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The INTP Personality Type

INTPs are philosophical innovators, fascinated by logical analysis, systems, and design. They are preoccupied with theory, and search for the universal law behind everything they see. They want to understand the unifying themes of life, in all their complexity.

INTPs are detached, analytical observers who can seem oblivious to the world around them because they are so deeply absorbed in thought. They spend much of their time focused internally: exploring concepts, making connections, and seeking understanding. To the Architect, life is an ongoing inquiry into the mysteries of the universe.

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What does INTP stand for?

INTP is an acronym used to describe one of the sixteen personality types created by Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers. It stands for Introverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, Perceiving. INTP indicates a person who is energized by time alone (Introverted), who focuses on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details (iNtuitive), who makes decisions based on logic and reason (Thinking) and who prefers to be spontaneous and flexible rather than planned and organized (Perceiving). INTPs are sometimes referred to as Architect personalities because of their intuitive understanding of complex systems.

INTP Values and Motivations

INTPs present a cool exterior but are privately passionate about reason, analysis, and innovation. They seek to create complex systems of understanding to unify the principles they've observed in their environments. Their minds are complicated and active, and they will go to great mental lengths trying to devise ingenious solutions to interesting problems.

The INTP is typically non-traditional, and more likely to reason out their own individual way of doing things than to follow the crowd. The INTP is suspicious of assumptions and conventions, and eager to break apart ideas that others take for granted. INTPs are merciless when analyzing concepts and beliefs, and hold little sacred. They are often baffled by other people who remain loyal to ideology that doesn't make logical sense.

How Others See the INTP

INTPs are often thoroughly engaged in their own thoughts, and usually appear to others to be offbeat and unconventional. The INTP’s mind is a most active place, and their inward orientation can mean that they neglect superficial things like home décor or appropriate clothing. They don’t tend to bother with small talk but can become downright passionate when talking about science, mathematics, computers, or the larger theoretical problems of the universe. Reality is often of only passing interest to the Architect, as they are more interested in the theory behind it all.

INTPs are typically precise in their speech, and communicate complex ideas with carefully chosen words. They insist on intellectual rigor in even the most casual of conversations, and will readily point out inconsistencies of thought or reasoning. Social niceties may fall by the wayside for an INTP who is more interested in analyzing logic, and they may offend others by submitting their dearly held values and beliefs to logical scrutiny.

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How rare is the INTP personality type?

INTP is one of the less common types in the population, especially for women. Among women, INTP is the fourth rarest type (after INTJ, ENTJ, and INFJ). INTPs make up:

  • 3% of the general population
  • 5% of men
  • 2% of women

Famous INTPs

Famous INTPs include Albert Einstein, Thomas Jefferson, Rene Descartes, Charles Darwin, Marie Curie, Socrates, and Abraham Lincoln.

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INTP Quotes

"INTPs are perhaps the most intellectually profound of all the types."

- Isabel Briggs Myers, Gifts Differing

"What is important is that the underlying structures of the universe be uncovered and articulated, and that whatever is stated about the universe be stated correctly, with coherence and without redundancy."

- David Keirsey, Please Understand Me II

"INTPs are free-spirited idea mills and absentminded professors, which makes them fun to be around, easily diverted, and a plethora of unending creativity."

- Otto Kroeger, Type Talk at Work

Facts about INTPs

Interesting facts about the INTP:

  • On personality trait measures, score as Candid, Ingenious, Complicated, Independent, and Rebellious
  • More likely than other types to study a foreign language
  • Most frequent type among college students committing alcohol and drug policy violations
  • Have lowest level of coping resources of all the types (with ISTPs)
  • One of types least likely to believe in a higher spiritual power
  • Highest of all types in career dissatisfaction (with INFPs)
  • In school, have lower grades than would be predicted from aptitude scores
  • More likely than average to complete engineering programs
  • Personal values include Autonomy, Freedom, and Independence
  • Overrepresented among working MBA students
  • Commonly found in science and technical occupations

Source: MBTI Manual

INTP Hobbies and Interests

Popular leisure activities for an INTP include reading, art and cultural events, chess and other strategy games, writing, taking classes, working with computers, backpacking, hiking, and meditation.

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David Highley (not verified) says...

