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What is an INTP?

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.

How common 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

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.

How the INTP Thinks

For the INTP, thinking is nearly an art form, not to mention a favorite activity and pastime. As the INTP takes in information, he or she is focused externally, observing the data of his or her world and experience in terms of patterns, associations and broad theories and concepts. Making connections between seemingly disparate ideas and identifying overarching themes and patterns, INTPs ride the conceptual wave, connecting the dots in creative ways that others may not readily see.

Logical, analytical, abstract and theoretical, INTPs go deep into thought to organize their observations and interpretations internally. Using their Thinking (T) component, they reason out their conclusions, making sure that no matter what, they stand the tests of logic. People of this type may, at times, even be described as “hyper-logical.”

INTPs are creative thinkers and savvy problem solvers and it wouldn’t be out of bounds to call them “ingenious.” They are non-conformists in the ways that they think, process data and approach the conundrums they face in life and work. And they’re typically lone rangers in their thought work. Rather than talk the matter out or bring others into their thoughts or plans, they’ll do their ideating within the secluded safe havens of their own minds.

INTPs are driven to understand how things work and to comprehend complex systems. It isn’t enough for them to accept at face value the way the world and its many systems and natural laws operate. They prefer to dissect, explore and learn exactly how these pieces or entities function and how theories can be applied—and they have the mental capacity to do so. INTPs tend to question everything they possibly can, seeking always to get to the bottom of things. Curious and mentally active, they want to know the underlying rules, principles and theories that explain our world and the way it works.

INTPs are comprehensive in thinking out their projects and the solutions to the problems they are working on, visualizing them from beginning to end and with all of the exact details in tact and in order. But their Perceiving (P) function will mean they’ll be tempted to keep changing, amending and “improving,” and thus may have a hard time deciding to leave the plan as it is and just get started on it.

INTPs are often more excited about what is going on in their imaginations, and the potential they see there, than real-life reality and the world of actual details. They want no limits on their thinking, innovating and inventing, and will reject any perceived roadblocks. For example, in order to better understand how the universe functions or how one of their theories would play out, they may temporarily pretend natural laws don’t exist. They believe in the possibility of their own dreams and imaginations, and are motivated to test limits, push boundaries and find out exactly where everything in the universe stands. Once they understand the rules, they want to figure out how to break them.

INTPs are lifelong learners and mental sponges—they never stop seeking, experimenting, questioning or trying to attain knowledge and understanding. They enjoy the study of foreign languages and relish mind games and logic puzzles. Despite the INTP’s characteristically high level of intelligence, however, people of this type often don’t perform particularly well in school or in accordance with their level of intelligence. Being unwilling to conform to the boundaries enforced by school and teachers, and preferring to think and learn in their own way, they often suffer a diminished grade.

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.

The INTP Hierarchy of Priorities

INTPs place a high priority on the quest for truth. They see this as their worthiest mission and it will consume much of their lives. In addition to pursuing absolute truth, they are animated by the tasks of clarification and explanation, and they are well equipped to handle these endeavors. Whether the truth they arrive at, the explanation they come up with or the clarity they provide has any practical application is largely irrelevant to them; it is a worthy pursuit for its own sake. INTPs tend to believe they owe it to the world to uphold truth and demolish error. To see error or discrepancy and just “let it go” is to do a great disservice to their field of study or work, their cause and humanity in general.

Connected to the search for truth and explanation is the INTP’s focus on problem solving and discovery. They habitually investigate what makes people, objects and organisms tick and will spend a lot of time thinking, researching and dissecting. They value knowledge as well as mastery. INTPs prioritize learning and mental work for the very sake of it; it need not have any practical application or cash value.

What the INTP Values

Above all, INTPs value truth and reason, no matter where it is found—from the mouths of babes or the most skilled masters and experts. They are democratic and seek authenticity, not persuaded by that which the rest of society may consider influential; image does little for them. Logic and objectivity prevail and are the qualities they hold dear.

INTPs also place a premium on independent thinking, freedom, autonomy and the ability to self-determine. They’re not seeking to control anyone else, and they would only ask the same respect and latitude in return. They are generally non-judgmental, but will need to see a clear display of logic if they are to esteem and/or espouse the thinking or position of someone else.

INTPs value people and the small group of relationships they do maintain, but on the whole, they tend to appreciate, and experience affection for, humanity as a whole over individual humans. Always taking the big picture view, they are more interested in the collective and the grand scheme or plan than the individual or the micro-level perspective.

