Female INTJs may face a lot of frustrations when it comes to finding and keeping a partner who shares their goals, but also brings a zeal for life and some zest into a relationship.
Most MBTI sites recommend ENFPs or even ENTPs for INTJs.
While ENFPs are a fairly good match for INTJs, ENTPs are surprisingly ill-suited to them! The main reason being, that ENTPs and INTJs have none of the same functions in common, which on a closer level creates more discord and issues than harmony. And ENFPs only have half of the same functions in common.
The true and unexpected dream partner for most INTJ women is an ESFP.
But how so? Here are the key points.
- Both share the same functions. INTJs and ESFPs both share Introverted Intuition, Extroverted Sensing, Introverted Feeling, and Extroverted Thinking. This creates a common ground, from which they judge and perceive the world. They both agree on what overall matters when it comes to interacting and analyzing the world, and how to act in and prioritize aspects in a romantic relationship.
- Thinker with a Feeler. Thinkers are typically the most drawn to Feeling types, who can maintain and regulate the emotional intimacy within a relationship the best. An INTJ female may be initially interested in dating a fellow Thinker, with whom she could connect well on an intellectual basis, but more often than not, she will be drawn to the emotionality of a Feeler when she searches for love, guided by her tertiary Introverted Feeling.
- Female Introvert with an Extrovert. According to Marti Laney PsyD MFT, (heterosexual) women feel the most drawn to and satisfied with extroverted partners. A crucial factor in this matter could be the fact that men are often culturally expected to be more extroverted than women. Besides that, in the case of INTJ-ESFP, the ESFP’s extroversion fits into another significant factor. (More on that below.)
- Yin and Yang. According to Socionics, the two types (called ILI and SEE there) are in a so-called Duality relationship, a synergistic Yin-Yang combination, due to how the shared functions are symmetrically fueling and mirroring the other: Ni and Se, Fi and Te, and so forth. Both types are strong at what the other type is weak at, and vice versa. In a romantic relationship, this can be extremely beneficial, for obvious reasons; your partner can step up where you need it, and vice versa – all under the common goals of your shared functions.
At last, you may wonder:
But what about the N-S and P-J mismatching?
Truth: N-S and J-P “mismatching” is not an issue, and can actually be complementary as long as both types share the same functions.
Other good matches for INTJ women: INTJ, ISFP, ENTJ, ENFP (when both are “ambiverted”), ESTP (when both are not “ambiverted”)
What are your thoughts on or experiences with INTJ-ESFP relationships? Tell us in the comments. 🙂
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