Curious, analytical, and independent – INTPs are often pegged as the “mad scientists” in the world of fiction. However, there’s so much more to these ingenious introverts than the stereotypes you might see on the big screen! That said, here are twelve fictional characters who exemplify some of the greatest strengths and potential weaknesses of the INTP personality type! Most of these characters are INTPs, while some are potentially other types that INTPs have a strong connection with.
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12 Fictional Characters You’ll Relate to if You’re an INTP
#1 – Margaret “Meg” Murry from “A Wrinkle in Time”
Rebellious yet surprisingly intelligent, Meg Murry has a habit that many INTPs struggle with: Her intelligence isn’t as obvious on the outside as it is evident on the inside. While she underperforms in school and clashes with authority figures, she has an intellect and wisdom that shows up when the welfare of her entire family depends on it. INTPs often struggle to take authorities seriously, and because they hold themselves to an internal standard rather than an external one, they are often underestimated by others (even themselves). Many INTPs, especially INTPs who have struggled with loss, will relate to the life struggles that Meg faces in her story.
#2 – Neo from “The Matrix”
Thomas A. Anderson, or “Neo” as he is later called, is a software programmer who wants to know everything he can about the background processes at work in the world. He senses that there’s more to life than can be experienced tangibly – a secret that could dismantle everything he trusts as “real.” In typical INTP fashion, Neo chooses to take the red pill – a choice that is dangerous but enlightening, rather than the blue pill of comfort and security. Neo’s ingenious mind, curiosity, and hunger for truth and understanding will be relatable to any INTP.
#3 – Winston Smith from “1984”
Rebellious and curious, Winston Smith will fight against innumerable risks to unveil the truth behind “Big Brother.” He is constantly challenging the authority of the Party, even if it means he could lose his life in the process. His rebellious nature, analytical mind, and quest for the unadulterated truth is something that any INTP will relate to. His yearning for freedom and independence is something that INTPs prioritize to the highest degree.
#4 – Ranpo Edogawa from “Bungou Stray Dogs”
Extraordinarily intelligent, Ranpo Edogawa is able to solve crimes almost instantaneously because of his keen powers of deduction. Edogawa can quickly formulate theories and then find the necessary facts to support his theories. Jung himself said, “Ti formulates questions and creates theories, it opens up new prospects and insights…facts are collected as evidence for a theory, never for their own sake.” This likely explains why Edogawa is an unmatched genius in deductive reasoning but still struggles to figure out which train to take to get around town. His curiosity, wit, and ability to see truth in a complicated world makes him a strong choice for an INTP anime character.
#5 – Betee Latier from “The Hunger Games”
Quiet and calm but devastatingly intelligent, Betee Latier was underestimated from the beginning. No one thought that someone from District 3 could make it in the arena, but Latier showed just how powerful the INTP mind can be in a crisis. His knowledge of electricity and his unique ability to craft innovative strategies and plans made him the competitor you never saw coming. Even in the most bewildering scenarios, his intellect and vision never failed him.
#6 – Violet Baudelaire from “A Series of Unfortunate Events”
There’s a lot of disagreement about Baudelaire’s type. Many people think INTP, while many others insist on ISTP. Whatever the case, INTPs will strongly relate to Violet’s character. Violet excels at thinking creatively and solving complex problems. She’s able to rig up incredible inventions out of practically anything, and her powers of imagination are able to keep her and her siblings safe against their despicable uncle, Count Olaf.
#7 – Alice Kingsleigh from “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”
Rebellious and curious, Alice questions the conventions and traditions of her time. She famously asks the question, “Who’s to say what’s proper? What if we agreed that ‘proper’ meant wearing codfish on your head? Would you wear it?” INTPs will relate to how Alice questions the rules and expectations of her time. They will also relate to her need for independence, her curiosity, and her desire to understand the truths of the universe.
#8 – Elliot Alderson from “Mr. Robot”
Intelligent and insightful, Elliot Alderson captures the driving curiosity of the INTP personality type. In typical Introverted Thinking fashion, Alderson has to absorb information about every system he encounters. He’s a talented hacker and works well with impersonal systems – quickly guessing people’s passwords and unveiling the underlying frameworks of computer programs and security systems. He can also quickly make external connections thanks to his Intuitive side – quickly finding relationships between current information and data he’s stored in his mind.
#9 – Bruce Banner “The Hulk”
Introspective and questioning, Bruce Banner captures the quiet analytical side of the INTP personality type. He builds up complex internal theories in his mind and tries to perfect his ideas and plans before presenting them to the world. Sometimes this frustrates his ENTP counterpart (Tony Stark) who wants to make things happen as quickly as possible and experiment and press buttons as his curiosity strikes him. However, the two often share an understanding of each other because they are working with the same mental components (Introverted Thinking and Extraverted Intuition). Banner’s wit, curiosity, and hunger for knowledge are all things that INTPs will relate to.
Creative, intelligent, and quirky, Abed Nadir captures the imagination and quick-thinking powers of the INTP. He can rapidly draw connections to real-life situations through pop culture and meta-references gained from years of watching TV and movies (an exceptional example of Extraverted Intuition and Introverted Sensation working together). He also can often predict other people’s behaviors and reactions, thanks to his Thinking and Intuition combined. Yet, because Adir is a perceiver, he values an independent, adaptable lifestyle rather than one that is thoroughly ironed out and structured. He gets quickly bored with routine and tends to “blitz” through projects at the last minute rather than working in a methodical way.
#11 – L Lawliet from “Death Note”
Intensely intelligent yet often underestimated, L captures the ingenious but often haphazard nature of the INTP personality type. People tend to misjudge him due to his disheveled appearance and lack of tact, but his analytical abilities and strong powers of deduction are next to none. In typical INTP fashion, L has a creative, clever sense of humor and an ability to connect the dots in complex situations. He’s driven by a desire to understand and solve mysteries, and many INTPs will relate to this hunger for discovery and truth.
#12 – Arthur Weasley from “Harry Potter”
I love Arthur Weasley for many reasons, but one of them being that he shows a warm, protective version of the INTP type. While many fictional INTPs are detached and somewhat cold, it is dangerous to think that all INTPs are like this. Many INTPs are very protective of their loved ones and care deeply for their friends. Arthur Weasley has the curiosity and laid-back nature of the INTP, as well as the inventiveness that the type is famous for. Arthur also embodies the warmth that many INTPs develop as they mature and progress in life. While in their early years many INTPs struggle to understand emotional complexities, as they get older they become more in tune with the feelings of the people around them.
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Contemplative and easygoing, the INTP (The Logician) is among the rarest of the Myers Briggs personality types, making up only 2.5% of the US population. They are enthusiastic learners who can be very devoted to their interests, and they assess situations rationally, spotting patterns and connections between facts that other types might miss. While they can be fairly private people, they become animated when explaining their ideas. They’re very tolerant towards others, but they’re also blunt and direct, prioritizing logic and reason over emotions.
You’ve probably encountered INTPs already in your life; maybe someone you know fits the description, or maybe you can relate to it yourself. Only around 2 in 100 people are INTPs, and they tend to be subtle non-conformists. In fact, INTPs make for some of the most intriguing celebrities and fictional characters. Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, and Charles Darwin are all believed to have this personality type, along with many renowned names in technology such as Bill Gates. Even in fiction, INTP characters such as Neo from “The Matrix” and Alice in “Alice in Wonderland” have captured the public imagination for years.
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While you can learn a lot from reading about each personality type, analyzing the MBTI types of fictional characters and famous people can give you a new level of understanding. In the case of INTPs, as you see how their personality traits manifest in daily life and become more familiar with real-life INTP behavior, you might be able to recognize them better as a result. We’ve gathered a detailed list of 170 famous INTPs, so scroll down to satisfy your curiosity!
