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
Basically all of this describes me well except for the part about analyzing everything/anything but yourself. I feel as though I over analyze my self enough to know exactly where I am in the scheme of things.
2 years ago
Your statement doesn't make much sense. The article clearly states that we do analyze ourselves, that we believe it is important to do so. I myself take this too far sometimes. Your statement doesn't contain enough information for me to understand what your point is, could you elaborate? I'd love to hear it.
2 years ago
Don't know if I feel like an INTP yet. I mean, it's a spot on description of me for the most part but as with everyone, it does not completely define me. I understand emotions and what people are feeling, probably better than most, I just choose not to do anything about it. My hopes of ever finding love or true friendship are dim due to being so shy and having almost impossible standards (I hate most girls even if I find them physically attractive but I'm so shallow that I could find my soul mate and turn them down because I don't find them attractive enough). If I could just completely relate to one person in this world, that'd be great.
2 years ago
*Sigh* The article does not say that emotions are alien to us, it states that we have a hard time handling them, due to our dominant thinking trait. As far as your relationships go, having impossible standards automatically makes having relationships impossible. It's self explanatory. You admit to being shallow, and prize appearance over intelligence. That is the root problem you are facing. You will never find anyone to completely relate to unless you clone yourself (please do not attempt). If you overcome the chains of thinking that appearance is everything, however, you will find someone who understands you, and is willing to be with you despite your flaws. But if you don't do the same, then you will be alone until you get over yourself. Are you sure you're INTJ?
2 years ago
Am I the only one that really enjoys finding the rational applications and causes for emotion? (Like studying neuroscience to understand the neurological process behind emotions and the evolutionary purpose they have) or is that weird?
2 years ago
Not at all. Neuroscience absolutely fascinates me and I'm certain many other INTPs are interested in the subject as well. INTPs in nature constantly pursue knowledge after all!
2 years ago
Yes, I feel the same! The human psyche has always interested me and I plan on becoming a Psychologist in the future. Emotions intrigue me and I'm always seeking to understand others' feelings.
2 years ago
this is so freaking accurate xD
Ashley Nicole
2 years ago
It's nice to know that I (especially as a woman) just have a rare personality trait as oppose to some type of emotional disorder. I have always valued truth and logic above all and I never did understand people who have all these extra feelings about things for no reason. And don't get me started on people who love to cry over anything -_- I just have to walk away from them.
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