INTJ Stress Management - Part 2


The Most Balanced Personality Type

MBTI energies

As the image from part 1 of INTJ stress management showed, ENFP personality types tend to have most balanced energies.

ENFP stands for:






To achieve this balance, it may be helpful for INTJ types to take a leaf from their book and do the following in times of stress:

Extrovert yourself - INTJs naturally feel better being alone when stressed but too much alone time can lead to feelings of loneliness. Venting to family and friends to get another perspective for problems to find the solution can also be helpful.

Try new things - Similar to ENFP, INTJs are also intuitive types that tend to naturally be more forward thinkers. This can be an issue if thinking about the future in a negative light, so making a conscious effort to stay present will always help.

However intuitive personality types also prefer new things, concepts, and new tasks can excite them. Repetition has been proven to can cause stress mentally, physically and emotionally. Taking breaks from repetitive mentally straining, physically straining, and emotionally straining tasks can prevent further stress. Continue to try new things around between repetitive tasks.

Trust your gut - Unlike ENFP, INTJ types make decisions based on their fact and logic more than their gut feelings and instincts. Making decisions with fact and logic may be great for business decisions, but when it comes to interactions with others, sometimes it may be better to make decisions with your gut feeling rather than basing decisions on fact and logic. Remember that humans are emotional creatures after all, not logical creatures in general.

Learn to let go - Another difference between INFJ and ENFP is their need for closure. INTJ personality types prefer to have closure, but the most balanced personality type ENFP do not mind not having closure and tend to leave things open-minded. Taking a leaf from their book, and learning to let go of self-limiting beliefs, ideas and any negative energy that's been acknowledged and has passed over time, can be the healthier decision for an INTJ dealing with stress.



INTJ Brain Functions

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Each personality type has all of the 8 brain functions but each personality type's functions are in a different order. Which show we all have the capacity to understand each other if we understand our cognitive functions. 

The 8 brain functions are split into 2, our primary and shadow functions. The primary functions are the more conscious, developed parts of our personality, and the shadow functions tend to be the hidden, less conscious, less developed part of our personality.

The more dominant a function is, the more it is used by that type. Developing our brain functions can help us manage stress more effectively. Each function is a introverted or extroverted function which refers to whether its expressed externally or internally. 


INTJs Primary Functions

Dominant Function: Introverted Intuition (Ni)
Auxiliary Function:Extroverted Thinking (Te)
Tertiary Function: Introverted Feeling (Fi)
Inferior Function: Extroverted Sensing (Se)


1. Dominate Function - Introverted Intuition (Ni)

"What will be"

  • INTJs primary dominant function introverted intuition, a future-oriented function that looks for "what will be" by piecing together their unconscious and conscious knowledge of past and present. Dominant Ni-users will look for meanings and patterns to puzzle together how one event leads to another and more future possibilities.
  • Introverted intuition is a analytic function. Rather than simply looking at concrete facts, they are more interested in the meaning behind the facts. Ni-dominant function enjoy reading between the lines and appreciate metaphors.
  • As this function is processed at a conscious and unconscious level, where you puzzle together past and future possibilities together together to create a meaning. Ni users may not even realize why they know the information they do at times.

2. Auxiliary Function: Extroverted Thinking (Te)

"What humanity feels"

  • INTJ personality secondary dominant function, extroverted thinking helps them make effective, logical decisions as they organize their thoughts to see the the cause and effect. This is why INTJs are usually very deliberate and methodical when dealing with problems
  • Te-users seek order, control, structure and fairness in the world around them.

3. Tertiary Function: Introverted Feeling (Fi)

"Why is it"

  • As introverted feeling is a tertiary function to INTJs, it's used less than they use their dominant and auxiliary functions.
  • An INTJ who works on their personal development and self-awareness will be more aware of their own values and feelings when decision making.
  • This may result to them also feeling more drawn to like-minded people and activities that align with their values.

4. Inferior Function: Extroverted Sensing (Si)

"What's happening now"

  • Extroverted sensing tends to be the least developed function of an INTJ type's primary cognitive functions but still allows them to process information through their senses. 
  • As this function focuses on the present moment, it doesn't come as naturally to forward thinking INTJ types. But when it is in play, INTJ love living in the moment and can feel energized by the world around them after they have recharged their own batteries.




INTJ Shadow Functions

Opposing Role: Extroverted Intuition (Ne)
Critical Parent/Senex: 
Introverted Thinking (Ti)
Extroverted Feeling (Fe)
Introverted Sensing (Si)


As the shadow functions of any personality are less developed, and more unconscious, they work negatively against the primary functions in times of stress.

Personality types with these shadow functions as their dominant functions wouldn't be as negatively effected by them as their brain naturally processes them more.


1. Opposing Role: Extroverted Intuition (Ne)

"What could be"

  • The opposing role function is to check, balance and oppose the dominant function.
  • As introverted intuition is INTJ types dominant function, the function that helps them piece together many possibilities, extroverted intuition can work negatively against their introverted intuition and result in them missing a piece to their puzzle



2. Critical Parent: Introverted Thinking (Ti)

"What I value as important"

  • The Critical Parent function introverted thinking opposes and limits INTJs auxillary cognitive function, extroverted thinking. 
  • This function is in play when INTJ types make more decisions based on subjective reasoning. 
  • This function for INTJ types may result in them not being their usual logical selves.



3. Trickster: Extroverted Feeling (Fi)

"How to do it"

  • Extroverted Feeling is a function that makes us sensitive to needs of others, however as it is INTJs trickster or deceiving role, it mirrors the tertiary function and is triggered when the tertiary function is threatened.
  • To develop this function, take more notice of what triggers your strong values and how you can react empathically without making up your own rules for social correctness.



4. Demon: Introverted Sensing (Si)

"What was"

  • The introverted sensing function is our brain function that reviews, recalls and focuses on the past.
  • It can be more of a useful function for types who use it as a primary cognitive function. But for INTJ types, it's known as their demon function which acts as the opposite resulting in INTJ types becoming more forgetful with past data and feeling disconnected from themselves. 


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Develop your shadow functions

Now you're aware of your primary and shadow functions, take notice of when your primary functions feel triggered or bullied and how your shadow functions can negatively effect how you react.

Make a conscious effort to bring your shadow functions to the surface and develop them as much as you do your primary functions.

Learn more about developing your brain functions in times of stress in part 3 of your balancing session.