I recently took the MBTI test, to discover my personality type. The results I obtained three out of five times was INTP. Needless to say, I felt it was quite accurate. So if you do have an INTP personality type, could you share how you identify to the good, and bad aspects of the type, within context of the personality profile.
I would be one of the many on the site, I identified instantly with the personality type when first introduced to it. I’ll focus on the negatives that I have come to notice within myself. I tend to be an idealistic theorist and avoid reality even though I am perfectly capable of it (I still believe we can change our ways an reach a state of planetary utopia), I’m viewed as an eccentric by many of my peers, though most love me for it. Terrible at emotions, though I’m improving, tend to come off as an asshole since I don’t take emotions into consideration and I avoid socializing even though I do put in a lot of energy to seem sociable (I try to be fluid). Dealing with others, I find long periods of socializing extremely draining. I am clueless when woman are attempting to seduce me and tend to miss all the “hints” and yet I have this strong intuitive sense of everything that is going on around me and can see peoples most intimate sides (thoughts and emotions without knowing them too well) which seems to freak people out.
@thezinc, wow that’s uncanny. I’m a self proclaimed futurist, who spends an inordinate amount of time brain storming a way to achieve a society with no socioeconomic stratification, deprevation, or squalor. As well as coming up with myriad theories on a panoply of subjects. I’m also percieved somewhat as the eccentric of my group, as well as the problem solver. Through out my life I have also had difficulty processing emotions in the traditional way. These days I tend to internalize them within context of a psychological, or neurological theory. I find it easier to process within a logical framework, although there are discrepancies to this method. I also have difficulties in terms of socialization when it comes to communication. I tend to utilized a broader syntax, then most people I encounter, not that I have a hard time conform to the colloquial syntax, merely the thought processes behind it. I found it hilarious that you said you were clueless to female advances. I wasn’t even aware that was common place in the INTP personality type. But I can definately relate to that. It seems, similarly to what you were saying, that I miss the social subleties, but yet its as if I can percieve the persons internal cognitive dynamics. I usually don’t make people aware of that ability though. Thanks for sharing man, I have to say you are the first person I have ever related to on this level. Maybe if we can get enough INTP’s together, we can form a little subset within the site.
this was an old discussion, but the old link is gone :(
I couldn’t find the total results, but I found an old comment… seems that almost all HEthens are intuitive and mostly perceptive, makes sense. Here was an intermediate result to give an idea of the trend…
INTP (7). “Almost everyone so far is Intuitive, and the top 34 people are all Perceptive… hmmm”
I’m INTJ btw :)
I’m an INFP…
I feel like it describes me perfectly, though I don’t like the “idealist” label, lol. I like to tell myself that I’m just demanding and I won’t take less than a person’s best, but in reality, I guess it’s idealistic of me to want everyone to understand and use common sense and be positive toward others.
Well, I mostly come out as ENTP, but the E and the N change occasionally. So.. We seem cold like we don’t care much about something specific. Boredom is something we find so deeply unpleasant that we get out of it however we like, with witty jokes and logical relevance, and we tend to wound people’s egos unintentionally. And we may seem like cruel bastards.. :| Forgive us. We are domineering, narcissistic, sociopathic assholes, but we need love too! Some people describe us as “personality junkies”, but I guess if I start arguing I’ll just prove them right. We also don’t do homework or some kind of job right away, we wait for the last minute and work on it almost always the right way. I don’t know why is that. But it sucks sometimes. :)
Plus, most of us will never fully accept that we are part of the same personality type, because we are too proud with our Vision of the world.
Gotta share something else about the similarities between ENTPs and INTPs
“When engrossed in their dominant Ne function, ENTPs are not highly intentional or agenda-driven. Their only agenda might be one of finding sufficient stimulation to avoid boredom. Hence, they may not be as consciously driven or obsessed with discovering truth as INTPs are. Nonetheless, many ENTPs, especially those who have spent more time engaging their auxiliary function, Introverted Thinking (Ti), come to recognize their penchant for philosophizing. Like INTPs, they enjoy exploring unifying patterns and proffering broad metaphysical speculations. But despite these intellectual propensities, ENTPs are less apt to develop an exclusive focus on the intellectual pursuits than INTPs are. As Extraverts, they are more reluctant to focus on any singular pursuit, preferring instead to spontaneously hop between different hobbies and interests.”
There is also a good forum for anyone who wants to read their own thoughts written by someone else with a similar personality. Knock yourself out. :) You may find some truth about yourselves! :) http://personalitycafe.com/keirsey-temperament-forums/
I am an INTP. I fit into all the categories and modes of thinking. Suck with emotions. Slightly unconventional. There is just one person I can’t read. My girlfriend. She is an INTJ. I don’t know if that has anything to do with it but there is no way for me to read her emotions. I kind of hate being able to read people pretty well though. Always seeing the loopholes in their logic. I also feel i fit into an archetype. It has been my thing lately that I i feel I am the wise fool. It could just be me, though. Let me know what you guys think.
I am cursed and gifted with the INTP personality as well. In summary my introversion is so great that I can count my friends with only one hand; but this is actually not bad. This way I know that I dont have “good” or “bad” friends, I just have friends. My friends and I know that we can trust each other as we are just one.
