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INTP Strengths

Analytically brilliance. Beneath the quiet surface sits an intellectual prowess which INTPs bring to any environment in which they find themselves. They are fast thinkers and highly logical. Others may not know it since much happens inside the INTP’s own own head, yet this type excels in analyzing connections between seemingly random pieces of information and finding flawless explanations to problems that disorient most other personality types.

Objective. INTPs are respected for their relentless pursuit of truth, objectivity and understanding. They make this the goal of their lives and channel their energy into rooting out errors and eliminating inconsistencies. They do this not only for their own personal enjoyment but because they see it as their main contribution to the world in whatever field they may find themselves. 

Imaginative. INTPs think deeply about theory, how to understand and explain difficult concepts, and how systems and products function and might be improved. They naturally see things others don’t because they have imaginations that are actively focused and fixated on future potential and possibility. 

Enthusiastic. To others, the INTP may come across as private and withdrawn but when a topic piques their interest, INTPs can be very enthusiastic⁠—excited even⁠—about discussing it. This excitement makes them fun to be around. In the right company, INTPs are keen to express their imaginative sense of humor, and enjoy being playful with people who they can trust.

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INTP Weaknesses

Uncertainty. Despite their intellectual prowess, INTPs often live in fear of failure, anxious that they will overlook some critical aspect of their theory, idea or invention. This causes them to be self-conscious and to waste time and energy second-guessing themselves. 

Absent-mindedness. INTPs aren’t labeled “absentminded professors” for no reason. At their worst, they tend to be scattered and disorganized. Intellectual and high-minded, they get caught up in their own brains and fail to deal with the low-level tedium of the here and now such as bills or deadlines. They fail may fail to conform to even the basic expectations of daily life in society. 

Condescension. A significant weakness of the INTP is the tendency to be condescending and critical, either of their opponents or those who simply don’t catch on as quickly as they do. Their constant pursuit of truth and objectivity, though admirable, can also provoke brutality and impatience as they drive home their own perspective. This can be especially toxic in relationships in which logic simply does not always reign supreme. 

Insensitivity. INTPs can get into trouble because of their tendency to prioritize the activity taking place in their minds over the needs of others. They comfortably inhabit the realm of their imaginations and this can bring certain problems, not least that INTPs get so caught up in their own theories and abstractions that they forget any kind of emotional consideration. Their focus on ideas and logic, and neglect of personal considerations, can easily offend.

INTP Growth and Development

In order to reach their full potential, INTPs should:

Develop emotional intelligence.Though INTPs can make very good friends and partners, they are not overly warm or attentive to the feelings and emotional cues of others. While emotional receptiveness and responsiveness will not come naturally to people of this type, focusing on key behaviors that help other people to feel heard and cared for will expand the INTP's ability to relate and connect.

Harness the power of relationships. Though they are naturally solitary, INTPs are not at their best when they neglect key relationships. INTPs can easily become isolated, especially if they are working on a difficult problem. While they may be indifferent to how many friends or personal relationships they have, INTPs who can learn to purposely cultivate their social and professional connections will be more successful—and happier in the end.

Bring others in. INTPs can easily find themselves rutted or caught in their own blind spots and, given the amount of time they spend in solitude, they may not regularly enjoy the input of others that can help to put them back on course. By bringing other people into their inner worlds, INTPs not only serve their relationships, they also get important feedback that can help them to clarify their high-level ideas and make them understandable and useful to a wider audience. 

Think practically. This may be a challenge because INTPs are not characteristically utilitarian or particularly pragmatic. This doesn’t mean they don’t value efficiency, but that they believe in the value of thinking and experimenting for its own sake, even if there is no practical value or outcome attached to it. While we need people who are committed to taking on dream projects and experiments simply because they’re good things to do, employers may be less sympathetic. INTPs should step back and consider their projects from a practical stance. Will this idea actually work? Does it matter? Is this a product people would actually use? Does it have practical value?

Become more charitable. INTPs will always be relentless about what is right, true and logical, but can become more charitable with time and effort. This will also involve working to understand and take into account the emotional concerns of others and seeking to develop empathy and compassion. INTPs can start by trying to look at and understand their own emotions.

