INTP Personality (“The Logician”)

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.

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.

This 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.

INTP personality

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.

Logicians You May Know

6 days ago
I think the article is about 85% on the dot. I don't really often think about "deep" subjects, nor am I that smart. To be honest, I'm just and average Joe when it comes to those types of things.But, everything else, it nailed it! I personalty think I belong better in the Diplomats section!
1 week ago
I was thinking of an astronomer.
2 weeks ago
I'm glad I found this test.(thank you Game Grumps) I am about 2 years into my first job after high school, and I often would discuss my theories on random things I thought of. (ex. what would happen if you attached a to a rock on the moon and a rock on earth, or how positive and negative matter having pushed each other away due to the opposite gravities and clustering together in the never ending expanse that is everything, creating multiple universes.) But I was always met with blank stares and no one understanding what I was on about. Reading this (and the extended article) reminded me of those times and has given me back the confidence to keep talking to people, rather then recede into my own mind. I am also exited to hear there are others that think like me, even though I've never met one, I cant wait to find some to talk too. Sincerely - Lord Davth the Great Crying Sknife (there wasn't enough room in the name box and I cant change it, it seems XD)
1 week ago
First the moon revolves around the earth so there is really no pushy pushy thing that is happening between them. But the fact that gravity is the one responsible for holding down both the stones that doesn't mean there is a relationship with both of them since time is not relative here in earth and in the moon. And Think of gravity as a plate and time and space is the spoon and fork. Time and space interact with each other but gravity is on another whole level. Time is like the water Space is the surrounding that shapes where time will go and gravity is like the earth that holds both of them together. Isn't it beautiful? The complexity of how our universe works yet despite it we humans still enjoy imagining how fun it is to study it. You should try quantum mechanics. You'll love it.
2 weeks ago
I have only found this test earlier today approximately morning time. I have never ever found another test which was so detailed and accurate! I'm thoroughly pleased with the results I have gotten and am relieved this sounds almost exactly like my attitude, brain, mindset, thoughts, and everything have been set up in a webpage neatly for me to explore and see which areas of myself probably need improvising upon. Due to my worry on these personality tests that I will lie slightly on the questions presented. As it is hard not too! We as humans do not like imperfections or traits within yourself that may be viewed as negative am I correct? Although I have learned something interesting from this, such as advice upon what jobs to look up and things I'd enjoy. (Extremely helpful, planning on becoming something like an X-Ray Tech. Very high possibility) Yet...this is also a little bit concerning. It's like they have inspected my brain thoroughly while I was unknowing of it. Then transported to this website with extreme accuracy of how I am. (And other INTP's)
2 weeks ago
I wish there was a Lord of the Rings character to represent me, but I guess telling everyone that I have the same personality as Rene Descartes, Bill Gates, Isaac Newton, Blaise Pascal and Albert Einstein is pretty impressive anyways.
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