INTP Survey: 5 Things INTPs Wish They Had Known as Teens


In Gifts Differing, Isabel Briggs Myers called INTPs “the most intellectually profound of all the types.”

INTPs are candid, ingenious, and oftentimes rebellious. They are committed to autonomy, freedom, and independence. They are more likely than any other type to study foreign languages, and like to challenge traditions and social assumptions. INTPs make up only 3.3% of the world’s population and male INTPs outnumber females 3 to 1.

Albert Einstein was most likely an INTP, as are Bill Gates and Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos). Possible fictional INTPs are Sherlock Holmes, Bertram Gilfoyle of Silicon Valley, and Lisbeth Salander from the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. All these people have a unique way of looking at the world and I can’t help but admire their withering intellects.

In a recent survey of INTPs we asked four questions:

  • What are the top 3 challenges you face as an INTP?
  • What 3 things do you wish others knew about you as an INTP?
  • What 3 books/movies/courses/events have most impacted your life?
  • What do you wish you could have told your 15 year old self

Over 140 INTPs opened up and shared their world with us. In this article, I would like to focus on the last of the four survey questions – What do you wish you could have told your 15 year old self

Many of the answers shared some common themes. So, I have broken them all down to 5 items INTPs wish they had known when they were 15 years old, in order of frequency.

#1 Don’t Worry About What Others Think

15% of INTPs wish they could tell their younger selves to stop obsessing about what others think. This is a surprising statistic when we consider the stereotypical INTP seems more concerned with logic and data than social niceties. However, it gives us an interesting insight into the sensitive nature of the INTP.

Direct Quotes:

  • “Do not be scared about showing yourself to the world. Stop thinking about what others think and do what you want to do. You are beautiful and smart do not let your insecurities tell you otherwise.”
  • “Don’t listen to the haters and trust your intuition/”gut.”
  • “Don’t give two sh*ts what other people think of you. I know deep down you care, but you can’t let it affect your decisions in life. Be true to yourself and what you want in life.”
  • “Stop worrying about what others think about you. Be honest with how you feel and think. Stop wearing a social mask and be real with people. Stop stalking others on Facebook and have a hobby! Get out there and have a life. Try EVERYTHING.”
  • “Create. Keep creating. Make quick and dirty prototypes. Never be afraid to show your work. Those are signs of scarcity. There is no need to cover things up. Be proud of what you do because you always try to put the best quality out there. Notice the things you love in life. Whether it’s actions/items/people, etc. bring more of those things into your life and play into them.”
  • “Do not give a damn about what other people think. It’s none of your business and you can’t control it. Are you living for yourself or living for others and letting them control the limited time you have on this planet?”
  • “Stick with what interests you most. Other people’s opinions matter but eventually it is your life that you are living. If you do what you enjoy most, you are going to be great at it.”

#2 Do More, Think Less

Sometimes it can be hard for INTPs to get out of their heads and into the real world.  However, this is their fastest path to growth. INTPs may be introverted, but their auxiliary cognitive function is extraverted (Extraverted Intuition). All the idea generating in the world doesn’t do any good until it can be tested, refined, and explored by observing emergent properties. This is how INTPs bring their genius to the benefit of everyone.

14% of INTPs wish they had spent more time exploring during their youth and less time hiding.

Direct Quotes:

  • “It’s nice to get good grades every now and then, but you need to learn there’s more to life than studying. Go out there, get some adventure… do something! Stop worrying the world is against you, or you have to be something of great importance. You are you.  It is okay to make a mistake.”  
  • “There is nothing wrong with you. If you want to make friends in college, you need to socialize more.”
  • “The educational system is inadequate, delve deeper into self education. Begin learning other languages now, it will pay dividends.  Learn to see value in experiences over things. Begin your own path – you need not wait.”
  • “It’s okay to have multiple interests; don’t feel like you have to have your life all planned out at 18. You should also definitely take a year off after high school to backpack through Europe and ‘find yourself”.”
  • “Don’t go to uni straight up after high school. Go and travel.”
  • “Stop being so hard on yourself. Life is long and the prime directive is to experience what you can while you are here.”
  • “Enjoy high school a bit more. You only need 60% of all your subjects to get into university, so stop studying for those distinctions and live a little. Also Oblivion and Dragon Age are great games, play them. And start watching Naruto and Bleach right now. Plus you should join that dance studio so you can actually have fun at your matric dance in a few years and you’ll lose some weight too fatty! Seriously though, go make some friends and party while you can.”

#3 Don’t Be Scared To Be Yourself

A common thread throughout all the Intuitive surveys is the reminder that we are different and that is not only okay, it is awesome.

13% of INTPs would tell their 15 year old selves to just be themselves.

Direct Quotes:

  • “Follow your curiosity. Don’t worry about trying to be like other people– it isn’t going to happen. Just be the best version of you. Give yourself a lot of room to make decisions because you’re good at seeing possibilities, and you will need to explore a lot of them before settling on anything. Enjoy the process of living– beginnings and endings are short and usually kind of anticlimactic, but you can find all kinds of fun in between.”
  • “You’re not wrong. You’re just different, and that’s okay.”
  • “You’re weird but that’s okay. Believe in yourself. Please stop procrastinating.”
  • “Stop trying so hard to be like other people or meet the expectations for normal high schoolers. Just be who you are, regardless of who understands you, finds you attractive, wants you around… you are a wonderful person. ”
  • “Don’t try to conform to what others do or think. There is nothing wrong with you!”
  • “Be true to yourself. Pursue your dreams. Don’t let idiots derail them or try to tell you what to believe or how to think/feel.”

#4 Never Stop Learning

The INTPs dominant cognitive function is Introverted Thinking (Accuracy). This is a Decision-Making function that gathers data in order to sort out fact from fiction. Honest and concise thinking is the highest priority to an INTP. Data must be gathered to assure the INTP is reaching the most accurate conclusions possible. So, it should be no surprise to us that 10% of INTPs want to make sure their younger selves never stop learning.

Direct Quotes:

  • “Study about your personality. Find interesting things to research instead of playing video games all the time. Learn to program.”
  • “Trust your instincts over authoritative figures. Don’t be afraid to not follow the crowd. Ruffle some feathers. Make more of an effort to keep up with old friends. Seek knowledge and always challenge your views.”
  • Math is NOT hard, you’re just not being taught well. It can actually be pretty fun when you’re encouraged to be creative because it isn’t all about memorizing formulas. I promise. Start with Geometry and explore from there. The same thing goes for science. Learn to “code.” It’s a computer thing. Buuuuut… before all of that, don’t be afraid to audition for performing arts school. You’ll get in.”
  • “There is no end to the search. The maze keeps expanding. Find peace in the beliefs and understanding you choose to accept as foundational. Always pick the red pill!”
  • Being smart and curious does not mean you have to be a college professor (it’s sort of the family business). For me the subject matter comes and goes; what’s consistent is the process of clarifying and problem-solving. That’s my “thing”. (I have spent most of my life trying to find my “thing” – medicine? chemistry? economics? – and I’m now trying to reconcile myself to the idea that for me that’s the wrong question.) Being curious can get me into trouble, but I wouldn’t want to be any other way. Imagine the horror of running out of books to read!”

