INTP Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Perceiving.
Approximately 3-4 percent of the population.
The secret to success for an INTP is learning to be better organised, be patient with less intelligent people, and work at improving your social skills.
INTPs are conceptual problem solvers. They are intensely intellectual and logical, with flashes of creative brilliance.
Outwardly quiet, reserved, and detached, INTPs are inwardly absorbed in analysing problems. They are critical, precise, and sceptical. They try to find and use principles to understand their many ideas. They like conversation to be logical and purposeful and may argue to the point of hair-splitting just for fun. Only logical reasoning convinces INTPs.
INTPs are usually ingenious and original thinkers. They prize intelligence in themselves, have a strong drive for personal competence, and are interested in challenging other people to become more competent as well. INTPs are primarily interested in seeing possibilities beyond what is currently known, accepted or obvious. They like to develop models for improving the way things are or solving difficult problems. They think in extremely complex ways and are better able to organise concepts and ideas that they are able to organise people. Occasionally, their ideas are so complex they have difficulty communicating and making others understand them.
Highly independent, INTPs enjoy speculative and imaginative activities. They are flexible and open-minded and are more interested in finding creative yet sound solutions to problems than they are in seeing those solutions to problems than they are in seeing those solutions made into reality.
Possible blind Spots for an INTP
Because INTPs rely so heavily on their logical analysis, they can overlook what matters to others. If something is not logical, INTPs run the risk of dismissing it, even if it is important to them. Admitting to themselves what they really care about will help them stay in touch with their true feelings.
INTPs are excellent in detecting flaws in an idea but are more reticent about expressing their appreciation. They can get bogged down on a minor flaw in one part of a plan and keep the entire project from moving forward toward completion because they refuse to let one illogical point remain within the whole.
When they turn their highly honed critical thinking skills on the people around them, their naked honesty may translate into unintended hurtfulness. They need to be told, and need to learn to ask, what matters emotionally to others.
Because INTPs are fascinated with solving problems, they tend to be impatient with routine details and may lose interest in a project and never complete it if it requires too much follow-through or detail. Turning their energy outward will enable them to gain sufficient practical knowledge to make their ideas workable and acceptable to other people.
INTPs sometimes feel inadequate when they try to live up to their own high standards of perfection. Learning to share those feelings with someone else can help them get a more realistic and objective view of themselves.
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