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In this episode Joel and Antonia dive deep into the needs and challenges of the INTP personality type.

In this podcast on the INTP personality type you’ll find:

INTP – Accuracy/Exploration in Genius system

INTPs have a crucial role that they play in our society. That task may seem a little thankless, which helps us understand some of the challenges they face.

Deep down inside, INTPs care more than they let on.

Car Model

The Driver for INTP is Introverted Thinking (Ti), which we have nicknamed “Accuracy.

What makes analytical sense? Decision-making process.

Driver = Flow State = the most rewarding thing you can do.

Ti works the best when it is without social obligation.

The opposite of Ti is Fe “Harmony.” Fe is about connecting and social interaction.

INTPs in the survey revealed their greatest challenge was in connecting with other people.

Copilot – Ne “Exploration” – is pattern recognition. Interaction with the environment without being attached to any outcome. A zoomed out process that allows you to explore your terrain.

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When Ti and Ne are combined it is a fascinating combo of zooming in (Ti – surgical approach to data) and zoomed out (Ne – an overall view of patterns).

Together, these cognitive functions create radically new ideas.

Creating patterns and frameworks and architecting new maps and models requires them to be a bit destructive – like Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction.

Ti works the best when removed from the social bias component.

Emotional connection influences info.

INTPs often show up saying things that other people don’t want to hear, which is their gift to the world.

They are the great destroyer of outdated paradigms or untruths.

INTPs will always look for the strictest vetting process in their chosen field.

We are such social creatures we don’t appreciate it when people call us on our BS/Belief Systems.

We make extraordinary technical strides when we overturn the social norm.

INTPs break things down to their fundamental nature and depersonalize them.

Sometimes frameworks only get so far, and they get stuck because they run out of new frameworks for ideas.

The copilot process for INTPs is Extraverted Intuition, which we have nicknamed “Exploration.”

Exploration gives INTPs access to bigger frameworks and increases their territory, so they have more structures to hang fresh data on.

It is imperative for INTPs to grow their Exploration process.

The alternative is to stick with what you already know. If you don’t take in more territory, your framework may be radically off because you are missing a vital piece of info that’s just outside your existing territory.

Exploration allows INTPs to go out and experience things. Travel is essential to INTPs.

Going outside their comfort zone is imperative. All growth happens outside the comfort zone.

Sometimes we graft our identity to old pieces of info and INTPs overturn the things with which we identify.

But the INTP must first go through the uncomfortable terrain of change and challenge before they can do it for others.

INTPs need to be students of experience, life, and interaction.

The Survey revealed the INTPs struggle with a lack of motivation.

The INTPs that have the greatest motivation have decided they are going to bring their gifts to the world.

The more somebody rests on their laurels and holds back the more they feel a lack of inspiration and motivation.

The 10-year-old process is Introverted Sensing, which we have nicknamed “Memory.”.

Memory often means doing the thing that is known and comfortable. Finding a familiar context and staying there perpetually.

Frameworks don’t expand with Si. So, INTPs double down on Ti and continue to clean slice concepts and data until things become absurd. Without the input from Ne, they keep dividing until there’s nothing left.

Emotion is the seat of motivation, which is an INTPs blind spot. If INTPs double down on their thinking process, they avoid the emotions that will get them motivated.

Emotion is about finding the meaning behind things.

Exploration helps expand frameworks of mind and increase the narratives with which INTPs work.

Why does the data matter?

Ne gives meaning to the data. Without meaning, there is no motivation.

To see the narratives of our lives we need to zoom out.

Get outside yourself and explore beyond your comfort zone.

INTPs can have belief systems.

INTPs love absurd humor. Monty Python. Sketch comedy.

Even falling in love is nothing but a narrative.

INTPS who do the best are the ones who connect with other people through contribution.

INTPs can appear cynical because society doesn’t always honor their gift of radical honesty.

The natural state of an INTP is to be childlike and approach life with wonder and curiosity. Then they get the message that they are unacceptable which leads to cynicism.

