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INTP: Philosopher Pondering Alone

INTP

 

It may have been INTPs who discovered various scientific laws and contributed the most to the advancement of civilization.

On the other hand, however, INTPs in general seem to live with the deepest troubles of all personality types.

 

The first step to freeing them from their troubles is to better understand their personality traits.

If they can do that, then half of their troubles are as good as gone.

 

 

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Focus on the Essence of Things

 

INTP, interpreted according to Jung’s theory, probably refers to the following psychological types.

Introverted intuitive type

The superior function is intuition.

The auxiliary functions are thinking and feeling,

but thinking is stronger than feeling.

 

Below is a diagram that illustrates the above.

In this type, sensation is the inferior function.

Incidentally, Jungian theory explains that when the superior function is extroverted, the other three functions are introverted.

And conversely, when the superior function is introverted, the other three are extroverted.

(In the MBTI, only the interpretation of introversion follows this rule.)

 

However, the MBTI interprets it differently from the above Jungian theory, which is shown in the table below.

INTP in MBTI
Dominant Introverted Thinking
Auxiliary Extroverted Intuition
Tertiary Extroverted Sensing
Inferior Extroverted Feeling

 

I describe personality types on this site with four letters, “just like the MBTI.

However, I follow Jung’s theory as much as possible when explaining personality theories.

This is because we believe that those who have studied the MBTI up to now can broaden (or change?) their thinking by learning the original and correct Jung’s theory.

 

Looking at the MBTI theory as a whole, it is relatively similar to Jungian theory in the case of extroverts.

But it deviates considerably from Jungian theory in the case of introverts.

 

 

INTPs tend to think in terms of the essence or truth of things.

 

Suppose there is a theoretical physicist who sees an apple fall from a tree.

Then he might think:

“Why does the apple fall from the tree?

There must be a reason…”

If you are the type of person who thinks in this way, you are most likely an INTP.

(They don’t do any experiments to confirm the truth at this time).

 

When people around you see this type of person, they will probably think:

“What kind of nonsense are you talking about?”

However, he is very serious.

They can’t help but think deeply about anything.

 

 

Also, the INTPs are thorough and logical thinkers.

There is no room for mood or emotionalism in their thinking.

They think everything through logically and deeply.

 

Another characteristic of this type of person is that they value consistency in everything.

When talking with this type of person, if you say something that doesn’t make sense or is different from the last time you spoke with them, they will always check you with something like this:

“That idea doesn’t make sense!”

“That’s not what you said the other day!”

“I don’t like it when you keep changing your mind…”

 

These people seem to hate contradictions

 

 

By the way, for other types of people, I think it is quite a hard thing to keep thinking without resting your head.

 

For INTPs, however, it’s more difficult not to think about anything!

 

So when they are told “don’t think about unnecessary things” or “you are thinking too much,” they feel as if they are being denied, which in turn makes them feel bad.

 

And naturally, INTPs like to think alone and without anyone interrupting them.

Therefore they hate conferences or discussions.

 

They also don’t talk to others about what they are still thinking about.

This is because they hate to be criticized by others while they are still in the process of thinking.

 

 

In addition, INTPs also tend to be uncomfortable with small talk.

They also don’t smile or offer meaningless flattery.

In that sense, they can be considered a bit socially awkward.

 

However, it seems that INTPs are just too pure and honest with themselves, and not many of them are devious enough to try to cheat others.

 

Goodness and justice are also themes INTPs are good at

 

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Intuition is the most important!

 

INTPs will never move unless they are convinced in their heads.

But they don’t move immediately just because they are convinced.

They think, “There must be a better idea…” and don’t take action.

 

But then, all of a sudden, their intuition switches on.

With that intuition, they finally end their very long thinking and begin to act.

 

That is, they don’t act on the results of their thinking.

Rather, despite long hours of thought, they eventually act on intuition.

 

Why do they always have to think for such a long time?

 

 

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Let’s consider a little more about the INTP’s thinking function.

 

Being introverted and having a strong thinking function means that they don’t let out what they are thinking in their minds.

 

Therefore, even if INTPs think deeply, they don’t have the idea of applying their thoughts to social life.

Of course, thinking about how to make money is out of the scope of INTPs.

 

INTPs aren’t interested in worldly things such as power, status, or promotion, not just money.

They are only interested in abstract concepts such as “truth” or “justice.”

In this sense, they are people with pure hearts.

 

Also, some are a bit eccentric, but at least there aren’t many who are motivated by self-interest.

 

 

Now, it is fine to be uninterested in power and money, but it is also a problem to be too uninterested in the material world.

 

This is because this type of person is often indifferent to the latest trends in the world.

For example, they don’t even know that a new product has been released, or they wear slightly outdated clothes (without realizing it).

 

To begin with, INTPs seem to think that food, clothing, and housing aren’t big issues.

Some of them don’t care if their rooms are messy or not.

 

Some INTPs don’t even care what they eat!

 

 

As mentioned earlier, many INTPs are indifferent to earning money.

So some of them may choose a job they like, but end up not making enough money to survive.

 

Also, many INTPs find it difficult to find a job that suits them, or they don’t know what kind of job they are suited for in the first place.

 

Because when they look for a job, they prioritize the social value or justice of that job.

And they tend not to think about the salary of the job or their suitability for it.

 

As a result, they fail to choose the right job, leave the job, and look for another one…

And so they are always in need of money…

This type of person tends to fall into this kind of repetition.

 

 

In the case of INTPs, it is important to have a realistic viewpoint that “income is the first thing to consider” when looking for a job.

 

You should also separate your “philosophy” from your “occupation” as an act of earning money.

 

Simply by choosing a job with this perspective in mind, most of the “difficulties in life” that INTPs tend to feel will be resolved.

 

 

Indifference to Others Makes Love Difficult

 

INTPs who are indifferent to worldly affairs are at the same time indifferent to relationships and other people’s feelings.

However, this “indifference to others” doesn’t mean that they are selfish.

They merely don’t have the habit of thinking about how others are feeling.

(No offense intended at all)

 

Also, INTPs don’t think about telling others what they think or trying to get them to understand.

 

They may not be good at choosing a gift that will make their partner happier

 

If they want to have their partner, they need to find someone who understands their personality.

 

 

Summary of INTP type

 

INTPs tend to go too deep into their thinking and forget about the outside world.

As a result, the following personality tendencies are likely to appear.

 

Thinking about meaning and reason about everything.

Inquisitive about the essence of things.

Emphasizes consistency in everything.

Slightly lacking in sociability.

Ultimately relies on intuition than on thought.

Not interested in money, power, or promotion.

Difficulty with relationships and love.

 

However, if they can find an environment in which they can demonstrate their inquisitiveness and ability to think, they will be able to build a reasonably fulfilling life.

To do so they will need to develop a more pragmatic mindset.

 

 

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