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

5 years ago
Ok i just find out that i am INTP. And the first thing i do i try to change it.I really wish i had the wish to talk to people. I hate chating.I would be probably silent before i talk about something that i don`t care. And the problem i have is that a want to know everything and be everything.I want to think i am smart but every day found out that i have so many more things to learn.I do not remember numbers nor names, I don`t think i am special i just think that its only me. My sentences are not complete and i talk about everything in the same time.You can see that in my comment.I wanna read books very much and i have a constant flow of ideas and very big imagination.Sometimes i think my day dreaming happend for real. I mean its not like i dont know reality but just for a second i like to think that the world in my head is real. I just wanted to see mu thoughts on paper that is why i wrote this.
5 years ago
This is surprisingly accurate. A lot of people find me a little too weird. Mostly because I love suddenly disappearing. Some of my friends even gave me the nickname 'Cheshire cat'. Sometimes people get too annoying, too loud, or too trivial. Also I've been defined as very dismissive. Anyone else have that? And apparently a lot of the time it's hard to tell if I'm afraid of anything or if I even have 'fears'. That, and I absolutely hate people touching my things. I don't care if it's my phone or a pair of scissors; you break it in any way and I will end you.
Toby Mikle
5 years ago
I am an INTP and an artist but I also have bipolar. I use the bipolar mania to get huge projects done and I like working for myself as I don't ever have to see other people. I set up my business in a way that people order illustrations from me via a form and I respond via email. I don't even want to talk on the phone ever, though sometimes I have to. I have been doing this successfully for about 16 years. Another thing is I threw a party for my 30th birthday and invited about 12 of my closest friends. I found myself out back when everyone was inside and inside when everyone followed me out back. I didn't even wasn't to be around my friends argg. oh well. I can get along with anyone and they seem to enjoy my company but I can only take it for so long before I want to retreat.
Chey Stevena
5 years ago
I love how many of us there are. I have been struggling through writers block and my musical compositions are stagnant and repetitive as well. I was wondering how many of you have a phobia of holes. It's called trypophobia and has only been acknowledged since 2005. But it's associated with the fear of repetitive patterns. It's not even known enough for spell-check. You would have to go to Google and suffer the images to get the definition and the barest of information about. Sorry to be so bland, but I'm curious.
5 years ago
Surprisingly true !!!
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