INTP Strengths and Weaknesses

INTP Strengths

  • Great Analysts and Abstract Thinkers - People with the INTP personality type view the world as a big, complex machine, and recognize that as with any machine, all parts are interrelated. INTPs excel in analyzing these connections, seeing how seemingly unrelated factors tie in with each other in ways that bewilder most other personality types.
  • Imaginative and Original - These connections are the product of an unrelenting imagination - INTPs' ideas may seem counter-intuitive at a glance, and may never even see the light of day, but they will always prove remarkable innovations.
  • Open-Minded - INTPs couldn't make these connections if they thought they knew it all - they are highly receptive to alternate theories, so long as they're supported by logic and facts. In more subjective matters like social norms and traditions, INTPs are usually fairly liberal, with a "none of my business" sort of attitude - peoples' ideas are what matter.
  • Enthusiastic - When a new idea piques their interest, INTPs can be very enthusiastic - they are a reserved personality type, but if another person shares an interest, they can be downright excited about discussing it. More likely though, the only outward evidence of this enthusiasm will be INTPs' silent pacing or their staring into the distance.
  • Objective - INTPs' analysis, creativity and open-mindedness aren't the tools of some quest for ideology or emotional validation. Rather, it's as though people with the INTP personality type are a conduit for the truths around them, so far as they can be expressed, and they are proud of this role as theoretical mediator.
  • Honest and Straightforward - To know one thing and say another would be terribly disingenuous - INTPs don't often go around intentionally hurting feelings, but they believe that the truth is the most important factor, and they expect that to be appreciated and reciprocated.

INTP Weaknesses

  • Very Private and Withdrawn - While INTPs' intellectualism yields many insights into their surroundings, their surroundings are ironically considered an intrusion on their thoughts. This is especially true with people - INTPs are quite shy in social settings. More complicated situations such as parties exacerbate this, but even close friends struggle to get into INTPs' hearts and minds.
  • Insensitive - Oftentimes INTP personalities get so caught up in their logic that they forget any kind of emotional consideration - they dismiss subjectivity as irrational and tradition as an attempt to bar much-needed progress. Purely emotional situations are often utterly puzzling to INTPs, and their lack of timely sympathy can easily offend.
  • Absent-minded - When INTPs' interest is captured, their absence goes beyond social matters to include the rest of the physical world. INTPs become forgetful, missing even the obvious if it's unrelated to their current infatuation, and they can even forget their own health, skipping meals and sleep as they muse.
  • Condescending - Attempts at connecting with others are often worse than INTPs' withdrawal. People with the INTP personality type take pride in their knowledge and rationale, and enjoy sharing their ideas, but in trying to explain how they got from A to B to Z, they can get frustrated, sometimes simplifying things to the point of insult as they struggle to gauge their conversation partners' perspective. The ultimate insult comes as INTPs give up with a dismissive "never mind".
  • Loathe Rules and Guidelines - These social struggles are partly a product of INTPs' desire to bypass the rules, of social conduct and otherwise. While this attitude helps INTPs' strength of unconventional creativity, it also causes them to reinvent the wheel constantly and to shun security in favor of autonomy in ways that can compromise both.
  • Second-Guess Themselves - INTPs remain so open to new information that they often never commit to a decision at all. This applies to their own skills as well - INTP personalities know that as they practice, they improve, and any work they do is second-best to what they could do. Unable to settle for this, INTPs sometimes delay their output indefinitely with constant revisions, sometimes even quitting before they ever begin.


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May 20, 2015 17:54:32
Wait. How can we label something as 'strength' or 'weakness'? I find that every weakness could be a positive trait and the strength could be a negative one. No? this also part of the 'second-guessing' mentioned above? :/
Apr 18, 2015 09:39:03
i find it very hard to interact with people. It has gotten to the point when i have stopped going to school for the past few months and still havent gone back. I have always thought mmyself smart but i don't feel comfortable saying it. Honsetly i find it very hard to refine my thoughts and be able to tell my other peers. this has gotten me bullied, bullied to the point where i suffer severe social anxiety and haven't left my house for weeks. i have no idea if i will ever get over it but i refuse to simply let the bullying change me. so coming hear and seeing that i am not alone has helped me not so much, but it's fairly interesting
Apr 22, 2015 00:02:47
Well, I understand your feelings since I'm very very shy and completely cluless with other people. Thus, because I was "different" they used to bully me as well... My friends "saved" me. Let's say that if you stay shut forever, the bullying will make no progress, but it'll take some courage to talk about it... If you can't then, try to interact with your most valuable friends first or your family, then decide with them to tell your story to a teacher, and etc.
I hope I didn't misundersood and that I was of any help but, you can't let things go just like that... May sound idealistic, but that's the only way. After all it's up to you to decide !
An INFP person
Apr 08, 2015 13:04:55
This is the other side of me that shows up when I'm having a debate, though I can't help but… scold… people who are overly rude or arrogant when debating. :P
Another INFP Person
May 03, 2015 22:19:37
I am the same
Apr 07, 2015 18:05:53
Would any intp please share what you think about?actually i am also an intp and i usually think a lot about different things,so i was just curious what the other intps think about
Apr 07, 2015 16:32:30
Would any intp please tell what you think of?i mean i am also an intp and i think a lot usually about different things,so i was curious what the other intps think about
Apr 07, 2015 19:40:18
In regards to what, exactly?
Apr 09, 2015 06:25:36
I mean,for example,when i was 14 years old most of the times i used to spend my time thinking about physics,different machines and human psychology. But i never liked maths and especially geometry.
So i was trying to know what you guys spend your time thinking about. And what you are good at and not good at.
And i also have another question,do you often wish and think that you are the most brilliant ever?
Hope you have understood what i mean....
Apr 14, 2015 16:12:49
I would like to be best at something (even in my close circle) and it makes me feel like a failure when I am not. But I don't have the courage to try - and you know, the second-guessing... I was good at school math, but not physics (it was too practical), but I'm not interested in either. I'm interested in how the world works as a whole from human perspective so I could say I'm interested in sociology and psychology but keeping in mind natural science (but not ideologies; more like how the world really in both micro and macro level work. the whole truth. Not ambitious at all *sarcasm*.) But yeah, don't know how to make a career of that. I may be strange for INTP but I need human connection and feedback and someone to develop ideas with. I want to discuss about things I read.
Apr 24, 2015 02:54:11
Hmmm... When I was 14... Well, I was 14 when I discovered my love of genetics, I mean, pedigree charts and punnet squares were like a puzzle, and I love logic puzzles; I can impress most people with my ability to do them. I was also very interested in geology and palaeontology, something I still find interesting. 14 was the point in my life where I made a new group of friends (The geeks. They are the greatest) and managed to get my maths back on track (I've always liked maths, but the introduction of stuff like trig had thrown me off it).
I was and still am an avid reader (Fantasy, mystery, ect) and a bit of a daydreamer.
I also am and always have been rubbish at English and suchlike subjects. Can't write essays to save my life.
Anyway, I never really found interest in fashion or gossip like a lot of my peers.

I am also brilliant, (or at least I frequently catch myself thinking I am) even if no-one else notices. So yeah, I can relate to that.
Apr 24, 2015 03:34:56
Yes. I often fantasize of being smarter than I really am, especially when enthusiastic. Then I wake up, begin to doubt myself, and wish I was as smart as I felt.