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

Nicholas
4 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!
yasmin
4 years ago
I think all humans are born equal and our personalities develop based on how much we are distracted from connecting with the Self. Some people become INTJ and experience the world at a different level because their environment enabled them to observe, learn and remember. Non-INTJ people has probably get caught up along the way and become something else. I will not go into the details of my uninformed and purely observational opinion.... but.... Seeing the "INTJ personality in females are extremely rare" statement in the article sort of supports me. Females are subject to a lot of material/social/psychological phenomena throughout their lives. It is simply distracting. Schoolboys have plain-colored bags, notebooks and what not while girl-stuff is full of colors, patterns, flashiness etc. It seems to carry on throughout the life of the Female. Check their purse: Itsy-bitsy clutter, make up, shinny stuff, just like their mind is full of hairstyles, body-concerns etc which keep the female mind occupied regardless of their intelligence, social status, net worth or profession. I am no different BTW. Although I am an INTJ through and through (speaking two languages -ENG is the second-, self-taught how to read at 3.5 and already in charge of 14 people in the office at 26, always reading about theoretical physics), I STILL I feel insecure if I don't use a concealer and smooth my eyebrows before I go out. I think about how I look majority of the day. Somewhere at the back of my mind, even while I am highly-concentrated on something, I just wonder if my nose is too big or if my cheekbones are high enough. There traits are (learnt and adapted) typical female things, unfortunately. Unless you are a girl and in denial. I am an INTJ and I have the ability to observe myself objectively so let me speak on behalf of the commoners of my gender. Take men. Apart from football,porn, computer games, titties and alcohol, there is not much going on that would melt their brains and turn them into baboons. Society and surroundings give men ample space to evolve into INTJs. Did you notice that, in the test, "over-empathizing" and "overreacting" were strictly anti-INTJ traits. Well, the typical female is suppose to watch x-factor and burst into tears, make random friends while in the tube etc. Again, learnt behaviour. And strictly non-INTJ. I strongly and uneducated-ly believe that INTJ is the natural personality. Human are suppose to think, remember, stay rational, make good decisions and learn. How else has the human race and civilization survived to date!! Thanks to an inflation of handheld devices and techy possesions, you my male friends are not far behind the de-evolition. Soon, the baboon rate will be gender-equal and gender-neutral. INTJ will be extinct. Thanks for giving me the space to spam my irrelevant and overthought rant. I am an INTJ afterall. Because (see the 5th paragraph) I am so self conscious and concerned in what people-who-I-will-never-meet think of me after reading this, let me clarify that I am not a feminist (feminism is another clutter for women living in this century) and I am rather good looking, like N. Scherzinger's double. Goodnight fellow INTJs Yasmin
Sakid
4 years ago
I'm surprised at the number of females that are INTJ's posting on Facebook, LinkedIn etc. I'm clinically diagnosed as INTJ and that's only about 1-2% of the U.S population and 0.8% of females in the U.S. Funny thing is that I tend to show very little emotions, I can't be persuaded through emotional contexts, it has to be logical and properly explained. Being an INTJ and also left handed makes an interesting combination. My mind is always on a million things and for some weird reason it all makes sense. There are so many scenarios that I play out in my head before committing to something.
Josh
4 years ago
This was really cool. I have to admit that when starting this I expected it to be inaccurate and a waste of time. But the results were accurate. Scary accurate. Although I have to admit that being on a list with Hannibal Lecter is more than mildey disturbing
Amit
4 years ago
This is scary, it matches my traits so much.
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