INTJ-A Personality (A Complete Guide)

In this article, we will discuss INTJ-A Personality. We will do that by giving a brief description of them including their strengths and weaknesses. We will move on to describe their cognitive functions, their workplace, suitable careers for them, and how they behave in interpersonal relationships. 

INTJ-A Personality 

An INTJ -T Personality is an introverted, intuitive, thinking, and judging personality from the 16 types of MBTI personality typology. People with an INTJ-A personality are logical people with a rational worldview. They do not rely on their emotions too much. Similarly, they do not prioritize subjective opinions when they have objective facts available. Having order in their life makes them feel in control. This explains their tendency to rely on plans. They are able to look at a broader perspective rather than minute details. With people, they feel exhausted. So, they prefer to be alone. They are highly analytical and creative. 

They are also known or labeled as the architect. The ‘A’ function in the (INTJ-A) is the reason they are called assertive architects. These types are confident and self-assured. They do not easily get stressed and adjust to changing circumstances in an adaptive manner. People perceive them to be easygoing, laidback, and uninterested. However, it is only their conviction and faith in logic that helps them remain steady. Only 1-4% of people in the world have an INTJ personality. 

INTJ-A Personality description

INTJ-A personalities are introverted and like to spend their time alone with their thoughts. They like to work individually rather than in a group. They are considerate of the emotions of others especially if they are close to them. They are willing to invest their time and energy in making their relationships a success. 

People find them cold and detached. This makes it difficult for them to develop new friendships. They dislike casual conversations and chitchat since they prefer to bond with others at a deeper level. They are quite reserved and like their privacy. Their preference is to spend time with only close family and friends. Due to this, they are difficult to approach and get to know.

The strengths and weaknesses of INTJ-A

An INTJ-A personality likes theoretical and abstract concepts. They are good listeners but struggle to take criticism. They are self-assured and confident people who are also hard workers. Sometimes, they have high expectations that are difficult to meet.

These personalities have their weaknesses as well. They can be quite the perfectionists who ensure their plans are carried out in the best way possible. At the same time, they can be overly analytical and judgmental about others. Since they find talking about their emotions and opening up about their vulnerabilities quite hard, people find them insensitive and detached.

Cognitive functions of INTJ-A Personality

According to Carl Jung, there are four dimensions of human personality. Extraversion versus introversion, sensing versus intuition, judging versus perceiving, thinking versus feeling. According to MBTI, there are four dimensions of personality. The dominant to personality functions control the major part of how someone processes information from the world. Whereas, the latter to play less of a role. However, they have their own significance as well in contributing to how a person perceives the world around them.

An INTJ-A personality is an introverted, intuitive, thinking, and judging personality. It has the following cognitive functions:

Introverted intuition

This function allows INTJ-A personalities to understand patterns among interlinked facts, ideas, meanings, and possibilities. They are curious about the meaning of concrete facts. They are future-oriented personalities who are open to considering multiple perspectives. These are not detail-oriented personalities, rather they are good at remembering impressions of certain events. They have the capacity to read between the lines and figure out what things actually mean. 

Extroverted thinking

These personalities like order in their life. They prefer structure as it makes them feel in control. Accordingly, they can be quite methodical and systematic in their approach. Their decision-making is based on logic and evidence. They process information and organize their thoughts in order to identify causal relationships between linked events.

“Thought constitutes the greatness of man. Man is a reed, the feeblest thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed.” Blaise Pascal

Introverted feeling 

INTJ-A personality does not rely on their feelings that much. However, people who do develop this part of their personality value emotions in their life while making important decisions. They like people and activities that are in accordance with their values.

Extroverted sensing

INTJ-A personality has less-developed extroverted sensing. However, this helps them experience or process information through their senses. It also enables them to live in the moment and feel energized when they are in tune with their surroundings.

Assertive architect (INTJ-A)

The A in INTJ-A is an assertive function. INTJ personalities who have this function are called assertive architects. These people are confident and self-assured. They can combat the stressors of life with ease. They do not experience a lot of regrets when things do not go their way. They accept failures as an opportunity to learn and grow.

INTJ-A are confident and open to challenges. They use their rationality to solve problems. They usually do not experience a lot of fear before making an important decision. They are ambitious people. Usually, it appears that they are easy-going and cruise through life with less effort. They seem relaxed and casual in their approach. However, it does not mean they do not care or are less stressed. They just have the capacity to be steady and be confident in their judgment based on logic. In other words, their conviction and faith guide them to the path of success.

They can handle multiple challenges and use different strategies to adapt to changing circumstances. They think about the future and have their vision of how life should be. They prefer stability and do not stress about minute changes. They stick with their long-term goals and are less likely to change them.

