What do INTJs think of narcissists
It's lonely at the top. Architects' personality types know this all too well. They are comparatively rare and have the most pronounced strategic skills. Architects make up only two percent of the population and women are particularly rare among them at 0.8%. With their unyielding intellect, architects maneuver their way through life as if it were a game of chess. Often times it is difficult for them to find people of the same nature who can keep up with this. People with the architect's personality type are imaginative and decisive at the same time, ambitious and private, and amazingly curious at the same time, but they never waste their energy.
If you have the right attitude, you will achieve your goal
Architects have a natural thirst for knowledge and are often viewed as “bookworms” from childhood. Even if other people want to mock you with this word, they are probably more proud of the name because it reflects their extensive and well-founded range of knowledge. Architects trust their expertise to be mastered and are happy to share it. They enjoy creating and executing brilliant plans in their area of expertise, but they have no interest in engaging in gossip or expressing opinions on trivialities.
You have no right to your opinion. You have a right to your informed opinion. Nobody is entitled to ignorance.Harlan Ellison
Architects are a paradox to most observers as they are able to live by blatant contradictions that nonetheless make sense, at least from a purely rational perspective. Architects can be idealistic do-gooders and bitter cynics at the same time - a seemingly insoluble conflict. Architects tend to believe that no goal is too high with effort, intelligence, and deliberation, but at the same time believe that people are too lazy, short-sighted, or selfish to achieve these high goals. However, a cynical look at reality will not prevent a committed architect from achieving a desired goal.
Never wavering or wavering in questions of principle
Architects exude self-confidence and have an aura of mystery. Their deep insight, their original ideas and their impressive logic enable them to bring about change with sheer willpower and personal charisma. Architects sometimes tend to deconstruct and rebuild every idea and system they come into contact with, with a penchant for perfectionism and even moral considerations at play. Those who do not have the talent to keep up with the architects' efforts, or worse, fail to understand their purpose, are likely to lose their respect instantly and permanently.
Rules, restrictions and traditions are anathema to the architect. Everything must be questionable. Architects will often look for a way to idiosyncratically implement their technically superior, sometimes tactless and almost always unorthodox methods and ideas.
This tendency should not be mistaken for impulsive behavior. Architects will strive to remain rational no matter how attractive the end goal may be. Every idea they develop themselves or adopt from others has to answer the ruthless and ubiquitous question: “Will this work?”. The question of feasibility has always been crucial for every kind of problem and solution, and this is where the difficulties begin for the architect's personality type.
You think more when you're on your own
Architects confidently master the spectrum of knowledge that they have acquired over a long period of time, but are less master of social interaction. By their very nature, architects strive for hard facts and thorough understanding. They find small purposeful lies and chatter irritating and sometimes go so far as to punish common behavior in society with contempt. Ironically, it's best for them to stay where they're most comfortable - out of the spotlight. There, their ingenuity and professional competence will serve as a beacon that will attract work colleagues or life partners with similar temperaments and interests.
Architects tend to treat the world as if it were a giant chess board. They move chess pieces wisely, design new tactics, strategies and contingency plans and outmaneuver their opponents in order to maintain control of a situation while increasing their own freedom of movement. This does not mean that architects act unscrupulously, but for members of other personality types, the aversion of architects to emotional action can create this impression. This reluctance explains why many fictional villains (and misunderstood heroes) are modeled after this personality type.
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