INTP - Architect

Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Perceptive
 

 

INTPs use their intuitive perceptions of the world to feed their logical analysis and extrapolation. They are independent thinkers who spend much of their time musing over theories and identifying patterns. Because they seek clarity, they are motivated to seek out, integrate, and contextualize knowledge, which can lead to discovery of insightful new principles.

 

INTPs enjoy discussing the theories that they are pondering with other people. Reserved when meeting new people, they are self-confident and talkative around those familiar to them, especially when discussing topics they fully understand. They can be witty, charming, and quirky all at the same time. They are responsible for much of the advancements in physics, mathematics, philosophy, and computers.

 

People who appreciate uniqueness and creativity will find INTPs to be terrific company. INTPs take their commitments to relationships seriously. They have a level of depth and passion about their partners that may not be apparent. Their relationships will be honest and uncomplicated but filled with insightful conversation and perpetual knowledge discovery.

 

Unlike Instincts compatibility, Personality compatibility is largely based on personal preference. However, general patterns do exist. Many INTPs find themselves to be most compatible with ENTJs and ESTJs. Generally speaking, they prefer long-term relationships with Thinking and Judging types. More on compatibility can be found under the "In Relationships" tab.

 

About 4% of the U.S. population is INTP.

 

 

Famous INTPs

 

Alan Greenspan, economist

Albert Einstein, physicist

Blaise Pascal, chemist

Bob Newhart, comedian

Carl Jung, author of Psychological Types

Charles Darwin, theory of evolution

David Keirsey, psychologist

Dwight D. Eisenhower, US president

Henri Mancini, American composer

Immanuel Kant, philosopher

James Madison, US president

Jesse Eisenberg, actor (Social Network)

John Quincy Adams, US president

John Tyler, US president

Larry Page, founder of Google

Leonardo da Vinci, inventor

Rene Descartes, mathematician

Sergey Brin, founder of Google

Socrates, philosopher

William Harvey, pioneer in human physiology)

William James, psychologist

 

Fictional

 

Brian Griffin (Family Guy)

Filbert (Rocko's Modern Life)

Rick Moranis (Honey, I Shrunk The Kids)

 

 

Instincts and Myers Briggs (MBTI)

 

Project Evolove's Instincts determine two people's compatibility while Myers-Briggs personalities determine their day-to-day interactions. Although Myers-Briggs dating is a popular concept, it does not accurately predict compatibility when used without Instincts.

 

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Project Evolove's psychology has its basis in Myers-Briggs (MBTI), Socionics, Enneagrams, and the works of Carl Jung. Notable influences include Personality Page, Type Logic, Enneagrams Institute, Ocean Moonshine, and the works of David Keirsey.

INTP Personality

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INTPs use their intuitive perceptions of the world to feed their logical analysis and extrapolation. They are independent thinkers who spend much of their time musing over theories and identifying patterns. Using original thought patterns, they are constantly generating new theories and analyzing the contextual validity of existing ones. Their desire to solve theoretical problems may become a compulsion to reach a higher understanding. In contrast to the INTJ, INTPs are generally not too concerned with the practical implementation of their ideas.

 

They approach theoretical problem with excitement yet objectivity. They set aside existing opinions and define their own approach. Their analysis of the idea is objectively critical. Because they seek clarity, they are motivated to seek out, integrate, and contextualize knowledge, which can lead to discovery of insightful new principles.

 

Expressing ideas and facts precisely is of utmost importance to the INTP, for they express their thoughts with what they believe to be absolute internal consistency. While they strive to find natural law, they understand that truth can be relative to precisely defined parameters. INTPs are known to correct others if their meaning is slightly off, sometimes to the speaker's annoyance.

 

Despite the INTPs' propensity for precise language, their well-thought out ideas may not be readily understandable to others. Because they are not concerned with their ideas' implementation, they oftentimes do not bother making their ideas accessible. In fact, an INTP would often abandon a project once it is figured out. They may also frequently second-guess themselves, as they are perpetually wondering if their conclusion has an equally plausible alternative.

 

INTPs enjoy discussing the theories that they are pondering with other people. Reserved when meeting new people, they are self-confident and talkative around those familiar to them, especially when discussing topics they fully understand. They can be witty, charming, awkward, and quirky all at the same time. Tolerant and easy-going, they do not wish to control people. However, at times they may be harsh and critical when they feel their principles challenged.

 

To others, INTPs seem absent-minded and oblivious to the physical world. These observations are consistent with the fact that INTPs are often "lost" in their own minds, more interested in their rich internal worlds than the physical world. Sometimes a thought process may captivate them so much that they feel compelled to analyze it until it is fully worked out. This may be a problem as they may ignore the mundane details of life. Performing procedural tasks, such as finishing uninteresting homework on time or keeping a schedule are a consistent challenge. Developing routines and inwardly justified prioritization can be coping skills.

 

INTPs do not place much importance on social rituals, traditions, or financial security. While this allows the INTP to be independent, those who become too rigid in their unwillingness to conform may miss out on the sociocultural experiences of life. As a result, their creative potential may be deterred. INTPs that are unable to find an outlet for their unique gifts may become cynical.

