In my research of these two types I have found out something incredibly strange. INFPs and INTPs tend to test out as strong in both Extroverted and Introverted iNtuition. But what does this mean?
While INFJs and INTJs tend to have a strong preference for Introverted iNtuition, and ENTPs and ENFPs tend to have a strong preference for Extroverted iNtuition, INFPs and INTPs tend to be more difficult to classify. I’ve developed tests for more than five years and the numbers I’ve gotten are quite telling. INFPs and INTPs are iNtuitive “mid-line” types. They seem to test moderately high for both forms of iNtuition! But the answer runs much deeper than that.
When interviewing INFPs and INTPs, I came to realise they had an intuition that was different from both INXJs and ENXPs. An iNtuition that intermixed some traits of INXJs and other traits from ENXPs.
iNtuitive Perceiving and Introverted iNtuitive
The INFP and INTP personality types tend to be both Introverted iNtuitive and iNtuitive Perceiving in their nature. What I mean with this is, INXPs experience their intuition as an internal process of conceptualisation, synthesis and theory, rather than experimentation, investigation, and pattern-recognition.
When INFPs and INTPs talk about their intuition, they talk about slowly mulling over or thinking about a complex problem or question. They talk about synthesising and processing different ideas and perspectives together to find the answer to a problem.
Like the ENFPs and ENTPs, they have a wide-ranged, diverse intuition, and they can be seen as mulling over multiple options. But often, like the INFJ or INTJ, their process tends to remain inside themselves, and they make little efforts to research, test, or apply their ideas in the real world like the Extroverted iNtuitive would.
Introverted iNtuition in INFPs and INTPs
We can see Introverted iNtuition in INFPs and INTPs in multiple ways. I asked my viewers on YouTube and got a ton of fascinating replies:
“For me, an intp, my intuition helps me notice unlikely similarities in a metaphysical way between dissimilar things such as the similarities between emotions and physics.” Jeff writes. Calico adds: “1.) Make a web of information that floats, externally. The info connects, while being seen, from many angles at once ..” Two INTPs weighed in and said that they found it hard to explain their ideas to others. That makes sense. I think it must be very difficult to explain your thought process as an INFP or INTP personality type.
I received a really interesting comment from Elizabeth, who pointed out that as an INFP, her intuition had a lot less immediacy than an ENFPs. She saw her intuition as something that took more time to form and to explain and had less concrete or direct application. This makes sense for Introverted iNtuitives.
iNtuitive Perceiving in INFPs and INTPs
While INFJs and INTJs tend to get very intense in their own process, INTPs and INFPs tend to retain a sense of play in their creativity. They entertain what-ifs, play with scenarios, and crack jokes and laugh at the absurdity of what they come up with. To them, intuition is a recreative activity, where for an INTJ or INFJ it is something intense that sucks you up and absorbs you completely.
I take my ideas 100% seriously. They come with a weight and a responsibility. I feel a duty to work to realise my ideas and to give my ideas the time necessary to complete them. Often, with INTPs and INFPs I get the feeling they are idea-commitment phobes. Often, they go through it over and over and jump from idea to idea, too scared to deep dive into any one of them.
iNtuitive Perceiving is what makes an INFP or INTP want to tick every single box in a multiple choice exam or personality test. The answer of an INFP or INTP is always “Yes, if…” or “No, but…” Their ability to switch between multiple perspectives is honestly fascinating.
iNtuition is different for every type!
This is why I organised my system around 16 rather than 8 cognitive functions. But the real take away is that iNtuition is experienced differently in every single type. ESTPs experience iNtuition in one way.
INFPs in one way. INTPs in another way – when looking through INTPs testimonials, they were vastly different from INFPs. INFPs talked about reading people, daydreaming, they saw their intuition like a sixth sense. INTPs talked about theories, hypotheticals. No wonder it’s so hard to define a concept or cognitive function, if every persons experience of said concept or cognitive function is subjective!