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

Alex
3 years ago
Very accurate. I honestly didn't know there was such an accurate description of personality before taking a test and reading through this. I can relate all too well to the relationship side of INJT, I can never make myself flirt even when I'm clearly interested in a female. Being a male in his twenties with an, already burgeoning engineering career, my family finds it weird that I have not dated as much as I "should" have I guess. But I always favor a long lasting, meaningful relationship. Anyway, it is nice to see it so clearly laid out. Oddly, even more satisfying that we're so rare.
PS
3 years ago
True statement that: ...People with this personality type are more than capable of loving and taking care of the people close to them, but they are likely to be completely clueless when it comes to attracting a partner. Along these lines I think it's also true that, that a lot of the "bad" INTJ men have thin hair (Guiliani, Powell, Putin, Hannibal) and perhaps overcome this with facial expression, humor, and other physical assets. It would be interesting to study further the existence of an INFJ "mimic" who learns E traits and sees the big picture.
Donna Lowery Jones
3 years ago
So many things became clear to me when I discovered my personality type. Once you know who you are it is so much easier to fit into this world and be happy in it. I'd first like to comment on the issue of not wanting to have children. An earlier comment was made about not desiring to have children and feeling guilty or abnormal for it. I think it's exactly the opposite. There are a lot of people out there having children because they feel like society will look down on them if they don't. Don't have children if they are not something you can or want to devote your attention to. I never had a desire to have children even though I was the oldest of five and my house was attached to a daycare center. I got pregnant at the age of 26 and was devastated. It was nine months of hell and then I developed postpartum depression. I didn't love my baby on sight or when she was placed into my arms for the first time. I had to fall in love with her over time. She's 14 now and we're like best friends, but it wasn't a naturally easy path for me. She's an only child. With our personality type it is often difficult to give the people around us the care they need because we are too much inside our own heads. This includes our children. This is also why I never had another one. I love my daughter dearly, but I often feel she gets short changed by my inability to connect with her like other parents do. Fortunately, I married well and have a supportive husband and my daughter has turned out to be just like me. Neither of them require much from me as they are both content in their own skin. Thank God, or we'd be in trouble. Also, I highly recommend reading "How to Win friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie for those of you, like myself, who have always felt socially awkward and never knowing what to say or do with people. It helped me out a great deal. It never occurred to me to ask about how people were doing on occasion or to even ask how their families were doing. I fit into my work environment so much better now and have actually made quite a few friends over the years that I really adore. It's a small group, but they fit me. As to being the smallest group, I absolutely love that. I love being unique and standing out for my ability to think logically. It has also helped me understand my relationship with my mother so much better. Now I understand, it wasn't that she didn't love me, she just never could figure out what to do with me. That's okay. I sometimes don't know what to do with me either.
Nikki
3 years ago
I'm an INTJ female, and until I found out about personality types, I didn't understand why no one in my family understood me. But now I pride my self in being an intj and I'm much more outspoken and confident. I would SO much rather be mysterious and rare than mainstream and easy to understand.
Anna
3 years ago
It's a little creepy how accurate this is... I'm a young INTJ female, and it's been very nice to learn that a lot of things that I thought were faults or "something wrong with me" were actually just parts of a rare personality type. Does anyone else get irritated by the way masterminds are ALWAYS cast in the roles of villains in fiction?
Alexandra
3 years ago
Not really, it's sort of a compliment.
AM
3 years ago
Not always, think about Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. (Lord Elrond as well.) But as to getting irritated by all the ones who are villains... Not really, but the thing that does irritate me about it is that they never succeed... Though they aren't meant to, since its a movie and almost always the villain never wins, its still annoying.
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