The list of famous INTPs is a long one. The INTP personality type is responsible for many scientific and artistic breakthroughs, because their unconventional perspective often defies existing assumptions and traditions, giving rise to innovative solutions. Many of the products that have become a regular part of our daily lives can be traced back to The Logician’s inventiveness. You can probably guess some names already; just think of famous people who are brilliant, conceptual, and reserved, with a passion for rationality. For INTPs, the world is full of mysteries waiting to be explored, and they’re eager to dive deeply into ideas and theories while remaining open to alternatives.
From Rene Descartes and Stephen King, to Woody Allen and Tina Fey, famous INTPs have carved out a legacy with their intellect and ingenuity. We’ve detailed several INTP celebrities below:
Musicians and Artists
According to a survey by the MBTI manual, The Logician is among the most interested in art appreciation among the different personality types. It’s not surprising, then, that many INTPs have made a significant impact in the fields of art and music. These can be the ultimate playground for INTPs, who relish experimenting with ideas and pushing boundaries. They’re especially drawn to art forms that incorporate a bit of science and technology, and they bounce between childlike enthusiasm and prolonged states of hyperfocus.
Because INTPs are not bound by conventions, their art and music can be eclectic and distinct, even genre-defying. Although they’re reluctant to express their emotions directly through their art, they bring an intellectual depth to it instead. They enjoy being able to craft new works from scratch. Actualizing the concepts that have been brewing in their heads can be very fulfilling.
David Byrne is a good example of an INTP artist and musician. As the lead singer and guitarist of the iconic rock band “Talking Heads,” he has enjoyed a decades-long career that earned him several awards. Time Magazine even dubbed him as “rock’s renaissance man.” Aside from his music, he has written books, released volumes of photographs, and produced TV shows, displaying the versatility that arises from one of the INTP’s cognitive functions called Extroverted Intuition. When he was forming Talking Heads, he was determined to break away from cliches long associated with rock. His songs are very abstract and metaphorical, and he portrays otherwise everyday things in a quirky light. In his performances, he comes off as cool and cerebral, usually sporting a blank facial expression. The INTP penchant for detachment is also apparent in his memoir; instead of talking about his personal story, he preferred to focus on theory as well as observations about life.
Here’s a list of some more INTP musicians and artists:
- Albrecht Durer, German painter and printmaker (Apocalypse; Melencolia I)
- Bill Wurtz, American singer-songwriter (Just Did a Bad Thing; And the Day Goes On)
- Caroline Polachek, American singer-songwriter (Door; Ocean of Tears; Parachute)
- Charles Schulz, American cartoonist (Peanuts)
- Dmitri Shostakovich, Russian pianist and composer (Symphony No. 5; Symphony No. 10)
- Ghostemane, American rapper (Squeeze; Bonesaw; Nihil)
- H.R. Giger, Swiss artist and designer (Necronom IV; Friedrich Kuhn)
- Jhonen Vasquez, American cartoonist and comic book writer (Johnny the Homicidal Maniac)
- Kim Seok-Jin, Korean singer and member of BTS (Awake; Moon; Epiphany)
- Lou Reed, American singer-guitarist of The Velvet Underground (Pale Blue Eyes)
- Matt Bellamy, British singer-songwriter of Muse (Tomorrow’s World; Muscle Museum)
- Stephen Hillenburg, American animator and marine science teacher (SpongeBob Squarepants)
- Tsugumi Ohba, Japanese manga artist (Death Note)
- Yoshihiro Tagashi, Japanese manga artist (Yu Yu Hakusho; Hunter x Hunter)
- Zdzislaw Beksinski, Polish painter and photographer
INTPs have a constant stream of ideas going through their heads, and writing can be the perfect avenue for them to explore these ideas. From T.S. Eliot to Terry Pratchett, there are many literary greats who fall into The Logician personality type. Interestingly, INTPs gravitate towards genres with intricate worldbuilding such as magical realism, fantasy, and science-fiction. These genres are also among the most open-ended, giving free rein to INTPs’ formidable imagination.
At the same time, INTPs constantly evaluate their work through a framework of logic. Regardless of how complex the storyline can get, INTPs make sure that all of the events and systems they’ve incorporated make sense. They’re willing to devote long hours to research and brainstorming. Stories written by INTPs are more focused on concepts or plot events rather than the emotional lives of their characters. INTP authors may play around with philosophical themes, create intricate puzzles, or conjure absorbing atmospheres that challenge the reader.
One of the most well-known modern INTP authors is Stephen King. His wide-ranging books, which often tackle crime or the supernatural, have earned him the title “King of Horror.” In true INTP fashion, he shows an unflinching willingness to explore the dark side of human nature in his stories, often with ironic or even funny undertones. His stories also feature playful logical tangents and classic tropes reimagined into something new. As a result, despite having written more than 80 books throughout his lifetime, his works remain very much original. He has even said in an interview that ever since he was a student, he had so many ideas that he felt his head was going to burst. Aside from working on several different projects all at once in solitude, he has a spontaneous streak when writing, doing numerous revisions and allowing the story to write itself.
Who are other prominent INTP writers? See the list below:
- Fernando Pessoa, Portuguese novelist and poet (The Book of Disquiet)
- Frank Herbert, American author (Dune)
- H.G. Wells, British author and sociologist (The Time Machine; The Invisible Man)
- H.P. Lovecraft, American writer (Necronomicon; The Dunwich Horror; The Call of Cthulhu)
- Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine writer and translator (Fictions; Labyrinths)
- Jules Verne, French author (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea)
- Lewis Carroll, British writer and logician (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; Jabberwocky)
- Osamu Dazai, Japanese author (The Setting Sun; No Longer Human)
- Stephen King, American author (Carrie; The Shining; It)
- Terry Pratchett, British author and humorist (Discworld; Good Omens)
- Thomas Mann, German author and social critic (The Magic Mountain; Death in Venice)
- T.S. Eliot, British-American writer (The Waste Land; The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock)
- William Burroughs, American writer and visual artist (Naked Lunch; Junkie; Queer)
Philosophers and Thinkers
INTPs are the most philosophical personality type in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator system. Therefore, philosophy is a natural fit for The Logician, who is much more fascinated with the abstract side of life rather than the mundane, practical aspects of it. Prone to being lost in thought and being absent-minded, INTPs are most at home when contemplating grand ideas. They’re driven to form a comprehensive understanding of the world, whether examining why people act the way they do or scrutinizing the underpinnings of science.
Philosophy encompasses all of these impulses, and in a sense, the search for objective truth is the ultimate quest for INTPs. Their Introverted Thinking and Extroverted Intuition cognitive functions combine to form a flexible mindset that aims to ruthlessly analyze while remaining open to undiscovered possibilities. The word philosophy itself literally means “love of knowledge” – a sentiment that The Logician can very much resonate with.
Hannah Arendt was one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century, and she was also an INTP. Preoccupied with questions about politics and morality, she spent much of her life arguing against the misuse of authority and ideologies such as totalitarianism. One of her most prominent catchphrases is: “No one has the right to obey.” This free-spirited mindset appears all throughout her life. She read voraciously, formed a philosophy club as a student, and even got expelled for leading a boycott against a teacher. INTPs are unimpressed by authority and social norms for their own sake. They discard beliefs that don’t hold up to scrutiny, regardless of what other people think. In her later years, Arendt remained an independent thinker, never confining herself to one school of philosophy. Crucially, she relates thoughtlessness to ideology, even writing: “There is a strange interdependence between thoughtlessness and evil.”
