INTP personality

The INTP personality type is very rare, making up only 3% of the population. This is however a good thing for them, because they like to draw and think outside the lines.

Their intellect and keen sense of understanding makes them ideal inventors. The level of logic the INTPs have at their disposal is unparalleled. Though often they appear to daydream, the fact is that they are wondering.

INTPs monitor and search the realm of ideas more than any other personality. For an INTP personality, nothing is impossible. it’s only a matter of time. When focused on a task, nothing can break their concentration and desire to explore.

I had the honor of meeting one INTP in my life. He is a bio-genetics researcher, and one of the most intelligent people I have ever met.

The INTP personality knowledge quest

“Everything can be explained.” This was the sentence my INTP acquaintance repeated numerous times. For INTPs, no stone will be left unturned when their mind gets excited and starts analyzing.

Often you will notice that an INTP personality seems confused, maybe even lost. The reality is quite different. Their cognitive process of thinking is so complex, that it can be compared to the Spock character from Star Trek.

Guided by logic, INTPs are not led by emotions. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t have them. They simply seek a logical solution that can help and be meaningful. Sometimes referred to as “cold”, INTPs say the truth that many don’t want to hear.

An INTP’s mind is their guide and biggest support

Far from being indifferent, the INTP personality thrives on originality. This doesn’t just apply in the career spectrum. If you have an INTP as a friend or a partner, you will never have to question: “Can it be done?” You will receive expert advice and guidance whenever you need it.

If you ever watched “The Big Bang Theory” TV series, take a closer look at Sheldon for an example of an INTP. Sure, he may seem rude, harsh, and sometimes even mean. But when his friends have a problem, he is the first person they seek. His intelligence, honesty, and hardcore reasoning are mesmerizing.

INTPs see multiple patterns and solutions in their mind. They seek ways not just to invent, but to improve at the same time. You can say that they are the “mind multitaskers”.

As William Arthur Ward wonderfully said:

“If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it.”

Famous INTPs out there:

Abraham Lincoln
Ellen Page
Charles Darwin
Tina Fey
Albert Einstein
Kristen Stewart
Rene Descartes
Isaac Newton
Blaise Pascal
Stanley Crouch
Leslie Winkle (for all The Big Bang theory fans ☺ )

Do not underestimate an INTP

As a fellow introvert I know how hard it can be to express yourself. For INTPs, expression comes through the realms of brilliance and ideas.

Albert Einstein was considered “dumb” in school. People thought of him as “weird”, and eccentric. He even failed at his math test several times. What they didn’t realize was that Albert was smarter than all of them. He was simply directing his wisdom to more important tasks.

He was never interested in the “ordinary”. True to his INTP personality, he used his logic and creativity to change the world. If it weren’t for him, who knows how modern science would look today.

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein

The true beauty of an INTP comes from their vigorous intellect. They are the beautiful dolphins of the personality spectrum. If you wonder, why the dolphin comparison? It’s because dolphins are scientifically proven to be one of the most intelligent creatures on Earth.

Over to you

Do you know an INTP in person? What are your thoughts on this incredibly rare, and wise type of personality? ☺



Hi, I’m Marko, the Introvert Spring INFJ forum coordinator. I’m a writer and marketing expert, with a rich background in leadership and communications. Right now, my biggest passion is helping to grow the Introvert Spring INFJ forum, so INFJs have a place to feel seen, understood, and inspired.