INFP vs. INTP: How to Tell Them Apart

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on May 05, 2019

The INTP and INFP are a pair of kooky, tireless rebels (not by choice, but by nature) who have little care for rules or regulations, and happily march to the beat of their own drums. Honest and unapologetically individualistic, these types have zero interest in abiding by the system or fitting the mold.

Fiercely independent and innovative, INTPs and INFPs are no strangers when it comes to depression or anxiety. They often crumble and crash under strict deadlines, constant scrutiny, or torturously specific details. As Intuitive Perceivers (NPs), they prefer large-scale thinking without constraints or a definitive end result.

Since these two types in the 16-type personality system share the same auxiliary (Extraverted Intuition, or Ne) and tertiary (Introverted Sensing, or Si) functions, they can resemble each other at first glance. However, their respective dominant functions (Introverted Feeling, or Fi in INFPs, and Introverted Thinking, or Ti, in INTPs) are very different.

INFP vs. INTP: Key Differences

From the most to least dominant in strength, here are the INFPs and INTPs respective function stacks:


  • Introverted Feeling (Fi)

  • Extraverted Intuition (Ne)

  • Introverted Sensing (Si)

  • Extraverted Thinking (Te)


  • Introverted Thinking (Ti)

  • Extraverted Intuition (Ne)

  • Introverted Sensing (Si)

  • Extraverted Feeling (Fe)

Below are some clues to help you further tell the INFP and INTP apart.

1. Fixed Morals vs. Open to Interpretation

The INFP values authenticity above all else, and abhors cognitive dissonance. Their moral compass is stone-cold rigid, even if they appear carefree and tolerant toward others’ opinions. They will not budge, no matter how compelling the arguments might be — the most important factor of consideration is their own feelings and stances about a topic. They can nod or listen attentively, as they respect differing opinions, but won’t sway from their securely anchored values. INFPs say what they mean, and mean what they say.

The INTP is far less grounded in this sense — and will likely have an intricately blended worldview spanning several philosophies or religious doctrines. This naturally makes them especially drawn to agnosticism, as it may seem illogical to confirm anything subjective and unable to prove (or disprove). Debates can get very heated, but their stances can definitely get shifted if the arguments are convincing enough.

2. Fiction vs. Non-Fiction

Inner worlds of INFPs are bursting with colors, dreams, and fantasies. They’re especially drawn to stories with complex, intriguing characters that defy expectations (due to primary Fi). In video games, this means interesting storylines that evoke emotion and resonance. The most important part of any media is to identify with a part of it and see how it can play out and intertwine with their lives.

INTPs, in contrast, prefer non-fiction as there are no complicating feelings and a slew of relationships to figure out. They may find their noses in a science magazine, glossary, or appendix of a textbook. They’re also suckers for in-depth, well-researched opinion pieces, as they’re open to differing viewpoints. With fiction, they appreciate it more if there are some real-life elements integrated into the plot. How-tos and walkthroughs are also right up their alley.

3. Hidden Fear of Self-Sabotage vs. Incompetence

The INFP is fiercely loyal (a ride-or-die kind of friend) and has a deep-seated fear of losing loved ones through conflicts or the slow, gradual process of drifting apart. Separations and changes hit extremely hard for this idealistic type. Without the opportunity to express their true self and putting on a mask, they will begin to combust internally, until an explosion ultimately arises. These wounds, contrary to the adage, pierce more deeply with time and unless transferred to a safer outlet (e.g. journaling or art) — the pain may resurface years later. Healing happens when they realize the past can be reframed as a lesson and brighter days lie ahead.

The INTP, on the other hand, will get stuck and become frustrated when they believe they’re wasting their potential. Sometimes this shows up as arrogance or a sense of “I-know-it-all-already” in immature cases and will incessantly defend their intelligence due to the lack of self-efficacy and confidence. They may withdraw and seemingly shy away from debate (and people in general) when they want to protect their ego, which may get out of hand in unhealthy types. When their intelligence is undermined or thrown under the bus, they’ll go ballistic internally (but remain calm and collected on the surface).

4. Under Stress: Workaholic vs. Emotional Wreck

The grip function of the two types differs drastically. When both are under extreme conditions, they’ll behave in a way unnatural to their natural preferences. As for the INFP, common behaviors include excessive working, exercising, or socializing to distract, numb, and block out whatever’s on their mind. This may present itself to those unknowing of the true situation like a burst of productivity or motivation when in reality, it’s a defense mechanism linked to escapism.

The INTP has the potential to erupt with anger and may even cry a river during times where Ti, Ne, and Si have all failed in the grand course of events. Desperate measures now enter the scene. Extraverted Feeling (Fe) as mentioned before, will be quite underdeveloped and forge a good fight. They will hit the “isolate self from everyone” button faster than you could blink and may develop a hefty case of trust issues along with stress.

5. Creation vs. Analysis

Creativity paired with eccentric ways of thinking are hallmarks of these two types. However, their execution is quite different. Although both are highly process-focused, the end result is quite different. The INFP’s tattoo of happiness has authentic, conscious creation etched in it. The ongoing process of self-discovery and creativity is one that fulfills their souls. And you bet they’re in it for the long run.

