INTP – The Thinker

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
–Albert Einstein

INTPs are the logical dreamers. They love to think and to come up with wild theories, yet they will have logical proof as to why their theory is true, and it would not be overly surprising if they were correct.

The best way to start discussing this personality type, is to make sure that we are clear on what all the letters stand for. The letter that comes first is I which stands for Introvert and this means that they need time alone to recharge and process what is going on in their lives. Then comes the N which stands for iNtuitive this means that they tend to look at the big picture and the abstract rather than the details and the tangible. After that comes the T which stands for Thinking and means that they prefer to make decisions logically rather than decisions based on logic. Lastly there is the P which stands for Perceiver this means that they would rather plan on the go than write out a detailed plan of what they want to happen.

Now that we’ve looked at the letters, or functions, that make up the INTP, let’s talk about how these letters work to make this individual personality type.

INTPs are very logical. They enjoy figuring out difficult puzzles and exploring intriguing theories.

For the INTP learning new things is one of the most important things in their lives, however, they are also very skeptical. They want a theory proved, they don’t want people to say that that is just the way that it is.

At the same time, as the INTP is being logical, they are also dreamers. They tend to always be coming up with new ideas and theories.

INTPs tend to have difficulty processing their own and other peoples emotions. Since they prefer to look at the logical side of things, emotions seem illogical, at least, when they are especially strong for no real reason.

The INTP tends to say exactly what he or she thinks, bluntly, without thinking of how it might effect other peoples’ emotions. They are also very precise in what they say, making sure that they mean exactly what they say.

They tend to be very independent. INTPs are not traditional. They would rather go their own way.

INTPs tend to be laid back, not worrying about the small details, just about the big picture.

INTPs can seem aloof and scatter-brained, but that tends to just be because of all the things that they are thinking of at once.

I would like to take a minute and talk about the dark side of the INTP. I find that it helps to understand a personality type if one takes the time to look at all sides of it.

When the INTP is dark they tend to think that they are better than the common ‘unenlightened’ human being, and as such they can do whatever they want.

They ignore all moral codes, and just do whatever it is that they feel like even if it does hurt others.

They may also manipulate people just to see what would happen.

Now that we have looked at this personality type, and hopefully understand it a bit better, I would like to share some people and characters who share this personality type. I find it interesting to see how people with the same personality type can still act so differently.

Real Life INTPs Include:
Hannah Arendt
Marie Curie
Charles Darwin
Rene Descartes
Albert Einstein
Harper Lee

Fictional INTPs Include:
Violet Baudelaire (The Series of Unfortunate Events)
Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes)
Neo (The Matrix)
Peter Parker (Spiderman)
Smaug (The Hobbit)
Yoda (Starwars)

I hope that this has helped you to understand INTPs a bit better. If you are interested in learning more about them this site was very helpful to me when I was first starting out learning about the different Myers-Briggs personality types.

7 thoughts on “INTP – The Thinker

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  4. I don’t know where you got your information, but this is incorrect:
    “The INTP tends to say exactly what he or she thinks, bluntly, without thinking of how it might effect other peoples’ emotions. “
    This usually doesn’t happen because they have Fe inferior; they are afraid of hurting other people’s feelings. What usually happens is they speak super indirectly, which then can come across as wishy-washy.

    I believe you’ve gotten INTPs and INTJs mixed up. Oh boy are INTJs harsh. lol


    • Quite possibly when I wrote this I was a bit mixed up as I had really started learning about Myers-Briggs only about six months before and now I realize just how much there was then that I didn’t know. I should update it along with the other posts on the other Myers-Briggs types. However most INTPs I know are fairly blunt, partly because they have Fe inferior and don’t realize that it is going to hurt someone’s feelings, so part of it is definitely just the person in my opinion.

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      • Not to be argumentative but maybe they’re mistyped INTJs? I know that NTs are hard to tell apart for people of other temperaments. We all kind of look the same to outsiders: annoying and harsh😂

        INTJ Fe is going to be in the seventh slot, so it would make sense if they’re unaware of how their words may impact someone’s feelings.
        With an Fe in the inferior slot though, it’s higher up so there would be more awareness, but they won’t be as good as it, thus there would be a little tinge of insecurity.

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      • It is possible. It’s fairly easy to mistype people because of how fluid the Myers-Briggs types are. I tend to think of Myers-Briggs as a beginning to start understanding someone, but not as something that they are going to be an exact copy of. The INTP that I am thinking of has also been typed as an INTJ, but based on some other factors it really doesn’t fit them in my opinion and many of the people I know who know them, but I know there are other people who do think that they are an INTJ. The person can probably fit into either category depending on what part of them you see. I find that Myers-Briggs tends to be difficult to get everyone to agree on because of its fluidity.

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