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

Greatkibble
1 year ago
Hello fellow INTPs. I feel I should leave a valuable contribution for everyone - after all, it's what our minds are designed for. I see that a lot of us are having trouble with concentrating and thinking, as well as many other social dysfunctions. Worry not my people, for I have found a method that effectively deals with these issues spot on, and it WILL put our minds at ease. So here it is: I constantly repeat in my head, 'Reality' or, 'The Reality' or, 'I'm in reality'. The idea is to keep our attention focused on our immediate environment. Reality is the present moment, and every stimuli our senses are receiving in said moment. Reality isn't the past, or the future. You can say any deviation of this... this mental repetition of reality. Also, you will inevitably have to mentally repeat you need to be yourself. 'Just be myself'. This, and the method above are inseparable. Or maybe not. This is all coming from my own experience. You can find your own unique way of handling this method, and I encourage you to do so. tl;dr: Just repeat 'reality' and 'be yourself' constantly in your head. Why does this work? Well I, *ahem* also encourage you to figure this out on your own. It shouldn't be a problem for an INTP. Our minds overthink, no... we fluctuate, rather too often, and learning to manage and control our creative power is akin to becoming godly. This will channel our genius to such a fine point; like the flow of light from a large flashlight to a laser beam. I've tested this and it has never ever failed me. I hope it does for you what it has done for me. I could go further and list the positives and negatives that deal with this unique handling of the perceivable world but, I think I've said enough for now. Looking forward to posting in the future! : ) (Or Christmas time to be more specific - I'm in the middle of my own personal social experiment atm)
Anonymous
1 year ago
Wow. I will try this technique of yours. Harnessing this power will help me achieve, as you stated, godliness.
Anonymous
1 year ago
1. tone down the pride. 2. this can cause OCD. Sorry if i sound rude. otherwise yeah i agree. i end up saying "this is life. this is now." check out the INFP site. we can be like you, only artistic and philosiphical instead of scientific. although i am scientific and idealistic. im a weirdo. go me.
Anonymous
1 year ago
I don't read this as coming off arrogant. He/she is just offering a method to try that has been successful for them as well as encouraging others to try their own methods. I thank the author as it challenges us to think about how to handle the downfalls of this personality type. Offering and trying a different perspective can only benefit you as finding a way that helps you or knowing a new way that doesn't help you. Always progress. Also, what's wrong with slight OCD? in extreme cases yes it can be a negative trait but a shade of ocd is very beneficial in many situations. This is life this is now, this is reality, you guys have the same method.
Random INTP person
1 year ago
godly power?! I see tons of contradictions here. First of all, (to Greatkibble) how can you be yourself if you're trying to bring down the natural intuition by being realistic? Second of all (to Anonymous), INTPs are also known to be philosophical. And yeah, don't be too full of yourself or your type, what whoever's above said... although he/she's pretty full of him/her self...
1 year ago
To point 1: Ah it's alright. I'm always up for self improvement. 2: I don't think this could cause OCD for INTPs though. Once you get a hang of it you just stop using it because it becomes like second nature. Being the thinking type, I'm sure we would question how and when this would be valid. I wouldn't suggest this method for any other type, that's for sure.
LD
1 year ago
I can't seem to ever be able to turn my brain and thinking off...I guess that means I am an INTP.
M
1 year ago
I took the test twice just to be sure and I'm surprised to get the same result. But I am a little scared, the second time I've got 89% Introverted. What's with that?
Karen
1 year ago
Maybe because the first time you realize you're introverted and you've read the facts, it makes you even aware that you are introverted which leads you into more introversion. The first time I took this I got 20% introverted, while now I have around 70% introverted.
Francis D.
1 year ago
"The INTP personality type is fairly rare, making up only three percent of the population" @Carly, @Doctorwhovian Just though I'd point out in relation to this comment, this site designates sixteen personalities. The average percent for a personality type in the entire population has to be just over six (100/16=6.25). Since it states that INTP's account for three per cent of the population, this personality group only accounts for 3.25% of the population less than the average personality group, so it's not a MASSIVE outlier.
Anonymous
1 year ago
Yes, but other groups are even more rare, such as the INTJ. When you compare it to the larger groups, INTP is quite small
Anonymous
1 year ago
It isn't really, once you remind yourself just how many people there are on Earth. Or maybe you're talking about the percentage??
marc
1 year ago
wat percentae of poeple is INTP?
Anonymous
1 year ago
ENFP here, it's in the first sentence. 3%
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