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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 To others, the INTP may come across as private and withdrawn but when a topic piques their interest, INTPs can be very enthusiastic⁠—excited even⁠—about discussing it.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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Dr. Demento (not verified) says...

You people are nuts!  :)

Marsinthesky (not verified) says...

Getting the wrong type is extremely common.

Let me first say that INTPs and INFJs are the rarest types. So quite uncommon. To avoid confusion, first ensure you have at least some of the stereotype of "head in the clouds" of introvert intuitives. Otherwise go search in the more practical oriented IS types. And also check the ENF types. Intuitive types live with thinking about possibilities rather than the present moment reality.

Second, it's easy to confuse Ti, Ni and Fi. Do you find yourself lost in your thoughts? Do you feel void of emotions when you are alone and without external stimulus? If yes to both questions then you might be an INTP. B) If when you are utterly alone you fantasise a lot with vivid imagination and strong emotions, then you might be an INFP. Check this across the majority of your life for an underlying pattern.

INFJ would be rarer, and they will be more less appreciate of a wide range of options to discover (due to Ni). They also focus a lot like Ti and Fi types, but their listening quality is pronounced (curious about inquiring others, keep quiet about themselves). As J types they tend towards perfectionism and enjoy tidyness to think clearly. INTP and INFP can bother less with cleaningness and order.

mattkong7507 (not verified) says...

lol

mehdi (not verified) says...

I'm an INTP and I do not know why I see most people in society below my IQ level. They can't understand me. I respect them, but I can't have a good relationship with them.

Grant F (not verified) says...

That sounds very INTJ of you.

Flora (not verified) says...

I was thinking the same thing too..

Levi Eby (not verified) says...

INTP

Levi Eby (not verified) says...

oops i meant to say me to, but i absentmindedly clicked the save button

HK says...

I got INFP from other MBTI test sites several time, but I got INTP here, which is an interesting finding.

BANTER (not verified) says...

So,HK you are a INFP not an INTP. As you got INFP in majority of tests.You got an INTP once, is Interesting but I think you should not live in delusions and focus more on your INFP reality.

Rainia (not verified) says...

They get miss typed all the time, it has something to do with Ti and Fi, both of them likes to analyze and indulge deeply alone. 

but the difference is Fi finding meaning through emotions and intuition but Ti finding the truth with their mind. Occupied mind vs occupied heart.

now think back, most of time INTP don’t have a feeling, they don’t feel sad nor happy but most of time their mind is very active, when you walk, when you eat, everything you do your mind do the talks. 

Also at night do you often be like busy with your mind thinking about topic of interests? That you start to forget everything including your feeling and your surroundings? And you can’t fall asleep because your brain is so bright. your hands are cold due to your passion explode in your mind brainstorming ideas of your interests without feeling involved? Then you are a Ti. I do this Often, usually at night. i am too focused on my mind thinking about almost anything that often sleep late at night.. 

 

while INFPs on the other hands, the Fi users, they have many emotions. don’t miss understand them that they don’t like to analyze tho, in facts they do!! They like to search meaning, analyze life But with feeling involved and with emotion and with themselves as a subject. Also usually they don’t necessarily need reasons to feel assured in believing something, it’s their gut feeling that’s strong. If it feels right to them (without the urge to prove with data or words) like they find meaning over something that feel soothing or feels right to them, then they will believe. That is indication Fi users. I have INFP friend, i noticed the behaviors. 

But don’t forget, human comes in packs of complete system. Just because INTP is Ti users that doesn’t mean they don’t have feeling. In fact they have Fe, even it’s the last function it can be strong too, they just don’t know how to handle it well.

 

So at some moments when needed to judge with feeling, INTP deal it with Fe. They can be overwhelmed to people expectation, absorb people emotions as their own. Most likely to feel suddenly emotional when close one is sad especially when their brain can prove reasons of that situation is indeed unfair. INTP can put themselves on other shoes, BUT they can’t show caring attitude very well, if they force it they will be awkward or uncomfortable. Also it is the last functions so in the end they always rationalize this feeling with their thinking back again.

This is how you can differentiate INFP and INTP, INFP is Fi users and is the superior function which is very strong. they know themselves very much as well as they know others feeling, i even feel like they can know my feeling when i didn’t realize. But they can understand how someone is sad without leaving their own feeling. If you feel sad, They feel you but they don’t lose themselves in you.

Another example is look at them in uncomfortable social gathering although both of them are not fond of social gathering but INFP never lose their sense of identity even when they’re nervous. 

unlike INTP (if they force to use Fe function) they will be someone who try to fit in by acting like what usually someone does in social gathering awkwardly because they just don’t know, they’re not harmonize with themselves but their brain. (especially for INTP who is strong in Thinking). they will try to cheerful and warm with a common style of what usual people do. trying so hard to fit in to the point of leaving their own identity. 

