INTP (introversion, intuition, thinking, perceiving)
[my Briggs test stated: Your Type is INTJIntrovert(47%) iNtuitive(41%) Thinking(44%) Judging(31%) but I found the INTP descriptions more accurate]

Analytical Thinkers are reserved, quiet persons. They like to get to the bottom of things – curiosity is one of their strongest motives. They want to know what holds the world together deep down inside. They do not really need much more to be happy because they are modest persons. Many mathematicians, philosophers and scientists belong to this type. Analytical Thinkers loathe contradictions and illogicalness; with their sharp intellect, they quickly and comprehensively grasp patterns, principles and structures. They are particularly interested in the fundamental nature of things and theoretical findings; for them, it is not necessarily a question of translating these into practical acts or in sharing their considerations with others. Analytical Thinkers like to work alone; their ability to concentrate is more marked than that of all other personality types. They are open for and interested in new information.

Analytical Thinkers loathe contradictions and illogicalness; with their sharp intellect, they quickly and comprehensively grasp patterns, principles and structures. They are particularly interested in the fundamental nature of things and theoretical findings; for them, it is not necessarily a question of translating these into practical acts or in sharing their considerations with others. Analytical Thinkers like to work alone; their ability to concentrate is more marked than that of all other personality types. They are open for and interested in new information.

As an Analytical Thinker you are one of the introverted personality types. You are not particularly suited for dealing with others, working as a part of a team and be in the position of “continuous exchange“, you would much rather work alone, and dwell on your thoughts undisturbed. You usually put a critical distance between yourself and others that enables you to be the keen and incorrupt observer of life. This distance can be truly bridged by only very few other people. That is probably caused by the fact that you are not all that interested to share your thoughts with others.

Generally it is sufficient for you to have clarified a matter for yourself or that you have understood something; the continuous in your eyes mostly superficial chatter of the people around you becomes rather annoying. You prefer to work independently and appreciate having a lot of time and quiet in order to concentrate on the really important things: Structuring ideas, comprehending complex causalities, understanding of the universe, its rules and the logical analysis of systems. You absorb new information like a sponge and your memory is legendary. Once you have learned something, you’ll never forget it – unless you consider it to be irrelevant for some reason and decide that it seems to be better purging it from your data storage.

Creative problem solving and jumping out of your paradigm to development daring future visions are a part of your greatest strength. At the same time you are the most acute and rational critic of your own ideas, each one of them will be rigorously examined and discarded at the smallest indication of contradictions or lack of logic. You usually leave the implementation to others and prefer to turn to new theoretical reflections. Especially in case of self employment (in your case a real possibility) it is important to surround yourself with hands-on oriented and dependable employees who make sure that your incredible suggestions for solutions become reality while you return to immersing yourself in your intellectual world.

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INTP

INTPs are independent, reserved, and live in a world of ideas. They can work well on a team but prefer to work alone in sporadic bursts of energy.

Although private, INTPs can at times seem totally outspoken because of their directness of communication and economy of words.

Other people may assume that INTPs say very little, but this is only when there is nothing to say. The general chitchat of social life is not for them.

They prefer to speak only about areas that interest them, things they consider important.

 

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Characteristics

• Reserved and impersonal
• Live in a world of ideas
• Skilled with hair-splitting logic
• Has 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.

Attitude

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.

Energizers

• 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 special expertise
• Autonomy and independence

Stressors

• Strict rules and regulations
• Being supervised by incompetent people
• Being responsible or supervising incompetent people
• Too little alone time
• Being confronted with strong emotions

INTPs 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

INTPs will not fit snugly into a typical structure. They value independence of thought and action.They need their space—to think, to be free from other people—to work in short bursts of energy.

INTPs do not like too much detail, preferring a broad brushstroke approach.

The simple and 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 INTPs and their shrewd judgments means they can analyze and distill even the most complex problems to cut to the core of what needs to be done.

Relationships

INTPs are 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 logical at heart, analytical, and objective, with no time for anything they see as “fanciful.”

INTPs 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, INTPs are aloof and detached in a way that might even offend more relational or extraverted individuals.

This makes INTPs very difficult to know, as they will tend to be very skeptical and wary about close emotional involvement.

Emotions tend to be slightly outside their own life space, and if someone gets too close too soon, they may find that INTPs “close down” and focuses only on rational issues.

