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Personality Types

INTP Personality Type — The Engineer

INTP Engineers are easygoing yet private. They are logical and enjoy analyzing complex problems. They thrive on the theoretical and like to figure out how things work. They do not like rigid rules and often do not abide by them. They are independent intellectuals.

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The INTP personality type is of the NT Intellectual temperament.

INTP Preferences

Preferences: Introversion (I), Intuition (N), Thinking (T), Perceiving (P)

INTPs direct their energy inward. They are energized by spending time alone. They are private and typically not socially inclined. INTPs are Intuitive. They are focused on the future and see endless possibilities. They are inventive, imaginative and complex. Their thought process is theoretical and abstract.

INTPs are Thinkers that make decisions with their head. They are impersonal, objective and logical. INTPs are carefree and spontaneous. They dislikes routine and rules. INTPs like to keep their options open. Their style is relaxed and flexible.

Describing an INTP

INTPs can often be described using these words.
  • Logical
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Individualistic
  • Theoretical
  • Flexible
  • Inventive
  • Curious
  • Impersonal
  • Objective
  • Analytical
  • Complex
  • Spontaneous
  • Private
  • Independent
  • Future Focused
  • Rule breaking
  • Carefree
  • Creative
  • Perfectionist
  • Unemotional
  • Abstract

INTPs and Relationships

INTPs are acutely autonomous. They do not like feeling controlled. Traditional roles often seem debilitating since their focus is always on their intellectual pursuits. They respect people who are genuine. They are willing to sacrifice and are supportive in relationships they care about as long as their independence is respected. Relationships are on their radar but are not always of first importance.

INTPs and Work / Career

They are complex in their thinking and can produce a great number of ideas. They work well alone and are not always able or willing to communicate their complex thoughts to others. In the workplace they value honesty and integrity. They are impatient with redundancy and sloppy thinking. Intellectual honesty is highly prized by INTPs. If their job is not challenging intellectually, they can become disinterested and perform poorly.

INTP Career Matches

The following careers are possible matches for individuals with the INTP personality.
  • Professor
  • Scientist
  • Archaeologist
  • Architect
  • Mathematician
  • Artist
  • Technical Writer
  • Philosopher
  • Strategic Planner
  • Systems Analyst
  • Computer Animator
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Specialist
  • Economist
  • Engineer
  • Inventor
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Investigator
  • Teacher
  • Logician
  • Marketer
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • Musician
  • Network Specialist
  • Judge
  • Lawyer/Attorney
  • Legal Mediator
  • Project Manager
  • Financial Planner
  • Banker
  • Researcher
  • Consultant
  • Photographer
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INTPs and Learning / School

INTPs love to learn. Although they enjoy networking and sharing ideas and knowledge they prefer solitude. They become bored unless the learning experience demands intellectual competence and mastery. They strive for flawlessness and conceptual perfection.

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INTP Strengths and Weaknesses

There are strength and weaknesses that INTPs are more likely to possess than others.

Typical INTP Strengths

  • Laid back and easygoing
  • Handles criticism well
  • Not demanding
  • Enthusiastic about their interests
  • Imaginative and creative

Possible INTP Weaknesses

  • Not good at managing money
  • Can be explosive
  • Not good at communicating feelings
  • Distrusting of others
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Famous INTPs

The following famous people and fictional characters can be classified as INTPs with reasonable accuracy.

Famous INTP People

  • Abraham Lincoln
    American President
  • James Madison
    American President
  • John Quincy Adams
    American President
  • John Tyler
    American President
  • Gerald Ford
    American President
  • William Harvey
    Medical Doctor
  • Charles Darwin
    English Naturalist
  • Rene Descartes
    French Philosopher
  • Albert Einstein
  • Blaise Pascal
    French Mathematician
  • Socrates
    Greek Philosopher
  • Carl Jung
  • William James
  • Rick Moranis
    Actor (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids)
  • Meryl Streep
  • Bob Newhart
    Comedian, Actor
  • Jeff Bingaman
    U.S. Senator
  • Brent Spiner
    Actor ("Data" on Star Trek)
  • Mary-Kate Olsen
    Actress (Full House)
  • Ashley Olsen
    Actress (Full House)

Fictional INTP Characters

  • Dr. Susan Lewis
  • Avon
    Blake's 7
  • Seven of Nine
    Star Trek: Voyager
  • Peter Parker
    Spiderman (Film)
  • Snoopy
  • Linus
    Peanuts (Charlie Brown)
  • Ash
  • Brian Griffin
    Family Guy
  • The Doctor
    Doctor Who
  • Data
    Start Trek: The Next Generation
  • Filburt
    Rocko's Modern Life


INTP Engineers are highly intellectual people that are driven toward self-mastery and competency. INTPs are their own harshest
critics.Their greatest contribution is the design of sophisticated models and theories that improve the lives of others.

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