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

10 months ago
Well, being like I am, it is amazing to finally increase my knowledge about my own personality. Quite mesmerizing to say the least.
10 months ago
I'm so glad I ran into this when I did. I had always known I was 'different' from most people, but in all honesty, I didn't care of what other people thought of me. I had been aloof from crowds of my choice, and I would rather play video games than go to these 'stupid' (at least what I thought) parties. Sadly, my parents have--and still do--provoke, and almost even force me to do these things. The middle school I attend is around 80% extroverts, and barely any are the intuitive type. Naturally, it made me hard to fit in. I only know 2 INxx types in the whole school, which, out of 2,000-ish people is quite small if you really think about it. Now that I have taken this test, I can truly understand my outlandishness and why I act differently than most other people. As of now, more than any other time of my life, I understand myself. Although sometimes I get slightly vexed by the fact that I don't have another NT of NF true friend, I am at least happy why I am this way.
11 months ago
It's amazing how accurate this is! I've always felt as if I have to do something in the world that's important, I still can't figure it out! I've been able to fulfill every other need, but not this one! It's very hard to explain. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?
1 year ago
I'm so glad I ran into this when I did. I had always known I was 'different' from most people, but in all honesty, I didn't care of what other people thought of me. I had been aloof from crowds of my choice, and I would rather play video games than go to these 'stupid' (at least what I thought) parties. Sadly, my parents have--and still do--provoke, and almost even force me to do these things. The middle school I attend is around 80% extroverts, and barely any are the intuitive type. Naturally, it made me hard to fit in. I only know 2 INxx types in the whole school, which, out of 2,000-ish people is quite small if you really think about it. Now that I have taken this test, I can truly understand my outlandishness and why I act differently than most other people. As of now, more than any other time of my life, I understand myself. Although sometimes I get slightly vexed by the fact that I don't have another NT of NF true friend, I am at least happy why I am this way.
1 year ago
I find that I, as an INTP-T, get along with INTJs really well. :-)
1 year ago
Absolutely true
1 year ago
Interesting. :-) I am an INTJ-A and I don't know any INTPS (at least that have identified themselves as such), but I've read the Logician profile and think I could get along pretty well.
1 year ago
My first love was an INTP. She was amazing, if people can be compared to architecture most people build themselves up in a way were when you walk into who they are and all you have to interact in are few rooms. But walking into who she was was like entering in a building with several rooms, doors, bookcases, ect. as well as architecture I wouldn't have thought possible to construct. She was a structure that I could not map out nor comprehend, my beautiful paradox. I have most people figured out in minutes but it took being intimate with her for two years to get close to the level of understanding I have of most people within minutes of having met them.
9 months ago
INTJ-A, and my best friend is INTP. Dude's awesome.
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