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

4 years ago
Am I the only one who tend to write a lot more than I need to in the INTP personality type? Honestly I haven't found a lot of people who I can relate to. Like, for example, all of my friends, who now I guess im starting to question. I don't really think that we get along as well as we think we do (or at least as well as they think we do). I'm glad that it isn't just because im a freak in the social world. At least there are others like me. It's actually pretty cool how much this was on point. I always thought I was just pretty forgetful and possibly slightly weird for talking in my head and sucking at telling stories and explaining (I find myself saying "never mind" a lot when it comes to explanations) Anyway, I'm glad. XD
4 years ago
Real world is so boring. The universe inside my head makes more sense.
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4 years ago
Used to think there must be something wrong with my head until i found out here that I'm just 'rare'
4 years ago
Me too!
4 years ago
I did this and am shocked how well it explains me. I have 88% thinking and 12% feeling. Im a robot. But Im also a salesman that can fake emotions to get my way. Always struggled with relationships, and I get bored in minutes. People bug me, unless I can sell them something. I got a 50/50 E I ratio. Im outgoing, skydive every weekend, travel a lot, but would do it solo. Good at meeting new people, but dont keep anyone close. Anyone else get some extreme 80% results?
4 years ago
In 80% Introverted, but have developed the Inferior to have a large social group. It is the singular hardest thing Ive ever done. All of my numbers were pretty extreme, and in my opinion very accurate, but most people guess I am ENFP, lol. According to a leadership course Im in, thats a sign of maturity. I credit the Military for forcing me to bend constantly, mentally and otherwise;)
4 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.
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