I recently found out i am an INTP personality type. This took me by surprise when i saw the population of people that are this type. It all fit exactly. It helped me come to terms with some things about myself i had previously questioned and even felt disdain towards. I just hope my personality doesn’t affect my daughter as i will be a little nore withdrawn than she deserves. Its a good thing my fiancé is a very emotional type person and can be more attuned to my daughters feelings when she needs it. 

Its truly relieveing to know a bit more about myself and why i am the way i am as i have been trying to figure myself out more than anything but to no avail. i have only improved shortcomings by doing so. 

That is one more ongoing question i finally have the answer to. 

BizB (not verified) says...

I totally feel you. I also felt disdain for some of my traits as an INTP but now I realize that we have super powers that others do not possess. You should be proud of who you are. 

Maria E. (not verified) says...

I have recently just taken the test and discovered I am, in fact, an INTP. Reading all of these comments is so deeply satisfying to know that I am not alone. As this article states, INTPs often feel alone because of how rare their personality is. I am honored to be one of the select few in the INTP community, but sometimes it feels like more of a curse than a blessing. I have always known myself to be a highly technical person. I am terrible at handling people around me being emotional. I love to discuss philosophy and have spent hours of every day of my life think about my existence, more specifically, my meaning. As you can likely tell, I am very much a logician. At times, I love that about myself. I love how I can be content with nothing but a room to think in. I am content being alone, or rather, I prefer it. However, it is difficult to reason with this. As a current high schooler, I find it so troubling to see that people are out partying and having fun. I have no desire to do that, but I fall into a pit of sadness about it. I get angry about the fact that I am an introvert and not experiencing life. It has taken me a while, but I have come to realize that I am experiencing life, just not their life. To further explain, I am content with my kind of life, and although I may be sad that I am not doing normal teenage things, I know that I am experiencing the life I want to live. 

Another thing I wanted to mention was how wrapped up in projects logicians can get. I sew as a hobby and I find that when I begin projects, I hardly stop. I am so focused on the end goal, I forget to eat meals, talk to people, and clean up. I don't quite see this as a problem but some members of my family do. They make fun of me for being cooped up in my room all day, but to be quite honest, I wouldn't have it any other way. 

Finally, I wanted to address the notion that Logicians are "misunderstood." All through middle school, I never felt fully connected with the people around me. Even in high school, it is difficult for me. I fear for college. Even my own family tells me about how weird and strange I am. I know that I may come off this way, but I also think they don't understand me. I am apart of a family of extroverts so, obviously, they find it difficult to understand me. I love playing strategy games with them and even play my own logic puzzles instead of mindlessly scrolling the discover page on Instagram. I sure am going on a tangent, but all I really want to say is: I feel heard. For many years of my life, I wondered what was so impossibly wrong with me, and even now I question myself. But, reading these people's stories helped me understand, I am not alone. I am not the only one who is struggling. I appreciate each and every one of you who has made me feel apart of something. 

Preeths (not verified) says...

Even I am INTP ..I know it's hard but I get on your's a curse more than a blessing but that's what makes us special

JayL (not verified) says...

Yes, my family has also thought I was strange. I'm 38 and have been searching for my inner self for about 2 years now. I “think” I am officially labeled as the black sheep of my family, so I feel ya. My early weirdness took me down a dark path when I was younger and I started partying alot, but I was a loner partier. I would make random friends as I was drinking at random bars and clubs, but I never really took to any friendships or girlfriends from it. Anyways, as I grew up, I was really good at several things throughout life and I think my family really grew jealous of this. I believe family’s with INTP’s grow jealous because we have wild ideas and killer capabilities that are F-ing great. My family saw that I could spend a little amount of time learning something that I was interested at that time and get decent to pretty good at it quickly. The thing about it was the stuff I was good at may or may not have been practical in their eyes. but I had dreams. I think I learned the secret to INTP’s success in life. To go after anything you want in life, you must be Passionate, you must be Optimistic, the dream needs to be Practical, and you have to set Goals to achieve the dream.  P.O.P.G.

KK Law (not verified) says...

I appreciate your thoughts. I am an ENFP and I am in a house full of introverts. They are much more interesting than the kids out partying. My youngest is 17 and she is an INTP and very smart. So glad I am familiar with the personality types so I can fully appreciate all my girls and my husband. When you get to college you should try to make a few friends if not for yourself then for them. People will be blessed to know you.