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nk (not verified) says...

this was scary to read. but im not very scientifical though. interesting though i dont understand myself, i just go with whatever i am. i try to understand everything except myself lol. my real self is never out in this world, like my personality just responds to what is going on around me, the real person never comes out. only i know that, and thats why my energy is kinda inside always, though everyone thinks i am a social, smart, and funny person, i dont give shit about superficial things, i just want to solve the problems that i feel. i feel like i just want to shut off my presence in this world. (and open the inside). though my ego wants to be popular, and have social importance, that is also interesting. i feel like i can make myself into anything i want, but that wont satisfy any desire, i really dont know what i am here to even feel or do....nothing makes sense execpt when you dissociate and what isnt your focus is your focus. 

Zee (not verified) says...

I also read this and I agree to some extent. While I think about the posibilities or theories of life, I do not think that I am very scientifical. Though, I may be outgoing, I do not like popularity. I try to avoid the crowd as much as I can. And I try to solve my problems on my own without involving other people.

Collector_m (not verified) says...

In the last item of the "INTP Growth and Development" you have forgotten to properly close the HTML strong tag. So, the entire section is in bold face, instead of only the title. Yes, I'm an INTP.

Jennifer Miller (not verified) says...

Welcome to The Freethinker Club. Population 2%. The only rule is there are no rules to oppress the mind. Everyone is welcome to conceptualize as we please. However, for some odd reason, 98% of the population runs away at the door. Freedom doesn't scare us! A free mind is a beautiful thing, more precious than gold. You've got the courage to share it, my friends. 

Brett45g (not verified) says...

Yes!  That's the thing exactly, Free Thinker's Club! 

Thor, DK (not verified) says...

Really well said :D

kakasaheb (not verified) says...

i have tried personality test which i belong to intp

but as intp says its everything confusing no stability nor security 

no skill nothing then why i m having this 

cartographer (not verified) says...

"Engineering careers are a good fit for the logical, analytical thinking style of the INTP. They particularly enjoy engineering fields that allow them to exercise a measure of creativity in their work."

As an INTP cartographer (masters degree in engineering), this article seems too accurate....

 

Benjamin says...

This website is correct. I went on 16 personalities and got Logician a.k.a INTP-T. I have always wanted to be an aerospace engineer or architect and this website those jobs are for me. 

Hank (not verified) says...

As an architect my day job is highly connected to relationship building, which can be draining... I've found that having other outlets that allow me to explore, ideas and work alone are rejuvinating. 

Guest (not verified) says...

I loathe radio laughter. 

emily lin (not verified) says...

Hello, can you please change the text colour from yellow to something darker. It is hard to read and it hurts my eyes. Thanks.

Grey Fox says...

I’ve done this test a few times now. INTP and INTJ always come up as very good matches for me. It’s funny (strange) that even though I got a slight preference for Perceiving on this try, it still gives me INTJ as the top - very good match. Both you can’t be both, each one has different engines (functional stacks).

Roham (not verified) says...

Really don't mean to be rude. But INTJ is architect not INTP

 

Jennifer Miller (not verified) says...

I agree. INTPs are Logicians. INTPs can be architects, but labeling our personality type as Architect suggests that INTPs are planners. Our gift is conceptual thought. 

How are INTJs and INTPs mistaken for one another? I like INTJs. What's the world without abstract or strategic thinking? How does A=B, though? 

another one (not verified) says...

One time i worked in service/sales and generally yes, I hated it, but I actually enjoyed interacting with the customers usually. I was mostly selling ice-cream, but a little bit waitressing. I just loved the ice-cream selling part, because I could see people coming with a frown and going with a smile. There was nothing complicated, nothing ambiguous in that aspect, just give them a big portion of ice-cream and make them happy. But waitressing was horrible and coworkers were mean.

Now I'm a researcher in theoretical computer science focusing on graph algorithms. This is my favorite job so far. It's great. I'm getting spoiled by how fun this is, I think I will never be able to go back to something as mundane as software engineering (which I have been gladly doing for most of my life). The only thing missing from my current job is psychology, which I also find fascinating. I have been thinking of starting fantasy fiction writing in my spare time to add more creativity and psychology to my life.

