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

8 months ago
It's so accurate that it's scary. Less than 1% of women in the world are INTJ. This explains why one of my employees said I breathe "rare air".
9 months ago
INTJ-A is a scary personality type in today's world- so much capacity for evil if brought up wrong, but so much capacity for good if mentored properly. Fathers of these have a great responsibility to raise these kids right! "Great power comes with great responsibility." If the Illuminati was real then it would be a bunch of INTJ-A's controlling the world! Seems almost feasible :-P! Happy to be the rare INTJ-A! I hate normality and actually believe striving to be like everyone else is morally wrong as is forcing people into molds. ..and remember my younger fellow INTJ-As, you can "pretend" to be social and study people for great gain!
8 months ago
"With great power comes great responsibility."
6 months ago
I like the fact that I'm capable to go to extremes. I'm either going to be super smart and help the world or be super evil and tear it down to pieces. :P
2 months ago
That’s very true, which explains why Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars is an INTJ. I’m not sure if he is -A or -T, though I’m pretty sure he’d be a -A. People always raised their eyebrows at me because I would always say that Palpatine is my favourite Star Wars character, and they would say, “How can you like him? He is evil!” I felt there was more to him than meets the eye, and it freaked me out that, although many of his actions were wrong, I actually sympathised with his unquenchable thirst for power! Then I found out my personality type is the same as his... and it all made sense. I like him so much because I understand what it’s like to be drawn to control, power and a masterplan. I am actually an INTJ-T but the same traits are there.
9 months ago
It makes sense why people always seem impressed by my personality. Well for us women of the architect type we are those rare species. :)
8 months ago
9 months ago
I'm actually happy I came out to be the anti-hero. . . pretty cool
9 months ago
Agreed. At first I thought this sounded as a really lonely personality types which felt way too real to me. But now reading fictional villains and misunderstood heroes are based on this personality made it ten times better. Especially since Gandalf the Grey is an Architect 10/10
7 months ago
im proud to share my personality with littlefinger ;)
6 months ago
I didn't even know that I was in the same range as him. I don't know whether to feel good or bad about it. Then again, as long as I'm sorta the same as a smart Lannister, I'm all good. :P
10 months ago
Jim Moriarty is my personalitymate, yay :) I loove Sherlock series
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