INTP strengths and weaknesses

INTP Strengths

  • Great analysts and abstract thinkers. INTP personalities are great at noticing patterns and seeing the big picture. They also possess an impressive ability to jump from one idea to another, linking them in ways that usually bewilder most other personality types.
  • Honest and straightforward. INTPs do not play social games and see no point in sugarcoating their words. They will clearly state their opinion and expect others to return the favor.
  • Objective. People with the INTP personality are very logical and rational individuals who see no point in involving emotions in the decision-making process. Consequently, they tend to pride themselves in being fair and impartial.
  • Imaginative and original. An INTP’s mind is always working, always producing ideas regardless of whether those ideas are likely to see the light of day. Not surprisingly, INTPs have no difficulties coming up with innovative, original solutions.
  • Open-minded. INTPs tend to be open-minded and willing to accept ideas different from their own, provided that they are supported by facts and logic. Furthermore, INTPs are usually fairly liberal when it comes to social norms and traditions, judging people solely on the basis of their ideas.
  • Enthusiastic. INTP personalities can spend an enormous amount of time trying to figure out something they are interested in. They will also be very enthusiastic when it comes to discussing that topic with other people.

INTP Weaknesses

  • Absent-minded. INTPs are able to focus all their efforts on analyzing a specific idea, but this usually comes at a cost of ignoring everything else. They may be forgetful or simply miss things that have nothing to do with the object of their interest.
  • Second-guess themselves. INTP personalities may be excellent analysts, but they often lack the decisiveness of Judging (J) types. An INTP may find it quite difficult to decide which idea is the best one, always looking for more information and doubting their own conclusions.
  • Insensitive. INTPs are likely to find it difficult to include emotions in their decision-making process, focusing all their efforts on getting the rational basis right. Consequently, they may often come across as insensitive or be puzzled when it comes to dealing with an emotionally-charged situation.
  • Very private and withdrawn. INTPs are often reluctant to let anyone inside their minds, let alone their hearts. They may often come across as shy in social settings and even the INTP’s friends are likely to have a difficult time getting to know them well.
  • May be condescending. INTP personalities are usually proud of their extensive knowledge and reasoning abilities, but they may get easily frustrated trying to describe their thoughts other people. INTPs enjoy presenting their ideas to other people, but explaining how they got from A to Z is another matter.
  • Loathe rules and guidelines. INTPs need a lot of freedom and have little respect for rules and traditions that put artificial limits on their imagination. People with this personality type would rather have less security and more autonomy.

Do you agree with these points? Why or why not? Share your thoughts in the comments.



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Jul 20, 2014 15:33:13
intp are often confused whether their conclusions are right or wrong
Jul 05, 2014 15:13:08
I think INTP's are sensitive in the sense that their observation skills combined with their analytical skills gives them insight into behaviour.- i find the difficulty comes in communicating the knowledge or insight you have of others motivations for behaving as they do. And most people dont take the time to listen to what we have to say. As soon as i start talking i can become incoherent to others as i try and explain EVERYTHING that leads to my rationalisations. Its communication thats the issue, not a lack of emotionality. just dont seem able to be concise and keep to 2 facts. Anyway, i know i would rather have me in charge in a crisis because I dont get clouded by emotion when a decision has to be made quickly and my decisions tend to benefit the majority of the team. There are a lot of positive aspects to being an INTP if you think about it.
Christopher Storm
Jun 25, 2014 18:25:14
Well, this testing site brought me few more answers. Landed at INTPs and it describes me to the very last word... I'Ve scored 99% on introvert scale and even before finding this site, I put myself on the list for Asperger's testing, the extremes I clocked in here are just one more push towards actualy going.
Miss Cat
Jun 10, 2014 23:42:36
This analysis could not express something more correct, from the positives to the negatives. I would often find myself jumping between INTP and INTJ personalities when I was younger, but the INTP has no doubt been found as the more dominant of the two results, by this point rarely landing myself as an INTJ over a couple short years now, even if I can't deny I still seem to hold a distinct amount of INTJ personality traits, as so it does still promote via many profile sources (Particularly in the 'Relationship' portion).

The only contradiction I can see thus far otherwise would be 16Personalities' new addition of the "Identity" portion of their test, which feels somewhat of inaccurate, in my personal opinion. Perhaps it just needs a bit of work, but we shall see with time. I can never quite bring myself to avoid these entertaining tests, nonetheless, admittedly, as the months go by.. Hehe. Constantly retesting myself to see how certain situations and emotional contradictions at particular times might be affecting thus far growing my present state of mind. *Guilty* Nonetheless, good analysis, and good interpretation.

Now pity there just aren't more of us in the overall American populous, or so it does seem…… I would be fascinated to meet another individual with this personality result in person, one day…… …By an unplanned happenstance. Forever I have longed for the conversation of at least one individual who can move as fast I can in a thorough, in-depth conversation of subjects and detailed ideas, without getting lost after the first sentence. Oh how I do adore the manifestation and expansion of new and often misunderstood ideas……… But only time and experience will tell. Until then, shall a mostly solitary life of psychological and philosophical growth proceed me……
Jun 05, 2014 03:11:20
This is exactly like me. I was very pleased to see that engineer is one of the jobs for us INTPs.