Ten Most Common Life Challenges of an INTP

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INTP type consists of 3% of word population. Being so rare they have their own set of strength and struggles. It is not easy to understand an INTP.

The top 5 adjectives to describe an INTP are logical, analytical, unconventional, private and of course witty.

An INTP can mesmerize you with their vast ocean of knowledge and at the same time piss you off by their stubbornness and lack of emotional sensitivity. The truth bombs and apathy is weapon of choice for an INTP.

INTP type dynamics-

Dominant (Ti): Introverted Thinking- Evaluating ideas analytically and objectively based on facts.

Auxiliary (Ne): Extraverted Intuition- Outwardly focusing on possibilities and opportunities for problem solving.

Tertiary (Si): introverted sensing- Considering facts and ground realities along with possibilities.

Inferior (Fe): Extraverted Feeling- Difficulty in showing empathy and making social connections.

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Top 10 struggles faced by an INTP-

First- INTP’s are logical and analytical to the core. They like to base their ideas and decisions on facts and ground realities. The problem is, they expect or atleast want others to be logical as well. INTP’s can easily dismiss people or worse classify them stupid without taking their emotional state into consideration. Inferior (Fe) hinders an INTP to factor emotional sensitivities of others while making the conclusions.

Second- INTP’s are non-traditional. You cannot expect an INTP to do something just because everyone does it. INTP’s don’t give shit to social customs and principles if they don’t find them logical. For, this reason they seem to be at loggerheads with societal expectations. They might look aloof and out of touch with world.

Third- It is very hard to provoke an INTP. Habitual of living in their own head and not caring about what people think of them, shields an INTP against personal insults. INTP’s display anger when-

1) Their trust is broken- INTP’s value truth and honesty. They usually display cold apathy and silent anger as they bar the untrustworthy person from their life. Outward aggression is reserved for the extreme cases of betrayal.

2) Their knowledge is disrespected- Making fun of an INTP’s knowledge is akin to calling a fashion model fat. They are bound to get furious. INTP’s are very stubborn about their logical conclusions. If an INTP is disrespected or their logical reasoning dismissed without a proper reasoning, expect a simmering rage. These are the moments when an INTP loose the emotional control. They might lash out or completely shutdown.

The only way to win back an INTP is to apologize and make amends. Making emotional appeal or future promises won’t work. What an INTP wants is the acceptance of errors and visible corrective actions. INTP’s don’t hold grudge and easily forgive if the problem is solved.

Fourth- INTP’s are socially awkward. They avoid social events which are not mentally stimulating. INTP’s don’t know how to react when somebody wants to have a small talk or calls them their friend. INTP’s are known to hate their phones. They loathe it when people call them for little chit-chat. INTP’s are all happy to have a deep discussion on different topics, but they avoid meaningless talk at all cost. INTPs are obsessed with logical correctness. They can be very blunt and insensitive while pointing out the logical inconsistencies in someone’s opinion or theory. Subjective emotional considerations of social conversations elude the INTPs.

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Fifth- INTP is the most misunderstood personality type. This is partly because they try to make logical explanations for their emotions. INTP’s have a unique way of processing emotions. They are not fan of boring knock-knock jokes. INTP jokes consist mostly of ironies, hypothetical situations or commonly misunderstood concepts. It is sometimes hard for people to understand and appreciate an INTP’s sense of humor. Under stress INTP’s find it hard to express their emotions, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have them. INTP’s thoughts are perfectly placed inside their heads they just find it overwhelming to express them verbally to others.

Sixth- INTP’s are born problem solvers. They are inquisitive and motivated to solve problems and figure things out. INTPs will research on the topic that has piqued their interest relentlessly for countless hours. They will achieve remarkable expertise and mastery over the subject area. Intellectual stimulation to an INTP is like gas to the car. Once the problem is solved or ceases to be intellectually stimulating, INTP’s drops the topic like a hot potato. They quickly lose interest in the subject and move on to the next topic.

Seventh- Staying organized is a big struggle for an INTP. INTP’s are allergic to the task list and follow ups. INTP’s are very rebellious. They prefer doing things that makes logical sense. Expecting an INTP to do mechanical or mundane tasks which they find illogical makes them feel resentful and frustrated. INTPs are full of ideas and inspirations. They give their 100% to the new project during the beginning phases of strategy making, goal setting, and problem solving. Their level of enthusiasm dips quickly, when the project gets into implementation stage. INTP’s can’t help but begin to find the project tasks boring. The best jobs for an INTP are the ones where they can solve the complex problems and pass off the paper work and implementation stages of project to others.

Eight- INTP’s need validation. INTP’s like it when their knowledge is acknowledged and validated. An INTP’s mind is always bubbling with new ideas and theories. To assuage the feeling of self-doubt INTP’s desire to have feedback from people who they consider worthy. They want to make sure the logical errors they see and the flaws in the theories they encounter are actually substantial.

Ninth- INTP’s don’t indulge in self promotion. INTP’s don’t find it easy to talk about their achievements and strengths for sake of impressing someone. They don’t aim to please others and prefer if their work speak for itself. This is the major impediment when an INTP appears for an interview. When provoked an INTP may become the one teaching the teacher. The interaction with an INTP doesn’t go very well if the other individual just wants to hear the socially appropriate and conventional answers.

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Tenth- Slow Decision making. INTP seems to be slow decision makers, but they make well thought out decisions after considering all the factors and possible future consequences. If they find a flaw in the project, they would prefer to correct the flaw before proceeding further. INTP’s can make the best choice if given some time.