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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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INFJ 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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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

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.

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...

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. 

BizB (not verified) says...

When I was younger I got INTP as a result and I felt it accurately matched my personality. I've retaken the test several times since then and got INTJ, INFJ respectively. I have been through dramatic environment changes so it makes sense that I would adapt. However, I still feel that INTP is who I am at my core. The other types just show that I developed some of my weaker functions.

Paul Fodor (not verified) says...

Hey Karen. I think a lot of us INTP will understand you. It's normal for INTP to score as INTJ, and actually at times INTP act as INTJ. The reverse is also true, INTJ may score and act as INTP sometimes (although less commonly I think). There's some overlap between the two. But yeah, once an INTx understands the difference, they usually figure out which one they are. So paradoxically the fact that you scored INTJ, didn't feel like it and realized you're INTP confirms you're INTP!

Tony McLeod (not verified) says...

Hi guys. I've done the test twice and came up INTP both times. My P / J was also very close each time, with P just coming out in front. T was off the scale! I'm still a bit iffy about this one. 

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. 

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.

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