Also it is strangely easy for me to detect logical fallacies, contradictions, and errors in structure. This leads some people to think I am arrogant and/or obsesive.
When I am not around friends I almost never talk and I look detached from what is going on around me, but interestingly I am actually aware of my surroundings (when I am not daydreaming, that is). I only engage in a conversation ONLY and EXCLUSIVELY if the topic is interesting to me. Things that interest me are those that have to do with logic, philosophy, religion, arts, science, psychology, complexity, etc.
I get really annoyed at stupidity of people or even myself. I hate the world and its ways and I tend to be rebellious. I can be very independent.
I am always full of ideas for projects and whatnot but I never get them done or even started. I am very unconfident of myself and I am always doubting my abilities. I think that is why i never try to do stuff. I hate it.
I spend my leisure time reading, doing some research, listening or playing music, thinking, organizing stuff…no socializing at all, unless my friends and I are in the mood to hang out.
My greates concerns are getting more knowledge and meaning and explanations about everything that has to do with my interests. I HAVE to understand eveything in the universe. This is often a great source of frustration for me.
I have very repressed emotions..this drives my family crazy because they constantly think that I dont love them and stuff..I never say I love you or stuff like that. I just suck at those things. I dont think they are really necessary. Also when it comes to help one of my friends emotionally, I try so hard.. often doing little for them. this doesnt mean I dont have feelings, because I do have them. Almost always those feelings are negative though.
What else can I say?
I tend to try to be organized all the time, often failing to do that.
I am kinda good at analysing suff and people.
I suck with deadlines at school or with daily schedules. Always being late for everything.
I guess that is all I can say about me related to the INTP personality profile.
This personality can be a curse or a gift in various ways. I havent found yet the right way to use it at its fullest.
I Hope this helps! Have a nice day
(Oh btw I took more than 4 different tests and in all of them I got INTP result.)
Great stuff people. A few further question is what do you all do for a living, or what do you study for? In an ideal world, what would you want to be, or do?
@jkim1233, I wouldn’t worry too much about it, you learn as you progress through life. My greatest growth period has been my last year or so. I stopped smoking weed, made some positive perspective changes and have reconnected with my real self, I much more nicer and less self centered. I seem to have become much more connected to my emotional side, that has also lead to a better emotional connection with people and improved people skills. I’m still aloof and cold, but occasionally I will visit/call friends or acquaintance and have conversations with them. Really helps maintain bonds, and I always feel positive afterwards (I use to hate calling people). I’ve also been putting myself in more uncomfortable situations, these seem to be very BIG growth experiences, improves perception and really deepens my understanding of myself and what I want to do.
I am usually an INTP, sometimes an E. But after becoming isolated from my friends I definitely strayed away from the E in me. INTP’s are one of the rarer types, 1% of population. But given the philosophical slant to this forum its not surprising to find plenty here
I had taken the MBTI test a couple of weeks ago and I came out as an INTP. Took the test a couple of more times on different websites and I was still an INTP, and I could really relate the description of an INTP with my personality type.
My friends have always told me that I don’t portray a lot of emotions and facial expressions, that when I speak, I seem like a robot. That said, I’ve been told that I’ve got a really sincere smile. I do get very eccentric from time to time. I really despise small talk, but have realized it’s importance too, so I’m working on it. Really long social interactions are also really draining for me too. I have a social shelf life of about 2-3 hours. After that, I’m just running on fumes. I can easily read people. And it pisses people off as I tend to be aloof most of the times and they think that I am being a douchebag for not acknowledging their presence. On the contrary, I’m perfectly aware of everything that’s going on around me, and sometimes it gets too overwhelming and that’s why I like to drift off and switch off every 5-10 mins. I tend not to get emotionally involved in things as it blunts my objective rationalism. This backfires a lot on me as I often ignore some medium or big emotions and it stays repressed in me and it bursts out at inopportune moments.(really need to work on that).I often have very interesting things to say but am not able to properly portray it in words, and that frustrates me a lot.
I’m absolutely bad when it comes to the opposite sex. I’m 6’2, lean, and hence, I’ve always got attention from the ladies. But I’ve been really bad at deciphering their subtle hints, and by the time I realize whats actually going on, it’s too late. So despite being fairly good looking and intelligent( Narcissistic much?) I’ve haven’t had much success with women.
I absolutely thrive in solitude. I like to be indoors as it gives my head some breathing space and allows it to run wild with ideas without being interrupted by anybody else. I spend my time playing music or listening to it, reading, or just brainstorming about obscure thing(For instance, yesterday, while playing guitar, I had thought about this random concept about a world where everybody was taught how to play an instrument instead of teaching them language, right from kindergarten, so they would be able to communicate their emotions and feelings through music and music only.). I find it easy to recognize patterns and am able to find connections in things that seem totally unrelated. I’m also very circumspect about myself and find it hard to get something conceptualized.
Right now I’m 21 and I’m planning to pursue studies in Economics, as I dream of coming up with a new economic policy which would help the system to be in constant equilibrium, which would remove all the financial barriers and people would be free to do whatever the fuck they wanted to do.
We are the INTPs. Welcome to our weird world.