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
This seems like a very well written profile description and seems to eliminate as many possible redundancies with other types which makes this more accurate. Though I do realize a personality test is more of a slightly larger snapshot of ones general thinking and acting patterns, it is eerily close this point in time.
2 years ago
I just cant be the only INTJ who does not have a great diploma? My mindset is perfectly explained above, but i could never pay attention at school (just got lost in my mind, most of the time), hence the reason i only have a degree in avionics, but i cant be the only one here right?
2 years ago
I think INTJs can lose interest on formal studies if they are not free to explore what interests them. A degree in avionics is probably worth most diplomas anyway!
2 years ago
I'm with you on that one! I spent my time in school in my head, creating my own worlds and filling my notebooks up with them. It was honestly a miracle I graduated because I simply couldn't focus on the lessons at hand - mostly for the reason that I found them pointless and uninspiring. I never liked sitting through lectures or classes unless I found one that happened to pique my interests, which was very rare. I got my high school diploma, but never finished college.
2 years ago
Wow this is so accurate it's creeping me out. I'm a 14 year old boy and I find this description to fit me very very well. I'm an idealistic, I love dreaming and imagining things, thinking of scenarios and possible outcomes of future events. I can't stand social gatherings especially parties, and yes I sometimes get an unreasonable feeling that they are stupid. They simply make me feel uncomfortable. My peers simply don't understand me when I talk to them about subjects such as philosophy and interesting facts I learn. I'm very calm and quiet, but I can be considered insensitive and arrogant at times. I enjoy spending time alone, even though sometimes this loneliness drives me to social interaction, which I just kind of fail at, which simply puts me a step back. To sum it up I make one step forward only to be driven back by two. I like to take my time with things, even if that means lagging behind. While I don't confess my feelings very often when I do I'm very cynical about it, not hesitating to say what I believe even if it might hurt others. I do enjoy mind games and when someone catches me off guard with something I can't understand I won't give up until I comprehend it, because I want to. I react horribly to unexpected situations, so I try to predict things as much as possible and adjust my behaviour accordingly. I'm not really a perfectionist, I don't consider myself one nor others do, but when I look at myself and see how many faults I have I can't help but feel deeply ashamed of myself, feeling very different, inferior to others (Which might explain why I envy others so much, though my envy is unnoticeable) so I try my best to be better.
2 years ago
I'm 17 year old girl, and I am also INTJ. I know exactly how you feel. Sometimes I feel I have a huge conflict within me. I fight against pride in knowledgeable areas, yet I feel so inferior to many people socially. I almost next to hate social events where you just go to "meet new people". It's not fun. Also my definition of fun is always so different from everybody else. My main goal in life is not fun, or having many friends, it's to find truth and depth. In which I find in Jesus Christ. :) I have some friends who are mind boggled that my main goal is not to have fun, and I'm simply amazed how someone can spend their lives on something so unimportant as fun because in the grand scheme of things it won't matter at all.
2 years ago
Wow, this matched my personality complety! Also tells me why it's so hard for me to make friends, I always make out a plan on what I'm going to say, what they are likly to say, and how I will respond!
2 years ago
I don't know is this me.. be I'm Introverted, a thinker, loves judging.... I guess it's me. I do love mysterious, historical stories and I do think some trendy stuff nowadays are stupid. Oh well I'm indeed a rare and odd one like how people see me. But if they know me well they'll understand me.
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