INTP-T (The Turbulent Logician)

In this article, we will look at the INTP-T personality and the strengths and weaknesses of this INTP subtype. This article also explores how the INTP-T personality type compares to INTP-A type, and also the INTP function stack.


INTPs are classified into two subtypes: INTP-A and INTP-T, based on how they respond to circumstances and how confident they are in their capabilities. Although the INTP personality type already has distinctive features, there are differences in the attributes of the two subtypes in different settings. In this article we wil;l look at the INTP-T personality type.

INTP-T or Turbulent Logicians are less likely to be satisfied with themselves as compared to INTP-As. INTP-Ts are not as good at handling stress as compared to their Assertive counterparts. 

The Turbulent/ Assertive is the fifth dimension of MBTI and it has to do with the Big Five Personality Trait of Neuroticism. Hence it is obvious that Turbulent types are higher on the neuroticism scale than Assertive types.

Here is a breakdown of the character traits of INTP-T personality types.

INTP-T Outlook

Turbulent Logicians are less likely to be content with their present conditions. Turbulent Logicians, as is customary, claim to be less at ease in their own skins than their counterparts. However, this is a matter of perspective, since research indicates that both Logician types are much more likely than the ordinary individual to be dissatisfied with their lives.

INTP-T Desire For Improvement

A strong desire to improve and grow in order to overcome perceived shortcomings is one of the Turbulent personality trait’s distinguishing characteristics. 

The Turbulent Logicians are no exception. Each new bit of information has the ability to act as a compass for the INTP-T, setting them off on a progressive path or on a hunt for something greater, something to improve.

INTP-T With People

Turbulent Logicians are more affected by other people’s opinions, and their appearance tends to matter to them as well. 

These people place a higher priority on staying fit in order to retain their self-esteem. INTP-Ts are also more self-conscious when it comes to their appearance. This indicates that they have a stronger desire to impress others.

Turbulent Logicians’ levels of confidence are often influenced significantly more by their peers’ opinions. Turbulent Logicians are also more inclined to be disappointed if someone they like does not reciprocate their feelings. 

This desire for validation might prompt people with this personality type to doubt everything that does not earn unanimous approval from others around them.

What is The Turbulent/ Assertive Divide?

With the exception of disgust, neuroticism in the Big 5 refers to the frequency and severity of negative feelings. An INTP-T is likely to have higher levels of anxiety, depression, paranoia, including the behaviours linked with these traits.

When exposed to the very same stimulus as their INTP-A counterparts, INTP-Ts suffer greater stress. Neuroticism doesn’t seem to have a substantial correlation with productivity in the Big 5, therefore you shouldn’t anticipate INTP-Ts to be any less productive as INTP-A’s.

When presented with the same stimulus as their INTP-T counterparts, an INTP-A is likely to feel less stressed.

INTP Function Stack

To better understand the INTP-T, let’s take a look at the INTP function stack:

Dominant FunctionIntroverted Thinking (Ti)
Auxiliary FunctionExtraverted Intuition (Ne)
Tertiary FunctionIntroverted Sensing (Si)
Inferior FunctionExtraverted Feeling (Fe)

Dominant Function: Introverted Thinking (Ti)

Ti usually involves the use of reasoning in order to comprehend a given state of affairs. Ti gives INTPs a sense of inner power by bringing clarity to their inner world. INTPs are extremely self-disciplined on the inside, working hard to successfully control their emotions and lives. INTPs are compelled to view certain things as an objective or goal due to their Ti’s control.

Auxiliary Function: Extraverted Intuition (Ne)

Extraverted Intuition (Ne) is an auxiliary function for INTPs. Ne has the ability to act both perceptively and meaningfully. INTPs can not always seem to “have a single idea” while speaking, as they prance from one concept to another. When INTPs try to communicate their thoughts via their Ne, even the most rational and sensible ideas can sound incomprehensible.

Tertiary Function: Introverted Sensing (Si)

Introverted Sensing (Si), the tertiary function of INTPs, is a conservative function. It entails a clinging to previous experiences and tradition, as well as the standard and predictable. INTPs and other types of Si in their functional stack have a reasonably stable diet. Si types are traditional not only when it comes to their diet, but also when it comes to the material world overall.

Inferior Function: Extraverted Feeling (Fe)

INTPs’ inferior function is Extraverted Feeling (Fe). Although possessing inferior feeling does not make INTPs expressionless bots, their feelings do appear to have their own minds, coming and going as they will. INTPs appear to feel uncomfortable and nervous in emotional environments because they realise how difficult it is to willingly touch or invoke their feelings.