Here’s a list of other famous INTP philosophers and thinkers:
- Adam Smith, Scottish economist and philosopher
- Alan Turing, British mathematician and computer scientist
- Blaise Pascal, French mathematician and philosopher
- Friedrich Engels, German philosopher and historian
- Friedrich von Hayek, Austrian-British philosopher and economist
- George Berkeley, Irish philosopher
- Gilles Deleuze, French philosopher
- Gottfried Leibniz, German mathematician and philosopher
- Immanuel Kant, German philosopher
- John Locke, British philosopher and physician
- Karl Popper, Austrian-British philosopher
- Max Weber, German sociologist and historian
- Milton Friedman, American economist
- Mircea Eliade, Romanian historian and philosopher
- Rene Descartes, French philosopher and mathematician
Science can be very appealing for INTPs, who are energized when they can indulge their curiosity and engage in problem-solving. The INTP type figures prominently in famous scientists throughout history – consider Marie Curie, Galileo Galilei, and Charles Darwin, just to name a few. One reason for this is that The Logician is willing to challenge long-held notions if these conflict with current data. INTPs tend to maintain an open-minded outlook, maintaining that no theory is ever final – an attitude that’s helpful in science, where findings and conclusions are constantly updated and improved.
INTPs can absorb huge amounts of information related to topics that interest them, and they’re motivated by a hunger for learning. Their passion for reason and innovation serves them well as scientists. Many of them end up at the cutting-edge of research, where they can help advance knowledge.
Described by many as the greatest scientist of the twentieth century, Albert Einstein revolutionized physics, and he’s constantly celebrated as an icon of genius. Like several other scientists, Einstein’s personality type was INTP. Since his early childhood, he possessed an intense curiosity along with a sense of wonder about nature. Abstract problems preoccupied him. Instead of merely reviewing data the usual way, he conducted imaginative thought experiments; for example, he would ask himself what it’d be like to race alongside a light beam. Einstein even took on a relaxed job requiring less effort so he could spend most of his time writing and researching. Because of his nonconformist thinking and resistance to conventional views, Einstein was able to devise the theory of relativity ahead of other scientists of his time. His Introverted Thinking function is expressed perfectly in this quote of his: “God doesn’t play dice with the universe.” For INTPs, there’s always an underlying explanation.
Here are some other famous INTP scientists:
- Marie Curie, French-Polish physicist
- Alexander Fleming, Scottish physician and bacteriologist
- Carl Friedrich Gauss, German mathematician and physicist
- Charles Babbage, British mathematician and inventor
- Charles Darwin, British naturalist
- Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer and physicist
- Grigori Perelman, Russian mathematician
- Henri Poincare, French mathematician and physicist
- Jean Piaget, Swiss psychologist
- Johannes Kepler, German astronomer and mathematician
- Leonhard Euler, Swiss mathematician and physicist
- Michael Faraday, British physicist and chemist
- Paul Dirac, British theoretical physicist
- Richard Dawkins, British evolutionary biologist and writer
- Terence Tao, Australian-American mathematician
- Wolfgang Pauli, Austrian theoretical physicist
Actors and Filmmakers
While INTPs typically detach themselves from their emotions in real life, they can actually be more comfortable expressing emotion when they’re acting as a character. INTP actors have a chameleon-like ability to understand their characters and display their emotions on the spot. However, this usually happens once they’ve studied a character in-depth and understood the thought process behind the character’s actions.
Acting can be a good avenue for INTPs to exercise,Extroverted Feeling, their inferior function. INTPs who have developed this can mirror the behavior of others easily, and they’re particularly observant of body language, quickly breaking these exterior signals down to decode the underlying emotions. Although INTP actors might get stage fright initially because of their shyness, they usually become more comfortable after numerous performances.
Tina Fey is an award-winning INTP comedian, writer, and actress. From hosting Saturday Night Live to creating the sitcom 30 Rock, Fey has found her niche in satire. One of her most memorable acts was impersonating a well-known American politician – an irreverent move that catapulted her into the public eye. Fey has the classic INTP qualities of being blunt and sharply perceptive. She delivers her observational humor with dry sarcasm, and she’s quick to come up with one-liners on the go. Despite her gregarious persona on-stage, Fey appears to be introverted in her private life. She savors her alone time and steers away from having a Twitter account because she wants to write for herself, without being pressured. Her Perceiving preference was also evident when she said, “Sometimes if you have a difficult decision to make, just stall until the answer presents itself.”
Here are some other INTP actors and filmmakers you may be familiar with:
- Aubrey Plaza, American actress and comedian (Parks and Recreation; Legion)
- Bill Murray, American actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live; Meatballs; Groundhog Day)
- Cole Sprouse, American actor (The Suite Life of Zack and Cody; Riverdale)
- Christopher Walken, American actor and director (Annie Hall; The Dogs of War)
- Dan Harmon, American actor and writer (Community; Rick and Morty)
- Elliot Page, Canadian actor (The Umbrella Academy; Juno; Trailer Park)
- Freddie Highmore, British actor (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Finding Neverland)
- Jesse Eisenberg, American actor and writer (The Social Network; Zombieland)
- Larry David, American actor and writer (Fridays; Seinfield; Hannah Montana)
- Martin Freeman, British actor (The Hobbit; Black Panther; Love Actually)
- Richard Ayoade, British actor and comedian (The IT Crowd; Travel Man)
- Ridley Scott, British director and producer (The Martian; Alien; Prometheus)
- Rowan Atkinson, American actor and writer (Blackadder; Mr. Bean; Not the Nine O’Clock News)
- Seth Myers, American actor and TV host (Late Night with Seth Myers; Saturday Night Live)
- Woody Allen, American director and actor (Annie Hall; Midnight in Paris; Manhattan)
Other Interesting INTPs
Since INTPs tend to have diverse interests, there are countless other famous people with The Logician personality type across different fields. In particular, INTPs abound in technology, where they can pursue innovation freely and build new systems that make life easier. It’s common for The Logician to be curious about computers as a hobby, tinkering with code or hardware for hours. Famous INTPs in technology include: Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft; Jaron Lanier, who pioneered virtual reality; and the founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. INTPs have also made their mark on economics, chess, psychology, business, and many other industries.
Here’s a list of notable INTP people that didn’t fit into our previous categories. This proves just how versatile INTPs are and how they can excel at many different career paths:
- Abraham Lincoln, American President
- Alan Greenspan, American economist
- Daniil Dubov, Russian chess grandmaster
- David Keirsey, American psychologist
- Edward Snowden, American programmer and whistleblower
- James Madison, American President
- Jaron Lanier, American computer scientist and writer
- Joana Ceddia, Brazilian-Canadian vlogger
- Larry Page, American internet entrepreneur and computer scientist
- Margaret Hamilton, American computer scientist
- Masaru Ibuka, Japanese electronics industrialist
- Ryan Higa, American comedian and internet personality
- Sergey Brin, American internet entrepreneur and computer scientist
- Tim Berners-Lee, British computer scientist
- Tim Duncan, American basketball player and coach
- Tony Hsieh, American internet entrepreneur and venture capitalist
INTPs in Fiction
Despite being statistically rare in real life, INTP characters are represented widely in movies, TV series, books, animes, and even mythology. More often than not, INTPs end up as the protagonist or at least one of the main characters because of their unique skills and quirky personalities. Common fictional tropes for The Logician type include geniuses, mad scientists, and intellectuals, but they can also be simply the voice of reason among their group of friends. Whichever role they’re assigned to, INTP characters exhibit a fondness for logical thinking along with a fierce sense of individuality. They’re also crucial in providing ideas and insights that benefit other characters.
For examples of the INTP personality type in fictional characters, take a look at the list below:
- Alice, Alice in Wonderland
INTP females are rarer than INTP males, even in fiction, but Alice is a memorable literary character who matches INTP personality traits. Alice in Wonderland takes place in a surreal universe that plays by different rules, and Alice never stops forming questions and overthinking throughout the entire story. Although she’s perfectly well-mannered, she gives the impression of being somewhat neutral and detached. Her energy emerges the most when she’s alone and she can follow her curiosity. It’s also telling that the antagonist is an authority that nobody else dares to question – a situation that most INTPs would heavily dislike.
