Thinker (INTP)
Personality Type

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Thinker (INTP)
Personality Type


Personal strength and preference that Thinker (INTP) most of the time uses is: Introverted Thinking with Intuition

Thinker (INTP) Personality Type General Characteristics

Quiet and reserved. Especially enjoy theoretical or scientific pursuits. Like solving problems with logic and analysis. Usually interested mainly in ideas, with little liking for parties or small talk. Tend to have sharply defined interests. Need careers where some strong interest can be used and useful.

Thinker (INTP) Celebrities

  • Abraham Lincoln - U.S. President (R)
  • Albert Einstein - Physicist
  • Charles Darwin - Biologist
  • Immanuel Kant - Philosopher
  • James Madison - U.S. President and author of the Constitution
  • Adam Smith - Economist
  • Friedrich A. Hayek - Economist and philosopher
  • Milton Friedman - Economist
  • Rene Descartes - Philosopher
  • Jimmy Wales - Founder of Wikipedia
  • Paul Allen - Founder of Microsoft along with Bill Gates
  • Larry Page - Founder of Google along with Sergey Brin
  • Sergey Brin - Founder of Google along with Larry Page
  • David Cronenberg - Filmmaker
  • Jesse Eisenberg - Actor

Thinker (INTP) Distribution in the Population

  • 3% of the general population
  • 5% of men
  • 2% of women

Thinker (INTP) Most Popular Hobbies and Activities

Reading, art and cultural events, chess and other strategy games, writing, taking classes, working with computers, backpacking, hiking, and meditation.

Thinker (INTP) Career Advice

Whether you're a young adult trying to find your place in the world, or a seasoned professional trying to find out if you're moving along the right path, it's important to understand yourself and the personality traits that will impact your likeliness to succeed or fail at various careers. It's equally important to understand what is really important to you. When armed with an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, and an awareness of what you truly value, you are in an excellent position to pick a career which you will find rewarding.

Thinker (INTP) usually has the following strengths that she/he can effortlessly profit throughout her/his own career path:

  • Love theory and abstract ideas
  • Truth Seekers - they want to understand things by analyzing underlying principles and structures
  • Value knowledge and competence above all else
  • Have very high standards for performance, that they apply to themselves
  • Independent and original, possibly eccentric
  • Work best alone, and value autonomy
  • Have no desire to lead or follow
  • Dislike mundane detail
  • Not particularly interested in the practical application of their work
  • Creative and insightful
  • Future-oriented
  • Usually brilliant and ingenius
  • Trust their own insights and opinions above others
  • Live primarily inside their own minds, and may appear to be detached and uninvolved with other people`s

INTPs have a special gift with generating and analyzing theories and possibilities to prove or disprove them. They have a great deal of insight and are creative thinkers; this allows them to quickly grasp complex abstract thoughts. They also have exceptional logical and rational reasoning skills, which allows them to thoroughly analyze theories to discover the Truth about them. Since the INTP is driven to seek clarity in the world, we have a happy match of desire and ability in this personality type. INTPs will be happiest in careers that allow them a great deal of autonomy in which they can work primarily alone on developing and analyzing complex theories and abstractions, with the goal of their work being the discovery of a truth, rather than the discovery of a practical application.

The following list of professions is built on our impression of careers that would be especially suitable for an INTP.

Recommended Career Paths for INTPs are:

  • Computer Network Architect
  • Computer Scientist
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Network Administrator
  • Software Developer
  • Web Developer
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Computer Hardware Engineer
  • Electrical or Electronics Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Geological Engineer
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Anthropologist or Archaeologist
  • Atmospheric Scientist
  • Biochemist or Biophysicist
  • Chemist
  • Economist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Geographer
  • Geoscientist
  • Historian
  • Hydrologist
  • Medical Scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Physicist or Astronomer
  • Political Scientist
  • Psychologist
  • Sociologist
  • Survey Researcher
  • Urban or Regional Planner
  • Zoologist or Wildlife Biologist
  • Physician
  • Accountant or Auditor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Management Consultant or Analyst
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Top Executive
  • Sales Engineer
  • Lawyer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Industrial Designer
  • Multimedia Artist or Animator
  • Composer
  • Musician
  • Editor
  • Photographer
  • Technical Writer
  • Writer or Author
  • Professor or College Instructor

Remember: If you know who you really are, you will have pleasure and wisdom to decide whatever works best for you.

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