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

3 years ago
It's actually rather funny; occasionally I'll come across another INTJ, but conversation is like two robots buzzing at each other. We're too similar and too logical to function like normal human beings, and all my conversations with them are very deep but very serious discussion over a broad range of topics. Though it's interesting conversation, I do enjoy spontaneity that I cannot collect from my own personality. It confirms my suspicions that I would not like to meet a clone of myself.
3 years ago
not always , my best friend is also an INTJ , we tend to have very intelligent jokes ou dark humour , always between the lines jokes which others cannot understand easily. but i do agree with you on the part of spontaneity of others , as my friend is also an INTJ he's very misterious and always make a calculated move before engaging on a conversation or task.
3 years ago
I know how you feel the same thing has happened to me. I find that INTP personality types actually make good friends because they are somewhat similar but not clones.
3 years ago
It feels awesome to be d 2nd most rare characteristics on earth. I certainly am different from my "so called" frnds nd whil they make fun of me , I utilise the time to enrich myself. This traits undoubtedly are quite true bout myself nd this is why I always feel lonely nd can't just blend in with any group at ease.
3 years ago
My my we are a rare bunch
3 years ago
The ironic part is that my husband is also INTJ, we have been together 25 years. We are rare to have found each other.
3 years ago
Initially reading the comments I thought it would be nice to meet other INTJ's. But when I thought a little harder, I realized I would probably clash with someone of the same personality. I like being the "ideas" guy, the one who can see it from different angles. It's a blessing to be rare. Though it may have been hard to understand myself when I was younger, it is a personality that I wouldn't trade.
3 years ago
This is probably the most accurate personality test I have ever taken. What I find extremely funny is that just the other day my boyfriend and I were talking about early teenage years, memories etc and I told him how during those days I was more interested in reading etc than boys and other pre-teen girl notions. Even at 12 I thought it was completely ridiculous when kids would say they were "going out" with someone. I recall asking someone at the time, "How can you go out with someone when you're only 12. Does your mom take you on your dates?" My boyfriend told me that was not normal for a 12 year old girl and most kids do not think that way. Now I see why.
3 years ago
Wow. I said the same thing and same age too
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