Reason, Originality, Variation and Skill
Critical, Contemplative, Diverse, and Tactical
Existential Intelligence, Analytical Intelligence, Trade Intelligence and Change Intelligence
The INTP Personality Type
INTPs 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.
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 INTP. 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.
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 INTP sees themselves as the people set to figure out what those secret ambitions are.
The INTP 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 then to realise that people behave illogically at times or that they do not know what they want.
Many therefore struggle to motivate INTPs and falsely perceive them as lazy. INTPs do not respond well to implicit motivations and uncommunicated expectations. People may sometimes expect them to do something just because its the nice thing to do. But INTPs do not abide by normal conventions and social norms. They do not follow the crowd and they do not respond to traditional disciplinary techniques.
Perhaps because of this, INTP kids are some of the hardest to raise. INTPs 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. INTPs have great logical ambitions but thought experiments aside, they have a pretty pragmatic view on reality as a whole.
INTP Cognitive Functions
Introverted iNtuition: Associated with theory, philosophy, and existential thinking. Needs privacy to operate at its fullest potential. You use it when you engage your internal and abstract world, considering ideas and dreams and language. Introverted iNtuition refers to our ability to form a simulated hypothesis about the world. What can we imagine or dream about the world? How do we see and what do we think about existence? If we let our ideas roam free and wild, what do we see when we close our eyes, where do our thoughts linger, and what do we consider? What ideas do you see before yourself that you would like to test or make a reality? How could the world be different, or what could you learn about the world and about abstract topics?
Introverted Thinking: Connected to reason, rational thinking, and evidence-based belief. Needs to be fed internal data that can be falsified or tested. Things need to be clearly defined. Introverted thinking considers the world of reasons and the inner self and what we think would be ideal for the world. How should it work, and according to what rules and instructions should we solve our problems? What do we know about something, and how it works, and how it appears to work? If we reason about something, what can we learn about it and its properties? Introverted thinking is analytical and it refers to how we think something would optimally work. It is our ability to think of the “smartest” “swiftest” and “easiest” solution to a problem, but when we start thinking about the world at large, our solutions can still become quite complex, as everything we have seen begins to intermix, and we have to think about how different rules work together.
Thinking Perceiving: Thinking and perceiving is associated with skill, development, testing and analytical thinking. You use it to test out ideas and to measure up performance and skill. Needs challenge and competitive elements to function. Thinking and perceiving considers tactics and rules and strategies and ways to implement them. What is the smart way to do something. How can I define or measure something? How can I test or break down an idea or a plan into parts? What can I do to get from A to B to C? What skills do I need to accomplish something and how do I need to adjust to do it better? If given a tool or a resource, how can I customise or adjust this tool so it works optimally to my needs or to what I need to do?
iNtuitive Perceiving: Touching on variation, change, and the ability to carry dialogue. iNtuition and Perceiving is related to our ability to see options and alternatives in a situation and different ways to do things. The NPs have a quick ability to see alternatives and ways to do things differently. Not all NPs are brainstormers, but most can rapidly see new courses of actions and can think of an option to anything. Consider your ability to imagine changes to things around you, as they come.
When I say potato, you say… Intuition and perceiving imagines and twists and turns and alters the world around it, seeing the world as something fluid and open to adaptation. The iNtuitive Perceiver sees changes, changes that are about to come, changes other people are trying to make happen, and ways things are adjusting in the moment. They can also think quickly about how to adapt an idea when presented with one. If given an idea or shown something, even something far reaching or broad, they can usually think of immediate applications for the idea and how they could use it in their current environment.
INTP Body Language
The INTPs that I've observed tend to at their best appear detached, analytical, tactical, self-assured, intelligent, sharp, and somewhat critical. INTPs have an open, broad squint, that hints of their rebellious drive. They look at you as if their head is full of questions and options. Their eyes dance and their relaxed squints look amused. The thinking and perceiving makes an INTP more tactically adept.