This means that INTPs may not pick up on the verbal and nonverbal cues. They may 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 INTPs.

Actually, INTPs are relatively easygoing, 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.

INTPs can move from compliance to throwing dolly from the pram very quickly, often shocking those who didn’t realize a principle had been trodden on.

Once this is over, INTPs 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, INTPs will use their love and store of knowledge to bring a clear explanation of how and why things happen using empirical data, evidence, hypotheses, and rational thinking.

INTPs may not be the most vocal, but when discussions enter the arena that holds their interest, they will become quite outspoken and very clear-thinking.

INTPs will be the ones who point out the downside, the ones who protect the team from self-deception, and the ones who can see the follies of ideas quickly and can focus the group on a new direction.

INTPs are great critics and will be blunt in assessment.

Typical pessimists, INTPs have a major concern for the scary sense of potential failure, so they are excellent at seeing the potential pitfalls in any plan.

INTPs are superb at analyzing problems and evaluating ideas and suggestions.

The team will be better placed to make balanced decisions given the serious, unemotional, and prudent nature of INTPs.

They have great judgement, discretion, and hard-headedness. They also see—and are happy to point out—the downside, so they protect the team from omissions, errors, and heading off in the wrong direction.

Although quiet, INTPs 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 keep from coming to them with questions. They like arguments and actions to be well thought through and will excel at ensuring this is the case.

INTPs will not fit snugly into a typical structure. They value independence of thought and action.

They need their space—to think, to be free from other people—to work in short bursts of energy. INTPs do not like too much detail, preferring a broad brushstroke approach.

The simple and 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 INTPs and their shrewd judgements mean they can analyze and distill even the most complex problems to cut to the core of what needs to be done.

 

Do you want to learn more about your type? Register for our online course: INTP Bootcamp: Get Paid to Do All the Research You’d Do Anyway. Personality type expert, Penelope Trunk, will show you how to leverage your unique INTP strengths to accomplish more in your life.


 

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INTJ

The INTJ is the patient visionary with a clear view of how the future should look and will work with quiet and logical determination to make it happen.

INTJs make decisions based on rational logic rather than emotion, and they will be quite measured in their approach to other people.

They generally have strong opinions, are independent of thought and action, and have no need to verbalize these, other than to declare the conclusions.

This economy of information can be a handicap, as it may leave members of the team feeling that they are “on the outside.”

The INTJs dislike of the basic facts may, at times, work against them. They can make decisions based on their theories and concepts and at times they may overlook “the obvious,” seeking the complex solution instead.

However, they will generally trust their own judgments, especially as these have been considered, chewed-over, and processed for a long time prior to being announced.

 

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Characteristics

• Interested and innovative
• Single-minded concentration
• Unimpressed with authority
• A naturally high achiever

Areas of Growth

• Be sensitive to others’ needs.
• Take care of routine details.
• Take time to smell the roses.
• Be more empathic in relationships.

Attitude

INTJs need and want to know why things are the way the are. They cannot accept any phenomenon at face value. Even though their basic attitude is one of skepticism, they insist upon clarity.

Energizers

• A flexible work schedule
• Maximum autonomy
• Clarity in role definitions and responsibilities
• An organized, structured environment

Stressors

• Dealing with details
• Working under irrational or illogical people
• Too much extroverting
• Lack of follow-through from coworkers

To function at their best

Support for ideas and projects. Freedom from routine and mundane details. Problems to solve. To see ideas worked out and applied.

Relationships

For INTJs, everything has a scientific base. Getting close would be difficult initially, as they don’t see the need for emotional connection.

Their engagement tends to come via intellectual arguments with like-minded people.

For INTJs, emotion doesn’t compute, so they may not understand their impact on others or gauge the emotional reactions of others. This can make them appear insensitive or a little cold.

INTJs are private and can often be naturally impassive as well, which makes them easy to misunderstand. INTJs want people to make logical sense, so feelings are difficult for them to fathom.

INTJs are perfectionists and may also find it difficult when other people or projects do not meet their high expectations and standards.

This can make them seem a little superior, and some people may love it if they trip up, but this would be unusual for INTJs.

They are generally extremely private people and can often be naturally impassive as well, which makes them easy to misread and misunderstand.

Perhaps the most fundamental problem, however, is that INTJs really want people to make sense.

Although quietness pervades, INTJs are capable of being real chatterboxes, but not in general or small talk—only on issues which are important to them or which stimulate them.

