Over and over I see people equate these two, particularly in threads on intuition. That by saying one is misunderstood, or that something about one's thought process is hard to explain, one is therefore a special snowflake and you are insulting people for being 'plebs' blah blah defensiveness.
So the question is: has being misunderstood as an INTJ ever made you feel special?
Or have you ever told yourself you were special to help compensate for the alienation and frustration of being misunderstood?
Or are there any other situations you find relevant to the topic you want to share?
For me, it hasn't really ever made me feel special, as I know the bad sides too intimately. I tend to not understand why people don't get things because I see them as obvious. Talking like that, and the obvious frustration I exhibited, certainly offended people, but the only reason I was frustrated was because I didn't expect what I was saying to be so hard to understand - I didn't think it was special. Though I did go through a period of 'y'all are sheep' in puberty, like so many of us, I didn't attach being misunderstood to it in any way that I can think of. And even then, I still had, and still have, higher expectations of people than my experience warrants.