JSteph (not verified) says...

Oh the rambling, extroverted intuitive conversations that ENFPs and INTPs can share! Make sure your INTP hears your stories, quotes, and wisdom. They can totally get onboard with that. Also for your INTP, make sure to be that positive encourager from time to time: you and they might not know how much they need it until it happens. As an INTP who had an ENFP as a barista for several years, I know from experience.

Ted D. (not verified) says...

A little late Maria, but wanted to give my 2 cents on this. I am an INTP as well, and have definitely what you feel in regards to being more than content to spend hours alone and contemplating deep topics. What troubled me was that you said how it troubled you to see other people partying and having. I'm glad that you said you are coming to terms and understanding yourself more, but here's my take on it.

I've found that many INTP types, upon understanding themselves to fit this paradigm of a mysterious, introverted genius, mistakenly pigeonhole themselves into this identity. They embrace this identity as the intelligent hermit and shun the outside world. While I don't if this is the case with you, I urge you to try and escape your comfort zone. Remember that these types are not formulas for how to live our lives, but rather a foundation. I didn't party in high school either, but in college I was able to come out of my bubble and enjoy my years while maintaining strong grades.

I guess what I'm trying to say is although you've become content with the life you live, try and explore and live a bit as an extrovert. Just as you've found a wonderful world in your imagination as an introvert, there's an equally beautiful and exciting world out there for you to conquer with your mind as well. Throughout my years I've been able to flip the switch and turn my I into an E when necessary, and I think we all owe it to ourselves to be able to switch between both.

A w (not verified) says...

I wanted to share my thoughts with Marie E 😘 you are not alone , I too can start a sewing project , Spend hours cooped up in the room , until I finish that project , and will skip meals and ignore Family when I'm working on something.  please don't feel that you are odd or different , everyone must explore and live their world as they see fit. I was very different than the rest of my family,  I eventually did go on to college,  have kids ,get married , etc. but still found that no matter what I was doing , I was happier doing things by myself !

'just you do you '   as they say !

Advice Anyone? (not verified) says...

I’m 19 and about to go to college. And I took this test to just see (I got distracted, I was looking for personality and behaviors for a story) my own results. I can’t help ,but feel relieved that I’m not the only one with procrastination problems. I’m still in high school due to my procrastination (it’s a huge problem) and now I have 2-3 classes left (I’m home schooled, I had a problem with authority and the classes were too boring, with Home Schooling I had more stimulation and actually understood a big deal of things), which I hope I get a sudden bout of motivation and finish them soon. I just want to know, is College worth it? I want a lot of opinions, cause I don’t want to waste much of mine or anyone else’s time paying for classes that will just end up with me hating myself for more mental torture. (I feel like I sound whiny, is that bad?)

Over 40 (not verified) says...

Get your degree, because unless you have a lot of money, you  will be forced to work for people who have no clue. You will be underpaid, misunderstood, and very frusrtated. You will be able to see the flaws in organizational systems wherever you work; however, no one will listen to you since you have no degree and no time in the company. You will continue to change jobs because you learn everything so quickly and get bored. At least that was my life until recently. 

Advice: Figure out one thing you love more than others and stick with it. You might get a little bored but life is always ready to throw us a curveball. You have to stop trying to know everything. Just pick what you want most for a career, and keep your hobbies. Hope this helps. 

Daniel Hauck (not verified) says...

Definitely sound advice from where I'm standing. Thanks for the wisdom my guy.

Meghan P (not verified) says...

So funny... I did the exact same thing. I was homeschooled for almost the same reasons you were while my siblings continued public school! 

I went to college and got a chemistry degree. I will say, I had a lot of trouble managing school and life... BUT get into research if you can. I feel pretty at home among other scientists. I love problem solving and delving into the details of theory. It's just the practical management aspects that I have trouble with. 

Guest (not verified) says...

If you are going to college I would highly suggest an online platform. I had a hard time in school as well.

The lee (not verified) says...

Oh good you found your excuse for your procrastination. Was that it?

Dont just take a small part of being INTP and be happy that you are not the only procrastinating.

Look at the otherside. Find your thing that makes you enthusiastic. Is college worth? I dont know it totally depends what you wanna do with it. You wanna be a doctor? Yes you need to go to college. You wanna be a youtuber? Then No or maybe. 