Analysis is next to synonymous with INTPs as they’re constantly in their heads, thinking. Gathering, streamlining, and critiquing data is right up their alley and they’ve got a sharp eye for illogicalities. Although they may enjoy creating things out of the blue, their true skill lies in thinking objectively (for all you psychology enthusiasts — it’s the second cognitive processing route) without being clouded by emotions.

6. Comfort vs. Anti-Boredom

Soft, tangible things draw INFPs in like a moth to a flame (their choice of partners, however, may not reflect this). Warm hugs, adorable animals, and stories that tug at their heartstrings are what makes their world go round. Their tertiary function, Si, marries with primary Fi to be loyal lovers of the common good and inner joy.

Losing a sense of their bodily needs is all too familiar with INTPs. Whether it comes to comfort, they are much more lenient and nonchalant. Often times they’ll be oblivious to their health until they come face-to-face with warning signs. They seek mental novelty, throwing themselves in different directions to avoid succumbing to boredom. This stimulation could, however, be helpful when their interests strongly align with their work or studies.

Closing Thoughts

The mighty world of inventions and progressive thought would be lackluster without the open minds and creative talents of the INFP and INTP. They may spend a longer time carving out their path and finding their happy place in the world, but once they do — watch out — it’s full steam ahead!

The striking similarities and intriguing differences between the two types could potentially create a powerful team that withstands the test of time. With the power to focus intensely and become modern autodidacts, it’s an exciting era for the INFP and INTP to flourish and thrive in.

Lily Yuan

Lily Yuan is a personality psychology writer who tests as INTP and constantly questions her type. Learn more at Explore her blog at

More from this author...
About the Clinical Reviewer

Steven Melendy, PsyD., is a Clinical Psychologist who received his doctorate from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. He specializes in using evidence-based approaches in his work with individuals and groups. Steve has worked with diverse populations and in variety of a settings, from community clinics to SF General Hospital. He believes strongly in the importance of self-care, good friendships, and humor whenever possible.


Anne165 (not verified) says...

INFP here! #3 is spot on.

samantha finks (not verified) says...

I've taken this test and am 100 percent INTP ....and I'm a Christian. Read number 1 and 2. Uh nope. LOL. Not today, Truity. not today. 

Kim INTP (not verified) says...

You won’t be for long!

Josh hall (not verified) says...

Just came across your comment and I’m very close to an infp but definitely identify as an intp. Was raised in a Christian school grades k-5 thru 12 grade. Would love to pick your brain if you are even available still. I’m 24 now btw hope all is well with you!

Justus says...

I agree 100%. I'm an INTP and a Christian and I completely disagree with those also. I won't change easily and I love fiction.

Toshiba (not verified) says...

Eh. I'm Muslim and INTP, I also disagree.  I have religious values and I find them logical. I also, have no problems with other religions. Because, I understand that is logic for others and those religions have merit.

I love writing research papers, but my head is always in my fantasy worlds and I am writing a novel series. It's high fantasy and has a hard-magic system.

StoryHowler (not verified) says...

Except they're not, you just believe in it because someone pushed it into your head since the day you were born.

Guest (not verified) says...

ehh... Not really

Guest (not verified) says...

Their point is that you find it logical (in whatever sense) and therefore you believe in it (like you said, you find it logical). I think they mean that as long as you don't find something logical you don't believe in it, but you do think that religions are logical so you're fine with it. They wrote that because of this INTPs may tend to be agnostic. But this is you we're talking about here and not someone else's interpretation of you so you're right and in all honesty I can really relate with what you just wrote.

Aurora (not verified) says...

That's okay! MBTI's don't usually fit everyone exactly, people are far more complex than to be able to fit in neat little boxes. This is just a generalization

Mathias (not verified) says...

I don't like fiction. I'm a Christian but tbh I have many moments of doubt>

Amell Irizarry (not verified) says...

I’ an INTP and I’m an agnostic atheist so they got it right from some of us 

Sarah Christine Gilbert (not verified) says...

Same - Christian INTP.  I'm deeply logical, and I've found, overwhelmingly, that Christianity aligns with that.

KC (not verified) says...

When I was younger (college age-20s) I registered as an INTP and would have considered myself a staunch Christian. However, now (at 35) my entire world view has changed and I consider myself less of a "Christian" and more of a follower of Christ or an Esoteric Christian, which is based more on the feeling/spiritual side of Jesus' teachings instead of the external/logical aspects. Funny enough, I took two different versions of the test yesterday and am now registering as an INFP.

What we have to understand is that our logic is only as good as our beliefs and beliefs are simply assumptions based on our level of conscious awareness. I reached a point where I no longer believed that Christianity, or any other religion for that matter, is the only way to experience a walk with God, which is exactly what Jesus believed as evidenced in the bible by his interactions with the religious leaders of his time. When we think of Christianity we often think more of the outward/expressive parts and less of the intuitive/feeling parts like listening to the Holy Spirit, which guides us from within and tends to be not the least bit logical.

Coco (not verified) says...

