INTP (introverted inntuitive thinking perceiving) is one of the sixteen personality types defined by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test. INTPs are a relatively rare type, making up about 4% of the population.
INTPs are creatures of logic. Calm, controlled, and studious, INTPs are driven by the search for reason. For INTPs, the principles behind anything can be figured out given enough time. In fact, INTPs often get caught up on thinking for its own sake; the stereotypical figure of the “absent-minded scientist” is based on INTP behavior.
It can be an effort for INTPs to remain grounded and relate their thinking to the real world, and others can see them as distant and unemotional. But the pure rationality that an INTP brings is a powerful tool for unlocking problems when it’s applied properly.
Here are some famous people who fit the INTP personality type.
INTPs are naturally drawn to scientific fields, where their intellectual gifts are most useful.
- Albert Einstein, German physicist. source
- Charles Darwin, English naturalist. source
- Marie Curie, Polish physicist and chemist. source
- William Harvey, English physician. source
- William James, American psychologist. source
Other INTPs are drawn to philosophy, seeking broader universal principles.
- Immanuel Kant, German philosopher. source
- Hannah Arendt, German-American political theorist. source
- Adam Smith, Scottish economist. source
- Herbert Spencer, English philosopher. source
- Friedrich Hayek, Austrian economist. source
- Blaise Pascal, French philosopher. source
- Eckhart Tolle, German-Canadian spiritualist. source
- Rene Descartes, French philosopher. source
- Thomas Aquinas, Italian priest and theologian. source
INTPs are not common in the athletic field, since they prefer intellectual activities, but some INTPs do use their minds to aid them in competition.
- Dikembe Mutombo, Congolese center. source
- Art Monk, U.S. wide receiver. source
- Cathy Freeman, Australian sprinter. source
POLITICIANS & WORLD LEADERS
Some INTPs apply their analytical abilities to the problems of politics.
- Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President. source
- James Madison, U.S. President. source
- John Quincy Adams, U.S. President. source
- John Tyler, U.S. President. source
- Gerald Ford, U.S. President. source
- Alan Greenspan, U.S. Federal Reserve chairman. source
- George Soros, Hungarian-American hedge fund manager and political activist. source
- Edward Snowden, U.S. whistleblower. source
INTPs are also attracted to writing, another intellectual pursuit.
- Harper Lee, U.S. novelist. source
- John le Carre, English novelist. source
- Stanley Crouch, U.S. poet and jazz musician. source
- Thucydides, Greek historian. source
- Randall Munroe, U.S. cartoonist. source
- Robert A. Heinlein, U.S. author. source
INTP musicians are not pack-followers. They’re not afraid to experiment, innovate, and take risks.
- Liam Gallagher, English singer. source
- Henry Mancini, U.S. composer. source
- Neil Peart, Canadian drummer. source
- Mark Mothersbaugh, U.S. musician. source
- Glenn Gould, Canadian pianist. source
- Bob Moog, U.S. inventor of the Moog synthesizer. source
- Aphex Twin, Irish electronic musician. source
- M.I.A., English hip-hop artist. source
Many of the biggest names in Silicon Valley innovation today are INTPs.
ARTISTS & ENTERTAINERS
Being logical doesn’t mean INTPs can’t also be witty and amusing — or intense and dramatic.
- Tina Fey, U.S. actress. source
- Dustin Hoffman, U.S. actor. source
- Sigourney Weaver, U.S. actress. source
- Geoffrey Rush, Australian actor. source
- Gabriel Byrne, Irish actor. source
- Rick Moranis, Canadian actor and screenwriter. source
- John Cusack, U.S. actor. source
- Bob Newhart, U.S. comedian and actor. source
- Gregory Peck, U.S. actor. source
- Andy Richter, U.S. comedian. source
- Elliot Page, Canadian actor. source
- Amy Smart, U.S. actress. source
- David Cronenberg, U.S. director. source
- Kate Moss, English model. source
- Ben Stein, U.S. economist, television pundit, and actor. source
- Diane Lane, U.S. actress. source
- Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, U.S. actresses and designers. source
- Asia Carrera, U.S. actress. source
- Kristen Stewart, U.S. actress. source
- Jesse Eisenberg, U.S. actor. source
Finally, here are some people from the worlds of fiction who display INTP characteristics.
- Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory. source
- Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings. source
- Death from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books. source
- Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. source
- Bruce Banner, alter-ego of the Incredible Hulk. source
- Tom Branson from Downton Abbey. source
- Ian Malcolm from Jurassic Park. source
- Violet Baudelaire from the A Series of Unfortunate Events books. source
- Yoda from Star Wars. source
- Velma Dinkley from Scooby-Doo. source
- Eugene Porter from The Walking Dead. source
- Neo from The Matrix. source
- Maester Luwin from Game of Thrones. source
- The 9th Doctor from Doctor Who. source
- Haymitch Abernathy from The Hunger Games. source
- Dr. Bunsen Honeydew from The Muppets. source
- Dr. Gero from Dragonball Z. source
- Brian Johnson from The Breakfast Club. source
- George McFly from Back to the Future. source
Larry David = INTP
Larry Marshall says
Me as well. It’s why I have no friends. That and because I’m an ass
Best comment on the internet. Now I don’t have to comment.
… but you did anyways.
just a nerd says
we are ass that enjoy ourselves.
An Introvert says
I don’t think that we are an ass. I just think we like logic more than people. And I don’t think that’s bad, cause if there were just extroverts, I think we wouldn’t be as far in Technik as we are right now.
Ariana wanna die says
claro que nos importa más la lógica, las personas son idiotas en la mayoría de los casos. ese es el comentario.
Trust me it’s way better than not being an ass and caring about what others think of you. I recently changed my personality and became and INTP and thank God I did.
But overall I don’t think we are an ASS lol
how do you switch personality types? lol
I like to think of us as the brains of like big and successful companies but then someone comes along and puts their name on it (mostly not always!)
Neil van Heerden says
I also admit to being an ass. Many random people come around and I kinda try to play my role and let them yap while trying to truly see their point of view, but ultimately, if I don’t try to inject my own opinion into the conversation I end up bored and un-stimulated, feeling like the discussion was just a one-sided factless rant. Evolution made a pre-emptive strike when it comes to INTP. Maybe though, in a few hundred/or thousand years….. (that is, if there still is a humanity)… who knows if our niche personality would or would not help bring this wayward son of a species in a better direction…
Yeah I take full responsibility of the “ear-beating of words” you just have to endure, but I think you’ll get the basic message I’m trying to relay.
Justin P says
I did not know what personality I was until now.
Your description is an exact clone of how I am.
Yes. You are right. Not involving yourself and stating our points is hard. As we are the smart ones, we have to understand the dumb ones point of view, in the end we have to state our logic, as theirs is bs.
p.s you can only do this when ur with friends, or family, if it’s with a stranger we will evade them.
You’re not automatically smart for seeing logic. There’s different types of smart so just because a person doesn’t think like you doesn’t mean their not smart it just means they are knowledgeable in different areas as you. An INTP
Why do you talk exactly how I think haha.
My friends used to tell me I text like their parents because I literally can’t get whatever everyone else is so jazzed about for texting other people, but maybe I get it now. I think everyone in this comments section sounds like a literal thinker, and I also too have to actively work to not look bored when other people are talking to me oof. Rip.
Beca di Angelo says
Oh, how very relatable.
Actually, Sherlock homes is probably an INTJ. He exhibits the INTJ cognitive functions. And I’m not saying that because I’m an INTJ. I’m also an INTP.
In the book he’s an intj, in the tv series hes more of an intp
He couldn’t be an INTP. He actually follows cases through from beginning to end and solves them. He is detail oriented, His wealth of knowledge suggests he is not INTJ, who typically gleans only what he needs for a particular project. And he is prone to the occasional surprise. I see him more as ISTP. OTOH his brother Mycroft (along with the rest of the Diogenes Club) is more likely the INTP.
Are there any I.N.T.P. s from Australia here ? I am looking to link up .
Hey mate im from aus, 20 y.o keen to talk about this stuff and how you cope in society etc.
hit me up on insta @ ako_mid
You take society and throw it out the door cuz eventually you acknowledge that it’s a waste of space
Hey! Just FYI quora has a huge community of other INTPs
I am INTP I am so happy.
Jesus Christ I’m reading all these comments and it’s like I’m reading it out of a journal I wrote lol this is creepy it’s official I found the mothership.
i just don’t want to be with people
Love it! Majority are great people to belong to in the same group!
Hermione is waaaay too organized to be an INTP There’s no way.
G. O. Passos says
LOGISTICIAN PERSONALITY (ISTJ)
I’d say Hermione might be an INTJ!
I agree. She would probably be an INTJ.
No, she doesn’t need strict structure nor does she really respect the rules; which is a trademark J trait.
It’s not that simple.
1) INTJ’s are actually pretty rebellious, and they don’t usually respect rules that they don’t believe in.
2) There is evidence to the contrary, that she actually does use a lot of structure.
– She get’s extremely upset when Ron and Harry (and her) leave the corridors past the curfew. Here’s what she says to them: “We could all have been killed – or worse, expelled.” –> shows she likely cares a lot about rules (although not necessarily)
– She manages her time incredibly well. She even gets a necklace that can allow her to go back in time so she can attend more classes. She is only able to do that because she can manage her time so well and she’s such a good student. I doubt she would have gotten the necklace otherwise.
