INTJ personality

It’s lonely at the top, and being one of the rarest and most strategically capable personality types, INTJs know this all too well. INTJs form just two percent of the population, and women of this personality type are especially rare, forming just 0.8% of the population – it is often a challenge for them to find like-minded individuals who are able to keep up with their relentless intellectualism and chess-like maneuvering. INTJs are imaginative yet decisive, ambitious yet private, amazingly curious, but only if their interest is piqued.

Smart and unconventional

INTJ personalityWith a natural thirst for knowledge that shows itself early in life, INTJs are often given the title of “bookworm” as children. While this may be intended as an insult by their peers, they more than likely identify with it and are even proud of it, greatly enjoying their broad and deep body of knowledge. INTJs enjoy sharing what they know as well, confident in their mastery of their chosen subjects, but owing to their Intuitive (N) and Judging (J) traits, they prefer to design and execute a brilliant plan within their field rather than share opinions on “uninteresting” distractions like gossip.

"You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant."

Harlan Ellison

A paradox to most observers, INTJs are able to live by glaring contradictions that nonetheless make perfect sense – from a rational perspective. For example, INTJs are simultaneously the most starry-eyed idealists and the bitterest of cynics, a seemingly impossible conflict. But this is because INTJ types tend to believe that with effort, intelligence and consideration, nothing is impossible, while at the same time they believe that people are too lazy, short-sighted or self-serving to actually achieve those fantastic results. Yet that cynical view of reality is unlikely to stop an interested INTJ from achieving a result they believe to be relevant.

Independence personified

INTJs radiate self-confidence and an aura of mystery, and their insightful observations, original ideas and formidable logic enable them to push change through with sheer willpower and force of personality. At times it will seem that INTJs are bent on deconstructing and rebuilding every idea and system they come into contact with, employing a sense of perfectionism and even morality to this work. Anyone who doesn’t have the talent to keep up with INTJs’ processes, or worse yet, doesn’t see the point of them, is likely to immediately and permanently lose their respect.

Rules, limitations and traditions are anathema to the INTJ personality type – everything should be open to questioning and reevaluation, and if they see a way, INTJs will often act unilaterally to enact their technically superior, sometimes insensitive, and almost always unorthodox methods and ideas.

This isn’t to be misunderstood as impulsiveness – INTJs will strive to remain rational no matter how attractive the end goal may be, and every idea, whether generated internally or soaked in from the outside world, must pass the ruthless and ever-present “Is this going to work?” filter. This mechanism is applied at all times, to all things and all people, and this is often where INTJ personality types run into trouble.

...yet not everything can be analyzed

INTJs are brilliant and confident in bodies of knowledge they have taken the time to understand, but unfortunately the social contract is unlikely to be one of those subjects. White lies and small talk are hard enough as it is for a type that craves truth and depth, but INTJs will go so far as to see many social conventions as downright stupid. Ironically, it is often best for them to remain where they are comfortable – out of the spotlight – where the natural confidence prevalent in INTJs as they work with the familiar can serve as its own beacon, attracting people, romantically or otherwise, of similar temperament and interests.

INTJs are defined by their tendency to move through life as though it were a giant chess board, pieces constantly shifting with consideration and intelligence, always assessing new tactics, strategies and contingency plans, constantly outmaneuvering their peers in order to maintain control of a situation while maximizing their freedom to move about. This isn’t meant to suggest that INTJs act without conscience, but to many Feeling (F) types, INTJs’ distaste for acting on emotion can make it seem that way, and it explains why many fictional villains (and misunderstood heroes) are modeled on this personality type.

Famous INTJs:

Vladimir Putin
Paul Krugman
Rudy Giuliani
Donald Rumsfeld
Colin Powell
Samantha Power
Lance Armstrong
Richard Gere
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Thomas Jefferson
John F. Kennedy
Woodrow Wilson
Augustus Caesar

Fictional INTJs:

“Walter White” (“Heisenberg”) from Breaking Bad
“Gandalf the Grey” from The Lord of the Rings
“Katniss Everdeen” from The Hunger Games
“Hannibal” and “Clarice Starling” from Silence of the Lambs
“Professor Moriarty,” Sherlock Holmes’ enemy
“Gregory House” from House M.D.
Strengths & Weaknesses


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Elisabeth S. W.
Aug 19, 2014 15:47:09
Well, I suppose I should be prepared for more organized or even more strategic plan to conquer the world, after seeing the result explaining that I am part of the rarest female type on earth, and congratulate myself for being far enough from being normal comparing to my school mate, college mate, work mate, and that welcome mat. Hoorraaayyy!!!!
Enmanuel DLN
Aug 18, 2014 05:22:18
Sadly true when it comes to how rare. I'm going into high school now without knowing other individuals that think like me. Together we would accomplish whatever we desire.
Aug 16, 2014 14:45:31
Of course i share a personality group with Hannibal the cannibal lector. "Hello Clarice"
One of a rare species
Aug 14, 2014 16:02:35
This is very accurate- it describes me almost perfectly. Also, I can now understand why so few people understand me- I'm a part of a rare group- female INTJs are few and far between, so that is why I am made fun of for being a 'know-it-all showoff'. People just don't know how to respond to my personality. I guess that is why everyone hates me- I try to help but I sound like a narcissist so they make fun of me so they do not feel insecure, which makes me hate them, and since I hate them, they hate me, and I hate them for hating me, and so on... It continues multiplying exponentially... Anyone else have this problem? :/
Aug 16, 2014 22:33:10
Ahhhhh! Thank you for making me laugh about it.
Aug 18, 2014 05:25:06
They are afraid of your complexity. Which I admire since I share it. Different sex though. And I had the problem but no emotional effects.
Aug 13, 2014 03:10:58
Wow.. It's like 95% accurate. Usually this type of test not even 75% accurate and detail in describing my personality. This is the best personality test that I ever had. It is very detail dan easily to understand. It feels great become 0.8% of female population that had these traits. Individualistic, doesn't like skinship even with best friends, do not like phone call, prefer emails. It's totally accurate