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

conquistador
3 years ago
This makes an awful lot of sense, i usually phase out in the middle of some session and suddenly realize something like: Oh, the breadcrumbs were on the seat most likely because of the way the kid was sitting... And then i realize i missed the entire lecture.
Kyle
3 years ago
Conquistador: Good on ya. :)
bananya
3 years ago
ha ha! yes!!! I am always thinking in those terms! the part of the article that resonated with me the most is that people indeed think I am day-dreaming when
Matthew
3 years ago
I am 15 and totally fit into this catagorey, i love to read and my favourite subject in Science, i love solving things and being creative. I am quite nagative. I love cinema. Oh, i'm just like i've found people that get me.
Anonymous
3 years ago
No ragrets. Not even a letter.
River
3 years ago
I think most of this personality fits me like a glove except for the fact that while I can be very introverted I can also be the exact opposite. like charlie above I have always loved reading and have read many books and novels in my short 14 years on this planet. I have found that I can fit into most social cliques as long as I find them reasonably tolerable, I have many acquaintances though that does not matter to me, only my close friends really matter in my opinion, and I find that my closest friend fits this description well, we are usually the guys sitting in the corner discussing physics or biology which are personally my favorite sciences. I find I excel in science and math classes always immediately knowing the answer, but for some reason they refuse to put in ap classes even though these classes im fairly certain I could have done as a 3rd grader I attribute it to my massive amounts of absences at school I have missed more school in 3 years than I have gone to school and yet I still get better grades than pretty much all of my classmates. which has caused me to become very cynical aside from all that I love being an INTP.
Chloe
3 years ago
I absolutely love, and agree, with the personality I was said to have. I find this extremely interesting. Consider me satisfied; inspired even.
Sushanth
3 years ago
I hate being INTP. It doesn't matter if i have to be stupid, i just want to get out of this zone. I believe below things will get me there, 1. Start conversation or Talk with stangers, just a Hi or Hello 2. Practice being center of attention 3. Start talking even if you do not have clear idea in mind. Focus on having conversation and build it as you go 4. Attempt the untested ones 5. Real things should be more important 6. Talk to people and know their feelings, emotions and try to show yours also. 7. Keep a cool head 8. Politics and Cinema are not important don't spend too much time thinking about them. 9. Involve in social activities in workplace or somewhere else 10. Notice the individuals the dress, ornaments and things like that. 11. Do what your mind tells(even if you get beat-up, as long as you don't lose your job) 12. Prepare personal timetable and stick to it 13. dont isolate yourself 14. if in a room possibly avoid the walls
Panda
3 years ago
Why? What's the point in forcing yourself to be someone you aren't? You'd get a lot more satisfaction from life if you just accepted yourself and played to your strengths instead of giving into self-loathing because of your weaknesses. Life is too short to force yourself into situations you know will only make you uncomfortable. 1. We can just leave this to the extroverts. We'll only suffer in silence because we'll wonder if we came across as strange. Was that the right tone of voice? What if I seemed TOO friendly... Was my smile too forced? 2. Again there are extroverts that are perfectly happy being the center of attention. Let them. That isn't to say you shouldn't contribute to conversations but let them lead. It's what they're good at. 3. Or wait to chime in until you have a fully formed opinion about the topic at hand. You should practice being an active listener though. Communication is about more than just talking. 4. If your methods aren't giving you the results you want this is sound advice. If your satisfied with your work leave it be. There's no sense in fixing something that isn't broken. 5. Reality is overrated. Use your abstract thinking to your advantage. Write a blog chronicling all the things you spend way too much time thinking about. There are people who will appreciate your perspective. 6. This is actually important. You might prefer solitude but social interaction is important. Even if you only have a few people in your life you should make sure they know you care. 7. Situational. Sometimes emotional outbursts are expected. You can come across as cold if you're never openly passionate. 8. Never begrudge yourself your passions! Just remember to communicate. Start a blog. There is an audience for a well formed opinion. Plus you'll find people who are just as interested and thoughtful as you are. 9. If you want to. I said social interaction is important but small gatherings with close friends are just as beneficial as big parties. Probably more so for an introvert. Introverts are weary after extended social interaction, especially with strangers and acquaintances. Leave the partying to the extroverts unless you have a reason to go. Forcing yourself will only make the experience miserable. 10. This is a bad idea. If your focused on their clothes you can get stuck in your head trying to figure out what it says about them. You'd be better off starting a conversation if your looking to be more social. 11. This is dangerous advice. Some of us have minds that encourage self harm or other potentially fatal behavior. A better way to word this would be, stop over thinking things. Just do what you want instead of spending time calculating all the possible outcomes. You'll never get anything done otherwise. 12. More good advice. You might not like it but it's a good skill to have. 13. Isolate yourself when you need to but strive to have one solid conversation a day. Something beyond the preprogrammed responses you have to satiate people. 14. In a room stay where you feel most comfortable. Try conversing with another wallflower. They might just appreciate it. You could even bloom together.
Josh
3 years ago
Sushanth, Most of your "fixes" are focused on addressing your introversion and I'm guessing the others are topics that you feel pushed people away. Please recognize that you, fundamentally, have a need for alone time. It is in our nature to have a few close bonds that are exceptionally intense rather than many bonds that are very weak. I can venture guesses about your situation (like maybe you recently moved and don't have access to the few people who fulfilled your social needs) and offer unsolicited advice (such as stating an interest of yours and asking if someone shares it). I can respect your goal for self growth, but caution you to temper it with self respect. You are an amazing creature as you are, and do not need to destroy yourself to find happiness. Best of luck to you, Josh
Female
3 years ago
Answer: Learn how to love yourself.
Shira
3 years ago
well, i think being INTP is not bad at all, like being efficient (i like it the most :) ). i myself being INTP and i've thought about doing what you pointed there, but then i thought about it, "if people can't accept the ME, why we need to change our self for them?" if they didn't accept your self, just leave them. nothing good will come to you from one sided sacrifice :( if it was me, i won't bother to come to other person to start a conversation, i'll wait for them to open them self to me. because that's how i as Introvert make my stand in this full of Extroverts social life.
Bikram
3 years ago
"Keep a cool head", isn't that possible lol. As an INTP, it often feels like my mind is in overdrive. I have another point to add based on personal issues- Don't get cocky with the thought of being more intelligent than others XD
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