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  • Very Private and Withdrawn – While INTPs’ intellectualism yields many insights into their surroundings, their surroundings are ironically considered an intrusion on their thoughts.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.
Bonnie
3 years ago
This is so accurate. Especially the part about second-guessing and the contempt for rules. Crazy accurate.
George
3 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
3 years ago
Same here :-)
C.M.E.
3 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.
P
3 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!
DCL
3 years ago
that "never mind" part- that's so me like when I tried to describe things to everyone and people keep asking or doesnt understand I only can say "never mind" or "blablabla so yeah / and yeah / well yeah you understand right" I thought im the only one like that because none of my friend talks like that
10 months ago
For some reason I used to be eager to explain my ideas but the last few months I've just been refusing or just saying "Never mind!". People often get really confused by what I'm talking about.
Michelle
3 years ago
This is so amazing to me! My oldest child has always been "different" and has always struggled with social situations including school. The amazing thing is that most of his teachers saw such potential in him and would often comment on how intellectual he is. I am a INFJ and I have struggled from time to time to understand why he does not see the beauty that I see in him. He always seems so fearful of failure that he retreats into his "comfort zone" which is usually his room instead of understanding that failure is nothing to be ashamed of and is a natural part of learning. He is now 15 and is absolutely afraid to learn how to drive and is totally comfortable depending on others to get him to the few places he wants to go but I gently and lovingly push him and try my best to use logic to convince him that it makes sense to be able to drive. This test has really helped me to understand his strengths and weaknesses. My beautiful boy has so many gifts and I cant imagine my life without him.
Anonymous
3 years ago
AH! It's OK. Just continue to encourage him and be a safe place for him to fail. I absolutely understand him! I went through driver's training and then afterwards my dad took me out and freed out. I did not start actually driving till I graduated!! Also, the social thing- I was confounded about other kids. I thought, "I am a neat and interesting person, why does no one talk to me or even notice me?!" I was in 12th grade when I realized if I only smile and say hi, just that little bit allowed others to respond positively to me. It was an epiphany!! It is something even we INTPs can do, and does not require huge amounts of social ability or extroversion. And yes, it may be difficult to smile sincerely at someone not close to you, but it can be learned. AND it is OK to "fake it till you make it". ;) Good luck. Just keep letting your son know what is special about him. My mom was the one person in whom I had complete trust that she liked and appreciated me. That really helped me get through those years.
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