forgotten, or abandoned altogether, in the pursuit of the larger objective and/or picture. They are highly motivated, highly intense people who typically choose a profession that requires a lot of intellectual aspects and will enable them to meet a variety of small and large goals. INTJs are the visionaries who come up with new ideas, and ISTJs are the hard-working, efficient minds who bring it to pass. The flaws in each are that the ISTJ can have a reputation for “No Change!” and the INTJ can become known as an “Unrealistic Dreamer.” Their individual strengths are that ISTJs are excellent with time management, finances, and attending to the details of any project or business, with a HUGE capacity to store information in their magnificent brains; and INTJs are good at devising new solutions to problems, working toward a long-term goal for the greater good of all involved, and foreseeing potential problems.