Emma Watson says
not really she is also a master of improvisation, disorganised (explains why she is late to class)
using a time-turner to take two classes simultaneously, and needing to be discrete about traveling back and forth may explain some of her lateness
But her hair was always a mess and never cared about her clothes it seemed. I still say INTP since I always felt so similar to her (INTP) and I was still organized enough to do well in class etc. Just maybe a stronger J than most.
Some of us, like me, have learned to organize the f*** out of those things we wish to avoid having to think about, but must, and thereby avoid both pain and the ennui of repetitive or uninteresting tasks. So we appear to be J’s, but aren’t. It’s practical pain avoidance.
She has messy hair in the books.
Messy hair is not a character trait.
Cheers from a fashion-loving INTP Girl.
Agree. Don’t feel really related with all the “don’t shower in a week” or “looking messy all the time” traits. Can’t miss my facial routine, still an INTP. We are not all the exact same….
Don’t shower in a week??😨… Not this INTP!… I am disorganized and I do hate a lot of rules… but hygiene is important to me …
Hermione no tiene una mente abierta, lo que no la hace INTP, si tuviera mente abierta probablemente tambien perteneceria a Ravenclaw.
Wish there were more people of color on the list.
Why? Are you a racist?
Someone who doesn't really care but... says
Is someone really racist for wanting equal representation?
If they were, did you really have to try and call them out on it because of a valid point?
And still, if you really had to ask, maybe word it so everyone doesn’t get pissed at that statement? I didn’t just comment and say, “You’re dumb for saying that.” because everyone would take it out of context. Try a bit harder next time.
I think you need to look up the definition of racist bud.
Spoken like a INTP-A
Hon, there’s a reason. INTPs are 4% of the populace. And frankly idgaf if I offend your social justice ideals in stating people of color LACK any form of INTP analytics. Go look into racial IQ averages while you’re at it, and the correlation of INTPs w/ high IQs.
-a Jew, if you’re wondering. Technically Caucasoid (^:
I am black.
I am INTP.
Draco Coles says
There is an exception to every rule plus you’re forgetting all the sports people on the list
I second that notion. I’m also an INTP, whom also happens to be black.
INTP doesn’t always make someone instantly intelligent, but they usually are. Try again, person.
Draco Coles says
Really because you would have figured out the name I used is Latin for Dragon penis.
talk yo shit jaz!!!
– black male INTP
I’m a Jew too and I think you’re full of shit
You’re not very clever are you? If INTP’s represent four percent of the population, and people of color are a part of the population (around 12 percent in America) certainly there would be quite a few INTPs among people of African descent.
-an Atheist, if you’re wondering. Only half caucasoid.
Neil van Heerden says
Screw it. If you’re my personality you are “my people.” It’s a rare treat to have a good conversation with another INTP.
Trigger Pointer says
Neil is right. Far too much Appeal to Exclusivity snobbery among some INTP. To me, I find out you’re INTP, I’m interested to know you exist. Superficial glance, OK OK. And move on. Not gonna judge you. Gonna appreciate you from afar. If interested, let’s talk.
And it is true, the triggered guy from Dec 8, 2017 probably spends way too much time at narrow minded political outlets that he can’t talk to someone on face value. He comes with all that insane YT comment baggage. Not every rational.. Poisoned his objective thinking.
If you take “4 percent of the population” by default, that means 4 percent of the population everywhere. That means the world, not just America. So yes, while in America, because INTP’s are 4 percent of the population and black people make up 12 percent of the population, it does mean black INTP’s are a minority in America. But while black INTP’s might be a minority among INTP’s in America, well… that’s just America. Not the world. Because depending on the place the percentage of black people changes. In Jamaica, for instance, black INTP’s are probably majority of that 4 percent of the population. So what does this mean? It means that what you said it not necessarily accurate, and therefore not necessarily true as well. You’re conclusion is not taking into account all the context, and all the data. It is not necessarily true that in general, black INTP’s are a minority among INTP’s.
I am of color – black and I am INTP. I guess when I become “famous” they will put me to the list. Not sure where you are getting your data.
Here is a real unicorn, Puerto Rican INTP😜
I’ll do you one better- A Honduran INTP 😜😂
I’m Aboriginal and a intp lol
Trigger Pointer says
A little too knee jerk reaction there. Why so offended because someone made a personal wish to see more POC? She didn’t say anything political or accusatory. Just “I wish there were more”.
You got way too triggered.
