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
Took a test this year and found out that I am an INTJ. I have always been wildly interested in science, psychology, and desired to learn politics and philosophy when I was a kid. I remember thinking all my classmates are idiots and I was the only intelligent one in the class. But I treasured the few people I considered to be my close friends. So when "best friend" after best friend got bored/irritated with my penchant for discussing serious things (however serious a kid can get) my self-esteem plummeted and I decided that I just wanted to be "normal" even if it meant being superficial or whatever. Was I just unlucky for not being able to find friends who could accept me?? How on earth did other INTJs survived puberty? I can't even remember how it felt like to wholeheartedly, unabashedly immerse myself in books and material, just for the thrill of learning and knowing more. Also, I realised that many INTJs on forums and such talk, almost haughtily, about how effortless it was for them to score well in school without studying. That was never the case for me, and I especially did not like/do well in Math. The only subject I consistently did well in was English, and I attribute that to my innate love for the language.
4 years ago
One thing that really hit me was what you said about close friends and how they all got bored of you because you preferred talking about serious or deeper issues. I didn't know anybody else felt that way and seriously, for a long time, I thought I was just crazy and some sort of emotionally unstable person who constantly needed to talk about deep things. Thanks for saying what you did. It's nice to have a bit of mutuality for once.
nur purnama
4 years ago wonder then when I felt so lonely in my big team,as I am the only one who INTJ. sometime feel so desperate when people don't understand my 'weird' idea...or people thought i'am seeking spotlight and popularity. when those happened, prefer to hibernate and keep in mind. then my boss said: i know you are potential, you just need to be more stronger to convince people on your ideas.
4 years ago
I'm an INTJ who had horrid math teachers growing a result I hate math---so I'm not a scientist...its not that I'm bad at it per say, it just takes me slightly longer than people who had better instructors. In college I majored in a foreign language, then received an MA in linguistics... I also play 5 musical instruments (for fun) and do model building. I think you could say I'm a stereotypical INTJ. I hate when women play their little social "games" either with each other or with men...I feel they are entirely pointless interactions to just mess with people's minds and be manipulative. I have very few female friends, and most of them are because we clicked intellectually or morally. I tend to like being around men more (overall) since they seem more logical. One thing that drives me absolutely crazy is having to interact with illogical or ~dare I say it? (stupid) people. I tutored for a while and wanted to rip both the student's and my own hair out. I couldn't stand it. When I have to repeat the same information hundreds of times I go ballistic, I think you should get it the first, and maybe the second time (if you are particularly dull). I feel people create their own drama and problems in life, and they should solve them by themselves...which usually leads me to get into political debates on social issues with people who disagree. I'm attracted to other "I" personalities, but people who are indecisive drive make me mad...plain and simple. I think people should able to make decisions. Particularly annoying are ones who can't even decide which restaurant to eat at, create a simple plan for a day, etc.... ughhhhhh! I wonder if other INTJ's feel the same way. Right now I work at a job that lets me be creative, and so far I enjoy it. It is fairly autonomous.
4 years ago
You show some INTJ traits. But regarding the math teacher. INTJ are said to be very independent; possibly the most independent of the 16 groups. I can study calculus on my own -- I often don't care about the teacher. One semester, I skipped most of my calculus class and studied it on my own; and I scored top place on exams before. I also skipped calculus level physics classes to study on my own and I scored perfect before. I did not do it because of the teacher, but that I get insomnia from thinking other things. I even read some of the calculus proofs and physics proof that were not required. I am a chemistry major, but I also find political philosophies and animal/human psychology interesting. It is just the urge to read it. I have a hard time following plans because I can get insomnia. Family issues and sometimes health. You won't like me most of the time.
Rev. K
4 years ago
Dang, this description fits me! It also explains my dry pseudo-British sense of humor, my Deism and my love of intellectual pursuits. I am a social and friendly critter but only to a point. A longtime friend described me recently as being the social scientist in the room watching and taking notes as the natives interact. Compound this with being female, being a chaplain and working in an office answering phones... Ouch! It may also explain my interest in parapsychology and the paranormal - I take it very seriously.
4 years ago
I just love that the rarest personality type is the one that everyone says they are... Especially women ^.^ hahahaha (I'm not INTJ by the way) bonus points if you guess which type I am just from this comment!
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