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INTP (Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiving) is one of the sixteen personality types from personality type systems based on C.G. Jung, which best known are the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Keirsey Temperament Sorter and Socionics.

Referring to Keirsey INTPs belong to the temperament of the rationals and are called "Architects".

In Socionics INTps belong to the club of the researcher, the gamma Quadra and are named "Critics" or Balzac. Another notation for INTp is ILI (which is an acronym for Intuitive-Logical Intratim, referring to the cognitive functions).


INTPs excel in the world of abstract thought and are excellent at recognizing patterns in what seems to be chaos. The world of computer programming is a haven for INTPs. INTPs, always open to new and perhaps even crazy ideas, push the limitations of scientific thought and architecture.

General Traits

  • Logical
  • Aloof / Absent-Minded
  • Analytical
  • Discriminating
  • Independent
  • Curious
  • Innovative
  • Easy-going
  • Emotionally Detached
  • Big-picture oriented / Theoretical
  • Knowledgeable
  • Unconventional / Nonconformist
  • Eccentric
  • Quiet
  • Adaptable


  • Incompetency in oneself
  • The incompetence of others
  • Small talk
  • Being pressured to make decisions
  • Having to make subjective decisions
  • A lack of knowledge or pertinent information
  • Dishonesty in others
  • Social gatherings
  • Implementation of ideas
  • Routine
  • Redundancy
  • Groupwork


The following teaching strategies are recommended for INTPs-

  • Compare / contrast tables
  • Flow charts
  • Concept Maps
  • Theory - Application- Theory methods
  • Application - Theory- Application methods
  • Concise teaching objectives
  • Teaching objectives that incorporate the rote, meaningful and integrated, and critical thinking metacognitive levels
  • The incorporation of Bloom's Taxonomy
  • Dissect a complex assignment into subassignments
  • Provide deadlines for assignments
  • Provide feedback



  • are often unaware of the feelings of others
  • use thinking based solutions when trying to help someone who is experiencing strong emotions
  • can be seen as cold and calculating
  • often don't have an active social life
  • dislike irrational emotion.
  • dislike emotional disharmony
  • tend to be loyal, faithful
  • are not usually demanding in their relationships


Careers that allow for abstract thought, creativity, and independence are highly suitable for INTPs. Some careers that fulfill this description are scientists, medical professionals, engineers, computer programmers, and consultants.

MBTI cognitive functions

  1. Introverted Thinking (Ti)
  2. Extroverted Intuition (Ne)
  3. Introverted Sensing (Si)
  4. Extroverted Feeling (Fe)
  5. Extroverted Thinking (Te)
  6. Introverted Intuition (Ni)
  7. Extroverted Sensing (Se)
  8. Introverted Feeling (Fi)

Socionics cognitive functions

  1. Socionics tempus.gif introverted intuition (Ni)
  2. Socionics profiteor.gif extroverted thinking (Te)
  3. Socionics sensus.gif introverted sensing (Si)
  4. Socionics emoveo.gif extroverted feeling (Fe)
  5. Socionics factor.gif extroverted sensing (Se)
  6. Socionics relatio.gif introverted feeling (Fi)
  7. Socionics intueor.gif extroverted intuition (Ne)
  8. Socionics logos.gif introverted thinking (Ti)
Model A
Socionics tempus.gif Socionics profiteor.gif
Socionics emoveo.gif Socionics sensus.gif
Socionics relatio.gif Socionics factor.gif
Socionics intueor.gif Socionics logos.gif

See also

External links

MBTI and Keirsey


Myers-Briggs Types
Keirsey Temperament Sorter Types
Socionics Types


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