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

the number guy
3 years ago
Any of you guys here currently collecting notebooks ? either its for writing or just collecting it ? Or fine made writing utensils, like fountain pen ? haha
Anonymous
3 years ago
I do! haha. I've been collecting notebooks, and I didn't noticed really, that I'm doing that, and lately, for about a month I've been writing in one of them. and I thought that's odd for me to do such a thing.
Anonymous
3 years ago
I LOVE NOTEBOOKS! I bought fifty dollars worth of notebooks the other day ... I don't really use them I just have this odd obsession .... I hate taking notes too, but notebooks ....
Anonymous
3 years ago
Thanks for reminding me. I have about 10 notebooks that I have collected under my bed, all filled halfway with random thoughts that aren't always fully formed :P
Anonymous
3 years ago
I love this site! There are people like me here! I have a pile of notebooks that I periodically write in. I've tried to organize them into different topics for different notebooks, but I'm not very good about it.
Kat
3 years ago
Oh wow, I just realized most of us seem to use proper grammar. How about that!? xD
A
3 years ago
It's really difficult to be an INTP, especially females. And the most difficult part is childhood. It really is difficult to understand why people think the way they do. What's obvious to me isn't obvious to them and vice versa. Or when we defend/explain some point of view, and they just assume that we share that view. The toughest thing is family, and the way they tried to change me, and force me to go out and socialize. They made me feel like there's something extremely wrong with me. The way they think I don't care about them because I don't check on them, or have small talk. I really don't care about how people perceive me, but sometimes it kid of hurts when your own family just can not understand you. It's easier now that I'm an adult, and don't think that much of their opinions of me. Now I'm just used to being misunderstood.
Helia
3 years ago
"The toughest thing is family, and the way they tried to change me." "They made me feel like there's something extremely wrong with me. The way they think I don't care about them" "Now I'm just used to being misunderstood." I know.
~A
3 years ago
I can relate. As a kid (female to be specific) didn't make a lot of friends because I could understand them and they couldn't understand me. I still don't know quite why that is. After a while, I had to learn to just let it go and let it be. Even now, my friends, as great as they are, still don't completely understand me. I talk about things that are realistic, logical. Whether they don't want it to be or not, its the cold truth. People who put emotions first don't understand,
Anonymous
3 years ago
It's all about mindset. People within groups have different social patterns, humor, ways of talking, things they talk about etc. It's all about finding a similar mindset. Similar humor and things they talk about is the big clue. I'm a girl too, but I've found guys my age are more likely to share my mindset. But I also ended up in a class where all the guys hated me, but they didn't have similar mindset. I also found a wonderful homeschool group where everyone is weird. We share VERY similar mindset, and it doesn't matter how we're different just that we are.
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3 years ago
I completely agree about the conversation part. I only know two or three people who are willing to have a long discussion or debate speculating about anything from the origins of the universe to whether one book character would have the strength to survive a trial faced in another story. I don't know why, but just the mental challenge of considering all the possibilities, and what could happen as a result, is one of my favorite activities. I've tried having such discussions with my siblings, but they find such speculation boring, and start mocking the ideas I bring up.
Jeremy
3 years ago
Some thoughts in my brains: Everybody is like " I'm so glad I'm normal!" But I revel in the feeling of being unique. Everyone thinks I'm a linear thinker, but now I understand that they just can't see all the crazy loops and spirals and strange connections in my head. Some may not think of analyst as the artist type, but when the sudden, compeling inspiration strikes, I love playing music, drawing pictures, and even writing poetry. There is something of a puzzle I like about making the rhymes fit well. Often any pictures are from a weird dream I had, and look strange to anyone but myself. I am a dreamer. Possibly a romantic. I have just about given up on making a crowd laugh. No one can understand my humor in the moment, and I am left feeling insanly awkward, wondering why no one got the joke. Basically, no one sees the world from my unique perspective, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Do know how many times I think about writing something in this comment, only to decide it would be better some other way and erase it? And who needs friends anyway?
Immi'Re
3 years ago
We don't need friends. I love being unique, but I've also found finding people who have different types of uniqueness than me can do wonders. We can text each other at midnight about cupcakes, star fish, and taking over the world using nutella. I wouldn't give that up for anything.
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