#5 You Are Complete

In exploring INTPs, I read that they have one of the lowest levels of coping resources of all the types (except for maybe ISTPs). This may explain another sobering statistic – INTPs are the most frequent type among college students committing alcohol and drug policy violations. Perhaps this is the reason why 9% of INTPs wish they could tell their younger selves that they are not flawed. Another 5% would like to remind their adolescent selves that they are not broken.

Direct Quotes:

  • “There is nothing wrong with being an introvert. You’re perfect just the way you are.”
  • “You are not broken. INTPs are rare and have that “little bit of crazy” kind of genius. Put on your comfy but mismatched pants and shirt and go learn things.”
  • “Practice self acceptance. Relax.”
  • “Be patient. Life is long and things happen at their own pace. You are already complete the way you are. There is nothing missing. It’s okay to feel awkward and uncomfortable. That’s how growth feels.”
  • “Don’t measure your own worth by any social standards whatsoever. Find out what your talents are. Don’t question whether your rational talents are of less value than the empathic or social talents of others. They’re not. Being less emotional or warm-hearted doesn’t make you a worse person. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.”

Never Stop Being Honest

The gift INTPs bring to our world is their radical honesty. Unbiased, unemotional, data-driven honesty. It is the rubric by which we as a society see through the BS and focus on the facts. Its laser precision cuts through the social detritus and reminds us to pull our heads out of our asses. This is why I love INTPs…even when their truth is painful.

  • 7% of INTPs wish they had been more honest with themselves and others.
  • 6% of INTPs want their younger selves to realize that the future is worth waiting for.
  • 4% of INTPs wish they could have accepted the fact that it is impossible to change the world.
  • Another 4% want their younger selves to realize that friendship is about quality not quantity.
  • And 3% think they should have shared their work more with the people in their lives.

We would love to hear more about the advice INTPs would give to their teenage selves. Please share them in the comments below.


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  • Rachel

    This was fun…
    I need INTPness in my life. Not in the phallic sense, but in the extremely interesting and challenging sense.
    Being alone INTP, somehow surrounded by a sea of INFPs….
    Things seem risky, in many avenues (although extremely normal and successful (whatever the hell that means))
    Suggestions for how to have/build a foundation of stability (soil which allows economic stability by promoting most opportunities for satisfying exploratory curiosities?).
    Situation: previous conditions were accidentally ravaged by curiosities Entropic kitty cat. = the results of all previous Intuitively lead decisions.
    The front seems stable, but this Perpetual existential whirl wind 💨 Seems to have caused some Inadvertent damage to the yard. …
    Taming the tiger? I’s that the saying?
    Guess I’m looking for tiger taming suggestions. Ones that don’t actually just kill the tiger (in all the applicable senses).

    Cuz’ who doesn’t like tigers?

    Sincerely… Rae

    • Edelweiss

      Thanks Rachel for this. I’m 20 and growing up was really crazy for me because I tried to be what I was not, subdued the truth and became a ‘zombie’ just to please people most especially my family which led me to a state of depression. Fortunately for me, I got out of depression and promised myself to always speak up and not live by someone else’s rules because they do not apply to me yet I didn’t still understand why I am the way I am until I stumbled on it and began making researches and coming here to see people who relates and can understand with these traits is really amazing and this has given me more strength to push on
      Proud INtp

      • Lucy Bulloch

        Thank you. As an INTP I find it draining socializing with work friends who often talk of emotional based problems and situations, when not working. Which is Boring and hard to not always easy to understand. I need other INTP’S. Others like me to talk to.

  • Shelly

    To my teenage self
    – You do have the emotional energy and capacity. You think you don’t, but people and life won’t drain you as you imagine they will.
    – people can and do see your strengths and they’ll tolerate your quirks and allow you the freedom you require. There IS a niche for you in this world.
    – Focus on what you want and don’t try and make sense of everything. Your desires don’t have to make sense. You don’t need a logical strategy or explanation for everything.
    – being able to intellectually understand and dissect your emotions is not feeling them and it’s not emotional maturity. Allow yourself to actually feel things in your body and not reason your way out of it.
    – there’s some value in tradition; don’t always be too cool for sentimentality or convention because then you’re just being a snob
    – figure out how to like yourself (truly… not in a defensive “i don’t care about people” way). There’s no strategy to make people like you or date you (as loathsome as it is to admit you desire this). There’s no secret memo everyone else got. You really just like yourself as you are and the best people show up

  • Jason

    Here’s a trivial but totally INTP observation for you – the calculator in the photo (apparently an HP-41) is obsolete, obscure, superior, and baffling to anyone who hasn’t used Reverse Polish Notation (RPN). It’s an excellent choice for your article, as the INTPs that would have used one back in the day would be in their 50s and 60s now.

    • Diane

      I love this response! I, in fact, still own that particular calculator and am in my late 50’s! You nailed it, lol!

      • George

        I’m an 11c user. I still have it in my desk.

    • Jennifer Mitchell

      After reading this I feel even more alien. I had the opposite experience. I did not cared what other think but did the opposite by embracing my unique weirdness and going out of my way to separate myself and was a pioneer in the punk scene. However I found few people thought as deeply as I did even in that group of people. There were more willing to challenge tradition in the counter culture group which is what I found appealing. I felt most tradition humans make up are just that made up. So why is one more significant than any other. I realized the inadequacy of public education and dropped out early and went exploring and searching for depth and meaning about spiritual matters, life the universe and myself. I did that and pushed every possible known boundary until I died twice. Then I found out where the boundaries were. I have become more introverted the older I get. So I do not identify with most of what I just read here.

      • Reply

        Your comment comes closest to my 15 year old experience except that mine being in the mid ’50s didnot have counter culture groups – not in rural eastern Washington anyway.
        My 3 friends and I were our own counter culture (counter to our classmates).

    • Jim Johnson

      Excellent observation!
      In the mid 70’s, this INTP saved up hundreds of dollars for an HP-45 (just after HP-35 and well before HP-41…).

      Perhaps the question, “do you understand and appreciate RPN calculators?” should be on the personality type questionnaires to help identify INTPs traits.

  • Kara

    I would say, “You have a huge amount to offer. But it will take a while to work out how to offer it.”

    • Gia

      Thank you for this comment.

