The INTJ’s Revenge: “I Won’t Sue You…I’ll Ruin You.”

“Gentlemen: You have undertaken to cheat me. I won’t sue you, for the law is too slow. I’ll ruin you. Yours truly, Cornelius Vanderbilt.”
These incomparable words by business Tycoon, Cornelius Vanderbilt, after feeling betrayed by business competitors, are the cornerstone for the sentiments and actions of many INTJs. 

Have you ever thought about what would take place if you got on somebody’s wrong side? 

Every personality type has gifts and defense mechanisms, which they can utilize to dismantle an opponent or safeguard themselves in times of crisis.

But if you’re an INTJ, you might find this subject more interesting.
 
What is the INTJ Personality?
 
In case you didn’t know, an INTJ is a type of personality that is referred to as “The Mastermind.”  They are comfortable being alone, aloof, and quiet. Typically, they are self-sufficient and work more efficiently alone than within groups.

INTJ is one of the sixteen personality types identified by a personality test known as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). INTJ stands for Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Judging. 
 
Also, INTJs are often called the “strategist” and the “architect” for the logical, creative, and, analytical ways they approach everyday activities.

INTJs value objective logic over everything else. When there are discussions and decisions to be made, they only trust data and facts.  Additionally, INTJs are interested in theories and ideas. 
 
They are always questioning why stuff happens the way it does when observing the world. They excel at creating plans and strategies and do not dwell long in uncertainty. They are very insightful and learn new ideas, quickly. They also value aptitude, information, and intellect.

Some of the characteristics of INTJs include the following:
 
·      They like their world to feel more controlled and organized, so they create plans well ahead of time.
 
·      They feed on objective and logical information instead of subjective emotions.
 
·      They look at the bigger picture and prefer to concentrate on abstract data rather than concrete data.
 
INTJ’s Revenge
 
 
 
Why Are They Potentially Revengeful?
 
Some individuals have a “live and let live mentality.” However, other people could be a bit vengeful, like INTJs.
 
Their calculating mind can be quite diabolical when their moral code has been violated. However, they rarely initiate “scorched earth” responses, unless others have become their nemesis.  
INTJs are highly protective and become extremely angry when a loved-one or their livelihood has been placed in peril. Because of their high intellectualism, they will seek clandestine and surreptitious ways of exacting revenge. 
 
Based on their modus operandi, INTJs discover the weaknesses, habits, and idiosyncrasies of the offending party, and use those traits against them. 
 
For example, if an offending party is known to use profanity and communicate in a loud fashion, this will be used against him. An anonymous letter, a subtle hint, or a well-placed allegation will be executed without the INTJ’s fingerprints ever being identified.  
 
Confident and a visionary at the same time, INTJs are proficient at anticipating far in advance how scenarios tend to play out. They work methodically in moving people and pieces in specific directions to affect a specific outcome. 
 
Nothing is left on the table. The  only limitation is their imaginations, which is limitless.
 
Additionally, there is very little remorse for the offending party, because the introverted nature of an INTJ makes it such that they rarely offend the dictates of mainstream values or proper comportment. 
 
By living an under-the-radar existence, INTJs administer the justice that is required, because the offending party is viewed as a scourge on society, deserving of annihilation.
 
 
What Benefits Does Vengeance Have for Them?
 
Perhaps you have encountered a silent, seemingly brooding person at school or at work—a rebel and a loner. However, keep in mind that INTJs are not sociopaths ready and willing to end civilization as we know it. 
 
They merely want reciprocity for the progressive, hard fought ideas and philosophies by which they live by. 
 
INTJs don’t want it both ways, power without responsibility. They understand that their high intellectualism comes with a great deal of self-governance and restraint. If the offending party can’t live within the confines of fairness and justice, the INTJ relishes crusading on behalf of the greater good in society.

INTJs question authority when the practice, procedures, and application of rules and laws have been tainted. Rules and laws should affect a specific result, and when blemishes occur, INTJs are equipped to right the wrongs as world-class problem solvers.

Moreover, their propensity for big picture thinking may isolate them, but their limited need for people bodes well with their introversion. In the minds of many INTJs, if it were not for their bravery and necessity to set the world right, society would crash and burn. INTJs represent the grace and justice you pray for.
What Are the Downsides?
 
INTJs rarely see a scenario from an emotional point of view. They always seek solutions to problems and they make decisions on logic and common sense. Emotions are acceptable, but they do not think it’s critical for progress and self-actualization. 
 
In fact, emotions tend to impede and stagnate decisive action.
For those who delight in straddling the fence or living in the gray area, steely determination can be viewed as cold and heartless. And based on the introversion of INTJs, they are less likely to provide adequate communication to offset any misunderstanding. 
 
Often, you may be left with more questions than answers.  
 
Also, their expertise in the area of reason, logic, and intellect breeds a high level of self-confidence. It’s not surprising for INTJs to have a superiority complex. After all, saving the world requires superpowers not given to mere mortals.
 
Unfortunately, INTJs may be condescending and arrogant, as well as impatient with individuals who do not catch on as swiftly as they’d want. They may be specifically intolerant and judgmental with those who show less ability to think rationally and logically.

Yes, INTJs can be distant and cold to outsiders. 
 
However, they are extremely sensitive too. 
When someone objects to their opinions, they will defend them with all vigor. Because they have studied, pondered, and dissected a problem from every possible angle, they have less respect for people with less intellectual skin in the game.
Bottom Line
 
INTJs are prone to revenge because of their hard-wired personality as “Masterminds” and “Strategists.” “Stop overthinking it” is truly a cliché for INTJs. Fundamentally, thinking is what they are designed to do. 
 
Combined with introverted intuition, the inclination for deep fantasy, and the need for control, offers an icy and calculating brand of revenge.  Below their calm, reticent behavior lies an intelligent visionary, which could be intimidating when weaponized.

The next time you cheat, slander, attempt to harm, or merely embarrass an INTJ, don’t be surprised if bad things start to happen in your life. After all, the ruin that you create may be your own.
Emanuel DeSoto
 
 
 

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