INTP - Strengths and Weaknesses

The Conceptualizers


INTPs are creative, flexible, and analytical. INTPs also enjoy thinking about complex problems and theories. They are able to think about things logically and rationally in nearly any situation. They are able to quickly consider many factors, and communicate their ideas to others. Because of this, INTPs usually win arguments.

INTPs hold themselves and others to a very high standard. They always try to learn from their mistakes, doing their best to avoid making the same mistakes again in the future. They also hold others to a very high standard, and expect others to follow through on their responsibilities.

INTPs are excellent problem-solvers. They also enjoy setting goals for themselves, and are always looking for ways to better themselves. They value education and knowledge highly, and are often academically successful. In their work lives, INTPs are able to visualize where their project or company is headed, and are able to communicate this with others.


While INTPs enjoy playing the devil’s advocate and are often correct, they often may seem “pushy” or “rude” when sharing their ideas with others. INTPs must remind themselves to make others feel heard, even when INTPs don’t agree. Others may view INTPs as impatient and harsh.

In addition, INTPs are not as skilled at making plans and completing projects as they are at seeing various possibilities. This makes them well-suited to work with others in formulating ideas, but the planning and implementation should be left to others.

Because INTPs do not like themselves or others making mistakes, they may become impatient with others who are less competent than themselves. They focus more on efficiency than the needs and feelings of others, which can often be problematic. INTPs are best fit for leadership roles and may have trouble working as a team—especially if their team members are feeling (F) types.

Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience. It is not about feeling good. It is about endurance.
Mark Z. Danielewski