 You’re probably an ISFJ 

Lara19 (not verified) says...

Same! INTP and a Christian! Irresistible grace I guess... Personality is no barrier to God who is mighty to save!

John Gusy (not verified) says...

Yeah no same with me in that I am religious (though Muslim not Christian) and one other INTP I know is the same. Another INTP I don't know his religious views (Italian guy) but I digress.

Chrissy (not verified) says...

Was verified an INTP when I was young, and was an agnostic. Am now a Christian, 30 years later and have tested/verified INFP. Have found this all very interesting.😉

Chrissy (not verified) says...

Oops, misunderstood what ‘verified’ meant😂

Lizard (not verified) says...

This is 100% true! I'm an INTP and in some situations and moods an INFP, especially when I was younger..

Jenice Lumo (not verified) says...

Fixed morals or open to interpretation:

"This naturally makes them especially drawn to agnosticism, as it may seem illogical to confirm anything subjective and unable to prove (or disprove)."

I have to dissagree with your proposal here. Being open to interpertation, It Naturally draws them to ask questions, seek all possibilities, and reasonings. While they may find many possibilities, and reasons why people believe what they do, and hessitate to subscribe to what ever just feels right automatically,  it is not a personality tendancy that makes them become agnostic or a believer

A personality does not shape ones reasoning, but can determine how a person applies his reasoning.

An INFP may just as easily have values that they feel they must be agnosticic, despite any logical arguments against it.

Likewise an Intp can hold strongly to a moral belief system while exploring other world views, which fuels them to ask and explore and futher help them understand more philosophies. With out naturally shifting thier moral ground. 

The personality tendancys do not naturally lead one to belief or non belief, but they do determine how a person understands or what reasons they give for the beliefs they they choose to respond to. 


samantha finks (not verified) says...

You said that beautifully. Thank you from a steadfast Christian INTP

Lara19 (not verified) says...

I agree! I'm INTP and a strong Christian. I know what I believe, why I believe it and will not compromise, no matter what!

Danny D (not verified) says...

A well written article, though maybe you can elaborate on your statement about INTP being drawn to agnosticism. Are you suggesting that an INTP who isn't agnostic isn't really being true to themselves?

You write, "...As it may seem illogical to confirm anything subjective and unable to prove (or disprove)."

"Seem" is probably the key word here, and your intent by it is unclear - is this simply you being sensitive to others that aren't agnostic, or do you mean that it only seems to be illogical on the surface, but when one thinks things through, one may discover that having a more solidified opinion about the world is not only tenable, but refreshingly logical as well?

If the latter is true, then there would be no reason that INTP would natrually be drawn to agnosticism, unless INTP it is all about SEEMING logical without actually BEING logical, which I doubt. 

Thank you 

Jenny (not verified) says...

"when one thinks things through, one may discover that having a more solidified opinion about the world is not only tenable, but refreshingly logical as well?"

Having a solidified opinion isn't logical unless the opinion itself is logical (you can have a solid opinion that isn't factual and end up being illogical)- regardless, it is still an opinion as you said just as all religious beliefs are. So you essentially agree with the author since agnostics and INTPs both believe religion can't be proven right or wrong by facts so any firm beliefs are simply illogical.

Justin Chew (not verified) says...

I can definitely relate to the 4th point for INFPs. It felt like it was misinterpreted as someone who was dedicated to working for them whereas the matter of fact was that I felt like I needed to catch up, the mentality that I was not good enough for them.

Diane M. Fanucchi (not verified) says...

This article feels right on. Nice representation of the important distinctions.

I am an INFP, and I could relate strongly to most of it. I'll just add two provisos. 1. I have mixed feelings about only one of the dichotomies -- the T/F, because I definitely identify as a thinker. The difference is that I think and analyze constantly, but I'm much more interested in ideas and personal truth than in 'hard' data. Facts have an important place, but by themselves, they can be boring and not tell the whole "truth." As we all know from watching courtroom dramas, facts alone can distort the truth and even change it into a lie.

Clearly, I tested correctly, because I identify much more strongly with the INFP personality than with the INTP, as presented in this article. 

2. The article seems to present us as almost narrow-minded and stubborn when it comes to values. But for me, and probably most of us, those values I choose to live by are non-negotiable because I've chosen them after much thought and research and deeply believe they are right and important. So staying with them is a matter of integrity, not inflexibility. And as you brought out, integrity is primary for INFP's, and I'm proud of that.

Lolaaa1 (not verified) says...

Choosing a value after much thought and analysis is INTP lol INFP are black and white regarding their morals, they don't "think" about morals, they select morals based on how they "feel" towards it /l

BeretBeats (not verified) says...

I have to disagree. As an INFP (I've related to every other INFP point on this article as well), I do my best to be open minded about everyone else's beliefs and in doing so my worldview becomes quite muddled with the inclusion of so many other worldviews.


However, there are certain unmoveable values that I hold dear, each of them relating to authenticity and individuality in some way. These issues are.blacj and white for me at my core and I will strongly defend them.

James Dean (not verified) says...

Being an infp/intp doesnt mean all of this is true. In general it is, but individuals arent as simple. You can be leaning more towards intp, and you'll be an intp, even though you exibit some of infp behaviours.