So dont force yourself to live the normal successful life without knowing your version of successful life. Find out what you like, and if it requires going to college then go otherwise dont go.

Caleb K (not verified) says...

College sometimes is worth it but not for everyone. There are a decent amount of jobs that want a degree regardless of what it is so that is one possible reason to go. If wanting to be cost-conscious I would recommend going a couple years to community college. This can save you tens of thousands of dollars with a similar quality of education. I would say consider a trade school as well since there are very well-paying jobs in blue collar fields. Often these jobs are always hiring with not enough qualified people for all the jobs. Good luck!

robert friedl (not verified) says...

Consider the military or trade school. You can stay debt free without worrying if you made the right choice of degree. College should not be the only option and is not, it is just seen that way these days. You can make a killing doing a trade and you can always decide to go back to school. Personally I joined the military so i could have a bit more time to decide what i want to study. 

Anonymous (not verified) says...

That's funny, I too ended up on this page because I got distracted while trying to develop characters for a story. 

I've done a lot of introspection over the years and while I'm about to write you an essay on my own experiences in college with an INTP personality, it is worth it if it saves you time and pain over the next few years of your life. 

Procrastination has been a lifelong battle for me; it's always incredibly difficult to focus on monotonous schoolwork when there is something much more mentally stimulating and interesting to be thinking about or doing. 

Is college worth it? That depends on what you want out of it. Our society uses college as an acredidation system. You may be a genius, but nobody will give you the time of day if you don't have the prerequisite degree for the job you're interested in. In other words, in certain careers there is no way to avoid attending college. 

So if you want to become a software engineer (like me), scientist, or something else of that sort, you pretty much have no choice but to attend college and get that degree. 

If your career does not require a college degree, then I think it would be best for you to take that path. 

I'll share briefly what I've gone through: I graduated high school with a good GPA and 6 finished AP courses, which I expected would knock at least one semester off of my college career. I attended a prestigious college in the University of California system, but I was so burnt out from taking 5 AP classes in my senior year (plus a normal class) that I was unable to focus on college level coursework. I had always had trouble making friends, but had always assumed that college would be great since that's where smart people go. Being an INTP type, I thought this would mean I could finally be surrounded by people who think like I do. 

Oh boy, was I wrong. 

I did not meet a single person at college who thought like I did and, simply put, I met not one person with similar interests. That led to a feeling of isolation and finally depression, and I ended up on academic probation at the end of my first year there. I did not want to quit college, but could not bring myself to continue at that university. 

As a result, I left and attended community college for several years and eventually transfered to another university. The problems I ran into in my first year of college have plagued me ever since, and while I am already 25, I am still finishing my bachelors' degree. I will get there, though. 

If you want my advice- do college if you think you can, but you must absolutely avoid the mistakes I made and find yourself either a group of friends or at least an online community with which you can spend time and relieve stress. Being INTPs, we can easily get stuck in our own heads, get depressed, and get distracted. Our tendency to constantly look back on our own failures and harbor regrets leads to more depression and more failure, forming a self-perpetuating cycle which is hard to break out of. 

I almost succeeded in that last semester: I got involved with a political group on campus (if you can't find a group which shares your intellectual interests, at least find one which shares your political interests and values), I got involved with a fencing group off-campus, and I convinced myself to be confident- I was finally about to graduate. Then- COVID. It feels a little like Zeus hurled a lightning bolt through my life. 

If you can get yourself there, that confidence will keep you going strong and really accentuate the postitive aspects of your INTP personality. Despite our shortcomings in consistent deliverables (ie, homework), we can be great workers. I am on my second internship with one of the biggest companies in software, which would lead into what many would consider a dream job. 

Keep at it, and you will get where you want to be. It might just take a little longer than you expect. 

That Girl (not verified) says...

I am also 25 and an INTP. And i related to this post so much. I dont think I've ever met anyone who thought like I do. This had lead me to only have a few friends and no lovers. I try dating. But everytime, I talk to them for 10 mins and realize they have nothing real to say. I get so bored. I ghost so many dates because I think they are boring. I want to sit there and discuss everything you can think of. So making friends and stuff is hard because most people are surface level only. They don't have anything real to say. 

Alan says...

Just doodling and reading about my personality type, INTP, I tick most of the boxes.