I am a POC and INTP so…
I know this was written along time ago but I’m Mexican and INTP so don’t be racist 💕
That didn’t even cross my mind. Maybe I’m just color blind.
Isaac hager says
All the athletes were and yoda.
Steve Urkle is totally an INTP for example
One of them is green. What more could you want?
Sheldon Cooper is way to rigid and organized to be an INTP.
Sheldon is an INT
I think more ISTJ
I know what you mean, however I think he is an INTP. This is especially apparent earlier on in the series, he definitely seems like a primary Ti user. Also, his overall quirky behaviour is seen throughout the series with his Ne, questioning everything. The key thing is that he over uses his Si, as seen with taking methodical approaches at times and going by the system (at times). It’s his inferior Fe though that is also prominent. Very hard call though.
I’m actually rigid and outwardly organized, but I’m an INTP. I think you should look at his cognitive functions, if you’ve gone that deep into MBTI yet.
John Hamzawsky says
I think this list Downplays the role of intp. 4 US presidents happened to be intp. Most famous mathematicians have been intp. The major contributors to theoretical physics also, how about Higs and his particle lately?
I have been told I am naive when that person does not understand what an INTP is all about. So sad and irrational of them to be so short sighted. There are pluses to being an INTP but the big downside is just not being understood by so many.
I am wondering if personality types are genetic. Does anyone know for sure?
Neil van Heerden says
You’re wondering because you wonder if it’s “reversible.” lol I do as well. Being in harmony and in sync with one’s fellow man seems/feels so much better than standing apart, especially as a guy ages and we seek more meaningful connections in the everyday world. It’s a sad, lonely road, but personally I can say I’ve met and befriended some people from very different personality types who eases that burden from time to time. The key is in truly valuing their opinion and realising they “might know something you don’t,” (which is true, as you can’t disprove it!! wait… ) as Jordan Peterson would describe it. And that’s hard for an INTP, lmao,but also true. You never know if they might have some paradigm-shifting idea you never thought of!! :P
That’s what I was wondering too- there’s 7 people in my family and I’m the only “thinker” in my family. Of course everyone thinks, but as a core trait, all of my family are F’s.
Older sister: INFP
Older brother: ENFP
Younger sis: ESFP
Youngest sis: ENFP
I’m still yet to find out what my other relatives’ types are. And I’ve still not found another INTP out of anyone I know personally. My boyfriend is an ENTJ, and apparently our types are extremely compatible which I’ve found an ongoing pattern with the 2 core traits in others’ relationships.
ENTJ ~ INTP (NT) Intuitive Thinking
ISTP ~ ESTJ (ST) Sensing Thinking
ENFP ~ INFJ (NF) Intuitive Feeling
etc. (you get the picture). But if you don’t, here’s a quick summary- 2 types with the same 2 middle traits and the opposite 2 outer traits are more likely to be compatible than types with only 1 trait in common or opposite,
My mother(ESFP) and my father(INFJ) don’t really get along too well…. at all. They aren’t
(My younger sisters are still pretty young and a lot of their answers were mutual. Plus I don’t think their personalities are fully developed, by the time they’re my age I’m certain their MBTI type will be different, or even within a year).
I am the only child but all my life i’ve thought that I was 100% the opposite of my mom and very similar to my dad. Low and behold, I finally made them all take the same test and the results came out EXACTLY as i thought- she is an ESTJ. My father and I are INTP.
* she is an ESFJ
Dr j says
Personality type is genetic but plastic. All genetic traits can be effected by epigenetic factors.nutrition exposure to I fection chemicals etc. Your i inferior traits will strengthen as you age usually
Someone opened my emotion detention cache and it caused all sorts of chaos.
In what universe is Ian Malcolm an introvert?
Fantastic list. Thank you for the time and effort put into it.
Uri Orlov (Nicholas Cage “Lord of War”) is also a fictional CLASSIC INTP
Dr. Gero from DBZ omg lol
I was like whoever sourced fictional characters all the way down to there is clearly demonstrating genuine effort
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Lincoln has come up in my INTP list and my Depression list I should prob start reading up on him
Agreed. Hermoine is definitely too organized to be INTP. J Maybe??
It’s not like an incredibly rare classification. 1/16 is 6.25%. We make up 3.3%. My wife is an INFJ. Only 1.5% of the population has her type. I don’t know anybody who thinks like her. And of course everybody thinks their type is intelligent. Emotional intelligence, for instance, is something that can evade many of us INTPs. Anyway, quit using MBTI to prove how special you are to the world.
Hi I’m intp too
S.th looks missing in the list. Doesn’t it? Ohh yeaaah, its SHERLOCK HOLMES!! You forgot he is an INTP? The Sherlock in the series is INTP.
