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
I filled out this test for my online dating profile (seems to be a popular thing to do). I was expecting something more along the lines of a horoscope prediction type of thing. Something so vague that it would apply to just about anyone (I already know I'm an introvert, anyone with half a brain could tell you that). This, on the other hand, is eerily accurate. It's like someone in my head watching what I've done over the last 30 years and then writing a dissertation on my thoughts and actions. Each point that was brought up about how INTJ's go through life, the things they say, what they do, how they feel, I can point to specific instances throughout my life that mirror those with uncanny precision. I tend to be extremely self aware, and this test and subsequent personality description are really helping me realize that there's really nothing wrong with me, just a little odd compared to most people. The relationships part is a little depressing. Frustratingly accurate, but having it laid out like this at least helps me understand and accept why I have so many problems.
Fictional INTJs
1 year ago
Gandalf the Grey wouldn't be an INTJ, but I believe Saruman the White would.
1 year ago
What is you reasoning behind that? I think Gandalf does fit the mold of an INTJ.
1 year ago
It's funny how few INTJs there are. I've had yet to meet anyone else that truly understands me, as a teenage girl. I'm typically seen as robotic and emotionless, and the things I share (which are very rare) are typically ignored by my peers. It's somewhat comforting to see that there are others who think like me out there somewhere.
1 year ago
I am a teenage girl too. And it really is great to see other sensible teenagers out there. The thought of having no intellectual people left scares me!m Haha. I hope you two INTJ's are enjoying your life and are way mature than other stupid teenagers!
1 year ago
Same here! I have friends but I always get told the ideas I spill are too confusing and no one understands them! It is also nice knowing there are other people that aren't stupid and into all the gossip and I am not the only one viewed as a robot.
1 year ago
I always wondered why people gave me wired looks when they asked what I did during the summer and I said a little bit of pre-cal and trigonometry and read some books about the universe logic and reasoning and Einstein's theory of relativity. It was very accurate especially the part about dealing with other people's emotions.
1 year ago
I'm an INTJ and when I get angry, I am constantly reminding myself I need to be more logical, but at the same time, wanting to let go and just let it all out. It's like an inner whirlwind I don't want anything to do with, but at the same time, I need it to be more understanding, and life is just like a giant puzzle. Does anyone else feel the same way?
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