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

1 year ago
Am I the only one who when reading a book has to go back and read a paragraph again because my thoughts wandered, even if it is a good book?
Anonymous
1 year ago
This always happens to me! At first I rush by, but then slowly read back over. It's a habit.
1 year ago
Always! The better the book is the more I daydream about it!!!
INFP-A Artist, Poet, and Wannabe Biologist
1 year ago
i do that but not becuase i daydream, i just want to see it again. i'm kind of both infp AND intp.
INFP-A Artist, Poet, and Wannabe Biologist
1 year ago
YES true. all the time
ixis
1 year ago
Happy to see people like me! Sometimes I have to read a paragraph/page/sentence over and over, because a) I can't process what it means if I just read it once, b) I forgot where my position in the book was so I just reread, and c) I do it absent-mindedly.
Rae
1 year ago
No, I do this all the time. I also tend to take a certain point in a fictional story and start writing out my own ending to that scene. Anyone else do that one?
Anonymous
1 year ago
I always do that!
Anonymous
1 year ago
OMG! I thought I was the only one who did that!
NG
1 year ago
100% introverted
Jia Ye
1 year ago
Totally agree, I really hate reaching common people
Anonymous
1 year ago
No question about it in my mind, Intp's have the traits I would choose every time.
Bubbles
1 year ago
I think I've done this quiz about ten times and still gotten an INTP each time. The one time I didn't was when my Dad went through with me, and told me the right results to put in, but he was wrong. I'm am certainly an INTP, and the personality fits me to a T. 3% of the population, joy to the world, I'm so happy. I hate being called normal, I mean, it's just such a disgrace, and I do find it hard to show people my work unless I know it's perfect. I'm a year 7 and get A's and B's in english, but everything else is just normal C's. To be honest, I hate science, and maths, and have no friends in high school, since my besties are both in year 5 and one of them is home school. Everybody I know in school calls me weird, and that's probably one of the things that makes me happiest, but it's lonely you know, especially with no one to talk to. Actually, I find myself always talking to myself, is that weird? I was just so lonely, I gave my mind a name and used it to solve all my problems! Aneeka is the best name for your mind, right? Still it's sad. Plus, nobody likes what I like. No one likes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or punk rock music, or writing stories or anything. Am I weird, or is this just average for our personality type? INTP forever people! (P.S, I'm Australian)
Theorangeoranges
1 year ago
Well, you're only in Year 7, so there's a possibility your personality might change a little. INTPs are usually science/math oriented, but I think you might be a language oriented INTP. But make sure you give science-math a go before you dismiss it. If there's one thing I know from being INTP, it's that noone can convince you to be interested in something, so it's really easy to miss something you might be good at. That's why school is such a pain because the teachers can't make you interested. No-one else but you can. But once the seed of an idea is planted in our heads, It grows into a tree. It branches. It's branches branch. We roll these ideas around in our heads for hours and hours. That's why we're always daydreaming and people call us out for being aloof or distracted or 'wierd'. That 'weird' daydreaming state is our greatest asset. All you have to do is apply that state to something like a scientific phenomenon, or story writing, and boom your mind works like liquid clockwork. It's hard to master though. When I was in Year 7 I only used my daydreaming for stupid shit like pretending I had superpowers or something. Talking to yourself is just you making your daydreams more vivid when you think no-one's watching. I used to do it all the time. I still do, but I'm much more cautious about it. I remember once when my dad caught me talking to a wall when I was 15, God that was embarrassing. Also, although the 'daydream' state is useful, it can also be a burden. It's easy to drift out in the middle of class. It's easy to avoid meeting people and just mess around with ideas in your head. It's easy to waste hours, days, even weeks investing in an imaginary universe that you later realise was extremely stupid and you have to build from scratch chain. About friends, well you'll find like minded people eventually. Sounds cliche I know. Keep writing stories, not a literature type but I think INTP would be a very, very good match for developing intricate plots. And yeah, when I was in Year 7 I had no idea what personality types were, so you're one step ahead of me!
Anonymous
1 year ago
Man ur words totally describe me!!
Anonymous
1 year ago
Wise words. I branch out my ideas into crazy things at random moments. Then I forget to write them down, and I forget them sometimes. That's why I've learned to keep little journals around me to write down my crazy stories or innventions. And for Bubbles, don't worry. Your different in a beautiful way. Our kind of minds are what keep the world going round (metaphorically), you should take advantage of this. Our minds have so much potential! We fellow INTPs can't let it go to waste. Just like our fellow INTP Albert Einstein said, never stop questioning.
Anonymous
1 year ago
I get quite frustrated sometimes whenever my parents say something like "you have to do this and that because it's what normal 'sensible' people would do"
1 year ago
I think I'm also what you referred to as a "language-oriented" INTP. I love math and logic as well, but reading and writing exercises my imaginative and strategy-loving mind, and it's been a dream of mine to be an author since I first learned to read.
Anonymous
1 year ago
I wish I could say "I'm nit daydreaming, I am analyzing life"
Anonymous
1 year ago
Wow, Thanks for writing this. I'm 30 and just figuring some of this stuff out. For sometime I've been thinking that I have ADD due to the struggle of trying to stay in the moment.
7 months ago
I know how you feel on a lot of these points. Especially grades. My current dilemma is balancing my apathy towards getting good grades (I concluded by 6th grade that they were superficial and only measured one's tolerance towards busywork, a belief I still stand by today) and forcing myself to have a high enough Grade Point Average to get accepted by a college in the freakishly shallow and overcompetitive world that is the application process. [Just. Let. Me. LEARN.] If you are feeling vexed by math, I recommend giving statistics a try. Having been required to take a third year of math despite having completed all graduation requirements, I went into AP Stats this year, and while it is difficult, I found the first math class I even remotely enjoy. There is something about stats where it doesn't feel like I am arbitrarily finding the value of X because the teacher thinks I didn't grasp the concept yet. Also, I find it suits my skepticism quite nicely, and there's nothing more satisfying to me than proving people wrong just by showing their misuse of statistics. Language oriented INTP's unite! Or... just keep to ourselves writing down the worlds in our heads.
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