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

3 years ago
It's funny how we make up 3% of the population, and have more comments than many other personalities. Therefor, I guess that many of us cannot find other like minded people to talk to, so when we realized that there were, we wanted to finally be able to socialize with others who truly understand us.
3 years ago
Haha, I really can't stay away from this site. I'm interested in all the personality types, but I'm not going lie, I value my own above all the others. 'The Unexamined Life is Not Worth Living' could not ring more true to me, and I'm sure we've all been down the road where we do this to much. I know I have at least!! Having like minded people to talk to severely calms my nerves, and honestly, I think that since we more or less need a comfortable environment to truly thrive in, this site sort of serves as a lightning rod for all the turbulent INTPs who ever needed an ear to hear. On that note, There's also plenty of assertive INTPs willing to give advice!! This site is bliss!! PURE BLISS I TELL YOU!!!
Imnot tellling you my name!!
3 years ago
Wow , it truly is freaky how correct this is and I the last section in this was so correct .
3 years ago
Amazing is the word. Where have you all been? Hahaha.. The other day i was telling a fren how frustrating it is to find someone to understand my jokes. There were times tat i had to mellow down so tat i could stay in the conversation. Tats like switching to dual core from quad core. The less understood becomes the most understanding. Im still not married coz i haven't found anyone i won't feel bored with. We are all special in our special way.
3 years ago
It's funny how much pride arises when you read about yourself Go intp's!!!!
3 years ago
Wow finding this site has changed my view on alot of things it explains the way i am and makes me feel alot smarter because you no being a blonde everyone thinks your stupid so seeing this will probably change me alot im doing alot of other things to help me do better and this just made it easier and its nice to know that there are other people out there that understand my problem
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