One of the greatest strengths of INTJs is their intuitive capabilities. Intuition is effectively subconscious routines that would ordinarily be conscious activities. You hear terms such as ‘auto suggestion’ and ‘instinct’, intuition is all of these, it is a learned activity just like riding a proverbial bicycle.

Intuition within INTJs forms due to systematization (The Scientific approach) of observable connections and the time available to spend thinking about these through intra/introversion.

These connections are what I term patterns. The more patterns you can see the better your intuitive capabilities and (interestingly) your innovative tendencies.

Most people see big patterns. A to B to C. But like anything the more you analyze the greater the granularity and detail you can see and interpret. Even perhaps more importantly you intuitively realize patterns in situations where nobody else is looking for them or they are indeed not even necessary. I do attribute a large amount of this to an orientation where learning is by association rather than the linear mindset where information is discrete unconnected reference points. (Pattern forming is divergent, discrete linear recollection is convergent).

The flip side to seeing patterns is that you become adept at seeing differences. You see inconsistencies. You develop intuitive gut reactions that if you then sit back and consciously work through why your reaction was such, you can see the logic. With patterns as well you can make projections; intuitive foresight.

Patterns form parameters. Like building blocks they can leverage and gear thought process to rapid outcomes.

For someone who doesn’t quite understand pattern forming mindset, all as I would say is think of looking into a kaleidoscope where you see patterns, and then think of that in reality looking around you and in visual imagination. All conceivable attributes have potential connective capabilities, sound, shape, color etc. Also you can find some reviews to help your child’s development at

So why would pattern forming / intuition be better at innovation? From my perspective it’s one of randomization. Seemingly random items can be connected on certain attributes and all these lightening second type observations can occasionally throw up novel solutions. It’s a strong reason why such mindsets should be exposed to information and knowledge across wide areas of education, as an example, patterns/cycles in ecology have similarities in other fields of knowledge like economics etc.

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