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  • Very private and withdrawn.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 to 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.
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Aug 17, 2014 23:41:23
Everything they state is almost completely accurate when applied to me with the acceptation that I get very emotionally with my beliefs. Im very closed minded and when people try give their opinions on things I believe, I instantly go into the "your wrong im right" state of mind. Im also not so good with my words. Such at explaining so theres no way I could be a professor lol.
Aug 09, 2014 06:53:59
As an intp I am very insecure about my individuality and have almost no empathy as well as the constant annoyance of people not understanding my chain of thought
Aug 02, 2014 22:15:41
I think this is quite accurate well for me, for other people I cannot say I am myself and no one else. For me I do have trouble expressing my feelings to others also if one of my friends is upset such as crying I find it odd. This means that I can go off in my thoughts and then think of something that I find amusing hence I do often laugh out loud which is not greatly helpful.
Jul 29, 2014 02:39:23
Oh, can I give you all a topic to dwell upon? The origin of the Earth, and before Earth. Now, you're an INTP. I doubt your going to respond with God, cause that's not thinking at all. I confuse myself with this question. I also want to ask you this. (It's from the Anime, Madoka Magica) "If you had one wish, what would it be. Not more wishes, though. You could be a god if you wanted! Now, is that worth fighting for the Earth. Fight in a battle to the death every day?" Well, my one wish would be to know. Just know everything. Why are we here? If the world were to die in the next three days, would we save it? We are insignificant creatures! Is what we do important? What is love? Why are we here? What can we do to leave an impact forever? Will we Bo forgotten eventually by space and time? How? Those are what run trough my mind. Dwell on those topics. I dare you too. Its fun
Aug 05, 2014 18:24:22
I know so many INTPs
Aug 20, 2014 12:30:41
I'm an INTP but I do believe in God. My mom once said that when I was little I asked her if God is actually kind, because I can't see God and I can't see the devils too, so I couldn't decide which one is the great one. I've been thinking about your questions too for I don't know how long. I have one answer though , "I dont know". Because I have a limit to my thinking capacity and so does everybody. So instead of pushing my brain to crush itself, I let God think for me. Because that's why He's the God. Because He's the one that can give us answers to whatever question we have in His most absurd way that we can't even think about. Sometimes we just have to accept that there are things in this world that simply un-understanable. That's also why I think God is amazing, because He's the only one with all answers.
Jul 20, 2014 15:33:13
intp are often confused whether their conclusions are right or wrong