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

2 years ago
Reading this it really does tie into how my mind kinda thinks, however I really don't feel I'm all that inteligent, I have ADD and my grades in school are average in the past I have gotten F's before and I really don't care that much for puzzels. I do not consider myself shy because I don't mind talking to people yet I do tend to stay quite especially In new surrounding to first analize my surrounding and the people. I think ALOT and analize the people in my surrounds, the very meaning of life and how the world works; trying to pull out significant things, or noticing negatives as well. I don't have a lot of friends and I'm content with that, yet at the same time I love meeting new people a creating deep emotional bonds with people I don't just look for intelligent people to become friends with I get along with pretty much everyone as long as they are easy to talk to. However I just stick the ones that you would consider a true friends; the ones that stood out, who have intriguing minds and life experiances and always get me thinking, challenging me to be the best that I can be, the ones that are grounded and pretty much self significant and don't require much emotional support. if in emergancy situations such as someone contemplating suicide I can be great emotional support for that moment, however if it is just the daily stresses that are not life threating the best I can tell you to do is accept it and move on. I really don't like being around people who are emotionally needy often. When I am emotional which is somewhat rare for me I really don't like to show it even to my close friends because I like to stay strong and not show people my vulnerability. Just a rant I guess, I really enjoyed this test, it seemed very accurate.
Jason B
2 years ago
Whenever i state my opinion on a subject in school i always get sent down to the office for being offensive or rude when I'm just stating facts on that subject. The principal has called me "The most cold hearted teenager he has ever met" I just laughed and stated what i thought of him now i am suspended.
INTP Maddie wants to debate!
2 years ago
When I state my opinions I try to do it in a sincere manner to not offens anyone. But don't you just hate it when you state something factual, but someone calls you things for it? Like if I said "The majority of people who are in 'the hood' are black, someone would call me racist even though it's true. Yes, I understand other races can be in 'the hood', it's just most are black.
2 years ago
My brother is an INTP. I am an ENFJ so I am more drawn to emotional appeal and helping others. He tells me I shouldn't do community service because I am not going to get paid for it which to me is ridiculous. My brother and I always have philosophical conversations. We talk about robots taking over the world (we talked about the short story "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" by Harlan Ellison for 5 hours), we question time and life. I do have some problems holding a conversation with my brother because he questions. e v e r y t h i n g and when i say everything I mean everything XD 99.9% of the time he's on his computer he built himself playing strategic games such as Rome:Total War, XCOM, and Shogun. He's also very cynical in his point of views. Either way, my brother challenges me to think more productively (if that makes any sense) and I respect him for it. Go INTPs!!!
INTP Maddie wants to debate!
2 years ago
I've heard of 'I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream'. I forgot about it, but thanks for posting that, it reminded me.
2 years ago
I have to say that I don't see anything wrong with community service regardless of pay. After all we are part of the community too. So when we help the community, in turn we are also helping ourselves. The benefits are not always immediate or large, so it can sometimes seem illogical, when in reality it's actually the opposite. With that said, it will also depend on the how much you feel it's worth the time and the type of community service you do.
Davy cooke
2 years ago
Just realised why my mind goes round like a washing machine about things that don't matter right now! Good to know ! Thought I was a socio/psycho Lol
2 years ago
All my life, I've loved writing creative books. I'm actually planning on making it my career, but I'm wondering if that will be a good idea and if I should just go with my 2nd choice and become an accountant. Any ideas?
Dire Wolf
2 years ago
To be honest, all my life so far I've been writing fan fictions and doing digital art. To me, its something to enjoy, so if you like, it just do it.
2 years ago
I say you should definitely pursue writing. Accounting is extremely cut and dry even for an INTP, but with writing you could at least express you'r ideas on a mass scale without compromising. the stereotypical INTP social quirks. I love the idea of writing but I have so many hobbies that i have not gave it the sufficient amount of attention to properly hone that skill. It will definitely be something I explore in the future. But I wouldn't touch Accounting with a ten foot poll.
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