      • Tim

        You should keep a journal of all those ideas (even those abstract ones). It’ll make an amazing book one day!

        You should enjoy all that thinking time available to you living in the middle of nowhere. When you’re older, demands from work and family will give you little time to plan to take over the world!

        You are way more awesome than your friends and will feel complete in life as soon as you meet people other INTPs. Together you’ll do some amazing things

        That dialup stuff… It gets way better and people will actually share all their knowledge you can consume for free so don’t worry about accesses to information… But remember a book can be better than endless snippets of information.

  • GB

    Here’s what I would tell my teenage self:

    First, you were right all along. Not completely. What you were right about was just one side of the coin, and hindsight provides the other side so no worries, you’ll get there. But you were right. And although you’ll get a bit lost along the way by humoring the BS those around you are spouting, you’ll end up facing the truth one day, and the ‘truth’ is really just your own reflection in the mirror. All the answers are inside of you and you’ve known it all along. Great job listening to your inner voice, especially in the midst of all the chaos around you.

    Second, this might come as a surprise to you but life isn’t supposed to be hard. It’s actually annoyingly easy once you pass a certain level of understanding and you have to keep challenging yourself, learning, building skills, engaging in creative pursuits, etc. in order to be fulfilled. But really, the commonly chosen path is incredibly easy. Follow your intuition, it will lead you exactly where you want to go. Into the circumstances you will personally find fulfilling and people who do ‘get’ you.

    Third, despite what you might think about the world right now, it was actually “made” just for you as equally as it was made for everyone else. The fact that you’re rare doesn’t mean you’re not invited. In fact, this is the best part. You get to create whatever you want. You get to cut through the crap, hack the ‘system,’ and make anything happen. You get to architect your life. So do it. The possibilities are endless. And you know exactly what to do. Other people don’t know more than you in the general sense. They’re not in on some secret that you have to figure out.

    10 years later (me now in my mid 20s) and I can say I’m so grateful for who I am and what I’m capable of. And being alive is wonderful.

    • Bob Jeffers-Schroder

      Your advise is good for me now at age 83 and would have been at 15 but I would not have understood it then.

  • Nach

    Woah, this is like the PERFECT article for me to read at this very moment.

    I have been tugging at myself for a while, wondering why the INTJ results I got in personality tests NEVER satisfied me, wondering why I could never cut straight between INTP and INTJ.
    So I have spent the last year or so reading INTJ profiles and data and feeling uneasy about some of the core aspects of the personality type (i.e arrogance, certitude, “coldness”, pragmatism, etc).
    After reading the article above, it’s like… EUREKA!! (yes, with capital letters).

    In fact, The more I read about INTPs (women in particular), the more I recognise myself in the type. I have always LOVED anime, been a fan of Sci-fi films, LOVED computers and coding, learnt over 7 languages (conversing in 5 of them), moved countries like 20 times in 32 years, changed workplaces like 30 times since I was 18 years old, studied/worked in Academic fields though not in Universities, been BORED TO DEATH with a “job” after 1 year or so of working, sought new ventures/knowledge/experiences regardless of the economical/practical impact on my finances and family/relationships.

    As now, having been in a stable (static?) environment for the last 2.5 years, I’m starting to fret again. My main consolation is that I now have enough money, time and opportunities to complete certifications/online courses and read books about any of my newfound interests in the most relaxing environment. It’s like a breath of FRESH AIR, every.single.time it happens!

    I definitely love being me and having my personality, and although the world is often an unwelcomed but needed distraction, I manage to cruise through because I understand that no isht that I do or do not do really matters. All I want is to discover, learn, ponder, analyse, create, upgrade, refine and start again.

    Life is beautiful. The world is a playground. I f****ing love my life! 🙂

    • Charis Branson

      Thank you for that amazing comment, Nach! I’m so glad you have finally found your best fit type. Bravo for creating a life you can love!! <3

      • Manolo de Ramona

        Can relate to a lot here. Cheers mate,

      • Britney

        I’m so glad I was bored one day and tried a personality test I’ve never in my life ever felt understood I always thought there had to be something wrong with me.everyone is not like this I’m so glad I found you all you have no idea how long I’ve looked for you all!!!!

  • Irenie

    What could I tell a younger version of myself?
    You’re not nuts. You really do see things differently from other people. You pick up on subtle cues and can reach a logical conclusion while they are still flapping around. But… people probably don’t want to hear that all the time.
    Just because you can walk in and ace the test without doing the work- doesn’t mean you should. In your heart you love learning. Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in it.
    “Architect” is our archetype, but architecture as a career isn’t anywhere near as glamorous as it is on TV. It’s hard, grueling work, sometimes with a lot of conflict. It can use up all your intellectual wattage, all day, every day. The flip side of this is- it draws on everything I have and I learn something new every day. I am challenged and I grow every single workday. That’s what keeps me coming back.
    You have a lot to offer, you are so much more than the vast store of information in your head. Don’t hide your light under a basket. Take leadership training, learn to put yourself out there, and show your audacious heart.

    • Charis Branson

      Thanks, Irenie!

  • Dustin Leroux

    All of this is so soo good thank you for making this article. Researching this personality type has produced nothing but yes’s and, I so get that’s, with almost anything that I find, I confess that I started to cry a little when I came to part about how it’s ok to be you. It’s nice to know for once that people get me. For most of my life I’ve felt like I’ve been different and smarter than most but then the whole smart thing would my experience contradicted that knowledge because when I opened my mouth nonsense usually followed but I get it now my brain works differently and that’s ok as far the job questions earlier I have always sought to have a free type of job path so initially I though graphic design but too flooded of a field so I started school to be a Teacher and I just switched majors to mechanical engineering with the end goal of opening an private firm for inventing and designing things to answer all the whys and why nots out there.

    • Charis Branson

      Thanks for the comment, Dustin! I wish you success on your ambitions. 🙂

  • Charles Goodwin

    Hello. I will try to pin-point my answers based on the coalescence of answers. Hopefully I will NOT hypnotize everyone into a keyboard to forehead induced coma.
    So… what will I tell my 15 year old self?
    #1 – Social paralysis –
    That girl that broke up with you once school started when she found out you weren’t one of the “cool kids” Forget her. You’ll discover that being free to work on your flirting (Fe) is needed training. (Of course you didn’t do that and slid into a “What is love really?” reclusive meltdown. Forget her. You’ll thank me later)
    Come to find out social recognition (like having a popular girl friend) is over-rated and strong silent types is an acquired taste. Make them come to you.
    Lastly – SPEAK UP about the war going on in your head. Asking for help does not make you weak.
    #2 – Get out more – (BTW the survey answers in the article seemed more “TJ” than “TP” correct me please.)
    Get out more means get out of your head and go look at stuff. When people ask you if you want to go with them, don’t even think about it. Get up and call shotgun!! Remember your favorite movie “Short Circuit”? That’s you bro. Need input, No disassemble!!
    #3 – Learn, you’re good at it –
    Focus and get good grades, You procrastinate too much about it. I know its boring and it doesn’t apply to the big picture “why am I here” Just do it so you can get out of that sh#t-hole double wide and break the cycle. You are a juggernaut of intellect, so prove it.
    #4 – Completeness in “knowing” –
    Dude, quit trying to figure it ALL out. You will never find the end. Believe me, no one sees your constant pursuit for truth and the meaning of it all (Perhaps they too are in pursuit). Our existence means something (I can feel it) and finding out exactly what the puzzle looks like is not as important as the pieces that make it whole. People are the key. Focus on them.

