INTP Profile of Interests - The Logical Personality Type
The INTP personality type is the Analyst. About 4 percent of people (in the U.S.) are INTPs . Being an INTP means that you have the personality profile
You (I)ntrovert your attention and focus on your inner world and you actually love your time alone. You are energized through reflection on information, ideas, concepts, etc.
By your i(N)tuition you have your own take on concepts, theories and future possibilities. You also like to have a plan ahead of time, while not in detail; putting that off until later.
Sees distinctions and inconsistencies
(T)hinking means you are conscientious and your decisions are based on logical analysis and objectivity. Some may think your observations are quite knowledgeable.
You exhibit your (P)erceiving through adaptability and flexibility. You desire and have quite an openness to new information and knowledge.
"There are chapters on the Myers Briggs and other similar instruments which reveal how your basic thinking style can work to your best advantage, or how in some cases it can work against you. Also, there are chapters that offer many different kinds of techniques for enhancing your creative problem solving ability."
7 Recommended Job Parameters for the INTP Employee
INTPs find work more satisfying where you have these parameters included in your job.
- Time to carry out necessary investigation before action is to be taken, hopefully by someone else
- Independence to seek input and comments from those few of your chosing
- Supervisor with established credentials who also recognizes and utilizes your expertise
- Exercise understanding of inconsistencies and explanation of complex technical, economic or political problems
- Challenge of rigorous thinking and analysis
- Definition of words, concepts and systems to define and convey solutions
- Limited social requirements and responsibilities
Some Natural Abilities of INTPs
Natural abilities that INTPs use to achieve job satisfaction, and which define your natural strengths, are like the following. You would be more effective in jobs that incorporate these abilities (listed in alphabetical order).
Intellectual engagement, expand, clarify and rethink; reevaluate the issue at hand
Concentrate on, explore, know in all its complexity
Serious, seemingly aloof, devoted, low-key family management
Search for what is relevant, pertinent, keys to the universe, figure out an easier way
Talk with to learn new information, discuss to process ideas with comfortable others
Analyze, study, break down, simplify, synthesize, see big picture, comprehend the whole
Generate, amass ideas, principles, have insight, ingenuity
Intellectual curiosity, think critically, check against facts and limitations
Detect, compare, see distinctions, inconsistencies in statements
An INTP Personality
INTPs Love to Problem-solve
INTPs especially enjoy theoretical or scientific pursuits. You like solving problems with logic and analysis. Mainly you are interested in ideas, with little liking for parites or small talk, and often take on the role of analyst.
You find satisfaction in making sense of concepts, and the world; enjoying, expressing, living through independent thought. Whether the new piece of data is an article, drawing, a plan, scheme, thought, or theory, you INTPs expend all effort to put the pieces together into a complete picture. You then expand that picture with new pieces you continually discover through your great powers of concentration.
You therefore hold open all thoughts, ideas, and plans, however final they seem, to further last-minute changes when "new data," from either your inner or outer world, become available. This is particularly exciting to you INTPs!
3 Interest Areas of INTPs
In another article I explain six areas of interest and those compatible to the INTP personality usually involve Investigative, Realistic and Artistic (or IRA). The combination of the three interests can be expressed as "looking for unique insights into the universe". Your Investigative interests are expressed in your independence, curiosity and desire to learn. Your Realistic interests are expressed in your thrift, persistence, practicality, traditional values and common sense. The Artistic interest is seen in an independent flexibility and idealism, and also in a creative approach to tasks.
You INTPs thrive on your ideas and the imaginative you see, and find it most satisfying when you can find a hole in a theory, even if it is your own.
The INTP would rather....
improve a "rough draft"
do whatever needs doing
move on to a new project
rethink one completed
concentrate on others' thinking
being socially poised
explore what makes a party tick
plan a birthday party
find a new job
keep one without intellectual challenge
theorize and dream
Why identify best-fit type?
You INTPs with your inner reflectiveness explore all sorts of imaginative possibilities, yet you can appear to be like the absentminded professor, seeming to know less than you really do (particularly you females). You might get excited about last-minute "new data," but some may become very frustrated when this means yet another change when they thought plans were settled.
What's worse is you will exhibit a pattern of anxiety symptoms particular to the INTP personality. Your balanced cool approach of aloof objectivity can get knocked out of balance when confronted with strong emotional expressions, your values are violated or lose the privacy you need.
This isn't too bad if you can manage to get relief from these stressors and get back into balance, however, if relief is not found, it gets worse! When you INTPs lose your objectivity you go extreme. You overreact with cutting sarcasm and are vague and distracted. Out of character you may also become hyper-logical and hypersensitive to relationships and emotionalism. By that point (if not before) you INTPs must take drastic measures to get back into balance. You must find peace and get distance from others and their questions, and reduce your responsibilities (for the time being).
BUT, since you INTPs do want to get back into the intellectual forray, you will regain your balanced objective, adaptable selves once again. Useful thinking is your motivation. INTPs driven by analysis of information and your continual search for new information will draw you into the discovery of new ideas once again. The trick is to keep yourselves in balance and manage your call to understand the universe with life's priorities.
© 2010 Deidre Shelden
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