I – Introversion rather than Extraversion: INTPs tend to be quiet and reserved. They generally prefer interacting with a few close friends rather than a wide circle of acquaintances, and they expend energy in social situations (whereas extroverts gain energy).
N – Intuition rather than Sensing: INTPs tend to be more abstract than concrete. They focus their attention on the big picture rather than the details and on future possibilities rather than immediate realities.
T – Thinking rather than Feeling: INTPs tend to value objective criteria above personal preference or sentiment. When making decisions they generally give more weight to logic than to social considerations.
P – Perception rather than Judgment: INTPs tend to approach life in a less structured way, keeping options open and flexibly changing.
INTPs are analytical, individualists who seek novel ways of looking at things.
INTPs enjoy coming to new understandings and their brains “light up” thinking about all of the possibilities, and sometimes they get stuck analyzing and re-analyzing, fearing they have missed something critical.
They tend to be pragmatic, creative and logical, prefering to make a series of logical suggestions on how to resolve an issue, and they don't beat around the bush, which is a perspective not always welcomed by more sensitive companions.
INTPs are in their element quietly developing their ideas, theories, and principles.
Here are four great matches for someone with the INTP personality type:
The INTP and ENTP relationship: This couple would have a great deal in common. With a mutual disregard for details there could be some issues with day-to-day living.
The INTP and INFP relationship: The INFP has a strong need to be of service in society, the INTP loves to problem solve and challenge others to think. Both types are creative and love exploring new ideas and ways of doing things.
The INTP and INTJ relationship: There will be great understanding between these two, they are both socially cautious and value competency. The INTJ is independent, whereas the INTP loves to challenge people to think.
The INTP and INTP relationship: This combination is one where problem-solving takes centre stage. There is mutual caution for social situations, which may see them becoming self-sufficient within their own relationship. Common disregard of details may cause a problem with day-to-day living. INTP
The INTP is likely to find the ESFJs a very challenging personality type in relationships:
The INTP and ESFJ relationship: INTPs are socially cautious and prefer thoughtful relationships. ESFJs love to entertain and are comfortable with small talk.