Ill scribble a list of my traits and maybe it'll help somebody whos feeling a little disconnected from society that theyre not alone.

Id say im at the extreme end of the "personality spectrum" to the point its made my life more difficult than most, on occasion its effected my life in a negative manner. I was raised in a remote area where there was no other children nearby until I was maybe 4 years old, Im not sure to what extent this has had on my personality. 

I'm 52yrs old male, I have a small group of friends, I dont care to be around many people, I prefer the tranquillity of my own and my dogs company over people. I actually get annoyed if someone calls around unannounced - not that I tell them. I do lack people skills although its more to do with not having the desire to win people over. Im quite blunt and often unintentionally offend with my straight forward and brutally honest way of talking, not that I care much if someone does gets offended, they’ve usually chose to take offence.

At school my grades were all over the place, either near the bottom or the very top, if I had an interest I was fine, if not, I struggled to understand and made no effort. I excelled at technical subjects, art, crafts, my best was technical drawing, highest marks out of 5 classes of 30 pupils everytime. I became interested in geography around 13-14 yrs and my grades shot up from near the bottom to near the top within a year. As a young child I was very talented at drawing, animals and cars etc, not so much human faces.

I have zero tolerance for fools, bullshiters, liars, dishonesty, manipulative people (drives me nuts) shallow people, those who pimp their airbrushed fake lifestyle on social media etc

I see through the above B.S. like a hot knife through butter.

Ive been described by people close to me as cold and aloof at times- I think its a bit harsh.. but I do have a side that can be quite ruthless to those who try to cross or fool with me.

I procrastinate far too much and get too caught up in creative and business ideas.

I have a deep disdain for authority and for those in a uniform who represents it. I see them as brainwashed minions full of their own self importance. This combined with my zero respect for the laws of the land, meant I was often in trouble with the police when younger, not for anything bad, always for not abiding by or respecting some B.S. artificial and restrictive law.

My attitude was, and maybe still is, rules are for fools....

I don’t care for political correctness

I knew the bible and god was 100% B.S. at age 11 when my teacher started talking about noahs ark..I refused to do my R.E. work and had nothing to show at the end of the year! I regard anyone who follows religion and has a belief in god/ as being mentally ill, its a disease of weak minded sheople that are incapable of critical thinking.

Hero worshipping annoys me, it seems everyone in todays society needs to praise the police, firemen, nurses, soldiers "keyworkers" for just doing a job of work....not heroic in the slightest and just confirms how utterly pathetic humans have become.

At 3-4yrs I refused point blank to eat "flesh" knowing it came from a murdered animal, despite my mothers efforts at trying to disguise it and making train sounds…To eat an animal is morally repugnant to me, utterly reprehensible and hypocritical. Yet society deems it morally acceptable to kill sentient creatures for food, it’s a complete abuse of power on the voiceless. Trophy hunters are the most vile bags of excrement on earth (same level of deviance as paedos) I see them as delusional fantasists who get to legally carry out their psychopathic urges to dominate, abuse and kill innocent, defenceless and voiceless creatures.

For society to allow the above atrocities to take place ill never understand for as long as I live and why Ill NEVER be part of mainstream society.

It blows my mind how an unhinged egomaniac narcissist like trump can be in control of a supposedly advanced civilised society...

Ill end on some of what I consider to be some of my more positive INTP attributes, Im extremely principled, honest, strong minded and confident in my abilities- Ill go places and to depths others have no concept of just to achieve an end result. I strive for very high personal standards in most aspects of my life. 

I never lie to myself- EVER.

Im very creative, technical and mechanically minded, good with my hands.

I usually excel at whatever takes my interest, If it doesnt take my interest, I dont want to know about it, I cant fake it, same goes for the people I meet.

I earned a lot of $ from being self employed in business, as well as losing a lot of $ from a failed relationship. However I dont care much for materialistic possessions, health is whats important.

Ill always to great lengths to help someone out, if theyre deserving of it.

If im on youtube I usually end up watching videos of nature, wild animals, technical or engineering, Jordan Peterson, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Nietzche, Darwin etc..

