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Sub-type of NT ‘Innovators’. Most frequently corresponds to Enneagram Type Five.


iNTPs live primarily inside their own minds, having the ability to analyze difficult situations, identify patterns, and come up with comprehensive explanations for life’s complexities. They seek clarity in everything, and are therefore driven to amass knowledge for the purpose of this understanding (in contrast with the iSTP, who collects and stores information for practical use). They greatly value innovation and are often on the lookout for the rare opportunity to put their ideas to use in some broader application.

They typically are so interested in mental exploration, that they live much of their lives within their own heads, and may not place as much importance or value on the external world. Their natural drive to turn theories into concrete understanding can become an obsession to solve the problems that they feel plague the world.

The iNTp is usually very independent, unusual, and original. They are not likely to place much value on traditional goals such as popularity and security. They usually live life on the outskirts, and may tend to be restless and nonconformist. They are strongly ingenious, and have unconventional thought patterns which allows them to analyze ideas in new ways. Consequently, a great many innovations in the world have been made by the iNTp.

iNTPs are people who don't mind long periods of isolation where they have time to analyze problems and look for solutions. They are pensive, analytical folks who may venture so deeply into thought as to seem detached, and often actually are oblivious to the world around them. They're happiest when they can lose themselves in whatever they're doing and resent being confined to the structure and bureaucracy inherent in many professions. They also don't like jobs where they're asked to spend a lot of time nurturing others and caring for their needs. They don't mind helping other people, but they'd rather use their analytical skills to help people from a distance.

iNTPs value understanding above all else. They have an innate curiosity about how things work and enjoy socializing with people who have a similar penchant. Their minds are constantly working to generate new theories, or to prove or disprove existing theories. They approach problems and theories simultaneously with enthusiasm and skepticism, ignoring existing rules and opinions and defining their own approach to the resolution. They seek patterns and logical explanations for anything that interests them.

The most clear-thinking of all the types, iNTPs are able to be highly objective in their critical analysis of anything outside themselves. They love learning about the nature of things and love to discuss their discoveries with others. They may seem “dreamy” and distant to others, because they spend most of their time inside their minds musing over theories. They generally hate to work on routine things - they would much rather exercise their minds on a project of significant scope, and leave the details of implementation to others. They are intensely interested in ideas, and will put forth tremendous amounts of time and energy into finding a solution to a problem with has piqued their interest.

iNTPs do not generally gravitate to roles of leadership over others, although their fierce independence can often lead them to various entrepreneurial endeavors. They are usually easy-going and flexible in most situations, unless one of their firmly held beliefs has been violated or challenged, in which case they may take a very rigid stance. Ultimately they prefer to return, however, to a reserved albeit benign ambiance, not wishing to make spectacles of themselves.

The iNTp is likely to be very shy and even occasionally awkward when it comes to meeting new people. On the other hand, the iNTP is very self-confident and gregarious around people they know well, and/or when discussing theories which they fully understand.

The iNTp has little native appreciation for decisions made on the basis of personal subjectivity or feelings. They strive constantly to make good decisions, and applying subjective emotional considerations usually takes a back seat in this process. For this reason, iNTPs can be emotionally inconsiderate at times, and are not naturally well-equiped to meet the emotional demands of others. Since their compassionate/empathetic side is their least developed trait, the iNTp may have difficulty giving the warmth and support that is sometimes necessary in intimate relationships. If the iNTP doesn't realize the value of attending to other peoples’ feelings, he or she is likely to experience difficulty maintaining relationships. Furthermore, if they are not able to find a place for themself in society which supports the use of their strongest abilities, they may become generally negative and cynical. If the iNTp has not developed their sense perception sufficiently, they may become unaware of their health and environment and suffer at this expense, exhibiting weakness performing many basic necessity-related tasks.

For the iNTp, it is extremely important that ideas and facts are expressed correctly and succinctly. They are likely to express themselves in what they believe to be absolute truths. Sometimes, their well thought-out understanding of an idea is not easily understandable by others, but the iNTp is not naturally likely to tailor the truth so as to explain it in an understandable way to others. Precise about their descriptions, iNTPs will often correct others (or be sorely tempted to) if the shade of meaning is a bit off. While annoying to the less concise, this fine discrimination ability gives iNTPs so inclined a natural advantage as, for example, grammarians and linguists.

The iNTp may be prone to abandoning a project once they have figured it out, moving on to the next thing. It's important that the iNTp place importance on expressing their developed theories in understandable ways. In the end, an amazing discovery means nothing if you are the only person who understands it.

A major concern for iNTPs is their haunting sense of impending failure. They spend considerable time questioning and testing their ideas and beliefs. The open-endedness conjoined with the need for competence is expressed in a sense that one's conclusion may well be met by an equally plausible alternative solution, and that, after all, one may very well have overlooked some critical bit of data. An iNTp arguing a point are simultaneously trying to convince themselves as much as their opponent. In this way iNTPs are markedly different from iNTJs, who are usually more driven to act on their convictions.

iNTPs often have issues with self-aggrandizement and social rebellion, which can further relegate them to the obscurity of life on the societal fringe. The iNTp is at their best when they can work on their theories independently. When given an environment which supports their creative genius and possible eccentricity, the iNTp can accomplish truly remarkable things. These are the pioneers of new thoughts in our society.

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