AnnieSLC (not verified) says...

I found this article because I have CHANGED from INTP (70% T) to INFP (55% F) and the differences between the two are illuminating and resonate deeply. Thank you!!

Berenice L. (not verified) says...

Heyy, I didn't know that i would find such relatable comment. I think i had the same change in my "personality" (from INTP to INFP) or should I say, some traits of it... It can be a harsh journey huh? but after you search information and even more, knowing your enneagram type, you kind of find all of it, very logical

Bastian (not verified) says...

When I was younger, I tested as INTP and as I got older I now consistently test INFP. I'm not sure if I just changed as my morals solidified (exiting teenagedom) and I came to understand myself, but I was just reading an article about INTP's social chameleon aspect (not knowing what to do in social situations and creating a temporary persona through imitation) and was finding it so relatable until I remembered I was F and not T. That article and this one both have a tendency to paint INTP as somewhat sinister (and also this one claiming INFPs are not able to be fluid or reflective in their beliefs) which seems a bit baised to me. I know they're meant to describe the strongest example without personal nuance, but I was glad to see people experiencing a similar progression when I scrolled down to the comments. I also think I tend to shift back towards INTP depending on what situation I'm in, what's necessary in the moment, or how I'm feeling, but both "modes" I would say are still true to me.

Logan the Labor Activist (not verified) says...

I went the other direction. When I was 15 and took the test (on a few websites showing people this cool new thing I found), I was ENFP when I was 15. I went through some crap, and my type changed to INFP when I was 18. Now I'm 24, and I consistently get INTP. 


Over time I went from ENFP to INFP to INTP. I got more reserved, lower energy, and I think a lot. I'm still as "in my own head" as always, though, to a fault. My personal experiences and reasoning pushed me from being generally supportive of capitalism and markets to being a stalwart labor union activist. There is power in a band of working folk.


As far as the INTP descriptions here, yeah, I do relate more to INTP overall here, especially the "grip". When I'm not in a stable economic situation, I get really emotional. If my basic needs are met and I have stability in my life, though, I become very staid and analytical.

Kay (not verified) says...

As someone who has tested for both of these, I can really see how the differences play out in my life.

like, I'm a huge fiction fan, but I also love analyzing things in fiction like sci-fy science and stuff. I also am very unaware of my body like 1/2 the time (adhd does that to you), but when I am aware of it comfort is a big deal. I also just cannot be bored. Like ever.

and I feel like my values are either rigid or whatever depending. Like I don't really care about it or I have an opinion that can't be changed.

idk this was just very interesting to read as someone who is a mix!

melbob72 (not verified) says...

I’m an INTP or ENTP - haven’t decided yet - and have a friend who is a textbook INFP. We get on alright but our personalities often clash, and I don’t have this problem with anyone else. 

For example, today we were talking about voting tactically and she said “why don’t you just vote for who you want to vote for?”. I responded saying I didn’t have a good chance of winning if I did that and you have to be tactical about it (game theory and all that) and she seemed very annoyed about it (“I’ll use my vote how I want. Politics is an evil game and I want no part of it. Yadayada.”). In turn her lack of recognition of any kind of logic or recognition of the facts - particularly the constant stubborness and unwillingness to hear anyone out - annoyed me. Also labelling politics as an “evil game” may be valid but doesn’t change the fact that it exists and you’re not doing anything to make it go away or change. 

Do INTP and INFP personalities often clash? I tend to get on pretty well with most of the others.

Northiaa (not verified) says...

So...apparently I'm both infp and intp.

Amadeus (not verified) says...

INTJ weighing in here.

I hope this isn't a waste of time. Anyway, I think that you are all missing the point of this. You are latching onto the details of a particular example (#3, you know the one to which I refer) and missing the overarching theme.  This is mostly due to the author's bias, but it is also to do with the fact that this is a delicate subject for you.

Regardless of the cause, the point the author was attempting to make is this: that INFPs will use their feelings to validate their beliefs to themselves, and INTPs will use their logic to validate their beliefs to themselves. Truly, that is what stands out about these types. They need to prove EVERYTHING to themselves, but the method of doing this is different. That is why using an example like that is inaccurate. It assumes that if the method is the same, then the end is the same. This is true in logic, but not people. One can use the same method to achieve various goals. But I digress. . .

Anything beyond that is the author introducing their own biased hypothesis- that INTPs are optimistic believers (because yeah it feels good) and that INTPs are skeptics (my speculation- the author themselves may think that this is the truly logical viewpoint or that agnosticism doesn't breed good feelings (I'm inclined to think the latter)). May I remind you that the author is an INTP?

Anyway, hope this helps you INTPs prove these points to yourself and move on. Same to the INFPs.

I rest my case.

Amadeus (not verified) says...

INTJ weighing in here.

I hope this isn't a waste of time. Anyway, I think that you are all missing the point of this. You are latching onto the details of a particular example (Agnostic vs. pure religious beliefs) and missing the overarching theme.  This is mostly due to the author's bias, but it is also to do with the fact that this is a delicate subject for you.

