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

M
3 years ago
Any one else change the comment order to chronological rather than social ranking? aha All of this was right, but I've managed to have quite good 'social skills' by being a good 'actress' aha I physically cannot lie about anything but weirdly acting doesn't seem to bother me and I fake interest in a forced conversation with body language hehe. This bit is so me its scary, "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." This bit has reinforce my understanding of my self with is extremely helpful cause I did score as a more turbulent INTJ... So nice to feel like social science based on a detailed analysis understands me and it is clear, extensive and organised. So much better than when people try to label you XD Greetings fellow eccentrics!
Anonymous
2 years ago
The part you quoted strikes me the most. I see how it works (or how it doesn't) in my life: people say I have a couple of "special abilities, passions and talents" and they can't understand why I didn't manage to finish studies, find well-paid job, do "something incredible in this world". Indeed, I don't achieve fantastic results. The problem is I don't really care, I could probably achieve all that but it usually doesn't make sense to me (I gave up two degrees in the last year because I it was such a waste of time, I don't look for a job but I probably could find something better, I speak 6 languages rather well). I'm just not intersted in other people's priorities. And don't get me wrong I'm not lazy, I'm workaholic in my current job.
chefbrett
2 years ago
Yup, I have several mostly finished degrees and a long and varied work experience. Many courses have left me with the idea that colleges should just sell the diploma and not waste my time with droll professors who don't encourage thought provoking discussion. Can't find any respect for these university schills. There are a few good ones here and there.
Em
2 years ago
I am an INTJ that is a high thinker, but I am polite to people. I prefer bluntness and honesty, but I understand that more sensitive people can take this offensively. I think it comes with maturity. Also, I too find myself faking excitement towards gifts. I am definitely happy, but almost never feel an overwhelming emotion towards it like people would like or expect.
Al
3 years ago
Here's a couple of INTJ anecdotes for you: 1) Girl hangs in my office like I'm her work spouse or something; she's cute and nice and we make chit chat. One day she says she has a lump in her breast, maybe cancer. I'm listening and sympathizing (my wife went through same thing). Then she gets into who's going to take care of my kids (as in, after I'm dead, yet doesn't have a diagnosis yet). So I look earnestly, a little smirk, and say "Guess you better start working on your bucket list". She didn't talk to me for months. She says hi now but doesn't hang in my office any more... 2) Guy I worked with gave me the best compliment I ever got - "You get to the answer faster than anyone else in the room. But you have to let everyone else catch up, get there on their own."
jenny gift
3 years ago
Well i think i know now why they call me sensible :-)
Olyvya
3 years ago
No wonder I just can't ever stop thinking it took me awhile to figure out the right word just to say now
John Welsh
3 years ago
I think INTJ is really only one facet of my personality. Maybe as a child I followed more strictly to the personality type, but an unconventional life has been the result of a more free form thought process. I'm still strict in moral and logical action, but I accept the faults of others more easily; otherwise I'm sure - and a little terrified at this - that I'd be closer to a villain than a hero. My desire to remain in nostalgic thought means cherishing the less evolved me and interacting with people in a more playful way. Also: heres' a sentince that's is poorly punctuat and complied misspelt.
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