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

Carlos Roehrich
5 years ago
Thanks for the article. I spend hours and hours trying to understand, who I am. This is so true...
Ronda
5 years ago
I too love to drive, especially curves. Does anyone else like maps like I do? Oh why couldn't I have known about this, say, when I was 12? Would have explained the painful high school and lost college years. Still drifting from one job to another. Learning, conquering, getting restless, getting bored out of my mind, hating mind-numbing rules, stupidly clocking in, propping others up. All the while coming up with many suggestions, plans, elaborate schemes, most of the time in mere minutes when no one else had anything. I've saved corporations lots of money, increased output, made money for them. Not even a pat on the back. Or others took the credit. My mind works fast. It's always moving. Moving things around. I crave stimulation. Anyone else? I don't like being around other people who can't keep up. It's an absolute delight when I meet someone who "gets" me. Relationships truly are my downfall. The profile was spot on. In high school I just couldn't get the hang of the high pitched squeal the other girls seemed to master that said, "I'm so helpless and vulnerable. Please deliver sex now." I was working on developing yet another skill that was making me independent and interesting. I couldn't figure out why that didn't trump squeals and batting eyelids. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. Fast-forward 30 years: guys on CraigsList are running ads begging for a woman "who doesn't play games, who will listen to them, who is interesting, who wants sex." Wow! My time has come. I just had to wait most of my life for it. Hahaha! So, are other INTJ women just interested in great sex and getting up and saying, "Adios!"??? I don't want a relationship. I want what society says is taboo: great sex with lots of different men with no strings attached. I'm going to crawl back into my world of guy friends, finishing yet another job and start the task of searching for another, continue my uneasy relationship with my daughters, and always dream, create and read, read, read.
Dahlya
5 years ago
I can not even begin to describe how accurate this is of me. I was laughing hysterically in irony throughout reading the entire description, because it is me to a T. I am floored.
@renee_Wilcos
5 years ago
I don't consider it very "data-based" to list annoying tendencies attributed to girls/women as a reason not to enjoy the company of women, nor is it a feature of the personality profile. The profile does not mention that INTJs favor those most like them. You just don't like hanging out with women; you don't need to justify it. Of all of the good attributes of the INTJ profile, this strange stereo-type is what shows up the most in this comment section: the judgemental and arrogant part of the INTJ-type. Not a very rational conclusion at all...
What?
5 years ago
This is accurate, I always question things. I am always trying to improve ideas, and if I my report cart shows under 93% I'm disappointed. My sister and father have the exact same kind. Honestly I am awkward around people, and rarely who my emotions.
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