INTPs appear as if they always know something that everyone else has overlooked. Their head is often slightly lifted, their gaze looking down on you, rather than up at you. INTPs will often dance their heads from left to right or right to left. INTPs often engage in weighing gestures, pulling information from within, and then weighing and holding it up and presenting it to other people.
INTP Variations in Mindset
You will find different INTPs have developed different mindsets. There are active and outgoing introverts, and more careful and cautious introverts. There are iNtuitives that love to learn new theories and to get new ideas, and iNtuitives that like to go deep within a specific idea or theory. There are Thinkers that love to test their abilities and to explore how to implement a solution, and Thinkers that prefer to focus critically, elliminating problems. There are perceivers that are quick to form an opinion and to make a decision about how to implement an idea or to solve a problem, and INTPs that prefer to brainstorm things. These are all healthy variations in how INTPs think.
Introverted thinkers, fixed iNtuition, critical thinking, and decisive perceiving. INTP rebels manifest a rebellion that comes from within, from the self and you as an individual. You focus on your own beliefs and opinions and your own skills and what you do, and you develop a careful set of principles and ideas. You believe in forming your own unique set of reasons for how to live and how to conduct yourself, and you do so in opposition to the tribe and to society as a whole. You have strong and well-developed ideas for society that you can argue for and support logically. You want your opinions to make sense and you want to solve problems and issues in the world around you.
Introverted thinkers, fixed iNtuitives, positive thinkers and decisive perceivers.
INTP-Caregivers see the best in people and like to focus on supporting their ideas and thoughts, encouraging people to learn and offering appropriate challenges and feedback to help people become more successful. You think long and hard about how to help other people and what you can do personally as an individual to set a good example for others. You help people by being yourself and by showing a way: you show people what you see that they could improve and how they could do things differently.
INTP Performers are introverted doers, learning iNtuitives, critical thinkers and decisive perceivers. They know what they want for themselves and what they see that they could become, but they are always open to reconsider and to take a page out of someone else’s book. They see and study the people around them and adjust to what they see is successful in other people. They think in a positive way, and always believe hard work will pay off, so they like to learn and to develop new skills and to try things out. They are focused on what they can do to make a situation better, what solutions they can offer and what ideas they can come up with on the spot to take care of a situation.
INTP Creators are introverted and reflective types, with strong, fixed ideas and theories. They believe in their own ideas and are hopeful that in time, they will become successful, if they devote themselves to the process of invention. Spending a lot of time on the drawing table, they are always thinking about how to expand their ideas. They have clear theories and strong vision, they see how things could change and know what they want to change and how they want to do things, and these ideas tend to remain the same for a long time.
INTP Sages show an introverted and reflective style, but the mindset of a learning iNtuitive. Their ideas and theories are always changing and they can always come up with changes and alternative options. They are always thinking critically about these, thinking about how to improve and adjust their ideas and how to test them out clinically. Their critical thinking style allows them to see flaws and errors with any reasoning, and their creative perceiving style allows them to change between different perspectives, brainstorming, flipping, and twisting to consider every eventuality.
The INTP Friends show an active and introverted style, focused on how to act on their inner beliefs and what they can do to express their individuality. How can I live in accordance with my inner reasoning and logic, and how can I apply my theories to make decisions in the here and now? The INTP Friend is an iNtuitive with a learning mindset. All their ideas can be subject to change, if they are wrong, the friends are always willing to reconsider, and all their theories need to be tested and considered from multiple perspectives. The critical perspective allows them to hone their thinking towards solving errors and issues.
The INTP Seekers show an active, learning oriented, and optimistic introversion, iNtuition and Thinking. They are always scrolling through alternatives, thinking of new skills to develop, new things they could do, and ways to do things differently. They love to express their individuality and to make their ideas and theories a reality. They like to test out hypothesis and to see how they work out. They want to build the world according to how they reason that it should work logically.
