INTP Personality Type (A 3 point guide)

This article will explore what an INTP personality type is, what their dominant functions are and what type of individuals they are when it comes to important aspects of life like career, relationships and parenthood. The article will also shine light on the personality types strengths and weaknesses.

Who Is An INTP?

An INTP is also known as a ‘Logician’ who has the dominant functions of introversion, intuition, a thinker and perceiver. They have an open approach to life where they like to experiment with ideas and discover new things with the help of their minds – they are truly unique and enjoy being so.

The Dominant Functions Of An INTP – The Logician.

Introverts.

As introverts, INTPs are more focused on their inner world rather than the outer one. They will expend more time and effort to understand it though thinking, reflecting, imagining and other mental processes . They hence engage in behaviours that allow them to focus on their inner world of thoughts; they are seen as quiet, focused and in the state of ‘reflecting’.

INTPs prefer solitude because this helps them focus on what they love doing. Also, for most introverts, it is just too much of the effort to intermingle and interact with others. Sometimes it is awkward for them or causes them too much anxiety. At other times, it may be because they have to make much effort to focus on what to say or when to say as they take in too much information and find it difficult on how to filter it out. Nonetheless, they prefer spending more time alone rather than with people.

What is interesting about these people is that they actually think and speak. Hence others may perceive them as slow or without an answer but it is actually them processing information excessively and then deciding what to say! Its better to be late than sorry!

Intuitive.

INTPs are intuitive which means they don’t always focus on the facts or what is in front of them. Yes they very much appreciate logic and the relationships they can see however, this does not stop them from thinking out of the box. People who are intuitive are known for making many discoveries in world history and this does not happen by just ordinary thinking; they must go beyond the scope they are given! They give value to their vision, dreams and even imagination and combine that with what they already have in their hands.

Thinkers. Not Feelers.

Such people give weightage to their thoughts and what seems structured or logical rather than the emotions they feel for others. Sometimes this can be insensitive and they find difficulty in understanding the emotional complaints or requests their loved ones have. People with this personality type focus on values like truth and justice and prefer to see the logic or aim of things. They can be described as task oriented rather than people oriented.

Perceive Not Judge.

INTPs are perceivers and this may explain why they are able to achieve so much in terms of their discoveries and contributions to the world. Such people are spontaneous; they prefer things that come and go rather than a structured boring plan. They need excitement and can’t wait for it. However, at the same time, they are flexible and understand that things will occur in their time so they have a casual approach as well that helps them think openly and spot more opportunities along the way.

The Strengths oF Logicians – A Typical INTP.

Great Analysts.

If you ever want objective feedback, think of talking to an INTP because they are great when it comes to analyzing various systems or ideas for faults. These people like to view the world as one big machine that can be studied in terms of its parts hence they can easily identify what is robust and what has loopholes. 

Logicians view the world as a system of interrelated parts. They also see what type of relationships exist and what would happen if something was changed hence they love to experiment. Not only will they provide valuable feedback but they will help you improve your ideas, systems and even your life!

Enthusiastic As An Introvert?

Although they are quite reserved and quiet primarily because of their introverted function and because they have just so much to think about and observe, these individuals are quiet. However, if someone shares an idea or understands the depth and complexity of their thoughts they are very thrilled and excited and this will manifest in their behaviour. They love to share what they discover and believe in with someone who appreciates and values the beauty of knowledge and logic! Don’t get scared if they start to open their mouth; they just love what they do.

Objective.

Despite the creativity and dynamic ideas these individuals propose to the world. They are very objective. They do not inculcate ideas or theories into their work just because something seems interesting or it is important to them or arouses their emotions. No that would be illogical! Something is only worth studying if it can be scientifically examined, logically explained and appeals to the intellect as well and not just your emotional side.

Honest & Blunt.

Logicians are out to find the truth hence they believe the truth should be upheld while studying the world but in human interactions too! They would think it outrageous to know one thing and say the other hence they are not only honest but very blunt about what they think. They are not blunt to be mean or hurtful but that is how they are; they must say what they think in order to avoid problems later on.

Weaknesses.

Reserved.

These individuals are reserved due to a number of reasons. Firstly, they are introverts and it is not just their cup of tea to roam around meeting or talking to people. They don’t feel comfortable or they just prefer their solitude; nonetheless it is their decision to stay distant when they wish.

Secondly, these people have a lot going on in their mind; they are processing information, experimenting with it and testing it for any errors not only in their minds but practically too. They just don’t have a lot of time to be around other people and if they are its mostly for work purposes or because they like to spend time with their intimate circle only.

People who are INTPs are unique hence they form connections with those who are like them and it takes a bit of the struggle to find who would be like them.

Forgetful.

They don’t just forget about their commitments with others but also forget to take care of themselves; missing a meal, not completing their errands or chores or forgetting small tasks of work is common for these people. Why? Maybe they just get really absorbed into their work. They are so mesmerized by what they are working on that they just tune out of their world and surroundings. When they open their eyes only then do they realize what they have missed.

Emotional Irregularity.

For people like INTPs it is a bit difficult to process emotions because they like to think in logical ways which do not incorporate the human element. Hence when they are conversing with a loved one they may seem to miss the human element and end up hurting others or seeming very mean or insensitive. You shouldn’t blame them because they are just trying to make sense of things or get to a logical conclusion.

Parenthood.

Logicians like all other parents will consider this a great challenge. Nevertheless they are extremely devoted parents who want the best for their children. They may not be like the traditional parents who have deep talks with their kids or connect at emotional levels but they will encourage them to think big and pursue their dreams.

Career.

This is definitely a struggle finding a career that meets the logicians needs. They want to work in a place that appreciates their thinking abilities hence they are in a great search to find the perfect job or business for them. However, a few options could include being a consultant, medical professional, researcher, financial planner or a software specialist.

Relationships.

These individuals make very interesting partners. They might find it difficult to open up and may be a bit hard to understand especially when a fight occurs, but they love intimate relations and become flirty and loving and have many surprises up their sleeves.

Conclusion.

The article provided an overview of an INTP personality by examining their dominant functions, strengths and weaknesses and how they perform in various areas of life such as parenthood, career and relationships.

Frequently Asked Questions: INTP Personality Type.

Are INTPs lazy?

INTPs are not lazy at all.

Are INTPs good liars?

INTPs can be good liars if they want to because they have a very strong grasp of logic and can make up robust explanations no one would doubt however it would be rare for someone like an INTP to lie.

Are INTPs clingy?

INTPs are not clingy particularly because they are introverts and they are much busy in their work and interests.

References.

https://www.16personalities.com/intp-personality

https://www.truity.com/personality-type/INTP/careers

I hold my bachelor's degree in Psychology with a particular interest in personality, emotions, organizational behaviour and the psychology of marketing. I am currently pursuing my Master's degree in Business Administration specializing in human resource management and marketing where my psychology background comes very much handy. I have worked with different institutes to raise awareness of the benefits of incorporating psychology in the workplace. Apart from that, I like to travel, cook and try new cuisines and love animals.