Free Thinking 44-Year Old INTJ – “Embrace Your Intuition”

Reading some of these postings, one might quickly form the impression that being an INTJ is some kind of harsh burden or punishment. Every INTJ understands that being so profoundly different to those around you can be painful at times, most especially as a young man or woman. But a burden or punishment, it does not need to be.

As a free-thinking INTJ, it is almost impossible to look at the world and see what others see. Our reality is often vastly different to those around us, and we have a compelling (some would say pathological) need to bring into existence our idealized world. The reality is that bringing our idealized world into existence requires us to be far more embracing our INTJ natures.

I spent much of my life attempting to fit the picture that I thought the world (i.e. parents, family, friends, school, church, society, et al) had painted for, and of me. Marriage to a beautiful woman, a career as a corporate executive, perfect children, a large home in the suburbs and a BMW parked in the driveway. According to the standards set by others – I should have been splendidly happy. Puke, puke, double puke and triple puke! Boring!!

No, I’m not going to bore you with my story of transformation (a work always in progress)…

Being an INTJ is not just about being a free-thinker – it’s about being a “free-doer” – something which often takes real courage and commitment, in the face of significant adversity. It’s about being honest – first with yourself – then with those who matter to you. Rest assured that some people will not like it when you embrace your INTJ nature, and surrender to allowing your intuition to let you know what’s best for you.

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~ by nancyfenn on February 1, 2007.

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