According to the Meyers-Briggs personality test fathered by Carl Jung an INTP is introverted, intuitive, thinking and perceiving. This personality type can be characterized as the absent minded professor. They are deeply preoccupied with theory and seek to understand the complexity life offers and often are oblivious to the world around them.
The mind of an INTP is extremely active creating complex systems and solutions to interesting problems. They do not follow the crowd and are often the oddballs of society. They like tearing apart mainstream concepts and never understand why others don’t do the same or follow tradition without questioning the purpose of that tradition. They are methodical in their speech and while they are not conversationalists by nature, they become passionate about those things that excite them.
Only 3% of the general population is made up of INTPs. It is much less common in women with only 2% of women being INTPs and 5% men. This is the type more than likely to study a foreign language, break the rules on social policy, have low grades in school compared to their actual intelligence and aptitude levels and they are the least likely to be spiritual or believe in a higher power because they prefer the science behind the universe and buck the conventional religious beliefs.
In work, the INTP is the rule breaker and can’t stand to be limited by bureaucracy of any kind. They prefer working alone or with a small group of intelligent and logical thinkers. They can be brutal to work with if you are unable to keep with their mind or if they see you as less intelligent. The INTP chooses work that involves to use their intellect to the fullest extent including analyzing concepts and to create systems like those found in the technological field.
INTPs enjoy the arts and tend to be quite creative thus often seek careers in engineering or architecture. This meets the needs of their artistic side but also the need to create concepts. A few INTPs are intrigued by the human intellect and go into psychological careers to better understand the nature of humans.
The most suitable careers for INTPs are:
In relationships the INTP could be stereotyped as Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. Unintelligent people bore them and they tend to not heed conventional relationship rules or rituals. Albert Einstein is one of the most famous INTPs along with the father of the Briggs-Meyer test, Carl Jung.