Can PTSD create an INTP personality?



anon afghan vet (not verified) says...

Hi, im an afghan vet who who was diagnosed a while ago. I dont believe it can create an INTP personality. But being an INTP I most definitely find it doesnt help in the least because if I cant put my mind on something it will spin in circles and over analyze myself/issues/traumas. What I believe is it makes our personality type more susceptible to PTSD whereas most people dont really think about things to the extent that your average INTP will. Nothing is worse then being constantly lost in a diseased mind.

Chelle (not verified) says...

I have thought of that correlation myself. As far as being the complete causation, I would say no. But natural weaknesses I have due to my personality are definitely exasterbated due to past trauma. I saw death at a young age and lost my naiivity in fashions that left me very untrusting of others. My tendancy to live in my head and analyze conceptions to shreds means my neurotic thoughts circle about and manifest into uncontrollable monsters that feast on my strength.

Figment (not verified) says...

Not exactly, but... (go not to the INTPs for counsel, for they will say both no and yes).

I am definitely an INTP, but I don't always test that way.  My earliest result was INFP, but I think that when my contentedly solitary self was dumped into both puberty and middle school, I needed F as a tool to negotiate relationships.  I tested INTJ during a management course that focused on HR-speak and performance reviews, because my P perference for open-ended, do your own thing was the wrong tool for that setting.

You seem to doubt the INTP result.  So, maybe you are something else close, like an ISTP?  You mention PTSD, so what if your S function is unavailable to you right now?  Maybe your sensory input is overwhelmed, like a torn muscle that must rest to heal.  The other function of S is memory, but maybe your connection to your own past is blocked by new, instrusive memories right now.  Your mind would turn to N to provide context when you can't use the tool you would naturally reach for.

I wish I had something truly helpful to say.  My strengths are TiNe, so when I feel off-center, I play to my strengths and study something new in depth just for fun (Ti) or play around with mind-mapping to break a subject down into all its parts (Ne).  If graph paper makes you happy, you may really be an INTP after all.  If not, maybe you can figure out which functions are at work in the things that have made you happy in the past, and spend more time doing those things.

S. S. (not verified) says...

I've had the very same thought.  I've been introspective and prone to over anyalyzing from the time I was a child.  I was recently diagnoised with PTSD.  My ability to see patterns and deconstruct situations, organizations, groups, dogma. etc turns an otherwise strength into a nightmare when blended with trauma.  I think over situations and interactions to the extreme.  The same as you... spinning mind.  Anything that you've learned as an INTP and dealing with trauma?  

Guest (not verified) says...

As a 50yo therapist, I found this question very intriguing. Clients who had a PTSD diagnosis were preponderantly INFP, before I was emotionally better I tested as myself.

Twitching Ego (not verified) says...


i just took the test (first time) and came up as INTP. I have also struggled with anxiety and depression for years and was noteably an ‘emotional child’.

I had a PTSD diagnosis once, but it’s since changed.

Not sure if we can ever truly know what came first, but the society around here (UK) seem to want to sterilise emotion from business, rather than manage it. For me, that traps my passion and creativity. I even think some of my feelings come from a belief that I am wrong for feeling passionate about a subject.

Hope all goes well with you, whether you find an answer that satisfies you with this or not.

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