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  • Very Private and Withdrawn – While INTPs’ intellectualism yields many insights into their surroundings, their surroundings are ironically considered an intrusion on their thoughts.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.
3 years ago
This personality test is the best! I finally found a site where i can understand myself and know that i am not alone in this cruel world :D
3 years ago
Is it just me that can't sleep because of overthinking and, well I just can't sleep! I am kinda a night guy, when i fail at sleeping i just stay awake read a book, I write poems and travel some imaginary world... But it is starting to affect me since I have to follow a school schedule but with my lack of sleep it is impossible to do that and keep getting great grades.
3 years ago
I'm right there with you. I tend to stay up at nights because I'm thinking way too much. I end up reading or writing.
10 months ago
EXCATLY THE SAME HERE!!! (4:36 AM and I'm browsing the Internet doing personality tests)
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3 years ago
Okay. I've often wondered why people thought I was arrogant. I'm really not terribly superior to everyone (joking). It never made sense because I always second-guess myself, I always am never certain I am right. And on top of this its hard to communicate my ideas, after a while I just give up and trail of into tangents of thought. If I thought I were superior I would think I was always right. Is that what superior people think? Before I say anything I'll usually make sure it came from that source and that that is what it meant. Of course that usually means the conversation has moved on so I don't really have much to say anymore.
3 years ago
You sound so much like me! I still don't get how to not be seen as arrogant/condescending... and the conversations move on too quick for me too...
3 years ago
Completely agree! My best friend just said I always think I'm superior and my family and friends LOVEs to prove me wrong and say "you think you are right in everything" but I don't! My facts are correct to me! So why should I accept you're point of view when you can't accept mine? I'm not saying I'm right but that's what I believe in. I can see how I can get really annoying hence why everyone thinks I'm secretive. Obviously I know I'm not superior, I'm just telling you what I think and how I think you can improve, it's actually should be encouraging and you should be grateful someone is trying to help you! Lol I wish someone can give as much insight and guidance as I do! (Does sound superior right? Haha) but like everyone, the conversation usually have moved on before I can explain or get a satisfying solution/answer... Frustrating indeed
10 months ago
You're in the same situation as me...
1 month ago
Just show them this article, am I right?
3 years ago
Does "Loathe Rules and Guidelines" extend to disliking schedules and routines? If so, that would explain a lot about why I rarely even fill out a planner. :-)
3 years ago
'The ultimate insult comes as INTPs give up with a dismissive "never mind"'… WOW this is so true! I do that all the time… oh no, now when I show this to people they will think I'm "condescending"… which is true, but still...
3 years ago
Lol exactly my thoughts!!! They'll just pick on the bad points and then I'll be me who is deliberately arguing or being difficult... No winning
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