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
Wow, that is so me! I tend to really shy and socially awkward, but I can be quite mean and sarcastic at home. I do feel worried sometimes that people think I'm heartless, just because I don't really show emotion the way other people do. I'm also really imaginative and tend to get obsessed with TV shows, and annoy the hell out of my family by going on about them. People also always accuse me of complaining way too much, and I guess I can be pretty critical and cynical and I tend to speak my mind. I also usually only have one friend at a time, rather than lots. So... yeah, that does sound like me. I just hope that doesn't mean I'm destined to be a supervillain or something!
1 year ago
Just wanted to comment that this post made me smile :)
1 year ago
The shyness and social awkwardness most likely comes from not socializing much, because I've experienced the two in middle school and earlier years. Gosh, I cringe every time I have flashbacks. Anyway, the two characteristics are definitely not a solid factor of introversion. As an INTJ, I can be social whenever needed. For the most part, though, I'm rather reserved and I tend to stick to the sidelines or with a well-known friend or two. Ultimately, social interaction is draining. You don't need to worry over such perceptions (when people hang around me more often, they tend to realize how critical I am and say I'm mean, but I just dismiss their claims because I know they're mainly led by emotions. I tend to get along with people who either understand my stance, or share the same characteristic (my best friend of 4 years and counting happens to fall in the latter category. Imagine our relationship). However, just because we're critical doesn't mean we're heartless. We actually tend to feel very deeply on certain matters.
4 months ago
What you just said sounds exactly like me! And I also obsess about TV shows, I like to think that I am studying human behaviour when I am watching them hehehehe.
1 year ago
Any INTJs interested in starting a business? I have ideas but wouldn't mind hearing other opinions !.... Great minds think a like
1 year ago
Go for it! I know from a close friend that you can't have everyone go to your business or use your services. You have to choose a specific group and cater to them. Makes things much easier, streamlined, and less problematic when you only deal with 1 color of the rainbow rather than the whole spectrum and the pesky leprechaun.
1 year ago
Anyone with a strong F and very turbulent and introverted? Feeling pretty weird over here! I also have a lot of internal dissonance as I'm always strategizing or optimizing or analyzing but the follow through is not there! I suspect ADD and chronic low grade depression on top of a super rare way of thinking being an intj. I really need to find others at least somewhat like me. Another question: where do we fit evolutionarily? No one likes to listen to us.
1 year ago
Yeah i also find it in a hard way ...
Mocking bird
1 year ago
Spot on. An INTJ woman who has recently earned the dubious distinction of a doctorate ( gotta love alliterations!) Been repeatedly told by friends and family to not "think so much". The response is total bewilderment. How can i switch off?! also my definition of fun really is curling up with a book! Am very lucky to have friends who "get me" though! So overall no complaints :) World domination here we come :D
1 year ago
I've taken this a few times so no surprises. Being introverted as a kid was tough but now (being 50-ish female) I enjoy it. I am very impatient though, is that common for INTJ? I don't like that part of me as it sometimes makes me mad for stupid things I shouldn't be mad about. I can't say I have friends, just a few people I casually talk with. The definition of 'friend' seems so broad by so many. I really enjoy my time alone and love that I can work from home and get paid well. I do worry about the future as I get older though. My husband is very introverted too. I'm sure we're the neighborhood freaks. Oh well, I like the mystery of me.
1 year ago
I'm pretty impatient too.
1 year ago
Woah, nearly everything you said, I relate too. I've been researching personality types and being introverted. It's all kind of fascinating how it explains so much.
4 months ago
I too am very impatient and get mad about thing that make no sense. I think it's because INTJs tend to be fairly OCD and picky. (in my case literally, don't show me anything flakey and then not let me pick and scratch at it, maybe I have SPD or something like that...)
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