When the quiet, imaginative, and idealistic INFJ pairs with the steady, responsible, and logical ISTJ, the resulting relationship can be quite rocky. However, this relationship can work thanks to the few commonalities that these two types share. Both the INFJ and ISTJ prefer spending time alone, as well as making and following through on plans.
General Compatibility of INFJ and ISTJ
Generally, a relationship between an INFJ and an ISTJ has the potential to be a great one that’s based on mutual respect and growth. These two types challenge each other, but it’s through that challenge that they both have the potential to grow into more well-rounded individuals.
Both the INFJ and the ISTJ typically take relationships seriously as they both usually prefer living a drama-free life that is steady and helps them feel balanced and secure.
Since INFJs like to connect with others and explore their depths, they typically want a partner that’s open and honest. Meanwhile, ISTJs are sturdy and traditional individuals who want a partner who can be as serious and dedicated to their relationship and future as they are.
Summary Chart: INFJ and ISTJ Compatibility vs. Possible Conflicts
|Both are introverted||INFJ’s reliance on intuition|
|Both are goal-oriented||ISTJ’s reliance on their senses|
|Both are low-key||INFJ’s sensitivity|
|Both seek balance||ISTJ’s coldness|
3 Reasons Why INFJ and ISTJ Are Good for Each Other
Given that they both have introverted personalities and prefer that their lives are planned out and organized, there are a few reasons why an INFJ and an ISTJ would make a good pair:
- Each understands the other’s desire to spend time alone and have privacy
- Their teamwork can be exceptional when it comes to working towards shared goals and visions
- Mutual growth can result from conflict
Time alone is important to both the INFJ and the ISTJ, and because they both understand this, each partner is better able to accommodate the other’s need for privacy. Additionally, because both types are introverted, neither the INFJ nor the ISTJ will pressure the other to paint the town red every weekend.
The goal-oriented natures of both the INFJ and ISTJ set this couple up to potentially be a great pair when it comes to working together as a team. While what drives them to achieve their goals is often vastly different, when the two people in the relationship are mature, these differences can work in favor of this pair and make them a formidable team.
INFJs are imaginative and intuitive, and these traits shape how they work towards what they want to achieve. ISTJs, on the other hand, are traditional and rely on past experiences and what they can see and logically understand to direct them towards their goals. While these opposing methods can work against the couple, as long as they are both willing to trust in and incorporate some of the other’s methods to get things done, the result can be outstanding.
ISTJs are problem-solvers while INFJs desire harmony. ISTJs focus on what’s “real” while INFJs are idealistic. Because of this combination of traits, an INFJ and ISTJ couple has the potential to build a relationship that forces both of them to grow drastically out of necessity in order to achieve their shared desire for a stable life.
A relationship between an INFJ and an ISTJ is like a relationship between the sky and the ground. They are very different, and these differences will inevitably lead to conflict, but both are indispensable parts of the fabric of reality.
Given the INFJ’s desire for harmony and the ISTJ’s impulse to solve problems, a mature relationship between the two of them may eventually result in both parties making mutually beneficial adjustments in order to limit conflict, and these adjustments will have the added benefit of making each individual more well-rounded—the INFJ will learn to become more structured and grounded, and the ISTJ will learn to value what they can’t see and be open to other possibilities.
3 Reasons Why INFJ and ISTJ Are Not Good for Each Other
Given how these two types are, it’s understandable how a relationship between an INFJ and ISTJ can lead to a couple that is not good for each other. Here are some of the reasons why an INFJ and ISTJ relationship may not be ideal for these two types.
- Their shared preference for introversion can lead to isolation.
- Their different ways of communicating and understanding the world can lead to conflict.
- ISTJ’s fundamentalist approach to life and love can cause anxiety for INFJ, and INFJ’s sensitivity and idealism can annoy and frustrate ISTJ.
