INTP - Chapter 1: Why Do I Feel Disconnected? Welcome to the first of what will hopefully become a series of articles wrestling with the nature of INTP-dom.
(I could say INTP-ness, but that sounds somehow naughty.) When I read conversations posted among INTPs, I notice a curious and common undercurrent. Sometimes it's the outright subject of the conversation, and sometimes it hovers just beneath. It's an undercurrent of feeling disconnected, different, and isolated from others. I've also noticed that analyzing and understanding the source of this particular problem seems to be elusive for INTPs. Never one to shy away from the hard topics, I'm going to begin my INTP series with an exploration of this conundrum. First of all, you'll notice I said feel. Because our own emotions are suspect and we minimize their importance, we fail to understand the importance, influence, and changeability of emotions in others. The Hardest Feeling for Anyone to Quantify: Feeling "Normal" "Breathing" for an INTP Entertainment. INTP - Designer Theorizers. The following is adapted from Linda V.
Berens and Dario Nardi, The 16 Personality Types: Descriptions for Self-Discovery (Telos Publications, 1999) *Used with permission. What's it like to be you? I want to know the truth and get down to the bottom of things. It's an internal life, living in the head, theorizing constantly about how things work. I can link many thoughts and shoot off in multiple directions at once in an attempt to clarify and explain things really well or to try to represent the fullness of who I am and all the different things I can do and can't do. Portrait of the Rational Architect (INTP) Architects need not be thought of as only interested in drawing blueprints for buildings or roads or bridges.
They are the master designers of all kinds of theoretical systems, including school curricula, corporate strategies, and new technologies. For Architects, the world exists primarily to be analyzed, understood, explained - and re-designed. External reality in itself is unimportant, little more than raw material to be organized into structural models. What is important for Architects is that they grasp fundamental principles and natural laws, and that their designs are elegant, that is, efficient and coherent. Architects are rare - maybe one percent of the population - and show the greatest precision in thought and speech of all the types.
INTP Relationships. INTPs live rich worlds inside their minds, which are full of imagination and excitement.
Consequently, they sometimes find the external world pales in comparison. This may result in a lack of motivation to form and maintain relationships. INTPs are not likely to have a very large circle of significant relationships in their lives. They're much more likely to have a few very close relationships, which they hold in great esteem and with great affection.
Since the INTP's primary focus and attention is turned inwards, aimed towards seeking clarity from abstract ideas, they are not naturally tuned into others' emotional feelings and needs. INTPs approach their intimate relationships quite seriously - as they approach most things in life. Although they choose to keep things straight-forward in their relationships, this does not mean that the INTP is lacking in depth of feeling or passion. A More Honest Look into MBTI Descriptions: The INTP. If your type was this classy it would be all black-and-white as well.
Keirsey Description: “The Architect” Honest Description: “The Übermensch” Prototypical Examples: Jacques Derrida, Albert Einstein, Karl Marx, Ludwig Wittgenstein (often mistyped as INTJ), Vladimir Nabokov (often mistyped as INFP),Sigmund Freud, Leonardo da Vinci, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Nietzsche (often mistyped as INTJ), Socrates, Charles Darwin, Artemis Fowl from the “Artemis Fowl” series, Zarathustra from “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” Pros - The best. The INTP Experience - Chapter 1: Why Do I Feel Disconnected? The INTP Architect Reference Guide. Most type guides only present the nice, vague, boring facts...
But they won't tell you that INTPs are one of the introverted types most likely to get married. (And more than once, too.) Or that INTPs are the type predicted to do best on I.Q. tests. Or that INTPs are the type most likely to smoke. I love those warm fuzzy affirmations as much as the next guy, but if we don't know our true strengths and weaknesses, how can we chart our lives? Which is why I've compiled some of the fascinating research that other webpages either don't know about, don't care about, or just choose not to mention. A Few Small But Significant Caveats As you read on, please bear in mind that none of this has to be a stereotype that rules your life. General INTPs are estimated at: *Be chary about comparing the UK estimate with the others.
Personality Junkie. By Dr.
A.J. Drenth The INTP personality type makes up about 3-4% of the general population. INTPs’ dominant function is Introverted Thinking (Ti), which can be associated with independence and intensity of thought. INTP.