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

10 months ago
This just made my day. Really accurate
10 months ago
Sounds just like me lol. Never heard something more accurate as this. Inside I'm excited but I literally am just sitting on a chair like a stone faced warrior.
11 months ago
I find it interesting how normal we INTPs sound when conversing/sharing opinions via the internet. In reality if we were in a room we would all be sitting awkwardly in the middle of the room knowing that the rest of us want the corner but none of us are really brave enough to secure it. Lol.
10 months ago
Haha, true. I’d just use the strategy I learned from religious school assemblies of just scooching closer and closer to the back corner so I can doodle without anyone looking over my shoulder, and once I was there I’d just hang out there until all the people left.
10 months ago
Yeah... introvert problems. Most introverts are more of the texting type so this feels comfortable. Nice observation, never realized that!
2 months ago
lol, this is so true, I guess it makes it easier to share your thoughts when you know that people aren't immediately going to reject it. I think this combined with the lack of face-to-face interaction makes a great place for us INTPs to talk about our ideas without the risk that's present in everyday life of someone rejecting it. I know that for me, when sharing some of the strange things I conjure up in my head, I am met with board or irritated expressions. I imagine this is the case for many of you. Anyway, my point is, this is kind of like a place for survivors of social judgement to come together and share (as well as complain about the rest of the world) in a place were everyone is experiencing the same thing, at least to a degree. I know this is kind of a rant, but I hope someone finds it interesting :)
11 months ago
This really explains a lot... I have only three close friends (one is a Mediator, one is a Campaigner, and the other is a Logician like me). Plus, one minute I'm thinking about how to soothe an aching throat and the next thing you know I'm belting out the words to "Zombie" by the Cranberries (which, in retrospect doesn't help because when I loudly and carelessly sing, it's bad on purpose, and because of that my throat ends up hurting even more than it did before I started). This is incredible.
10 months ago
Lucky! You actually have a friend that will talk logically with you! All of my “friends” include 4 ENFP’s (crazy 2.0 - now with emotions) a INTJ, and someone who makes everything a dirty joke (no clue what personality). Wow. I need an intelligent friend so bad right now. Lol
9 months ago
All I have is my husband, who is a Debater/Campaigner hybrid (for what it is worth, I am an Logician/Architect hybrid) (one of our results are 50/50). I used to have an Entrepreneur friend, but he was killed a few years ago in a motorcycle accident. I wish we weren't so damn rare so I could meet someone else like me.
11 months ago
wow, soo accurate. I am 15 years old and i fell like i have been spied. the part about theories and curiosity , debates in mind, messy place, not following rules blindly,introvert and friendship are especially true(these were the aspects which blew my mind for being soooo accurate) and all the other stuff about work, romance and parenthood are written in the way I am dreaming about. its like they studied me A to Z. HATS OFF TO YOU GUYS.
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