Regardless of the cause, the point the author was attempting to make is this: that INFPs will use their feelings to validate their beliefs to themselves, and INTPs will use their logic to validate their beliefs to themselves. Truly, that is what stands out about these types. They need to prove EVERYTHING to themselves, but the method of doing this is different. That is why using an example like that is inaccurate. It assumes that if the method is the same, then the end is the same. This is not true with people. One can use the same method to achieve various goals. But I digress. . .

Anything beyond that is the author introducing their own biased hypothesis- that INTPs are optimistic believers (because yeah it feels good) and that INTPs are skeptics (my speculation- the author themselves may think that this is the truly logical viewpoint or that agnosticism doesn't breed good feelings (I'm inclined to think the latter)). May I remind you that the author is an INTP?

Anyway, hope this helps you INTPs prove these points to yourself and move on. Same to the INFPs.

I rest my case.

P.S. I'm correct. Probably a waste of time though. Ughhh...

H^2 (not verified) says...

Thank you!

Rose19 (not verified) says...

I'm mixed between INFP and INTP, and I am still unsure after reading. Which of the two is more oblivious to what is happening around them when the are deeply involved in either understanding their passion or working on their passion? For example, an author gets annoyed after getting distracted from his writing or an author ignores his surroundings to keep complete focus on his fictional story writing.

////////// (not verified) says...

I don't see a direct relation linking "intp mindset" and "agnosticism"..

it's actually a matter of whether the intp really "FOUND" or "NOTICED" enough logical signs of "creation".

as for me, i am always astonished when someone alleges that no logical proofs exist in the creation side.

in fact, we are always surrounded by sun-like evident signs that this world is ,in point of fact, created.

one of them would be:

earth having the perfect dimensions and conditions. 

as you may know, earth's gravity(a result of its perfect size) holds a thin layer of mostly oxygen and hydrogen gases that extents to about just 50 miles away from earth's surface. if earth's size were to be smaller, an atmosphere would be imossible like mercury..if larger, its atmos[here would have free hydrogen just like jupiter.  earth is the onl nown planet with the right mixture of gases that fits plant and animal life.

another notale sign is its distance from sun, which ensures that any temperature variation be in the range of about  -30 degrees to +120 degrees.

just a fractional change in earth's poston from the sun and life will be impossible, either we'll freeze or burn up.

in addtion, the 24-hours duration of earth rotating on its axis ensures  that all of the surface is regularly warmed and cooled.

worthy of mention is the mon's perfect distance from earth. the moon has an important role in pulling the oceans' tides so that water doesnt foul(all in precise intervals so that oceans dont overflow and deluge the continents 

not to mention that :this is like a drop from a great ocean of undeniable very logical for those who truly nderstand logic and the impossibility of them (signs) all happening by chance and probability.

Toshiba (not verified) says...

I agree.

0+0 = 0 not 1.

Life in this universe cannot exist without something creating it. That is why God is above this universe. This universe could not possibily without someone creating it because that is the rule of this universe.
"zero plus zero could not possibly ever equal one"

That's a simple logical statement. 1+0 = 1. Not 0+ 0=1,  Not 0+2= 1, Not 0 + (n+2) = 1.

There are so many scientific signs that God exists. I cannot fathom someone calling themselves logical and denying the existence of God. Even Einstein believed in God,'s_God



Dante (not verified) says...

  1. The "Many Worlds" interpretation of quantum mechanics negates the idea of a God needing to exist.  Every possible variation of all the properties in our universe, e.g. amount of matter/anti-matter/dark matter, the strength of gravity and the electro-magnetic force, the speed of causality, etc., exists in every other universe, and if enough universes "bang" into existence, one or more universes capable of nurturing life are bound to crop up, randomly.
  2. "Life in this universe cannot exist without something creating it. That is why God is above this universe. This universe could not possibily without someone creating it because that is the rule of this universe."  It is arrogant and presumptuous to claim to know "the rule of this universe" that life could not possibly exist without a creator.  We are fish in an aquarium, we can't leave it, therefore we can't know what existence outside of our little bubble is, we can only speculate.
  3. "There are so many scientific signs that God exists. I cannot fathom someone calling themselves logical and denying the existence of God."  You can't fathom it because your logic is erroneous.  Science requires testable, measurable data.  There is no testable, verifiable, or falsifiable data to suggest that God does or doesn't exist, you can speculate, believe if you want, but the statement "there are so many scientific signs that God exists" is false.
  4. "Even Einstein believed in God."  Without the proper context, this can be very misleading.  Scientists who believe in God generally aren't religious, they don't believe in an anthropomorphic god.  No one can prove or falsify the existence of an intelligent creator, and every physicist, including Einstein, knows this.  When you click the link you provided and look at the previous and following sections, they both make it very clear he was not a religious man, he identified as agnostic, which in my opinion is a healthy, scientific position to take.  One of the characteristics of a highly intelligent person is knowing that one can't possibly know everything, and what you do know could still be wrong.,_atheism,_and_deism

Mark (not verified) says...

