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.

Architects You May Know

1 week ago
Interesting, I've never truly acted the way I feel out in public, I act warm and loving like my mother, trying to make people laugh. At home, where I feel secure, my parents comment that I'm almost Machine-like, perks of being a INTJ-T, so this test already knows more about me than any friend I've ever had. But I guess my parents got one thing right, like a machine, when it comes to logic, I rarely make mistakes.
3 weeks ago
I am INTJ, sometimes I sad about it. it is not good personality type for todays society (sometimes I think that way) , for me extroverts ruling the world. we have a little space.
1 week ago
Wait until you grow up. Nerds Rule! Seriously we will probably be like... I don't know. Like engineers, or Elon Musks, something like that.
1 month ago
I was very close to this personality type of a INTJ, being an INTP (P vs J was 51% v 49% split). By reading through this, I notice that some of things that I don't align with in INTP I align with here. It's kind of interesting how these personality types work. I encourage if you have some close percentages, check the other personality type and you may be able to fill in the gaps like I did!
1 week ago
Me too. 53-47. Also, I'm pretty sure I'm a bit more judgmental than they saw.
2 months ago
'Architects are able to live by glaring contradictions that nonetheless make perfect sense' This is so true, I try to always see logic in everything, but love Philosophy and always think about 'what if'. When I tried to explain it my brother told me it doesn't make sense, but for me it does. (female, 14, INTJ-A)
1 month ago
LoL I know exactly how you feel (INTJ-A)
4 weeks ago
Exactly. I was pretty sure I wasn't normal until reading it
3 weeks ago
I'm me too even though I'm a logican I 100% understand.
1 week ago
I also and also I.
2 months ago
It's so accurate that it's scary. Less than 1% of women in the world are INTJ. This explains why one of my employees said I breathe "rare air".
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