(My personality type comes out sometimes as INTP and sometimes as INFP. I'm adding this as a disclaimer because some of my preferences might stem from the INFP aspect )

INTP-L (not verified) says...

I have taken this test at least 10 times and all 10 times my result has been INTP. I would suggest taking the test at least 3 x, if you keep getting different results then it could just be that you might not be fully self-aware yet or you could be a combination of personality types. I find INTP to be the most accurate for me, not everything is going to relate to you because this test isn't supposed to tell you what your personality is like to a T. 

Giggity (not verified) says...

INTP Digital Marketer here, I freaking love it

2L82Pray (not verified) says...

I've taken this test half a dozen times and it always comes up INTP or INTJ (both among the rarest for females, which I am). I have to admit, finally, this is me with a fine line between the two. Hopefully, this will end my gridlock on what to do with my life. After 10 years in a career I tolerated rather than loved, coming back to this was my only way to decide to stop being a rebel against myself

AMM (not verified) says...

The more I read comments the more I feel at home and the more convinced I am that understanding the functional stacks accounts for those variations, both in our experiences as indicated in the comments and how some of the typing descriptions out there don't take the variations into consideration when categorizing INTP.  An example is the absentminded professor vs warmest machine Or as I relate to it - my creative / intuitive side vs my logical / linear thinking side. It's all there but I can switch between them. I've had to both develop my capacity to allow my thinking, structured, mind to run strong when I need it most like at work where my creative / intuitive innovative nature supports that but takes a back seat (currently in law administration) but then outside of those work or home times that require my logic I run more with my freewheeling creative / innovative side when the absentminded professor is the best description. I don't understand the functions enough to talk about them concretely (yet) but I sense that they provide insight into this type of flexing that can show up. I love it when I infrequently come across more creative / intuitive / innovative bending career examples for us as I don't entirely fit the science / mathematician angle. Perhaps had that side of me been more encouraged I can see how I could have utilized that more and ended up extra strong in the more structured thinking realm but as it is I tend towards middle ground - not quite a lawyer (or doctor or accountant or architect) but with strong abilities in any of those directions with too much out of the box thinking and absentminded living to have developed my strong thinking into something on par with my capacity. So I try to capitalize on both which is leading me to craft something more structured but later in life. 

JuliaJ (not verified) says...

Just wanting to add to the conversation. I've identified as INTP for years now, but I've also always thought maybe I was INFP because I see myself as a pretty emotional person. Luckily, my husband, a true INFP, has been able to teach me a bit about the other side. Lol. We've had so many and such severe misunderstandings about personal conduct and consideration of each other, I've doubted he even cared about me more than once. We finally got talking about it, and as it turns out, he "thinks" in feelings. Like, you know how you think in words and pictures and more abstract ways about physical and intellectual tasks pretty much constantly? While you're doing that, he's just riding the waves of emotion around him and trying to keep afloat. That's what's foremost in his consciousness. It's such a fundamental difference, I didn't even think it was possible. But that's how he says it is, so I guess I have to believe him. Lol. In terms of our motivations, he's trying to keep everyone at ease all the time to preserve his sanity, and I'm always trying to figure something out. Or I'm just completely awed and enthusiastic about a fact. I may seem dopey or unaware, but I just get taken by ideas. He considers the social implications of what he's doing first, whereas I think of them later. At times, I feel I have to choose between the truth and the appropriate thing to say. And guess what I choose. (It's not malicious. I really just value the truth, so it's almost automatic.) ...OK, now guess what he would choose. See? It's difficult, but because we get each other pretty well on every other level and balance each other on this one, it works. But my point here is, ladies, don't let certain people on the Internet try and tell you you can't be who you are because of XYZ. You know who you are, so go with it.

unknown (not verified) says...

the test says that i am this but i'm not shure.

INTP-JJ (not verified) says...

Fellow introverts who want to make a difference should join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2193383504280302/

Haiqa Edward (not verified) says...