Low on the totem pole of their value hierarchy are social standing, status, popularity, wealth and security. They will willingly take great personal and financial risks for the sake of their ideas, or the potentialities that they want to pursue. Freedom for thinking and developing their ideas and theories will always carry more weight with them than money or status. Externals, social norms and accepted conduct simply do not resonate with INTP types and usually sail over their heads unnoticed.

What Guides the INTP in Life

The INTP is guided in life by his or her quest for ultimate truth and highest-level of understanding and mastery. This is the INTP’s calling and mission—to discover what is true, to understand it, and then to clarify and explain it to the world. They are driven to pursue deep knowledge of the subjects that matter to them—often science, mathematics and technology—and will, without even considering it, invest their lives in these kinds of pursuits. From early childhood to old age, the INTP will be learning, exploring and seeking to comprehend and explain.

INTPs desire not just to know and understand simply for their own enjoyment and satisfaction, but are driven to spread their important ideas in the hope of enlightening humanity and impacting the world in a positive way. This will involve attempting to make the abstract and theoretical concrete and tangible, and taking unexplainable ideas, concepts and truths and finding ways of explaining and communicating them. No matter the field or area of interest, they will spend much of their lives doing this.

INTP Ethics and Morality

The INTP’s ethical system is structured around his or her understanding of what is objectively true and what can be backed by logic and reason. This is their highest law. They aren’t characteristically rule followers, and while they won’t be blatantly rebellious toward the dictates of society, they aren’t afraid to break rules, laws or norms that don’t make sense to them.

Of all personality types, INTPs are the least likely to adopt religious beliefs or to put their faith in a spiritual life or Higher Power. This, however, does not mean that INTPs, as a type, reject religion, spiritual tenets or philosophies wholesale, but that they will need to be able to analyze any of the above in order to determine its tenability within their framework of logic.

What Motivates the INTP 

INTPs spend their days seeking improvement and the betterment of systems, products and the self. This is their worthy cause and one of the main calls getting them out of bed in the morning. They want to know, and are determined to find out: is there a better idea, a better way or simply a different method that hasn’t been tried?

The INTP feels a duty to society and the common good to work through the problems of the world in order to find solutions and explanations. This doesn’t necessarily imply humanitarian or social issues. INTPs are primarily driven to solve the scientific, mathematic and technological enigmas of the universe. They see a higher purpose in this.

INTPs also invest a significant amount of their time devising solutions and imagining improvements, but whether or not they are ever realized or brought to market is not of the highest importance. People of this type genuinely love thinking and ideating just for the sake of it. If their ideas, theories and mental endeavors can translate to practical value and application, all the better, but this does not undermine the value of the activity for its own sake.

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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Famous INTPs

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

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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.

Quotes About INTPs

"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

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Kate M PhD (not verified) says...

You commented this so long ago you may not see this but hopefully it will help others. Many times people can be more closely placed at the middle of the spectrums the personality test is based off of. This means that often times people like will find that taking the test at different times can chage their results. 

 

DanINTP67 (not verified) says...

Try taking the test again.  The KEY is to be VERY honest with your answers even if it is not something you are proud of or something you wish were different about you.  Go FAST.  First impulse is your answer.  I have taken the test more than once and always an INTP.  However, I have known others who got different results.  HONESTY (spoken like a true INTP) is KEY.

bekkahz (not verified) says...

Honesty is very important, but so is self-awareness. People tend to be plagued with cognitive biases and, even when being honest, cannot know what is most accurate about themselves. The biggest problem, imho, is people choosing what they would like to be, or what they have learnt to be, rather than digging deep and determine what truly is. I have heard many say answer the test as quickly as possible but just seems like it would compound those biases. Also, as an INTP, I find most of these questions impossible to answer accurately at all, let alone quickly. Too often I find it impossible to make a reasonable choice between the two options.

Scott Stratton (not verified) says...

I had to smile at your last observation about not finding the questions readily answerable. I have always been frustrated at these sorts of tests (while simultaneously enjoying them) by how the questions so often force you into a limit set of responses that don’t adequately describe my own thoughts/feelings. I often hear the advice “just pick the one that is closest” to your answer, but how do you do that when the question itself sets up a false dichotomy or frames the entire issue too narrowly.  Of course, eventually I was helped to realize that this sort of reaction is quite characteristic of an INTP ... LOL. An infuriatingly helpful and accurate observation. :-)

Amayyyy (not verified) says...

