INTP Personality Type

The Thinker Type

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What is the INTP personality type (The Thinker)?
People with an INTP personality type tend to be extremely analytical, objective, and logical in their behavior. They love exploring new theories and ideas, which means they’re often responsible for amazing discoveries in their field of choice. They are likely to approach interactions with others in a logical way, rather than relying on emotion.

INTP Personality Traits

INTPs prefer spending time alone so they can explore their rich inner world, and prolonged exposure to big groups of people can make them feel drained.

Their focus lies more on understanding the big picture than on noticing the tiny details. They want to know how things connect together, which gives them great intuition for solving complex problems.

As the most thinking-oriented of the types, they rely on logic rather than emotion as their main influence in decision making.

An INTP normally likes to keep their options open rather than locking themselves into a commitment. They’re flexible and spontaneous, which allows them to capitalize on opportunities that come available at the 11th hour.


In summary, INTP personality types tend to...

  • Withdraw frequently
  • Objectively analyze problems
  • Look at the world in a fresh new way
  • Separate emotions from decision making
  • Constantly be innovating and adding to their knowledge
  • Miss small details, but have remarkable insight into the bigger picture
  • Master difficult skills and solve large-scale problems
  • Quickly detect factual inconsistencies

INTP Meaning

  • (I) INTROVERSION: Introverts tend to draw energy from spending time alone.
  • (N) INTUITION: Intuitive types tend to love to explore new ideas and think in terms of the big picture.
  • (T) THINKING: Thinking types tend to follow their head and consider facts when making decisions.
  • (P) PERCEIVING: Perceiving types usually prefer to be flexible and spontaneous.

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Related Personality Types

Below are the DISC and Enneagram types that are similar to 16-Personality Type INTP. 

DISC Type Di or DI

Enneagram Type 5 or 8

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