Are all INTPs nerds? (the truth about INTPs)

In this blog post, we will answer the following question: Are all INTPs nerds? We will talk about the thinking of an INTP, their interests, and the ability to entice others with their intelligence. 

Are all INTPs nerds?

Not all INTPs are nerds, but they are likely to be smarter than other personality types. The dominant thinking of an INTP helps them obtain a higher than average score in terms of intelligence. INTP stands for:

• Introverted thinking

• Extraverted intuition

• Introverted feeling

• Extraverted feeling.

They are people overturned in their reflections on the why, the why not, and especially the why of things. Often isolated in their world of search for universal truths and principles from the surrounding context. They think quickly, clearly, and on the issues that concern them, their concentration is intense. 

They can become very stubborn in defending their truths, which are often different from those of the rest, although they never enter the cloth of any discussion if it does not affect them very directly and personally. They prefer discretion in everything external. 

They are bored and impatient to deal with obvious things and truism truths; his interest is always the truth that is beyond appearances and the obvious.

The beauty and elegance of life for them is in the thought processes, the forcefulness of logic, and the accuracy and grace of its expression through language. Philosophical mathematicians by essence, their concern being the abstract and conceptual, they are good linguistic architects, since language is the main tool of thought.

The truth is sought for itself, not to obtain any goal or satisfy any project. The goal is the truth itself, and that truth that is sought after is a universal model of understanding of life and the cosmos, original, complete, and complex. “Cogito ergo sum” is an expression that could only come out of a type similar to this. 

The ideas and thoughts of an INTP

INTPs have no special interest in proving their ideas with evidence and facts, or in investigating their verification experimentally. For the truth to be valid, it is enough for them to have supreme internal coherence and logical perfection, since its last reference of contrast is not with the world of facts, but with the internal world of archetypal visions and patterns.

From an early age, they enjoy their thoughts and imaginations more than the company of people. Although extroverted intuition is their bridge to the world, to adventures and to the experimental and interpersonal, and they can spend many seasons playing and doing mischief on the street and with other children, for them it is a necessity and even a great pleasure and amusement. 

The ratio of solitude, seclusion, reflection, and study. His mind is buzzing with questions that must be investigated every moment. They have a natural aversion to fashion and collective tastes, and their concerns and questions are always hovering in the sphere of the marginal and unconventional (the basic prejudice is: the truth is never where many people believe it). 

That is why they have always been interested in fables, the mysterious, the paranormal: the exceptions to the convention and the rule, which their intuition enables them to snoop about.

From very early on they can follow two different lifelines, depending on the proportion of intuition that supports their thinking. The most reflective prefer to adapt discreetly to the rules and to be allowed to “think in peace”, and that is why on the outside they give the impression of being “obedient and adapted”, as happens in general to all introverts. In addition, they may value contention, responsibility, and the learning process seems so important in general that they can therefore value and not reject academic training. 

All these “saturnal” traits are very typical of this type, added to their natural inclination to external discretion. But when the unconventionality of thought is supported by intuition, that Puer trait, which wants to carry out creative projects and adventures in facts and experience, then a rebellious, marginal lifeline appears, which questions basic social behavioral presuppositions.

An INTP’s introverted thinking

Introverted thinking gives INTPs that intense ability to devote as much time and effort as possible to researching a topic, “rain, snow, or shine,” and intuition that perplexing quality of moving from one topic to another without seemingly a solution. of continuity. To understand their movements, we must always seek internal coherence, because that coherence will never be seen externally. 

Everything is always done by himself, without reference to any authority, and having to give explanations of his actions deeply disgusted them.

INTPs see teachers as equals and as characters to challenge. For them, authority is in knowledge, not in social position or age. They prefer creative, theoretical subjects that give them the option to bring together ideas from all angles to form their own conceptual systems. 

They are always finding logical flaws in the postulates, whether they are foreign or their own, and they never stop criticism and self-criticism. However, the P trait, more open to what happens and to the multiple possibilities of truths and paths, makes them less self-confident than their INTJ cousins. That is why their lives are more open and inconclusive, doubtful, than theirs.

They are interested in occupations that require complex projections of general systems and novel abstract idealizations, design of new models. They prefer planning to put things into practice. They prefer to build plans than houses. They need the work environment to be made up of people who are able to think independently, and who let them think and make all decisions independently.

They are always surrounded by a certain disorder, and they usually have excellent ideas about organizing the world and things … that they do not put into practice in their lives.