Thoughtful and analytical, Neo is a good fictional representative of The Logician personality. The premise of The Matrix is somewhat unsettling – reality as we know it is actually a virtual simulation. Still, Neo takes this all in stride. In fact, he starts out as a computer programmer who searches online for clues at night because he suspects that there’s something wrong with the world. His desire for knowledge leads him to accept the riskier red pill of enlightenment over the blue pill of security. While it turns out to be a wild ride, he adapts quickly to his situation, making decisions on the fly and deferring to his logic almost every time.
- Spencer Reid, Criminal Minds
As an avid collector of facts and a quick thinker, Spencer Reid is the best embodiment of an INTP in the series Criminal Minds. His style of solving cases combines Introverted Thinking and Extroverted Intuition: he connects all of the different details gathered about the crime (Ne) then draws a logical conclusion from them. He’s prone to rambling explanations as well as sudden tangents during conversation, and he has a sharp eye for irrationality, immediately pointing out when something doesn’t make sense. Despite being good-natured, he struggles to be empathetic and to notice social cues. Another character even described him as using his intelligence as a shield against his emotions.
- Amy Farrah Fowler, Big Bang Theory
Amy’s bluntness and tendency to intellectualize are both major INTP traits. From the very first episode that she appeared in, Introverted Thinking has been a prominent part of her character. Almost always, she sees things from a rational lens, bringing up scientific processes as a metaphor for how she feels. Her ideas are original and even unpredictable, and she’s often willing to go with the flow with what her friends suggest. Although relating to people isn’t as instinctive for her, she has a deep need to be liked. She’s also prone to bringing up memories from long ago, which reflects her Introverted Sensing function.
- Bruce Banner, Marvel Cinematic Universe
When he’s not transforming into the Hulk, Bruce Banner is a reserved yet celebrated INTP physicist who gets enthusiastic about scientific discoveries. In fact, it was his interest in gamma rays that led to his mutation in the first place. Introspective and open to new experiences, he’s an Intuitive type who’s constantly looking to create innovative solutions. Notably, he has a “live and let live” approach. He rarely makes definite plans, and he’s much more attentive to the big picture than to details. He’s also somewhat wary of losing control over his emotions since this is what triggers him to turn into the Hulk.
Some other fictional INTP characters are:
- Hades (Greek mythology)
- Harry Beltik (Queen’s Gambit)
- Mr. Bean (Mr. Bean)
- Garfield (Garfield)
- Friedrich Bhaer (Little Women)
- Columbus (Zombieland)
- Lily Iglehart (Sex Education)
- Violet Harmon (American Horror Story)
- Aemon Targaryen (Game of Thrones)
- George Costanza (Seinfeld)
- Stefan Butler (Black Mirror)
- Nikolai Romily (Interstellar)
- Sam Shakusky (Moonrise Kingdom)
When The Logician is cast as the protagonist in a movie, the story usually takes on an introspective slant. Ricky Fitts in “American Beauty” compels the audience to reflect because of his striking perspective on beauty, while Ellie Chu in “The Half of It” adds a deeper layer to the usual teen romance. INTP movie characters also often go against the grain, making unconventional choices based on their internal sense of logic. While INTP movie characters can seem to vary widely from each other at first glance, they share INTP hallmarks such as a strong inward orientation, an enthusiasm for problem-solving, and ingenuity.
Ariadne from Inception is a mature and well-developed INTP movie character. She’s originally an architecture graduate student who’s called on to design the dream layers for the inception mission. Although she refuses at first because of the danger involved, her fascination with crafting a dream world eventually wins out. Aside from being creative, she’s pragmatic and level-headed, and she picks up new concepts easily. Even in alarming situations, she maintains her cool, moving on right away to troubleshooting. Puzzles provoke Ariadne’s curiosity, from the mechanics of the dream world to people that she can’t figure out. Cobb, the protagonist, is a human puzzle for her; once she determines the cause of his emotional issues, she points this out honestly to him.
There are plenty of other INTP characters from past and present movies. Let’s take a look at who they are:
- Bob Harris (Lost in Translation)
- Bruce Banner (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
- Donnie Darko (Donnie Darko)
- Dr. Manhattan (Watchmen)
- Ellie Chu (The Half of It)
- Henry Jones Sr. (Indiana Jones)
- Josh Lucas (Clueless)
- Lucius Fox (The Dark Knight Trilogy)
- Malcolm Wilkerson (Malcolm in the Middle)
- Mark Zuckerberg (The Social Network)
- Maurice (Beauty and the Beast)
- Milo Thatch (Atlantis)
- Park Da-Song (Parasite)
- Ricky Fitts (American Beauty)
- Will Hunting (Good Will Hunting)
- Yoda (Star Wars)
TV Show Characters
TV shows are an excellent genre for exploring personality, as they can give a more in-depth portrayal of characters than movies. After all, you get to watch the same character evolve and adapt to changes throughout the course of several episodes and even seasons. For this reason, TV shows are brilliant at unpacking the nuances of the INTP personality type. Initially, INTP television characters may give off the impression of being somewhat distant, but as you get to know them better, their warmth and playful sense of humor emerge, as does their vulnerable side. As composed as INTPs may seem, they often have turbulent feelings that they bury underneath rationality, and they may second-guess themselves, uncertain of when to make a final decision.
Rustin Cohle of True Detective is a complex TV show protagonist who types as INTP. He may be a detective by trade, but he’s also a philosophical seeker who’s preoccupied with analyzing himself and finding inner peace. He lives a mostly solitary life, and his aloofness is complemented by a nihilistic worldview. Tradition and social games don’t interest him. Instead, his interests mostly revolve around reading, philosophy, and science. His Extroverted Feeling function orients him towards looking for interpersonal harmony, but he mainly expresses this by solving crimes in his area. What makes him such an excellent detective is his unusual method of getting suspects to reveal their crimes. He tries to decode their thinking process (Introverted Thinking) and then temporarily echoes their morals (Extroverted Feeling) so they can let down their guard. This versatility also helps him improvise because he can take on different identities on the spot.
There are plenty of other INTP characters from TV series through the years! Let’s take a look at who they are:
- Alexei (Stranger Things)
- April Ludgate (Parks and Recreation)
- Abed Nadir (Community)
- Ben Hargreeves (The Umbrella Academy)
- Bernard Lowe (Westworld)
- Chidi Anagonye (The Good Place)
- Creed Bratton (The Office)
- Elliot Alderson (Mr. Robot)
- Eric Forman (That 70’s Show)
- Gale Boetticher (Breaking Bad)
- Jughead Jones (Riverdale)
- Ryohei Arisu (Alice in Borderland)
- Spencer Reid (Criminal Minds)
Books are an excellent medium for understanding fictional INTPs because they show not only characters’ actions but also the internal thinking processes behind them. While INTP characters might be happy to explain their ideas, they don’t exactly do it in detail. They may skip over steps and make intuitive leaps that they struggle to verbalize. INTPs have a very colorful inner world that they’re private about, and even people close to them might only see glimpses of it. Books can actually explore INTP fictional characters in ways that other mediums can’t because they can expose more of what goes on inside an INTP character’s head. Many books are written by INTP authors too, with characters that mirror them.
In A Series of Unfortunate Events, Violet Baudelaire displays the strengths of the INTP personality type when faced with challenges. The three Baudelaire siblings must deal with disaster after disaster, and Violet saves the day several times with her resourcefulness and intelligence. Invention is her talent. She looks up to Nikola Tesla, and one competition judge described her as being able to invent anything with her hands tied behind her back. Sharp and inquisitive, Violet prefers to act on her own, mostly keeping her thoughts to herself. On top of being able to work quickly with whatever materials she has at the moment, she tends to disregard rules. She has a strong suspicion of authority figures, even rebelling against them directly.
