Many people consider the term “opposites attract” to often fall short of delivering meaningful and sturdy relationships. However, at a surface level, this attitude seems to hold true for some relationships. While there may be some differences at the surface, there is a deeper connection waiting to be brought to life.
No two pairings are quite as different as the ENFP and INTJ personality types. Let’s look at 9 truths about ENFP and INTJ relationships to see just what makes them so fiery yet very capable of deep connection.
1. Conversation may be difficult at first
Starting a conversation is how any relationship is started, and the approach to a first conversation is quite different between these two personalities. For the ENFP personality, they tend to come off as fairly blunt and real, and that can lead to them coming off a bit strong and lacking deep humanity.
The INTJ type however is a much more reserved personality who still has a more emotional side that wants to connect with people for values and meaning. This conflict arises almost immediately as the extroversion of the ENFP may come off as overbearing to the more emotional and internalized INTJ personality.
2. Both driven by separate ideals
What drives your actions and decisions says a lot about your character and what you want to do to make the world a better place. The INTJ personality is focused on a logical approach to the world that asks many questions about how you can use your skills and power to make the world a more efficient place.
The ENFP personality wants to also make the world a better place, but they want to do so through appealing to the emotional side of people by helping others get what they want through using their abilities. This conflict in ideals has the potential to lead to tension unless you are open to the other persons mindset.
3. Help each other see the bigger picture
Just as the last point used differences as a potential area for conflict and tension, these different world view can actually help benefit both parties. The ENFP outlook on life can help to add a healthy dose of humanity to the ideas of the INTJ person who can use more emotion in their efficient ideas.
For the emotional ENFP person, the INTJ personality can help to give some needed logic and rationalization to their plans so that they are able to help others while still ensuring that their own personal needs are met.
4. Different pace of interactions
The primary difference between these two personalities is their energy levels and how they will likely act in an interaction. For the ENFP personality, they will have a higher energy level that leads them to want to project more and get their ideas out.
The INTJ personality is more inward thinking and introverted, so they will more naturally be more reserved int their interactions. This opposite dynamic means that as one pushes, the other pulls and can lead to common interactions that feel somewhat one-sided.
5. Differing ways of dealing with tasks
Working as a team in many ways is where a true relationship will be tested, and these two personalities will certainly be tested when making decisions. Both of these personalities tend to place a higher value on setting up more general guidelines for working on tasks.
This means that if there is a lack of sold planning, neither party will be able to look for and address the minute and specific details that are at hand. Making sure to lay out specific details will prevent these personalities from working ineffectively.
6. Reflect and share ideas in different ways
Depending on the person, they may prefer to have someone with a different dynamic to themselves that adds some extra flair to life. The ENFP personality being an introvert will likely be very open to share and speak first in conversations. They usually just keep speaking unless motivated to stop.
An INTJ personality will likely just listen most of the time as they sit back and listen to the other person. This could either be the kind of relationship someone wants or the one that they are looking to avoid. Making sure to understand the other person and what they want to get across is essential.
7. Different goals of a relationship
Having somewhat aligned goals in a relationship helps prevent problems early on as you look to head in similar paths together. The ENFP personality is eager to learn more about people and wants to get as emotionally connected as possible to the other person to know them better.
The INTJ personality lives at the other end of the spectrum where they would rather have more mindful and intellectual interactions. It is very important for the relationship that a balance between emotional and intellectual connection is reached.
8. Conflicts in organization are imminent
Knowing how you like to keep your spaces set up can often be a major breaking point in any relationship. An ENFP personality tends to drift towards the unorganized and casual approach to life as they keep their spaces somewhat messy and don’t care for much scheduling.
An INTJ person is the opposite, where they want to have a neater space with an organized agenda. This opposite style calls for conversation and compromise to work out.
9. Both love to learn and explore
Thankfully, both of these personalities are dedicated to learning more. This means they are open to new ideas and lifestyles to improve their own actions. These personalities can use their differences to grow and thrive together.
Even with all their differences, there is plenty of reason to have a meaningful relationship between an ENFP and INTJ personality. Some issues may arise, but there are plenty of shared ideals that will hold the relationship together. Use these 9 truths to better understand how to navigate the compatibility of these seemingly opposite personalities.
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