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29.5 Struggles That All INTPs Face

Updated on July 31, 2016
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Andrea loves to write on the zodiac, myers briggs, and texting. She is an expert on romance and relationships. She also has two cats.

For those of you who are not equipped with knowledge on what is an INTP, it is from Myers Briggs personality testing. The INTP means the personality is predominantly introverted, intuitive (pattern seeking and metaphors), thinking (rational over socially-emotional reasoning), and perceiving (more laid back than "J" types.

The INTP is one of the most magical personalities in all of personality land. If you are an INTP, you already damn well know that. The INTP is the thinker, or the logician. They're generally considered the smartest types (at least academically, or in a standardized way). Other super smart personalities would be the INTJ, INFJ, ENTP, ENTJ.

The INTP struggles are real. For those of you who are going to read this list, I hope it entertains you. I've done a poor job if not.

Struggles of the INTP

1. What struggles? The INTP is benefited from a primary introverted thinking function, then extroverted intuition, third introverted sensing, and way down in the gutter -- extroverted feeling. INTP is a mastermind, and probably their biggest thorn in the side is their emotions. Many INTP personalities have great hearts, the finest actually. But since they don't rationalize as much in the emotional department -- they can easily be had. They can be emotionally manipulated and quite confused by it.

2. Sometimes their emotions are not developed well and they can be too cutting, too quick. INTP is not void of a heart by any means. In fact, for having their feeling score at the bottom, they're actually far more advanced there than other personalities that have the feeling score as their fourth quality. I think the extroverted intuition is what saves them, and since they are so smart they can be carried by the winds of intellectual conversation on humanity.

3. Stubborn. They really don't understand how they couldn't be right. More so, they're pretty annoyed that someone would tell them they're wrong, and then they have to take forever for the other person to finally get why they were right in the first place. This causes an INTP to become sometimes aggressively stubborn.

4. INTP is aloof. Genius, but aloof. They may struggle to keep things tidy -- better yet, they may drift with the wind with an excellent idea and forget whatever it was they were previously following -- look a biker is going down the highway in a chicken suit!

5. They're all about the facts. More facts and more facts. This can be intimidating and hard for others to understand. Partly because others are unable to retain so many facts -- but also many are unequipped to carry a conversation with an INTP for too long.

6. INTP can be reckless troublemakers. They see where the weak point of the law is, and they're too excited by something else -- that they must just end up shooting themselves in the foot.

7. Too many thoughts to be able to untangle. This can lead to therapy or drugs. INTP does not need drugs.

8. Sometimes they have a hard time finding someone who can relate to them. ESFJ are all more dominate qualities, so an INTP is rare.

9. Sometimes when they find someone that truly does understand them -- they squeeze them, and smother them, and then are devastated when that person is no longer in the picture.... for whatever reason.

10. Sometimes they get too focused on the facts to see other features. This can be difficult with writing, let's say, if they focus too much on the grammar and forget to be creative in their story. They can totally be creative, but it can also overwhelm them because it will cause too many thoughts.

11. INTP can become too distracted with competition to see the bigger picture. If they really have a flame put in their belly, they'll want to win -- whether argument, fencing, or freaking you out.

12. INTP is pretty random and pretty weird. If not embraced properly in a community, they'll go way down into some pretty funky stuff. They don't really care what others think, and sometimes another personality is good at helping direct the INTP, so it doesn't fall off into the brinks of insanity.

13. INTP can harbor bitterness for idiots. They really dislike (if not hate) idiots. This can immediately turn them off from some people. This can immediately turn them off from certain groups if they collectively show idiot-ness, even though the school of thought behind it may be sound, it could be ruined by idiots.

14. At times, self doubt and extreme belief that they are really stupid. Have you ever heard of models who are insecure about their looks? This is how brainiacs tend to be. They need validation of their minds. They see all too well the flaws, and they're concerned they're actually a hack masquerading as a genius.

15. Blunt and sometimes impatient. They've already figured it out and can't figure out why you're in such a slow, boring mode.

16. A pure, bubbly heart is in an INTP -- and that can sometimes be a blind spot for them. A pure, bubbly INTP is a good thing, but it can lead to forgetting something.

17. An INTP can be so wrapped up in their own world, that if not careful they can forget the world of others.

18. They hold on dearly to people, which is a great quality -- but sometimes they may be holding on when someone has moved on.

19. Anger. Sometimes INTP has bouts of anger, partly because of idiots. It usually cools down quickly, but they need some philosophical reframing when they get hot. They have this problem partly because of the emotional side sometimes not being developed enough, and then when they are put into a situation where there rational cards are not to be used -- they can have fits of less desirable emotion.

