The Architect

INTJ

Overview

It can be lonely at the top. Being one of the rarest personality types and being among the most capable people, Architects know this all too well. They make up just two percent of the population, and women with this personality type are especially rare, forming only 0.8%. It can be difficult for Architects to find people who can keep up with their non-stop analysis of things. People with this personality type are imaginative yet decisive… ambitious yet like their privacy… curious about everything but remain focused.

INTJ: The Architect
Energy:

Introvert

Decisions:

Intuitive

Attention:

Thinking

Lifestyle:

Judging

Strengths Weaknesses Strengths Weaknesses Strengths Weaknesses Strengths Weaknesses
Introspective Over- Analyzes Seeks Patterns Uses hunches or gut feelings Clear goals and objectives Non-flexible Decisive Non-flexible
Informed Decisions Hesitates to make decisions Likes Charts and Indicators Looks for things that support a bias Logical Analysis Skeptical Self-starters Doesn’t take advice 
Wants to understand Doesn’t work well with others Looks for relationships Objectivity Thinks too much on winning trades Takes action quickly Slow to learn new things/ concepts
Thorough Top-Down Approach Trades the plan

Trading Strengths

  • Quick, Imaginative, and Strategic Mind – Trading architects pride themselves on their minds, and they take every chance they can to improve their knowledge in the world of trading. This shows in the strength and flexibility of their strategic thinking. Highly curious and always up for an intellectual challenge, Architects see trades from many different angles and many different possibilities.  Architect personalities use their creativity to plan for unforeseen possibilities in the markets that can happen at any time.
  • High Self-Confidence – Architects trust their rationalism above all else, so when they decide to make a trade, they have no reason to doubt their decisions or insights. This creates an honest, direct style of course of action without any self-doubt as to the results. When Architects are right, they’re right. Nothing will change that fact.  In the world of trading, they’ll hold their ground and have it no other way.
  • Independent and Decisive – This creativity, logic, and confidence form individuals who stand on their own and take responsibility for their actions. Authority figures don’t impress Architects, and neither do social conventions. The markets don’t scare them either and the markets are just something else to master and conquer.   A trade idea is rational, or it’s wrong, and they’re happy to apply that standard to themselves.
  • Hard-Working and Determined – When trading grabs their interest, Architect personalities will be very dedicated to learning the process of trading and will work tirelessly until they succeed. They often put in long hours and intense effort. Architects are efficient, and if tasks lead to meeting a clear and relevant goal, they strive to accomplish those tasks.
  • Open-Minded – Architects are open to new ideas if they’re argued well. People with this personality type are even (maybe especially) open to trading ideas that go against their own if the thinking is sound. They often apply their openness and independence when thinking about how different people will see the marketplace conditions. A Trading Architect will easily change their minds when the facts laid out to them are stronger than their own.
  • Jacks-of-all-Trades – Because of Architects’ open-mindedness, willpower, independence, confidence, and planning abilities, they are capable of doing anything they set their minds to accomplish.  Architects are able to break down and learn from almost any system and search for trading systems more than trading ideas. Trading Architects are willing to learn, change and grow over their entire trading career, leading to bigger and better profits over time.

Trading Weaknesses

  • Arrogant – Architect personalities can carry their confidence too far when it comes to trading.   This is definitely the biggest thing standing in the way for the Trading Architect.  In their minds, they have built their systems with rigorous analysis, and when their trades don’t go their way, their belief in their systems tends to keep them in losing trades too long as they know they are “right”.  In addition, Trading Architects have a difficult time taking trading criticism during these times, rejecting the opposing opinions of those they believe to be intellectually inferior.  With their disrespect for ideas they think are inferior, Architects can be closed off to assistance or criticism when their trading system isn’t producing profits.  However, they will gladly take all the praise when things are going their way.
  • Judgmental – Architects have complete confidence in their thought processes because rational arguments are almost by definition correct – at least in theory.  Sadly, the markets don’t always make sense and there is a very old saying in the market – “The market can stay irrational much longer than you can stay solvent.”  A weak point for people with the Architect personality type is that they hold to their logic and those who don’t embrace them are illogical. They often dismiss people who think in an “inferior” way.  They tend to look down on traders that “aren’t doing it right” based on their understanding and have no desire to help someone thinking in these ways.
  • Overly Analytical – A repeated theme when discussing the strengths of Architects is their analytical skills when trading. But this strength can fail them when logic isn’t present in the market during times that are run mostly by emotion (high volatility).   When markets act irrationally, they tend to freeze and do nothing, trusting their systems will be right in the end.  This typically leads the Trading Architect to fail spectacularly after what is usually a pretty solid run of profitability.
  • Loathe Highly Structured Environments – Architects hate blindly following… anything… without understanding why. They have a greater dislike for authority figures who go around forcing others to obey laws and rules without understanding the purpose of the standards themselves.  Trading Architects scoff at the CNBC pundits and see them all as fakes and charlatans.  Architects are likely not to get along with anyone who prefers how things “have always been.” However, by not going along with the standards – even when doing so might not be a big deal – Architects can make their lives harder than they need to be.
  • Going against the trend – Another big flaw of the Trading Architect is the belief in their superior intellect and hard work they’ve put into their trading.   When they see the “lemmings” pile into one side of the market, their “superior” intellect immediately considers the masses wrong and will lead them to trade against the trend.  The more “imbeciles” that buy into the frenzy, the more confident they will believe they will ultimately be right.

Architects, independent to the core, want to shake off other people’s expectations and pursue their own ideas.

Conclusion

Armed with a quick, imaginative, yet strategic mind, Architects are able to create complex trading plans that take into account many contingencies encountered in the markets.  Independent, self-confident, and decisive, once Architects have developed their plans, they are able to execute them with vigor.

 

Intellectually flexible, Architects are open to learning new ideas and techniques.  This trait, coupled with an almost autodidactic desire to learn and try new things tends to allow them to trade multiple asset classes and markets.

 

However, their quick minds and ability to trade consistently and successfully for long periods of time tend to seduce them into arrogance.  Additionally, they tend to be judgmental toward those that don’t think along the same lines or whose analytical processes they deem to be less than rigorous.  These traits run the risk of subconsciously combining during event-driven markets where the trader’s original trading thesis becomes invalid.  With these traits in combination, the trader will sit through excessive losses, trusting his superior plan and intellect to see him through, when decisively liquidating losing positions would preserve capital.

 

Architects need to guard against counter-trend trading or taking the opposite side of a popular trade just to prove their intellect.

 

While averse to highly structured environments, Architects can benefit from periodic coaching, especially during times of market volatility.  The coach should enter these sessions prepared with historical facts and statistical studies to back up a recommended course of action or change to a trading plan or thesis.

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