H. Joveson (not verified) says...

Robert Boyle, Michael Faraday, Isaac Newton, George Washington Carver, Florence Nightingale, Samuel Morse, Johannes Kepler, Galileo, Lise Meitner, Sir Francis Bacon, and countless other scientists were not weak-minded, but strong-minded Christians who, as scientists, were more than capable of critical thinking. I'm not discrediting the fact that some so-called Christians are "weak-minded." But Christianity is not a disease of the weak-minded; it's an explanation of the unexplainable in life - an answer for the void we humans all naturally have in our hearts - a resolution for the true disease we were all born with: sin. Sorry to bring this up, I know this isn't technically the place for it... but I literally could not forgo a reply to your unfounded opinion. Anyway, best wishes, and have a great day!

George4545 (not verified) says...

I agree with basically all of what you said , but not the god part im not religious but have faith in god , for you to go through such effort , to me to post such a massive explanation says alot about u , personally i wouldn't have thought and introvert could talk that much



Tom Michael (not verified) says...

We could be friends. Well, if we weren't hanging out at home with the dogs. I read and I went, "yup, check, right, of course, aha..." all the way down your post.

Colinb says...

As a fellow INTP, I relate to and agree with a lot of what you said... Talking about everyone's fake lives on social media was spot on. It's pathetic. We disagree politically.

mike ee (not verified) says...

mental illness is treatable

Altak (not verified) says...

why do you say that? 

Orlando (not verified) says...

INTP here, I think. I came up with  INTP  after reading Do What You Are and also had the same results after a few tests online. I'm currently a respiratory therapist but I just dont feel the joy and get easily drained energetically. I'm looking at my options but I can be a HUGE procrastinator, and it sucks the life out of me. I had strict parents who instilled some good habits in me so at 18yo I left for the army (which I havent read as something many INTPs do). I was pretty successful even though I don't do well with 'authority'. It was perhaps these responsibility habits that allowed me to move up in rank fast and be left alone, I absolutely appreciated this. Just as withy my current career I was quickly drained and didnt enjoy it, too mundane and repetitive. Most of all the descriptions that I've read for INTP resonate with me. I think I would like to have a one-on-one with a professsional in this arena and hear their conclusion in regards to my personality and next career move. Any pointers?

Saxon (not verified) says...

Fellow INTP / A/T professional, hit me with an email. I love my work, perhaps I can help steer you in a direction you can find joy and fulfilment in as well, in any case I would love to try! If I don't reply, email again! 

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PennyBlood (not verified) says...

I suppose you could ask why you procrastinate, we all do it, but perhaps for different reasons. Are you afraid of success? or are you afraid of fencing yourself in? or is it failure that stops you (i think this least likely)

I know I get drained by work and people... but this has to do with creating boundaries - not walls, just healthy boundaries with yourself and other people, the ones that say "I wish to help you and I will, but on my terms." Given that the majority of the world is made up of extroverts, that demand your time and energy and will continue to do so until you lay down your 'law' - its not surprising. The other one is - is your work 'feeding' you in the right way. Are you feeding you the right way?

For me, I have a tendency to like structure in my work environments, but these environments also tend to be very inflexible with little offer of support in return. Which is horrifying really as it'll eat you up and burn you out. Again, boundaries. People / businesses / work demand things only seeing what is good for them, not what is good for all. Given the intp habit of not communicating their needs,this has to be worked on too - it is perfectly reasonable to say that something doesnt suit you and to demand more from others in that respect.  Practice it.

I cannot point you in any direction, but I can ask what it is that drives you, personally. (we may share the same personality profile, but we have different motivations, interests and thoughts.)  What is it that burns in your soul, pushes you on to achieve? What do you want out of your life? Scroll forward, imagine you're on your deathbed... what do you regret not doing... what have you achieved?

For some it could be as 'simple' as having a family and a secure home, for others it could be a successful business or both. Again, what motivates you, how do you nourish yourself?

And finally, energy is not finite. There is a whole universe of it out there to support you. Take the energy from that and stop giving so much of your 'self'. Thats what leads to the drainage. Easier said than done, yes, but practice and being gentle on yourself will help a lot.

Martin S. (not verified) says...

Bro same here was in the Army did a term, felt the same as you, did respiratory therapy for a bit, just finished film school, now thinking of next moves as well lol

Orlando (not verified) says...

Very interesting similarity in career. I thought about film too and data analyst.

Benjamin Elliott (not verified) says...

