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
Not surprisingly the negative traits are spot on. I wish I had taken a personality test much earlier in life and been a bit more aware of why I considered myself such a damn loser with women
4 years ago
It's weird. There's a lot in here about relationship difficulties. For the most part, I'm very much an INTJ. But the relationship stuff doesn't apply to me very much. There's a girl that I've been in a relationship with for a very long time and...I don't know. I don't mind flirting with her. I enjoy it. I like it when she flirts back. Maybe it's just that we're good together? Maybe I'm a weird INTJ lol
4 years ago
It was talking about the beginnings of a relationship INTJs have trouble with, but I think it made a note that they(we) have great success later on. Grats btw :D I'm slightly envious
4 years ago
I had a feeling that I was born to be a wingman.
4 years ago
A major thing that I notice I always do when playing video games: When starting, I learn as much information as possible about the game, and form a late-game ultima build and a plan to get it. This happens all the time in RPG's, and it's sometimes a problem as I always go for the most powerful set, even if another set may be more fun. D:<
4 years ago
Feel the same way, about you playing the video game. In fact if I do not get enough information about the game (buying process). I would walk away and not buy it, if I feel there is a possibility of me not enjoying the game.
4 years ago
"INTJs dislike rules and artificial limitations – everything should be questionable and open to re-evaluation." I am always questioning authority or rules that just don't make sense. I become very passionate about things at times when I feel they are unjust or illogical. I think Spock would also be a INTJ lol. When I read that I was shaking my head thinking "yep". This did make total sense to me when I read it however, if I took the test and just answered willy nilly then another result came up would I think that it suited me as well? Have you ever read a horoscope *not that I believe in them* other than your own and said pffffttt..this fits too? No one thinks that way. They read their own, take it to heart and say wow that sure fits me. Read another sign and see if it fits too. Being a female INTJ can sometimes label me as a *B* but now with this study it lets me understand myself a little bit more and forgive myself for being, at times, introverted, out spoken and judgemental. (and why is judgemental coming up with a spelling error?)
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