Wow this is so interesting hahah I’m an ENFP.

I started reading INTJ comments an they all related to getting each other’s info to talk more about being INTJ that was their stream of ideas. 

 

So then I was like hmm what’s ENFP and r stream was talking about just talking about how my sense our type makes because it accurately describes us. We also were talking about how we are the most introverted extroverts and all sorts of ways this can confuse us and are friends.

But wait there’s more

then I was like hmm this is Intresting so I checked intp comments and u guys r hilarious 😂😂of course you are dissecting whether this is accurate or not and going into detail I think overall this is clear an accurate test for the most part ( if u answer correctly ) and it shows in the comments

 

all of Intj acted similar

all of ENFP after similar

and all of Intp’s

its the weirdest / coolest thing I think I’ve ever seen wow I’m amazed! 

Pojetta (not verified) says...

Waaaaayyy late to the game here, but maybe it could help someone else: I consistently observe that when people are correctly profiled, they are happy with the result. In other words, if you think you might not identify with that type because you don’t want to be that type, then you’re probably not that type. Just my two cents. 

Jodie Hamilton (not verified) says...

Hi Veronica 

If I were you, I would retake the test slowly.  There are no right or wrong answers.  Simply think about each question and be completely honest with yourself before you answer.  I’ve taken it multiple times and always end up an INTP.   

There are a few things though about INTPs that are not me.  Such as saying they are not good with money/finances.  That is a strength of mine.  Also careers seem to focus on computers and technology.  Computers don’t interest me in the slightest.  

Dont beat yourself up if you don’t fit into the confirmities of the INTP.  We are all a result of our exposure to life experiences.  

Also, did you consider siblings?   If you were very close. You may identify with one of their traits over your own genetic make up, simply due to constant exposure.  

Hope this helps, Jodie. :)

Todd Ford (not verified) says...

I feel myself to be rock solid in the first three, but kind of on the borderline between P and J. The thing to keep in mind is this system places humans with all their complexity into one of 16 convenient boxes. None of these four variables are binary, either/or, though. They're all spectrums, meaning there are an infinite number of positions a person might occupy within the four dimensional hyperspace it describes. This also means that the likelihood that any two people are, ever have been, or ever will be identical in these respects is Vanishingly small.

Guest (not verified) says...

This description is beautifully accurate. As an INTP female, I have often been misunderstood to be cold or aloof. It's good to read a kind of explanation for my inability to exude cuddliness.

Guest (not verified) says...

I completely agree with your assessment. Being an INTP female has led to many personal questions about why I haven't felt like I fit with the general picture of femininity as portrayed by most women... once I discovered how atypical I am from the general population, and especially other women, I didn't seem so out of place to myself.

renee (not verified) says...

i totally agree with both of you! this was so accurate for me as well. i feel like we should all be friends so i can know people who think like i do. i'm beginning to understand more and more that the way i think is not something i should expect from other people.

lustroustantalum (not verified) says...

This INTP description is incredibly accurate for me and I completely agree with all of you! I feel exactly the same way about interactions with others, especially when it comes to intimate relationships. Many conversations and (what I think are friendly) debates tend to come across in such a negative way and it takes a lot of effort not to come across as being so cold and distant in relationships, when really I am just non-traditional and prefer to do things (such as show affection) on my own accord as opposed to living up to traditional societal standards and expectations.

Missed up (not verified) says...

Totally agree. And for the record I would live to be warm and cuddly.. But if there's an intellectual argument involved I can't turn brain off :(

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm an INTP and I only know about one other person like me and I find it frustrating that other people do not see things at all the way I do. We should all start a new country for INTPs or something....

Edward (not verified) says...

An INTP country! Could you imagine! Businesses would work on flex time and telecommuting and emphasize the generation of ideas. We could design a working prototypes and outsource working out the fine details and fabrication to other personality type islands. Debates would be a national sport. No one would have their feelings hurt or be offended by a particular subject, as we would all be able to understand things from the different angles, and appreciate the debate as a means of education and understanding. Speaking of education, the schools, being run by introverts instead of extroverts, would focus on individuality, appreciating what makes you "you" rather than driving to have you conform. Imagine what the radio stations, TV programs, and movie theaters would be like! While we may not all like the same music, shows, and movies, I believe we like similar elements of each. It would be fascinating to see what media we would identify with and broadcast in our country.

