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

1 year ago
Its so funny how some of "us" want to get to know others bc they're lonely. As if. I thought we were to be proud and love being alone? Some are almost contradicting the whole point but then again some of u feel more then others. Hm. Interesting.
1 year ago
I agree! You don't have to be in a group of your own type. You can fit in with other personalities too. Literally all of my friends are EXFX, and they get me. I don't know why people can't find friends that understand them. But I do understand, sometimes it is just really hard to get people to listen to you.
1 year ago
Ofc I am *pushes up glasses*
10 months ago
oooh... sassy :P
1 year ago
I'll admit, I had my doubts when taking an online personality test. But I've consistently ended up as an INTJ-A, and everything it says about me is completely accurate. As a female INTJ-A, I have never seen a better description of myself. It has helped me self-reflect and learn about others as well. This is particularly useful as I am completely incompetent when it comes to reading people and understanding their emotions and feelings, or just empathy in general. This test has really sparked a fascination with personality types for me, and I've been spending a lot of time on this site recently, getting to know about others and what makes them tick.
1 year ago
I've gone through a very similar journey. I am a male INTJ-T and one of the lucky people that really, and I mean REALLY, fit into this category. That makes all of this information extremely helpful as almost everything here applies to me personally.
1 year ago
Truly interesting to see. A clear explanation of myself that i fully relate with.
1 year ago
I took this test my freshman year in high school and got the same results as I did just now. I am 17. This test truly comforted my 15-year-old self, and helped me to embrace my slightly unapproachable, anti-social, yet intellectually hyperactive mentality. I had always considered myself an unconventional 'rebel' who feels no particular debt to society (take note of the severe teen angst that is freshman year) and who's pretty much my extroverted-feeling parents' confusing burden to bear. It's rather challenging being a young, introverted and logical girl when living in an era of two-faced instant communication that's the going rate for interaction among people your age. Furthermore, upon reading the romantic relationships portion of the results, my 15-year-old self could already tell it would be pins and needles because of- shall I say- an emotional unavailability most INTJs (especially girls) experience. Particularly when being straightforward and intellectually dominant in a relationship is typically not a girl's role, especially one so young, it's always been hard to find guys on my mental level. I've kept the obstacles and the appreciation for my personality close by me throughout the entirety of high school and I suppose what I'm trying to say is it's comforting to realize you're unique, but not alone, and that's an especially important realization for young INTJs.
1 year ago
That's so true! i took this test around the same time as you did and it changed my life! My friends never quite understood me. Now I know why!
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