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
This is very fascinating to me on how accurate it is. I think the thing that sticks out the most is that I have had several supervisors that I did not get along with and they did not like me. I understand now it was my strong personality and my ability to solve issues quickly. always wandered if it was just me. I also like the power to make changes and don't mind managing others, but would rather be the problem solver. The relationship thing for me is dead on, because I don't understand why people play games. Date if you like each other and don't date if you don't!
3 years ago
This makes a lot of sense. I find myself loosing my temper with overly emotional people, that use irrational arguments in a given particular conversation, especially if the person doing it is close to me or intimate at some level. Makes no sense to me and often I end up by being really blunt (and feeling really bad internally afterwards). guess it was great to take the test after all :)
3 years ago
I definitely relate to the majority of the descriptions for an INTJ. I would have to agree with the whole new relationship thing. I always found myself over-analyzing social behaviors in relation to dating. I also tried to fit in with social norms and found that it was exhausting and frustrating. Glad I took this test. It explains a lot. I wish I had been able to do this test in High School and understand why I was so awkward in social situations...
3 years ago
This totally makes sense to me. It's no wonder that I can't stand social events. I thought that I was just a bit shy but I've been going to my church and have maybe said two words in an hour and a half. Being a teen INTJ girl is hard!
3 years ago
I am a veteran INTJ. Having faced many problems throughout my life (romance and marriage being the least important) ,always I unconsciously blamed myself for my failure in adapting to the environmental dynamism and social norms. I did my best to change myself and be more NORMAL and CONVENTIONAL, but the end result was that my INTJ-ness always exacerbated. Reading other INTJs' experiences and thoughts has a comforting effect. It was just recently that I realized there is nothing wrong with being an INTJ. Late better than never.
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