How to Write an INTJ Character (Writing an INTJ Character)
Series: The Psychology of Character Creation
The INTJ personality type, also known as the “architect” or the “mastermind,” is known for their strong intellect, strategic thinking, and a tendency towards introversion. These characters often display excellent self-discipline. They may appear cold or distant, but only because they are thoughtful strategists. Being highly analytical, it’s not uncommon to find them disappearing into complex subjects that fascinate them. They are often described as the “Cold and Brooding” Type in literature.
If you’re trying to create a character with an INTJ personality, there are a few key elements to keep in mind. Here are some tips for crafting a compelling INTJ character:
1. Begin with a strong backstory and clear goal:
One of the most important elements of any character is their backstory and motives. For an INTJ character, it’s important to establish their past experiences, which may have shaped their strong analytical and strategic thinking skills. INTJs are often driven by intellectual curiosity, so it’s not uncommon for them to dig deep to uncover mysteries.
Some questions to ask when crafting an INTJ: Did they grow up in an environment that encouraged these traits, or did they develop them in response to a challenging childhood? Did they have any formative experiences that solidified their belief in logic and rationality? Do they consider emotions a weakness because it clouds their judgment?
2. Emphasize their intelligence and expertise.
All characters need a strength. INTJ characters are known for their tendency to be great problem solvers and your character should reflect this. They may excel in a particular area of expertise, such as science, technology, or business. Use their intelligence to unravel others and create complex plot points. It’s part of the reason INTJ’s make such good villains. You never know what their next plan is.
3. Use their introversion to create conflict
This is a fun tip. INTJ characters are notoriously introverted, and oblivious to most social cues. Including romance. Use this to create some hilarious and terribly awkward character interactions.
Also ask yourself these questions: How does your INTJ character navigate situations where they need to interact with others, such as networking events or social gatherings? What coping mechanisms do they use?
4. Show their strategic thinking in action
One of the defining traits of an INTJ personality is their strategic thinking. Your character should be able to think several steps ahead, and anticipate potential outcomes of their actions. This can make them an effective leader or problem solver, but it can also create tension in situations where they clash with others who don’t share their worldview.
5. Don’t make them a stereotype AKA Emotionless.
INTJs are often portrayed as cold, distant, and detached in popular media. Challenge these stereotypes by crafting a well-rounded INTJ character with layers and complexities. Give them quirks, interests, and passions that defy the stereotype, making them more human and relatable. By breaking free from the one-dimensional portrayal, you can create a more engaging and memorable character. While INTJs may not be known for their emotional side, they still have feelings like anyone else. Be aware of what will break your character. This will make a powerful “All is lost” moment.
Writing an INTJ character requires a nuanced understanding of their key traits, strengths, weaknesses, and complexities. By delving into their logical minds, intellectual curiosity, emotional depths, and personal growth, you can create a compelling and captivating INTJ character that resonates with readers. Embrace the challenge of crafting an INTJ personality and enjoy the journey of exploring their unique perspectives and contributions to your narrative. Remember, the more authentic and multi-dimensional your INTJ character, the more they will leave a lasting impression on your audience.
Here are some attributes to add when writing an INTJ Character:
- Dark Humor
- Strong Morals
- Hates being controlled
- Goal oriented
- Values Truth
Here are some characters in literature with the INTJ personality type:
- Annabeth Chase
- Severus Snape
- Mr. Darcy
- Victor Vale
- Peyter Baelish
- Artemis Fowl
- Grace Blackthorn
- Elrond (Lord of the Rings)
Hope these tips help you better understand the INTJ personality and how to craft better characters with them. Don’t be afraid to explore their strengths and weaknesses. Let me know if these tips help.
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