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
I've always wanted to be an architect, since I was ten. Now I am finding a job, to be an architect, and this is really confirming I made the right choice.
3 years ago
I would agree with all of this.
3 years ago
I agree with this very much so. as much as I hate to admit it, I'm not the best at being emotionally supportive. Even though I really want to help! Genuinely, I do! But I believe we feel emotion quite different from others so it's hard to know what to say. I'm not even really touchy-feely; as I've gotten older I've gotten more touchy-feely only because I noticed myself being so cold. But even then, I sometimes feel myself holding something back in a way. The hug is missing something; I dont know if muscles tense up or what, but tend to feel very badly for being so cold, as I'm sure it confuses people. I've read things/methods that explain how to give good emotional support and one of the most common was: empathy. Just saying "that sucks, I'm sorry you feel that way." is better than trying to logically help them (which of course bothers me, haha, why be sad if there's a logical way out??). But other humanoids need empathy, so since I care about many I usually opt to just let them know I feel them and theyre not alone (no matter how much I wish I could say "okay but we can fix it but doing this, this, and this blah blah blah" haha). I've worked on my emotionality alot and I think as an INTP that's important. I dont think we're actually emotionless, I think I'm a very emotional person but I just don't let that make my decisions. And it's kind of frustrating for me because I'm attracted to people who are in touch with their emotions but also intelligent?? So in order to support that kind of thing i continue to ponder on how i could be a good partner for someone like that. i dont know haha sorry if that was rambling... i love the comments here, i never meet people like me
2 years ago
I think that's a brilliant way of putting it. I too see myself as "emotional" and I have sympathy and empathy for others. The way I get over the fact that others do not always want to hear the logical approach to their problems is by taking a step back and looking at the larger picture. We as INTPs make up only 3% of the population. Statistically, a majority of the earth does not approach life quite like we do. Therefore, logically, we should take that into account and modify our approach to emotional situations.
2 years ago
This is amazing. Someone thinks and speaks in ways that is thought provoking for me... Never thought it would happen. The sad part is that, as the text sais, we are the most legitimately logical people. Sadly, and EXTREMELY frustratingly though, we are in the minority. I can't tell you how many times I've been frustrated by the fact that a group of people who have no ability to reason, think that I'm wrong because the others in the group think like them( there all thinking wrong. Together. At my expense) haha
3 years ago
This description... It's so true :P I never knew that there are any people who are like me at all, besides that each INTP is very original, so proably I would have to search for a long time to find someone who likes the same thing as me :P 3% of the world population is about ~218190000
3 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.
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