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
I'm an intj, with the ideal to make the world an better place by following my dreams. And that many people may follow my, to tell them that following your dreams not always is impossible if you try even if it looks like it's impossible. But if i tell them now, they're too stupid to understand and gonna keep on laughing at my, even my parents sadly... But that won't stop my, i will reach my goal even if it means the whole world is against my. I'm gonna prove everyone they can gain everything they want, just by going after it and give it their all. Then more people will believe in changing the future and make the world an better place. :-)
Marko Polomčić
3 years ago
Anyone read Angels and Demons? (Dan Brown):-)
3 years ago
I'm with House? No wonder why I'd relate with him so much.
Micho Detronik
3 years ago
I was not familiar with personality types until recently when my beloved, which is an INFP Personality, explained this to me. She was curious how I would be categorized since her very close friends tend to be consistent with INTJ personality types. I am diagnosed as being Aspergers and after some time decided to investigate personality types to see how I would align with her tendency to be closer to INTJ types. Ironically, I was well within the INTJ classification. I would be curious to find out statistically how other Aspergers or Mild Autism Spectrum types fall within this chart. I was rather skeptical that a chart could categorize human traits so consistently. However, being a solo father I found the area on family relations was so on point. I am almost completely matching the description of this category in full. I do have a portion of me that will visualize and create art, however everything must adhere to criteria that expresses my core interest in how media affects human character and interaction. Odd thing, I barely understand how people communicate myself. Unfortunately more often than not, people observe my use of visual "What If's" as mimicking or creating an absurd social commentary on human weakness...
Robert M
3 years ago
I have to admit, I never really felt personality tests such as this were very useful (I mean, why do I need to take a test to tell me what I already know about myself?). However, I did find the description of an INTJ right on the money for the most part with how I tend to be. As a writer and editor, I found it interesting that it described fields such as Engineer, Analyst etc. as I am primarily a creative/artist type. On reflection, though, I realized that my approach to creativity is extremely analytical. I am always compelled to examine my creative endeavors from a 360 degree view---which only seems logical to me. People who are overly emotional are difficult to deal with. I have had to work on my patience with these types (and I have a lot of them in my life). When confronted with extremely emotional people, I find myself getting annoyed as from my perspective, they ought to be able to exert more discipline and self-control over their emotions. As mentioned in the INTJ personality type, I get extremely annoyed with individuals who have minimal or cursory knowledge of a subject, but wish to engage me in areas of knowledge that I happen to know a lot about. One of the biggest challenges for me has been to keep my mouth shut around dysfunctional people who are spouting out things that I know to be nonsense (not to mention flat out wrong), in order to maintain harmonious relationships with them (mostly inlaws and certain friends). Juan, above mentioned the "dark side" to the INTJ personality. I definitely can relate to this. What actually helped me master this part of myself, strangely, was reading Juliet by Marquis de Sade. Sade was actually a complete rationalist, and there was this one section where he described a series of rooms a person could go through, each room being more extreme in nature than the next. Depending on one's sense of morality and beliefs etc. one could know the depth of their dark side by how far into these series of rooms they would go. After I realized how far I would hypothetically be willing to go---where my limit was at---I somehow was okay after that. It was as if I knew the depth of this darker aspect of my personality, and where the limit was at. Once I knew the limit, I was fine with anything up to that limit. Before I explored this whole subject mentally, the darker aspect was rather amorphous, and being amorphous, it would make me uneasy. Now I feel that I have integrated my light and dark sides and come to a healthy balance. The key for me is always balance. I have learned to value and trust intuitions and feelings, but before I take action on these intuitions/feelings, I have to think everything through in great detail, and it must all make sense, and be viable in the real world. If it doesn't pass the real world viability test, I won't proceed. Anyhow, it was interesting to see all the famous INTJs listed. Caesar. Kennedy. Gandalf. Interesting. Human kind is an interesting experience in the universe. Too bad human nature tends to be what it is. These days I tend to focus on what occurs in the natural course of my life, rather than all the media hype/crap. It's much more rewarding just to enjoy my everyday life instead of allowing my emotions to get riled up by what I read/hear about in public/the world at large. For me, it's about choosing the world that I want to live in---the people and places that work for me---and allowing the rest of the world to just do what it's going to do.
3 years ago
Hi Robert, I commend you for being able to keep your mouth shut around "dysfunctional people". This is a battle I have long since given up and stick with speaking my mind. I had the privilege of meeting a profound Guru of sorts and while discussing my issue of "No stop gap between thought and voice", he offered the following suggestion of possibility: "maybe you just love people enough to tell them the truth".
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