Why are INTPs logical, but childlike
Michael Pierce presents: The INTP
You can find the video by Michael Pierce via this link. For those who are not (sufficiently) proficient in English, I have made the following translation of the transcript. I ask you to look up the clumsiness associated with the direct translation of the spoken word.
An excursus to make the video and the translation easier to understand:
Functions of the INTP: Abbreviation:
1. introverted thinking Ti
2. Extraverted intuition Ne
3. introverted feeling Si
4. Extraverted feeling Fi
INTP: presented by Michael Pierce
(Translation of the spoken text by Sascha Faber)
“Architects” - that's what David Keirsey calls them. I've also heard the names "thinkers" and "engineers". The stereotype of an INTP is that of a thoughtful loner, an absent-minded professor who spends all day lecturing on the effects of an amazing principle who cares little about his appearance or even other people's opinions. He comes across as weird and lovably awkward in social matters and has a certain bizarre charm about it. This is just a stereotype and I will do my best to offer a more substantial definition.
As always, let's disassemble the functions of the INTP.
They are perceptive types (in the outside world); that is, they prefer extraverted perception and introverted judgment. Accordingly, their judgment is based on subjective inner information while they simply observe and absorb objective information and experiences. One could also say that they are more receptive to information from their external world and appear more aggressive (judgmental) towards their internal world.
They prefer extraverted intuition (Ne) and introverted thinking (Ti). The extraverted intuition is innovative: it perceives and looks for new possibilities based on objective facts; she finds the most promising and brings them to life.
Introverted thinking is deductive: it tries to develop a constant system of internal logic by deriving all necessary conclusions from certain predetermined basic assumptions.
In addition, INTPs are very similar to ENTPs. Both prefer extraverted intuition (Ne) and introverted thinking (Ti). However, the INTP prefers Ti more than Ne. Nonetheless, in some ways they are the same types, or at least sibling types.
Personally, I like to refer to the NTP types as “thinkers” because they combine a passive, multifaceted examination of possibilities in the world with rigorous ordering and logical reasoning in their minds and therefore appear to be calmly observing the world and brooding over it.
Of course, the term “thinker” is just a nickname to help me remember the nature of the NTP and does not mean that NTPs are the only guys who think or think best of all, or are more likely to have a career or have a lifestyle that revolves around such stereotypical thinking.
The INTP is a thinker to whom its internal logical principles and conclusions are more interesting and more important than its objective observations of the possibilities. He is primarily concerned with developing his subjective understanding of things and classifying them in permanent systems.
The adjective I use to describe the nature of the INTP is "abstracting".
Perhaps the most salient trait of the INTP is its extraordinary interest in getting to the bottom of things and stripping off all random features in order to get to the bare structure beneath: the mathematical framework of a system or an idea. For the INTP this is the meaningful search for the truth, the search for the underlying principles of the universe.
This process is the result of the combined efforts of introverted thinking (Ti) and extraverted intuition (Ne). Ne looks at the objects through a blurred lens so that it is easier to imagine what other things the object could be and to connect the object to other objects. In exchange for clear facts, it receives opportunities and connections. This is combined with Ti, which seeks to organize the impressions from the objects into a perfect architectural system.
Accordingly, the INTP looks at a blurred object to be interpreted. In doing so, he discovers the framework hidden behind the image to be interpreted: the resulting structure that can be applied to many other objects.
In other words: If you have an electronically animated teddy bear and remove the outer shell and all the design features except for the unadorned, cold but necessary mechanics, you could put whatever shell you like on the robot: bunny, duck, crocodile, Human. The underlying mechanics would be the same. The INTP not only looks for the logical structure behind things, but also looks for logical principles that are applicable to a variety of phenomena and situations.
For example, the INTP might be fascinated by a structure made up of triangles of equal size. The idea of a triangle opens up almost infinite possibilities. You could do just about anything, big or small, simple or complex, and the only thing you need is a simple triangle. INTPs like the overwhelming sophistication and dexterity that comes with such architecture.
Another example would be a trading card game from which the INTP takes the elaborate cards and unnecessary Fe phenomena in order to recognize the underlying structure, in order to then reproduce it with simple playing cards.
Another example could be the book "The Hero in 1000 Shapes" by the mythologist Joseph Campbell, in which he describes the archetypes behind various mythologies.
That's why I like the word "abstracting" because INTPs want to expose the bare abstract principles behind things, no matter how cold or lifeless the thing may look.
The INTP's Ti looks for the basic principles or ideas from which a wide variety of possibilities (Ne) can be derived.
The abstract nature of the INTP causes various interesting traits. First, the INTP has a strong belief in universal morality. This is demonstrated by other types as well, but it is critical to the INTP. A good example of this is Immanuel Kant. He tried to offer the world universal moral principles with his categorical imperative. These principles should be universal, independent of their fortuitous circumstances, affect everyone, and proceed from three simple maxims.
Second, the INTP does not want to be influenced by the crowd. He values individuality: He explains: “I will not bother you as long as you do not bother me.” And “Do not refer to my statement, but try to find out for yourself.” The INTP believes that the individual has his own moral authority and spiritual authority is completely independent and self-sufficient. Accordingly, INTPs are known for their aversion to bureaucracy, which they perceive as inconsistent, as unruly and inefficient machinery operated by unquestioning, blind soldiers.