    With that said you are a philosophical and experimental mind. Write more, and don’t throw away your writings.

  • Manny Festation

    I’m going to attempt to put this simply, and honestly try to, as in; not just say I’m going to attempt to put it simply.

    First things first: “I would have told my younger self; “I know you’re not going to listen to me, and I know you’re going to roll your eyes because you think I’m just saying ‘you’re not going to listen to me’ as you think it’s a backhanded way to sway you by relating to you and then to the third degree and so on, forever….. Yeah, got your attention now? Good. You’re hurt, you’re confused, I get it. You’re acting out as a punk kid and you look ridiculous, and guess what? You don’t fit in with the poser anarchists either, do you? Bunch of moody cry babies, you know it to, admit it. Obviously… I’m you and so that goes without saying. The secret to life; there is none and you already know the answers so stop asking yourself questions. Where you are now, you’ll eventually reach the same conclusions through different lines of reasoning. Everything is chaos. You and I both know the people around you are puppets, you and I both know you are holding your own potential back because you don’t want to piss people off. You need to say to hell with them, because these people? They won’t be there later. Y’know what… On the other hand. Keep doing what you’re doing, not exactly what you’re doing, but at least do it all the way for **** sake. You don’t learn anything from compliments. Seriously, go ahead and be the monster inside of you, don’t hold back. You and I won’t regret it.”

    And to Charis, thank you for this article, it was enlightening.

    For a long time I’ve felt as if I was going crazy. Diagnosed with OCD (turned out to be true) on top of the fact that I could never truly figure out who I was. Nobody understood me, not ever. I’ve always held myself back, trying to juggle and balance what is ‘socially acceptable’ and not. I’d write for hours, connecting seemingly unrelated subject matter. It all made perfect sense to me, nobody else. I literally got to the point as of late that I may indeed be losing touch with reality. I kicked the shit out of myself mentally to the point I didn’t even feel real anymore. I felt like I met the criteria for psychopath, yet felt emotions deeply (only on the inside). I’ve always known I saw things, but they weren’t hallucinations and I never lost sense of self. Turns out, I only ever saw the finer details and bigger picture but never allowed for myself to believe that. Perfectionist to be sure, as I am my own biggest critic. I destroyed myself over the years, broken myself time and time again, from one extreme to the other. Swallowing a little bit more of my pride everyday in an attempt to logically explain the world around me. I ended up turning everything into a paradox, I had no more opinions of my own,I was a wreck in the most intense definition of the word. I won’t bother with that Bible lengthed novel right now though.

    It came down to me believing that it was a real, factual matter of time that I would lose my mind if I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with myself. I turned every stone, looked in every corner, nook and cranny. Visited the deepest, darkest part of the subconscious. Dabbled in the occult even (and was able to make sense of nonsense). I just wanted to believe something again before I lost my mind. But God wouldn’t even grant me the serenity to not accept the things I could not change. Round and round I went. Knowledge is power only so long as you know that the more enlightened you are, the more in the dark you become. It’s a lonely world when you’re by yourself in that dimension. I’d never met anyone like myself before, not that I’d be likely to like them anyway because I’m an asshole. All the same, I felt alone, even started to feel distance from my family for the volumes I was thinking. Always the hermit, always researching, always writing and yet nobody, not even I understood how I could do all of this and never produce results.

    For the first time ever, I bit the bullet, swallowed the rest of my pride and went to see a psychologist today. I worried that he’d not be able to help me because I would manipulate him into believing nothing was wrong, but only because I had manipulated myself into believing it wouldn’t help. Always thinking it was just some prick with a degree, pretending to be interested because people like to feel validated when at the end of the day, it’s how he makes bank. Last resort, I tried anyway and even forcing myself to leave the house took a lot out of me.

    As it turns out, all I have is obsessive compulsive disorder. Who knew? After a significant amount of psychological warfare he told me I was looking in the wrong place if where I was looking was the spectrum of personality and mental disorders.

    “Neurological?” I asked. “Oh God….. I knew it. I actually lose sense of self and obviously that’s why I wouldn’t know it, because it’s not me when it happens!”

    He sort of chuckled.

    “No. But do this for me; go home and look up ‘INTP’ and tell me what you think next time you come in. I promise, next session is free.”

    And so, here I am, for the first time in the history of my life realizing that I’m not insane; I’m gifted and never gave myself the credit I deserved, on the contrary, I was about at the bottom of the rabbit hole. Having to look up just to see hell and for absolutely no reason putting myself through it all. Well, hell….. Since we’re on the topic of it. I don’t regret going through hell now, because now all I can go is forward, and forward for me can only be up at this degree.

    I’m definitely special… I still almost cringe typing that. I’ve been reading about INTP since I’ve gotten home, trying to find the flaws in it all, trying to poke holes in it. Well, for the first time in a long time, I’ve drawn less opposing arguments than I have absolute belief and the stress that has been lifted off of me is astounding so far. I took all the tests I used to hate and they all reaffirm it; I am INTP. And even if I am nuts, now I can look at it as more of a ‘divine madness.’ All of my heroes always were a little crazy. The universe is starting to be less chaotic, in the sense that, of course I know it’s all chaos, but chaos also breeds order.

    For the first time ever, I think I’ll post this comment without worrying about putting myself ‘out there’ and as a matter of factually, I won’t even go back and read it a dozen times to make sure it’s perfect. I learned today that imperfection can be beautiful. That’s why it is perfect.

    This survey is only the first one of hundreds I’ll be reading through for the next few days and although I can see that I’m much much different, almost an extreme polar opposite than even most of those who answered the question, I guess that’s the beauty in it. I was still able to relate to all of it in a twisted kind of way. I was an honor roll student and then I dropped out after I stopped caring. I was sure I would change the world, but I never stopped to question how, I just did. I was a leader, I was fearless, adventurous, I really used to have life figured out and I was happy, although scared shitless on the inside at all times, I learned to love it. Then… Somewhere along the way, I second guessed myself and here we are.

