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

5 years ago
Finally, at the age of 70, I know why I have always gotten along better with men than with women. I don't feel any rivalry with other women, I just don't enjoy their company. I have often felt guilty about that. I won't from now on. As Popeye said "I yam what I yam."
5 years ago
I am a 19 year old INTJ. There are a few things I think this profile should add or consider. - It states that INTJ's are often hard to read. This is mostly false for me and the one other INTJ I know. This may come down to the whole confidence thing. We don't give a crap whether anybody else agrees with us. - It makes us sound like we are complete hermits that totally avoid social interactions. Maybe this is just me, but I really enjoy social interactions - with certain groups of people (intelligent) and for short periods of time. - Also, we're not sociopaths. I am extremely empathetic towards certain situations. It's just that our emotions should be kept relatively private (only share with close friends / family members) and they should have a time limit (you need to get over it within X period of time and that time is to be determined by how serious the situation was). - Career/ Major searching- absolute terrifying. Like the profile suggested, I am good at and interested in everything (except Conventional careers- see Holland Code). If I focus my attention towards any one (or two or three) subjects I am 100% positive I could be on of the best in the subject(s). So how am I supposed to pick a major? I keep changing my mind every 2 days...
J. Doe
5 years ago
You just read my mind. Especially with the Career and Major department. And I thought I was the only one. Cheers.
5 years ago
Im a Filipino, Registered Electrical Engineer at the age of 23. I got the score of I-89 N-88 T-62 J-11 and that made me INTJ. I thought Im crazy coz most people I know are my opposite especially my sister. Im currently pursuing my career as Electrical Engineer Officer of Container vessel.
5 years ago
"They are natural leaders and excellent strategists, but willingly give way to others vying for a leadership position, usually people with Extroverted personalities (E personality type). However, such action can be deceptive and maybe even calculated." Hehe, there's a certain charm to having lead the group while you're "leading" the leader with subtle suggestions. *cue evil laugh*
5 years ago
I am an INTJ, already knew and am aware. It's interesting that the above summarizing article states women are rare in this category;) I had a nice giggle over that, but most of it is true, including the chess board example, the only thing I might add, is that I can see the grids, and the moves..which is why often I dont use pattens in needlecrafts when Im creating something to relax. So, all in all, stunningly accurate article.
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