Robot_Face (not verified) says...

Um... that's all true, but also consider how terrible we INTPs are with planning and deadlines. We'd definitely have to think of an alternate solution to keep infrastructure intact. The government would take forever to make any decisions. There would be a serious lack of people in any job that wasn't based on abstract concepts. Well over half the population would be male. It just wouldn't work. Maybe if we also included another type? INTJ? ISTP? ENTP?

Kendo (not verified) says...

I couldn't help laughing at your comments and Edward's: it's ALL SO TRUE, and a scream!
I am equally guilty!
What a world...
: ))

tally.bookman says...

We would be the happiest group of citizens to die a horrible death as anything and everything that involved detailed administrative and maintenance work would be entirely ignored and the accumulated problems spawn a plague or mass starvation ... or we all walk into the river accidentally as we happily discuss the meaning of life .... :-). Totally worth it though.

tally.bookman says...

We would be the happiest group of citizens to die a horrible death as anything and everything that involved detailed administrative and maintenance work would be entirely ignored and the accumulated problems spawn a plague or mass starvation ... or we all walk into the river accidentally as we happily discuss the meaning of life .... :-). Totally worth it though.

Goolia (not verified) says...

I foresee well-made documentaries as our go-to entertainment media for sure. I've taken the test several times over the years and find that I have learned to be ENTP at different periods in my life. I think a nice group of switch-hitters of all types would be appropriate for our new country otherwise everyone would sit around arguing by themselves.

Tyler Reid Matos (not verified) says...

Yes, that is a great idea!

engurch (not verified) says...

hummmmm. well im speechless.... this is so accurate.. im so wishing to meet and share with people of these mentality....... this is where I belong and I wish meeting people of this category............ if u know any way of meeting n relating with more intps pls share with me......

gregor (not verified) says...

I completely agree and identify with that. As being only 3% of people and 2% of women, we just arent as filly understood as some people. Though I did have a borderline personality type and can identify with traits from N/S and P/J, I think this test is quite good and I have gotten INTP before on other sites.

Guest (not verified) says...

Completely relate to this. I just took the test (from multiple sites) and discovered that I fall under the INTP (somewhat INFP) female personality. The description has certainly provided explanations to many befuddling questions... how I struggle to find people who think like me, why I have a small group of friends, or why I tend to bury myself in my own world when no one seems to 'understand' me. The only thing is I'm not sure where to go from here. I certainly don't know anyone who is an INTP and this makes it harder to get over some self-doubt issues.

Guest (not verified) says...

I feel you :/

Guest (not verified) says...

Me too

Rick Harrison x cassie (not verified) says...

true dat.

bekkahz (not verified) says...

Most people say the ideal type for femininity in women are the ESFJ (and ESTJ for masculinity in men) and this type is diametrically opposed to every aspect of a true INTP. The only real upside to this I can see is that, being an INTP, we, generally speaking, just don’t care what society thinks of us.

Prairie Girl (not verified) says...

I am also a woman, and on more than one occasion have been called a cold-hearted b--ch. I accept that I am perceived as "odd" or "strange."

I am an extreme introvert and I find it interesting that someone can balance between extroversion and introversion. When I was a teen, my mother asked me in great exasperation if I could be "normal." I could not grasp that I was not "normal."

Relationships have been challenging. My "feeling" is absent. I am accused of thoughtless directness, and inconsiderate of others' feelings.

my4salebox says...

Yeah, when I was in my early 20's and among a lot of new coworkers, I found out later (from a trouble-making guy) that someone described me as a "stuck up b!tch" after ONE meeting with me which was over a practical business matter in which I was trying to be professional (and was unsure of myself).

It really hurt my feelings because:

A. It's inaccurate, made with very limited information.
B. In that part of life, I ran around always feeling like I didn't belong with others, not the other way around.
C. I hadn't yet been exposed to a lot of strangers who would take me as a full adult out on my own. And people were, as I was finding out, not that careful with their wantonly hateful & train-wreck opinions. Up until then, most of my social circle were other geeky and sweet kids who were into "topics" and what we're learning in life. We weren't running around calling people b!tches or getting into petty "Oh no you di-int!!" fights.

Anyway, by then I was friendly with the person who called me that name (hence, the guy was trying to make trouble). So I swallowed the insult and kept the friendship. By then I knew she knew she made a mistake. And I began to realize some guys are capable of that rotten sh!t "Do you know what XYZ said about you?" that a lot of silly girls fall for. I've seen it a lot of times since before learning how to keep certain types of people out of my life.