 

In an environment that supports an INTPs creative genius and uniqueness, they can achieve milestones for mankind. They are responsible for much of the advancements in physics, mathematics, philosophy, computers systems, and linguistics.

 

 

Their Cognitive Functions

 

1. (I)ntroverted (T)hinking: the ability to construct a network of logical connections suggested by external events. As their primary function, INTPs are able to logically understand complex concepts.

 

2. Extraverted I(N)tuition: the ability to see patterns in events and to see possibilities of where things may go. As their secondary function, INTPs are creative, visionary, and keenly aware of trends and people's behaviors.

 

3. Introverted Sensing: the ability to remember facts in an internally organized fashion. As their tertiary function, INTPs have some ability to ignore organize facts and details.

 

4. Extraverted Feeling: the ability to form conclusions about people and to socially organize others. As their inferior function, INTPs are often hesitant to act in a decisive manner socially.

 

 

Instincts and Myers Briggs (MBTI)

 

Project Evolove's Instincts determine two people's compatibility while Myers Briggs personalities determine their day-to-day interactions. Although Myers Briggs dating is a popular concept, it does not accurately predict compatibility when used without Instincts.

 

SIGN UP: Find your Instincts and meet compatible members! We are non-profit and free. Members can chat with each other or discuss topics on our forum.

 

 

 

Project Evolove's psychology has its basis in Myers-Briggs (MBTI), Socionics, Enneagrams, and the works of Carl Jung. Notable influences include Personality Page, Type Logic, Enneagrams Institute, Ocean Moonshine, and the works of David Keirsey.

INTP Relationships


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Before a Relationship

 

INTPs tend to enter the dating realm relatively later because of their preoccupation with their rich inner worlds and their lack of conformity in social realms. However, people who appreciate intelligence, uniqueness, and creativity will find INTPs to be terrific company. INTPs who have found their niche can be charming and witty, albeit with a disregard for social norms.

 

 

During a Relationship

 

INTPs take their commitments to relationships seriously and are very loyal to their partners. Focusing much of their energy on their complex inner worlds, they keep their external worlds simple. They do not require much from their partners. Relationships between them and their partners are honest and uncomplicated. Despite the simplicity of their external worlds, they have a level of depth and passion about their romantic relationships that may not be apparent.

 

One potential problem area for INTPs is that emotions, whether their own or their partner's, present a challenge to their logical analysis. Thus, INTPs have difficulty responding organically to the emotional needs of others. While some may be acutely aware of their partner's emotional needs, their response may be delayed, off-the-mark, or over-analytical.

 

Likewise, INTPs may be deeply in love with their partners but unable to express their feelings effectively. When they do express their feelings, it would be in their own way on their own time. Time and space to process their emotions is critical for an INTP, and premature emotional confrontation is unlikely to be anything but confounding and destructive. It is critical that INTPs' partners understand their need for alone-time and flexibility, as well as appreciate their sincere albeit unorthodox efforts to express their emotions.

 

When confronted with interpersonal conflict, they tend to either approach it logically or actively avoid the conflict to maintain a benign status quo. The former will likely worsen the conflict, especially with Feeling types who simply wish to feel supported and loved in those kinds of situations. The latter will lead to problems later on. INTPs are most suitable with those that are logical and decisive, who do not require emotional reinforcement or expectations that the INTP deems irrational.

 

INTPs paired with compatible partners can have relationships that are long-lasting, uncomplicated, and filled with insightful conversation and perpetual knowledge discovery.

 

 

Sex

 

INTPs approach sex with child-like enthusiasm and imagination, although some downplay their need for intimacy altogether. During a sexual encounter, they may be experiencing splendid excitement within their own minds, which may or may not be visible to their partners.

 

 

Compatibility

 

Unlike Instincts compatibility, Personality compatibility is largely based on personal preference. However, general patterns do exist.

 

With a strong Introverted Thinking function, INTPs are better understood and appreciated by other Thinkers. With the Perceiving characteristic, INTPs are naturally the ones who "see all the possibilities". Thus, they are better paired with Judgers, who can "pick the best choices". Specifically, they are most suitable with those who have strong Extraverted Thinking functions, such as the ENTJ and the ESTJ. How this is derived can be found here.

 

 

INTP - ENTJ

 

INTPs provide ENTJs with unique ideas and a different approach to thinking. High in intellectualism and low-maintenance in emotional needs, INTPs allow ENTJs to be themselves in a mutually respectful relationship. ENTJs analyze the INTPs' ideas and turn them into plans of action. ENTJs help INTPs pursue their intellectual ambitions in a structured, growth-oriented environment.

 

 

INTP - ESTJ

 

INTPs provide ESTJs with unique ideas and a different approach to thinking. Logical and low-maintenance in emotional needs, INTPs allow ESTJs to be themselves in a mutually respectful relationship. ESTJs learn from the INTPs' ideas to make better decisions in life. ESTJs help INTPs pursue their intellectual ambitions in a stable, well-maintained environment.