When an idea is fully formed—until it is, INTJs would prefer not to speak of it—they are prone to wax lyrical about it, even to the extent of becoming an expert bore!

INTJ at work

INTJs love the intellectual challenge and will come to the fore when there are difficult problems to solve, but to those which require a complex understanding of many disparate issues.

They love to deep dive, a solitary pursuit; then they come to life when the team is stuck. They are superb at cutting through the extraneous issues and getting to the real meat of the problem.

INTJs are genuinely free and radical thinkers with an incredible ability to pull together all the disparate strands into one cogent whole.

INTJs will overturn established practice by being forward-thinking and truly radical.

They love the intellectual challenge, coming alive with difficult problems to solve, then will step back again when it becomes mundane.

INTJs will be at their best when they are able to work for long periods on their own.

INTJs will often find the mundane and routine tedious and energy-sapping and may prefer individual contribution. They excel at deep diving and working on the unique, interesting, and complex.

INTJs are perfectionists, with an endless capacity for improving upon anything that takes their interest.

They will work long and hard on such tasks, driving toward closure, impervious to the outside.

INTJs are ideas people. Anything is possible.

INTJs love developing unique solutions to complex problems and, conversely, if it were not complex or interesting, then why would they bother?

 

Do you want to learn more about your type? Register for our online course: Best Practices for Leveraging INTJ Strengths. Personality type expert, Penelope Trunk, will show you how to get around the common road blocks INTJs face, and leverage your unique strengths to accomplish more in your life.

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Achieve more success

  • What do you need most from your work?
  • Are you a natural leader?
  • What is the perfect job for you?

PERSONALITY TYPES

Analysts

INTJ Personality (“Architect”)

“ARCHITECT”

INTJ (-A/-T)
Imaginative and strategic thinkers, with a plan for everything.

INTP Personality (“Logician”)

“LOGICIAN”

INTP (-A/-T)
Innovative inventors with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

ENTJ Personality (“Commander”)

“COMMANDER”

ENTJ (-A/-T)
Bold, imaginative and strong-willed leaders, always finding a way – or making one.

ENTP Personality (“Debater”)

“DEBATER”

ENTP (-A/-T)
Smart and curious thinkers who cannot resist an intellectual challenge.

Diplomats

INFJ Personality (“Advocate”)

“ADVOCATE”

INFJ (-A/-T)
Quiet and mystical, yet very inspiring and tireless idealists.

INFP Personality (“Mediator”)

“MEDIATOR”

INFP (-A/-T)
Poetic, kind and altruistic people, always eager to help a good cause.

ENFJ Personality (“Protagonist”)

“PROTAGONIST”

ENFJ (-A/-T)
Charismatic and inspiring leaders, able to mesmerize their listeners.

ENFP Personality (“Campaigner”)

“CAMPAIGNER”

ENFP (-A/-T)
Enthusiastic, creative and sociable free spirits, who can always find a reason to smile.

Sentinels

ISTJ Personality (“Logistician”)

“LOGISTICIAN”

ISTJ (-A/-T)
Practical and fact-minded individuals, whose reliability cannot be doubted.

ISFJ Personality (“Defender”)

“DEFENDER”

ISFJ (-A/-T)
Very dedicated and warm protectors, always ready to defend their loved ones.

ESTJ Personality (“Executive”)

“EXECUTIVE”

ESTJ (-A/-T)
Excellent administrators, unsurpassed at managing things – or people.

ESFJ Personality (“Consul”)

“CONSUL”

ESFJ (-A/-T)
Extraordinarily caring, social and popular people, always eager to help.

Explorers

ISTP Personality (“Virtuoso”)

“VIRTUOSO”

ISTP (-A/-T)
Bold and practical experimenters, masters of all kinds of tools.

ISFP Personality (“Adventurer”)

“ADVENTURER”

ISFP (-A/-T)
Flexible and charming artists, always ready to explore and experience something new.

ESTP Personality (“Entrepreneur”)

“ENTREPRENEUR”

ESTP (-A/-T)
Smart, energetic and very perceptive people, who truly enjoy living on the edge.

ESFP Personality (“Entertainer”)

“ENTERTAINER”

ESFP (-A/-T)
Spontaneous, energetic and enthusiastic people – life is never boring around them.
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Source: Personality Type Center: The Analytical Thinker (INTP)

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