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

7 months ago
Did anyone here have the experience of often getting poor grades on tests? I had to practice for months to learn how to take a test because I had too many thoughts about the subject and I couldn't write them all. It's like I have a pulsing web inside my head, and I always want to connect the next idea even though it isn't relevant to the question being asked. Did anyone else have this problem, even though they knew they should have done well because they were really clever at school? Also sometimes talking, my thoughts are faster than the words I speak and I secretely get really annoyed when people interrupt me because it breaks my flow. Everything I do now, I think about it compared to this personality type (probably not so healthy).
9 months ago
When someone decides to have a conversation with me about a topic... they aren't usually prepared for me. I can't just give them my position on something, or my views of another. No, I must show them the logical steps of how I came to my conclusion (or current position if I haven't figured it out myself). This is met by 1 of 3 reactions: A disinterested look, anger, or confusion. I tend to just keep my thoughts to myself, so as to avoid that. Not exactly the best thing, but at least I get invited back to social events.
11 months ago
Absolutely spot-on assessment of my personality! I can not believe how instantaneously accurate and in-depth this website was in being able to conduct a credible examination of my personality type after only collecting background information about my tendencies. I especially related to the portions that indicated "Friends find it difficult to receive any emotional support from you," in that I tend to be rather morbidly fascinated with most situations, I just enjoy examining all the irregularities and peculiarities that can happen in somebody's life, but I rarely get emotionally attached to a particular outcome in life. In fact, I often secretly enjoy when my preferred outcome in life isn't achieved, so I can do an in-depth and objective examination of the root of the dysfunction and what caused the downfall. So, I guess in that sense, if people wanted an objective assessment from me of how to prevent or remedy a certain situation, I would be able to provide it, but I tend to not have much sympathy for those who wallow in their setbacks, so I absolutely do resent pity parties and find them pathetic and unbecoming. I also like to maintain my composure in general, because I am a very proud person, and you will have a difficult time getting me to ever reveal or make obvious any inadequacies on my part. I definitely found the assessment on "being too afraid of perceived failure or humiliation to be effective." to describe me in a way that hit quite close to home. My level of commitment to things in life tend to fall on one extreme or the other. I'm a very black-and-white sort of person when it comes to commitments and accomplishments, if I don't care about something or somebody, I have a difficult time pretending otherwise. However, I'm kind of a rigid and obsessive perfectionist, when it comes to things and people I'm deeply devoted to. I can end up frustrating myself significantly, because I'm very weary of conventional approaches to things and people I care about. I spend so much time obsessing over things and people I care about, trying to figure out the best possible angle to approach them from, and constantly trying so hard to figure out the best course of action when it comes to these things, so sometimes I end up doing absolutely nothing. I also pretty much always am deeply skeptical of established structures and established methods of approaching problems, so much that it sickens me because I feel like other people end up becoming a statistic in their conventional approach to things, and I don't want to be just another statistic or a useful idiot or a pawn in anybody else's larger game. If that makes sense? Lol, I don't know, I guess I can also be somewhat incoherent when expressing myself, because as you said, this personality type can be somewhat inelegant, in that we care about precision and efficiency more than social convention. Thank you, excellent test, spot on description of me as INTP-Logician type.
1 year ago
Oh, man. I mean, I wouldn't define myself as completely emotionally inept. I can be empathetic and offer emotional support when a situation calls for it - I'm actually quite an empathetic person and I'm emotionally available to my close friends. But otherwise, this is completely accurate. But my emotions are quite underdeveloped and turbulent, I can react quite intensely and be moody and irritable when I'm trying to deal with or solve a problem. Sometimes I have absolutely no patience for people and when I socialize I need to put myself in a more... sociable mood. But by the end of a busy day/event, my energy levels drop like crazy and all I want to do is read a book and forget because my thoughts can get a little too loud and hammer around my head. I'm quite neurotic and I have anxiety and sometimes loud noises can make my head hurt like crazy so I prefer solitude and quietness or I get too frazzled and overwhelmed. I'm a major procrastinator in all respects, I have so many ideas and plans but I overthink them and end up never even pursuing them because only a small problem arises in my plans I lose all motivation/energy to go through with them, which is something I need to work on. My emotional availability aside, when I'm caught up in my own head I can be rude or disregard someone's feelings and be closed off/snappy, which confuses/hurts people even though I can't help it. Lord knows my mother has been subject to my closed off demeanor too many times. I jump from concept to concept quickly when I'm too caught up in my enthusiasm to learn more and I can get ahead of myself and end up mentally tangled in a web of unclear and underdeveloped information. I strive to learn more about the universe and I have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and information, and my main career path is astrophysics or something to do with quantum mechanics, which this article got spot-on. I was very impressed! This was a good read and I think I'm a lot more self-aware now, lol.
1 year ago
Incredibly accurate test. Although, I'm curious if anyone else creates problems for themselves for no reason other than to have a problem to solve, and the experience that comes with it. INTP seems like the problem solver, and it makes me wonder if I'm not the only one of the 3% that does this alot. I'm not sure a good example of this, but I constantly create problems for myself, basically on purpose, and immediately procure a solution for it. Sometimes it works.. sometimes I get buried in problems I've created and the inevitable ones that come with life.
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