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

Akro
3 years ago
Well. This is helpful, and it certainly explains a lot. In fact, it is hauntingly accurate. I actually understand now why I find it so hard to connect or forge friendships to people, as I find most people uninteresting, which I guess is down to the rarity of other INTJs and other analysts in general. Unfortunately I am female which means I am constantly approached by others wanting to 'gossip', therefore I prefer my own company, or that of my family who tend to be either INTJs/INTPs. I guess it'll be he only way I can get intelligent conversation until I can meet some fellow INTJs. *Sighs*
Juan
3 years ago
Nice. To tell the truth there is nothing better in life than having a good conversation. Albeit a conversation with someone that is to an extent competent. Also those who gossip tend to disgust me; considering the fact that they could use that wasted time to do something productive.
Juan
3 years ago
Everything mentioned was accurate. The only thing that really caught my attention was that we have a "dark side", that is frighteningly accurate. But as time passes I wonder if this dark side is what makes the INTJ as effective as possible. It makes me wonder if this quality is somewhat inevitable. I would really like to know more about this thing that trait that I will not lie. Is highly prevalent in my character structure than most. I would like to hear any ideas or opinions about this quality that most won't elaborate on.
Alden
3 years ago
That's interesting. Personally, as a INTJ, I lie all the time - even to my family and friends, I do feel guilt - but I tend to rationalise such decisions. Perhaps, your trait of honesty comes from your family environment or even something form your past - memories can substantially change a person. Naturally, I can delve into the Nature and Nurture argument of your trait, but I'll probably end up covering arguments you already know.
Savage
3 years ago
36yo male and still single. Now I know why :)
Iman
3 years ago
Now I know why I tend to doubt everything and anything
RodC
3 years ago
I'm sorry to myself that I didn't prepare for writing this response; (Establishing the goal of such a spontaneous action, defining every word within the previous expression, as to understand the components of its definition, its purpose and elements of such, worthiness, necessity...etc.). But for this statement alone: I'm I the only young African- male who has this personality type ???!!! , all I see are whites and Asians; guess my descendants and hand full of other Africans (with an extremely low female to male ratio), will catch yours on those expeditions and colonization endeavors into outer-Space. Mine will be the ruling minority !!!
thisby
3 years ago
nope, you're not! my boyfriend is this personality type as well. (and i'm an enfp!)
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