INTP’s, those bunch of introverted architects that according to Dolphin Cove populates 3.3% of the planet. But what is an INTP you ask? For those that don’t know, it is a personality type assigned by the Myers Briggs’ Type Indicator, or MBTI. Loosely based on Carl Gustav Jung’s theories of introversion and extroversion, millions of people can fit into 16 personality types.
I have an acquaintance that is an INTP, and whenever I see him, we have some good conversation, rather geeky at times, and seem to view things in the same manner. He does, however, have a tendency to talk a lot more than is required. That flaw aside, he’s generally an OK guy that adores his kids, who I can have an tangible conversation with.
But what led me to write this? I’m in an INFJ (My personality type) group, and I would see a lot of people mention the rapport between the INFJ and the INTP, with the dark sense of humor so I decided to join the INTP group to see what all the fuss was about.
16 Personalities describe the “INTP Personality (“The Logician”) ” as the following,
“..The INTP personality type is fairly rare, making up only three percent of the population, which is definitely a good thing for them, as there’s nothing they’d be more unhappy about than being “common”. INTPs pride themselves on their inventiveness and creativity, their unique perspective and vigorous intellect. Usually known as the philosopher, the architect, or the dreamy professor, INTPs have been responsible for many scientific discoveries throughout history…”
Please bear in mind, that the above snippet is just that, a snippet, and my own personal gathering of information gave me the formulation of highly intelligent, scientific creatures, almost the ultimate nerds, devoid of emotional connections, with limited creativity, but quite happy to debate many topics.
And yet, when I got into the group, all of this previous information dispersed into a thousand rain-drop particles. I was greeted with homophobic, immature, NF hating (Describes any xNFx type personality), illogical/lack of debate, base subject matter, lame humor comments/posts, memes and name-calling. My happy little ‘INTP’s must be great’ bubble had been burst.
If an INTP didn’t like anothers’ comment, it was a mud-slinging match. Or, monkeys throwing their own poop at each other. No scientific debate occurred to find out the others’ perspective. No discussions about grand ideas, or what they were doing to improve the lives of others. It was all-out hate. Hatred of other types, hatred of themselves. I thought these people were smarter? More intellectual? More sarcastic? Man, was I wrong.
Maybe, there were a lot other psycho types in there, and I only saw the worst. But even in the INFP, INTJ and ISTJ groups, there is more logical discussion and civility, without people blatantly telling others to fuck themselves. And where was the dark humor? I’ve been part of groups where the memes are the dankest on the web (Not by choice, people just added me.), and the stuff in INTP were prep-grade level compared to these. And don’t get me started on the copy pasta that they copied just to get a reaction out of people. Like, if you gonna troll, could you guys at least be original about it.
So, I was wrong about the INTP being intellectual and smart. It’s quite obvious they take great pains to cover up their base personality. Please, feel free to prove me wrong, I’m open to discussion about this.
It wasn’t all negative though, I did meet another INFJ, as well as an ENFP and we’ve became friends, getting along swimmingly well, so I guess that’s a positive 🙂
© Starah December 31, 2015