INTP personality types are known for their intellectual nature, their ability to see life from many different angles and perspectives, and their creativity. They have garnered many nicknames, including “Scientists”, “Logicians”, and “Thinkers”. What makes this type so unusual? What “weird” and unique traits separate them from the crowd? Let’s find out!
3 Weird and Wonderful Secrets About the INTP
#1 – INTPs Build Vast Internal Frameworks In Their Mind
INTPs are always sorting data into the most precise categories they can possibly find. Then they file the data away and make sure it fits into the blueprint their mind has created of what is “true” and what is “not true”. Accuracy is paramount to the INTP. A blackbird isn’t just a blackbird, it’s a “boat-tailed grackle” or a “common raven” or an “American crow”. Lying isn’t just “bad”, it depends on the circumstances and contexts, and after all, there are different types of lies! There are lies of omission, character lies, lies of commission, lies of influence..you get the idea. Nothing is black and white with an INTP. Everything must be sorted into the most precise categories. The information that INTPs are able to categorize and internalize is simply astounding! Because INTPs are so skilled at seeing context and noticing accuracy, they are not quick to rush to judgments about people. They need to fill in as much information as possible before they form a conclusion.
#2 – INTPs See Connections Everywhere
INTPs are able to take in random bits of data from all sorts of different places and see how it’s all connected. Dario Nardi, a UCLA professor, and neuroscience expert says that INTPs (and all NP types) use a process called trans-contextual thinking. They are able to harness all neocortex regions to find relationships across situations. Nardi says in his book The Neuroscience of Personality, “For most people, hearing the words “dog” and “cat” will evoke auditory regions like T3…Perhaps we recall a beloved childhood pet. However, the Ne types get busy using all regions to tap relationships across situations, perhaps suddenly imagining a story about two brothers, one of whom is faithful and sociable (like a dog) while the other is independent and quiet (like a cat). They might wonder about dog and cat writing styles too!”. You can find out more about how INTPs use their brain here.
#3 – INTPs Are Usually Highly Intelligent, Yet Underestimated
INTPs are often underestimated when it comes to their intellectual abilities. Because they don’t extravert their thinking process (like TJ types do) they do a lot of their analysis internally and privately. Inside their minds, their ideas and solutions are ingenious, but it can be hard for them to translate their ideas to others. Sometimes, the sheer complexity of their ideas baffle other people and they can’t keep up. According to the MBTI® Manual, INTPs statistically have the second-highest IQ scores of all the types (second only to INTJs). They also scored highest on the SAT vocabulary section among liberal arts students and the SAT math section among engineering students. They also consistently get higher grades in High School than 14 of the 16 personality types. This shouldn’t be a surprise, considering INTPs are known for their love of problem-solving and understanding theories and concepts. In fact, in a national sample, INTPs were overrepresented in “Writing”, and “Taking classes” for their preferred leisure activities!
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