Myers-Briggs Personality Type: INTP “The Philosopher”
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Are you a thinker? What about a realist or truth-seeker?
If so, you may have the personality of a philosopher. What is a philosopher personality? Well, according to the Myers-Brigg Personality Indicator, the INTP personality type is synonymous with that of a philosopher. Do you have an innate desire to logically explain the world around you? In other words, are you more interested in theories and abstract concepts than socializing? Are you the “quiet type”? Do you prefer controlled environments and do you have an unusual knack for solving problems? And, lastly, are you often skeptical of things that people tell you? Also, do friends, relatives, and co-workers tell you that you are too critical and/or analytical? If you answered “Yes” to the majority of these questions, it is a safe bet that you are indeed an INTP personality type.
If you do have the “philosopher” personality, you are most likely a very independent person, who can think strategically. In other words, you are able to create abstract models that have the ability to help others understand complicated problems. You are also able to solve problems by pioneering new approaches to complex issues. Others may view you as “detached” or “aloof,” but in reality you are extremely “involved” and “focused” on your interests.
In fact, INTP personality types are best known for their magnificent theories and relentless logic. In addition, your mind is probably constantly buzzing with new theories and ideas. In fact, it is not uncommon for your mind to constantly ruminate throughout the day, leading to a barrage of internal, mental debates within your own head. And, when you do talk to others about your thoughts, it is usually to use them as a “sounding board” to help you analyze a situation or develop new solutions to problems. And, although you aren’t into in-depth or prolonged social interactions, you do enjoy the company of those, who share your common interests and passions. And, while shy at times (amongst new or unfamiliar faces), you can become quite heated when others do not agree with your logic.
I - Introversion N - Intuition T - Thinking P - Perception
How common is this personality type?
Well, people with INTP personalities account for approximately 3% of the general population, which suits them because one of their biggest fears is being “ordinary” or “common.” Why do they have this fear? Well, because they pride themselves on being innovative, creative, and unique. In other words, they like being “different.” They also tend to pat themselves on the back when it comes to their intelligence.
Do people with INTP personalities do well in school and at work?
Well, the truthful answer is “Maybe.” It really depends on the subject (they prefer science and math courses), and if they are surrounded by likeminded individuals. In other words, these individuals typically excel in advanced classes. However, they tend to struggle in team atmospheres, especially when they are assigned to teams where one or more of the team members are not as logical or task-oriented as themselves. In addition, it is common for people with an INTP personality to overlook or dismiss facts and details that they feel are irrelevant. Lastly, peers and co-workers may view these individuals as having no clear sense of direction or purpose.
Do people with INTP personalities have good romantic relationships?
They can, if they work at. People with this personality tend to tolerate a myriad of behaviors, which is good for relationships, however, they often do not take into consideration the impact their words and actions have on others, especially their romantic partners. In other words, it annoys them when their partners do not share their beliefs and opinions – that is when they are most prone to say hurtful things to their loved ones. It is also not uncommon for people with INTP personalities to remain single. Why? Well, because they value their independence. They do not like when people try to dictate what they do and where they go. They typically have an overwhelming need to be autonomous – free of restrictions and limitations. In addition, when a romantic relationship becomes strained, those with this personality ten to feel alienated. They also have a higher risk of becoming very upset and hypersensitive – misinterpreting his or partner’s words and actions - when they are stressed.
And, although these individuals are often portrayed as shy and withdrawn when it comes to meeting new people and socializing (they fear rejection), when they finally do meet someone they can relate to, they become excited, enthusiastic, eager, and fun. Moreover, when they become comfortable with their partners, they tend to become quite playful (they really like flirtatious word-play games or games that make you think). Even so, they are more likely to wait for the other person to make the first move. People with this personality rarely sweep potential partners off their feet. However, once the connection is made, they quickly commit to that person 100%. In other words, people with an INTP personality are loyal to their partners – no need to worry about infidelity from this person.
They are also honest, direct, and understanding. Moreover, don’t expect these individuals to express their love and devotion through gifts and surprises, because it will not happen. And, unfortunately, these individuals have a habit of dismissing their partner’s feelings, which sometimes damages the relationship. And, as a result, people, who are involved with INTP personality types, tend to get frustrated when their partners do not address their emotional needs and concerns. People with this personality also love to solve problems, and resolve issues within the relationship – they want to “fix” things, even when nothing needs to be “fixed.”
***INTPs are not very emotional people, in general, but they do make good parents and friends. They are known for their devotion and loyalty, which bodes well for friendships and parent/child relationships. And, they encourage their children to think outside-of-the-box and form their own beliefs and opinions. These children tend to have more freedom and autonomy then children raised by parents from other personality types. Parents with this personality are not as demanding as more traditional parents. They also encourage intellectual thinking. These parents are always available, should their children need their advice, guidance, support or perspectives. To sum it up, these individuals make the best friends and parents, once they relax a little.
What types of jobs are best suited for those with INTP personalities?
Well, people with this personality type tend to be private, unconventional, and independent people, therefore jobs that require “team work” are not desirable to them. Rather, these individuals thrive in creative, innovative scientific areas. They also do well in research, medicine, accounting, law, forensics, data analysis, corporate strategies, business analysis, mechanical, electrical and software engineering, entrepreneurial pursuits, and freelance consulting. These individual work best when they are allowed to “do their own thing.” They do not, however, do well in situations where they are micro-managed. They love independent projects and problem-solving tasks. But, most of all they love creating things and share their creations with others, who have the same interests.
Do any famous people have an INTP personality?
Yes! Listed below are some notable INTP personalities: