INTP Personality (“The Logician”)

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.

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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Jul 31, 2015 00:36:01
What's the difference between INTP and ENTP???I am ENTP and read this personality is almost the same with ENTP but we more evil heheheh isn't it???
Margaret ressler
Jul 28, 2015 22:23:23
Out of curiosity, did anything happen to you guys in your childhood? I had a really rough childhood and I'm pretty sure that's why I qualify as an INTP-A right now. Whenever I explained to my parents my way of dealing with a situation, as if there was a computer in my head generating thoughts through experience and curiosity, whilst asking questions, they tried to send me to a therapist because they thought I was emotionally disconnected and cold. Like there was something wrong with me. I have a major superiority complex, and my brother called me manipulative. Though I don't know if I would call it manipulation, I see it more as managing the world around me in order to suit my desires, I wouldn't use it to unnecessarily hurt someone. I'm just curious to see if anyone has these things in common with me...anyways I had a really messed up childhood and I wanted to know if anyone else was like that. Like a social experiment I guess...
Jul 30, 2015 10:24:21
I think I am like you 'cause I can somehow manipulate someone when I want them to be what I want or just follow what I say
Jul 30, 2015 21:22:49
I wouldn't say mine was too out of the ordinary, but I did grow up with a single mother, always moving around so little friends, and never able to express or understand the kind of "regular" interactions people had. So I spent a lot of time playing by myself. Other things, like an emotionally abusive step-father and a mother that turned the other way, probably also contributed to things.

And same! Got a superiority complex, mostly because everyone around me seems to have the thinking capabilities of blind sheep. I'm a bit cynical that way.
Perhaps there is a link!
Jul 30, 2015 21:26:45
The EXACT thing happened to me- the rough childhood, and therapist, AND the superiorty complex. I just wanted my parents to cooperate, so I can sort out my life but that never happened
Jul 28, 2015 14:45:32
Reading this whole thing described me completely. It was great to finally understand more of the inner workings of my mind. It made me even more curious to read up on other personalities. And I've come across a great many of all the different types. Clashes with a few while befriending others make this fun.
Hannah (different person)
Jul 24, 2015 22:31:10
Well, great. I'm a nerd. How do I explain my D in math to my parents now?!
Jul 28, 2015 14:58:41
Say something like Algebra is not your specialty -- we are mostly naturals at Geometry. :)
Jul 30, 2015 21:24:30
Personally I'm crap at math and science and even the things I have natural talent in. School isn't intellectually stimulating, that's why! Try philosophy ;)
Jul 23, 2015 09:47:53
I knew there was a connection between me and Sir Einstein... Now i know it!!!!
Jul 26, 2015 06:42:44
don't pat yourself on the back dude your not the next Einstein i promise
Grammar Snob
Jul 28, 2015 00:33:16
a real INTP would never incorrectly use "your" in place of "you're".... WHO ARE YOU AND HOW DID YOU FIND OUR PAGE?!?