Woody Allen’s speech pattern and body language are very INTP-ish. Lots of Jews with this personality type!
3% Jewish guy says
I’m an INTP and I’m 3% Jewish lmao
You put Sigourney Weaver as INTP and entj please get your stuff together.
Evan Orff says
Oops, you’re right! I’m happy to say that Mrs Weaver just stopped being ENTJ ;-) Thanks for the correction!
I’m curious to know why Woody Allen and Aubrey Plaza aren’t here.
Neil van Heerden says
Yeah Aubrey Plaza is hilariously INTP, lol. I appreciate and respect her for being the wacky weirdo that she is.
…And Jesse Eisenberg is missing too.
Sheldon Cooper is NOT an INTP. He does his laundry on the same day every week, has the same food on the same night every week, has a rigid schedule, notoriously inflexible in varying that schedule, etc. — that all would drive an INTP totally and utterly bonkers. nope. try again.
Dont know, Si Third Function helps INTPs to handle habits, such as having a balanced diet, or so. For example, me, I weight almost all my food close to everyday just to measure my calories and stuff, and Im still an INTP.
Yeah, INTPs usually have a pretty thin physique. They have to use some dedication to achieve that. That usually means not eating, because they aren’t athletic.
Neil van Heerden says
INTP’s have a very strong connection with their own well-being. I’ve always worked hard on my strength, flexibilty, balance, endurance, control, blah blah, hell, I usually over think it. For those in scientific fields you’re probably right though. What goes on inside overrides anything on the outside. When I’ve decided to munch down on a workout program and follow it religiously, I stick to it and proper nutrition, but it’s more like a cold-turkey never-smoke-again routine, leaving no other outcome to myself than death hahaha. When my mind is off chasing ideas and no health/physical routine I tend to slim out while not focusing on my physical well-being. Overall though I think INTP’s are very much in sync with their physical well-being, sometimes to the point of being hypochondriacs.
I’m a hairy af, pretty strong and athletic.
178 cm and ~82 kg
Used to play football when i was younger. Now i do strength training. Was squatting 80kg at 5×3 and 110kg one rep max first time i tried.
I eat like there’s no tomorrow and don’t get fat.
There goes your assumption about INTPs.
Justin Pitman says
I am INTP.
Played college football.
Still weight train to this day.
Lincoln's Yoda says
I’ve read that the show creator used Nikolas Tesla as a personality model for Shelden. And have seen Tesla on an INTP list. But it’s also Hollywood so writers gonna write quirks in for comedy over authenticity. That said, INTPs can be very particular about HOW they organize. They/we won’t organize everything but also don’t let other people even attempt to organize stuff they might care about. I am messy but when it comes time to do the laundry and dishes I am pretty anal about how they’re done. That might resolve the contradiction a bit on Shelden and his clothes. If they were action figures or Magic cards or microscopes rather than clothes it might seem more TP-ish.
Neil van Heerden says
I also gauge Tesla as an INTP. I might be wrong, but as far as I can remember, Tesla died alone, in poverty, and as a virgin, describing a pigeon he owned as something he loved “as a man loves a woman.” Let’s not be Tesla. He was such a brilliant and transformational mind for the future of humanity, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a martyr for science, if you get my drift…. It’s a rare kind of man, but I hope that those who follow in those mighty steps might innovate on them as well.
I think people are confusing personality with ASD traits. I have ADHD and ASD comorbid, so I can relate to some of the “strict routine quirks,” but ONLY SOMETIMES and ONLY when it comes to certain things. I was told by my doctor (who diagnosed me) that ADHD with ASD sometimes balances each other out, such as I am less rules oriented than other people on the spectrum due to the ADHD.
Sheldon could very well be an INTP with ASD.
Can you add Brian May to the INTP musicians? He’s a classic INTP that should be acknowledged.
Jesse Eisenberg and Brian May?
Add Brian May.
Please add Brian Johnson from The Breakfast Club and George McFly from Back to the Future.
George McFly’s name is on the list of fictional characters.
What about Bill Gates?
Kagisho Malatji says
I would like to see a diverse list of INTP personalities (Black, Asian, etc.)
kagisho junior says
Brian May should be here.
Simone Runyan says
Sheldon Cooper is definitely not an INTP. Whoever wrote this must not be familiar with the character at all.
Locke him up says
Posts were wondering about INTPs of color.
INTPs were probably not successful at procreating in slavery conditions. Think too much, dead. Question authority, dead. Learn to read, dead. Get hit on, don’t even realize it. Get along well, talk too much, risk too little, still no babies. If not for academia and industry and the arts not many INTPs would survive, nevermind thrive to fame. A handy shortcut for understanding racial differences in America for last 250 years is to realize “black” is just the same as “White plus racist oppression.” It’s not perfect but it gets you to the answers.
