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What is "INTP"?

INTP is one of the sixteen psychological types used in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessments, which are based on the work of psychiatrist Carl Jung. For each of the letters in the acronym of an MBTI, there are two possible letters for this position. Hence, the first letter is either an I or E, the second is an N or S, the third is a T or F, and the last is a P or J.

The I stands for Introversion. Introverts are people who feel tired from action. Extraverts (E), on the other hand, would feel lethargic from resting too much.

The N stands for iNtuition, as opposed to Sensing (S). People who prefer intuition are likely to trust their hunches and theoretical solutions. Sensors are people who rely more on tangible, data-based thoughts.

The T stands for Thinking as opposed to Feeling (F). Thinkers prefer objective decisions, while feelers try to act in a way that takes people's emotions into account.

The P means Perception, as opposed to Judging (J). P's are more comfortable with multitasking and improvisation, while J's are more structured and linear.

So what does that all mean?

In short, INTPs do a lot of thinking, and not much else. For a more detailed portrait, see these two [1][2] general profiles.

Am I an INTP?

There are a number of MBTI quizzes available on the internet. The simplest and most straightforward test can be found here. The "official" test is located here.

Why is this book important?

INTPs are unusual people. NTs, despite comprising 4 of the 16 types, make up only 10% of Americans, and only a third of those are INTPs. INTPs in general find the "real world" harder to deal with than most people do. As many INTPs say, we "live in an SJ world".

Understand other people

Main article: relationships

If you can't make friends, at least make allies

INTPs are not good at socialization. We often see it as trite and silly, yet we find it difficult to do.

The world is not a meritocracy

Socializing can be useful

Being tactful

Learn for the sake of learning, and the other benefits will come naturally

According to the rationalia of the intp. The main directive to life is to learn, and understand the world as it is. Common things that hold the attention of INTP are questions that border on mystical, and limitations of knowledge. They are driven to know natural laws, and the inner workings of the universe.

Write. A lot.

Learn from experience

Further Reading

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