There are many other book characters with the INTP personality type – here are some of them:
- Abraham Van Helsing (Dracula)
- Benjamin (Animal Farm)
- Bernard Marx (Brave New World)
- Coraline Jones (Coraline)
- Death (Discworld)
- Greg Heffley (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)
- Ian Malcolm (Jurassic Park)
- Kafka Tamura (Kafka on the Shore)
- Magnus Chase (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
- Matilda (Matilda)
- Mr. Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)
- Pierre Bezhukov (War and Peace)
- Smaug (The Hobbit)
- Victor Frankenstein (Frankenstein)
- Winston Smith (1984)
INTPs are very prominent in anime. One recurring plot element is pairing a loud, energetic character with someone who’s the cool, quiet type – and INTPs can easily fit into this role. INTP anime characters are perceptive observers, noticing things that other characters don’t. They may be cast as mentors or even detectives who can piece together obscure clues and get to the heart of the matter no matter what. Many anime scenes involve INTP characters solving roadblocks with their wit; they’re capable of evaluating situations with a great deal of accuracy. They have a straightforward attitude with other people, and they often make funny or sarcastic remarks.
L of Death Note is a vivid INTP anime character because he takes many INTP qualities to extremes. Known as a top detective, L pushes his Introverted Thinking to its limit in trying to pin down who’s causing the alarming number of deaths across the country. Because he tries to consider every possible situation with a keen eye for inconsistencies, he gets steadily closer to the truth. He also avoids speaking in absolutes. Rather, he describes his assumptions based on what percentage they’re likely to be true. In his detective work, L only picks out cases that are intellectually challenging for him, saying that he doesn’t do it for the sake of justice. He rarely shows any kind of emotion, and he doesn’t observe many social courtesies. For example, he always squats even when seated regardless of what other people think.
This being said, we managed to pinpoint a few more anime characters who show INTP characteristics. Here they are:
- C.C. (Code Geass)
- Conan Edogawa (Detective Conan)
- Gintoki Sakata (Gintama)
- Haruhi Fujioka (Ouran Koukou Host Club)
- Hitoshi Shinso (Boku no Hero Academia)
- Kakashi Hatake (Naruto Shippuuden)
- Killua Zoldyck (Hunter x Hunter)
- Kozume Kenma (Haikyuu!!)
- Noriyaki Kakyoin (Jojo no Kimyou na Bouken)
- Ranpo Edogawa (Bungou Stray Dogs)
- Senku Ishigami (Dr. Stone)
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- Photostick mobile android
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- Level 45 word villas
- Hendrick toyota apex
List of Famous People With INTP Personality
INTP (introverted inntuitive thinking perceiving) is one of the sixteen personality types defined by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test. INTPs are a relatively rare type, making up about 4% of the population.
INTPs are creatures of logic. Calm, controlled, and studious, INTPs are driven by the search for reason. For INTPs, the principles behind anything can be figured out given enough time. In fact, INTPs often get caught up on thinking for its own sake; the stereotypical figure of the “absent-minded scientist” is based on INTP behavior.
It can be an effort for INTPs to remain grounded and relate their thinking to the real world, and others can see them as distant and unemotional. But the pure rationality that an INTP brings is a powerful tool for unlocking problems when it’s applied properly.
Here are some famous people who fit the INTP personality type.
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INTPs are naturally drawn to scientific fields, where their intellectual gifts are most useful.
- Albert Einstein, German physicist. source
- Charles Darwin, English naturalist. source
- Marie Curie, Polish physicist and chemist. source
- William Harvey, English physician. source
- William James, American psychologist. source
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Other INTPs are drawn to philosophy, seeking broader universal principles.
- Immanuel Kant, German philosopher. source
- Hannah Arendt, German-American political theorist. source
- Adam Smith, Scottish economist. source
- Herbert Spencer, English philosopher. source
- Friedrich Hayek, Austrian economist. source
- Blaise Pascal, French philosopher. source
- Eckhart Tolle, German-Canadian spiritualist. source
- Rene Descartes, French philosopher. source
- Thomas Aquinas, Italian priest and theologian. source
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INTPs are not common in the athletic field, since they prefer intellectual activities, but some INTPs do use their minds to aid them in competition.
- Dikembe Mutombo, Congolese center. source
- Art Monk, U.S. wide receiver. source
- Cathy Freeman, Australian sprinter. source
POLITICIANS & WORLD LEADERS
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Some INTPs apply their analytical abilities to the problems of politics.
- Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President. source
- James Madison, U.S. President. source
- John Quincy Adams, U.S. President. source
- John Tyler, U.S. President. source
- Gerald Ford, U.S. President. source
- Alan Greenspan, U.S. Federal Reserve chairman. source
- George Soros, Hungarian-American hedge fund manager and political activist. source
- Edward Snowden, U.S. whistleblower. source
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INTPs are also attracted to writing, another intellectual pursuit.
- Harper Lee, U.S. novelist. source
- John le Carre, English novelist. source
- Stanley Crouch, U.S. poet and jazz musician. source
- Thucydides, Greek historian. source
- Randall Munroe, U.S. cartoonist. source
- Robert A. Heinlein, U.S. author. source
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INTP musicians are not pack-followers. They’re not afraid to experiment, innovate, and take risks.
- Liam Gallagher, English singer. source
- Henry Mancini, U.S. composer. source
- Neil Peart, Canadian drummer. source
- Mark Mothersbaugh, U.S. musician. source
- Glenn Gould, Canadian pianist. source
- Bob Moog, U.S. inventor of the Moog synthesizer. source
- Aphex Twin, Irish electronic musician. source
- M.I.A., English hip-hop artist. source
Many of the biggest names in Silicon Valley innovation today are INTPs.
- Paul Allen, U.S. cofounder of Microsoft. source
- Larry Page, U.S. cofounder of Google. source
ARTISTS & ENTERTAINERS
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Being logical doesn’t mean INTPs can’t also be witty and amusing — or intense and dramatic.
- Tina Fey, U.S. actress. source
- Dustin Hoffman, U.S. actor. source
- Sigourney Weaver, U.S. actress. source
- Geoffrey Rush, Australian actor. source
- Gabriel Byrne, Irish actor. source
- Rick Moranis, Canadian actor and screenwriter. source
- John Cusack, U.S. actor. source
- Bob Newhart, U.S. comedian and actor. source
- Gregory Peck, U.S. actor. source
- Andy Richter, U.S. comedian. source
- Elliot Page, Canadian actor. source
- Amy Smart, U.S. actress. source
- David Cronenberg, U.S. director. source
- Kate Moss, English model. source
- Ben Stein, U.S. economist, television pundit, and actor. source
- Diane Lane, U.S. actress. source
- Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, U.S. actresses and designers. source
- Asia Carrera, U.S. actress. source
- Kristen Stewart, U.S. actress. source
- Jesse Eisenberg, U.S. actor. source
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Finally, here are some people from the worlds of fiction who display INTP characteristics.
- Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory. source
- Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings. source
- Death from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books. source
- Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. source
- Bruce Banner, alter-ego of the Incredible Hulk. source
- Tom Branson from Downton Abbey. source
- Ian Malcolm from Jurassic Park. source
- Violet Baudelaire from the A Series of Unfortunate Events books. source
- Yoda from Star Wars. source
- Velma Dinkley from Scooby-Doo. source
- Eugene Porter from The Walking Dead. source
- Neo from The Matrix. source
- Maester Luwin from Game of Thrones. source
- The 9th Doctor from Doctor Who. source
- Haymitch Abernathy from The Hunger Games. source
- Dr. Bunsen Honeydew from The Muppets. source
- Dr. Gero from Dragonball Z. source
- Brian Johnson from The Breakfast Club. source
- George McFly from Back to the Future. source
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INTP: The Thinker (Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Perceiving)
INTP (introverted, intuitive, thinking, perceiving) is one of the 16 personality types described by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). People who score as INTP are often described as quiet and analytical. They enjoy spending time alone, thinking about how things work, and coming up with solutions to problems. INTPs have a rich inner world and would rather focus their attention on their internal thoughts rather than the external world. They typically do not have a wide social circle, but they do tend to be close to a select group of people.