Two introverts together in a relationship can lead to them both becoming extremely introverted, even if one partner was more moderately introverted before they became a couple. This happens because the two introverts in the relationship can talk each other as well as themselves out of interacting socially and this behavior can lead to the couple isolating themselves from the world and their social circles if they had one prior to the relationship.
INFJs are usually a little more active and adventurous than their ISTJ counterparts, but they are also way more willing to concede their own wants and desires for their partners. This self-sacrifice can lead to the ISTJ successfully holding back and hiding away the INFJ, while the INFJ may eventually grow to resent them for it and feel like their relationship with the ISTJ lacks excitement, adventure, and fun.
ISTJs make their decisions based on what’s real. They trust tried and true methods and are not known for openness. They value facts, logic, and reason, and consider anything beyond what they can see, touch, taste, hear, or smell, to be ridiculous, irrelevant, or unimportant.
INFJs are far more subjective, and hold great value on their intuition. Imaginative and creative, these idealistic individuals do not just limit themselves to their senses.
In addition to these differences, ISTJs are also more direct when speaking while INFJs can leave things open for (mis)interpretation. The combination of these various incompatible traits can lead to the INFJ feeling looked down on and dumb due to the ISTJ’s reactions to their ideas, and they can lead to the ISTJ feeling like they have to walk on eggshells because of the INFJ’s sensitivity towards their direct method of speech.
INFJs value connecting with their partners and learning everything they can about them on every level. ISTJs are closed off and struggle with opening up and letting others in. ISTJs also find it difficult to physically and emotionally express their feelings towards others despite their usual direct form of communication.
As a result, the INFJ in the relationship will eventually start to question what they mean to the ISTJ and if the effort they’re putting into the relationship is really worth it. After a while, these concerns will grow from just being thoughts for the INFJ to being sources of full-blown anxiety.
On the other hand, the INFJ’s sensitivity and way of communicating their feelings can make the ISTJ feel frustrated and confused. The INFJ’s idealism can also make the ISTJ question their rationality.
INFJ vs ISTJ: Communication
INFJ’s dominant function is introverted intuition (Ni) while ISTJ’s dominant function is introverted sensing (Si). This means that INFJs are able to come to a conclusion without fully understanding how they got there as the process can often be subconscious and just based on a “feeling.”
For INFJs, this often comes into play when they are interacting with other people. INFJs have a reputation for being able to “read people,” and it’s thanks to this dominant introverted intuition that they possess.
ISTJs, however, draw conclusions using facts, logic, and past experiences and often set little to no value on conclusions drawn by other means. This obviously presents a problem when they are in a relationship with an Ni haver like INFJs who, even when they fully understand how they came to a conclusion, still can’t communicate it properly in a way that others can understand.
Where are INFJs and ISTJs strong and why?
Where the INFJ and ISTJ are strong is in their ability to communicate calmly without conflicts turning into screaming matches. INFJs are typically quiet, soft-spoken individuals who are often laid-back and value harmony. ISTJs, while more direct and aggressive, are problem-solvers first and (when mature) understand the need to communicate in a manner in which both people are heard so that they can end the conflict efficiently.
Where do INFJ and ISTJ have problems and why?
Where the INFJ and ISTJ have problems is when the ISTJ shuts down and doesn’t communicate with the INFJ, or when the INFJ is vague in explaining how they are feeling or their point of view. INFJs hate having to explain themselves and struggle to do so in detail, and ISTJs can’t explain themselves when it comes to their emotions and struggle to do so at all.
Additional areas of concern are in the INFJ’s ‘big picture’ thinking versus the ISTJ’s detail-oriented thinking. In short, INFJs focus on the forest while ISTJs are busy looking at the individual trees. Problems arise when ISTJs think the INFJ’s plans and ideas lack detail and INFJs think that the ISTJ doesn’t value their contribution to the discussion.
How might INFJ and ISTJ improve their communication?
INFJs and ISTJs can improve their communication if the INFJ is more straightforward when expressing themselves and more objective. ISTJs will also need to listen to INFJs more rather than immediately assuming they’re wrong because of how they communicate their thoughts and draw conclusions.
