Not surprisingly, it’s this skittish behavior that usually gets INJs classified early on as “fraidy-cats” and “chickens” (often true for other introverts as well, but seemingly more pronounced in INJs).Trying new things and being open to untried experiences means assuming the possibility that body may be affected in an unwanted way.And unlike ISJs, the goal is to the need to be aware of the body, if possible. This is an extension of the idea of the self-described state of existence that INJs recount as a “continual out-of-body experience.” As such, INJs are likely to subconsciously repress mild pain or discomfort longer than ISJs, particularly if it means attaining some sort of Se reward.
But for the INTJ and INFJ the relative unfamiliarity and inexperience with the Sensing world can put them at a disadvantage when it comes to some of these essential survival needs.Deftly manipulating or navigating the environment via physical strength and agility is usually not a viable option – and not the most efficient use of energy for an Ni.By Elaine Schallock Human beings of every personality type experience the real fear of the threat to survival and desire for self-preservation. But for Ni (i.e., Introverted Intuition) dominant types (i.e., the INTJ and INFJ), the relationship to physiological survival is particularly poignant and not well understood.The INTJ and INFJ types have an “innate sensitiveness” (termed by Jung) that places them into a classification of people that Elaine Aron dubs, “Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs).” And the world looks very different through these lenses than it does for the remaining 80% of the population.Long-term physical suffering is seen as the epitome of the worst kind of evil and the deepest of their fears.
If this occurs, INJs are likely to go into an extreme state of grip behavior as they are poorly equipped to deal with acute physical pain.
For INJs there is an extreme level of distrust and demonization of the body and its processes because Si remains so totally alien and out of the control of the INJ as the shadowy eighth function.
Physiological responses are not well understood and often not accurately perceived; even supposedly “pleasurable” physiological feelings are regularly repressed and/or dismissed as unwanted.
We embody the suppression of emotion, not the expression of it. Here are some tips to help the socially-challenged INTJ navigate the turbulent waters of romance, whatever the status of their relationship.
We can be so matter-of-fact and hard-headed that it's difficult to imagine us doing something as frivolous as falling in love. We know that we're pretty darned outstanding as relationship material, just too awkward to play the dating game. INTJs inhabit a world that resembles Downton Abbey - cold on the outside, but there's always something spicy percolating beneath.
In truth, we are all “highly sensitive” when it comes to our weaker functions, but the peculiarity of inferior Sensing in Ni types means that our relationship to the world is intimidating, confusing, overwhelming and, at times, incredibly frightening.