So I know INTJs are the 'over analysts' but as an ENTP I've noticed that you guys can be the most clueless/ awkward in relationships and social situations. I have the tendency to analyse people to the point where I can predict them, A LOT. So basically, if not people, what do you guys 'over analyse'? Your blog is great btw! Keep it up!!
Okay… sorry this took a while to get to. It was an excellent question and I wanted to take my time in answering.
First off, I can’t speak for all INTJ’s. I don’t know how or what they analyze so this answer is going to be my personal opinion only. For any INTJs reading this, remember that we’re individuals. Just because my answer differs from yours or vica versa, it doesn’t change that we’re both INTJ’s.
Good. We got that clarified. Onwards.
It’s true that most INTJs tend to be socially awkward or emotionally awkward. However, for me it’s due more to over analyzing then lack of it at all… For example when I’m not invested or things are strictly business, (talking to a passenger on a bus or my coworker) I’m extremely socially capable. It’s when I start paying attention that things fall apart. It goes from “Joe peeked at his phone while I was talking. Meh, whatever” to “Joe could be a potential friend. I should care what he thinks. He looked at his phone while I was in the middle of a sentence. That means he wasn’t paying attention so my topic of conversation must be boring I should wrap this up as soon as possible. Unfortunately I’m loosing my train of thought because I’m too focused on Joe’s face scanning for any more indicators that he wants this conversation to end. Now I’m repeating myself and talking faster because my brain is going into hyper drive trying to plan out the conversation as well as be on high alert for body language indicating irritance or gladness accordingly. He grimaced slightly. Must be irritation. I’m messing this up. Slight panic. Brain switches to autopilot. Makes sarcastic comment and starts lecturing on whatever I know well. Abort. Mission failed.” That’s just a basic example. So, yeah… I over analyze into my social awkwardness.
As for what it is we over analyze? Just depends on the individual. I lean towards everything… films, books, people, school, chemicals, mathematical equations, my animals, basically if it’s in my mind it’s over analyzed. To be completely honest it’s absolutely annoying most of the time. However, it has it’s moments.
Hope this helps explain a little. Thank you for the encouragement by the way! It’s ALWAYS nice to hear that my ramblings are being enjoyed! :) Have a good week.