Resilience and the INTJ Personality

I think we’re wired for opportunism.

Dr Joel Yong, PhD


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During this COVID-19 global pandemic that is plaguing the world this very instant, we’re all told to hang in there. We need to learn how to weather the storm. These are trying times indeed.

Can we see the silver lining in this catastrophe?

On a higher level, can we mint coins out of the silver lining and turn the situation into our advantage?

I believe the NT-type temperament is well equipped for weathering such storms and possibly even coming out ahead stronger.

The general feeling among most of the population is a sense of uncertainty, psychological paralysis, dread and fear. We don’t know what to do or how to adapt, because the tenets of stability that we once held on to are no longer existent.

  • “Oh, we’ve lost our job.”
  • “Oh, there’s no more toilet paper.”
  • “Oh, how do we keep up instalment payments on this mortgage?”
  • “Why is all this instability happening to me?”
  • “How long is this all going to last?”
  • “I cannot cope with all this change.”

People who process information cognitively with an NT-type temperament tend to be more intellectual and think of the “why” behind “what” or “how” they do things (NT Temperament — The “Intellectual” — Personality Max).

  1. INTJs are private, independent and self-confident. They strive for achievement. They are gifted strategists with analytical, conceptual and objective minds. They are flexible and like to formulate contingency plans. They see the reasons behind things.
  2. ENTJs are natural and decisive leaders. They are analytical, efficient and hard working. They live in the world of ideas and have a great ability to debate. Their goal-oriented and self-confident nature enables them to take charge. They thrive on achievement.
  3. ENTPs are innovative, flexible and see possibilities. They are enthusiastic about generating ideas. They are intellectually quick and skilled. They thrive at finding solutions to technical problems. They are gifted at coming up with new approaches.
  4. INTPs are easygoing yet…



Dr Joel Yong, PhD

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