77% of Assertive Logicians say they are comfortable with themselves, compared to 36% of Turbulent Logicians.

“Optimist or Pessimist?” Survey


73% of Assertive Logicians say they are proud of who they are as a person, compared to 42% of Turbulent Logicians.

“Pride” Survey


27% of Assertive Logicians say they often make decisions they know they’ll regret, compared to 54% of Turbulent Logicians.

“Regret: General Attitudes” Survey

Stress Management

87% of Assertive Logicians say they are confident when they deal with day-to-day activities, compared to 59% of Turbulent Logicians.

“Handling Stress” Survey

Life Satisfaction

28% of Turbulent Logicians are satisfied with what they have achieved so far in their life, compared to 45% of Assertive Logicians.

“Happiness and Life Satisfaction” Survey

Sudden Changes

66% of Turbulent Logicians say they become stressed out when there are last-minute changes, compared to 35% of Assertive Logicians.

“Need for Drama” Survey

Anger Issues

Only 27% of Assertive Logicians say they get angry easily, compared to 60% of Turbulent Logicians.

“Anger Management” Survey


42% of Assertive Logicians consider themselves “very intelligent”, compared to 23% of Turbulent Logicians.

“Intelligence” Survey


51% of Turbulent Logicians say they feel envy when a friend accomplishes a goal, compared to 24% of Assertive Logicians.

“Jealousy and Envy” Survey


85% of Turbulent Logicians say it takes a while for them to forgive themselves when they make a mistake in front of a friend, compared to 55% of Assertive Logicians.

“Handling Stress” Survey

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In this article, we looked at the INTP-T personality and the strengths and weaknesses of this INTP subtype. This article also explored how the INTP-T personality type compares to INTP-A type, and also the INTP function stack.

Frequently Asked Questions: INTP-T

What is the difference between INTP A and INTP T?

INTP-As are more likely than INTP-Ts to reach a specific conclusion and hence sound more assured. INTP-As are much less perfectionistic than INTP-Ts, making them more adaptable and less susceptible to disappointment and anxiety. INTP-As have a higher level of consistency than INTP-Ts.

What is the T in INTP?

Intuitive (N) and Thinking (T) personality types, are notable for their reasoning, impartiality, and intellectual superiority. 

Are INTPs manipulative?

INTPs can also be more outwardly manipulative, sometimes in the aim of getting people to react in a certain way. They are inquisitive individuals that respect knowledge and desire to learn everything they can about the topics they are passionate about.

Are INTPs crazy?

They have a distinct perspective on the world, as well as a distinct attitude toward it. INTPs are also a rare personality type, which makes it difficult for them to be understood. Because the INTP is a rare personality type, they can feel strange or even odd around some people.

Are INTPs loners?

INTPs are introverted loners who often offend others unintentionally. They don’t appear to be great companions until you discover how devoted and delightfully interested they are. They have a peculiar sort of humour that includes anything from nasty jokes to ironic tales to lighthearted puns.

Are INTP emotionless?

INTPs aren’t as cold and unempathetic as they appear to be. They are not heartless robots, but they are uneasy with exhibiting vulnerability and sloppy demonstrations of emotion. They do have feelings, but they keep them hidden.

Why are INTPs so lonely?

Sometimes even if they have deep friendships and interactions, INTPs can suffer feelings of loneliness. Because they are intensely feeling individuals who don’t know how to handle those feelings, it can be difficult for them to open up to others. INTPs have strong feelings, but they don’t express them openly.

Do INTPs fall in love easily?

Although INTPs may not seem to be the most enthusiastic when it comes to love, they are just as enamoured with romance as most feeling types. When the INTP falls in love, they get entirely absorbed in the experience.

What do INTPs want in a relationship?

INTPs require a lot of room in a relationship to navigate their own thoughts, ideas, and passions. They seek a companion who recognises their resourcefulness and problem-solving abilities, as well as their demand for independence. Autonomy and alone time is a must when it comes to having a relationship with an INTP.

How do INTPs act around their crush?

INTPs will have a childish, innocent preoccupation with their crush, and if they discover they have a great deal in common with you, they will most likely fall madly in love with you. INTPs are incredibly loyal, making them one of the most devoted personality types. They’re either totally invested in you or absolutely uninterested and distant.


Ti Si Loop

Surveys From 16Personalities

Assertive Logician (INTP-A) vs. Turbulent Logician (INTP-T)

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