INTP personality disorders (3 disorders)

This blog will answer the question, “What personality disorders are INTP people most likely to develop?”. It will define the INTP personality, describe personality disorders, and outline which personality disorders an INTP is likely to develop.

What personality disorders are INTP people most likely to develop?

INTPs are likely to develop the following personality disorders:

●    Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).

●    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

●    Schizoid Personality Disorder (SPD).

According to research, these are the top three personality disorders that INTPs are most likely to develop:

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)

Dissociative identity disorder formerly known as multiple personality disorder is a personality disorder in which a person splits into different personalities with their own separate identities.

It is characterized by the presence of two or more distinct identities or personalities that continually override a person’s consciousness and free will. This happens in an effort to try and cope with past trauma or extremely challenging situations.

Therefore, DID develops due to severe trauma which is extreme and repetitive. This could be a physical, sexual, or emotional injury that goes unresolved leading to dissociation as a coping mechanism.

Dissociation is when a person is unable to link and account for their memories, feelings, actions, or sense of identity. The person literally blocks or dissociates themselves from the traumatic experience or situation.

With dissociative identity disorder, a person is unable to keep track of their actions and cannot recall anything they said or did. 

They manifest different personalities with their names, hobbies, and identities. It is often bizarre and hard for most people to grasp or understand.

INTPs are likely to develop DID as they have a bad habit of not expressing their innermost feelings bottling up and internalizing them. 

In the event that they are traumatized repeatedly and do not speak up or get help, they are at risk of dissociating and developing DID.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism Spectrum disorder formerly known as Asperger’s syndrome is diagnosed on the basis of difficulties in two areas. 

These are social-communication, and repetitive behaviors or interests. A person suffering from ASD has the following symptoms:

Difficulty with social interactions

Psychiatrists will try and investigate how well a person interacts and communicates with others. People suffering from ASD will usually have little or no desire to associate with others.

It is especially difficult to have conversations and respond accordingly. They can understand and process information well they lack the full emotional capacity to maintain stable relations with others.

Repetitive interests

This is simply an inert desire for uniform and repetitive activities that are centered on specific areas of interest. Their interest is restricted in the sense that anything outside that area of interest will be extremely unwelcome.

Examples of repetitive interests include:

●    Lining up objects such as coins or shoes in a particular order  repeatedly.

●    Frequently spinning objects

●    Speaking repetitively like saying a particular phrase over and over.

●    Having very few and intense interests

●    A constant need for routines.

●    Difficulties doing anything outside their set routine.

●    Hypersensitivities (to flickering lights, sounds, tastes, touch, etc.)

●    Uncoordinated movements, or clumsiness

●    Anxiety and depression

The INTP may be susceptible to developing ASD due to the similarities in their characteristics with those who have ASD. This can be detected as early as childhood in an INTP. 

Though they are not obsessed with routines or hypersensitive, they are very socially awkward. They are further focused on mainly their thoughts and ideas. These inert drivers may be what makes them susceptible to developing ASD.

Schizoid Personality Disorder (SPD).

Schizoid personality disorder (SPD) is a condition characterized by social isolation and feelings of indifference towards other people.

People with this disorder are distant or withdrawn from people. They have little or no desire to interact with other people.

They have extreme difficulties expressing their emotions and have no interest in forming close relationships.

People with schizoid personality disorder are also at risk of developing depression and anxiety.

People with schizoid personality disorder have the following symptoms:

●    A preoccupation with introspection and fantasy

●    They are unreactive to praise and affirmation, as well as to criticism or rejection.

●    Detachment from people.

●    They do not care about fulfilling social norms and expectations.

●    They are Anhedonic

●    They do not enjoy any relationships with family or friends.

●    They are cold, uninterested, withdrawn, and aloof.

Unfortunately, the INTP is an introvert who lacks interest in social interactions. They too like to be alone and are caught up in their thoughts ignoring the real world. They may be a thin line between normal introversion and developing SPD. 

What does INTP mean?

The acronym INTP stands for Introversion (I), Intuition (N), Thinking (T), and Perception (P).INTP is one of the 16 personality types described by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

People with this personality are usually quiet and observant. They like to be alone, brainstorming new ideas and solutions to various problems. 

INTPs focus their attention on their inward thoughts rather than their immediate external environment.

Due to their introverted nature, they do not socialize enough to make many friends.

What is a personality disorder?

A personality disorder is a type of psychological disorder in which abnormality in a person’s personality. This may affect their pattern of thinking, feeling, and behaving.

A person with a personality disorder usually has maladaptive behaviors that cause problems in relating with people and coping with life in general. 

These problems are usually observed in relationships, social activities, work and school.

The onset of personality disorders can vary from person to person. For some, this is during the teenage years or early adulthood. Other people develop personality disorders during their childhood.

When identified and treated early personality disorders can be managed enough for individuals to lead a normal life.

Conclusion

This blog answered the question, “What personality disorders are INTP people most likely to develop?”. It defined the INTP personality, described personality disorders, and outlined which personality disorders an INTP is likely to develop.

INTPs are likely to develop the following personality disorders:

●    Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).

●    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

●    Schizoid Personality Disorder (SPD).

Frequently Asked Questions: What personality disorders are INTP people most likely to develop?

What should you not say to an INTP?

You must not tell an INTP to simplify or to be brief when explaining anything. This will stifle their natural tendency to articulate matters.

What is the dark side of INTP?

They have a really hard time empathizing with other people, expressing remorse, and admitting when they are wrong. 

Do INTPs get annoyed easily?

Yes, INTPs get annoyed easily when they do not get enough alone time and are forced into social interactions.

How do you calm an INTP?

You calm and INTP by responding logically to them in your approach. INTPs despise irrationality and this is likely to provoke them further.

Do INTP care about looks?

No, INTPs do not care about their appearances, but they do not want to be seen as unkempt by others. So they do the bare minimum and comb their hair and dress up properly.

Are INTPs manipulative?

Yes, INTPs manipulate others subtly and overtly, pushing their buttons and figuring people out.

References

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Clawson J, G, (2008), ‘Myers-Briggs Type Indicator’, Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/228146740_Myers-Briggs_Type_Indicator

‘Ross, C. A. (1997). Wiley series in general and clinical psychiatry. Dissociative identity disorder: Diagnosis, clinical features, and treatment of multiple personality (2nd ed.). John Wiley & Sons Inc. PDF

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.