 

 

INFP even they are a feeler, they can think too and they use Te. we’re human have both Thinking and Feeling functions. MBTI is about preference not absolute quantity.

When needed, they can think effectively to be later processed back with their Introverted feeling again.

 

they can be very well thinking too, but again the same like INTP who can use Fe but can’t act it out, this is happening to INFP too, they have it on their mind of their understanding and their thinking but to unleash it out, it’s uncomfortable for them, or difficult for them. Even so they still can. They just don’t necessarily to do it all the time though. And they are Te is that’s how to differentiate it with INTP who has Ti. Ti has a logic that can be accepted to themselves, Te need some kind of logic that’s acceptable to the world. They will brainstorm their thinking as many as possible and then later evaluate them with Fi again.

 

So choose, are you Fi Te act based on personal value, personal harmony, and think effectively to support your intuition.

 

Or are you Ti Fe act based on logic, try to neglect feeling (even when you have) and absorb feeling from others and then rationalize with thinking.

Daybreak (not verified) says...

Wow. That's quite well.

Goes for ISTP too. They are Ti dom, Fe weakest.

I can understand feelings well. But my execution of expression of care to the individual is not good enough.

And when i am done understanding feelings from Fe, I gracefully switch to Ti right away. Starts looking for solutions.

 

Levi Eby (not verified) says...

And when an INTP get's annoyed or frusturated, they try to hold it in. When it gets too much for an INTP (maybe an ISTP also) it can come out in a burning anger (but this is are for most of us).

Confused about mbti type (not verified) says...

It says rare but look at this, I guess the universe is growing (sarcasm not saying you don't know that just making sure.), if only I could have more insight about myself and this page it's very troubling, especially when your a freaking teenager and have complex emotions and complex change, sorry going on a bit of rage.

Marianne04 says...

I'm always between the two as well. As a teen I typed as intp a few times, now im 25 I leep typing as infp but still identitfy with a lot of intp traits. I am also very sociable so I have typed as enfp before. We are humans after all and mbti is only a theory with 16 types!! I think it depends of which function you are using more at a specific time in life. If you've developped your other functions as well, you will use the one you "WANT' to use in a.given circumstance! Anyway, that's what I've come to believe/understand

SpaceKid (not verified) says...

I often find myself criticising and mentally improving the NASA and SpaceX rockets on tv, but then I'm like oh yeah, they have a budget...

 

Salem_Saberhagen (not verified) says...

it's all fake, earth is the universe, not a ball

Trash (not verified) says...

I believe this

 

Paul64 (not verified) says...

Any pointers on how to pick a career and stick with it? I get excited about stuff and I'm always left disillusioned!

Shirley64 (not verified) says...

Paul64, I think everything becomes boring to us after a few years or less...

Jeff S (not verified) says...

I struggled with the same thing: I would learn about something and enjoy the complexity but when I got into the job it ended up being just doing the same routine tasks over and over (agricultural pest control, solar panel research and development, radio system repair, nursing) but then I found out that teaching high school science is an awesome fit because there is endless challenge and room to constantly improve what I do as well as tons of room for freedom and creativity and I get to deal with all the cool theoretical stuff instead of just the practical side.  I have had to develop my people skills and empathy which is important also to become well rounded. It also resonates at a deeper level because I think that what you believe and know about the world has a huge impact on how you live and is at the source of many problems in the world so I get to help young people improve their worldview and thinking skills which will improve the world at a systemic level.

So find something with complexity, creativity, freedom, and deep systemic purpose so that you cannot ever get to the end of your motivation or intellectual interest.

Kate (not verified) says...

Ugh, this is me too!! It's so frustrating to be fascinated with a subject, study and train in that field, then get the job and find out it's completely different. Not to mention having so many interests that engaging in one feels like neglecting the rest!

beerlakes (not verified) says...

yes this resonates with me, im in my early 30s and have had three very different careers (plus a bunch of time at uni) already. I've come to realise though that change is normal, even if you get into a very interesting area, that interest will wax and wane and eventually as you master something, become uninteresting. That is totally normal! Although admittedly I think INTPs probably get to the end of this process faster than other types. 

Assuming you have found an area you are interested in,and a company, or other method of commercialising your interest, I think the key is to be adaptable, and learn quickly. Which I think INTPs are generally good at, and luckily so, as being adaptable is becoming an ever more important skill.

Noah97 (not verified) says...

I know what you mean! I have such high points of interest in varying subjects, yet never see them through. I seem to always find a reason not to do what I was previously excited about. I theorize that being so logically minded allows us to appreciate complexity, but that same capability is used by the little voice in our heads to avoid blindly committing. It just doesn't make sense to commit with so much still unknown! If I'm being honest with myself, I want to do most everything. Understand... everything. Us INTP's would probably be happier in a world in which we could just study 24/7 and never have to make a living.

sarowar jamil (not verified) says...

before i was also afraid of my future because i couldn't stick to anything .i m just changing my plan,my doings.now It's cristal clear why i m doing like this way cause i was made to do like this

Ormewood (not verified) says...

