I'm an INTJ - A

Sid ... INTJ's (referred to as "Architects" and "The Master Mind") are a very rare personality type. They constitute ~ 2.1% of the populace (in regards to males ~3.3%)1. I fall under the Assertive (A) category of Architects and not the Turbulent (T) one.

For a look at my MBTI: https://www.16personalities.com/profiles/1b13f3de93436

Assertive Personalities Compared to Turbulent Ones

"Assertive individuals are self-assured, even-tempered and resistant to stress. They refuse to worry too much and do not push themselves too hard when it comes to achieving goals [(goal part not true in my case)]. Similarly, they are unlikely to spend much time thinking about their past actions or choices – according to Assertive types, what’s done is done and there is little point in analyzing it. Not surprisingly, people with this trait report more satisfaction with their lives and they also feel more confident in their abilities to handle challenging and unexpected situations.

In contrast, individuals with Turbulent (T) identity are self-conscious and sensitive to stress. They experience a wide range of emotions and tend to be success-driven, perfectionistic and eager to improve. They are also more willing to change jobs if they feel stuck in their current one and to spend time thinking about the direction in which their life is going.

However, while the Assertive variant may seem more positive on the surface, that is not always the case – for instance, Turbulent individuals perform better in certain roles as they push themselves to achieve superior results, while Assertive ones do not care about the outcome that much. Always feeling the need to do more, to have more, and to be more, Turbulent types often forget how exhausting that can be to both themselves and the people around them – but it is entirely possible that this desire to always push themselves just a little further helps many Turbulent types to achieve what they seek to achieve." 2

INTJ Overview

"Architects value rationality and effectiveness which, for them, are usually an expression of order. They like to screen things through the dual filters of, “Is there proof?” and then, “Does it work?” Nothing is above scrutiny nor beyond revision.

However, this efficient rationality comes with a price. These personality types aren’t always aware of the feelings and emotional needs of others, and they often don’t know what to do with their own. Whether utilizing strengths or weaknesses, they tend to be independent thinkers who develop unique solutions – often finding they accomplish this best when working on their own.

The strengths Architects can rely on include:

  • Strategic thinkers:. Architects typically separate the effective from the ineffective quickly. This allows them to plan effective tactics and strategies. These personalities deeply scrutinize and handily organize a concept’s diverse parts, demonstrating a love for systems and a delight in using them to develop results-oriented approaches. Often, their results are fresh and different ideas.
  • Open-minded:. If the perspectives of others obey the laws of logic and rationality, Architects are open to them. Ever curious, they appreciate, and may even be drawn to, new and unfamiliar concepts. They aren’t bound by tradition or conventional wisdom any more than they are by their previous thinking – their Intuition allows them to see things from many perspectives.
  • Determined: People with the Architect personality type hold firmly to the reality that good results are the product of persistence and hard work. They never lose sight of their goal, and this fuels their drive and pushes them to apply great effort to their tasks.

As with all personality types, Architects face challenges based on their preferred approach to life. These challenges may include:

  • “Paralysis by analysis”: Architects can get lost in a problem that isn’t easily solved. These personalities may question things relentlessly. At some point, progress may take accepting the idea that good enough is good enough, and that they know enough to move forward.
  • Handling others’ structured environments: As well as their cerebral playgrounds, Architects need a little real-life room for them to play. They may reject regulated environments where someone else’s standards are firmly in place. Unfortunately, the freedom to act as they see fit is not a luxury enjoyed in most jobs – or relationships.
  • Lacking emotional fluency: Architect personalities are as likely as anyone to feel deeply. However, attending to and expressing their emotions can be difficult for them. They may also experience discomfort when others express theirs. This can affect every aspect of their lives if they miss cues or react in insensitive or judgmental ways.

Architects build complex theoretical structures from which to hang their lives. Their ideas can change as they get new information and form new insights, but not without a great deal of evidence to support fresh concepts. There can be some stubbornness in their set style of thinking. Nonetheless, this type is also likely to be valued any place where ideas and follow-through are needed. Interesting perspectives and clear plans are likely to spring forth from this calculating personality type." 3

Confident Individualism

"Confident Individualists typically trust in themselves, and they often embrace solitude to pursue their own interests rather than seeking out social activity. Fascinated by personal projects, people following this Strategy often have an impressive range of skills and interesting ideas. But projects are usually only pursued for their own merit – Confident Individualists tend to feel that social displays and bragging are time and energy wasted. These personality types are proud of who they are, what they know, and what they can do, but they don’t feel the need to prove themselves to others.

Confident Individualists engage their internal inspiration instead of searching for motivation outside themselves. They favor privacy, and aren’t particularly fond of interacting with society, whether in a strictly social sense or when embracing broader societal goals. These personalities often favor substance over superficiality and personal honesty over playing along, and prefer a utilitarian approach [(designed to be useful or practical rather than attractive)], even when pursuing esoteric [(intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest)] goals.

This utilitarianism also means that Confident Individualists are not easily drawn into emotional drama. They hold their own opinions firmly, but tend to see little reason to try to convince others. When drama does arise, these personality types express their truth with little concern over whether they’ll cause friction or offense. Confident Individualists tend to endorse self-reliance over cooperation, and are rarely pressured into agreeing with or lending support to others unless they believe in the cause.

This relaxed self-assurance means that Confident Individualists may not push their boundaries. Their live-and-let-live attitude goes both ways: they don’t need to convince others, and they tend to expect others to return the favor. While highly capable, they can miss information and opportunities that challenge their views because they simply don’t place much importance on factoring in others’ approval. They can be tolerant in disagreement though, respecting others’ individualism just as they respect their own.

Self-reliance is central for these types, and they handle difficult situations well because they tend to be emotionally secure, bold, and resistant to stress. They rarely seek leadership or the spotlight, but when they do find themselves in these positons, these personalities lead by an example of self-determination and uncomplicated honesty – they appreciate grace, class, and form, and rarely seek to impress by appearances alone. When acting with knowledge and wisdom, Confident Individualists can be noble pillars of strength." 4


Hopefully anyone reading this better understands why I maintain this site or act as I usually do in life. INTJ - A type theory resembles me quite closely I must say; just a couple things here and there that I've read don't really match me.

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