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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Apr 21, 2015 16:30:12
lets put this into perspective:
100% divided by 16 types is 6.25 that as a present is 16% so if all the types where equal each type would have 16% of the population. we have three present that makes us 5.33333333333 times more rare than the type mathematical baseline. (what i'm calling the 16% term)
Apr 23, 2015 04:56:44
1) 16% x 16 types = 256%, therefore impossible.
Your statistic should have been 1/16 is 6.25%

That statistic is still invalid because not every personality type has an equal number of people in it so the percentages are not the same. You can't ONLY count INTP as singular variable, you would need to go through and do the math for EVERY personality type.

It was a good thought but only a good thought and hardly developed. I think you may have over-thought a bit of the math, and under-thought a different bit of it.
Apr 25, 2015 11:13:23
i love it when introverts argue.
Apr 21, 2015 09:45:25
As a contrary to most of the comments written below I come of as a person who people gravitate to for friendship, But I am painfully shy and it takes me a good amount of time to form any sort of a bond. But I haven't lost friends as much as time builds cobwebs over the relationship. Is this a common trait as my new job as an entrepreneur requires me to smile, greet and create contacts with whom I'm expected to maintain a relationship. Quite frankly the most most irritating part of my job description.
Apr 19, 2015 13:18:09
Very well written. I found myself in a lot of those sentences.
Apr 16, 2015 21:52:34
When I am at school I feel like i'm accepted but also alone. It doesn't bother me but I can't help but feel like anybody truly understands me, and I have almost no personal connections with anyone at my school. None of their conversations interest me either, does anyone else who is a INTP feel like this, or ever felt like this?
Apr 20, 2015 05:43:23
that's so me!
Apr 16, 2015 03:02:26
I'm curious to see what music other INTP's listen to, for example, I, also being an INTP, listen to a lot of Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins, I'm really looking to see if there's any correlation between personalities and music preference
Apr 16, 2015 22:04:51
I listen to all types of music except for country, which I can tolerate anyway. My favorite genres are classical and electronic (ex. dubstep, trap).

I used to be a huge fan of Avenged Sevenfold too, so I guess it's really just personal preference.
Apr 19, 2015 22:15:37
I'm also INTP and Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins have been major all time favorites of mine as well. Was deeply affected by Kurt Cobain's death, as was already a major fan when that happened. More recent music I've been really into is The Killers and Muse.
Apr 22, 2015 00:03:46
I listen to everything, but I favor Jazz/Swing and electronic. I think it's the intricacies in each measure that really keep me hooked. More "typical" music is often very predictable.
Apr 25, 2015 10:57:54
I like dubstep and piano music because of the underlying patterns