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
Yeah, lots of us INTJs are the bad guys in stories. We're the ones who knock. We're the danger. I love being an INTJ, even if I share personality traits with a famous meth dealer and Sherlock's greatest adversary. It's fun having super powers of focus and planning several different outcomes to any given situation. Sometimes I feel like I have super powers, and I wouldn't trade my imagination (as twisted as it is) for anything.
3 years ago
I came on the net tonight to find the reason why people don't understand me, and vice versa. The term, Ignorance is Bliss always comes to my mind when I get caught up in the never ending question of why. Why this? Why that? For some strange reason I need to feel accepted by my peers yet ironically inside I feel like a complete outsider. I cannot understand everything in life yet my brain wants to. It goes 100 mph always trying to figure out things. I just want to be like everyone else. I want to feel normal. At night I want to lay my head down and turn off my brain. I don't know if I'm INTJ. I only know I feel like an outsider. I often see things from a completely different aspect. I have been told over and over how smart I am. I don't understand how others don't see things how I see them. I'm not stuck up or snobby yet I've had that label thrown at me many times. If anything I'm the most understanding and accepting person you'd come by. So why is it I feel so different from others? Maybe I have a Borderline Personality Disorder? I'm very sensitive and my emotions are just as high as my intelligence. I want the intelligence but not the emotions. I truly envy people who live happily in their bubble of life. I try to feel positive yet when I see what human beings are capable of I feel disgusted that I am one. Somebody tell me I'm not crazy please. I wish sometimes people would just say what they mean. I don't understand why I have to question everything. Am I crazy?
Constantino Cerrano
3 years ago
Ahh.. its funny and its overwhelming because you're just like me. That's how we are i guess... I guess our term would be a Psychopath? I am an INTJ myself but if i become attached my emotions become so great that it messes with my life and work. Im still in school and what i can differ from my emotions is that having a girl friend can be dangerous. My circle is small and im loyal to the end, but never betray me. Thats sums it up, i suppose.
3 years ago
Ah yes.. I too feel like I see things that no one else understands. Is their ignorance really bliss? If I could go back, would I want to be ignorant? Life did seem more simple when I was not questioning anything and everything. But I love the knowledge. I love learning about what's really going on in the world and in our country. This knowledge does make me feel isolated though. I am glad that there are others who think the say way as I do.
3 years ago
I'd always score "clear to very clear" INTJ. The kicker... I'm not academically inclined. Hated school from the get go. I mentally zoned out of school by the age of 9. At 13, I missed more school days then I attended. At 14, I dropped out. To this day "back to school" advertisements leave me depressed and stressed out. Summer is still far to short. I'm always astonished to read how INTJs thrive in the academic world, usually winding up with professional careers. I've worked most of my life running jackhammers, digging ditches and doing repetitive production work. I thrived in construction sites and factory floors in ways I've never thrived in school. I'd still be doing labor but my 53 year old body simply gave out. So I wonder why I'm so different. Could I be an extremely rare dumb INTJ?
3 years ago
I dated one who hated school and didn't complete college b/c he couldn't fit in with the system. but he fits the description like a tee (good and bad). I know 3 others INTJs who are highly successful in academic arena (1 is surgeon, the other 2 are UC professor). It all depends. The 3 academic INTJs happen to grow up and go to school in the US, which I think tolerate difference (they even like rebels) and advanced education tends to be highly abstract and intuitive => good for INTJ. My ex grew up and went to school in Eastern Europe, a post-former communist country. Their society and educational system can be very rigid, structured and doesn't allow space for freedom and independent thoughts.
Constantino Cerrano
3 years ago
No, don't sweat it, you're just a free thinker. Its natural for us being rebellious but hey, you have better grammar then others! Thats a sign of great english skills. I am thriving because I stopped being lazy and did something for myself, it really doesn't relate you but its more like my story. I think it was a teenager thing. You're actually just like my dad, he would do granite countertops and kitchens. He's in his late 40's im guessing hes going to give out anytime soon.
3 years ago
I am a 67 year old INTJ female. I only discovered this two years ago. Imagine my relief to know, that while I am rare, I am not a mutant. My reaction was, “Well that explains everything!” As a child I preferred to observe and make notes more than participate. I craved knowledge. I needed to know how things work. I was not interested in having a bevy of superficial friends preferring one or two genuine companions. I never found another like me but I could compromise enough to be compatible with certain types and usually that meant societal outcasts or geeks. I have done so many things in my life that I have no way to explain it to anyone. My family knows but no one else would believe it or it would sound like bragging and more importantly I know it would be wasted breath because no one really cares about another’s accomplishments. I am considered stoic but that does not mean I have no compassion. Actually I can grieve so deeply I can get dysfunctional so I prefer to be ever prepping myself with coping skills so as to be preemptive, ever prepared and on guard against being blindsided. I have never been able to allow myself to be seen crying. In my old age I cannot cry. It’s not that I don’t feel, I just have no tears no matter how sad I am. I do not like being in charge but on many occasions in my history I have been in a situation where something must be done and no one would step up to the task and therefore I did. My only requirement has been, if I am in charge, there will be no second guessing, no kibitzing, no micro managing. The minute the non volunteers begin to try to take over, my response is, then do it, you don’t need me in charge. This usually shuts down the noise. This can be wrongly interpreted as being bossy but from my perspective I simply want to cut to the chase and get the job done. My logic side knows that design by committee is not an efficient way to get from point a to point b. This has often labeled me as not being a team player. But my track record proves I don’t need a team to get something done. I am solution oriented but I don’t have to be right, I just need to see positive results for my efforts. I just want to know the truth. Not the sort kinda half truth. There is a baseline truth to everything. I don’t care about the fluff or superficial manufactured stream-of-consciousness truth. Because of this drive and because of my years invested in finding the truth I have come to the place where I know too much. It is break point. I have never really belonged here but I have been able to successfully function here. I am loved and I love. I am respected, sometimes feared. But now I have reached a place where I can not plug in to the artificially created matrix that has taken over and runs things. I don’t know why I am posting this except perhaps I see an arrogance among the younger posters that implies being INTJ makes one superior. This is not true. Further not being compassionate may be an INTJ trait but it also describes psychopaths. Please be aware of the fine line that can separate very good from very bad. My INTJ logic says that whatever personality trait one might be hardwired with does not mean one cannot develop into a well rounded positive person who chooses to make a difference, if even in the smallest way. Every good thing is one chink out of all the bad.
3 years ago
This is so crazy. When i see people crying i think that their weak, and I also tell people i have no emotions and this totally said that!
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