Oh god dude, I'm an INTP aswel and I'm about to take a basic training uptake for the army. Have u made a mistake? or would I be suited to a strategy role to anaylyse and create new ideas on battle.

Tom Michael (not verified) says...

I've done 11 years in the Army and I'm definitely INPT. Parts of me loved it, other parts disliked it. The disliked aspects of life in the army were a) around political BS, b) having a boss / commander who has the IQ of a bicyle and or is morally repugnant (either specimen are numerous), and c) being stuck with the Army way of doing things, which often seems less than ideal. On the plus side and in retrospect, I liked the large freedom I had in using my natural communication style. In the real world I tend to offend many people when I say things the way the come to my mend. Too direct, too blunt, not couched, not PC, etc. In the Army, it was totally acceptable to call people ready-made names for actions that fell short of the standard or unjust to the team (blue falcon, Jody, and many more colorful ones). You can just sling them around freely. Part of the warrior ethos is to be hard-ass on your self and on the people around you. So liberating! Now, it's been a while since then and things are likely to have changed a bit, so don't go out calling people names quite yet. :)

Orlando (not verified) says...

It will be a life experience for your to learn from, more good than bad but ultimately it is what you make of it.  As I mentioned, I did really well, but had I known about myself more then, I would have taken a different route. Do your personal best, contribute and volunteer so as to move up in the ranks and have a bit more wiggle room. I don't know what your MOS is but I would suggest you look up INTP careers and reclass into one you like as soon as you are able to (if you end up not liking your current one that is) this way at least you leave the army with experience in a career that you enjoy and that will sustain you. 

Alan says...

The role of a cog within a machine is not very INTP is it? thats brainwashed subservant minion territory...IMHO


NoTransitory? (not verified) says...

If you believe you are INTP or are on the fence as to whether you may be, you would do well to begin study in the discipline of Philosophy.  All of the logic, reasoning, autonomous creation of values, giving personal style to your character etc. come from philosophy, not psychology as emphasised here.  Psychology is a science, and scientists are the wonderful people who gather the data necessary for autonomous thinkers like us to recreate ourselves.

Scientists too can become autonomous thinkers, when they study philosophy.  The highest of which, when they attain PhD, are accountable to the rigors of  philosophy in the Ph part of the title.

Start with Plato's Republic, and the allegory of the cave.  Then study the unfolding of big ideas for the next 2500 years to find more about who you are.

INTP architects are engaged in a continuous process of becoming or building oneself in a philosophical sense.  Not continuous improvement, but continuous becoming.   

Know thyself. Important for all of humanity, but even more so for us.

Just a guy (not verified) says...

Great reply. Don't know if you'll see this message but I love your mindset on this. Wish I had more people around me for this type of discussion! 

an intp (not verified) says...

I fully disagree...

Philosophy is more of an art than science (it's definitely not science)
It is abstract and a lot of times it can lose its macro view or dwell & waste time on completely impractical and futile subjects and questions.

The logician type values and appreciates science because it does not challenge logic itself, while that is phiolosophy's only purpose.
Science is the study of the world and nature and it always strictly obeys logic, the fun in sciences is to reason and devise logic for things not reasoned before.

p.s. drop the "philosopher" professor propaganda, I've seen it on any and all websites suggesting career based on personality types, trying to farm the respect of students through petty attempts and flimsy rationales.
The truth is, west's marxist intersectionalist radical professors have tainted the reputation and wounded any and all intellectual value there used to be for professors of sociology.

Tim D (not verified) says...

"The logician type values and appreciates science because it does not challenge logic itself, while that is philosophy's only purpose.

Really, philosophy's only purpose is to challenge logic?? That is humorous, considering your statement -- "that philosophy is more of an art than a science" -- is itself a philosophical statement (and thus, by your own defining, you are challenging logic). 

Many philosophers have also been logicians and mathematicians, which would be odd given your rationale. 

Tea (not verified) says...

INTP seems to fit, until it talks about a belief in god is not important to me. A belief in God is HIGHLY important to me and often the topic of one of my analytical conversation. I think that somehow the test counts analytical as not one who would adhere to faith. Then it talks about computers, and I HATE technology work. It's soooo not me. I love to use it, I do t want to do an analysis on why or how it works, and every little bump I hit I scream for help.

Barb Sanders (not verified) says...

