Everything You Need To Know About The INTP Personality Type
Published in Jul 2020 / Updated in Dec 2020
Have you always wanted to understand the INTP personality type? This article will give you an insight into one of the rarest personality types, and maybe you can even appreciate the beautiful mind of INTPs.
You may be reading this article for either of these reasons; you want to know more about the INTP personality type, or you want to know if you’re truly an INTP. A third possibility is that you’re just bored and, while scrolling through this website, you happened upon this article. Regardless of what led you to this, you will end up knowing more about one of the rarest, and quirkiest, personality types.
The INTP is a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality type. In the USA, INTPs make up about 3-5 percent of the population. INTPs tend to be misunderstood because of how few they are, at least when compared to other personality types. INTPs are known as the logicians because of how logical and analytical they are. We will dive into all you should know about INTPs.
They Are Very Logical
There’s a reason INTPs are called logicians; they prefer logic to emotion. INTPs would rather apply logic to a situation than let their emotions rule them. This often makes them the odd ones out because they don’t understand why other people can’t look at issues objectively. On the other hand, people are put off by a seeming lack of emotions. This logical side to the INTP makes it easy for them to detect lies and understand people’s motives. Most of the time, at least.
INTPs Detest Day-To-Day Routine
The mind of an INTP needs constant stimulation; lack of mental stimulation is akin to torture for an INTP. For this reason, the very thought of following a schedule or keeping up with a routine is absurd to an INTP. They view things like organizing and even having a corporate job as intense punishment because of how boring those things are to them. The ultimate stimulation for an INTP is an environment that challenges them mentally and pushes them to come up with solutions for problems.
An INTP Has Very Few Friends
INTPs are not social butterflies. They prefer to be by themselves or with a small group of people they know and trust. INTPs tend to be friends with people who not only challenge them intellectually but also understand, appreciate, and love them for who they are. They are considered odd by most people who don’t know them. They find it hard to open up to people but when they do, they are the best friends a person could have.
INTPs Come Off As Unemotional
INTPs are sometimes written off as unemotional because of their approach to people and issues. They are seen as insensitive but this could not be farther from the truth. This view of INTPs is courtesy of the dominance of their Thinking function over their Feeling function. This basically means they don’t know how to properly express their feelings and they treat feelings as something to be analyzed, rather than expressed. That may not be the best approach but it’s the only way they know.
INTPs Tend To Doubt Themselves And Their Ideas
An INTP is likely an over-thinker. INTPs are very analytical and that is a good trait but it has downsides. Sometimes, an INTP may find themselves going over an idea continuously because of fear – usually fear of failure. They don’t want to miss out on important information so they continue that cycle of analysis. This holds back an INTP from completing whatever project they are working on. Thankfully, this does not happen all the time in the life of an INTP.
INTPs Are In Their Heads More Often Than Not
INTPs are introverts and, like all introverts, they enjoy spending quality time by themselves; alone. This does not mean that they don’t enjoy the company of friends. It just means that sometimes, they want to be alone and in their heads. An INTP spends most of their time being introspective. When they’re introspective, they explore ideas and even have discussions with themselves! Don’t worry. They’re not crazy; they just happen to prefer working out the details of ideas in their minds and to themselves.
They Are Not The Best Shoulder To Lean On – Emotionally
INTPs are definitely not the best choice for emotional support. Sure, they might want to make their friends feel better when they’re sad but they won’t know how to properly connect with them emotionally. An INTP is more likely to offer rational and practical advice in such situations. Most times, people who need emotional support don’t want to be told how to do things logically and an INTP may come across as being deliberately obtuse.
Their Excitement And Incoherence Go Hand-In-Hand
INTPs often get excited when they discover solutions to problems or perfect an idea they’ve been working on. In such moments, their brains work faster than their mouths and on the occasion that they try to explain how they arrived at their logical conclusion, they may jumble their words up in a hurry. This incoherence is caused by their excitement and in most cases, people rarely understand how they reached their conclusion. In their excitement, INTPs may skip a few words – or sentences – to reach their conclusion, all the while thinking they communicated properly.
Are You An INTP? Do You Know Any INTP?
If you find that you relate to the traits discussed here, you are most likely an INTP. Now you know why you behave the way they do. Or if you know someone who has the behaviors mentioned in this article, they are most likely INTP. You might have thought they were odd or quirky, or you might have been curious about them and their behavior. If you know an INTP, you’ve learned how to better relate with them!