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  • Very private and withdrawn.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 or disagree with these points? Please share your opinion in the comments!

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60 Responses to “INTP strengths and weaknesses”

  1. Hubcat Reply

    My INTP personality surprisingly describes me to a T…except …I FEEL I am way more ‘sensitive’ than is described…I have LEARNED over the years how to shield myself from critical comments and situations and I can easily hide my feelings but I still feel the hurt just the same. I almost know in advance when I will be feeling hurt. That kind of sensitivity has added to my shyness. Sometimes it is easier to talk in depth with strangers than with those who are close to me. You know what they say…that when a murder has been committed that it is most likely committed by someone we know…lol. Perhaps my pronounced sensitivity is due to also having the emotional water signs of a Pisces Sun and a Scorpio Asd. (you see, I CAN share…lol). I know, still coming from my head.

    • Sarah Reply

      I have to COMPLETELY agree with you! I feel I’m more of a ‘sensitive’ type. Everything you said applies perfectly to me!

  2. eykei Reply

    i consider myself very objective and open minded, but not a great abstract thinker, nor am i very original. I strongly agree with all the weaknesses, except I don’t think i’m insensitive at all, on the contrary, i pick up on other people’s emotions and expressions very quickly and over-analyze them, making socializing a burden sometimes.

  3. Female Reply

    Pretty true. I used to think I was/be an INTJ, but reading this, it makes a lot more sense. If I am interested in something, it’s like a sin not to look for the answer. Letting it go? NO. I’m always in my head and, I think that this isn’t something gone over, I’m pretty insecure because of my thoughts. Not sure if I’m the only one, but I’m very hard on myself, overthinking and overanalyzing everything to the point where I have anxiety. My INFX mom has been very good for me, helping me talk out my problems rather than going insane over them. Sometimes things are better put into the atmosphere than in your head. I can be pretty sensitive, and in the inside my head is almost a battle ground for me. Working on not taking everything like that. I find myself being a bit of a social chameleon, not because I’m fake, but because different people stimulate different parts of my vast interests and personality. I don’t have many friends because they don’t interest me, and I never have (though I used to try and fake it and make people like me; still getting over that), but I do have acquaintances. I don’t think I’m very emotionless socially, but I’m not sure. I smile at the people I like and I talk to them, though not easily unless they’re close family, having a bubbly and enthusiastic side that I only truly show to very close family. People don’t see me for who I really am. In dance class, where I am focused, I often have an emotionless face and glower at the irrational people around me. I find myself also being very blunt and, especially around family, being pretty spunky/sarcastic because I know them well. I cherish all my relationships and always try to keep friendships afloat, even if I know it’s time to drift apart. I also procrastinate over everything. “I’ll do it next,” has been a killer, thanks to the internet. I also take extensive amounts of time trying to understand and improve myself. A task forever – being more self confident and learning what to and what NOT to take seriously. That’d save all of us a lot of stress, I’m sure.

  4. Elizabeth Reply

    I feel this result was 70% accurate. However, I am not private or withdrawn at all. I am very social with my friends and family and I participate in many activities. To be truthful, I was expecting ISFP much more, since I am an artist, actor, and singer. But I am very absent-minded and I do feel like rules were meant to be broken.

    • caffeine Reply

      I’m an INTP too and “private and withdrawn” to me means that I’m reluctant to show my true colors to anybody but the people closest to me. I can be really warm and welcoming to strangers too, but I tend to only speak about general ideas, or stick to listening. I cannot describe how uncomfortable I feel when I have to talk about _myself._

      I could suggest reading the INFP profile, though. :) They’re more artsy, internal feeling is their primary function, and as absent-minded (or even worse) as INTP’s.

    • Brianna Reply

      I think INTPs are generally social and confident with people that they know and like, it’s just new people that we’re shy with.

  5. Brianna Reply

    This is exactly like me. I was very pleased to see that engineer is one of the jobs for us INTPs.

  6. Miss Cat Reply

    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……

  7. Christopher Storm Reply

    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.

  8. Char Reply

    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.