    Thank you again for the article. I’ll see you all on the other side.

    • David Casey

      Your response here was the only one on this page out of the dozens that I read that I fully connected with. In a deep and profound way. INTPs may comprise some small (2-3%?) of the overall population, but INTPs such as you and I are even more infinitesimally represented. I hope, out of some small chance, that you see this reply and read it. Please, contact me on Facebook or by email.

      Email: 83DavidCasey@gmail

    • David Casey

      I screwed up my email and cannot edit my comment, so I am leaving another. is my email address.

    • William Hill

      I love this response. I am able to indentify with it so much growing up I was always lost didn’t fit into this or that wondering thru life aimlessly and the whole time I was diagnosed as bipolar beacuse mostly people couldn’t understand where I was coming from my biggest problem was when people told me that they wanted the truth well when I give my version of the truth brutal cold hard facts they can’t handle them so then I have to try to find a way to make it easy for them to swallow well hitting 50 soon and I’m done sugar coating everything my life is a train wreck x 10million and I am just starting to realize my potiental and need to get my head straight without meds because I really think it my personality type not bipolar bs that I was forced to believe all these years is there anyone else that can relate? My Facebook link:

    • Rebecca

      I really identified with you. I’ve known I was an INTP for several years, and recognizing that there are others like me made a huge difference. I was constantly being misunderstood. I get it now. I’m a 68 year old female and when I took Intro to Logic all the bells and whistles went off. I was made for that! This was back when we used DeMorgan’s theorems to discect an argument or theory. I loved it. Abstract thinking was in my wheelhouse. Then I found out while being inducted to Alpha Chi, that Mensa was there asking me to join. My husband, not wanting me to look smarter than him, said the $40 yearly fee was too much. That didn’t matter to me so much then. Still doesn’t. Just happy to know I’m not all crazy! I’m just different. Wish I had known decades ago.

  • Wrain

    If I could go back I don’t know that anything I said would make much of a difference. I could tell myself all day long that Failure is not the end of the your life but until I failed spectacularly in college, and survived it, I didn’t believe it. I would rather go back and talk to my 21 year old self and tell me to take that acting job in New York. Who cares if it didn’t pan out the risk would be worth the experience. It’s the one thing in my life I truly regret not doing.

  • Jay

    I knew my type since my late 20’s (after taking the test in a leadership course)and I’m now in my 50’s. I am extreme on the I, N, and T ranges, and moderately P. So the stereotypes and generalizations apply very well to me. Being aware of these types of personality models has been very useful to me, as a way to understand the behavior of others that would otherwise not make sense. Personality Hacker does have a very accurate portrayal of INTP.

    What I would tell my 15 yr old self? That guy was hopelessly clueless! One thing would be to understand early that what people say they want and what they really want are often not the same. Don’t be so quick to offer solutions to the stated problems, because there is often a lot of hidden stuff going on, and you may “other” yourself if you are not careful to understand hidden agendas.

    That goes for almost all relationships, including romantic, work-place, and family.

    Realize that the messy human relationships are often more important than actual measurable performance metrics. Maybe you will get lucky and find a career that really does reward innovation and problem-solving, but you would be smart to invest a great deal of effort into developing human networks and socializing, as uncomfortable as that may feel. View it as another system to figure out!

    Cut way back on providing commentary and critiques of everything. Try to remember to thank those who do things for you, and praise behavior that you want to continue. Don’t assume that it’s obvious that you appreciate it. Most of the other types need to see expressions of appreciation.

    As for love? Can’t help too much there…I would say, try to resist being drawn to the crazy ones. I know it’s intriguing to have interesting puzzles to solve, but after you figure it out and start getting bored, things get interesting in a bad way.

    • Lola

      Well you are spot on about love! I’ve always been attracted to crazy people and it never ends well.

  • Willy Boy

    If you want a great INTP job, become a lawyer! I really love tax law! (before your eyes glaze over, consider the following:) Lots of analysis and the material keeps changing. Client issues are almost always unique in some way and the laws that apply many and various. (just for fun go watch the movie “Good Will Hunting,” particularly the clip where he is defending himself for an assault charge).
    Law school gets a bit challenging for we INTPs but if you break down your classes and organize the info before the prof does, the material is kinda basic and straightforward. To cure boredom, you change classes every semester!
    I took a bunch of tax classes because tax law is almost “economy proof” (the world will always have tax lawyers! :)) and once you know the rules, they are fun to stretch and bend in exciting and imaginative ways. Great Fun!!!
    I worked as an intern for a state tax authority AND IT WAS A PERFECT INTP PLAYGROUND! The whole office is really quiet. I could leave when I wanted for lunch and come back when I wanted (so long as it wasn’t 4+ hours). No clock, no check in, no suit and tie unless I needed to meet with an outside client or professional. And, Glory be to Jesus, scads of analysis and applications to be thought through and written up! It was almost a little bit of heaven!
    I’m about to apply there for a real job (interns don’t get paid, but I have since graduated law school) and found out I can work 4/10s (4 days per week at 10 hours per day)! That means a 3 day weekend, EVERY WEEKEND, when I can explore other things I love to do!
    Besides all that, lawyers get paid well too. I seriously can’t think of a better job to have!
    If you are an INTP, you should really look into this. The schooling is a bit long, but, hey, its a profession (you get a Doctorate) and it really pays off for what you put into it!

  • Willy Boy

    If you want a great INTP job, become a lawyer! I really love tax law! (before your eyes glaze over, consider the following:) Lots of analysis and the material keeps changing. Client issues are almost always unique in some way and the laws that apply many and various. (just for fun go watch the movie “Good Will Hunting,” particularly the clip where he is defending himself for an assault charge).
    Law school gets a bit challenging for we INTPs but if you break down your classes and organize the info before the prof does, the material is kinda basic and straightforward. To cure boredom, you change classes every semester!
    I took a bunch of tax classes because tax law is almost “economy proof” (the world will always have tax lawyers! :)) and once you know the rules, they are fun to stretch and bend in exciting and imaginative ways. Great Fun!!!
    I worked as an intern for a state tax authority AND IT WAS A PERFECT INTP PLAYGROUND! The whole office is really quiet. I could leave when I wanted for lunch and come back when I wanted (so long as it wasn’t 4+ hours). No clock, no check in, no suit and tie unless I needed tomato with an outside client or professional. And, Glory be to Jesus, scads of analysis and applications to be thought through and written up! It was almost a little bit of heaven!
    I’m about to apply there for a real job (interns don’t get paid, but I have since graduated law school) and found out I can work 4/10s (4 days per week at 10 hours per day)! That means a 3 day weekend, EVERY WEEKEND, when I can explore other things I love to do!
    Besides all that, lawyers get paid well too. I seriously can’t think of a better job to have!
    If you are an INTP, you should really look into this. The schooling is a bit long, but, hey, its a profession (you get a Doctorate) and it really pays off for what you put into it!

