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
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...
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.
5 years ago
I'm guessing that most INTJ's are atheists like myself. If not, they should be. Not to be rude, but it seems to me that an INTJ having blind, unnecessary faith in outrageous and unsupported claims of supernatural beings would be a blatant contradiction. Am I right?
5 years ago
I'm an INTJ and a in college my dislike for rules and limitations led me away from Christianity; however my incessant need to question the status quo and constantly ask "does this work" led me right back. Quite simply, Christianity - specifically Catholicism - is the only metaphysical explanation of the universe that makes logical sense. And it's rules and limitations are the only things that permit me to thrive. I could see very few of us being one of the younger sects of Christianity that relies more on the "faith alone" formula. Too many vague answers to questions - unless the INTJ hasn't applied their personality to their faith. However there is a vast difference between the "just have faith and don't question" Christians and orthodox Christians. In fact, one of the greatest theologians, St Thomas, organized his Summa in a debate format. If you want to see someone who analyzed things to death to find the best possible answer that's a good place to start.
5 years ago
I also agree with Megan......I feel it is actually more illogical to not have faith than to have it. It isn't "blind following" either...I believe it should be tested....but I tested it and do have faith. Perhaps you should give it a shot rather than consider it illogical?
5 years ago
Hi, I'm an INTJ and a Christian, and my faith is not blind or unnecessary. In fact, i got to my decision through thinking and judging what I believe about the world around me. I think that since people have been arguing about the existence of God since the beginning of thought (old philosophers and new have addressed this question), and since this question is still argued today by great minds, it will not ever be decisively agreed upon until the End, and you should not jump to conclusions and condemn those who believe in God to have outrageous claims.
5 years ago
I actually started out with a scientific bent (geophysics) and in careers that were logical (computer science, business, etc.) but have since morphed to pastoral ministry...and, believe me, I'm a rare bird in this field. All to say, INTJs and religion are not mutually exclusive. In my opinion, an INTJ is able to process regardless of the field.
5 years ago
Both Atheists and Christians have to same where along have faith that what they believe is truth. Because no person can scientifically prove that there is no god or that there is a God. What you got to do is look at the world and the plants and animals in it could they have accidentally been formed or would a intelligent Being have created the most complex and amazing creatures.
Maitri Harys
5 years ago
I cannot see why INTJs should be - even theoretically - atheists. Personality types do not influence spirituality among other things. I'm not a Christian, though I've read the Bible. I've read a couple of other religious texts, too, even those that aren't from the religion I follow. The point is, I do not blindly believe in every claim made my man about God. After having read so many religious myths, I've only learnt to filter out the truly atrocious and narrow-minded beliefs, which help me understand the views that men have of God. The "outrageous and unsupported claims" are man-made... and as an INTJ who has been aware of the way people think for a while now, it only makes me more intrigued about WHAT could have inspired these people to believe such things - if not a person tangible among our midst, then someone or something surely supernatural? The phenomenon of God is not completely mythical or restricted to religion. I bet, with time taken, "God" will be proven as a matter of scientific importance, as well. If not, why are we "Intuitive"?
5 years ago
I absolutely agree with the majority of the listings in this article. However, I would also argue that while this may be the essence of an individual, the prevalence of these default traits do indeed vary depending on significantly influential factors, such as culture or upbringing. I was raised in a very religious environment where I was encouraged to muffle my objectivism and highlight social and sympathetic inclinations that are considered more becoming of my gender. Because of this, my objectivism has been channeled in such a way that humor, wit and sarcasm are its primary manifestations. While I resent the gender-biased domestic conditioning, the enhancement of sympathetic tendencies has proved beneficial in almost every aspect of my life. Most people are intelligent enough to be aware of when they are being talked down to and are most definitely unappreciative of it. Sympathy, even if feigned, makes interactions go smoother.
5 years ago
Does somebody have established any relationship between this personality type and IQ ?
Maitri Harys
5 years ago
I've got an IQ of 137, am an INTJ female; I do not know how rare this makes me, but yeah, I have a definite advantage over fellow designers, some of whom do not either know the subject content, or aren't curious about it. I've been called brilliant, but I never scored high in school tests - owing mostly to the fact that everything I was forced to learn was something already proved beyond measure. On the other hand, I topped my batch in under graduation, something no one had ever expected an "average scorer" (yes, stigma attached from high school) to do. If you, too, worry about whether you do not have academic results to match your high IQ, doesn't matter, because you're an INTJ just breaking out of the monotonous box of testing methods used to evaluate people at large... most of us aren't like the majority of people, so getting results dissimilar to others is rather frequent, and admit it: you like that you're different from others.
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