Episode #61: Dismantling the Imposter Syndrome of the INTJ

Hey there! We’re here to talk about the incredible INTJs and their awe-inspiring cognitive abilities! If you’re lucky enough to have an INTJ in your life, you’ll definitely know they have an amazing knack for spotting patterns and connections, making them absolute rockstars at setting ambitious goals and envisioning multiple paths to success.

However, their analytical thinking combined with their super high standards for themselves can trip them up, resulting in a pressure-cooker environment and allowing the Imposter Syndrome to rear its ugly head. You see, INTJs believe that anything less than perfection equals failure (you agree it is an impossible standard to meet, right?). When they inevitably fall short of this standard, they can feel like they are not living up to their own expectations and start doubting their abilities – while others, in the meantime, are inspired by the INTJ’s achievements…

In today’s episode, we’ll delve into three key reasons why INTJs are plagued with the Imposter Syndrome – their impatience, the tendency to compare themselves to others and their discomfort with being human (those pesky human emotions!). We will also explore how it can lead to missed opportunities, fear of taking risks, and isolation. Join us for an insightful episode on overcoming Imposter Syndrome as an INTJ, filled with valuable advice to help you thrive both personally and professionally.

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  • [01:49] Episode Introduction
  • [04:33] Why Does the INTJ Experience Imposter Syndrome?
  • [10:24] Impact of Imposter Syndrome on INTJs
  • [34:57] Episode Gem
  • [37:13] Episode Wrap Up


  • INTJs have an innate tendency to measure their own worth and progress by comparing themselves to others, particularly those they regard as more accomplished or skillful and coming up short. This comparative analysis contributes to the Imposter Syndrome as they feel they’re not living up to the standards set by their peers. The looming shadow of perceived underperformance can weigh heavily on their minds.


  • INTJs create paranoid stories about what people think about them and their ideas. Sharing themselves can cause them to feel so vulnerable that they are triggered into overanalyzing their interactions and looking for evidence that others believe they are weak or incompetent. They create scenarios in their minds where others judge them harshly, question their competence, or make fun of them behind their back.


  • INTJs may have difficulty forming deep emotional bonds, showing vulnerability, or expressing their feelings. This emotional distance can make it challenging for them to seek help or support when faced with Imposter Syndrome. As a result, they may experience feelings of isolation and self-doubt, which can further reinforce their belief that they are undeserving of their achievements.


  • Join us throughout our series on how the Imposter Syndrome shows up in the 16 MBTI types (or 8 Striving Styles). If you are not sure what your Striving Styles are, make sure to visit www.whoareyoumeanttobe.com to complete the assessment today! Remember, if you need help dealing with dysfunctions at work or in your personal life, reach out to us. 



"Deciding to compensate for poor performance instead of managing it is an act of self- disempowerment."
episode 18 quote tile 2 - "When acting from the Victim Leadership Persona, our power and sense of personal agency is taken away by seeing situations through a  lens of helplessness."
episode 18 quote tile 2 - "When acting from the Victim Leadership Persona, our power and sense of personal agency is taken away by seeing situations through a  lens of helplessness."
episode 18 quote tile 3 - "Self-disempowerment starts from within. Leaders need to recognize when they are keeping their self-esteem low."

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