It's not that you are made to do this, it's that your personality will make you TEND to do this.  It's not a foregone conclusion, and if it's causing problems you can recognize it and fight it.

The person who said hi (not verified) says...

Lol, when it said we don't usually get good grades I was like, duh because the stuff they teach you in school is bullshit knowledge.

rebel (not verified) says...

it's not all bullshit knowledge though.. i mean, a lot of the stuff is actually interesting but school just sucks the joy out of it. i'm saying this cause, i found almost all subjects boring when i was in school but if there's a video on something related to that subject, i am usually genuinely interested and receive it quite positively. moreover, they just make us vomit whatever is written in the textbooks onto the paper; instead of encouraging us to question stuff and analyse everything which makes everything boring and dull.

no name ideas (not verified) says...

i usually enjoy learning anything but school just sucks the fun out by how they teach us the material 

Marissa (not verified) says...

I took this test years ago.  My result was INFP.  I took it again months ago and turned out to be INTP.  I read both personalities. INTP described me more than INFP.

A kid (not verified) says...

Same, I took the test a few months ago and I got infp, and now I got intp

Observer (not verified) says...

It's hard for me to believe that I'm an INTP, they are considered, "very intelligent" or something like that. But I struggle with math and science, even simple division and multiplication. This has led me to believe I'm quiet the oppisite of intelligent. I know dumb INTPs exist, but it feels like a waste of potential if my IQ was below average. 

Concrete guy (not verified) says...

Simple math addition, subtraction, multiplication, division was a nightmare for me but when I got to algebra and geometry is was by far my easiest and favorite subject.

A Random Human (not verified) says...

There's more to intelligence than just being good at math or even IQ scores. Intelligence is defined as "The ability to aquire and apply knowledge or skills." By this logic you could be intelligent in other areas, like music or gardening. Or it could be that the learning environment sucks. The current school system wasn't designed for intps since they're such a minority, so doing poorly in school doesn't necessarily mean a person is not intelligent, just that the environment was not conducive to their learning. In conclusion, you might be smarter than you think. 

Bnjy (not verified) says...

To the one who said they are not good at maths, simply because you are not good at a subject does not make you unintelligent. You have strengths in other areas that other people probably don't. Math is one of those things if you dont have a solid foundation, it makes the future math classes far more difficult. Don't put yourself in a box my friend, you are an exceptional person. 

Guest (not verified) says...

man who asked

emilyr (not verified) says...

why are you here if you're going to be rude to people for talking about personality types

American Man (not verified) says...

I've always scored INTP but I hate their career suggestions. I just want to fish all day, read history books, and kill beers at night in a trailer in the great plains. I'm not against art as a hobby, but I don't want to be an artist. I might have to find a monastery.

Touchstone (not verified) says...

American Man...For years, I've been telling my co-workers I should have been a monk. And now all I want to be is a night watchman in a monastery. I hear you, brother! 

Lizziy (not verified) says...

I couldn't agree more with you as an intp woman expect for the drinking part. 

Rockymountainhigherthanu (not verified) says...

I scored INTP and ascetic life has always appealed to me as well. Also, can I come fish and talk about history and drink beer with you? I might ask that we go out on the boat under a starry sky too if you're inclined.

That Girl (not verified) says...

If that's what you want to do, I would say do it. Get an unconventional job that would allow you to do that in the Great Plains. Farmer? Open an indoor mountain climbing store nearby? INTPs aren't meant to keep regular hours. It's part of the personality. 

JayL (not verified) says...

Don't be giving up. The secret sauce to us INTP's to go after anything we want in life is; we must be Passionate, we must be Optimistic, our dream(s) needs to be Practical, and we have to set Goals to achieve our dream(s).  P.O.P.G.

Also an INTP (not verified) says...

American Man, yesss life goals!!🙌

Crystal Moon (not verified) says...

American Man, yesss life goals!!🙌

Kasey May Storay (not verified) says...

American Man, yesss life goals!!🙌

Just a person (not verified) says...

I wish Truity didn't include famous people who supposedly fall under a certain M-B type. The test is a self-assessment, so people who lived well before the test existed obviously couldn't have taken it, and most of those who did take it probably didn't share the results with Truity. It's misleading.

Guest (not verified) says...

true

Guest (not verified) says...

Off course the dead didn't take the test.

They are made through assumptions.

Its not impossible to guess because famous persons almost always have detailed biographies and some of them like da vinci even kept private journals. 

Karen Claire T. (not verified) says...

I took the test, but it shows INTJ. But I am not it. Then I check INTP personality, I then realized I am this. I am happy to know the information about INTP. Because I'd like to know and understand more myself. Also, to understand what I really like doing. You see, I find it hard to know what I really want because the next thing I know, its not really I want. Now, that I know this personality it now make sense why I don't like doing those kind of things. 

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