In this respect the INTP appears to be very similar to the INFP: Both have a certain peculiarity in that they develop their values and principles independently of others.
The INTP, however, perceives values, feelings or emotions as superficial things, albeit suppressed, at least compared to logical principles. (Important: be sure to read the update at the end of the article!) For the INFP, on the other hand, the opposite is true: it replaces logical principles with deeply felt values. Logic is seen as general, meaningless, and misleading.
If the introverted feeling (Fi) is a demonstrator standing in front of a tank (Te - extraverted thinking), then the introverted thinking is a serene monk, unmoved by the dramatic demonstration of power by his opponents. Despite the emotional turmoil and the violent march, the INTP prides itself on keeping a cool head and acting purely logically under all circumstances. In spite of the emotional resistance of the outside world, he sticks firmly to his inner logic.
Third, the INTP thirsts for universally valid wisdom. Unlike the INTJ, which seeks to understand its environment in order to gain a foothold, the INTP seeks to understand the principles of its environment in order to expand its understanding of these principles. The INTJ acquires knowledge as a means to an end, in order to achieve the various goals that it has decided to achieve in the outside world. The INTP, on the other hand, acquires knowledge for the sake of knowledge so that it better understands the theoretical principles on which the universe functions.
In this sense, the INTJ is more materialistic whereas the INTP is more metaphysical. The INTJ wants to understand an idea and use it as a tool to prove it or to anchor it in reality. The INTP, on the other hand, is less affected by this, since it regards reality as one of several phenomena in the world and is only interested in the principles behind the phenomena.
INTPs look for impartial knowledge, detached from emotional baggage or unnecessary phenomena. This is why INTPs are often perceived as very brooding because they really are. They prefer thinking to action and can find it difficult to hold on to a task long enough for their labor to bear fruit. The reason for this is the thirst of their extraverted intuition (Ne) for more and more possibilities, which are preferred to accomplished possibilities.
The third function of the INTP is the introverted feeling (Si). As with the INFP, with the INTP this can lead to a higher appreciation for routine and preparation and help to balance his extraverted intuition (Ne) and support him in approaching the future more carefully. Since none of these opposing functions (Si and Ne) are suppressed, he can better coordinate or bring their efforts together. This gives the INTP a certain meticulousness. Introverted feeling helps the INTP to pay more attention to details.
In this way he checks his (past) subjective experiences intensively. In combination with his extraverted intuition, which shows him many perspectives on a topic, he is able to examine all points of view thoroughly and in a controlled manner in order to make his point of view unassailable from all sides.
The inferior and suppressed function of the INTP is extraverted feeling (Fe). He regards the truth as an underlying, raw, cold, purely logical principle and framework that is covered by unnecessary, decorative accessories. This view results from the overwhelming preference for introverted thinking (Ti).
The INTP is often worried or even disgusted by the emotional irrationality of others, or what it perceives as such. In other words: He is reluctant when others submit to sentimental phenomena instead of following a consequent logical standard, as is the case e.g. B. occurs in the ENFJ, which deviates right and left from logic to make things more dramatic. INTPs, on the other hand, pride themselves on sticking to their principles and staying down to earth.
They remain untouched or are even repulsed by people who want to connect with them through outward appearances. Of course, INTPs often feel clumsy in dealing with objective emotions or expressions of feeling and see themselves as not fulfilled, empty or worried in social situations or whenever they have to do with conventional appearances. This is especially true when they seem to be sacrificing efficiency or are distracted from the essence of what needs to be done.
The INTP can find it difficult to express its own emotions. He can develop childish enthusiasm, be disproportionately frustrated, or show numbness in the wrong situations. INTPs are not robots. You have very honest feelings and values, but trying to express them in a friendly and emotionally appealing way can seem oddly awkward and immature. This creates the impression that the INTP is genuinely happy, sad or excited, but in a rather clichéd, superficial and exaggerated way.
In summary: The INTP is “abstracting”, looking to leave out everything that is not necessary for an idea or a system in order to get to the bottom of things so that it can apply any envelope to it. This promotes belief in a universal morality, honesty and the thirst for knowledge for the sake of knowledge. Their third function, the introverted feeling (Si), causes a certain care and appreciation of routine, while their suppressed extraverted feeling (Fe) causes an aversion to superficial appearances and the display of emotions, as well as a certain awkwardness and Immaturity in dealing with it.
Thanks for reading / listening; and to all INTPs out there: Thank you for trying to get down to earth to show us what our universe is really about.
Michael Pierce has posted a comment on his video in which he expresses that, in his opinion, he has exaggerated the INTP's defense against feelings and their expression by others. It is entirely possible for the INTP to appreciate and show the feelings of others, but it is usually more difficult for the INTP to express them adequately because it often lacks practical experience here.
In my opinion, this is due to the fact that Ti and Fe cannot be used at the same time (problem of inferior function). The more Ti the INTP develops and wants to use, the less time it has to practice Fe appropriately. Otherwise I refer once again to my foreword to this series. The types are overdrawn in their representation in order to make the thought behind the types more visible. Very few INTPs (the same applies to all other types) tend to such extremes. Accordingly, their weaknesses are not so pronounced.
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