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

With 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.

INTJ personality

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

Samantha Power
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Colin Powell
Vladimir Putin
Christopher Nolan
Ludwig van Beethoven
Friedrich Nietzsche

Fictional INTJs

Walter White (“Heisenberg”) from Breaking Bad
Petyr Baelish (“Littlefinger”) from Game of Thrones
Tywin Lannister from Game of Thrones
Gandalf the Grey from The Lord of the Rings
The Architect from The Matrix
Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games
Seven of Nine from Star Trek: Voyager


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1 month ago
They used to have characters from "Sherlock Holmes BBC" under the Fictional INTJs, as an INTJ who looks at this page... more than I should, I liked seeing Moriarty there. We all know that Sherlock Holmes is an INTJ, even though those INTPs want to claim him. :P I really don't relate to "The Architect" from the Matrix, but I love seeing Gandalf listed under the Fictional INTJ's. My sister and I have all our friends take this test, as a gamer, most of my fellow gamers are INTJs. My sister, however, is an ISFJ, and we get along very well! We have a Sherlock and Dr. Watson relationship.
1 month ago
I wish that I could edit this comment, I actually meant to say "Sherlock BBC" rather than "Sherlock Holmes BBC". I wanted to correct myself before some other INTJ does. lol
1 month ago
Female intj-A teaching philosophy... Is it weird?:-)
1 month ago
Not at all, why would that be weird? As a female INTJ-T, I don't see why that would be "weird". I have read some of the comments from other INTJs, some I relate to, many others I do not. I feel that your personality has more to do with your primal reactions to certain situations, rather than what profession that you should choose. I have varied interests, and I do not let my personality dictate what I choose to be interested in.
2 months ago
I have been thinking whether Batman is an INTJ. Is he?
2 months ago
I am a female, and seeing that this is a rare thing...but expectantly for females! Wow. I am shocked.
3 months ago
"For example, INTJs are simultaneously the most starry-eyed idealists and the bitterest of cynics, a seemingly impossible conflict." So many times i've tried to explain this to people. normally i find these tests overly flattering, but i've seen some stuff in this that seems maybe a little more bespoke. Now i wonder if there's something in it.... that 0.8% women stat is making me regret a few break-ups though :/
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