That’s assuming that personality types are genetic. Personality is typically considered to be formed through early childhood. Also, most of those INTP’s are historical figures, which makes sense since INTP’s are known as system creators/innovators. The only modern INTP’s that are recognized as such, tend to be in the tech field since you can see the success of innovations quickly in that sector. Going back to the historical figures that make up INTP’s, it’s important to know that the history we subscribe to was written in a white dominated world by white people. There aren’t that many historically significant black people relative to their white counterparts in general, and the historically famous blacks tend to be moreso for advocacy and starting movements; which is not a very INTP thing. INTP’s that are famous in fields other than academic/intellectual endevors tend to be famous for what they did while happening to be INTP’s, not famous for their INTP-ness.
Great analysis! I think you hit the nail on the head there! It’s definitely not the case that people of colour can’t be INTPs-that’s absolutely irrational. It’s the HISTORY as presented to you, as recorded, by white people.
I’ve recently just tested as INTP-t. I’ve taken dozens tests after just to see but they all say the same. But there is one thing I’m horrible at math. Is anyone else INTP and also bad at math? Also feels good to know there’s nothing wrong with me. Just thought I had ADD and antisocial.
Took three tests myself and they come out the same. INTP. I suck at maths and I love being alone (I’m a very introverted person).
Jennifer D Tyacke says
I have tested INTP every single time. Even when I thought I had changed my direction of thought, to some degree. Probably 30+ times, always the same…INTP
And YES, Brittany I too, am horrible at most math. Geometry, I can ace in my sleep.
Neil van Heerden says
It’s because of the P. Just the tiP….
Me. I hate math and science. I analyze society.
A Lady says
I spend all my time analysing society too. I sit in front of my work, and my mind wanders off. Analyzing. Why humans are the way we are. What is “right”. How we should live our lives. But it just goes round and round in circles, with no answer. It’s like I spend my time trying to find the “answer” to life – on the one hand knowing there is no answer, but equally feeling like I NEED for there to be an answer. And I don’t understand how other people can function without having “life” answered.
I need help! lol!
p.s. I’m a black INTP with a PhD in Engineering (in response to previous disappointingly racist comments)
It is a relief to learn about our personality
For me I am just now learning at 40 yrs old.
I’ve read that the mbti was meant originally to assist teachers with knowledge of how thier students may learn however, my schools/teachers and family didn’t use it or likely were unaware of it.
it is debatable I suppose whether or not that is good or bad for “shaping” (for lack of a better word) our particular person
I would like to request for someone to create a forum (seperate club) of some type… for us INTP to gather
Email me wordsareworlds atyahoo (subject line INTP club for Timothy)
As for comments here on this page:
The percentage of INTP are going up including other known personality types… I know I have been oblivious to mbti till a week ago…
I can see how an INTP understood to (at all cost) have slavery abolished
I also sadly, see and understand from experience why Tesla’s work was credited to Edison
Thank you to the creator of these pages and all who found them…I do hope I get an email though from an inspired club organizer
Either way, to my fellow INTP’s and the INTJ please accept my best wishes for any continued prosperity and good health as well as getting overcoming times your procrastinating
Jason Borne says
I’m sure you’re not that bad at math, maybe it’s just not in your analytical fields. Do you enjoy learning languages, history, or random interesting facts about certain things. Math isn’t the make or break of an INTP.
K Fred says
I’m horrid with math, but I keep testing as INTP-a (I’ve retaken it several times over the years, under various moods, out of skepticism). It was always frustrating for me, trying to work with numbers, but I had a college professor who finally suggested I had some degree of dyscalculia – after I was discussing my upcoming chemistry exam with her over lunch (not her subject), and how on the last exam, the professor said I did all the work correctly, and even had the right answer at one point but then I’d write down the wrong answer on the answer sheet (good thing she made us show our work, so I got partial credit). With that new input, I tried several different available online tests for dyscalculia (non professionally), and they all indicated an inclination. It also affects my sense of direction, according to what I’ve read on it so far, and why I catch myself thinking a beat when picking out what’s left or right (even though I totally know the difference). Which means, while I may love maps, it takes me longer to orient with them, and figure out what’s where; while I find a beauty in math, I am not a very good calculator (especially when it comes to division and subtraction). There have been times when I am surprisingly fast at a random math problem (in my head!), and my friends are shocked, “You don’t math. How’d you get that right?” and I honestly don’t know. It surprised me too :)
I am more prone to analyzing .. literally everything else. I majored in History with a concentration in comparative religion, with a minor in anthropology back in college. A few years later, I went back for an environmental science degree, but the only type the school offered was through biology, and that involved a lot of chemistry .. and I was never able to overcome organic chemistry and orienting the molecular structures in my mind for the exams (the only three grades that mattered), so I failed with only those two classes left to go (organic chemistry I & II). My friends have pointed out they have other options available now for environmental science, but I’ve rather lost interest in bothering with it, or at least motivation to go through it all again. I had a goal though, to bring the social sciences of history and anthropology to modern issues of environmental degradations, to give the present problems some context – I would’ve focused on South Florida, since that’s where I was already (pretty convenient), and my Florida History professor suggested I focus on the area. I still did all the research, I just don’t have the degree to show for it.
