INTJ Personality (“The Architect”)

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. People with the INTJ personality type are imaginative yet decisive, ambitious yet private, amazingly curious, but they do not squander their energy.

Nothing Can Stop the Right Attitude From Achieving Its Goal

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 – at least from a purely 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.

In Matters Of Principle, Stand Like a Rock

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.

One Reflects More When Traveling Alone

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 may 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.


Your name:
May 29, 2015 17:32:09
Because of having always felt like a social outcast, comparing me(us) to Katniss Everdeen is a helpful booster :)
Anonymous INFJ
May 24, 2015 18:09:01
Hey guys. I used to be an INTJ. About six months ago I slowly began gaining the F quality, and now I have it nearly 80%, making me a very strongly INFJ. I went here just to read about this, and it seems completely unfamiliar now! Anyway, I really want you to listen to this, because it's important. I want you to know that contrary to what most INTJs (including my past self) believe, the world isn't out to get you guys. You are simply too intellectually powerful for it, (as I am too emotionally) and it can't comprehend you. But that doesn't mean it is out to get you, and in fact, the world is in trouble, like you've been describing. I believe it's up to the more powerful IN types to help, because we have the opportunity to, and therefore the responsibility to. The point is, quit crouching behind the walls where you'll never be hit. Stand up, and take it to the face, and show people that crap doesn't harm you, and slowly, we will make the world a better place.
Anonymous INTJ
May 28, 2015 02:54:55
You sound like a feeling.
Kyle Butler
May 21, 2015 17:54:45
Being a assertive INTJ I find it somewhat easier to manage my emotions and Im telling you if you can put some emotional drive into a plan you can not be stopped. It takes some time to learn how to use them correctly but when you do the world better watch out.
May 22, 2015 12:56:05
Lyra Bromsson
May 20, 2015 01:48:31
This name, Lyra Bromsson, is of course a pseudonym in case you were wondering... I am a thirteen year old INTJ living in a house full of six younger siblings, all of whom act like utter idiots. Mostly. Goodness, this quiz has been much more accurate than I thought it would be. Over the course of 6 months, I have taken this quiz 7 times, and gotten my family to do so as well. Every time I received a total INTJ personality, and I am pleased with my results.
Recently I checked out the ESFP personality reflection and found a countless amount of INTJs come to see their... opposites. It was rather amusing!
You guys should go see it...
But yeah, I just thought I would try and connect with some people of my personality type. A few questions for you guys:
Is social interaction always going to be so complicated and difficult? Especially with (ew) stupid males? (Mostly not INTJs)
Have you ever dissected a frog? Did you laugh at its innards as well?
And lastly, when will friends stop being so sensitive to the truth ?
May 21, 2015 23:24:06
Hello. I am a 15 year old INTJ male, and I believe I can answer your questions.
1. Most likely, as people are idiots. 2. Yes, in the eighth grade. 3. No, I mainly felt like regurgitating. 4. I doubt it. There are way too many feeling types.
May 28, 2015 02:47:40
Check out the ENFPs page. They are the INTJ personality love match.
Sota Whyte
May 28, 2015 02:50:12
If you think the frog was fun, try sheep lungs. They are awesome, and if they aren't torn you can blow them up. All sticky. I made best friends with someone over sheep's lungs.
May 28, 2015 02:51:55
Way too many indeed *sigh*.
May 19, 2015 10:03:46
I'm a thirteen year old female and INTJ is from my point of view the best.
Good to know there are other people like me out there!