Well, it doesn't seem that you fit into our category now does it?

keystrokes (not verified) says...

Not entirely positive since I'm unaware of your full circumstances, however, it's possible you may be more extroverted. As an INTP, I do agree that faith and religion have little to do with the types. If anything I imagine most INTP to find interest in different religions. I see INTP as less likely to participate in the traditions and share the same beliefs as most orthodox religions.  

Robert Fischer (not verified) says...

I have the same predicament. I use to not believe in god, but I began pondering life, and why we are here. I came to the conclusion that the Big Bang theory wasn't sufficient an explanation, as it does not even mention the origin of the substances and forces needed for the Big Bang to occur, which would be necessary (theoretically). The only explanation in my opinion is a being which transcends both time and space, and decided for both of which to come into existence, perhaps maybe even through the Big Bang event. It is very debatable which religion is correct, but in my opinion Christianity contains the most non-human characteristics, such as mercy and forgiveness. These are opposite of what is natural to us as humans such as "an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth". These unique characteristics are indicative of a higher power (not definitive proof though). We are all individuals, and a simple personality synopsis is often incorrect.

Rick M. (not verified) says...

Robert I have gone down a simliar path as you with God and Christianity, although slightly different conclusion. I would highly recommend checking out Ravi Zachrias on Youtube and also Frank Turek (Corssexamined), some great stuff.

Glory (not verified) says...

I thoroughly enjoyed this write up. Thank you for sharing 

Riri (not verified) says...

I'm apparently an INTP, I took two different tests and the results were the same but it just doesn't make sense.. I'm not intelligent or creative or curious about the universe or an innovator and I do believe in a spiritual higher power... almost all INTP traits are exactly the opposite of me and no I didn't answer based on what I like, I answered based on what I am and I'm so confused. If I actually am an INTP, then I'm in trouble since I'm currently studying to become a nurse which is one of the jobs INTPs should not go for:)

Muirenn (not verified) says...

Doesn't sound like you are an INTP. 

Keep going to school and stop worrying about it. 

Michael of Michigan (not verified) says...

I see two possible categories of possibility: incorrect test results, or aberrant/atypical personality manifestation.

I have heard that Feeling types can tend to be incorrectly typed as Thinking types because they mistake their mental analysis of their feelings for thinking, they answer the questions in favor of 'thinking' because they act on instinct/feeling at a fundamental level but do think and value thinking, or are subconsciously convinced by a scientism-obsessed culture that thinking is superior and feeling is animalistic - partially because "Thinking" is often confused with "Intelligent" (which is not necessarily the case). I personally know someone that is VERY ISFJ but answered the questions as a Thinking type and was convinced his INTP result was accurate; in his case, I think for all of the above reasons.

There is also a fair amount of variability even within each type; the descriptions are of tendencies and prevalent patterns. While I test as INTP and all of my MBTI-interested associates say I embody the general description, I also differ from a few of the tendencies – possibly in a similar way:

While I do tend to think a lot, I think my pensive tendencies give me a greater appearance of intelligence than I actually possess, most things I’ve done that some have called ‘creative’ are lackluster in my opinion (also ‘creative’ does not necessarily mean ‘artistic’ but may be just non-formulaic in some way), my curiosity is limited by the realization of my limited existence, and innovation is limited by resources, personal capacity, and the conditions of the environment that the person is placed in (for instance, ‘creativity and innovation’ may not be desirable in administering anesthetics in the hospital). As far as not believing in a “spiritual higher power”, that tendency seems to be a result of the prevalence of scientism (especially in the presumption of scientific materialism) in the psyche of modern western culture. Reading from prominent probable INTPs from the past shows that atheism is not a requirement, but only a current tendency of that type. From what I have heard (I have not verified this in depth, myself) the early founders of the main scientific fields tended to actually be theistic, and most of the philosophers and logicians believed in and reasoned from the existence of god(s). Holding the position of the existence of a ‘higher power’ is not contrary to logic or thinking itself but is merely a conclusion that many/most modern scientific-materialist-inclined thinkers believe to be incorrect (or to many, merely unanswerable).

Managicall (not verified) says...

You are apparently an INFP, you did not hone the first test and no results are exactly the same but it just does make evidence.. /end parody

100% thinking or not INTP, The Thinker.

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