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

INTJ guy
3 years ago
I am very lazy at work, but people like me because they call me technically sound in my profession. Find my self quite successful with very little effort but still I am never happy
3 years ago
Perhaps you need a new job that challenges you? (If you are feeling lazy) We all spend a big portion of our life working, so if you are just cruising along, not testing yourself then perhaps that is why you feel unhappy at the moment? Find your passion :)
pure blood
3 years ago
Sweeet... (y) 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.
3 years ago
Is it bad that I looked through all the other personality types? Personally, I think the test was right. I'm an INTJ to the core, and female, too. It took me SO LONG to find out though, I didn't want to jump to conclusions right away! The one thing that tipped me off was the fact that most of my friends consider me as a kind person. Apparently I've been so quiet that most people generally assume that I'm a nice person. I'm really short (4'9") as well, so that probably played an important role in what people assumed I was. I am amazed!
3 years ago
This was really amazingly accurate. I'm the only INTJ I know and I come from a family of ESFP's. My best friend is an ENFP. But a lot of people have been being kinda mean about their comments, and it's kinda like they're proud of INTJ flaws. Flaws are just challenges, things to overcome so that we can become better people. I was proud of a lot of these flaws, too, so I'm not saying that I'm perfect. But when I really thought about it, I saw that these things are holding me back from being the best person I can be. And I really don't get why a lot of us INTJ's seem to be dissing extroverted feelers. They're not inferior, they're just different. I've been told that I was weird and messed up, so I know how it feels to be misunderstood and stuff. Don't diss the extroverted feelers. They have different strengths than we do, and they can help us. I know I'm not all sufficient. I'm socially awkward, and extroverted feelers are GREAT at that stuff. My ENFP friend has taught me a LOT about handling social situations, and I help him with the more logic-y things. We shouldn't shun the rest of the world--they need us, and we need them, too. I'm still young, and I don't know everything. But I've thought about this, a LOT. And I think I'm right about it.
H. Asteria
3 years ago
This is very accurate. No wonder I feel so relatable to Sherlock and Moriarty, we're INTJs. INTJ females (me) are really rare, therefore I'm the only INTJ among my friends (from school) (girls school). Most of my friends are INFPs, a few ENTP and one INFJ. We get along even though our opinions sometimes diverse from each other, but I guess that's what makes us all get along, we can discover each other and stuff. I'm pretty glad that we're mostly introverts, are hanging out sessions is us siting in a circle reading. Silently.
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