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. 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.
Strengths & Weaknesses


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Oct 15, 2014 21:12:37
"Fictional villain" personality type? Oh, come on. Just because I notice how dim-witted most people are, that doesn't make me wicked. If we could just sterilize all the idiots and start using death row inmates for medical testing - why, that alone would advance the human race by leaps and bounds. It would also solve the overpopulation issue, considering that it's always the burdensome dullards who produce the most offspring. That's not so villainous, is it? To want better for the world?

We should band together and make this happen. We should call ourselves something. Maybe "League of" something. "Axis of" something. Mmyes.
Oct 15, 2014 20:06:41
It is a surprise that the profile tells very accurate description of my seeking of like-minded people that by the way I find them rarely outside. I just can't keep up with less intelliget , less conscious people. I also find people very selfish and have very theoretical approach to prove my finding. S type of people do not rise any interest in me for close relationship because they are usually short sighted. F type people seem very selfish to me as they decide based on their personal value. Also in my opinion p type people are just not considerate enough to do their part at the right time. NT types are very interesting types but we are cold or seen as cold.
OMG. Please help me, I just burned all of my options. Iranians have a proverb that roughly says, "a man who is better than era should suffer from being alone and lonely"
Oct 15, 2014 14:45:29
Wow, this is so accurate :) since I was a child I always planed for things lol. But I often felt misunderstood and wasn't too social. Overtime (I am 29) I have worked on my communication skills to improve my social life but it's still a challenge for me. I am like playing a role in social situations rather than being myself. The truth is I hate small talk and stupid social protocols, having saying that I do not want to isolate myself...
Oct 13, 2014 15:14:57
Nearly 50, mother of two daughters, happily married and of Dutch design, I lately began to wonder whether or not I suffered form Asperger Syndrome. My whole life I have desperately tried to hide and suppress this feeling of "not fitting in". I had always great difficulty with emotions, whether they were mine or somebody else. Mine were too big to handle or not detectable at all. From childhood on, I felt like the anthropologist on Mars (Oliver Sacks is great reading, by the way), clueless but trying to fit people into categories, label them and making sense of this chaos. I loved the character of Spock in Start Trek, the first person I could relate to. I loved to learn, I only regretted the fact that there were others students present. As a teenager I had great difficulty with mathematics and science, mainly because I refused to accept formulas without understanding how they were constructed and what train of thought lay behind it. While my classmates turned to the next chapter I was still deconstructing Pythagoras theorem trying to understand. So I let go these subjects with great regret. Later on in life, I was tested and scored well above average in math and science. Eight months ago I started to learn math again at the Khan Academy (a wonderful place of learning, see and in six months I covered 8 years of learning. I intent to start with science soon.
At 30 I still did not know what to do professionally with my life. I had this strange feeling that I could do anything, and that leaves a lot of options open. One day I talked to my father, saying I had this strange ability: give me information on any subject, and I will tell you the flaws in your reasoning. I told my father I could sense patterns, flaws, almost on an intuitive level. I said although I like this ability, I did not dare to rely on it, because it seems to contradict it self. My father told my he had the same ability and somebody somewhere had labeled it: Logical intuition or intuitive logic. From that day on, I dare to rely on that ability and it gave me something to stand on. As with long lasting relationships, I just gave up. I did not think I was mend for something like that. The moment I let that dream go, my now husband came in my life and never left. He was not scared by my intelligence (he has plenty of his own) and my blunt answers (on the first date he asked me to tell me something about myself and I answered: If this is an attempt to reduce this awkward silence between us, maybe you should read book. But I am not going to answer that fake question.) As with raising children I am not a very warm person. I have great difficulty with physical intimacy and prefer to be left alone. As my daughters growing older, they have found their ways to deal with me. I am a strict parent, with clear rules and expectations, but as young as they are, my daughters know that if they have a better argument, I will listen and seriously take it in consideration. When I saw the movie "X-men" I was deeply moved, I so much related to the feeling of being an outcast. When I saw the series of "Bones" for the first time a saw a woman I could relate to. Her reactions, jokes and so on, I really loved it. When I did a test on Asperger Syndrome, the result was that I was very likely one. But it did not fit.
Then I did this test and although there is too much emphasis on logic, I do recognize myself in more than one way. The 0.8 percent fits the feeling of being alone out here, but reading all these comments, I know I am not.
That a great thing to know...
Lauren Cantrell
Oct 13, 2014 12:53:15
i am intj personality. I agree with what the outcome was. it says that it is hard to find people you are alike and i agree with that because its really hard for me to make friends with people that agree with me on the same things. But when we do make friends, we have good friendships that are long.