    • Jess

      Tax law is awesome. Law in general is, but the intricacies of a specialised area, plus the intermingling with finance? I can completely understand why it’s appealing.

  • Soothseeker

    What I’d tell my 15 yo self: Don’t be afraid to ask for help; it doesn’t make you weak or needy. Don’t worry about losing your independence. Let other’s care for you and love you; try to reciprocate. You’ll have your whole adult life to be independent. You are beautiful, kind, and smart so stop focusing on your flaws and just have as much fun with life as you can. Learning to be comfortable in your own skin means learning to be comfortable in your surroundings as well. Don’t be afraid to take risks. Follow your passions and stop worrying about glory or riches. They will come to you no matter what you do, but mostly if you follow your passions. Put off college and go backpacking through Europe after you graduate. Look into teaching English as a 2nd language to get you there. Or take that scary step of working on a cargo ship at sea for 3 months. Scary steps aren’t so scary once you take them, so take them often. Quit getting caught up in boys. They may feel like the most important things at the time, but really you’re the most important thing always so act like it and don’t take any shit!

  • jeanette

    Since I always excelled in math and science, I assumed that was the logical path to take. Nearly 20 years after graduating high school, a couple career paths later, I’m sitting at the PC at 12:30 am looking at personality websites (and I have to be up in less than seven hours for a job that I am not altogether enthusiastic about). I guess I could tell myself, yeah, recognize what you’re good at, but also look at what makes you happy because eight+ hours a day, 40+ years, is a long time. For me, I think, the salary is not a big deciding factor. For me, a dream job is doing something I enjoy, can be comfortable with, and find somewhat interesting, not so oriented around outside success. Don’t do what you “should”, do what you “like.” We need to feel independent and engaged more so than others. At least in my case, I do, and I am going after another career change at the moment. I thought by age 36, I’d have this settled by now. If only I could be 18 again… 🙂

  • Rey

    Note to my former self:

    Don’t worry about your “typical Asian” parents who want you to be someone you are not. They believe in stability, and you believe in creativity; they believe in following the norm, you were never the norm; they want you to be like them, but you were never like them to begin with. Don’t be pressured into given up your love of learning anything and everything to satisfy them briefly. Be yourself, they will come to accept who you are.

    Don’t feel the need to be “accepted” because you will start hate life, become depressed and even try to kill yourself. It is not your fault that they think you are “weird” or even make fun of you; they are the ones who are wrong.

    Believe that you are special and trust your gut. Believe in who you really are. There is no need to feel shame or to be depressed about what others think. Be you. Do what you love, cherish each experience and learn from them. Trust that you will make it one day even if it takes you a few tries. Keep working on being you, one day, they will understand who you are and love you for who you are.

    Do what you love. Go explore the world. Don’t stay in your hometown just to satisfy them, explore the world and share that with those who truly know you and love you for who you are. Never give in and never give up and the world that I know now will be much happier and much more rewarding.

  • Keith

    You guys just CHANGED MY LIFE! Thank you for this page, I always thought there was something wrong with me. SELF ACCEPTANCE IS KEY to being a FULLY EQUIPPED INTP!

  • anon

    To my 15 year old self

    *Embrace your weirdness. Others may have already embraced it in you; they arw just waiting for you to experience its awesomeness.

    *Just because you’re an introvert does not make you a loner or anti-social.

    *Express your appreciation more on your friends.

    *You are not here to fix the world.

    • Charis Branson

      Thanks for your personalized additions, Anon!

  • anon

    i like your honesty

  • Lindsay

    I am actually 15 currently. I honestly have no idea what my outlook on myself would be if my INTJ dad didn’t introduce to me what an introvert was a few years back. Growing up on understanding where you come from definitely has a positive influence. I just discovered these personality types about a week ago where I figured out that I’m an INTP. At least I now understand my problems with emotions 🙂 and proud of it (if that makes any sense).

    • Charis Branson

      Thanks for the comment, Lindsay! It makes a lot of sense. Finding out why you are the way you are is so empowering. It makes you feel excited to realize the things you thought were wrong are actually gifts you bring to the world. You should be proud! 🙂

  • faiza daude

    What I would have love to say to my “teenager self” is:
    -there’s nothing wrong about being a lil bit weird. You will realize that being different is something to be proud of.
    -so your friends doesn’t get you? Nor your family? Don’t worry about it.. stop trying to make them happy by changing or pretending the way you think.
    -it’s confusing to have your feeling so mixed up that you can’t even get what you are feeling? You are not broken. Stop listening to your friends when they say you are cold or that you are a freak.

    And the list goes on. It’s hard being an INTP as a men, imagine being a girl. I had serious problem growing up. Have a sis that has no problems getting new friends. But I had hard time trying to start a convo with a strange person. My feeling where a chaos (still is). Wanted something so bad, once I had it I lost the interest.
    But now, I’m proud of being the way I am. I have few friends, that somehow understands me. Most of them are INTJ. And most important of all: I really don’t care what other might say, think about me.

    • Melvin

      I’m now 59 and discovered M-B typology in my twenties. When I read the individual letter definitions I assumed I was an ISTJ because I thought that was what I was supposed to be. I was shocked to discover I am an INTP, but there was no mistaking it. The life-changing part of that discovery was that it is OK to be an INTP.

  • Lucian

    This shed a lot of light onto why I have thought I became mentally stagnant. I have not been doing much exploration at all and using my “10 year old” Si as an excuse to stay in the safety of my own home telling myself I could get away with taking online college courses and getting at home jobs so that the only time I will actually have to leave my home is for the bare necessities. I see now that it is a huge mistake. I have been wondering for a long time now(since I was 16, now 19)what I should actually be doing, and that my friends are specialists in all sorts of fields and have great mastery over their chosen skill/talent and started to think something was wrong with me because what I was doing didn’t have much use to them(probably Inferior Fe stirring up anxiety within). When in actuality I should have been getting out and exploring my options by being in contact with the physical world. I let my Si dictate and stifle too much of my life to the point where I was okay with the sameness it provided me with in everything I did and I think I got myself into an Ti-Si loop of which I may currently still be haunted by. Either way, disregarding my rambling I suppose I just meant to say “thank you”? For finally clarifying what I had struggled daily to wrap my mind around.

  • Mark

    40y old and only now finding out the difference in personality compared to the majority of people I’ve encountered over the years, is actually explained in 4 letters, INTP!

    Always blew my head, how i could chew through something new and complex but at the same time mentally lock down on something that appears simple and logical to others.