I see a bunch of bruised egos in the comments. All of the people offended by the description for intp are so because they are threatened by it. Your egos are showing. There's no logic there, only rationalization. Your sense of self, identity, more importantly your fear of losing it, is driving you. You will continue to rationalize because it is comforting. Without indoctrination at a developmental stage all religion would be relegated to cult status. Fear is a powerful drug. So much so this comment will be taken as a threat much like the description for intp. The description is right, you are fibbing to yourself.  

Dante (not verified) says...

I can't figure out if I'm INFP or INTP, and this article doesn't help at all.  The line is very blurry in my case and I straddle it perfectly.

Rupert S. (not verified) says...

An INTP can be conditioned to hold religious beliefs, yet it won't be tenable. They are too analytical. The thinking of "I'm a Christian and everything in the Bible seems logical" is not a stable position for an INTP. They will not be able to accept internal inconsistencies, contradictions and illogical frames. For an INTP, believing in what is factually and logically true is much more important than holding onto their identity as a Christian, believing in what makes them feel secure or wanting to be within a Christian. They can do it, yet they will be unhappy since they are repressing their INTP nature. 

Josh S. (not verified) says...

Spot on, Rupert.

Even if there was hard evidence for creationism, that still wouldn't mean Christianity is the one and only answer.  Lots of religions feature creationism.

Blind faith over exploring possibilities does not strike me as very INTP.

JCC (not verified) says...

Christian here and according to the quiz I'm an INTP.

Contrary to what some may believe Christianity does not necessarily mean blind faith. As a human being that is created we're not omnicient but we don't need to be. God reveals Himself by coming to us as Jesus, though the Bible, even nature. That's why my pastor once said the Bible explains why and science can help explain how. I was encouraged from a young age to ask questions and seek answers since nobody can force anyone else to have faith. My parents had gone against their parents to become Christiand as they believe in the truth of Jesus. I myself had not accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior until I was in University. But I'm still growing and learning even about other religions. There are fundamental differences in religions if you learn about them in depth.

I pray that whoever reads this would consider reading the Bible and maybe even other books additionally such as The Case for Christ (written by an ex-atheist with a journalism and law degree who originally set out to disprove Christianity). If Christianity is fake you wont lose much from doing some research but if Christianity is true it will transform you and your future for eternity.

Brittany (not verified) says...

INTP here, and my best friend is a INFP. Our weirdness brought us together. Glad to send this to him. 

ZINDAZED (not verified) says...

Am both an infp and into. Am somewhere in between. I possess all their differences. My God. Am just both of them. When I take the test. There are questions which are both right to me. I get info and into personality every time I take the test. Maybe their should be a type between those two. Who else is like me

Green (not verified) says...

Hello, same here~

Last year, INTP-A (but it's not entirely accurate), when I tried another test lately, it said I'm an INFP-A (also kinda accurate). But when I read this, I think I'm somewhere in between ?

Mitch (not verified) says...

Wow, people seem to be awfully sensitive about the whole agnosticism thing....

I score INFP-T, but close to INTP-T. It’s weird, because 20+ years ago I was usually scoring ISTJ/ISTP.  Not sure what exactly caused such a switch.

I’m pretty much an agnostic ex-evangelical.  I found Christianity late in life, in a time of crisis, and felt very passionate about it in the beginning, because I felt I had discovered a real force that was going to lead my life in the right direction, if I just devoted myself to being a servant to a higher power.

The problem is, after 5 1/2 years, I was feeling worse than ever.  My mental illness and my diabetes had both gotten much worse, and I just completely gave up hope that there was any sort of power out there that actually cared at all about anything I did, and that nothing about my devotion to such a power was in any way going to bring healing from my suffering.  I reached a point where I just flat wanted nothing to do with religion anymore.  I was completely uninspired and bored by my participation in it, and I was extremely frustrated that I let myself believe that it was somehow going to rejuvenate me.

I’m just apathetically agnostic about it all now.  Leaving religion was not some relieving moment of bliss like it is for some ex-Christian.   I’m quite pissed that I didn’t get any better.   Now that there is simply no meaning whatsoever for my suffering, I have to live with the very possible reality that at 44 my best years are behind me, my diabetic damage is irreversible, and that the diabetes combined with my mental illness has basically destroyed my chances of living the successful life I dreamed of 20 years ago upon finishing college.  

So anyways, who cares if you’re one or the other and religious or not.   For some of us, life fucking sucks, and most likely, it’s fucking pointless.  And honestly not waking up one day to have to think about it even more sounds like a huge fucking relief at this point.

Farrah (not verified) says...



Nothing else matters until you do. Until you can look inside and self-love. I am doing this at this very minute. My story isn't too different from yours. Keep your head up. 

Green (not verified) says...

Last year, I tried the test and it said I'm an INTP-A...

It was kinda accurate tho

This year, I tried the test again. It said I'm an INFP-A !

Also somehow accurate...

Seeing this, I guess I'm half and half

Farrah (not verified) says...

