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

no name
3 years ago
Just consider this...(those who hate being this type)... We are the best of the best at what we do. Not good at anything? Then you need to find out what you are supposed to be doing so you can be the best at it.
Kitty
3 years ago
I despise my lack of emotion. I can really be annoying when you can't stress, since everyone will use their stress to get stuff done while I'm on a personality website going, "yeah, I know the assignment is due in twelve hours, but do I really want to do art in senior? ".
Mariah
3 years ago
But oh yes, I can relate to this - especially the part about seeming dreamy and mentally idle, but really being the opposite. You have no idea how many people randomly walk up to me, people that I know, and either assume I'm "grumpy," "tired," or "upset about something." My response: "Uh, no, I'm just thinking." - and yes, what I'm thinking about is usually more interesting than what's going on in the room at the time, which is usually why I'm thinking in the first place. I agree with most of you in the fact that it's nice to at least know you're not the only one who thinks and acts like you. I am one of the only people in my family who would probably fit in this personality type, it gets tiring.
Mary-jo
3 years ago
I found out that I am INTP too. I study Natural Sciences and Political Sciences at the same time, and most people who I tell this think I'm a freak. But I will actually freak if I only do Natural Sciences or only Political Sciences, I need them both if I don't want to let my mind be too bored. Yeah, it's crazy, said like that, even for myself. If I'm not sure I am actually an INTP type, I am sure being introvert. I once had a crush with another introvert and nothing never happened so I let go. I thought I was controlling my feelings, but after awhile I totally flew up the handle when I saw my former crush dating another person. So I realized I didn't control my feelings at all, I only let them sleep in the bottom of my mind when I was focusing on something else - like Political Sciences or Natural Sciences.LOL I have a question... Are INTP naturally multitasks? Because I am good at drawing too, since I was a kid, and I play guitar and piano, and I like creative writing too. So...
notmy division
3 years ago
An intelligent INTP might change the world. However, being of average brain capacity AND having the attention span of a five year old, it is no laughing matter. Being able to recognize your own mis-advantages (most people are happy thinking they are more clever than they actually are; I know I am stupid, people keep telling otherwise but I KNOW I am not intelligent enough) makes it even harder. You think about all the things in the universe, knowing the answer is right there somewhere, just within reach... but you hit a wall because there is a limit of understanding. Maybe you could try to train your mind with some indepth studying but hey oh a butterfly! Dammit.
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