Nobody can sustain a feeling of brokenness indefinitely. They either become depressed or resentful.

“You are not broken.”

“You are okay.”

We are seeing more and more media acknowledging the role of geeks and people who influence our technological world.

We see their contribution, but they are harder to reconcile in our day to day life.

We love truth. It reverberates through our spinal cord.

Society is getting ready for entering into a space of radical honesty, but it still means pushing people outside their comfort zones.

Modern technology is forcing us into a state of transparency; most technology is invented by INTPs.

The more INTPs show up as doing their job of being radically honest, the more we will head toward transparency as a society.

In the past, honesty brought death.

We can’t have real harmony without radical honesty, and we can’t have radical honesty without the need to connect with others.

The 3-year-old process is Extraverted Feeling (Fe), which we have nicknamed “Harmony.”

Healthy INTPs can become almost worshiped. They show up with so much credibility. They haven’t rejected Fe, they made it part of their aspiration and decided to use it to make others happy. Their intent is positive.

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Agape – Principled love. We are all in this together.

INTP men/women at the top of their game have many admirers.

Sometimes by solving problems for themselves, an INTP can find a way to solve for a larger demographic.

Female INTPs feel isolated because most women are Fe dominant, and men are usually looking for women to behave a certain way.

Spend more time in your copilot and understand why you struggle to fit in. Then go and find the context that will appreciate you for your gifts.

INTP women are polarizing. Birds of paradise. Not everyone’s going to love you, but some will and they are looking for you.

Pay for the privilege of finding your tribe. Conventions, Seminars, Cons, etc.

Online communities. Reddit.

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  • John
    • John
    • March 6, 2024 at 11:01 pm

    This is largely a critique, so let me start with the parts that I liked. I feel great chemistry between the two people on this podcast. Also, it comes through that they are both well informed on the topic they speak of. Also, the sound is very clean. Technically it’s a well-performed recording.

    As an INTP male, I can get very focused on details and presentation. In those respects, this podcast was driving me CRAZY.

    I wish the parts where they repeat themselves was edited out. Also when one person says something, and the other person reflects it or repeats it, edit that out as well. It’s already been said. It doesn’t need to be said again. Just say “I like that point” or “I agree with it” and move on to the next point. Don’t repeat it. Don’t repeat it. Don’t repeat it.

    See what I did there.

  • Shreya
    • Shreya
    • March 28, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    Thanks for emailing the podcast. It has helped me to understand my personality type and risk&rewards related to it.

  • Axel
    • Axel
    • March 3, 2022 at 1:32 am

    This was a pretty negative take on INTP. Even though I agree with a lot of type description provided after I took the test, I don’t agree with the comments provided by the speakers that INTPs are socially awkward or that people hate hanging out with INTPs. INTPs can develop social skills and be very conscious of not stepping on other peoples toes… Like not share opinion or advice unless they know that the person on the other side of the table is ready for it. It is true that its very beneficial for this type to avoid living completely in their heads and go out in the world and keep reconstructing their mental frameworks based on real world data.

  • Adam
    • Adam
    • January 7, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    The podcast was amazing I just have an important question . as an INTP I want to know who is the best personality type for me to hang out with? Female and male

  • Gary Davidson
    • Gary Davidson
    • January 17, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    I always identify as an INTJ when doing personality tests but what you were saying within this podcast about INFP really resonates with me as it is exactly what I have done, I have become disillusioned about “reality” and over the years have delved into philosophy, deconstructed political platforms without the emotional or social implications to refine my own opinions, to the point I wrote my own manifesto to create a system that (to my mind) satiates all parties, then after realising that, that’s a mountain I am not willing to climb, and in the long run is pointless, due to humanities proclivity to pendulum, I got back into the occult and have spent years deconstructing religious and mythological narratives in order to find the ultimate truths hidden within all of them, as is said “the first sip of the natural sciences will make you an atheist, but at the bottom of the bottle god awaits”

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