I have taken test upon test. I get INFP and INTP. I see myself in both depending on situations. As far as the comments above me, I grew up a Christian. Since I was young I always questioned religion. But not to my parents. Oh heck no! About three years ago I really started to pull back from my parents and religion.   I denounced my Christian beliefs this year, how ironic. I was raised by Conservative Republicans and now I am 100% Democrat. Still figuring out what kind. I lost all of my family  (political) and have no friends. Dont need em really.  Just me my 3 kids and husband and 2 cats and a dog. I have a calling in life and I want the people who really know me by my side. Thanks for the article.


sofía !! (not verified) says...

mmm i've done the popular online test and ive gotten both INFP and INTP, and looked online and i feel like i identify with both hahsha even after looking at this im still confused !! i guess i cant fit into a single one hjahah or does anybody know if maybe i am a completely different one ? also the test said i am -T for both

chc (not verified) says...

I'm off-the-charts 'N' and equal parts 'T' and 'F.'  Under the article's headings, frequently the descriptions of both types apply to me, sometimes only the 'T' or 'F' variation.

I'm no expert, but my understanding is that for Jung the main point of personality types wasn't for individuals to accurately 'type' themselves. On the contrary, identifying one's type provides a vocabulary for one's default / unconsidered stance in the world. Our default type is a manifestation of an archtype, and living out of that archtype isn't an expession of one's essential, genuine self; rather, it's almost antithetical to being one's "true self." Psychological growth ('individuation' for Jung) happens as we learn not to allow ourselves to be determined by our unconscious proclivities and to instead be who one is as distinct from and free from archtypal constraints.

That's dense, wordy paragraph, I know, I hope it's somewhat decipherable.

Metaphorically speaking, imagine yourself as an expansive ski slope. Your type is a trail that has been carved into the slope through regular use, and the more you take that route, the more using that trail is an expression of you being yourself -- it's your way of getting down the slope: using that route is you being yourself. But ... the entire expanse of the slope is you. Laying down a new trail is you exploring ways of being yourself, unfamiar and perhaps disorienting, but just as much your real self as your practiced path. Being uncomfortable and disoriented is inevitable when doing something new; feeling awkward isn't proof that you aren't being yourself.

To switch metaphors, it's always awkward to learn a new sport. But that initial awkwardness doesn't mean you'll never be a golfer, for example. And, if you've been golfing for years and then take some lessons, your teacher will make suggestions that feel awkward, that don't feel like your swing. But all the ways that you're capable of swinging the club can be your swing, and to insist that your real swing can only be the one you've grooved through years of repetition would be limiting and a little sad.

I don't know whether an INTP or an INFP wrote all this. It's pretty heady, but I took the time to write it because I feel strongly about all this. Now I'm going to go mow the lawn, and I'll feel like I'm being my real self.


Geo_EEEEE says...

I'm INFP but agnostic for the exact reason they gave, why take a stance on something so completely subjective and unknowable, especially on something as crucial as faith? Though they did get it right that my moral compass isn't going to budge anytime soon.

iso (not verified) says...

this helped me figure out i am indeed an intp, thank you! :)

Meghan Blust (not verified) says...

Every time I've taken the Meyers Briggs test it's one of these two and the scores are always very close and now I see why. In the sections where I only relate to one I don't relate to the same one, and there are a couple sections where I relate to both ??‍♀️ I'm kinda both of these personality types lol.

Fickle Bee (not verified) says...

? Based on this comparison, I still find it hard to determine my type. I can relate to almost everything for both, until # 4 tho. 


In times of EXTREME stress, I just, well, explode.

And yes, cry a river at times, only to recover after a few seconds because I just can't find a reason why I must cry. It's not like I can't see my own mistakes and stupidity, I feel guilty for crying and acting like a victim. ?? 


(Ahahahahhaha, tell me if that made me sound like an INFP instead. That'll help me in my confusion too.)


Wisdom (not verified) says...

I was an INTP, and worked in technology, and now I am an INFP and am interested in becoming a coach / counselor.  Its incredible how the personality change paralleled my shifting interests, and career goals.  I used to be someone who was impatient with chatter that was not related to the objective, for example when speaking to someone in customer service asking me "how is your day?" - that used to annoy me.  Now I feel like relating to them and understanding how they are, and respond to people in a more more empathetic way.  Like others I do shift back to INTP every now and again when I hear illogical arguments, or ones that are not based on facts.  Nice to know there are others out there with similar personality traits.

karly (not verified) says...

ahahaha came to get clear on whether i'm an INFP or INTP, left relating to both even more so. Oh man...

Eryk (not verified) says...

Still i fit to both. :/
But fantasy is more interesant than real-world.
But Dark Fantasy is the best.
One time in stress i was isolated and productive at same time.
Other time in stress i was socialising and i feel like a shit and not productive at same time, without power to... be.

I think point creation vs analisis is too stereotypical.
What if i am artistic INTP and i am all the time analisis my ideas for new creations?
I just use analise to analising my ideas so...

I am just weird. Emotional, artistic, humanistic INTP, that 80% of time feel nothing, than i feel very strong sad or angry.
One time i am background, other time i talk to people what to do like some entjs.
I am weirdo. xD

Lucy Su (not verified) says...

Hey yall, INTP here, It was #4 and #3 for me. Got me in a wrap. 