In fact, I've been in absolutely absurd (and thankfully rare) situations where a silly girl has come up to me to challenge what I said about her, though I said no such thing. Other types can be infuriatingly damaging... and they call US cold.

Eh... I'm on a soapbox. I'll come down now.

my4salebox says...

Cuddliness... Don't you hate it when a coworker brings in a baby and people are like "Hey--awww!--Hey, a baby!" and they look at you like you're supposed to squeal and run over cooing? (As if they'd ever seen you squeal and coo before). When I was in the Army and one of their wives brought their babies in, the guys would ask if I wouldn't prefer to see the baby with the other women (soldiers).

Random guy peer: "It's a baby! Don't you want to see the baby? ... You know you wannaaaaa :D "

What PERSON did he think he'd been working with until then?!

I'd crawl in my skin at the social awkwardness I KNEW would befall me if I did (because then that would mean mingling with cooing, giggling mommies and wanna-be-mommies, and then getting the "Is she an alien?" vibe from them after a few minutes).

I simply declined. I was there to do army stuff, not to be held out as a freak... which was unavoidable if I went over to the baby or stayed away from the baby.

Jonathan (not verified) says...

@Veronica
I understand where you're coming from, as I feel similarly. I'm not sure where I found it, but somewhere in my research of personality types I read that INTPs are one of the more likely types to share aspects of other types. For instance, I also have a significant overlap with INFP, although I'm still mostly INTP.
Although I haven't done it myself, supposedly you can get a more complete typing by having a meeting with a certified Myers-Briggs Master Practitioner, although I believe that is fairly expensive.

Dominator (not verified) says...

The test said I was either this personality type or a "Healer". Reading the descriptions of both, it seems I am an architect that keeps a foot (or maybe a toe) in the realm of the healer.

In terms of the suggested careers: most of the Architect's career options seemed much more interesting to me than the healer's whose options barely seemed bearable.

Cassie (not verified) says...

The only thing that was off for me was in the least favorite careers. it was cosmetologist and thats what I want to do lol.

StaceyAce27 (not verified) says...

Cassie, I'm an INTP and I'm a hairdresser. I believe a became a hairdresser for a number of reasons. Since we are analytical thinkers and problem solvers; I felt by leaving the biomedical device industry and becoming a hairdresser gave me to flexibility and ability to work on larger creative and entrepreneurial projects. Go for it! So far (it's been2 years) I have been very happy with my career change. I miss critical thinking, but now I have more time for writing, research and a multitude of other projects for me to feel fulfilled in my work. Good luck to you! ;)

TouchofChange (not verified) says...

I'm leaving my current position in Communciations to pursue a career in Massage Therapy. I think this falls into the category of wanting to solve complex human problems since massage therapists often become more than just body workers for their clients. I'm also very excited about the prospect of running my own business they way i want to and having significant and meaningful connections with each of my clients on an individual basis (I don't connect well with lots of people, I'm much better one on one.) The section on my parenting tendencies was so spot on I got chills!

Guest (not verified) says...

When you take your test look at the percentages. Look and the one letter differences of your lowest percentage.

DanTheSmudger (not verified) says...

Initial results weren't very conclusive whether I was a Thinker vs Feeler and whether I was a Judge or Perceiver but reading through the Architect I could nod my head pretty consistently as I went along. Some aspects of the Architect don't agree with me entirely but it's 80% accurate and in tough situations, I can imagine myself reverting to type.

has3000 says...

It pretty much got all of that right, except that I do believe in God.
However, I do really enjoy learning and defending my faith with science and logic.
Other than that, this is definitely me!

SheWarMachine (not verified) says...

Took the words out of my mouth :D

SoSaysSunny (not verified) says...

Me, too!

As an intensely logical and objective researcher, I find no conflict between science and the Bible.

Science cannot disprove God because it cannot transcend the physical world to make any conclusions about the metaphysical. Any intellectually honest INTP must concede the possibility (however improbable) that a deity exists.

Though it is impossible to argue people into the faith, logical arguments can help remove their misconceptions. That's what I try to do.

Guest (not verified) says...