Where do INFJ and ISTJ connect? Why?
INFJs and ISTJs connect on desires to set and achieve goals. They are also both balanced individuals who are typically able to discuss things calmly.
INFJ & ISTJ: Values
Both INFJ and ISTJ have strong values, especially when it comes to their daily lives and environments.
3 Things an INFJ Values
- Achieving goals
- Spending time alone
3 Things an ISTJ Values
- Stability and security
- Being productive by setting and achieving goals
- Having a routine
How do their values match up?
Both the INFJ and ISTJ value feeling secure and being productive.
Love Language/Love Style
INFJs and ISTJs express their love differently. INFJ’s primary love languages are quality time, words of affirmation, and physical touch, while ISTJs primarily show their love via acts of service.
Ways INFJs Show Their Love
INFJs are usually more reserved and private, but when in love, they like to spend a lot of time with their partner and become more physically affectionate. While expressing their love verbally is difficult for them, INFJs have no problem writing sweet love letters for their partners.
Ways ISTJs Show Their Love
ISTJs show their love by their actions rather than their words. When in love, ISTJs express it by doing practical things for their partner.
INFJ and ISTJ in Bed
INFJs see sex as another way to connect emotionally with their partners, but ISTJs view it in a less intimate way. ISTJs can be more detached in bed which can be a little disappointing or off-putting for INFJs.
INFJ and ISTJ Couples/Marriage
How well-matched are they in a long-term romantic relationship?
INFJ Male and ISTJ Female
An INFJ male will be the more affectionate and emotional partner in a relationship with an ISTJ female. This pairing often results in the female in the relationship “wearing the pants.”
ISTJ Male and INFJ Female
The ISTJ male may be too cold and distant for the INFJ female, but she may appreciate the stability and security that the ISTJ provides.
INFJ and ISTJ Conflicts
Possible Areas of Conflict (and Why)
Conflict is a given in any relationship. For INFJs and ISTJs, conflict can arise for the following reasons:
- Their different communication styles
- Their different ways of expressing love
- ISTJs coldness and stubbornness
- INFJs self-sacrificing behavior and later resentment
How do they resolve conflict?
INFJs and ISTJs can resolve conflict by listening to each other and being equally willing to compromise. ISTJs should watch how they speak to their INFJ partner as their direct speech can come across as offensive or aggressive, and INFJs should try not to avoid conflict by self-sacrificing their own wants and needs as it doesn’t actually fix the problems at hand and only leads to more issues down the road.
How do they build trust?
INFJs and ISTJs can build trust in their relationship when the ISTJ makes the INFJ feel like their feelings and ideas are valued and supported, and the INFJ tries harder to communicate more directly.
INFJ and ISTJ Friendships
Despite their differences, INFJs and ISTJs can make great supportive friends.
INFJ vs. ISTJ: Approach to Friendship
INFJs approach friendship by being emotionally available for their friends and acting like a pillar of emotional support for them. ISTJs approach friendship by being dependable for their friends and helping them when they are in need.
INFJ & ISTJ Friendship Dynamics
INFJ and ISTJ friendship dynamics can actually work better than their romantic relationship dynamics since there is an additional level of detachment in the relationship. INFJs will typically provide the emotional support and initiate the get-togethers and conversations, and the ISTJs will be there when their INFJ friend needs practical advice or help.
What makes them good for each other as friends?
What makes INFJs and ISTJs good for each other as friends is the fact that they each possess traits that the other lacks. This means that each can supply the deficiencies of the other.
Could they be close friends?
INFJs and ISTJs can be very close friends. The friendship may develop slowly at first, but it has the potential to be a long-lasting one.
What are some areas that might cause them problems as friends?
INFJs may feel like they always put more effort into the friendship than ISTJs as they are more likely to reach out first. ISTJs, however, may see INFJs as demanding.