An INTP’s interests

As leaders, INTPs are much more interested in the search for optimal designs than in their productivity in practice, and they relate to employees on the basis of their independent intellectuality and not on the basis of emotions or hierarchical scale. They do not believe in it or for themselves, especially when the position is a conventional position.

It is not uncommon for them to like to deal with such things as biology (taxonomy), chemistry, physics, engineering, computer science, psychology, law, and writing and philosophy. His style of literature is the essay, tending more to the mechanical technical manual than to poetry.

There is no distinction between the world of work if it is vocational, and entertainment. 

As in other similar types, work is fun and fun is work, and both are approached with the same depth, intensity, and seriousness since they come from the same internal interest. At its most introverted, the INTP loves being alone, reading, thinking, watching television, and using the computer. 

It is normal that he finds all that more fun than human company. He also loves intellectual and strategy games like scrabble, chess, monopoly. At his most intuitive extrovert, he needs risky activities and adventures. Travel, exploration, diving, mountaineering, caving.

INTPs love to play with words

They have a very peculiar sense of humor based on the handling of words. While others speak, the INTP seems to be always playing word games.

The feelings and the world of the couple are the weakest flanks of this type. Their undifferentiated sentimental function makes them love or not love with that all or nothing quality that primitive emotion has. When it is all, they tend to fall into a sometimes naive delivery, idealizing their partner and always falling in love as first-time adolescents with a world full of possibilities. 

In this state her criticism becomes clouded and has a tendency to be seen as interesting and inspiring even the defects of her partner; Her sharp thinking only comes in moments of crisis where, because of her uncontrolled emotions, chaos and destruction are coming. She will not be afraid of any distance or obstacle to meet the loved one.

In the settlement phase, the treatment becomes more impersonal and the exchange with the other person more intellectual, and the reasons begin to carry more weight.

If the couple breaks, then if the emotion subsides, nothingness arrives and the INTP will cut cleanly if the reasons for doing so are also obvious. But if the deterioration is a crisis in which the emotions are not silenced but are opposed to the value judgments, many doubts appear and then the break that may occur is not clean and all the rest of their vital spheres are affected. 

The INTP always tends to stay anyway, and although he does not usually talk about commitments, for him in love that is obvious (although he does not understand why his heart likes chains when his mind always wants to free itself), and precisely because of that obviousness does not treat it.

Click here to read more about an INTP’s romantic interests. 

 Examples of famous INTPs: Socrates, Descartes, Newton, Marie Curie, Jung.

Final thoughts

People with the INTP personality type are global thinkers. They see everything as a connected gigantic Entity and seek to gain knowledge about it. They are constantly seeking the Truth and have great respect for it. It is not easy for an INTP to reach a conclusion about the Truth. Does that mean that all INTPs are nerds? Perhaps.

Their auxiliary function, Extroverted Intuition, allows them to absorb many complexities in our world and they are set to consider each of them before reaching a conclusion.

Once they have come to a conclusion or discovered the Truth, they are “very” special about how the Truth is expressed and understood. They want to know that the principle of their understanding has been understood correctly and they demand absolute precision and correctness from others when describing these principles. 

If you have any questions about the INTP personality type, do not hesitate to let us know!

FAQ on Are all INTPs nerds?

What is an INTP personality type?

People with the INTP personality type are global thinkers. They see everything as a connected gigantic Entity and seek to gain knowledge about it. They are constantly seeking the Truth and have great respect for it. It is not easy for an INTP to reach a conclusion about the Truth.

Is INTP a rare personality type?

INTP is indeed a rare personality type, at least in the USA, they represent 3% of the general population.

Are INTPs intelligent?

INTPs are intelligent. Because they give themselves time to develop their communication style in such a way as to meet their own demands, they can become extraordinary writers in education.

Are INTPs lazy?

INTPs are not lazy. They have a natural ability to concentrate and get involved in the problem they are working on. They can completely absorb a problem in their mind and work on it with amazing speed and accuracy. This ability makes them great trouble-shooters. 

 

References

Mba-institute.org

16personalities.com

Truity.com

Divya is currently a Clinical Psychology Trainee in a Master of Philosophy program and holds a Master’s in clinical psychology. She has a special interest in Personality studies and disorders, having researched the subject before, and Neuropsychology; with an additional interest being Mood disorders. She likes to write about Psychiatric issues, having worked in multiple specialty setups during her time as a clinical psychology student, and in her free time she likes to cook and read.