Silver Skye (not verified) says...

Strange that I mostly relate more with the INTP descriptions here and almost, *almost* none among the INFP, and I'm an INFP, in every single test and in my own contemplation. Well admittedly I'm not always much like the typical/usual descriptions of this type, (probably why I'm here in the first place) but I know it to myself I'm INFP and it wouldn't feel right to be typed any other way. There are just several incompatibilities when it comes to generalized attributes, like for example as above, personally I lean more to an atmosphere of agnosticism for similar reason stated, (although it hadn't always been as such), but I can also be supportive in the idea of another's faith (it's basically individual preference for me: whatever best suits a person in living life). And as much as how Fi is often described, I personally don't much like rigidity because it feels too constricting both intellectually and emotionally, even though I can be that way sometimes, it's what I tend to view as the irrational (and sometimes unhealthy) side of me (but which is part of me being a person). Generally I have the preference for keeping a broader outlook from a detached point of view, except on certain things that feel too personal or socially critical to remain neutral. Also it seems that the INFP in descriptions above is more of 4w3, and I'm 4w5.

Sabrina Kristensen (not verified) says...

I identify well with the INTP 5w6. But, I do take time to balance my day and nights to allow myself to enjoy some free time from all my thoughts. I know I can get stuck in all my thoughts and projects. I can't relax 100% if I don't get important tasks done, but I do realize I work better later on or the next day if I force myself to enjoy a peaceful 10 minute walk or watch a movie or play a game with my children in the evening. I follow vedic astrology ( As above so below) my moon which represents our minds is in the star constellation Capricorn in the deacon Shravana while my mars which represents our courage and strength is in the opposite star sign Gemini. I have an exalted Saturn in Libra, Saturn is about obedience, restrictions, and teacher. Libra is about balance. We always use our Saturn like all the other 11 constellations in everything we do. Capricorn needs to plan and sort out things before making decisions. Gemini is great at multi tasking, looking at things from other view points, mars being in Gemini can make the native very argumentative and can cut throats with words while Capricorn is not very argumentative and needs to feel safe. My Capricorn mind can use Gemini mars to find the best route while using my exalted Saturn to stay fair. As above so below! I feel these ennegram tests need to be compared with everyone's vedic charts to bring this spiritual sacred science back to the western world, it is a way to prove vedic astrology is true! Have a wonderful and blessed day, thanks for reading my long and eccentric comparison. ??

Sabrina Kristensen (not verified) says...

I just realized I commented under the wrong ennegram. I'm INFJ ?

Julie Carolina (not verified) says...

For 30 years I’ve been tested and have always turned out to be INTP/INFP. Both. Always. When I was a scientist my INTP was a tiny bit more. When I became a writer my INFP was a tiny bit more. Now retired they're balanced and I can't figure this out: what the heck am I? Two people packed in one?

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (not verified) says...

Same here, see my post below.

Jordan96 (not verified) says...

I think many people mistake "logical" to mean "correct." When it comes to religion, the difference between INTP and INFP is more about how the two types engage with religious ideology, rather than the states of being "religious" and "not religious." What makes being religious more difficult for T types is that conceptualised morality is not always logical; in fact, it's often contradictory. Nevertheless, morality may still be presented as logically valid, even if the conclusion is not correct, and INTP's may maintain their religious status by clinging to what is rational and avoiding/ignoring the irrational (which is within the traits of the INTP to do anyway). 

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (not verified) says...

Nope, still stuck inbetween:


So, Im a feak of nature....Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Traits: Introverted – 78%, Intuitive – 68%, Feeling – 54%, Prospecting – 82%, Turbulent – 82%

Recruteur_2022 (not verified) says...

With this, though, INTPs sometimes face challenges in understanding human emotions, as they often relate to other people through rationality and logic. In such situations, INTPs might become snared in an analysis impasse where they forgo reassuring their friends as they fear their emotional support will be inadequate. This challenge can follow INTPs throughout other areas of their lives, as they often over-analyze their decisions, leading them to feel ineffective. Fortunately, though, INTPs usually learn how to pull themselves out of this rut and develop a keen ability to examine multifaceted problems and find answers to their queries. INFP is an abbreviation that refers to the Myers-Briggs personality type which is introverted, intuitive, feeling and perceiving. Individuals with an INFP personality type are often called mediators, as they are people who typically relate empathetically to people around them and purposefully seek to understand the experiences of others. INFPs are usually reserved and private people who lead imaginative and rich inner lives—they may spend the majority of their time daydreaming, thinking about the complexities of the world and crafting narratives in their head. Because of this introverted, explorative nature, INFPs can sometimes feel stifled by rules.

Share your thoughts


Myers-Briggs® and MBTI® are registered trademarks of the MBTI Trust, Inc., which has no affiliation with this site. Truity offers a free personality test based on Myers and Briggs' types, but does not offer the official MBTI® assessment. For more information on the Myers Briggs Type Indicator® assessment, please go here.

The Five Love Languages® is a registered trademark of The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, which has no affiliation with this site. You can find more information about the five love languages here.

Latest Tweets

Get Our Newsletter