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

Robin
3 years ago
Its totally true. I always over think things.
Robin
3 years ago
I'm twelve years old, but I talk like I'm thirty. At least, that's what everyone tells me. I'm definitely a bookworm and I can't seem to connect with anyone my age because they act completely ignorant of what I say (one person asked me what that meant, the idiot!). Kids around me are always so extraverted and blissfully oblivious of the unforgiving universe in which they exist, that I wonder if they watch the news at all (of course ISIS is a real terrorist group, don't be ridiculous)! Sorry to all the stupid people out there who don't understand my extended vocabulary, but there is no way I'm dumbing it down because I'm absolutely sick of doing that! Good day.
Jaxon M.
3 years ago
Robin, you are fantastic. I feel your entire situation all too well. I am in your boat, and we shall rise above the rest. It gets better. Have a good day.
Shreya
3 years ago
Thank you! As another young cynic, I thought I was the only one who fakes their age for quizzes like these. The "normal" people in our society can't look farther than their four inch screen. Music now is all about "getting laid" and celebrities are famous because of videos appealing to the 13 year old males of our time. (Kim Kardashian, anyone?) There's so much crap going on in our own country, let alone the world, and the average youth is upset about the lighting conditions for a smartphone picture! I think it was Einstein who said "As technology gets smarter, humans will progress in the opposite direction", and he was prophetic in his statement. Thank you, and good night/day.
Anonymous
3 years ago
I'm a 14 year old girl and I've always felt like an alien, as if I have never belonged at school, even with my closet friends, anywhere to be honest. no wonder, what with the 0.8 percentage and all. I've always had a passion for books and creating my own, to which i have been told i am extremely advanced in my fictional story writing capability. (although I've always had a problem with grammar ironically) it really makes me feel a whole lot better to know that there are infant people out there even if there are very little, i hope one day i might be able to talk to one. but for now, i'll suppose il just stick to my fictional ones.
Anonymous
3 years ago
Another 14 year old here, trust me, you are far from alone. I get tired of all the blithering idiots around me that it makes me crazy sometimes. But on another note, I am blessed enough to know some wonderful INFJ's and other great folks hat I can not only relate to in strugles, but also be myself more around, if that makes any since. Although, come to think of it, my brother is an ENTP and he drives me insane.
X
3 years ago
I can see from the comments about the "unique INTJs" who love people going out etc. Who care too much about other's feelings. You're an INFJ. You feel more than you think, you sound too emotionally attached to be honest.
Anonymous
3 years ago
You seem to be lumping all people into a category indiscriminately without explanation. Liking people or liking to go out does not necessarily mean that someone is an E or an F. For instance, I like going out now because I have a husband who is an E who has gotten me used to the idea. Hanging out with people can be very fun because the ideas circulated tend to be interesting among my group of friends. Will I ever get along well with SF's or be the life of the party? Probably not. Do I enjoy hanging out with other NT's? Absolutely!
Alex Irwin.
3 years ago
This explains a lot about why I can't seem to connect with any one my own age. It seems that they are all either immature or not on an intellectual level such as I.
a mere egg
3 years ago
To be honest, reading through these comments is pretty funny; a lot of us try to appear different from the others by complaining about how all the other INTJs here think they're 'special'. Shows our personality I guess!
Anonymous
3 years ago
Ahaha, your point is demonstrated two comments below this one xD
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