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The INTP Personality: What it means to be the Logician MBTI Type

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If you are an INTP, it means you are an introvert driven by both creative and intellectual urges. You are inquisitive, logical, and above all, deeply contemplative. It is your nature to try and figure out the logic behind everything. You do this because you have a tireless desire to drill down and excavate the essential truths that tie everything together and construct a comprehensive mental model of the world.

You are less orderly but more flexible than the INTJ. Not as loquacious as the ENTP but likely more logically consistent. You avoid rushing to conclusions and tend to be more nuanced in your assessments. INTPs prefer to take in a lot of information before making their decisions.

However, INTPs are quick to point out flaws in reasoning. INTPs have a need for establishing a firm foundation of logic with which to readily suss out what cannot be true, even more so than what is true. As an INTP, you are always evaluating and reevaluating the basis of your thoughts and beliefs to ensure that they are as cohesive and logically sound as possible.

You have a philosophical bend and are disposed toward an interest in theories and concepts. Additionally, because you are logical and imaginative, you have a penchant for devising many solutions and ideas that are clever. You are someone who thinks outside the box, and although not every idea you come up with may be tenable or usable, you display a great willingness to experiment and innovate rather than cling to convention.

You spend a lot of time in your head and your thinking tends to go on a lot of tangents where you end up forgetting what your original thought was. You are good at finding patterns within clusters of data. However, you are more interested in concepts than facts. While many of your elaborate ideas and conceptions make perfect sense to you in your head, communicating them clearly to others can prove a trickier endeavor

You are independent, private and disposed towards spending much of your time in solitude. Although you are generally cooperative with others, you are inclined to wantonly flout anything you regard as unimportant or meaningless. There is also a restlessness in you that urges you to sometimes break away from unsatisfying situations in work and relationships in order to pursue your desire for novelty and freedom.

As someone who questions almost everything, you are a natural skeptic. Your aim is to understand the purpose and justification for how and why things are. It is hard for you to accept or go along with anything that does not make sense to you.

You are not fond of rituals and traditions that restrict your creativity and freedom of thought. You would rather deviate from convention and explore new possibilities. You are an independent thinker who seeks to be original rather than follow the herd. You have your own personal interests and are largely indifferent to most popular trends, if not repelled by them.

Furthermore, you are a person who seeks logical clarity. You prefer to be rational and logically consistent rather than allow your feelings and emotions to distort your judgement. Expressing how you feel is not something you are naturally comfortable doing. You prefer to deal with your issues privately and sort yourself out with the help of philosophical perspective and psychological insight. You try to process your own feelings using the same powers of analysis with which you approach most problems.

Philosophy and psychology appeal to your desire for self knowledge. INTPs are driven to acquire self knowledge to help them figure out how to live a meaningful and fulfilling life. Ultimately, INTPs want someone to share that life with but their independent nature and interpersonal challenges can convince them that they don’t need people.

Although you would like to have meaningful relationships, socializing has always been a challenge for you. Your shyness can sometimes hold you back. However, part of the INTP’s charm is their awkwardness which can be often humorous and endearing. As a type with inferior extraverted Feeling, INTPs are not apt to display a lot of warmth. However, they do make an effort to avoid offending others. For this reason, INTPs can be very tactful with their words or opt to withhold saying anything that might hurt people’s feelings needlessly.

Despite your lack of people skills, you are generally polite and easygoing. Beneath your aloof and cerebral demeanor, you actually have a caring heart. You however, are not a particularly service-oriented person. You tend to prioritize your own independent interests and consequently can be somewhat unreliable in your responsibilities to others. Despite this, there is an underlying desire for acceptance and appreciation from others that can lead you to apply your engineering mind in ways very beneficial to humanity.

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