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The INTP Personality: Careers, Relationships, and Life

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Learn all about the INTP personality type in Myers-Briggs theory. This type is known as the architect, thinker, or logician.

Learn all about the INTP personality type in Myers-Briggs theory. This type is known as the architect, thinker, or logician.

What Does It Mean to Be an INTP?

INTP means introverted, intuitive, thinking, and perceptive. These are the dreamers of the 16 personality types. The INTP personality believes that everything can be improved upon and has a mind that's often filled with theoretical possibilities. This personality type values logic and clarity with an uncanny ability to analyze difficult situations, find patterns, and apply logic to just about anything.

The mind of the INTP personality is the most logical and precise of all the personality types. They value the accumulation of knowledge above all else. They may at times appear “dreamy,” but this does not signify a moment at rest. Instead the INTP mind is almost constantly working.

They're Deep and Constant Thinkers

Typically, the INTP personality is very intelligent and insightful. They love new ideas and relish the opportunity to discuss these with other people. The INTP approaches problems with enthusiasm and skepticism. They can sometimes appear detached, but this is largely due to their constant thinking process. INTPs are known to carry on full-fledged debates in their own heads.

When it comes to meeting other people, the INTP personality can be very shy. However, they can also be quite friendly and confident when interacting with people they know well. As long as their beliefs and logic are not being questioned, the INTP is flexible and tolerant of others. If they become defensive, however, the INTP will argue tirelessly.

INTP Careers and Job Choices

Routine work is not appealing to the INTP personality. Instead, they prefer to tackle difficult theoretical issues. They will devote a considerable amount of time and energy to finding the best answers to the most difficult of questions. People with this personality type may find it hard to explain many of their thoughts to others. This can make working with an INTP very difficult at times. In fact, this particular personality type just may abandon a project once they figure it out, even if their colleagues have not yet done so.

The love of theoretical ideas and methods is prominent in any ideal INTP career. In addition, INTPs tend to be independent, hold themselves to very high standards, and typically dislike being managed by others. The INTP dislikes small talk, chitchat, and other related social necessities. They are, therefore, not well-suited for careers that involve customer service or relations.

Great Career Matches for INTPs

Some ideal INTP careers include:

  • Scientists
  • Mathematicians
  • Technical Writers
  • System Analysts
  • Corporate Strategists
  • Business Analysts
  • Video Game Designers
  • Programmers
  • Engineers
  • Lawyers
  • Journalists
  • Data Analysts

INTP Relationships and Compatibility

Romantic relationships can pose a challenge for the INTP personality. Despite this, however, this particular personality type takes romantic relationships very seriously. The biggest issue INTPs face in relationships is that they are just not naturally sensitive and emotional people. This makes understanding the feeling of others and expressing their own somewhat difficult. They do not lack passion or romantic feelings, however.

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INTPs are well known for sticking to their commitments. They are fairly easy to live with, placing few demands on their partners. They do, however, strongly dislike emotionally charged situations and are prone to avoid or ignore emotional conflicts in a relationship. If there is no escaping the conflict, the INTP will use their considerable analytical skills to find a solution. This is often quite a different approach than what the INTP's partner is expecting and can create difficulty in the relationship.

Despite these weaknesses, the INTP personality can be a very faithful and loyal partner. They are generally honest with a straightforward approach that many other personality types appreciate. As INTP relationships mature, their long-term partners find their love to be true and unyielding.

INTPs approach intimacy with enthusiasm. As with everything, they utilize their rich imaginations to excel as much as possible in intimate situations. They do, unfortunately, have a tendency to overlook their partner’s emotional needs as they tend to believe that commitment and dedication is sufficient in the relationship.

Best Love Matches for INTPs

The preferred partners for this personality type are the ENTJ (extroverted, intuitive, thinking, judging) and ENFJ (extroverted, intuitive, feeling, judging).

INTP StrengthsINTP Weaknesses

Has simple needs

Approaches conflicts by ignoring or unleashing uncontrollable anger

Takes a relaxed and easy approach to life

Struggles to leave failed relationships

Is imaginative and creative

Is uncomfortable with expressing feelings and emotions

Nurtures unusually strong love and affection for those close to them

Views others with suspicion and caution

Is hugely enthusiastic about things that interest them

Has relatively poor practical skills, including money management

Albert Einstein is presumed to be an INTP.

Albert Einstein is presumed to be an INTP.

Famous INTP Personalities

Based on analysis of their life and work, the following have been identified as famous INTP personalities:

  • Socrates, philosopher
  • Isaac Newton, physicist
  • Albert Einstein, physicist
  • James Madison, former US President
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower, former US President
  • Tiger Woods, professional golfer

INTPs in Fiction

Some famous INTP fictional personalities include:

  • Snoopy, Peanuts
  • Seven of Nine, Star Trek: Voyager
  • Linus, Peanuts
  • Peter Parker, Spider-Man
  • Brian Griffin, Family Guy
  • Data, Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • The Doctor, Doctor Who

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