INTPs are independent, reserved and lives in a world of ideas.
They can work well on a team, but prefer to work alone in sporadic bursts of energy. Although private, INTP’s can at times seem totally outspoken because of their directness of communication and economy of words.
Other people may assume that the INTP says very little. But this is only when there is nothing to say. The general chitchat of social life is not for them and they prefer to speak only about areas that interest them, things they consider important.
• Reserved and impersonal
• Lives in a world of ideas
• Skilled with hair-splitting logic
• Strongly defined interests
• Enjoys theoretical and/or scientific subjects
“INTPs are skilled at analysis, seeing differences and developing categories. As strategists, they map out all feasible events well in advance. They adapt and improvise as means to an end; they solve complex problems, enigmas and riddles.”
Areas of Growth
• Improve follow-through
• Nurture relationships
• Remember to communicate
• Be sensitive to others’ needs
• Take care of details
“INTPs may overlook the human element in their quest for objective truth and understanding. They can be bitingly critical and sarcastic and may be seen as cold and distant. Also, they tend not to like the small talk necessary for social situations.”
“Expect INTPs to be skeptical of anything and everything–and yet always willing to explore and improve on whatever exists. While they are open to new ideas, they are skeptical of their validity, until logically proven otherwise.”
• Freedom to work as long and intensively on a project as desired.
• Working on concrete projects with tangible results
• Having work contributions genuinely appreciated
• Being respected for their special expertise
• Autonomy and independence
• Strict rules and regulations
• Being supervised by incompetent people
• Being responsible or supervising incompetent people
• Too little alone time
• Being confronted with strong emotions
“INTP’s direct their energy toward acquisition of knowledge and competencies. They are devoted to accuracy and seek it, often splitting hairs if need be. INTPs abhor a lack of willpower; they also seek out complicated problems to solve.”
To function at their best
“The INTP will not fit snugly into a typical structure. They value independence, of thought and action and they need their space: to think, to be free from other people to work in short bursts of energy. The INTP does not like too much detail, preferring a broad- brush stroke approach. The simple, the obvious bores them and anything they see as trivial or unimportant will be pushed away. If it holds their interest the high critical thinking ability of the INTP and their shrewd judgments means they can analyze and distill even the most complex problems and cut to the core of what needs to be done. “
“The INTP is very independent, deep and private yet can at times seem totally outspoken because of their directness of communication and economy of words speaking only when there is something to say. INTPs find emotion difficult as they are at heart logical, analytical and objective with no time for anything they see as ‘fanciful.’ The INTP will find it difficult to share their feelings, although they will be blunt and outspoken regarding their thoughts.
In times of low energy, or moments of single-minded concentration, the INTP is aloof and detached in a way that might even offend more relational or extraverted individuals. This makes the INTP very difficult to know as they will tend to be very skeptical and wary about close emotional involvement as emotions tend to be slightly outside their own life-space and if someone gets too close too soon they may find that the INTP ‘closes down’ and focuses only on rational issues. This means that the INTP may not pick up on the verbal and non-verbal cues and thus tread on toes or fail to notice another person’s feelings and can therefore be seen as slightly cold or harsh. Strong emotional impulses, which they do not understand can cause problems for the INTP.
Actually INTPs are relatively easy-going, quiet and amenable to most anything until something violates their principles. Then they become outspoken, inflexible and at times downright unreasonable, switching from reserved to actually enjoying the heated debate and drama. The INTP can move from compliance to throwing dolly from the pram very quickly, often shocking those who didn’t realise a principle had been trodden on. Once this is over, the INTP will look to move back to a less confrontational and visible position as they become embarrassed if too long in the spotlight.”
INTP at work
“In a work setting the INTP will use their love and store of knowledge to bring a clear explanation of how and why things happen, using empirical data and evidence, hypotheses and rational thinking. The INTP may not be the most vocal, but when the discussions enter the arena that holds their interest, they will become quite outspoken and very clear thinking. The INTP will be the one who points out the downside, the one who protects the team from self-deception, and the one who can see the follies of ideas quickly and focus the group on a new direction. The INTP is a great critic, and will be blunt in the assessment. Typical pessimists a major concern for the INTP is the scary sense of potential failure and so they are excellent at seeing the potential pitfalls in any plan.
The INTP is superb at analysing problems and evaluating ideas and suggestions so the team is better placed to make balanced decisions, given their serious, unemotional and prudent nature. They have great judgement, discretion and hard headedness. They also see, and are happy to point out, the downside and so protect the team from omissions, errors and heading off in the wrong direction.
Although quiet the INTP will come to the fore at analyzing problems and evaluating ideas using their superb judgement and serious, unemotional nature to ensure the team makes balanced decisions. INTPs need those around them to be proactive and not keep coming to them with questions. They like arguments and actions to be well thought through and will excel at ensuring this is the case.
The INTP will not fit snugly into a typical structure. They value independence, of thought and action and they need their space: to think, to be free from other people to work in short bursts of energy. The INTP does not like too much detail, preferring a broad-brush stroke approach. The simple, the obvious bores them and anything they see as trivial or unimportant will be pushed away. If it holds their interest the high critical thinking ability of the INTP and their shrewd judgements means they can analyse and distil even the most complex problems and cut to the core of what needs to be done. ”