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INTP Strengths and Weaknesses

The strengths and weaknesses of the INTP personality type

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Like any other personality type, an INTP has their own unique strengths and weaknesses. Reflecting on both of these can help INTPs better understand where they excel and where they may need some work. Understanding what these strengths and weaknesses are can help INTPs understand their core personality a little better.

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Your strengths and weaknesses may become more apparent when you interact with other personality types, as the differences are contrasted.

INTP Strengths

Natural strengths of an INTP

Creative Without Restraint

INTPs are very open minded and won't always go with the obvious answers. They enjoy thinking through a problem and coming up with a solution that is the most logical. They are confident in their own intelligence but are always open to new ideas and readily listen to the people they trust. Many intelligent people fall into the trap of thinking their idea is the best one, but INTPs are always ready to absorb new information.



People who fall into the INTP personality type may find their head leads over their heart in many matters.


Objectivity is Key

They try to streamline their lives by doing things in the most efficient way. INTPs are great at identifying solutions that will help the most people. They tend to not get hung up on heart strings and weigh up the pros and cons of a decision before proceeding. They will more often than not like to side with reason and logic, even if they are aware that other people may not like their answer.



INTPs are pretty curious. They prefer to have multiple sources to support and back up their reasoning. They understand the value of information and ideas that already exist, but they are very often content to expand on these concepts, not necessarily in-depth either. INTPs are the types of people who research and then conduct their own experiments to confirm that something is true.

INTP weaknesses

Natural areas where INTPs could focus on improvement

Cold and Calculated

INTPs are highly logical. While this can be a strength, it does have its drawbacks. INTPs can come off as callous and insensitive. They aren't always interested in information people can feel good about. At the end of the day, INTPs are interested in getting the most bang for their buck. They can feel a bit robotic and distant in their decision-making, even though their intentions are good.


Frustrated Perfectionist

INTPs are often accused of being obsessive compulsive because they want everything to be perfect. They feel driven to improve on everything and can get frustrated when there's nothing to improve. INTPs strive for perfection while also believing that everything can be better. This can create a frustrating loop without the INTPs realizing it. In order to avoid this, it's better for INTPs to create goals based around task completion, rather than perfection.



INTPs want to surround themselves with people who they consider to be their intellectual peers. They don't have time to explain what they consider to be simple things. This can make it difficult to work with an INTP. They have high expectations and don't see why they should have to slow down in order for others to catch up. They see most things as easy to understand and they don't get why others struggle or fall behind. INTPs are reluctant teachers, and even when they do stop to explain something, they leave out things they assume the other person should know.


Prison of the Mind

INTPs have a strong desire to do things and complete tasks, but their own mind can get in the way. INTPs are day dreamers and get lost in their own thoughts. They can get stuck trying to look at all sides of a situation instead of coming up with an actual decision. This can lead to INTPs having severe anxiety and executive dysfunction around decision-making.

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People's weaknesses are not set in stone; it's possible to work on them and try to reduce the impact they may have on your personality.


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Ellie Simmonds, MSc

University of Bath, Psychology

Ellie Simmonds, MSc in Psychology from University of Bath. Ellie is an associate lecturer on psychometric assessments and has extensive knowledge of the 16-type model.