But .. have you ever forgotten to eat or drink anything for days because you were *really* in to some new information? Or a puzzle? I also write, write, and write like the dickens. A twenty-four page report? I can’t go over twenty-four? Don’t bother giving me “plenty of time” by giving the assignment before the winter break, I’ll start it a few hours before it’s due and it’ll be marvelous (if prolix).
Going way back to the racist comment from “December 08, 2017” up there .. it seems odd to think of anyone with the “N-P” types having such a narrow view, and especially for an INTP to be so hostile against the views of others (input is input, to be evaluated, but not flippantly dismissed). Perhaps I just don’t know enough people, but it sounds anathema to the traits. Where is the logic to back up such proclamations? Vague correlations? That’s missing a lot of context that helps to explain the causes of such correlations. Then again, I recall a quote (possibly paraphrased) from ST: Voyager, where Janeway tells Tuvok, “You can logic yourself to justify anything, that’s its power and its flaw.” I hope I don’t ever fall into that trap, and cause unintentional harm.
In what multiverse would an INTP marry Ron Weasley?
David Byrne from Talking Heads seems like an INTP.
Tolkien-Zappahead INTP says
I came here to add exactly that.David Byrne has always sent some heavy INTP vibes.
i am really suck at mayh but however i am INTP
how is this possible?
Jason Borne says
I don’t think it’s just math that you are terrible at, but not everyone can do math or type proficiently. There is more to being and INTP than your ability to use the quadratic formula or the Pythagorean theorem. Have you ever just been curious about something and tried everything in your power to fulfill that desire of knowledge. Maybe it’s not math that you are good at, but you enjoy art. Maybe you enjoy creating music for the public ears. Maybe you are very analytical about your setting and aren’t as gullible as people may assume. If you don’t think that any of the traits fit you, then you might have taken the wrong test or might have taken it wrong. Even then, the personality test is just a neat way to see what kind of person you are. Your personality also changes over time. Maybe you should try taking the test again and seeing what might change.
Gabriella Romano says
Exactly, for me it’s politics and history!
Nehemie Wilfired says
I don’t like to hear about people talking without facts and if they say something I have to say something in my Openion or I will get Bored :(
#INTP Entrepreneur DREAM JOB
Jason Borne says
But he didn’t have to. He chose to.
Finding that my personality is INTP really explains a lot to me
As a LEO I haded a lots of friends , but finding a person that could get what I’m thinking of was impossible , whenever I’m in a conversation with some people , no one would ever anderstand my ideas , my opinions and thoughts , and in somehow eventually they became true ,
Whenever my friends start a conversation I always find myself backing away , I find them useless and their comments are pointless
For example in a cheating or fighting statement or something they always goes for the side of their friend and keeps on blaming the other side , she’s my friend I know but their must be some reasons ,some points we havent seen , we need to know the other person’s side of story too , instead of standing and crying I’d rather find a solution before everything falls apart
Because of me thinking this way and not taking anyone’s side my friends and family always call me cold hearted, but I’m not , I’m actually triying to find a solution so they won’t stay sad any longer
I don’t know if all the intp are like me but I always find the way that I think give me problems ..
I spent a long time reading all your comments and I must say that everything you have said seems familiar. It’s like we’re just one person
Thomas LaBelle says
I’m Not The Problem.
Hi, awesome post but can someone update Elliot Page’s name and picture?
Evan Orff says
Updated the name but the picture will have to wait a while …
Isabelle Sobczak says
Could you please change Ellen Page to Elliot page. Thank you
Evan Orff says
Done, thank you. Power to him!
ellen page – actress should be elliot page – actor now. if someone could change that lol.
Evan Orff says
Supposedly INTP says
I was hoping INTP would be the light of reason in the masses.
Ellen Page changed her name but she cant change her chromosomes, her body is female…We are our bodies. Elliot page, actress
Most INTPs are more forward-thinking than your views
By “forward-thinking” you mean susceptible to leftist/globalist propaganda, as you clearly are. A genuine INTP seeks the truth. He is exactly correct–the INTP should be the light of reason.
