INTP Personality (“The Logician”)

Whether the chicken crossed the road or the road crossed the chicken depends on your frame of reference.

Albert Einstein

The INTP personality type is fairly rare, making up only three percent of the population, which is definitely a good thing for them, as there's nothing they'd be more unhappy about than being "common". INTPs pride themselves on their inventiveness and creativity, their unique perspective and vigorous intellect. Usually known as the philosopher, the architect, or the dreamy professor, INTPs have been responsible for many scientific discoveries throughout history.

The Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living

INTPs are known for their brilliant theories and unrelenting logic – in fact, they are considered the most logically precise of all the personality types.

They love patterns, and spotting discrepancies between statements could almost be described as a hobby, making it a bad idea to lie to an INTP. This makes it ironic that INTPs' word should always be taken with a grain of salt – it's not that they are dishonest, but people with the INTP personality type tend to share thoughts that are not fully developed, using others as a sounding board for ideas and theories in a debate against themselves rather than as actual conversation partners.

INTP personalityThis may make them appear unreliable, but in reality no one is more enthusiastic and capable of spotting a problem, drilling through the endless factors and details that encompass the issue and developing a unique and viable solution than INTPs – just don't expect punctual progress reports. People who share the INTP personality type aren't interested in practical, day-to-day activities and maintenance, but when they find an environment where their creative genius and potential can be expressed, there is no limit to the time and energy INTPs will expend in developing an insightful and unbiased solution.

Wisdom Begins in Wonder

They may appear to drift about in an unending daydream, but INTPs' thought process is unceasing, and their minds buzz with ideas from the moment they wake up. This constant thinking can have the effect of making them look pensive and detached, as they are often conducting full-fledged debates in their own heads, but really INTPs are quite relaxed and friendly when they are with people they know, or who share their interests. However, this can be replaced by overwhelming shyness when INTP personalities are among unfamiliar faces, and friendly banter can quickly become combative if they believe their logical conclusions or theories are being criticized.

When INTPs are particularly excited, the conversation can border on incoherence as they try to explain the daisy-chain of logical conclusions that led to the formation of their latest idea. Oftentimes, INTPs will opt to simply move on from a topic before it's ever understood what they were trying to say, rather than try to lay things out in plain terms.

The reverse can also be true when people explain their thought processes to INTPs in terms of subjectivity and feeling. Imagine an immensely complicated clockwork, taking in every fact and idea possible, processing them with a heavy dose of creative reasoning and returning the most logically sound results available – this is how the INTP mind works, and this type has little tolerance for an emotional monkey-wrench jamming their machines.

Let Those Who Would Move the World First Move Themselves

Further, with Thinking (T) as one of their governing traits, INTPs are unlikely to understand emotional complaints at all, and their friends won't find a bedrock of emotional support in them. People with the INTP personality type would much rather make a series of logical suggestions for how to resolve the underlying issue, a perspective that is not always welcomed by their Feeling (F) companions. This will likely extend to most social conventions and goals as well, like planning dinners and getting married, as INTPs are far more concerned with originality and efficient results.

The one thing that really holds INTPs back is their restless and pervasive fear of failure. INTP personalities are so prone to reassessing their own thoughts and theories, worrying that they've missed some critical piece of the puzzle, that they can stagnate, lost in an intangible world where their thoughts are never truly applied. Overcoming this self-doubt stands as the greatest challenge INTPs are likely to face, but the intellectual gifts – big and small – bestowed on the world when they do makes it worth the fight.

Famous INTPs

Rene Descartes
Blaise Pascal
Isaac Newton
Carl Jung
Albert Einstein
James Madison
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Gerald Ford


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May not seem like a great actor, though i am...
May 23, 2015 17:44:59
I'm just curiuos, INTP's mostly have a hard time finding friends and staying social. I want to know, how many of you are good at acting? Acting that you care when the girls talk about makeup or the boys talk about (insert something boring boys say here), atleast in school. And if you are a good actor, i'm intrested in knowing which gender you are.
I just want to know if this is a strategi INTP's use, some at least.

I myself isn't the greatest of actors, i mostly ignore the boring stuff my friends talk about, but then jump in the conversation when it's about news or information. I also use lots of sarcasm, sadly enough people don't always understand that i was sarcastic.
May 25, 2015 05:09:18
I'm GREAT at acting and lying and pretending. GREAT. but I don't always use it. only at the situations that I have no way out, or want to attract people to be on my side.
and I'm a girl.
May 25, 2015 20:07:00
All the time... May as well consider perusing the acting biz.
May 25, 2015 22:36:28
I could act (Im not sure if I'm good) but I don't want to. If i don't care about what you're talking about then I'm going to chsnge the topic. I can relate the sarcasm though. I'm just joking sarcastically but my friends don't uunderstand and think I'm being serious. Don't get me wrong,they're good friends but Im sure they're very far from an INTP.
May 26, 2015 14:54:51
acting business won't be good for us, we'll probably get REALLY bored. consider that.
I'm the girl that commented first. your upper comment.
May 26, 2015 21:04:42
I can act, but I choose not to at times. I usually just ignore whatever is being said till I hear something interesting, and its a pain in the ass when that happens in school. I have the same reaction when I use sarcasm, and it makes me look like an idiot half of the time. I guess acting can be a strategy that INTP's use because they just want to keep their masks on and be the one behind the stage pulling the strings. wonder if this can explain astrology too; INTP sounds similar to Capricorn and Scorpio.
Rauri James Fawke
May 27, 2015 01:23:49
This is certainly not the stereotypical INTP job or hobby, but if you are in that environment with good friends, sure! Around the right kind of people I can be just as extroverted or like extroverted things as much as my friends.
INTPs are also known for a strange sense of humor. I love sarcasm. I also have a friend who takes sarcasm seriously ... epic prank texts ... I love sarcasm. Good sarcasm. My Dad aces that. Probably where I get it from. It's too bad that the best of my sarcastic comments come when I'm around the last people who would take it well.
a collection of atoms
May 23, 2015 09:53:33
I always get ENTJ, but I feel like INTP describes me much better. I guess I am really just a mixture of both.
May 22, 2015 23:23:04
Oh, that's why I offend people so much without realizing it and are so uncomfortable with emotions! After a bit of research, I've determined that most, if not all, my friends are Fs, so that makes it even more awkward :/ I hate it when people ask me for advice, I'm just like "I don't freaking know!"
the number guy
May 21, 2015 08:29:14
Any of you guys here currently collecting notebooks ? either its for writing or just collecting it ? Or fine made writing utensils, like fountain pen ? haha
May 22, 2015 17:34:53
I do! haha. I've been collecting notebooks, and I didn't noticed really, that I'm doing that, and lately, for about a month I've been writing in one of them. and I thought that's odd for me to do such a thing.
May 27, 2015 01:04:48
I LOVE NOTEBOOKS! I bought fifty dollars worth of notebooks the other day ... I don't really use them I just have this odd obsession .... I hate taking notes too, but notebooks ....
May 20, 2015 20:08:10
Oh wow, I just realized most of us seem to use proper grammar. How about that!? xD