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

1 year ago
Incredible very realistic
1 year ago
Sasuke Uchiha from Naruto should be added to this
1 year ago
This explains about 80% of my actions at school the past few months. Stuff like: Stressing over whether or not I was too emotional and touchy-feely with a friend. Seriously, all I said was, "you're good at lots of stuff" in response to his lamenting how he thinks he's terrible at everything. Earlier that day he'd talked about how he hardly had any friends, and I said, "What, I thought I was your friend! No?" I went home thinking, "Oh my gosh he probably thinks I'm in love with him now, why did I have to be so emotional, ugh." Now I figure he probably went home thinking, "Hey, maybe x doesn't hate me after all!" I have conversations with myself in my head, usually planning either world domination or every way a conversation with a friend could go. I love arguing, and if I think someone's point of view is silly, I harshly point it out without even remotely sparing feelings. I like acting because I can be dramatic and emotional without me being dramatic and emotional. I hardly ever cry at movies, sad stories, or music. When I do, I usually wipe away my tears and chide myself for being so weak and silly. I HATE hugs. Hate them. Like, I squirm away when my friends try and give me a hug. "I thought you were attacking me." I have had many friends ask me if I was sure I was a girl. Apparently my non-high-maintenance lifestyle and logical, cold demeanor make me come across as mad all the time. I've always felt destined for greatness, like I was better than the rest of the world. I thought I was crazy, but turns out it's neither of those. I'm only better than about 97% of the rest of the world, but after that it's a level playing field. I just haven't met any of the 3% yet.
1 year ago
I wouldn't want to meet anyone like me, I'd hate them. Even though I'll understand them more than anyone else, why they are saying things in a harsh way ("nothing personal, it is what it is, no reason to sugarcoat it") -- this behaviour is in fact very annoying, no less than a behaviour of a constantly joking and giggling person seemingly without any ability to take anything serious and have a normal conversation with.
1 year ago
Are you my clone?
1 year ago
As an INTJ, I would love to meet another one. I hate people who lie for the sake of kindness, in the same way I hate ignorance. While I'm more than capable of trifling things like small talk, I would much rather engage in a more intellectually stimulating conversation or a debate. And if people ask for my opinion, I will try to be nice about it, but frankly its exhausting. I hate being nice to people, especially because people look down on you for being honest. Though I suppose in the end it's a matter of preference...
3 months ago
Thank goodness! I’m not the only person who converses with myself in my head (but I’m actually talking to others in my head). And world domination? I’ve thought about that WAY to much to be healthy...
1 year ago
It feels so amazing to be finally understood. Years of struggling to find a reason why I was so different, years of struggling to put my personality into words... and here it is! Fantastically accurate.
1 year ago
I just nodded in agreement for the 1st few paragraphs the 1st time I read this but now I just come to look and admire how someone was able to capture everything I've over analyzed of myself since I was a kid
1 year ago
Same here
1 year ago
Well.. I've been living in a constant struggle with myself...with the environment I grew up in, never fitting in , thinking there's something wrong with me, doubting myself as a 'normal human being' ... battling my emotions xD no wonder.... INTJ-T . With regard to being part of the 0.8% of the population, I don't know why but I have never been able to fit into the norms of being a girl, I hate having to deal with other females, and even if I could become a male I would probably be gay. Another funny thing is I've always dreamed of becoming an architect, and this year I am actually applying to architecture school!
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