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 year ago
Female intj-A teaching philosophy... Is it weird?:-)
1 year 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 years ago
I have been thinking whether Batman is an INTJ. Is he?
2 years ago
I am a female, and seeing that this is a rare thing...but expectantly for females! Wow. I am shocked.
8 months ago
High five. We rare creatures must protect each other, then our armies will grow and soon we will have our empire.
2 years 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 :/
6 months ago
Yes! I come up with crazy ideas but yet as soon as they become too crazy they're just cringeful to even think about.
2 years ago
Does anyone else here feel at this point the obvious need for a world government? In my mind, the only options should be a unified government, or no government at all.
1 year ago
The world needs separate governments, under one rule there'd be even more conflict even more bitter than the large governments we have now. Right now everyone is unified under their government against foreign powers and their constant quest of dominating one another. The only way for the world to be unified is if they had a common enemy be it natural disaster or of alien (not exactly/necessarily E.T) nature. As long as we as humanity exist we need a form of stable conflict where a government has the majority of its particular natives ideas at heart. Even if there is some backstabbing it's usually towards a similar goal or enrichment of there people. Under one government there is to many different cultures and the ideals and trains of thoughts to broad. A government trying to cover and rule to many at once will ultimately fail. Only when we branch out on the path of exploration and survival do we as 'Man' come together. Hopefully we'll see this when we've reached a point in establishing ecosystems on other planets or underwater. There is a reason in fiction that when facing an external threat even conflicting parties manage to pull there shit together to form world Unions. You see it all the time in Sci-Fi. So in conclusion, no I do not see a need for a unified government as it'd just bring more internal strife and backstabbing then what we already have as separate nations. Not to mention all the bias-ness and corruption we have now. Under one rule there will be many claims to power as one government can only do so much. Nature will always take its course, rebellion, coops, clans, civil war, etc... Humans will not stand to large a power for to long.
1 year ago
America doesn't stand for communism, young man.
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