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  • Very Private and Withdrawn – While INTPs’ intellectualism yields many insights into their surroundings, their surroundings are ironically considered an intrusion on their thoughts.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.
5 years ago
This is very accurate. The only thing I take issue with is being "open minded" to the point of judging people solely on their ideas. Not so with me, or any rational person I'd hope. I can appreciate that the mass murderer had a cool idea for a new type of whatever, but that is not what I'm going to judge him/her on. A single thought or action is NOT enough to base a judgment on.
Gabe-Jan Modderman
5 years ago
I like to share that, although I'm an INTP, I don't have a complete lack of rules. I have a complete lack of rules that aren't explained. If a rule is useful and logical, I will abide by it and even "sanctify" the rule, making it holy and will doom anyone who breaks it for being incompetent, ignorant and plain stupid. Also, I'd like to add that I share more with ENTP than is shown here. I get bored so easily, it's maddening. The rest is dead-on, so I think it's a great test, a great explanation and analysis, and overall an awesome website. Kudos to the max :)
5 years ago
I found this to be quite accurate, except in one area, where it seemed WAY off. I was assessed as INTP, and description says things like "does not sugar coat words", and "insensitive". In my case this is completely opposite, as I generally put peoples feelings very high up and typically choose words very carefully to avoid bad feelings…to a fault.
5 years ago
I finished the test also as INTP and agree with that partly. But when I "cover my words in sugar" it is mostly because I try to say something uncomfortable in a polite way. Nonetheless I make my point. "The tone makes the music". In the end it depends everytime on the situation. P.S.: I'm really impressed about this descriptions as it fit often, when I compare it to myself in differen situations.
5 years ago
Same for me. I'm not great at plain sympathizing, largely because i just don't talk much, but if the person is in a quandary because they dont want to hurt someone's feelings or their judgment is clouded by emotions, i have no problem coming up with a sensitive solution.
5 years ago
Regarding the last weakness: "Loathe rules and guidelines. INTPs need a lot of freedom and have little respect for rules and traditions which put artificial limits on their imagination. People with this personality type would rather have less security and more autonomy." These artificial limits, when reasonable enough, grant INTPs more joy in working by giving them the challenge of finding a way around it which does not breach such limit, but nonetheless ends up with the result desired. In a way, rules and traditions are not really weaknesses, but additional challenges which make work for INTPs more rewarding.
5 years ago
I enjoy rules and guidelines as fuel for my sense of humor.
5 years ago
I'm married to an INTP, and I can say this description is extremely accurate. One thing I would add: He actually interacts with others' emotions in a sensitive & careful way. Rather than this being an innate trait, however, he built a system for "how to interact with others." This may sound odd to someone unfamiliar with how INTPs operate, but as someone on the receiving end, his system is both complex and accurate. He listens well, and is careful and considerate when considering how others will react to what he is saying. So it's possible for INTPs to interact with other people (and their emotions) in a generous & kind way, it just takes time (and much thought) for them to develop a system on how to do so.
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