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INTP at a glance

People with INTP preferences tend to be strategic and conceptual. They have an efficient, detached way of analyzing the world which often leads them to new or innovative ideas. People often describe them as precise, analytical, insightful, and skeptical.

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INTPs at their best

People with INTP preferences tend to be logical and flexible. They enjoy thought-provoking or intellectual discussions more than casual social interactions. They solve problems with curiosity and an intense, determined focus. If you’re struggling with a theory or concept, it’s often best to ask someone with INTP preferences!

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INTPs and stress

People with INTP preferences get stressed by too much social interaction, noise and interruptions, or having to follow strict guidelines. They dislike it when people don’t listen and they have to repeat themselves, or when other people don’t understand their ideas.

When they’re stressed, they may become overly critical, judgmental, or act like they think they’re better than others. At times of extreme or prolonged stress, they might start to feel alienated, become upset easily, or seem oversensitive to what other people think or say about them.

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INTPs and relationships

People with INTP preferences are usually tolerant of a wide range of behaviors. However, they may fail to consider the impact on others when sharing ideas. They’re loyal and committed to people who are important to them, though others might not notice this from the outside. Their relationships are often closer one-on-one than in groups. And when they find someone similarly motivated by theory and analysis, a partnership of the minds often forms. Their partner, peers, family, and friends will likely see them as introspective, intelligent, and independent.

INTPs at work

People with INTP preferences tend to enjoy careers in technical and scientific fields where they can gain expert knowledge of their chosen subject. They work best when they have the time and space to concentrate without interruption. Pressure to work in teams or too many meetings can be distracting for them. They enjoy working with abstract or conceptual data and like quiet time to be alone with their thoughts. They’re drawn to complex subjects and often develop creative or ingenious ideas. They prefer to work in a flexible environment with plenty of autonomy.

INTPs don’t often need or ask for advice from others. They’re great at analyzing a situation or problem with the long-term vision in mind. They’re most comfortable when they can be innovative—they’re constantly looking for things they can fix. When they’re done fixing something, they’ll quickly move on, leaving the long-term implementation to others.

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