Ameya Ravindra Nadkarni asked: How to tell apart between an INTP and INTJ?

I have always been a analytical person, who can see a particular job done in a better way . But always procrastinate it due to even a minor flaw in the plan or method. Though I learn new things to be used for practical purposes, I may never use that knowledge unless I gain complete understanding and mastery over that subject. I have been given sometimes INTP as a result  of my personality tests and been given quite times INTJ as result with a slight preference of judging over perceiving. I am confused and hoping for your advice. Sorry for violating the rule for asking a personal question and for my grammatically improper English but I really need some advice.

If you haven’t yet, review my other INTP vs INTJ post. It’s much more detailed than this one.

I think, for the most part I understand your question –if I translated wrong, don’t hesitate to correct me. Fortunately for you, this isn’t the type of personal question that’s against the rules.

There is a strong possibility that you’re prone to locking into your shadow functions. In terms of how to tell which type you are, these are the questions you need to be asking.

Am I goal-oriented? When I set out to accomplish a goal, do I plan out all the steps and pursue them intricately (NiTe)? Or do I go about it through improv and plan steps as they come (NeTi)? Do I focus on my dreams as fixed realities that I am responsible for making happen (NiTe)? Or do I look at my dreams as grand possibilities that I could, and would like to make happen (NeTi)?

Am I efficient in practice or in theory (Te vs Ti)? When I see something that could be improved, do I ask myself whether its necessary before setting out to change it (Te)? Are my improvements more innovative (NeTi), or are they more practical (NiTe)? Do I tend to theorise about improving things without ever doing anything to fulfil those visions (Ti)?

Do I procrastinate because my plan must be over-perfect before I proceed? Or because I literally don’t know where to start with carrying it out (Ti)? (Be objective when you ask yourself this).

Also, I would suggest taking a look at my INTP vs INTJ post. (The search bar is there for a reason).

xNTP Professors vs xNTJ Students

Gineasll asked: You once said that you hate your xNTP professors because they have all the opposite functions of an INTJ? Could you go into more detail on how that plays out? Are there any other types you hate as professors?

I love you! ….distantly, and without emotional investment…Hold on, let me revise that: I love you theoretically!

I have nothing against xNTPs as people. In fact, I love my xNTP friends, but yes, I hate them as teachers. I hate xSFJ teachers equally well (same functions as the xNTP).

Here’s why. Continue reading

xNTP vs xNTJ Writing

Morally Relative Midnight asked: As someone who engages in creative writing frequently, how would you differentiate between INTJ and INTP writing styles? How would an INTJ’s tertiary Fi and an INTP’s tertiary Fe manifest themselves in a creative writing assignment or just any writing project in general?

Now that’s what I call a question.

Best examples of INTJ writing I can think of off the top of my head are Ayn Rand, Jane Austen, Flannery O’Connor and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Some good examples of INTP writing include Edgar Allan Poe, Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. Continue reading

Piggy – Lord of the Flies: INTP

Guest Post by Andrew, ENTJ

Lord of the Flies, William Golding

Piggy INTP | Lord of the Flies #MBTI #INTP

Introverted Thinking (Ti): Piggy is extremely logical and has his priorities right, but he finds it difficult to communicate his thoughts to others.  As a result, he is sidelined from an overt position of leadership, instead acting as an adviser to Ralph, who greatly appreciates the intelligence of his counsel.  He speaks abstractly with a view towards understanding himself, others, and the world around them; he tries to explain the presence of a “beast” Continue reading

L – Death Note: INTP

Guest post by whatisfreethen, INTP

Death Note

L INTP| Death Note #MBTI #INTP

Introverted Thinking (Ti): One of the defining characteristics of L’s personality is his unbeaten ability to reason. He can make very long logical connections between two seemingly unrelated events (Ne), and come to conclusions which would not be easy to come by without deep thinking abilities (for instance, that the Kira they were looking Continue reading

How to tell the Difference: INTP vs ISTP

Anon asked: Can you do an ISTP/INTP contrast?

Dominant Ti

Ti dominants like to analyze things. Most of the questions that they ask will be why questions, or questions of how things work. As a result, they will often be good at figuring out how to fix machinery and equipment. Continue reading

Edgar Allan Poe: INTP

Edgar Allan Poe INTP MBTI

Ti: Edgar Allan Poe was meticulous and methodical in his writing. He had a specific method for everything, and wrote using many a long word (specificity was of utmost importance). Organisation wasn’t his strong suit, but losing jobs was. He was pro at maths while in school (to the point of being known for it), but due to disillusionment and frequency of missed classes, was expelled from West Point. Continue reading