According to psychologist David Keirsey, creator of the Keirsey Temperament Sorter, approximately 1% to 5% of people have an INTP personality type.
Key INTP Characteristics
- INTPs are quiet, reserved, and thoughtful. As introverts, they prefer to socialize with a small group of close friends with whom they share common interests and connections.
- They enjoy thinking about theoretical concepts and tend to value intellect over emotion. INTPs are logical and base decisions on objective information rather than subjective feelings.
- When analyzing data and making decisions, they are highly logical and objective.
- Tends to be flexible and good at thinking "outside of the box."
- People with this personality type think about the big picture rather than focusing on every tiny detail.
- INTPs like to keep their options open and feel limited by structure and planning.
Logical and objective
Loyal and affectionate with loved ones
Difficult to get to know
Can be insensitive
Prone to self-doubt
Struggles to follow rules
Has trouble expressing feelings
The MBTI is based upon psychoanalyst Carl Jung's theory which suggests that personality is made up of different cognitive functions. The hierarchical order of these functions is what establishes personality and behavioral patterns. The dominant function is the one that plays the largest role in personality, although it is also supported by the auxiliary. The tertiary function is less developed, but still exerts some influence and becomes more pronounced as a person strengthens this area. The inferior function is largely unconscious but represents an area of weakness.
Dominant: Introverted Thinking
This function focuses on how people take in information about the world. INTPs express this by trying to understand how things work. They often like to break down larger things or ideas to look at the individual components to see how things fit and function together. INTPs tend to be highly logical and efficient thinkers. They like to have a complete understanding of something before they are willing to share an opinion or take action.
Auxiliary: Extraverted Intuition
INTPs express this cognitive function by exploring what-ifs and possibilities. They utilize insight, imagination, and past experiences to form ideas. They often go over what they know, seeking patterns until they can achieve a flash of inspiration or insight into the problem. They tend to spend a great deal of time thinking about the future and imagining all the possibilities.
Tertiary: Introverted Sensing
INTPs tend to be very detail-oriented, carefully categorizing all of the many facts and experiences that they take in. As they collect new information, they compare and contrast it with what they already know in order to make predictions about what they believe will happen next.
Inferior: Extraverted Feeling
INTPs tend to seek harmony in groups. While they are introverted, INTPs can be quite outgoing when they are around people with whom they are familiar and comfortable. In situations where they feel stress, however, INTPs shut down their feelings and struggle to connect with others. Under stress, they tend to rely on logic rather than feelings.
INTPs You Might Know
- Albert Einstein, scientist
- Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. President
- Carl Jung, psychoanalyst
- Tiger Woods, golfer
- Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory
As introverts, INTPs prefer spending time alone for the most part. Unlike extraverts, who gain energy from interacting with a wide group of people, introverts must expend energy in social situations. After being around a lot of people, INTPs might feel like they need to spend some time alone to recharge and find balance. While they may be shy around people they do not know well, INTPs tend to be warm and friendly with their close group of family and friends.
Because INTPs enjoy solitude and deep thinking, they sometimes strike others as aloof and detached. At times, people with this personality type can get lost in their own thoughts and lose track of the outside world. They love ideas and place a high value on intelligence and knowledge.
In social situations, INTPs tend to be quite easy-going and tolerant. However, they can become unyielding when their beliefs or convictions are challenged. Their high emphasis on logic can make it difficult to not correct others in situations where other people present arguments that are not rational or logical. Because they rely on their own minds rather than others, they can also be very difficult to persuade.
Because they enjoy theoretical and abstract concepts, INTPs often do particularly well in science-related careers. They are logical and have strong reasoning skills, but are also excellent at thinking creatively.
INTPs can be very independent and place a great deal of emphasis on personal freedom and autonomy. In some cases, they can be aggravated by authority figures, particularly those that they feel are trying to suppress their ability to think and act for themselves. Because of this, INTPs typically do best in careers as they have a great deal of flexibility and independence.
Popular INTP Careers
- Computer programmer
- Forensic scientist
- Software developer
Tips for Interacting With INTPs
Shared interests are one of the best paths to forming a friendship with an INTP. They tend to value intellect over all else and can be very slow to form friendships. While this often leads to fewer friendships, the ones that an INTP does gain tend to be very close. Remember that your INTP friends may not be the best at dealing with excess emotions, but they love to bond over deep conversations and shared passions.
If your child is an INTP, it is important to remember that they may respond better to reason and logic rather than appeals to emotion. Encourage your child to develop their intellectual interest, but also look for situations that may help them foster friendships. This can be an area where your child struggles, but putting them in contact with other kids who share the same interests can be helpful.
INTPs tend to live inside their minds, so they can be quite difficult to get to know. Even in romance, they often hold back until they feel that the other person has proven themselves worthy of hearing these innermost thoughts and feelings.
One thing to remember is that while INTPs do enjoy romance in the context of a deeply committed relationship, they do not play games. Be honest and forthright. Because INTPs are not good at understanding the emotional needs of others, you may need to be very direct about what you need and expect in that regard. INTPs also struggle to share their own feelings, so you may need to pay attention to subtle signals that your partner is sending.
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The INTP Personality Type
INTPs are philosophical innovators, fascinated by logical analysis, systems, and design. They are preoccupied with theory, and search for the universal law behind everything they see. They want to understand the unifying themes of life, in all their complexity.
INTPs are detached, analytical observers who can seem oblivious to the world around them because they are so deeply absorbed in thought. They spend much of their time in their own heads: exploring concepts, making connections, and seeking understanding of how things work. To the Architect, life is an ongoing inquiry into the mysteries of the universe.
What does INTP stand for?
INTP is one of the sixteen personality types created by Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers, creators of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®). INTP stands for Introverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, Perceiving, which are four core personality traits based on the work of psychologist C.G. Jung.
The INTP type describes a person who is energized by time alone (Introverted), who focuses on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details (iNtuitive), who makes decisions based on logic and reason (Thinking) and who prefers to be spontaneous and flexible rather than planned and organized (Perceiving).
INTPs are sometimes referred to as Architect personalities because of their intuitive understanding of complex systems. Other nicknames for the INTP include:
- The Objective Analyst (MBTI)
- The Logician (16Personalities)
INTP Values and Motivations
INTPs present a cool exterior but are privately passionate about reason, analysis, and innovation. They seek to create complex systems of understanding to unify the principles they've observed in their environments. Their minds are complicated and active, and they will go to great mental lengths trying to devise ingenious solutions to interesting problems.
The INTP is typically non-traditional, and more likely to reason out their own individual way of doing things than to follow the crowd. The INTP is suspicious of assumptions and conventions, and eager to break apart ideas that others take for granted. INTPs are merciless when analyzing concepts and beliefs, and hold little sacred. They are often baffled by other people who remain loyal to ideology that doesn't make logical sense.
How Others See the INTP
INTPs are often thoroughly engaged in their own thoughts, and usually appear to others to be offbeat and unconventional. The INTP’s mind is a most active place, and their inward orientation can mean that they neglect superficial things like home décor or appropriate clothing. They don’t tend to bother with small talk but can become downright passionate when talking about science, mathematics, computers, or the larger theoretical problems of the universe. Reality is often of only passing interest to the Architect, as they are more interested in the theory behind it all.
INTPs are typically precise in their speech, and communicate complex ideas with carefully chosen words. They insist on intellectual rigor in even the most casual of conversations, and will readily point out inconsistencies of thought or reasoning. Social niceties may fall by the wayside for an INTP who is more interested in analyzing logic, and they may offend others by submitting their dearly held values and beliefs to logical scrutiny.