    I wish a teacher had pointed INTP out to me, I know I had the brains to do it, and could put the effort in for a little bit, being successful, but than lost interest and messed up, a real slacker.

    It has hold me back and I never reached my potential through education, in my working career though, I have been able to develop my strengths and put them to use.

    Sad to say, I always expected some sort of mental issue, got so occupied in my head with the things I had to do, in such a degree that in reality, actually nothing happened.

    Like cleaning the house, taking out the trash, or pretty much all routine chores on my mind for a week(s), chewing over, till I finally get the energy burst and do it, some of those thing will take not more than a minute to actual do.

    It’s nice to find out this all is a “explainable” personality type, I recognize the strengths and weaknesses of the INTP description, but this all was kind of vague to me before, I could not put my finger on it.

    This will help me going forward, “exploit” my strengths and some needed “diy” on my weaknesses 😉

    Thanks for the info…

    • Charis Branson

      Thanks for the feedback Mark! It’s never to late to start on the journey of self discovery. 🙂

  • ryan

    This is great advice–how do I transmit this back to my younger self?

  • Rae

    Spend less time trying to prove you’re right. You’re usually right, but sometimes you’re not, and being right isn’t the objective of every conversation, anyway (so I’m told). It’s tempting to pretend to be an expert on a subject you’ve only dipped your toe into because you can just lead people through a verbal maze with all kinds of logic booby traps to make it seem like you know what you’re talking about. It’s painfully obvious to most people, though, and it discredits the words that come out of your mouth. The fear of looking stupid also gives you an excuse to avoid interaction with people in general.

    It’s almost always better to start your sentences with “My understanding of this topic is…” or “From my perspective…”. It turns arguments into conversations which gives you an opportunity to learn new things. You don’t have to worry about being “found out” if you’re up front about yourself to begin with.

    • Charis Branson

      Thanks Rae! I think that is great advice for all Ti users. In listening to the recent ENTP podcast, I noticed Antonia said she had the same tendency to want to sound like an authority on everything.

  • Anthony

    “4% of INTPs wish they could have accepted the fact that it is impossible to change the world.”?

    Nah, I don’t believe we can’t.

    That hit me as it’s the exact opposite of my vibe. Anyway, to break it down logically, I think it’s a choice of a perception that can help you with your well being. If you live in the past, you better not expecting you can change the world or you gonna be quite miserable. Since there are quite some tools here in modern times like the internet, e.g. what this website is trying to do, believing that you can make a change helps to give the additional push for you to find those routes to actually do it.

    Idk, maybe they are right to tell their 15 years old self to not expect much to reserve energy before the time comes, but I hope their now-self can adjust to the changing situation.

    • Antonia Dodge

      I’m right there with you. Even if it’s quixotic, I’m all about the hallucination that we can absolutely change the world. I don’t think we can stop ourselves, it’s just a matter of being conscientious about it.


      • Rachel

        I agree. And isn’t the world too complicated to figure out if we’ve actually changed it or not? I could influence my friend who influences her children, who then end up changing the world in a big way.

        It’s a good idea to have a sense of realism, and not expect the world to change just because YOU decided it should. But at the same time, I don’t think there’s any way to say that it’s impossible. Realize this, and choose the perception that you can, and because of this, it IS more likely that you can.

        • Rachel

          To clarify, I didn’t mean it’s always too complicated to figure out if we’ve changed the world or not. Obviously that’s false. Many people have definitively changed the world in some way. I meant we can change small and subtle things, and who’s to say that they didn’t end up changing things in the long run. A bit like the butterfly effect, except for the things we have control over, like influencing people.

    • Alberto

      Yeah! Go tell Einstein that he can’t change the world… Go tell Google’s creators that they can’t. Of course we can change it! As an INTP, that’s my everyday drive!!!

  • Rachel

    I was especially interested by this quote:

    “Being smart and curious does not mean you have to be a college professor (it’s sort of the family business). For me the subject matter comes and goes; what’s consistent is the process of clarifying and problem-solving. That’s my “thing”. (I have spent most of my life trying to find my “thing” – medicine? chemistry? economics? – and I’m now trying to reconcile myself to the idea that for me that’s the wrong question.) Being curious can get me into trouble, but I wouldn’t want to be any other way. Imagine the horror of running out of books to read!”

    That’s pretty much what I’m going through right now, as a young adult figuring out what I want to do with my life, trying to find my “thing”. I have assumed from when I was really young that being a professor was pretty much the ideal job. I somewhat randomly picked Computer Science as my field of study, although as in the quote, there were so many options (Linguistics? Music? Chemistry? Astronomy? etc. etc.). But I’ve been surprised at how quickly I’ve been getting bored of my chosen “thing”. Turns out, the subject matter comes and goes for me too; it really is the wrong question to figure out my “thing”. So I’ve got that far, but… I have no idea what the “right” question actually is. All I really, really want to do with my life is read everything and study everything, forever. Unfortunately, you can’t really live off doing that…

    So, anyone have any advice on that? A lot of people would say to suck up my boredom, stick with a job that works and keeps me alive. But maybe other INTPs would be a little more sympathetic.

    Does the original writer of that survey question ever read the comments? What did you discover is the “right” question?

    • Charis Branson

      I think the point is that you are never going to find that ONE thing. INTPs are too curious to ever want to specialize for long.

      I definitely wouldn’t recommend settling into a soul destroying job just because you have been told to suck it up.

      Why does it have to be one choice for all time anyway? Why can’t you pursue whatever is interesting to you now with the knowledge that you have the freedom to move on to other challenges once this one becomes boring?

      Maybe the question should be, “What is your ‘thing’ today?” Tomorrow may be totally different.

      • Anesthetize

        This is so right. I have had people tell me this for as long as I can remember “Suck it up, it’s a job, it’s money.” I am never satisfied with ceasing to learn. People always look at me funny when I tell them I am 33 and in school…. AGAIN. That’s just it though, my “thing” changes so often, I want to learn about everything, and sometimes I get mid way through and go “Na this is boring after all…. NEXT.” I don’t think I’ll ever just settle in to one thing, and for a lot of my life that was something I would beat myself up over. I would always consider myself “not established” or “behind in life.” It took a while to get to a point where it was okay to be the kind of person who wants to soak in everything and just ride the tide of life and knowledge.

