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  • Very Private and Withdrawn – While INTPs’ intellectualism yields many insights into their surroundings, their surroundings are ironically considered an intrusion on their thoughts.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.
2 years ago
i find it very hard to interact with people. It has gotten to the point when i have stopped going to school for the past few months and still havent gone back. I have always thought mmyself smart but i don't feel comfortable saying it. Honsetly i find it very hard to refine my thoughts and be able to tell my other peers. this has gotten me bullied, bullied to the point where i suffer severe social anxiety and haven't left my house for weeks. i have no idea if i will ever get over it but i refuse to simply let the bullying change me. so coming hear and seeing that i am not alone has helped me not so much, but it's fairly interesting
2 years ago
Well, I understand your feelings since I'm very very shy and completely cluless with other people. Thus, because I was "different" they used to bully me as well... My friends "saved" me. Let's say that if you stay shut forever, the bullying will make no progress, but it'll take some courage to talk about it... If you can't then, try to interact with your most valuable friends first or your family, then decide with them to tell your story to a teacher, and etc. I hope I didn't misundersood and that I was of any help but, you can't let things go just like that... May sound idealistic, but that's the only way. After all it's up to you to decide !
2 years ago
You need to think seriously about that. It sounds like you have been changed already, if you have stopped going to school. Be careful on that point. If all else fails, just do what is hard to do: be assertive. Tell people that you are smart. Someone might believe you, and you might make friends. Friends, by the way, are the key to getting rid of bullies. If you have friends, bullies won't target you as a loner or a weakling. That's who they go for, the friendless or the weak. If they think you are weak, laugh at them. Get in their face. Act like you're fearless. If they call you wimp, grin and say 'try me.' If they call you strange, laugh and ask them if they find you attractive, because they are always bugging you. Turn everything they say back on them. It might not work right away, but they will soon stop bugging you.
2 years ago
Besides being labeled a nerd or "science person", I have several sport related phobias due to being bullied as a young kid. It was in a private school, but the gym still makes me sick to my stomach. Funny thing is, I've only had this problem with people in public school or private school. My close friends are all weird in their own ways and they accept other's weirdness. As an INTP, you might be interested in the psychology of confidence, which can help a little, but in the end friends are your best bet here.
2 years ago
I also had problems with school. However, I wasn't bullied the way you describe, being much taller and stronger than the other people, and having a vicious temper. But I ended up leaving public school. Now I'm homeschooled. It works great. Have you considered doing that?
8 months ago
If someone decides to insult you about your intelligence respond with "I don't need you to verify my intelligence, I know how smart I am" I did that one day and haven't heard a peep out of anyone about my intelligence since
An INFP person
2 years ago
This is the other side of me that shows up when I'm having a debate, though I can't help but… scold… people who are overly rude or arrogant when debating. :P
Another INTP
2 years ago
I actually can't believe how much this applies to me. Especially the doubting myself part. I've always felt that there's such high standards set on me and it makes me feel incredibly insecure of my ability to reach these standards. I'm always so afraid of failing and disapointing everyone. The one thing that doesn't apply to me is being emotionally insensitive. I will always do my best to be there for my friends. Especially on a emotional level. One things for certain. I HATE rules.
2 years ago
True for me!
6 months ago
Same here (except for the emotionally insensitive part, I don't mean to be mean but sometimes it just happens) I'm known as the "smart kid" in class and everyone has so high expectations that I feel like if I fail everyone will just look down at me and be disappointed in me.
2 years ago
I see a lot of INTPs saying they don't have confidence in their ability to do math. I used to feel the same way. My teachers used to tell my parents they thought I had a learning disability because I was doing very poorly in my math classes.. Soon as high school came around I realized that my teachers only taught me algorithms in class and wanted me to regurgitate them on a test.. Real math is understanding theories and being able to employ a multitude of techniques to solve problems.. And INTPs should understand that Mathematics is the language of the real world.. I actually think Calculus is the easiest math that I've ever learned because its so conceptual and it's easily relatable to the real world. Think of the numbers and variables as being alive and being symbols.. Also think about what you want to accomplish before you start a problem. Challenge your teachers.
2 years ago
I am good at math, but I have always studied it differently than people I know. I read the text books with the theories and if I understood where they came from, then I did well. Everyone else was always calculating the exercises...
6 months ago
I can relate!
6 months ago
Same here
Nisarg Desai
2 years ago
"Second-Guess Themselves" that right hit on the marks i always find my self to reflect among Science,Engineering,Music,Psychology,Philosophy,Sports,Adventure........ And I am A Software Faculty
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