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How rare is the INTP personality type?
INTP is one of the less common types in the population, especially for women. Among women, INTP is the fourth rarest type (after INTJ, ENTJ, and INFJ). INTPs make up:
- 3% of the general population
- 5% of men
- 2% of women
Famous INTPs include Albert Einstein, Thomas Jefferson, Kristen Stewart, Rene Descartes, Charles Darwin, Marie Curie, Socrates, and Abraham Lincoln.
"INTPs are perhaps the most intellectually profound of all the types."
- Isabel Briggs Myers, Gifts Differing
"What is important is that the underlying structures of the universe be uncovered and articulated, and that whatever is stated about the universe be stated correctly, with coherence and without redundancy."
- David Keirsey, Please Understand Me II
"INTPs are free-spirited idea mills and absentminded professors, which makes them fun to be around, easily diverted, and a plethora of unending creativity."
- Otto Kroeger, Type Talk at Work
Facts about INTPs
Interesting facts about the INTP:
- On personality trait measures, score as Candid, Ingenious, Complicated, Independent, and Rebellious
- More likely than other types to study a foreign language
- Most frequent type among college students committing alcohol and drug policy violations
- Have lowest level of coping resources of all the types (with ISTPs)
- One of types least likely to believe in a higher spiritual power
- Highest of all types in career dissatisfaction (with INFPs)
- In school, have lower grades than would be predicted from aptitude scores
- More likely than average to complete engineering programs
- Personal values include Autonomy, Freedom, and Independence
- Overrepresented among working MBA students
- Commonly found in science and technical occupations
Source: MBTI Manual
INTP Hobbies and Interests
Popular leisure activities for an INTP include reading, art and cultural events, chess and other strategy games, writing, taking classes, working with computers, backpacking, hiking, and meditation.
About the Author
Molly Owens is the CEO of Truity and holds a master's degree in counseling psychology. She founded Truity in 2012, with the goal of making quality personality tests more affordable and accessible. She has led the development of assessments based on Myers and Briggs' personality types, Holland Codes, the Big Five, DISC, and the Enneagram. She is an ENTP, a tireless brainstormer, and a wildly messy chef. Find Molly on Twitter at @mollmown.
Who is A Logician (INTP)?
A is someone with the Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Prospecting personality traits. These flexible thinkers enjoy taking an unconventional approach to many aspects of life. They often seek out unlikely paths, mixing willingness to experiment with personal creativity.
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence.ALBERT EINSTEIN
Logicians pride themselves on their unique perspectives and vigorous intellect. They can’t help but puzzle over the mysteries of the universe – which may explain why some of the most influential philosophers and scientists of all time have been Logicians. This personality type is fairly rare, but with their creativity and inventiveness, Logicians aren’t afraid to stand out from the crowd.
The Life of the Mind
Logicians often lose themselves in thought – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. People with this personality type hardly ever stop thinking. From the moment they wake up, their minds buzz with ideas, questions, and insights. At times, they may even find themselves conducting full-fledged debates in their own heads.
From the outside, Logicians may seem to live in a never-ending daydream. They have a reputation for being pensive, detached, and a bit reserved. That is, until they try to train all of their mental energy on the moment or the person at hand, which can be a bit uncomfortable for everyone. But regardless of which mode they’re in, Logicians are Introverts and tend to get tired out by extensive socializing. After a long day, they crave time alone to consult their own thoughts.
But it would be a mistake to think that Logicians are unfriendly or uptight. When they connect with someone who can match their mental energy, these personalities absolutely light up, leaping from one thought to another. Few things energize them like the opportunity to swap ideas or enjoy a lively debate with another curious, inquiring soul.
Elementary, My Dear Logician
Logicians love to analyze patterns. Without necessarily knowing how they do it, people with this personality type often have a Sherlock Holmes–like knack for spotting discrepancies and irregularities. In other words, it’s a bad idea to lie to them.
Ironically, Logicians shouldn’t always be held at their word. They rarely mean to be dishonest, but with their active minds, they sometimes overflow with ideas and theories that they haven’t thought through all the way. They may change their mind on anything from their weekend plans to a fundamental moral principle, without ever realizing that they’d appeared to have made up their mind in the first place. In addition, they are often happy to play devil’s advocate in order to keep an interesting discussion humming along.
Logicians could spend all day musing about ideas and possibilities – and they often do. That said, the practical, everyday work of turning those ideas into reality doesn’t always hold their interest. Fortunately, when it comes to dissecting a tricky, multilayered problem and coming up with a creative solution, few personality types can match Logicians’ creative genius and potential.
Mysteries of the Universe
People with this personality type want to understand everything in the universe, but one area in particular tends to mystify them: human nature. As their name suggests, Logicians feel most at home in the realm of logic and rationality. As a result, they can find themselves baffled by the illogical, irrational ways that feelings and emotions influence people’s behavior – including their own.
This doesn’t mean that Logicians are unfeeling. These personalities generally want to offer emotional support to their friends and loved ones, but they don’t necessarily know how. And because they can’t decide on the best, most efficient way to offer support, they may hold off on doing or saying anything at all.
This “analysis paralysis” can affect multiple areas of Logicians’ lives. People with this personality type can overthink even the smallest of decisions. This makes them feel ineffective and stuck, so exhausted by the endless parade of thoughts in their mind that they struggle to get things done.
The good news is that Logicians don’t have to stay stuck for long. Their unique strengths include everything they need to pull themselves out of the ruts that they occasionally fall into. By leveraging their creativity and their open-mindedness, Logicians can reach their full potential – both as thinkers and as happy, well-rounded people.
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What character traits are typical of the INTP personality?
The personality of each person is unique and cannot be pressed into rigid concepts. Nevertheless, there are certain character traits that can be clearly assigned to certain personality types. Learning more about this is highly recommended if you want to develop yourself personally.
The INTP is the logician among the 16 personality types of the Myers-Briggs model. Only about 3 % of all people can be classified as INTP. Let's see, maybe you'll recognize yourself in the character description. Otherwise, there's a free personality test waiting for you. But more on that later.
What does the abbreviation INTP stand for?
The abbreviation INTP stands for the following Characteristics:
- I: Introversion (introversion)
- N: Intuition (intuitive)
- T: Denken (thinking)
- P: perceiving
The character traits in detail:
I: Introversion (introversion)
Introverts like to withdraw into their own world of thoughts. Therefore, they often appear shy and withdrawn to other people.
N: Intuition (intuitive)
Intuitive people have a reliable gut feeling. They instinctively sense whether a decision is wrong or right without being able to explain it rationally.
T: Denken (thinking)
The thinker analyzes facts logically and makes fact-based decisions. In doing so, he takes every available aspect into account. In the INTP, the "thinking" part of the personality is more pronounced than the intuitive part.
Perceptual personalities see all open options. This can sometimes be a disadvantage, as it makes it difficult for them to decide. Generally, they reject too much forward planning and prefer to let situations come to them spontaneously.
The INTP personality at a glance
The logician wants to stand out from the crowd. He is reluctant to be usually to be called. However, the latter is rather rare, because the INTP can actually come up with all sorts of extraordinary talents. He is bursting with a thirst for knowledge, inventiveness and creativity. He puts critics to shame with his razor-sharp intellect.
If you think of the image of a dreamy but brilliant professor, this description pretty much fits the INTP. Many of the scientists to whom we owe groundbreaking inventions fit the INTP personality type. These personalities spend all day thinking and researching. If there is a problem, they want to find an innovative solution.
However, logicians have difficulties in interpersonal contact. They have little understanding for emotional needs. If someone cannot follow their ingenious ideas, they often react indignantly. In addition, they are often considered unreliable. However, this is due to the fact that they sometimes express immature ideas, whereupon other people develop expectations.
