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  • Very Private and Withdrawn – While INTPs’ intellectualism yields many insights into their surroundings, their surroundings are ironically considered an intrusion on their thoughts.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.
Female
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.
eykei
4 years ago
i consider myself very objective and open minded, but not a great abstract thinker, nor am i very original. I strongly agree with all the weaknesses, except I don't think i'm insensitive at all, on the contrary, i pick up on other people's emotions and expressions very quickly and over-analyze them, making socializing a burden sometimes.
Hubcat
4 years ago
My INTP personality surprisingly describes me to a T...except ...I FEEL I am way more 'sensitive' than is described...I have LEARNED over the years how to shield myself from critical comments and situations and I can easily hide my feelings but I still feel the hurt just the same. I almost know in advance when I will be feeling hurt. That kind of sensitivity has added to my shyness. Sometimes it is easier to talk in depth with strangers than with those who are close to me. You know what they say...that when a murder has been committed that it is most likely committed by someone we know...lol. Perhaps my pronounced sensitivity is due to also having the emotional water signs of a Pisces Sun and a Scorpio Asd. (you see, I CAN share...lol). I know, still coming from my head.
Sarah
3 years ago
I have to COMPLETELY agree with you! I feel I'm more of a 'sensitive' type. Everything you said applies perfectly to me!
Jan
3 years ago
I think you are right, though I may not be perfect INTP as I somewhat combination of oposites - bot technical/rational and artistic. I think there are few reasons we may appear less emotional than we are: - As we are honest and straightforward with our feelings during childhood we notice that people see as as cutely naive (to their entertainmant) while we 'd rather have respect for our rational sideso we start to keep our emotions inside. - Emotions do not follow logical structure and it is not easy to us to communicate them via logically structured means of language. Somehow it is easier to me to communicate emotions via art and other non-direct means. When it comes to emotions words feel meaningless. - I think we are more focused on the deeper feelings, we ignore the trivial ones. - While emotions and passions are motor to us, we steer by logic unless we are overwhelmed - but even then we stick to logic as much as we can.
Tyler Jones
4 years ago
I feel like the INTP type describes me extremely well. The only problem I have with it is that I feel like I am more emotionally connected and understanding with others. I do tend to attack problems, particularly others difficulties (not so much my own) from a logical standpoint, but I totally understand how & why people make decisions based on emotion rather than logic. Maybe I'm over-logically thinking about this but from the above information INTP's come off as emotionally aloof & I just don't see myself that way. Is there another personality type similar to the INTP where their emotional aptitude is somewhat more astute?
CM
4 years ago
It's not uncommon at all in my experience for INTPs to say this about themselves. These are generalizations, though, and can't account for everyone. As for types that are similar but known to be better with feelings, there's INFP (though they're proportionally considered piss-poor at logic, so probably not you), INFJ, and, of course, ENTP, who, being extraverts, are much more readily open and have a far greater capacity for dealing with people's various pecadillos. But like I said being good at feelings doesn't mean you're not an INTP, especially as you get older and more mature. Pretty much any thinking type will regularly have "not good at feelings" listed as a weakness on various websites.
Anne
4 years ago
Yup, that's me. Now I understand why I tend to forget things and tirelessly keep on reflecting. I am also inclined to withdraw from people and prefer of having a me time. It's so nice to know myself better and how i wish I've taken this before I chose a course in college. Dang.
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