I am an INTP . I  dont have  friends .I cant trust anyone because i feel like certain people are not honest .I want to change the world but dont know how to do it.I really love solitude but some times I am really depressed cause I dont have anyone to talk to  who understands what i want to say.

 

Deanna Graham (not verified) says...

Haika, your abilities are rare and special. People are intimidated by your abilities, and don't have the logical capacity to do anything except be mean in petty ways. Female INTPs have it the worst. Be strong. Knowing your gifts and shortcomings as an INTP means the low IQ people can't keep you from reaching your greatest potential as a human being. Hang in there. It gets better, I promise.

TheManCone (not verified) says...

When testing remember nature vs nurture. The test is Identifying your Nature but is not complex enough to seperate what personality traits were nurtured into you. Say a question ask do you like to talk excessivley? You are shy so you answer no this will misidentify you if your shy only because you grew up with a sibling/s that teased and mocked you so holp this helps some/all of those that get identified and say thats close but doesn't sound quite like me.

MARISOL (not verified) says...

I feel I am this BUT not a very bright one... because I studied engineering next to really high IQ people and I am not even close to them......

so, may be I am not this, I feel completely detached from the society and lonely and a misfit everywhere

:(

ildi (not verified) says...

Just noticed that INTP is Architect and INTJ is Mastermind. On 16Personalities.com (where you go to indentify yourself) it is totally switched. Is it a small mistake on either side, or these two are that much close that you cannot make a clear distinction? I'm 100% INTJ female by the way.

Stephensonson (not verified) says...

Reading this especially the job part rings true to me. After college I took the 1st job that I landed and basically went Admin, Real Estates agent, and then Marketing. I hated those 3 jobs though due to my job experience landing a job in Sales was easier. 

I then realized I guess that I got interested in Finance due to the understanding one can get about business. And Economics which for me is like history studies but with money (bet you guys are pissed about this objectively wrong statement) and the Social Sciences also look really good. So I guess we just arent quick-witted enough preferring to calmly analyze the situation.

Thought I think we dont make the best students. Haha, just barely organized enough to pursue what we dream about. And essentially loving knowledge but disliking how some courses are 'Rote memory' instead of 'Case studies'. I mean we dont learn as fast if we cant imagine/understand the situation and reasons.

So just dropped by and was really surprised to see so many like-minded individuals. Also think a career change is in order for me. Kinda confused at the moment if I should pursue Data Science or a CFA. But yeah think ill move on to something analytical instead being 'paid to persuade' 

MK (not verified) says...

I find this whole subject very interesting, though a bit disconcerting  Every test I have ever taken shows me to be INTP  But I don't identify with smart or intelligent  In fact I feel less intelligent than most people.  I do try to learn everything about what interests me, but as soon as I lose interest I forget it.  I am in the process of relocating and job hunting, but I do not have a degree, because I cannot commit to a major.  I do come off as cold and reserved when I first meet people, but after they get to know me they usually believe me to be quirky.  When my husband passed away, people thought it was odd that I just decided not to be sad.  I was but I was able to reason with my grief and it lost some of it's power.  Maybe not "healthy", but it's how I cope.  I can say that reading up on Myers Briggs INTP has helped me to feel understood, but at the same time has made me feel even more disconnected from the people around me.  I find it very interesting that not everyone thinks a million miles a minute about so many different things.  Thank God the discovery is never ending.  :)

Lynn84 (not verified) says...

Two life struggles I have being this personality type:

1. Every job I’ve held, I am in a new position to learn... but over time end up learning that I am over qualified. Socially I loathe networking and politicking my way to the top (oh and how slow and inefficient of a process!)  // A solution might be to be my own boss, but I crave a challenge - an existing problem to pick apart and put back together the right way, but I’m finding it difficult to be my own boss and start a company where I can just create frameworks and systems and implement efficient processes on something I’m creating from scratch. Any advice?! 

2. Secondly, I am struggling so hard to meet my match. I’m highly attractive, I take care of myself and I can let loose and be so fun when appropriate, and in those moments I can capture the attention of a male, at least for awhile. But when we become close and I open up, so many times I am rejected - particularly as a female (males do not like when a woman corrects them or wants them to - with pure intentions!). I’d really love any insight in what partners would be suitable, or where I could go to meet a fellow INTJ. In true INTJ fashion, I’m considering just building a family and doing it on my own, but I’d prefer a loving parter! 

