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.


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Apr 26, 2015 16:32:43
(Please exuse any bad grammer, English is not my motherlanguage.)
INTJ female also, 22, and i can really relate to the things being told on this page.
Though i feel like i am more a mixture of INTJ and INTP. I hate small talk and value truth above all else. I also find it hard to talk to people who can't understand my point of view. (Though i am sure the irritation also works the other way around.)
Very interesting to have found a personality test that is this accurate.
My boyfriend also did this test and his results were INTP. I guess that is why we fit together so well.
Apr 26, 2015 10:07:14
I'm 14 years old and in a school where people seem to only enjoy gossip, talking down people behind their backs and pointless sex talk. I can't understand how people can be so interested in these things. That leaves me two options: either pretend to care and join these brain-dead conversations (RIP self respect), or not get involved at all.
INTJ Female
Apr 23, 2015 20:29:43
Both my daughters and I are INTJs. What are the odds?
Apr 23, 2015 11:37:18
INTJ female, 26, in an analytical job role, fittingly! My managers say that I accomplish any task I put my mind to, always submit my work to the highest standard, but how I'm still so quiet/reserved with them, and jokingly, that they're scared of upsetting me in case I turn up one day and shoot everyone(!) Worrying, as I've always tried to fake being 'normal' like Dexter :) People always ask if I'm dating, it's hard enough meeting like-minded people - let alone dating - so I just pretend that I am, whilst gradually the girls I went to school and uni with are getting engaged. I've had Selective Mutism at 3-4 years of age, with school reports: 'poor social development - has never spoken, prefers to work and play alone, but is careful and concentrates very well on tasks'.
Apr 23, 2015 09:32:27
This perfectly explains my frustration with my current job (which, thankfully, I'm leaving for a position that's a better fit). I work in low-level sales (already a bad fit), and I have 3 managers who are heavily on the "feeling" side. Based on their inconsistent and irrational behavior, I have no respect for them and haven't had any since I started working there. They are ineffective leaders and accomplish nothing themselves. Further, they ensure that people get promoted based how much they like that person, not the reality of their performance. Finally, the entire company is built around rules, regulations, and policies that don't make rational sense and never were intended to make rational sense. Their policies exist because of image, branding, and emotion - and if customers knew this I believe many would lose a lot of their faith in the quality of my employer's products.

Ultimately, my current employer don't do things because they make sense for the customer, make sense in the market, or make sense from an engineering standpoint. We just do things because they fit "the culture" and "feel good" to the right people. We ride on our powerful brand name and in customer's trust that there is some kind of internal logic to what we do that they just don't understand. There isn't, and eventually it's going to start to show.

It's easy to understand all this in retrospect, after reading this (rather shockingly) accurate analysis. I almost wish I had realized this sooner and ditched the dead weight - but the experience has helped me a lot in learning to identify unproductive people, situations and organizations. At least moving forward, I'll have a better idea of the kind of jobs, managers and coworkers to avoid.