INTP Personality Type

Meet The INTP ‘Scientist’

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Scientists primarily rely on reason and originality. They are thrifty and ingenious at their best and tactless and self-centred at their worst. They enjoy logical and philosophical thought and a chance for good existential discussions. INTPs appreciate a chance to play the devil’s advocate and to explore different sides of the picture. 

They are masters of argumentation and tend to love to trade and barter with other people. While sometimes seen as lazy, the INTP personality type is programmed to respond very well to challenge. When pushed to their limits, they reveal inventiveness and show many secret skills. 

INTPs are usually quite private types, and tend to mostly hold their thoughts and ideas to themselves. This can get them seen as secretive and avoidant of other people. They also have a tendency to appear quite detached on the surface. Being thinking types, they prefer to find rational solutions and ways to deal with their emotions. 

INTP Subtypes

There are in total four INTP subtypes. The INTP Problem-Solver (INTP-Ti) and INTP Empiricist (INTP-Si) as well as the INTP Democrat (INTP-Fe) and INTP Tester (INTP-Ne)

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The INTP Personality Type

They are unlikely to communicate when they feel badly about something or when they are going through difficulties in life. But should their negative emotions go unresolved for too long, they can blow up and lose their normal cool. So INTPs need to check themselves and ground themselves in these times.

INTPs are often upset over how irrational and overly simplistic people can be, but these more negative traits can also take over the Scientist. Clouding their judgement. This is often something INTPs do not realise themselves, as it comes from their unconscious. With self-study, you can learn to become more self-aware as an INTP and learn to deal better with your inferior functions. 

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INTP Business Mindset

The INTP personality type tends to employ an ENTJ business mindset to the world. The world is seen as a business or a place with vision and agency and ambitions. The Scientist sees themselves as the people set to figure out what those secret ambitions are. 

The Scientist acts as the hacker that observes analytically what game plan other people have. The goal of the INTP is to intercept this or to find ways to aid this process to work more smoothly. So as an INTP, the first goal is to figure out what people want to achieve. Then, it is to help people achieve that, or to in a competitive find ways to counter their strategy in some way. It can be difficult than to realise that people behave illogically at times or that they do not know what they want.

Perhaps because of this, INTP kids are some of the hardest to raise. Scientists have a rebellious side and lots of creative energy. But they believe there are secret natural laws to the universe and how everything works. They are really just trying things out and experimenting to find out how. Scientists have great logical ambitions but thought experiments aside, they have a pretty pragmatic view on reality as a whole.

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Keith Wetzel
Keith Wetzel
2 months ago

I noticed a discrepancy. The chart for INTP Cognitive functions lists them in this order: 1 Introverted Thinking, 2 Extroverted iNtuition, 3 Introverted Sensing, 4 Extroverted Feeling. However, below the chart where I believe you want to expand on the cognitive functions in chart, you list 1 Introverted iNtuition, 2 Introverted Thinking, 3 Thinking Perceiving, 4 iNtuitive Perceiving. This list does not stay in sync with the chart. Is this intentional? Is the chart related to the text below it? Or is the text covering a different area altogether?

5 months ago

I enjoyed your comment, Pat.

pat eddishaw
pat eddishaw
7 months ago

I particularly like your perspective that the intp has an entj business perspective. I’m 77 now, long retired, but that is how I always believed I operated in the business world. That said, I do not consider myself an entj at my core. Intp seems to fit me a lot better not just in terms of how I see myself but also how I have lived my life over these 77 years. Still, it was hard for me to accept being an intp because of all the descrptions out there of how intp’s supposedly operate out in the world.
So I was left feeling I just didn’t fit anywhere – to the extent that I could not understand how other people could be so sure of their type. It was making it hard for me to have any credence in the whole typology system. As an introverted thinking type, I tend to find inconsistent systems pretty intolerable lol.
So thank you for this approach.