INTP Strengths and Weaknesses

INTP Strengths

INTP strengths
  • Great Analysts and Abstract Thinkers – People with the INTP personality type view the world as a big, complex machine, and recognize that as with any machine, all parts are interrelated. INTPs excel in analyzing these connections, seeing how seemingly unrelated factors tie in with each other in ways that bewilder most other personality types.
  • Imaginative and Original – These connections are the product of an unrelenting imagination – INTPs’ ideas may seem counter-intuitive at a glance, and may never even see the light of day, but they will always prove remarkable innovations.
  • Open-Minded – INTPs couldn’t make these connections if they thought they knew it all – they are highly receptive to alternate theories, so long as they’re supported by logic and facts. In more subjective matters like social norms and traditions, INTPs are usually fairly liberal, with a "none of my business" sort of attitude – peoples’ ideas are what matter.
  • Enthusiastic – When a new idea piques their interest, INTPs can be very enthusiastic – they are a reserved personality type, but if another person shares an interest, they can be downright excited about discussing it. More likely though, the only outward evidence of this enthusiasm will be INTPs’ silent pacing or their staring into the distance.
  • Objective – INTPs’ analysis, creativity and open-mindedness aren’t the tools of some quest for ideology or emotional validation. Rather, it’s as though people with the INTP personality type are a conduit for the truths around them, so far as they can be expressed, and they are proud of this role as theoretical mediator.
  • Honest and Straightforward – To know one thing and say another would be terribly disingenuous – INTPs don’t often go around intentionally hurting feelings, but they believe that the truth is the most important factor, and they expect that to be appreciated and reciprocated.

INTP Weaknesses

INTP weaknesses
  • Very Private and Withdrawn – While INTPs’ intellectualism yields many insights into their surroundings, their surroundings are ironically considered an intrusion on their thoughts. This is especially true with people – INTPs are quite shy in social settings. More complicated situations such as parties exacerbate this, but even close friends struggle to get into INTPs’ hearts and minds.
  • Insensitive – Oftentimes INTP personalities get so caught up in their logic that they forget any kind of emotional consideration – they dismiss subjectivity as irrational and tradition as an attempt to bar much-needed progress. Purely emotional situations are often utterly puzzling to INTPs, and their lack of timely sympathy can easily offend.
  • Absent-minded – When INTPs’ interest is captured, their absence goes beyond social matters to include the rest of the physical world. INTPs become forgetful, missing even the obvious if it’s unrelated to their current infatuation, and they can even forget their own health, skipping meals and sleep as they muse.
  • Condescending – Attempts at connecting with others are often worse than INTPs’ withdrawal. People with the INTP personality type take pride in their knowledge and rationale, and enjoy sharing their ideas, but in trying to explain how they got from A to B to Z, they can get frustrated, sometimes simplifying things to the point of insult as they struggle to gauge their conversation partners’ perspective. The ultimate insult comes as INTPs give up with a dismissive "never mind".
  • Loathe Rules and Guidelines – These social struggles are partly a product of INTPs’ desire to bypass the rules, of social conduct and otherwise. While this attitude helps INTPs’ strength of unconventional creativity, it also causes them to reinvent the wheel constantly and to shun security in favor of autonomy in ways that can compromise both.
  • Second-Guess Themselves – INTPs remain so open to new information that they often never commit to a decision at all. This applies to their own skills as well – INTP personalities know that as they practice, they improve, and any work they do is second-best to what they could do. Unable to settle for this, INTPs sometimes delay their output indefinitely with constant revisions, sometimes even quitting before they ever begin.
4 years ago
I think INTP's are sensitive in the sense that their observation skills combined with their analytical skills gives them insight into behaviour.- i find the difficulty comes in communicating the knowledge or insight you have of others motivations for behaving as they do. And most people dont take the time to listen to what we have to say. As soon as i start talking i can become incoherent to others as i try and explain EVERYTHING that leads to my rationalisations. Its communication thats the issue, not a lack of emotionality. just dont seem able to be concise and keep to 2 facts. Anyway, i know i would rather have me in charge in a crisis because I dont get clouded by emotion when a decision has to be made quickly and my decisions tend to benefit the majority of the team. There are a lot of positive aspects to being an INTP if you think about it.
4 years ago
Definitely, I find it much easier to detect human behavior and reasoning than actually interacting
Christopher Storm
4 years ago
Well, this testing site brought me few more answers. Landed at INTPs and it describes me to the very last word... I'Ve scored 99% on introvert scale and even before finding this site, I put myself on the list for Asperger's testing, the extremes I clocked in here are just one more push towards actualy going.
4 years ago
This is exactly like me. I was very pleased to see that engineer is one of the jobs for us INTPs.
4 years ago
Very very true for me . this explains me PERFECTLY
4 years ago
Pretty true. I used to think I was/be an INTJ, but reading this, it makes a lot more sense. If I am interested in something, it's like a sin not to look for the answer. Letting it go? NO. I'm always in my head and, I think that this isn't something gone over, I'm pretty insecure because of my thoughts. Not sure if I'm the only one, but I'm very hard on myself, overthinking and overanalyzing everything to the point where I have anxiety. My INFX mom has been very good for me, helping me talk out my problems rather than going insane over them. Sometimes things are better put into the atmosphere than in your head. I can be pretty sensitive, and in the inside my head is almost a battle ground for me. Working on not taking everything like that. I find myself being a bit of a social chameleon, not because I'm fake, but because different people stimulate different parts of my vast interests and personality. I don't have many friends because they don't interest me, and I never have (though I used to try and fake it and make people like me; still getting over that), but I do have acquaintances. I don't think I'm very emotionless socially, but I'm not sure. I smile at the people I like and I talk to them, though not easily unless they're close family, having a bubbly and enthusiastic side that I only truly show to very close family. People don't see me for who I really am. In dance class, where I am focused, I often have an emotionless face and glower at the irrational people around me. I find myself also being very blunt and, especially around family, being pretty spunky/sarcastic because I know them well. I cherish all my relationships and always try to keep friendships afloat, even if I know it's time to drift apart. I also procrastinate over everything. "I'll do it next," has been a killer, thanks to the internet. I also take extensive amounts of time trying to understand and improve myself. A task forever - being more self confident and learning what to and what NOT to take seriously. That'd save all of us a lot of stress, I'm sure.
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