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

2 years ago
I am curious to see what it's like for fellow INTJs in their relationships? I'm married to a wonderful man who cares for me and loves me. He got Mediator when he did the test. However, I can't seem to want to be in this relationship. For so long I thought I was a terrible person and maybe something is wrong with me. After taking the personality test I see that others are like me. How do you fare in your relationship? Is it a constant struggle? What is their personality?
2 years ago
I have an INTJ bro, he is pretty cool but he squeezes too much out of deals. I like him with his faults though and he says I am too energetic for him.
2 years ago
So glad to find an understanding for being misunderstood
2 years ago
I'm the INTJ son of an ESFP woman and a ISFP man. How cool is that? It is kinda weird how my relationship with my parents is. I've always had certain respect towards my father, because he's a smart cultured man, but as I've been growing and becoming more mature, I feel like he's not on my level anymore and he's not as cool as I thought when I was younger. I don't mean to say I look down on him; not at all! But I feel like he doesn't have anything new to teach me. In the other hand, we are not very emotional towards each other and even though we see each other every day, we dont talk much, but I know he loves me more than anything. As for my feelings towards him, I'd say that more than loving him, I respect him. Also, when we do talk, it is about intellectual topics, and I'm always glad to talk with him 'cause he's someone who can catch up with me. As for my mother, we get along pretty well. I talk much more with her, but unlike my father, it is impossible for her to catch up with intellectual discussions, so most of the time we talk about trivial things, but for some reason it doesn't annoys me as much as when doing it with other people. But I certainly get bored when she begins to talk about her friends and problems of people I don't even know. And of course there are times when she's the one getting bored: she's curious so every now and then she asks me about scientific stuff, but it is a pain in the ass trying to explain things to her because I know she won't follow me and eventually she'll get bored, and I hate that; so I'm always trying to avoid these subjects when talking with her. Also, we fight about almost every little thing. Almost every single time we talk, we end up fighting because our ideas on everything are very different. Nonetheless, we do get along.
1 year ago
This is interesting. I feel the same way, though my mother can talk about deep topics. I only argue with people that will listen. I don't see the point of talking to a brick wall.
1 year ago
I tottaly agree, though I am still growing and have hit the point where I'm mature! But my parents are tottaly different as I feel as if I'm talking to a stranger even though I know a lot about them they have never understood me! It gets very hard, I feel as though I can't even talk to them about personal problems. Did you have that problem growing up?
1 year ago
Man, it sounds like my relationship with my parents too. (Although I got very angry and annoyed with them sometimes.) Guess we INTJs relates to each other well. *High five*
2 years ago
Anyone else who actually sort of understands emotions of those around you? I mean, in a way that you can calculate them in your actions with little effort? And, well... How would I explain this. Even though I am logical, I can understand the mechanics of emotions. In a way I can see the sort of a person the other is, and then I can predict the way they're probably going to react to certain things. It's like, usually I can't see the logical reason why someone would react the way they do, but I can still predict them doing it. I think it in the sense that by trying to understand other people's possibly emotional reactions I am able to maximize the results. (Maybe it has something to do with my interest in psychology?) Don't get me wrong, I'm horrible at dealing with emotional situations. I just don't see the point of why someone would be so depressed over something I deem completely irrelevant. But I'm just interested to find out if anyone else is like this. ^^''
1 year ago
I do. I use it to manipulate others, which is almost never a good thing. For example, as a child I knew how a certain teacher would react to a certain situation. I would use that to get out of something I found pointless.
1 year ago
I think I know what your trying to explain.. I can figure someone out in 30 seconds or less, it feels like 2-3 seconds..their character, aura, personality, intentions..everything. I'd say emotions but that's way too easy to see..I'm talking about "feeling" w/out touching, that sounds weird, but if your like me, you know what I'm talking about and that I have to explain my explanation :) anyway.. that's my inside joke about calling myself a "people person" :)
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