Thank you for reading:) 

CodyL (not verified) says...

Did you find an answer to your first point?! I'm in the same boat and want to be my own boss but haven't found a way to make it happen. 

Dan Bollinger (not verified) says...

INTP here!  I got stuck on the first sentence. It's a pet peeve of mine. INTP is not an acronym, it is an abbreviation. Acronyms are abbreviations that form a pronouncable word like RADAR (RAdio Detection And Ranging). OK, now that I got that off my chest I'll read on!

Stephenm (not verified) says...

The INTP would have the longest comment trail! Haha.

Ed M (not verified) says...

I have good friends that are ISFJ’s so I would think of that as being an opposite, but I know an ESFJ that I clash with because she is an ESFJ. We are literally the opposite in every way. 

Nach (not verified) says...

Tested INTJ here with strong INTP traits (I tend to see myself as an INTx in certain situations).

I would say that the divide between the two types becomes more obvious when you look at the "social" aspect of each type's life at MATURITY.

INTPs ALWAYS end up looking/searching for ways to feel integrated (i.e joining in national holidays celebrations, being a "good host/husband", listening and taking care of people who are around them, doing small talks to people they like, etc.). But they can't hold it up for long and inevitably disappear after say, 1 hour or so. They like their feelings to be just consistent enough to build and last in a distant memory. Intensity is their enemy.

As an INTJ, I tend to bother about people ONLY if I like them (which take YEARS and a decent amount of conflicts/arguments resolved over time) or if it is part of my job/duties (I don't want to get fired because of poor performance). Otherwise, I make zero effort with people. Even saying "Hi" to people feels like a chore, hence I whisper it with a very straight face. I am ALWAYS looking/searching for ways to make my environment/living conditions BETTER for myself/my people in practical long-lasting matters: I look for efficiency and my feelings are linked to my ability to reach these very "self-centered" goals.

People I like don't need to tell me what I can/could do for them: I have studied them enough to just KNOW what I can offer in my humble ways to improve their predicament. Some of these tools involve doing the Fe-peppy talk (I'm a woman after all!) in certain situations. But if people don't appreciate my input or judge it too short, then I won't dwell on it for long: I just happened to use a tool that was a bad fit for the situation.

In the end, I will learn from the situation and do better the next time. I won't freak out about being a "disappointment" to the people, which is what Inf-Fe bound INTPs tend to do by ghosting their way out of emotionally intense situations. :)

Alexa.123 (not verified) says...

I fucking hate how accurate this is lol 

Jimjim from another plane (not verified) says...

I'm INTP-T and have Aspergers/HFA - it seems this personality type is quite common amongst our group. Anyone else INTP and Aspie?

jon says...

As the culture turns against Christianity, rebellious and independent INTPs will be more and more likely to believe in and align with Jesus Christ. Eventually, INTPs will be more likely to believe in a higher power because this will be the independent exception rather than the conformity norm.

Jasmin Parent (not verified) says...

10/10 correct

Ji says...

Me got 70% match to INTP and 67% match to INTJ

Patrick Flanagan (not verified) says...

INTP isn't tied to any one profession. INTP is more about the social dynamics of the work. INTP is simply happier in isolation working on large complicated problems. 

Oddly enough I know cab drivers who are INTP who love the job. Think about it. They get random conversations while not having to invest in anybody. They don't have to deal with red tape on the job, bosses or set schedules. They show up and work when they feel like making money. 

This rule expands out to every single profession out there. If your job has a little creative wiggle room and you are allowed to work in isolation you'll love the job. Conversely if it has little wiggle room and you can't work in isolation you will despise the job. 

UnicornSquatchAlien (not verified) says...

We are cold machines that wish we could navigate our social lifes easier.  

