... and since the descriptions are so numbingly positive, here's my interpretation of the type. And yes, it's based on intimate self-knowlege. :-)
Portrait of an INTP, with apologies to "Portrait of an INTP"
INTPs exhibit the greatest precision in thought and language of all the types; they tend to see distinctions and inconsistencies in thought and language instantaneously. This makes them prissy and nitpicking, and a tremendous pain in the ass to be around, for those who don't have the patience of a saint. Your grandfather was probably an INTP. Luckily, this type is found in only 1 percent of the population and therefore you don't have to actually meet them too often. On the other hand, the knowlege of this tends to make them think they're better than everyone else (but they thought that already).
INTPs detect contradictions in statements no matter how distant in space or time the contradictory statements were produced. Don't you just hate that? "But three years ago, you maintained that Karl Marx was potentially the greatest political thinker of his time, did you not?" Makes you want to smack them.
Authority derived from office, position, or wide acceptance does not impress INTPs. Therefore many of them can be found in prison, where they spend a great deal of time insisting that external authority per se is irrelevant. The high number of INTPs found in jail is mostly to blame for the higher incidence of domestic violence among jail guards.
INTPs prize intelligence in themselves and in others, but they never seem to actually know as much as they think they know about anything. They're too busy collecting more Jeopardy trivia to actually sink to the level of "learning" anything. They can be
intellectual snobs and may show impatience at times with others less endowed intellectually. Their favorite word tends to be "idiot". This quality, INTPs find, generates hostility and defensive
behaviors on the part of others, who may describe an INTP as arrogant. Being described as arrogant, though, usually just makes INTPs more so, as they take it as a compliment. Silly buggers.
For INTPs, the world exists primarily to be understood. Reality is trivial, a mere arena for proving ideas. They spend a lot of time insisting this in prison too. Butch usually isn't interested.
INTPs tend not to be writers or to go into sales work. They often, however, think they are excellent teachers, particularly for advanced students, although INTPs do not always enjoy much popularity, for they can be truly rotten sons of bitches. Dickens tended to cast INTPs as his schoolmasters, if that gives you any idea. Students hate them, but the INTP obliviously believes that it's best for the student to be "challenged." With a stick, if necessary.
INTPs never get dates, because people who can stand them are ever rarer than INTPs themselves. So when they do get some, they take their mating relationship seriously and usually are faithful and devoted--albeit preoccupied at times. They are devoted largely because they are too self-obsessed and arrogant to find a mate, so once they do, they won't do anything to jeopardize that. If left to his or her own devices, the INTP
mate will retreat into the world of books and emerge only when they stink like a three-week old fish and their bellies are distended from malnutrition. This, as you may imagine, contributes to the difficulty of finding a date.
INTPs deal with the environment primarily through intuition, and their strongest quality, the thinking function, remains relatively hidden except in close
associations. Therefore, INTPs are often misunderstood, seen as difficult to know, and seldom perceived at their true level of competency. That is to say, they generally know how to do things right, but they just can't be bothered. "I'm above all that. Where's my peon?" is the INTPs battle cry.
Because their feeling qualities may be underdeveloped, they may be insensitive to the wants and wishes of
others, often quite unaware of the existence of these wants and wishes. Or, indeed, of the very existence of people who are not expressly put on this Earth to serve them.
Overall, if you are an INTP, chances are most people dislike you, and the ones that don't, hate your guts. You are annoying, and we all wish you'd just go away. Next time you take this test, you'd better have become an INFP, or you're in big trouble.
Thank you. :-)
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