Yes, science can't transcend the physical, but it doesn't need to, only the idea of empirical evidence does. You may argue that this is in fact why science cannot transcend the physical, because the supernatural leaves no physical evidence. Then how can the supernatural be proven? If you pointed to miracles as evidence of something we have no scientific explanation for, then your logic defeats itself because what you claim leaves no physical evidence in fact does.

Darko (not verified) says...

Hello. To accommodate us, I'll begin by simply stating that I'm barely an INTP, as I have only slight preference towards introvertedness. In the middle between the the architect and the visionary. Now, i must say that I'm kind of jealous that the INTJ are being called masterminds. To get to the point, I want you to know that I understand your belief in god. Children conditioned to be religious don't have a choice. The certainty of god's existence is equal to the certainty of a human's ability to breathe. Now, i simply want to state my personal, non judgemental opinion on the matter. To prove a point, I'll ask and answer a series of simple question. What is god as perceived trough a human mind? The creator of the universe. What is god as perceived by a christian? An old man that sees everything and can do anything, whose favourite hobby is watching what every particular human being does, praising those who do things that are "good" and punishing those who do things that are "bad". In short, the point is simple. If we assume the universe is infinite, god exists for sure. If we assume that it is not infinite, god may or may not exist. On that subject,De gustibus non est disputandum. However, since religion is a completely different thing from god and belief in god, that we can discuss. Religious establishments are there to answer questions about god. Answers are not necessarily true, but they serve their purpose. Once the answer has been given, the subject is not further discussed by people who accepted it, because od the human tendency to take the easiest, simplest path. My statement is the following: All religious traditions are irrelevant to both god and the belief of the religion, making them useless in the study of god. A more personal opinion, the ideas around which religions were formed were presented by wise men. The beliefs and traditions themselves that were formed around those ideas, have been run by non wise men ever since. Long story short, god is cool, religion sucks.

Science and Logic (not verified) says...

Guest (not verified) says...

Same here. There isn't any conflict between science and spirituality in my mind, but I find it so hard to tell or convince other people.

Guest (not verified) says...

Not leaving my name so that this cannot be seen as a brag.

I am an actual genius INTP ( I did not make my brain, so it is no more than saying I have dark hair and wear a ridiculously large shoe).

I am also a Christian (and not forced that way by my parents when I was a kid). I am 44 years old and know what I know and why I believe and have analyzed to the hilt what I have experienced and found nothing lacking in terms of being able to accept faith. Between cognition and metacognition and the willingness to be independent but also reason and wonder and consideration, I have no doubt of the matter of faith, nor the existence of God.

I mean, really, back in the day the VERY SMARTEST guys on the planet--we are talking huge IQ's--thought the earth was flat and that there was no need to wash one's hands before delivering babies. Just because technology has not caught up to "the supernatural" does not mean it won't eventually.

While INTP's are analytic, they are also not locked in. They work easily in the abstract. They must consider possibilities or they cannot think and synthesize clearly. I would offer that an INTP who cannot accept that there might be more than we do not understand or put our hands on (be it God or something else) might be stronger, or perhaps straddle the fence, with another one of the personalities. I would also offer that there is a difference between fact and truth, which are not the same (thank you Indiana Jones ;) ),and I believe that one of the personality types relies on one while INTP's search for the other.

Guest (not verified) says...

I absolutely agree with you. I am very very analytical and process the way that God could have possibly made this vast and expansive reality. I am a 16 year old christian and it has taken an abundance of information and evidence to get me to believe that there is a God. Even though I firmly believe that after countless discussions in my head and hours of research, I still somewhat question the probability of aliens and such in the universe. You know the "well the Bible never clearly stated that there were NO aliens". The pure fact that the Bible never truly mentioned the existence of aliens got me thinking. Overall I agree with what you say and there is just too much evidence for the existence of a God.

Guest (not verified) says...

ok if you believe in the god of the bible than there is noway you are a logical and so forth type person becauase the bible is a load of crap.... your still young so that is only reason why you might still be this type but i highly doubt it.

Guest (not verified) says...

Feels like I sit between a intp and intj but somehow these profiles make it seem like the natural human need for attachment is irrelevant for these types. I wonder if these types ever have a desire or need to be close to specific individuals but find themselves in cognitive dissonance because once they engage that partner or individual and intimacy becomes imminent their attention to that outer world becomes draining and they retreat back into their inner worlds to recharge. In the end causing these types to seem very calm and steady yet,internally ping ponging back and forth between emotional needs and the need to recharge.

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That would be a fairly accurate description of my love life.

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