Ability to concentrate
Values ideas and abstract thinking
INTPs are true intellectuals, valuing ideas and receive great fulfillment
from the abstract and the symbolic. They are visionary and possess
a great ability to concentrate, whether on abstractions, issues of logic
or ideas. Being analytical is a process of pleasure and occurs
naturally with INTPs.
INTPs are deep thinkers who give the impression that they are so
interiorly involved that "the real world" escapes them. Such is not
necessarily the case but is the perceived result of the process of amassing
massive amounts of information - as INTPs are inordinately interested in
precision: in thinking and in speaking. Imprecision can greatly
annoy INTPs who have a propensity for intellectualism and, being so naturally
predisposed, are unaware that others, more likely than not, do not
have the same level of intellectualism. What they can do, they expect
others to be able to do. They do not see others as weaker in intellect.
This can create problems for they proceed in speaking and doing, assuming they are understood at the same level that they understand. Not so.
And what they do or desire to do is to master the knowledge of whatever
they are interested in: mathematics, computers, languages, systems
of thought that require logical thinking.
For all their intellectualism, the mastering of systems and analytical
abilities, INTPs are yet insecure, which often is the plight of those whose
gifts are natural and not necessarily learned through academic study.
Therefore, INTPs spend a good deal of time fearing failure and attempting
to gain more knowledge with which to prevent such failure.
As will the INTJs, INTPs will debate points AND fine points.
Both enjoy learning, but INTPs are more apt to be arguing in order
to convince themselves that what THEY think is indeed true.
INTPs enjoy mental games that grant opportunity to utilize analysis,
contemplation, ideas and concentration. Chess would be such an enterprise.
Intellectual pursuits are intriguing and pleasureable.
Their tendency to "correct" others' "looseness" in thought, ideation,
grammar, pronunciation, etc., might tend to be off-putting to co-workers
and friends but INTPs are really easy-going and can be pleasant to be with
if one is not threatened by someone with "smarts" used so naturally and