INTJ-A are comfortable expressing their feelings and do not easily get offended by what people say. They are comfortable being around authority and usually are unconcerned about the opinions of others. They do not fall easily to seeking social validation. They enjoy autonomy and an independent decision-making process. However, at the same time, this makes them less open to considering the needs of others. This plays out in their difficulty with collaboration and teamwork.

Workplace

INTJ-A personality has the drive to be knowledgeable and acquire as many skills as they can. They have high expectations from themselves and accordingly set high standards. They are good at gathering information and reading situations to develop new insights. They can be logical and analytical in their approach. They are also good at interpreting complex information and work efficiently. 

If their career uses their ability to understand complex information and apply it practically, they can do quite well in the fields of law, academia, engineering, and research. They also like their independence and the power to make their own decisions. They have an aptitude for being scientists, mathematicians, teachers, lawyers, judges, doctors, etc.

Interpersonal relationships

INTJ-A personality likes to spend time alone. They are self-sufficient personalities who do not invest their time getting to know others. They act on presuppositions that long-term friendships are not practical and won’t work out. However, if they find anyone they like, they can become close and committed friends to them. They prefer people who are logical, introverted, and not too emotional.

As parents, these personalities are attentive to the needs of their children. They are thoughtful and highly affectionate. They also have high expectations from their kids but offer their support as well to help them when making an important decision. They encourage their children to be independent and critical thinkers who can solve challenges on their own. In some cases, it is possible that they are too perfectionistic and channel it out on them. It is important that they encourage their children’s unique strengths and assist in the development of their emotional side and help them in being emotionally expressive.

In intimate relationships, INTJ-A personalities can be reserved and difficult to get to know. They value loyalty and dedication in their partners. If someone forces them to express their emotions, they might withdraw. It is important that their partner is dedicated and expressive. They should have good communication skills and directly express their expectations to them.

FAQs: INTJ-A Personality

How rare is the INTJ personality?

INTJ personality is quite rare, especially among women. Only 2% of the population have an INTJ personality. Whereas, 3% of men are INTJ is.

Can INTJ be sensitive?

INTJ personalities are not usually sensitive, especially at an emotional level. However, they can be sensitive to noisy environments and huge crowds. In short, external stimuli can be overwhelming for them and it will overstimulate them. Because of this, they need time alone from people to recharge.

What does INTJ find attractive?

INTJ personalities are attracted to people who are sincere and confident. They like people who share their interests and can communicate with them about their passions.

Can INTJ personalities be manipulative? 

Yes, INTJ personalities can be manipulative. They might use their logic to persuade others. They might also use criticism as a tool to openly express ideas. They can use manipulation but might not be quite skilled at it, unlike other personalities.

Do INTJ’s care about looks?

INTJ personalities are aware of the importance of physical appearance. However, it is not the first thing they looked at in a relationship. They like people with whom they can connect and who respect themselves to spend time on their appearance. They like different physical qualities in people and value their intellectual beauty as well.

Conclusion

In this article, we discussed INTJ-A Personality. We found that An INTJ -T Personality is an introverted, intuitive, thinking, and judging personality from the 16 types of MBTI personality typology. People with an INTJ-A personality are logical people with a rational worldview. They do not rely on their emotions too much. Similarly, they do not prioritize subjective opinions when they have objective facts available. Having order in their life makes them feel in control. This explains their tendency to rely on plans. They are able to look at a broader perspective rather than minute details. With people, they feel exhausted. So, they prefer to be alone. They are highly analytical and creative. 

They are also known or labeled as the architect. The ‘A’ function in the (INTJ-A) is the reason they are called assertive architects. These types are confident and self-assured. They do not easily get stressed and adjust to changing circumstances in an adaptive manner. People perceive them to be easygoing, laidback, and uninterested. However, it is only their conviction and faith in logic that helps them remain steady. Only 1-4% of people in the world have an INTJ personality. 

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Citations

https://www.verywellmind.com/intj-introverted-intuitive-thinking-judging-2795988#:~:text=INTJ%20(introverted%2C%20intuitive%2C%20thinking,highly%20analytical%2C%20creative%20and%20logical.

https://www.16personalities.com/articles/assertive-architect-intj-a-vs-turbulent-architect-intj-t

https://www.16personalities.com/intj-personality

Divya is currently a Clinical Psychology Trainee in a Master of Philosophy program and holds a Master’s in clinical psychology. She has a special interest in Personality studies and disorders, having researched the subject before, and Neuropsychology; with an additional interest being Mood disorders. She likes to write about Psychiatric issues, having worked in multiple specialty setups during her time as a clinical psychology student, and in her free time she likes to cook and read.

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