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

Dean huayra
1 year ago
I'm an ISTJ-T and my girlfriend is INTP-T.....I hope this is good combo
7 months ago
I'm an INTP-T married to an ISTJ-A for 9 years. Overall, we're happy. Our conflict usually stems from his impatience with my daydreaming ways. I love to talk about possibilities even if I know we're not going to follow through with them and he sees it as a waste of time. But overall, his practicality grounds me. He's great at making sure the bills are paid on time and I'm good at making sure he doesn't dig himself into a rut
everyone's anonymous here
1 year ago
I'm just relieved that there are people out there like me, because I never really fit into anyplace in society. I never speak willingly or answer a question because I've learned from experience that others will most likely reject the answer or claim that it makes no sense, or because I'm afraid I'll answer it incorrectly. I hate it that people never take us seriously. As a result of saying what I really think, people view me as "negative", "pessimistic" or "too realistic".
1 year ago
My whole life I've maintained one solid principle that nearly everyone I encounter will dismiss as insanity/being rude, and that is that "a person is only smart because of how stupid everybody else is." Plz. Some other logician shed some light on this.
1 month ago
You probably won't see this, but my strategy is to take advantage of people viewing me as eccentric by purposely blurting out whatever crazy ideas come into my head. My close friends all view this as perfectly normal to me, and have gotten so used to it that they actually pay attention. They're in no way stupid, it's just hard for them to follow my train of thought. But if they know me well enough, they know that usually I can provide insight among all the over-the-top craziness they expect. If they want insanity, then I give them insanity with a bunch of logic on the side. But I suppose that only works, because I already have a bunch of people who know me well.
1 year ago
2 years ago
I wish they hadn't changed the INTP image. I love reading, but I really dislike chemistry.
1 year ago
Agreed, but not for the same reason. The old picture just seemed a lot more true, and with the majority of INTP's being male it only makes sense to have a male avatar.
1 year ago
Same here, chemistry keeps trolling Me
1 year ago
Well, I'm a chemical engineer...
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