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  • Very Private and Withdrawn – While INTPs’ intellectualism yields many insights into their surroundings, their surroundings are ironically considered an intrusion on their thoughts.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.
Another INTP
3 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.
3 years ago
True for me!
1 year 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.
3 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.
3 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...
1 year ago
I can relate!
1 year ago
Same here
Nisarg Desai
3 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
3 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...
3 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 year ago
I can relate to this a lot, and me too is at a very young age.
3 years ago
This is so accurate. Especially the part about second-guessing and the contempt for rules. Crazy accurate.
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