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  • Very Private and Withdrawn – While INTPs’ intellectualism yields many insights into their surroundings, their surroundings are ironically considered an intrusion on their thoughts.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.
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
Liana J.W
2 years ago
I'm really surprised since I find myself agreeing with everything that has been written so far - to the point that I am getting worried... Only 3% of INTPs in the world so far ? But who will I talk to then. I'm still really young at the moment and after reading this, I'm wondering if I should continue acting like the average (average Jo)? The problem is that one part of me wants to interact like any other being my age and the other part is telling me to stop wasting my time on people and that there are better things to do... I realise that I only need one person minimum and maximium atthe same time around me: I either get confused or dismiss any other persons's feelings, and then feel guilty about it. Yet at the same time I don't care. I just wrote this down because I think I simply needed to write something. I wonder if I will do something incredible with my life one day...
2 years ago
I have good friends who have conversations with me. They are probably all NF-type though. They are interesting and can make good counterarguments. I still at times stop the conversations in a little condescending manner as they get invested and I don't. (I usually explain how we are actually thinking in similar way but using different terms and they accept it.) People have always thought that I'm condescending and I still don't get it. I might pride myself of being logical, but most people are better with people than me! Or more practical than me! Or have more endurance than me! And I honest believe that those are just as good attributes as mine. So I'm not able to come off not condescending and am actually quite sad about it. It's one big reason I'm often quiet; I hate to be seen intimidating. Try to find people who are interested in talking about something that interests you? Maybe you find some NF or fellow INTP/J to discuss with? With others - if you have the required people skills, you are better at this than me... I try to go by: if they don't get your ideas, don't bore them (too much)
1 month ago
I can relate to this a lot, and me too is at a very young age.
2 years ago
This is so accurate. Especially the part about second-guessing and the contempt for rules. Crazy accurate.
2 years ago
Spot on: INTP But certain traits since I have known for a while now I have been working on them. I've learned to at least smile towards others to make friends. but those that are that are not really close. since I don't really open myself up to them. So I really have extremely few close friends and maybe acquaintances I can talk to. likely distant and it drains my energy to a small extent but I have enough stamina to handle the extraversion activities now. I still don't like it too much but it's bearable depending on the event. but many just don't understand my thinking process. nor do I want to impress them by studying their interests As for talking about new ideas. I usually have an urge to jump at conversations that I love to debate about and where I have some input. And if I don't I try to just listen in/eavesdrop.... Unfortunately I do that without doing anything because I am close by and I have good ears/eyes. I also second guess my decisions such that I would research everything first then force myself to commit to it. It has gotten much better but I still have to force myself to just get it done instead of keep thinking about it. telling other people my ideas is also a challenge because when I explain it I always give too much detail and they get lost... then I try to simplify it and then I say never mind if they still cannot get it as I give up.
Engr Maaz
2 years ago
Same here :-)
2 years ago
So, the "time" thing. Anyone else feel like the whole "linear time" paradigm is bogus? Seriously, I look at the clock, have plenty of time, go do something that does not take much time and Boom- 15 minutes late!! I am sure there is a tiny wormhole right outside my front door that transports me 15 minutes into the future anytime I have to step out the door.
2 years ago
Yes!!!!! Hence why I'm always late and have NO idea why!!! I even set all my clocks 10 min faster... I'm a bit better now but it's so annoying and I can't figure out why which is even more frustrating!
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