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

Dan
1 year ago
I filled out this test for my online dating profile (seems to be a popular thing to do). I was expecting something more along the lines of a horoscope prediction type of thing. Something so vague that it would apply to just about anyone (I already know I'm an introvert, anyone with half a brain could tell you that). This, on the other hand, is eerily accurate. It's like someone in my head watching what I've done over the last 30 years and then writing a dissertation on my thoughts and actions. Each point that was brought up about how INTJ's go through life, the things they say, what they do, how they feel, I can point to specific instances throughout my life that mirror those with uncanny precision. I tend to be extremely self aware, and this test and subsequent personality description are really helping me realize that there's really nothing wrong with me, just a little odd compared to most people. The relationships part is a little depressing. Frustratingly accurate, but having it laid out like this at least helps me understand and accept why I have so many problems.
Fictional INTJs
1 year ago
Gandalf the Grey wouldn't be an INTJ, but I believe Saruman the White would.
Anonymous
1 year ago
What is you reasoning behind that? I think Gandalf does fit the mold of an INTJ.
Please read this
1 year ago
It's good to know that there is a personality related to you, but come on people. Don't let a test define who you are. This is only making you realize things that maybe are related to you that you didn't know before.
Anonymous
1 year ago
Agreed
I don't know my name
1 year ago
Me too
Maya
1 year ago
I don't care the world needs labels. If you don't think so then oh well. But for me labels make the world not confusing
I read that.
1 year ago
Well, the point of this test is more to help you realise your flaws and how to "fix" them or at least be more aware of them in general. Not exactly let it define you, but as humans we simply like to put things into boxes and categories, its taxonomy, this is simply a simpler way to identify yourself, not necessarily let you define it.
I will not type my name here.
1 year ago
We're really sensitive. Emotional wounds come very easy to us. We kind of have to keep our distance because people can do a lot of damage without even knowing it. There's so many people that I could be friends with, if I wanted too, but every other word out their mouth is like a knife in my chest. Ugh. Just go away please. You're popularly held opinion is driving me mad. Just leave so I can breathe please. I hate getting stuck in that introverted emotional melancholy loop of chaos. Just leave me alone.
1 year ago
You're generalizing.
hate the world
1 year ago
Does anyone else here suffer or used to suffer from depression? Maybe had suicidal thoughts? And do some of you also dream about being someone else, as in being a better person than you are today?
Anonymous
1 year ago
I still struggle with depression and I used to be suicidal. Mainly because I was just so different growing up (and still am) that I was bullied and what not. I still have times where I want to be someone else, I even picture myself being someone else...outgoing, bright and friendly. When I see people like that I just sigh, and wonder what it's like. Those kind of people don't really care for my company though, and most of the time when I try to make friends, they end up misunderstanding me, or just don't understand at all. So yes, I think a lot of INTJ's have an issue with loneliness depression, suicide and identity issues. Sometimes I'll go so far as to try and change who I am (my appearance, my tastes) just to run away from myself. Then I just regret it and hate everything and everyone and just want to die already. I think it depends though, I didn't grow up in a very healthy environment so I have a more pessimistic view of the world. It doesn't stop me from doing what I need to do, but yeah, I struggle with those things. You're not alone.
Hopethishelps
1 year ago
I was a bit like that but then I told myself that you can't be a better person by thinking about it, you have to do something about it. And when the world beats up on you, just remember that they may feel the same way that you do, they just take it out on other people by hating. Don't let yourself become like that, love people even if they hate you, that will make a difference. If you're quiet, be the quiet one who when spoken to, speaks with kindness. At the same time, don't allow the world to beat up on you. You can't just suffer in silence, you have to talk to someone, even if it's the cat. Be the better person today, become the person you dream of and be the friend you would want in a friendship. And if you have a bad day, resolve to do better the next day, and make the effort. Also, do something that keeps your mind off of depression. I loved writing, so if I had a bad day, I would write. Whether it was about my day or some crazy idea I had come up with it didn't matter, it just made me feel better. Exercise also helps. And if thinking about starving children in Africa who are dying yet not depressed (this usually doesn't help, but it can), then just think about all the other depressed people in the world. We are not the only ones feeling this way, there are millions, it kinda selfish to be depressed but sometimes the world just smashes us. If those millions would rise up together and encourage each other, and work against the hate in this world it would help not only the depressed, but the poor and weak. Instead of being depressed, work on becoming the difference, read and study to become a doctor or a scientist. Or work on being the person who is nice to everyone at work, school, or wherever.
Despicable me
1 year ago
Yes. Absolutely. I was diagnosed with clinical depression. Felt like no one understood me. People would ask me what was wrong with me and why i have to be so complicated. i started to believe i had a problem. Like something was wrong with me. Ive been called a weirdo more times than i care to remember. But one day i woke up and realised this world is mine as much as it is theirs. That God made me this complex and there is nothing wrong with that. Its not easy bit its possible. You just have to keep remindi g yourself that nothing is wrong with you just because people dont get you. They dont have to. Just be you and share your amazing gifts with the world. Thats it for me.
Anonymous
1 year ago
I simply loved your comment; I could not agree more. It's confusing to me how we tend to be so considerate of other people even though they are different from us but we do not receive the same in return. Your message was so motivating. Thank you for that :)
Anonymous
1 year ago
I suffer from depression and have suicidal thoughts mainly (actually I think this is the only reason) because I have a horrendous family environment. It's not fun to have the bullies inside your own house when you cannot get out just yet. I wish I could tell you what to do about it but I haven't found the answer myself other than when the time comes, relocate if possible to another continent (no kidding lol) where they can no longer harm me directly. I, however, do not want to be someone else, for example, be like them. How can I dream of being like the people who have caused me so much pain? I think you meant being a better version of yourself, in which case, I completely agree. I see myself as a work in progress. Sometimes, I try to look normal but it's exhausting. I read this quote once and I felt identified: "I tried to be normal once. Worst two minutes of my life". I find that running away from who we are doesn't solve anything for us and leaves us empty and more depressed. By the way, I hate the world too, so you are not alone :)
1 year ago
I've never had severe depression or suicidal thoughts. I once stop caring about what happened to me, but that was in boot-camp, and I later found out we were giving medicine with depression as a side effect.
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