20. INTP needs to be encouraged to be emotional. INTP needs to be included because they're one of the most helpful people in the room.

21. INTP is indispensable. This means that sometimes the world asks too much of them for too many things. An INTP needs to remember to SLEEP and eat.

22. Body problems. An ISTP tends to be athletic and an ace at present spacial places. The INTP, however, can spend so much times in their head that they neglect their health, their weight, or crash into things.

23. INTP can lean too much into their laziness like a crutch. This can lead to an undesirable amount of apathy.

24. Sometimes their interests and facts get the worst of them. INTP can talk themselves into thinking they can argue their selves right into anything, but that's an immature outlook that leads to you think smoking won't kill you, or that you don't need to study, or that the dress really is white and gold.

25. If left alone in a cave for several years, the INTP will have created their own world, language, handcrafted items. It can be difficult to get into the world of an INTP because of how well they can make a world around them. They'll be stubborn about that world, and need help in how to include others into it.

26. Explosive enthusiasm. Again, it's the underdeveloped, bubbly feelings. Explosive enthusiasm may be too much for some, or really confuse them.

27. The INTP needs to be loved and included and can be lonely without realizing, accepting, or seeking help.

28. INTP may have serious problems being real in therapy because they see it as a conversation where they can make themselves look good. It takes some knife slicing to get an INTP to be honest about where they are struggling, and really get to the chaos of it.

29. Have you seen Whose Line Is It Anyway? Both Ryan and Colin are INTPs. They can improv to the moon and back and be the entire show -- but it may be difficult to get them to stop once the wheels are in motion.

29.5 They don't just see facts in a logical way -- they need to be able to make them malleable so they can really understand them. This may be hard for others to understand, like why end this on a decimal number?

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      Julie K Henderson 20 months ago

      Bravo. You nailed this subject with impressive wit and perception. Voted up. By the way, are you an INTP?

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      arif ramlee 9 months ago

      this is accurate. and i am struggling right now

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      JMoney 7 months ago

      Lol. The parts about INTP's being intolerant of "idiots" is spot on. I am an INTP and I deal with this on a daily basis. And yes, I really do hate idiots, though I really try not to. But yeah, I can't stand to be around them or having to deal with them.

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      Andrea Lawrence 7 months ago from Chicago


      Dealing with the opposite of one's self is always a burden. Fortunately, your shadow is an idiot. That's a compliment, in a way. But they need your help dearly so they don't bunk everything for the world. But there are so, so many idiots. Don't get lost with them for too long.

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      INTPer 6 months ago

      This could have been better if you had had someone edit it; I didn't totally understand parts. :P

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      Andrea Lawrence 6 months ago from Chicago

      Hmmm. Perhaps some proofreading is in order by yours truly.

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      Yess 4 months ago

      "INTP can lean too much into their laziness like a crutch. This can lead to an undesirable amount of apathy."

      I am currently struggling to have any motivation to do work. Do you have any advice how I can stop being lazy and start doing important things?

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      Andrea Lawrence 4 months ago from Chicago

      1. Try new things. Stimulate the brain. Try going to new places, try new hobbies, even if it doesn't seem to exactly fit your ultimate goals. Stepping away from what you truly want and trying other avenues may help.

      2. Have a just do it attitude. Sometimes we look too much at the challenge at hand, and just need to do it rather than stare at the challenges ahead.

      3. Don't beat yourself up if you are having a lack of energy. We all have these times and they are important for growing. Read as much as you can. Invest in a library to grow yourself.

      4. Go on a vacation to somewhere you have never experienced.

      5. Try taking classes in something you have never learned.

      INTP pep is important to your overall wellness. The lows can be really low. Sometimes you need breaks to look at your emotions and do some emotional healing. Try listening to music, writing poetry, even watching television that helps provoke emotional awareness.

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      Amy 2 months ago

      There's an undesirable amount of apathy?

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      Andrea Lawrence 2 months ago from Chicago

      I think there is a right amount of apathy in life. ;)

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      Liestales 7 weeks ago

      I don't really sure if i am INTP, but most of them I can find it relate. I took the MBIT, but I felt like I could select to be anything. There was no perfectly suit me, all of them suit me in a way or some situation, so I think i kinda selected to be INTP...

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      Andrea Lawrence 7 weeks ago from Chicago

      Was there anything that stood out really strong when you took the test? One particular letter?

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      Mitch Monroe 2 weeks ago

      I worked under 8 assistant principals this past 8 years and they were unbearably incompetent arrogant aggressive mean small minded and jealous belonging in the middle of the 8th floor psyche ward at Grady Hosp. in ATL

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