INTP personality

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
Strengths & Weaknesses


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Yami, B.
Jan 29, 2015 03:50:19
INTP Wow, somehow this test is extremelymely correct. My friends call me a child Sherlock because I actually make money at school by doing a private investigators business and no case of mine doesn't get solved without some controversy over feelings that I don't have time to care about. It really is true to the bone for me
Jan 28, 2015 05:10:33
Proud INTP...
Jan 25, 2015 23:03:31
As an INTP myself, taking multiple tests and all saying that I'm an INTP, I hope I'm not the only one that is interested in the deeper meanings of life such as spirituality in astral projection, astrology in the zodiac, and numerology. And if anybody is wondering....I'm a Sagittarius with moon in Gemini. Hard to find a single friend that can stimulate my interests, but it doesn't bother me at all actually. I must now use this test to figure out what my parents are and whether or not it can be a genetic thing.
Jan 26, 2015 11:39:45
Wow im intp and im interested in that stuff as well
Jan 26, 2015 15:53:16
Same here, you're not alone.
Jan 28, 2015 01:17:37
I'm a Sagittarius! I completely agree with everything you said.
Jan 28, 2015 16:23:03
You are not the only one. I know of one other INTP (besides myself; I'm not interested in those, I like linguistics), and he is very akin to astrology and the zodiacs (of many varieties). There doesn't seem to be anything to worry about.
Jan 29, 2015 22:06:39
man, I love them too. and now, I know being an INTP it was people use to call "weird".
Plus, I love learning sth about everything!!!...
Jan 29, 2015 23:10:28
I tried the whole 'is it genetic' test too, and from what I can find it doesn't appear to be.
Jan 30, 2015 05:36:09
I am into this stuff also. However my friend in INTP and he is not....
Maybe we should start in INTP Facebook / Google Group and connect ?
Jakeb Terry
Jan 25, 2015 06:24:27
Everyone seems to get INTP even though supposedly INTPs only make up 3% of the worlds population.
someone passing by
Jan 29, 2015 11:26:05
This 3℅ of the population still makes a lot of people, but I think that if there are so many INTPs here it is because we are on the "INTP personnality" page :)
That said, I wonder where did they find the informations to conclued on those 3%...
Jan 29, 2015 12:08:29
I got bored and figured out that it is about 218,739,758.55 people
Sorry I was bored
Jan 30, 2015 22:59:15
I think personality tests like this will attract analist type people more than for example the extroverts who probably never heard of this test nor have any interest in it the way we do :)
Jan 24, 2015 22:30:55
Decided to take the test, got INTP then to ensure that i was right did again after 2 weeks and then again after a few months all the same.

My mother is the exact opposite in terms of personality. Such a pain.
I decided I would get my friends to do it most of them were in the diplomats category which made sense and a few in the analytical category. I did this to, find out how people's minds work, so when I say something I can think whether it will offend them. though sometimes I don't give a single thought to what I said and it usually goes dreadfully wrong...

in terms of relationships, all advice is geared towards extroverts.
Fortunately I currently have a good friendship group. One of my friends is so cynical that it's very entertaining trying to give a new idea.
Anyway that was a too long post sorry for the long read adios
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