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

4 years ago
This is actually pretty accurate, except for the bit about making decisions - I can't make decisions, and the self-confidence, which I have none of? Are other people like that?
4 years ago
I noticed that too. I'm an INTJ girl, but I am not that self confident or decisive, but it may outwardly seem like that to people I do not interact with causally. At school, I may have a strong opinion which rationally makes sense, and when I voice it, it seems that I am so sure of myself about it, that I must be very confident. However, the other thousand answers to questions that I have floating around in my head are not clear-cut, "I must be correct" answers, so I don't share them for fear of being wrong. So, the proportion self-confident, decisive answers to all that I let myself say is very high, and therefore, to everyone who doesn't know me well, I must seem very confident whenever I speak. It is in our nature to hold back in the presence of relatively unfamiliar people, so they only hear the answers that we are confident with.
4 years ago
As another INTJ girl, i wonder if part of the reason we struggle with self-confidence is that society tells us that women shouldn't behave like INTJs. If being what we are is subtly discouraged, it's hardly going to lead to self-confidence. I've made a calculated (how else?) effort to increase my self-confidence recently, but it's difficult. I'm also fairly sure I come across as more confident than I actually feel, though.
Manny Fresh
4 years ago
I do find I am very Confident, but only in my fields of interest. When I speak about something in which I am familiar or very capable in, I have loads of confidence. Nothing with everything else though.
4 years ago
I always have some problem or the other with the type descriptions for free personality tests, but w-o-w this is amazingly accurate to the tendencies, behaviors and thought processes I've seen in myself. I've been wondering since I was in high school why am I like this and why don't I meet anyone who's truly like me? It's driven me into studying, albeit as an amateur, a lot on psychology and influence. Reading these comments, it's great to see actual human beings expressing themselves in ways that I can see facets of my nature in - I'm not a mutant after all! Or maybe we 2% ARE - Nice! Lol! We're all so similar yet so divergent (little reference to that book series they just did the first movie for haha.) I'm glad for reading about the emotional aspect of this, it can be so strange observing your own self sometimes isn't it? People always said I should have been a doctor; yet I feel like I'm too empathetic to the pain and suffering of people for that, sometimes downright squeamish. Present some other situation to me, usually one involving the natural consequences of bad decisions or foolish thinking, and my first reaction might be as cold-bloodedly unsympathetic or neutral as any sociopath. But I don't have the desire to do bad and it's not that I don't care and I didn't have something go wrong in/a bad childhood to make me a sociopath thankfully, I guess that makes the difference... I got a kick out of seeing Hannibal listed as a famous example of INTJs - One of my mottoes is: “Aut viam inveniam aut faciam.” ~ “I will either find a way, or make one.” - Hannibal. Hardcore INTJ right there. :-) And I know Putin is being portrayed as the Bad Guy in the media these days, but you have to admit, for good or for bad, that man is SO The Boss and crazy strategic. I have the flirting down now though thankfully, lol!
4 years ago
Very true until it gets to the romantic relationship part (although that may be my *flips hair* self-confidence). I don't worry over such matters, so they come easy. Repeated efforts to understand others can become a system to nullify the weakness in understanding others, especially in romantic relationships.
4 years ago
This is freaky accurate. As a young INTJ, I have often come across as some alien from outer space because nothing 'normal' interests me, and that frustrates me so much. I have also been called apathetic quite a few times, which is something I hate being called. I find, though, that my friendships vary a lot, although not because of any actual connection. I tend to find people who are highly educated in the art of social normalities but aren't too 'popular' and decide to be friends with them to continuously draw conclusions about society while being able to use my intellect to help them in subjects. I have also found that socially, while I'm not really empathetic, I can easily categorise people according to a mental checklist I have and know what their likes/dislikes are.
4 years ago
I don't agree with the part about being a "natural born leader or brilliant." But the other parts seems to fit fairly well.
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