My last job in retail was a living hell. I had to be extroverted to survive, and had to shut off a lot of my internal analytical thinking. It was hard to get through the days, but at the end of the day I would sit and disect all the concepts of what people had said that day, to find the truth of what they said. Now, I make custom cars and only talk to maybe 3 people, and my mind doesn't have to be overloaded on a constant basis. College and work turned me into an ENTP/ENTJ. But my oldest friend is an ENTJ and I am an INTP when alone. I look at my friends judgemental behavior to navigate annoying situations, but I can't help my freedom of thought. 

I almost think its a curse because your mind is always craving the next psycholigical stimulatio, a new puzzle to solve or concept to over analyize. What I like about my entj friend is he doesn't put much thought into things, he just chooses and goes, something that takes forever for me on personal decisions. 

The other problem is, searching for correct information and having consistancies is an obsession. I would like to imagine engineers have provided data they can work with, which we can proccess to no end and waste less time gathering data ourselves. 

I could ramble on more. 

Are INTP's really that cold? Yup were aliens

 

INTP-Josh-582 says...

i posted this is a repy to another member's comment, but i thought that it deserved a thread in it's own right--and it goes as follows: we (INTP's) are the coldest humans, but the WARMEST machines. but make no mistake, as an actual human being, i DESPERATELY want to utilise my Fe much more than my capability allows me. i desperately seek human connection--i just don't know how to be successful at that grand endeavor of mine to the level of success that i desire. my inability to properly read social cues is my achilles heel, i.e. not picking up on when someone close to me needs emotional support based on non-verbal communication such as body language or ambiguous hints. this has damaged all of my romantic relationships, as well as putting strains on my familial ones. but yes--we are like the warmest, gentlest robot that you'll ever meet. just allow us to articulate our ideas to you in our manner of communication (monologue form in most cases) and do not argue a point based on your emotions and we'll get along just fine. and for the love of god (in my way of thinking: the perfection of the universe--i suppose you could cal me an agnostic deist) JUST TELL US when you need emotional help because we will most likely NOT pick up on your non-verbal cues. be concrete in your pleas for need because ambiguity will not get you what you desire from us. and just understand that most of us WANT to establish deep human connections with others, we just don't quite know how that process works. and if you romantically like us, DO NOT PLAY GAMES--just tell us; that being said, we'll tell you right back whether or not we like you. but don't get offended if we say that we are not interested—we value the truth above all things and our honesty can come off as quite brutal at times, but spreading misinformation is tantamount to sinfulness to the INTP. treat us gently—for most of us carry around a child-like innocence to us; and despite our outside appearances of cold aloofness, our feelings can be very fragile. hope this helps…

PharmerJane (not verified) says...

I agree with everything you have written.  I don't pick up on any clues until it's too late.  

TheGreekINTP (not verified) says...

I have been struggling for over 3 years to find out what career and bachelor is more suitable for me and what I really want to do as job.
Well, this website and before it the "The Myers Briggs" website, ABSOLUTELY BLEW MY MIND!!!
How some written lines clearly depict your own self, a person who you couldn't define yourself a moment earlier!
Truly amazing. So well-built, useful and unbelievably spot-on. Well done Well done.

And thank you. A lot.

Guest (not verified) says...

They put so much emphasis on the maths/computers/science side of an INTP! Having taken the test three times over two years, I am a pretty verified INTP, but find much more comfort in things like film and art and have zero interest in science...

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm the same way too always had a good ear for music. Also im assuming you were terrible at math because I was too but you may be forgetting your writing power. We're great writers as well.

timhouse (not verified) says...

INTP 100% for those saying they are not sure they fall under this type must realize it takes time to grow into who you are and some do faster than others. Environment is also a factor and life experience it took me 28 years until i felt like I knew who I really was and actually valued it. You're an INTP if you're incredibly absent minded, if you're like me you experiment with drugs or smoke, you may play a video game to escape from the "real world" , you feel like an alien, had trouble talking to females when you were younger and social problems period , uncomfortable with saying I love you to parents, not as family oriented as you get older, listen to about every genre of music as long as it sounds Good, will randomly look at anything or think of anything that grabs their interest and immediately do research and try to understand meaning etc etc I can go on

Guest (not verified) says...

I will believe this personallity test is 100% accurate when I get my hands on everyone's results and compare it to their real life. (I have been labeled INTP for 8 years now)

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