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
Geez... this exactly describes me... People think I don't like to talk or speak of my own feelings, but it just because I don't know how to express myself without some level of planning or organising... and I absolutely hate crowds, even though I can always make myself mentally detached anyway... I didn't know female INTJs were so rare, though I wouldn't be surprised XD
2 years ago
Is it bad I'm not confident? Even though I may seem to be/look extremely arrogant?
2 years ago
I wouldn't say that that is arrogant, I would just say that sometimes the truth hurts.
Isabella W.
2 years ago
Heheh, I have rather terrible self-confidence myself. I try to avoid being outwardly arrogant, but sometimes I might do it without meaning to. Then again, I'm pretty sure nobody exactly aspires to be arrogant, so y'know.
2 years ago
Hello everyone! My family consists of extremely rational, logical thinkers (ENTPs, ENTJs, INTPs, and so on). My parents, my brother, even the majority of my extended family all fall under the thinking category. This has led me to believe that a large portion of my personality has been influenced by the way I have been raised. It would make sense, given my brother has scored the exact same personality, although over time he has become slightly more extroverted. Does anyone else believe that one's personality can be influenced by the conditions one has been raised in? I personally hate to believe this. I'd like at least some part of myself to be because of the way I think, not the way I was taught to think, but it is so obvious. Although, reading the comments I've seen INTJs not raised in such ways, so it confuses me to how this personality came about for them. If our personalities do not originate from the ways in which we were brought up to view the world... where do they come from? Is my family's similar personality type just a coincidence?
2 years ago
Hi there, my parents are ES.. types so I've no idea where my INTJ came from (maybe from distant family). One thing I know is that they don't get me at all because of this. In my opinion, being an INTJ generally means not being influenced by anyone, however, if you have EN.. thinkers (not ES.. people) in your family maybe they, being extroverted, had a bit of an influence on you.
2 years ago
I was very surprised to find out I was such a rare kind of personality! Its very interesting to read
2 years ago
Hi intjs, Do you find easy to communicate with people older than you too? I never had anything in common with my peers. My husband is 20 years older than me and we're an amazing couple. As far as I am concerned (turbulent analyst), I worked hard and managed to reduce turbulent factor - here it says 13%, anyway I feel the difference as I developed towards asertiveness (it helped with my relationships).
2 years ago
Hi, I have decided to try to quickly answer your question. It is almost 3 here and i have school in several hours. The answer is yes, I have always found it more enjoyable to speak with people much older than I am for the intellectual stimulation. When I was younger, I would be at a freind's house and would always enjoy sitting in while "the grown ups" were chatting. Often, their conversations were banal but on rarer occasions, polictics, god(s), and other topics I found interest in were spoken about and I spoke my mind. To my surprise the adults listened and my mother would always tell me what a good perspective I brought to the table. Now in Uni and I find it much more difficult to find someone who can hold their own. Another problem is I am 100 percent introvert so, for me to speak is a milestone. haha. Cheers (also please pardon english, am from Finland)
2 years ago
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. It's good to hear from a fellow intj. By the way, it looks that I'm not the only one who browses through the posts from the past.
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