INTJs are among the rarest MBTI personalities in the population. INTJ stands for Introvert (I), intuitive (N), Thinking (T), Judging (J). They are dubbed “the architects” and “the masterminds” because they are adept at constructing elaborate and masterful systems to accomplish their ends.
INTJs are introverts who are noted for their sullen and cheerless demeanor. However, this is a stereotype along with their reputation for being malevolent mad scientists who don’t give a rat’s ass about humanity. INTJs can be ascerbic but evil and apathy is not intrinsic to this personality type.
They simply prefer to focus on ideas and objectives and place less emphasis on feelings and emotions. When they need to, they are willing to improve their ability to relate and connect with the people they care about. As introverts, they are not terribly social, and prefer to keep their inner circle small and tight. They are very private and even though they have the capacity to go out and engage and be sociable, there is always a significant side to them that they keep to themselves.
Here are 35 signs you might be an INTJ personality type.
You are not easily threatened by conflict or criticism.
You are confident and self-assured in your abilities.
You are good at spotting potential problems and inefficiencies.
You take responsibilities and commitments seriously.
Small talk bores you. Discussions about ideas and concepts excite you.
You are good at improving things and making them more efficient.
You have considered “optimizing” your dating life by holding formal interviews.
You casually but thoroughly devour information and soak up knowledge like a sponge.
You are highly conceptual and able to grasp abstract ideas rather easily.
You have complex, nuanced views about the universe that don’t fit neatly into the typical “religious” or “atheist” boxes.
You are purpose-driven and seek to apply your knowledge to accomplish tangible and useful goals.
You believe there is always a “right” way of doing things that is most efficient and effective.
You possess natural leadership abilities but generally prefer to work in the background.
When you feel down, you prefer to sort your issues out by yourself through introspection.
You are skilled in the art of strategy.
You plan things out far ahead and work expeditiously to realize your goals.
You struggle with envy when you see other people achieving more than you.
You spend a lot of time by yourself and in your head.
You focus on the bigger picture and worry about the details later.
You desire to organize everything you encounter into a rational, understandable system.
You have difficulty tuning into the feelings of others and can often be insensitive.
You tend to be overly logical when responding to situations that require emotional support.
Expressing feelings and affections does not come naturally to you
You tend to be a know-it-all, often believing you know best.
Because of the non-linear nature of your ideas, you often have difficulty explaining them to others.
Your continual quest to improve everything can strain your personal relationships.
You have difficulty giving others the level of intimacy they need.
When frustrated, you can come across as arrogant, elitist.
You appear rigid, reserved and aloof to those who don’t know you well. People close to you see the goofy, charismatic and funny side of you.
You are often quick to judge and express judgments.
You give great advice that people oftentimes don’t take.
You hate meaningless work, that doesn’t stimulate you intellectually and creatively.
You never feel like you’ve accomplished enough. You’re always striving to find bigger problems to solve and new intellectual mountains to climb.
You are above average in intelligence and perform well academically.