Strengths of the INTP personality
The INTP is a smart free spirit. He is characterized by the following strengths:
INTP personalities have a penchant for unusual ideas and creative approaches to solutions. However, not everything that occurs to them can be implemented. The logician is nevertheless willing to try. Thus, he sometimes eliminates problems in a clever way that other people would not even dream of. He succeeds effortlessly in thinking outside the box.
No one is as open to new ideas as the INTP. The immense thirst for knowledge of these personality types can hardly be quenched. Thus, their entire life is a single learning process. However, it is very important to the INTP that new theories can be supported by logical arguments. This is where his analytical nature comes to the fore.
Logicians analyze every aspect of their lives and their environment - be it professional or private. From there, they often discover important patterns and connections that remain hidden to other people.
INTPs can get excited about many things. Almost everything arouses their curiosity and must be learned. Their curiosity helps them gain a considerable wealth of knowledge and diverse skills. One week they are studying the stars, the next week they are learning Chinese. And so it goes on, symbolically, for a lifetime.
What the logician begins, he brings to completion. Otherwise he is not satisfied. Regardless of the project, however, he wants to look beneath the surface of things. If he finds discrepancies, he addresses them.
Weaknesses of the INTP personality
The weaknesses of the INTP personality are mainly in the emotional and social areas:
INTP personalities can get so lost in their own thought processes that they lose touch with the outside world. Even when they are in company, they are usually absent in thought. Other people notice this and feel rejected.
All that counts for the INTP are tangible facts and logical connections. He sees no need to consider the emotional states and needs of other people in his decisions. He completely lacks the understanding for this. For this reason, the INTP often appears insensitive or even unfriendly to other people, even if he actually has well-intentioned intentions.
In the world of the logician, everything must be absolutely perfect. He has high expectations of himself and his work. However, the pursuit of perfection and the constant analysis can delay important decisions, so that the INTP ultimately comes to no conclusion at all.
INTPs are not afraid to share their knowledge with others. However, if the interlocutor does not immediately understand what the INTP is getting at, the INTP becomes extremely impatient. He does not invest any effort in explaining the context, but ends the conversation. After all, he does not want to waste his precious time ...
INTP personalities have difficulty accepting things as they are. They constantly see potential for improvement. This also applies to their own inventions and achievements. That this behavior is accompanied by a feeling of constant dissatisfaction is almost self-explanatory. Because INTPs are constantly striving for improvement, they neglect their current needs.
Due to their tendency to stubbornness and eccentricity, INTP personalities find it difficult to establish themselves in the "ordinary" job market. Jobs in which they have to work consistently according to other people's rules make them dissatisfied. Logicians need a job in which they can actively contribute and live out their creativity.
INTPs are born researchers. Their perfect workday consists of puzzling over seemingly unsolvable problems and ultimately solving them in unconventional ways. So it's no surprise that INTPs often pursue careers in research and science. They are also excellent mathematicians, physicists and analysts.
They also feel comfortable in technical or engineering professions. Basically, any profession that gives logicians the freedom to research and develop ideas independently is suitable. This is ultimately not dependent on the industry.
INTPs are not ordinary employees
The above statement does not only refer to their mostly excellent performance. INTPs also differ significantly from their colleagues in terms of their motivation to work. Impressing the supervisor, being popular among colleagues or receiving an honorable title is secondary to unimportant for INTPs. All they want is an exciting project that they can immerse themselves in.
They often neglect monotonous routine and administrative tasks, which earns them the displeasure of the boss if they are employed in a salaried position. Social activities such as company parties, company outings or the morning chit-chat in the coffee kitchen are anathema to them. It may sound contradictory, but INTPs actually perform best when they work as part of a team.
The secret of success: teamwork
Because logicians live in their own world of thought, many disjointed ideas sometimes bubble forth, but ingenious in their approach. Sensitive colleagues and superiors can urge the INTP to proceed more slowly and thoroughly. Only in this way can the ideas eventually mature and be turned into feasible concepts.
The fact that teamwork generally leads to better performance results has already been repeatedly confirmed in studies.
However, INTP personalities would never admit that they could benefit from the impulses of teamwork. Moreover, they would only ask for help from themselves in rare cases. They appreciate constructive exchange, but they would rather take the implementation of their projects into their own hands.
In romantic Relationships the partner benefits from the inexhaustible creativity of the logician. He always finds ways to keep the partnership fresh and alive. The INTP desires an equal partner with whom to share ideas. The INTP's mission is constant learning and growth. A potential partner should not only tolerate this, but encourage it if possible.
The INTP has high standards. Finding someone who meets them is not so easy. Since INTP personalities are also very introvert they are afraid to make the first step. Therefore, even if someone catches their interest, it can take a long time for a solid partnership to develop. In addition, they have no skill in dealing with emotionality.
However, if the INTP has found an equal partner, he will appreciate and respect him. He attaches particular importance to an honest exchange within the relationship. He also tells his partner unpleasant truths directly to his face and expects that the person handles it the same way. Beating around the bush is not in the spirit of the INTP.
Expressing affection - A challenge with obstacles
Despite their outwardly visible cool aloofness, INTPs are quite capable of loving sincerely. However, they often can't express their feelings in the same way that partnerships usually do. Candlelight romance and declarations of love do not match their personalities. A partner who desires this may be disappointed.
However, it is equally possible for the INTP to fall so deeply in love that he momentarily breaks out of his world of logic and indulges in the pleasures of life. The latter is an exhilarating experience for this very rational personality type. In the end, however, he will always return to his own world of thought. This is something you should know as a (potential) partner.
The INTP as a friend
Casual acquaintances are not for the INTP. People of this personality type long for intellectual depth. They want reliable friends on whom they can count in case of emergency. The same applies vice versa, of course. Logicians want to exchange ideas with their closest confidants. In doing so, they appreciate honest feedback. They find people who simply agree uninteresting.
As you might have guessed, it's not easy to make friends with the INTP because of their emotional detachment. However, once the ice is broken, INTP personalities turn out to be creative and engaging companions. However, they are very picky when it comes to choosing their friends. So if you want to befriend an INTP, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Rule number 1 is: never get carried away with irrelevant small talk. Logicians consider gossip to be a waste of time. They'll let you know pretty clearly if they're bored with a topic of conversation. Shared interests are beneficial in finding conversation topics. You should always be aware of the Logician's demands and idiosyncrasies.
Curiosities about the INTP
As you've no doubt noticed, INTPs are very idiosyncratic creatures. No wonder they have some curiosities to offer:
- Of all the personality types, INTPs are most likely to be enthusiastic about learning one or more foreign languages.
- INTPs have the lowest tolerance limit.
- Most students admonished for alcohol and drug offenses are INTPs.
- The INTP personality type most often exhibits occupational dissatisfaction.
- INTPs often have poor grades in school despite being gifted.
- They often work in technical or scientific fields.
Source: MBTI Manual: A Guide to the Development and Use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, 3rd Edition.
Famous INTP people
Surely, it will not surprise you that among the famous INTP personalities there are many renowned scientists:
- Albert Einstein
- Isaac Newton
- Charles Darwin
- Thomas Jefferson
- Stanley Crouch
- Bill Gates
- Rene Descartes
- Marie Curie
- Abraham Lincoln
- Kristen Stewart
- Blaise Pascal
- Elliot Page
Famous INTP personalities from film and television:
- Jack Ryan (Jack Ryan series)
- Alexander Mahone (Prison Break)
- Abed Nadir (Community)
- Cloe O`Brian (24)
- Bruce Banner (Avengers)
- Leslie Winkle (The Big Bang Theory)
- Aemon Targaryen (Game of Thrones).
- Lord Varys (Game of Thrones).
- Neo (The Matrix)
- Marshall Flinkman (Alias)
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