After taking on the terrorists and mass killers of the INFJ tribe, I now look to see if all conspiracy theorists might be INTJ.
It is time to take the red pill and see how deep the INTJ rabbit hole really goes.
Despite the attention seeking title, and unlike the bin Laden post referenced above, this will be at least somewhat serious.
The strongest cognitive function for INTJs is introverted intuition (Ni). Introverted intuition looks for patterns and interrelationships. It seeks the hidden as much as the visible. It cares about the relation ship between the parts of the whole. It can blend the paradoxical or contradictory into a coherent understanding. Introverted intuition is what creates those “aha!” moments where a previously blurry picture comes into sharp focus.
Introverted intuition is the ability of look at a black box, its inputs and outputs, and figure out how it works without full access to its innards. It is a convergent form of thinking drawing inferences to arrive at a best solution. It notices patterns and can then arrive at their cause.
[extraverted intuition is divergent thinking that seeks possibilities instead of solutions.]
The INTJ may use these strengths to generate insights in business and science. Of course, finding hidden patterns, interconnections, relationships, and resolving seeming paradox is also what allows them see the hidden agendas of conspirators. Sensing types will only consider the evidence plainly in front of them, while extraverted intuitives (xNTP) will miss the patterns and connections that are so clear to the INTJ.
Supporting introverted intuition in the INTJ is extraverted thinking (Te). Extraverted thinking seeks to bring order to the world. In business this allows the INTJ to plan and manage based on his insights. In science, it ensures his insights come to a useful conclusion or discovery. For conspiracies, it allows him put form to the patterns revealed by introverted intuition.
I admit that the title was in jest, however I do not intend to mock conspiracy theories, I am just showing how a particular form of thinking would make one more comfortable generating such thoughts.
I would love to hear from INTJs regarding my description of their thought patterns (Ni). Describing these cognitive processes is fraught with difficulty, even for processes you use strongly (Ne not Ni is a strong function for INTP).
In real life I have had had INTJs point out such patterns (actual inner workings of an organization), I then (automatically) started to generate possibilities from that insight (“so that means we could. . .”).
Introverted intuition is shared with INFJs. When not acting as international terrorists or despots, they may be more likely to use introverted intuition to divine the motives of others.
Introverted intuition is only supporting in ENTJ/ENFJ, so they may be less likely to rely on its promptings.