You need to change Ellen page to Elliot page but other than that it is a great article
Evan Orff says
Done. Thanks for the kind words.
Tolkien-Zappahead INTP says
As someone has already mentioned, David Byrne belongs here. And I would also add the most INTP musician out there: Robert Fripp.
Hey I love your website but I just wanted to say it’s not cool to have “formerly Ellen Page” after Elliott Page. Using a trans person’s deadname isn’t really appropriate because in their soul they have always been their preferred name. I hope this helps and much love.
Evan Orff says
Hi Case. Point taken.
We can safely conclude that our mission is not to link names with deadnames. The reference has been removed from the page. I’m sorry this happened and that it took so long to remedy. It was not done on purpose. Specifically, it was thoughtlessness on our part.
Thank you for the thoughtful, considerate input and the kind manner in which you expressed it.
You should take off Elliot Page’s deadname (birth name) as that’s quite disrespectful to how they identify :)
Evan Orff says
Hey Nico, you’re right! I just did that. My bad. I’m sorry. Thanks for reaching out.
Rick Sanchez – INTP
This is how the MBTI types and the real cognitive functions match
If anyone wants to read more about this, and then maybe ask/comment, you can find me at akhromant.tumblr.com (you don’t need an account to send messages there), but first make sure to check the index, read the texts/links carefully (even several times), and think things over, please. This requires some time (not just a few hours) because most people are too used to the widespread misconceptions, and the needed reevaluation is not easy (also, many people make a living out of them, or have their sense of “identity” built around them, so they basically can’t/won’t ever admit that they have been wrong all this time). Some important posts are #01, #13, #19 and #25 (but also #24, #31, #35, #59, etc). There are also tables, lists (including the Socionics correlation), and even some memes :)
This is a very brief summary of the problem: what the famous (but nonexistent) e-i-e-i/i-e-i-e “stacks” call “functions” are not what Jung discovered and described in his book. They are not functions, but behavioral traits that correspond to different pairs of letters:
Their “Te” is not the real extraverted thinking, but a mix of TJ-traits.
Their “Fe” is not the real extraverted feeling, but a mix of FJ-traits.
Their “Se” is not the real extraverted sensation, but a mix of SP-traits.
Their “Ne” is not the real extraverted intuition, but a mix of NP-traits.
Their “Ti” is not the real introverted thinking, but a mix of TP-traits.
Their “Fi” is not the real introverted feeling, but a mix of FP-traits.
Their “Si” is not the real introverted sensation, but a mix of SJ-traits.
Their “Ni” is not the real introverted intuition, but a mix of NJ-traits.
The real cognitive functions are different (for example: Fi is not about “emotions”, Si is not “memory”, Ni is not about “the future”, etc). There is a second group of people that have a sense of what [some of] the functions are, somehow, but they use those same mistaken “stacks”, so they mistype everybody (I talked about this in post #58). They should be using the correct function arrangements of the types, which are as follows:
ESTJ is Te-Se-Ni-Fi
ENTJ is Te-Ne-Si-Fi
ESFJ is Fe-Se-Ni-Ti
ENFJ is Fe-Ne-Si-Ti
ESTP is Se-Te-Fi-Ni
ESFP is Se-Fe-Ti-Ni
ENTP is Ne-Te-Fi-Si
ENFP is Ne-Fe-Ti-Si
ISTJ is Ti-Si-Ne-Fe
INTJ is Ti-Ni-Se-Fe
ISFJ is Fi-Si-Ne-Te
INFJ is Fi-Ni-Se-Te
ISTP is Si-Ti-Fe-Ne
ISFP is Si-Fi-Te-Ne
INTP is Ni-Ti-Fe-Se
INFP is Ni-Fi-Te-Se
Most people are going to reject this, I know, but that’s how the types and the real functions match. That’s how everything fits.
There is a third group of people (the smallest in number of the three, of course) that have found this, usually by themselves, after reading and thinking a lot about these things. Maybe you can be one of them :)
That Poppy is a LEGEND and should be listed in the lists of famous INTPs
Adam Smith was Scottish, not English.
Evan Orff says
You’re right, of course. Thank you!
Smarter than you says
Why must everyone be so stupid? HERMIONE IS ESTJ. To say that Hermione is Ti Dom is completely stupid. Yoda is NOT INTP, he is Ni Dom. And Gandalf is INTJ. This page is where idiots live. I HATE ignorant people.
I`ve read that INTPs are good at math, physics and chemistry and like it. I’m an INTP and I am a disaster and hate those fields, what does that mean? Also I am very interested in biology and animals, and I don`t think I am a genius, I think I’m an idiot in lots of things.
Liam Gallagher is NOT an INTP!