Ni-Te Dom: The First Two Functions of the INTJ

Each personality type has an order in which their functions operate and are used most. It is important to understand that the combination and placement of these functions greatly affects how that person perceives and responds to information. This is how they take in the world around them, as well as their own inner world and thoughts. This is also how each person responds to the outside world, and how they problem solve and come up with the answers. The entire stack plays an important role, but the first two definitely bounce off on another to make someone behave in certain ways and respond to other people and situations. Knowing those first two functions better and how they work together can help to understand a person a bit better.

The dominant function of the INTJ is their introverted intuition (Ni) and their second or auxiliary function is their extraverted thinking (Te). For the INTJ these functions do have a strong role on their own, but together they play off of each other in important ways. This is why it is best not just to understand each individual function and how it works, but what happens when these functions come together in a specific order. This is part of what makes the INTJ behave a certain way, and is how they process and respond to the world around them. This specific combination of NiTe works uniquely for the INTJ, making them stand apart in their own way which represents their personality type. Without this combination and balance the INTJ wouldn’t be capable of achieving a more well-rounded lifestyle and sense of awareness.

What is Ni

The INTJs Ni (introverted intuition) is what helps them to process information subconsciously, and so it constantly working behind the scenes. This Ni takes in all of this information and is always sifting and working through it, without the INTJ having to consciously go through these steps themselves. Inside of their minds is a constant web of information and analysis, their brains working through ideas and information until they come up with an answer. This Ni works hard to predict future outcomes, cataloging patterns and information in a way which helps the INTJ figure out what is likely to happen next. For some people this can start to seem like a sixth sense of some sort of supernatural ability, when in reality it comes from deep within the complex mind of the INTJ. This is what can give the INTJ a distracted or sometimes dreamy nature, since their inner world is such a rich and in depth place to be. Their minds are constantly running through different things, and so the INTJ does seem like they are off somewhere else at times. For them being inside of their thoughts can be more rewarding than spending time in the outside world or with other people. This Ni is something which helps the INTJ be steps ahead, always working things through in order to make future predictions which are highly useful to them and those around them. INTJs are often willing to use this to help their loved ones, especially those who are mature and receptive to their assistance.

What is Te

The INTJs Te (extraverted thinking) is what helps them to make decisions and take action, rather than simply processing the information and analyzing it. This allows them to look at things in an objective sense, using facts and logic as a means of getting things done. This Te is what drives the INTJ to be so efficient, not wanting to allow mistakes or inaccuracies to slip through the cracks. This is something which can be focused on getting things right, causing the INTJ to appear rather intense to some people. They become frustrated when others are not efficient, especially if they can clearly see where the person went wrong. They care about getting things right the first time around, and will trust in this Te in order to make those smart choices. This is really what helps the INTJ move forward with a sense of drive and direction. Where other types might struggle to take action and do what they need to, the INTJ has this Te which helps them to overcome this stagnancy most of the time. While their Ni is very internalized, their Te is an external function which is often what people recognize most about them at first glance. They are someone who focuses on the facts and proven methods, using that sense of rationality in order to make the smart and efficient choices in the moment.

The INTJ Ni-Te Drive 

The INTJ NiTe drive is what helps them to strategically plan with such a level of impressive skill. Their inner minds are constantly working things through and are able to figure out the most likely future outcomes, using both intuition and logic to do so. Their rich inner minds process the information and come out with the scenarios ahead, while their sense of Te logic helps them to decipher which is the most strategic and intelligent course of action to take. The INTJ is not afraid of pushing themselves to accomplish certain dreams which others might see as unreachable. Their minds can process all of this and see where they need to go in order to make this dream a reality. INTJs are not likely to back down from something simply because it is a challenge, and a big part of this is attributed to their use of Ni and Te. This combination gives the INTJ a strong sense of direction, and a desire to go after the things that excite and enrich their lives. They enjoy pushing themselves and enjoy feeling as if they are being challenged in the right way. In a lot of ways the INTJ strives to be impressive, but this is often for their own benefit and not to prove something to someone else. Their NiTe can be something which makes them rather confident and sure of themselves, as they have seen these predictions come to fruition so often.


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