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

Nikki
3 years ago
I had a friend who is an INTP, and we had some truly awesome scientific debates. But as an INFJ, we butted heads when it came to matters that were about life and philosophical questions. In other words, she was totally uninterested.
Kiera
3 years ago
It's like one mind, but we're all different particals
Mr
3 years ago
We took the test, me and my husband. Funny thing is the result came out perfectly. Im ENTJ which it's the compatible partner for INTP (my husband). Reading the result makes us laugh because most of them are true. Im extrovert, husband introvert. Im judging he's not. Im assertive he's tolerant. Thanks to the founder of this test, its just nice knowing about your self.. :)
Kevin
3 years ago
This really describes me and my life. I have been searching to see if I had some sort of metal illness for a while now. But this seems to explain it all perfectly. I like boring jobs in which little thought is needed. I just ponder questions and debate myself in my head. Go online and research opposing positions and compare them then form my own position, then question it and find inconsistancies. Just to find out that most peoples views on a subject are as simple as "we should all just have equal rights" without thought as to things like selective service or unwanted fatherhood options versus unwanted motherhood options. I'll play a game or read a book then analize it and come up with questions and problems with each. I watch movies and point out inaccuracies. I have very little emotion I can talk to people easily but it is like a facade not my true self. I use secondary debates for my facade that are simple and easy to understand for views on topics yet are not my true views simply because my true views are too difficult to understand. I spend all day just think about things and changing my beliefs and views based on new information or thoughts. Man I'm one wierd guy.
Anonymous
3 years ago
odd-ball here as well!
JS
2 years ago
Thank you for writing this.
Sarp
3 years ago
Everything is pretty much spot on except for emotions. I'm a perfectionist, imaginative, constantly scared of failure, and always logical and annoyed by stupidity of other people but when it comes to not being able to understand emotions, I can understand them pretty well and I'd say I am emotional in some sense. But it's weird because I am definitely not an INFP. I am really emotional when it comes to romantic endeavours but other than that, I definitely don't feel empathy for other people most of the time. Dunno, maybe it's because I'm really emotionally unstable (turbulent) too.
Aly
3 years ago
I feel you. I'm the same.
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