 

 

Instincts and Myers Briggs (MBTI)

 

Project Evolove's Instincts determine two people's compatibility while Myers-Briggs personality types determine their day-to-day interactions. Although Myers-Briggs matchmaking is a popular concept, it does not accurately predict compatibility when used without Instincts.

 

SIGN UP: Find your Instincts and meet compatible members! We are non-profit and free. Members can chat with each other or discuss topics on our forum.

 

 

 

Project Evolove's psychology has its basis in Myers-Briggs (MBTI), Socionics, Enneagrams, and the works of Carl Jung. Notable influences include Personality Page, Type Logic, Enneagrams Institute, Ocean Moonshine, and the works of David Keirsey.

INTP Career & Other Info

Architect
 

 

How INTPs relate to other Types


INTP: Identity - They are the same types. Feeling like they are competing in the same space, the two may initially oppose each other. However, they usually recognize their similarities and begin to cooperate.

ENTP: Pal - Similar worldviews, goals, and thoughts. The Introvert is more original while the Extravert is better at implementing ideas and plans. They get along at work and at play.

INTJ: Complement - They have interests in similar realms but their strengths have opposite emphasis. They solve the same problem with different approaches and for different reasons.

ENTJ: Contrast - They have the same order of functions but the Introvert/Extravert direction of each function is reversed. They have similar interests but the Perceiver thinks of possibilities while the Judger thinks of plans. They have different goals and opposite emphasis in strengths.

ISFJ: Supplement -They have the same functions in different order. One's weaker strengths are the other's stronger strengths. Their strengths can add to each other.

ESFJ: Anima - They have the same functions but in reverse order. Each sees the other as having strengths that the former wishes to improve upon.

ISTJ: Suitemate - The two enjoy the same environment and have little interpersonal friction. They do not have anything in common but can enjoy everyday activities together.

ESTJ: Cohort - The two find each other in the same activities only when one is stressed out and wishes to "escape" from normalcy.

INFP: Companion - They have the same primary function. The two have a mutual understanding of each other and can talk on a deep, honest level.

ENFP: Tribesman - They have similar cultures and are often found in the same social groups. They have different strengths and will be pursuing goals independent of each other.

INFJ: Advisor - Each has insight that the other lacks. They find each other to be a source of fresh perspectives and enjoy each other's company.

ENFJ: Pedagogue - Each has insight and strength that the other lacks. They develop a parent-child relationship.

ISFP: Enigma - They are complete mysteries to each other. They have different goals and strengths.

ESFP: Novelty - Their differences are so striking that they are curious about each other. They sometimes run into conflict due to their fundamental differences in worldview.

ISTP: Neighbor - The two are often found in the same jobs or walks of life, but they reached their position through completely different means.

ESTP: Counterpart - The two perform the same functions but are in different realms. They have mutual respect for each other but do not necessarily wish they had the same skillset as the other.



INTPs As Parents

 

INTPs are devoted parents who dedicate a lot of thought into their children's education. While they are not inclined to give discipline, they foster a calm and well-run home environment. They may have difficulty taking care of the day to day physical needs of children, such as cooking food or running errands for them. However, they are well-adept at providing a rich intellectual atmosphere for their children to grow in.

 

 

INTP Occupations

 

INTPs need to work in an environment that allows them independence and free thinking. They prefer to work on one problem at a time, in which they can fully apply their concentration on developing original theoretical solutions. They do not care for the practical implementation of their solutions or the details of execution. They need an atmosphere of professionalism, where their expertise is respected and their brilliance and possible eccentricity is supported.

 

 

Potential Career Paths (INTP Jobs)

 

Aerospace Engineer

Animator

Architect

Archivist

Attorney

Biomedical Engineer

Chemist

Civil Engineer

College Professor

Computer Engineer

Computer Programmer

Craft Artist

Database Administrator

Economist

Editor

Environmental Engineer

Environmental Scientist

Financial Analyst

Geologist

Graphic Designer

Historian

Internet Architect

Investment Banker

Legal Executive

Legal Mediator

Mathematician

Microbiologist

Network Administrator

Neurologist

News Analyst

Organizational Psychologist

Pathologist

Pharmaceutical Researcher

Physicist

Police Supervisor

Political Scientist

Producer or Director

Psychiatrist

Securities Analyst

Software Developer

Surgeon

Systems Analyst

Technical Writer

Top Executive

Writer

 

 

Instincts and Myers Briggs (MBTI)

 

Project Evolove's Instincts determine two people's compatibility while Myers Briggs psychology determines their day-to-day interactions. Although Myers Briggs matching is a popular concept, it does not accurately predict compatibility when used without Instincts.

 

SIGN UP: Find your Instincts and meet compatible members! We are non-profit and free. Members can chat with each other or discuss topics on our forum.

 

 

 

Project Evolove's psychology has its basis in Myers-Briggs (MBTI), Socionics, Enneagrams, and the works of Carl Jung. Notable influences include Personality Page, Type Logic, Enneagrams Institute, Ocean Moonshine, and the works of David Keirsey.