INTP Subtypes


We have found four INTP subtypes. The heroic, passionate subtype, which we call the code cracker. The more stressed but responsible mentor subtype, which we call the hypothesis tester. There’s also the third, more anxious subtype, which we refer to as the geek, and finally, there’s the troll, representing an INTP in the grip of extroverted feeling.

Richard Feynman: An INTP in the true definition of the word?

Theoretical physicisist Richard Feynman: An INTP code cracker?

The Code Cracker

Introverted thinking is an INTPs great passion, and represents what INTPs look like when in the hero state.

An INTP is at their best when they are working with puzzling out and making sense of the worlds very complex maths and codes.

Solving puzzles and issues that have boggled science and our understanding of the world is an INTPs passion. Introverted thinking is a reactive function, and works best in response to a problem or an issue at a workplace. So INTPs are often the scientists who solve issues that have boggled society for a long time. They’re expertful and work the best when asked questions. On their own, without this extroverted thinking fuel, introverted thinking can easily run dry.

They can theorize multiple solutions to answer why something is or is not working as it’s intended, filling in holes in our scientific understanding, and they can test their theories when necessary.

David Tennant, Doctor Who, an INTP with high extroverted intuition?

David Tennant, Doctor Who, an INTP with high extroverted intuition?

The Hypothesis Tester

INTPs under stress fall into the hypothesis tester, as extroverted intuition is an INTPs mentor or higher awareness.

Easily mistyped as: ENFP

INTPs are often suggested to be the online communities biggest trolls, but extroverted intuition is not to blame. But INTPs use extroverted intuition with a great sense of responsibility, and extroverted intuition brings an INTP tremendous growth. Unlike ENFPs and ENTPs, Extroverted intuition isn’t a passion or a fun self-expression. It’s an important and calculated tool to think and try out your thoughts.

INTPs know how to make mistakes with deliberation. Using extroverted intuition in a goofy, experimental way, they can rule out possibilities and test hypothesises. Truth is, a lot of great understanding can come from people who are diligently in pursuit of mistakes and failures, as long as they are ready to learn from it.

As such, all INTPs are encouraged to sometimes use this subtype to get out into the world. Try out your thoughts, test out your ideas, and see what’s right and what’s wrong. While too much extroverted intuition can bring you stress, a healthy dose of stress can bring great growth for you.

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Chess master Magnus Carlsen: INTP with high introverted sensing?

The Geek

Anxious INTP subtypes use introverted sensing, their sidekick function.

Easily mistyped as: ISTJ

INTPs can in this subtype immerse themselves in introverted sensing. Mastering every known routine or strategy, going over every possible course of action, and being able to remember exactly which chess piece is where and where it can potentially go.

INTPs pursue introverted sensing like this out of a desire to avoid stress. Their introverted sensing often has an immature role in their behavior, acting as a means to escape the world, or to only encounter it in a controlled manner. But these INTPs can actually show amazing talent within a set field. These INTPs have an innate geekiness, they can be absolute experts in whatever their interests are.

The problem is getting the comfort and maturity to use this hobby for the better of the world. As a geeky INTP, consider how you could use your talents within this hobby for something better, rather than just to escape from the world.

INTP The Troll

INTP subtypesINTPs may be described as trolls because of their weak introverted sensing and extroverted feeling functions. INTPs become trolls because they are under stress or anxiety. For you, it’s a means of escape from difficulty in life. It’s also a form of lashout when you’re frustrated with someone or something. Being in the subtype of a troll, INTPs can parodize their opponents in order to dismantle their argument.

This can at best create humorous contrast, revealing your opponents flaws, or it can be fallacious, as extroverted feeling begins to cloud your judgment. You risk becoming more melodramatic, exaggerating and distorting your opponents viewpoints. And if you don’t take them seriously, you risk losing the argument.

Healthy INTPs should work on regaining their clarity and center and finding healthy releases when they find themselves frustrated in a discussion or argument, or this subtype may take a permanent, negative influence on your personality. This is an INTP in the grip of exroverted feeling.

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I am an INFJ and I want to combat the stereotypes and help promote personality psychology that doesn't limit or mistype you.