The INTP Rulers show a similarly active introverted style, and they are always trying to apply their theories, and to test out their reasoning. But they have stronger and firmer ideas and theories, strong ideas, that they will not readily give up or change, even if they don’t work at first in reality. The INTP Rulers are positive and believe in their values and skills, they expect their ideas to work and are confident expressing it to other people. They are decisive and have strong perceiving, they believe that what they see is real, and trust their gut and instincts about a situation.
The INTP Utopians have a contemplative introverted style, with ideas that are far reaching, and reasons and theories that have taken a long time to to form, before they act on their ideas. They form strong theories about how life should be and how things should work logically, and they are always adjusting and improving and changing these ideas, as the INTP-Utopians are searching for the ideal for things. The INTP Utopians are critical thinkers and quick to find flaws with their own ideas, their goal is to find a perfect, flawless idea, that will work in all scenarios. But the INTP-Utopians are decisive and quick to make up their mind. Once they have started to see it a certain way, they are confident standing up for it towards the outer world.
The INTP-Person likes to think practically about their theories, and how they can act and what they can do to express their individual self and who they are. How can I apply my ideas and logic to reality? What decisions can I make, based on what I think so far? The INTP-Person holds strong and deep beliefs, that they rarely change or reconsider: once they have formed a theory about something, it is unlikely to change, unless forced. The INTP-Person is critical and clinical about their beliefs, they don’t want to make mistakes and they want to execute their skills flawlessly. The INTP-Person believes in the pursuit of normality, normal day to day life, in the service of their existential beliefs and their skills and their ideas.
The INTP-Lover, like the person, enjoys acting and translating their inner life to day to day decisions, but in an optimistic, almost idealistic sense, jumping on their ideas and trying out their skills and seeing where they will take them. As romantics, the INTP-Lovers have set existential dreams and theories that they rarely change, and that they have explored from a multitude of perspectives and viewpoints. They can always think of new ways to do things and new ways to improve to become better at what they do.
The INTP Healer thinks long and hard about what they do, forming deep theories and pursuing a deeper level of reasoning and science to back up their decisions. They are always learning, studying, and acquiring new information, reconsidering their ideas and challenging their own assumptions. They are optimistic and hopeful, devoting themselves to study and believing in their skills and abilities, and that they will be able to use them to make the world a better place. The INTP-Healers have a strong and decisive perception: they have a strong idea about society and about what is smart and do their best to guide people in this direction.
INTP Muses show a Sage like drive towards learning and a Creator style optimism. Focused on self and on personal growth, they think long and hard about themselves and who they are, and what they can improve and what they may have missed to consider. They have deep far reaching theories about life and about themselves and what is smart and intelligent. They are constantly changing between different perspectives and viewpoints, thinking what if this or that, ruling out different ideas and seeing in a positive light, how they can grow and what skills they can develop, and what ideas they could work on next. Inspiration is the keyword here.
The INTP Fighters share the Persons desire for expressing their inner selves and their individuality and what they believe, sharing it with other people. Beyond this, they have the Rebels strong decisiveness, and they hold strong views and perspectives. The Fighters know what they want and what they dream of and what potential problems lay ahead of them in the pursuit of these ideas, and they are working hard to face and meet these challenges.
The INTP Protectors think long and hard about who they are and their internal state, and who they really are, existentially speaking, and what they really are. They are always juggling options and what-ifs, thinking from multiple perspectives, but struggling to make decisions. They maintain a guarded state, intercepting problems as they emerge, and working hard to protect their dreams and ideas.
The INTP Adventurer has an active individuality, focused on living on their beliefs and opinions, jumping at the chance to learn new skills and to try new things. They are always open to learn and to change their opinions if they find new evidence, but they are also decisive, easily translating their intuition into day to day decision making, coming up with new ways to do things immediately and quickly making up their mind, sometimes at the expense of missing important perspectives or other sides of the picture.
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