        • zazuge

          I’m also INTP according to the many tests and self-assessements i did the past years i was obsessed with MBTI.
          I remember in Uni, i fallen ina depression bc i coudn’t get to do comp science (back then 2000 here in my country, comp sci was a small branch and only the best scoring could do it)
          i was told “study electronics”, but that coudn’t make it, i had a comp since 1994 and bc of it my interests switched from astronomy to comp-sci, later after dropping out, I studied it in private school
          the irony is that i didn’t find a job worth of what i got (master degree in databases and datawharehouses), and even being a freelance programmer, i coudn’t make a satisfactory carrier out of it, i changed job and field of interest again, now I’m into alter-energy, and my 1st intention was to run my own business, but i sucked at starting business, but what I’m doing now, is learning, by building my own standalone system, and now I’m interested in low-energy heating/cooling, biogas and bio-fuel out of fresh water algae.
          i noticed that I’m interested in many distinct fields, astronomy, cosmology, physics, QM, (specially interested in informational physics), philosophy, psychology, and even religion
          all of that is because I’m curious about the truth, i’m rather a person who live to learn than learn to live.
          and i should really learn to live, cause i need that to live to learn more haha.

          • Adam

            You sound a lot like me. I’m an INTP who is primarily interested in the social sciences (I know…Not true sciences). I am a military chaplain and my approach to counseling is more direct and systems oriented than that of most pastors/chaplains. I’m not interested in meeting people in their feelings place, but I can acknowledge those feelings, while sensitively addressing the flaws/shortcomings of a person’s current life approaches. Ultimately, wholeness and consistency are the goals of INTP’s, and we can be tremendously insightful and productive in these fields. Because INTP’s are always seeking shortcuts, we are able to diagnose and fix much more quickly than our feeling counterparts and friends, which means I’m able to counsel up to three times more Airmen than some of my counterparts. And yes, I have the numbers to prove it. lol

      • Austin

        From a personal growth standpoint I think this is spot on. From a professional growth standpoint this is suicide. Trust me on this. I am an INTP that is working as a security guard because I took this path. It is killing me.

        • Charis Branson

          So, what would you have done differently Austin?

          • Haley

            Find a balance. Try not to pigeon hole yourself. I’m an intp. It’s taken me 8 years to get my 4 year degree. I would say take your time in finding a subject that gives you enough flexibility to keep finding and delving into new things, but also something focused enough to allow you to be useful in a professional setting. I finally settled with environmental science. It’s a “squishy” science. I have to pull from “firmer” sciences like biology, chemistry, physics, etc daily, but the flexible and social nature of the field allows for the creative room that I need to feel satisfied.

            In short: take your time. Find a field where you feel comfortable around your colleagues. Find a field that satisfies your varying needs.

        • Adam

          I can very much relate to this sentiment. I was 34 with a healthy salary and good-sized retirement fund. I switched careers out of interest in another field, and lost half my salary. Now I’m 41 and making nearly twice what I made when I was 34, but my retirement is gone because I had to dip into it for the loss of salary when I left my former career at 34. Now I find myself getting stagnant in my current career, but I’m sticking with it anyway. I will explore my interests as hobbies instead of letting it take a bite out of my career. I will only let that hobby become career-focused when I see a clear path toward better financial stability and security than I have now.

    • Virgílio

      I know exactly what you mean. I was trying to find out what I should try on college, physics or computer science? Some times I had Headaches when thinking about it. But I suddenly realized I could do both. I tried computer Science at college but still studying about physics in books and internet. This series Cosmos was a very good place to start on, because it talks about science in general, but mainly about physics. In college I’m finishing the computer science study and next year I’m going to start a game development college.

      I think the question you should ask yourself is, what I want to learn and what I want to work with? I think taking this two question separated is the key to know what’s next. Keep these in mind and you will soon find it out.

      • Rachel

        Yes, I did a combined Computer Science and Music program in university for this very reason.

        Cosmos looks interesting, and I believe it’s on Netflix. I’ll try it out, thanks! Physics, especially the astro-physics side of things, ahs always fascinated me. Ever since I was really young I’d do exactly what you mentioned, and study physics on my own by getting books from the library.

        I’ll definitely keep thinking about this problem. Not that I can really help it, haha. Things tend to stick and run around in my mind all the time until I’ve solved them.

        • Virgílio

          I’m glad I could help. I didn’t know Cosmos was on Netflix, I was watching on Natgeo, going to Netflix right now, thanks.

    • Anthony

      I think the right “question” to be asked is not what subjects or field to work on, but what cognitive skills you enjoy and find energizing when executed.

      I like to engage in problem solving, the more important, the more bigger than life the problem is, the better it feels for me and actually solving it by applying my knowledge then I would feel proud that my theories are good and useful and well I can maybe publish them someday. But also equally importantly, people need to be related to these problems and by solving them, I can hopefully be recognized and gain a place among people(soothing and making a place for the inferior Fe?). At the same time, I like to just being led by my imagination, curiosity and excitement about the potential of things-I really like collecting information about an upcoming online game update, about an up coming big video game, about the future of humanity, of us colonizing Mars and the solar system and so on.

      I actually don’t really know how to put them all together into a career or lifestyle, maybe become a writer or entrepreneur, but just embrace this fluid trait of yours as it’s a valuable skill on itself. Anyway, I just hope my babbling can give another perspective into looking at this problem and have some feedback hopefully 🙂

      • Rachel

        This was helpful, Anthony. Thanks. I don’t know how to put them all together into a career/lifestyle either, sigh. But now’s the time to figure it out. I’ll put my interest in problem solving into solving this problem.

    • Mohamed

      Hi Rachel,

      I just found out about a week ago I was an INTP (actually much earlier, but I just got to read about it extensively one week back – talk about procrastination HA!). I Haven’t stopped giggling ever since cause it just explains EVERYTHING about my life and who I am. I used to think I had a lot of weird things/behaviors/ways of thinking, but the fact that others experience them and it’s part of who we are is just….awesome! Anyways, I believe in the law of attraction and have actually used it to manifest a lot of things at work. As a fellow INTP, you’re naturally very curious and excellent in problem solving. I would recommend that you pursue EVERYTHING that interests you, as the way you’ll grow as a person will be very remarkable. Any field that requires strong analytical/problem solving skills and sees your creativity and innovation as beneficial skills would do.

      Personally, I just want to get the financial freedom so I can break free from all social, time and effort restrictions and focus on learning and sharing my knowledge with the rest of the world. I’ll be using my problem solving skills to come up with an invention very soon to do that. So, eventually, you can really be anything you put your mind into. I’d recommend you read jack canfield’s book “how to get from where you are to where you want to be” and Napoleon Hill’s “think and grow rich”. I could go on for days on what needs to be done to reach to a purpose (many many purposes for us INTPs actually) and would be happy to share knowledge on my experience if you have specific questions.

      • Mohamed

        Also, in my opinion, Susan Cain’s “Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking” is a must-read for all introverts.

    • Shehab

      it was my problem, continually trying to prove to people that i’m not a kid.. Don’t mistake me for what I appear..

      I’m thriving to find the right career.. And the right way to prove my self.. I hope

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