The INTP is the most philosophical of all types. They love contemplating life, humanity, and the broad ways things are interconnected. They are also concerned with the perennial question of “how to live.” They loathe the idea of a mediocre life and have a deep sense that they should be doing something important with their lives. But in order to know what that entails, they feel they must first know themselves; self-knowledge must precede action. Unfortunately, pinning down who they are is rarely as easy as it might seem. It can take years, even decades, for INTPs to find themselves. And as much as they’d like to, they can’t put their lives on hold while they figure themselves out. Hence, they may at times feel forced to make unwanted compromises in their careers or relationships.
Despite these challenges, INTPs can and do progress in their search for truth, meaning, and self-understanding. And this book can powerfully aid and expedite that process. Through the clarifying lens of personality typology, it reveals the deeper sources of INTPs’ struggles and dilemmas, as well as potential solutions. If you’re looking for a clear, honest, and penetrating analysis of the INTP, this book is for you.
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C. Saunders writes:
“All my questions answered and more.”
After much unfulfilling research online and through many books about possible career paths for INTPs I found this book to be informative on another level to say the least. I cannot say enough good things about this book and how much it has meant to my personal growth and development. No filler in this book! Simply a must for any INTP wanting an in depth user manual for their inner mental workings. To the author I say thank you thank you thank you for creating such a book.
“Most profound and insightful.”
Not to knock all the other online and printed material I have read on Myers-Briggs Personality Types, I found this book to be the most profound and insightful one. Ever since I found out about MBTI two years ago, I’ve been on a mission to find out as much as I can about myself. All the other things have been very helpful in steering me in the right direction as far as career goes; however, this ebook on my Type has been more specific on things about me in how I conduct my life in other areas, as well. Life has been a struggle for me in terms knowing what types of careers and relationships are right for me. Now I have more confidence in myself and my choices to ignore all the people in my life who think/say I’m wrong for thinking and living my life the way I should.
R. Riehl writes:
“I feel like I know myself now.”
Not only is this well-written, well-organized, and easy to understand, but this book is also deeply insightful. I got the sense that Drenth is a master at the 16 personalities typology (I want to read his other book now) and INTP in particular. So many things stand out. The phrase “fiercely independent,” which he repeated three times. The way I (we) struggle to relate to other people. The way we put so much emphasis on the spiritual and intellectual meaning of our work and careers. I recommend this book to anyone he is an INTP or who has an INTP loved one.
Sean A. writes:
“A must read for those who wish to learn more about INTPs.”
Very detailed, covering literally everything there is to know about INTPs. A very good book for those who want to understand INTPs, or at the very least, figure out whether you are an INTP.
The Role of Fe in INTP’s Quest for Meaning
Crises of Meaning
Anxiety, Meaning, & “Being Okay”
Why INTPs Struggle to Find Convergent Truth
Illusory Short-Cuts to Truth: Jumping the Stack
Chapter 6: Careers, Majors, & Interests
Career Choice: Journey or Destination?
INTP Personality Functions in Career Selection
The Value of a “Day Job”
Impulsivity, Achievement, & Mastery
Subjectivity vs. Objectivity in INTP Careers
Holland Interests & Careers
The “Hard” Sciences
The Social/Moral Sciences
What about Psychotherapy?
What About Medicine?
Chapter 7: Relationships
Reasons & Justifications for Relationships
Relationships as a Forum for Learning & Exploration
The Openness & Honesty (O & H) Policy
The Danger of Concealing Negative Thoughts & Assumptions
INTP Communication Issues
Identity Issues: Lone Wolf (Ti) vs. Mr. Nice Guy (Fe)
Freedom to Doubt
Attitudes toward Family & Parenting
In Chapter 1, I provide a general overview, as well as a function-by-function analysis, of the INTP personality type, including a look at the tug-of-war between the INTP’s dominant (Ti) and inferior (Fe) function. We will explore at length the various manifestations of INTPs’ inferior Fe, a function whose profound effects are too often overlooked or underestimated.
In Chapter 2, we will explore INTPs’ typical course of growth and development across the lifespan. We will frame our discussion in terms of three phases of development, granting particular attention to Phase II, which extends from late childhood through midlife. In Phase II, INTPs encounter the most pressing challenges with regard to their career, relationships, and identity. It is also the time in which they struggle most with the opposing desires and interests of their Ti and Fe. By understanding the potential traps and pitfalls of Phase II, INTPs are more likely to avoid having to learn life’s lessons “the hard way.”
Chapter 3 explores what I call the “negative potentials” of the INTP personality type. This includes a careful look at the INTP’s “dark side,” as well as the degree to which INTPs are prone to various psychological problems such as depression, ADD, autism/Asperger’s, narcissism, and schizoid/schizotypal personality disorders.
Chapter 4 tackles one of the INTP’s most poignant and recurrent concerns—their quest for truth and meaning. In the first half of the chapter, we will explore INTPs’ struggle to find consistent sources or landmarks of meaning, as well as their fears and concerns about meaninglessness. We will also consider the role of their inferior function in fueling their quest for meaning and their meaning-related fears. The second half of this chapter focuses on INTPs’ search for convergent truth. This will include an assessment of the effects of this quest on their psychological well-being, as well as what a healthy approach to truth-seeking might look like for INTPs.
Chapter 5 explores some of INTPs’ political, religious, and philosophical propensities. This will include analyses of the relative contributions of each of the INTP’s four functions to the ways in which they see and understand the world.
The importance of satisfying work for INTPs cannot be overstated. Unfortunately, INTPs encounter numerous roadblocks in their quest for a fulfilling career. In Chapter 6, we will dive deep into some of their most pressing career concerns. This includes addressing issues such as the degree to which they should focus on the intrinsic versus extrinsic value of their work, the pluses and minuses of working independently, the potential merits of a day job, creative versus analytical careers, etc. We will also consider some of the INTP’s most common career strengths and interests areas, drawing on the six “RIASEC” interest themes—Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional—developed by John Holland. This will include analyses of how the INTPs’ functions link up with their top interest areas. We will also examine the relative merits of specific careers and majors—the hard sciences, social/moral sciences, computers/IT, freelancing, scholarship, medicine, psychology, etc.—in light of the INTP’s personality, skills, values, and interests.
Chapter 7 explores the ways INTPs think and function with respect to relationships. Because of the polarized nature of their Ti and Fe functions, INTPs often display a sort of love-hate attitude toward relationships. On the one hand, they cherish their autonomy and independence (Ti), while on the other, they seek love and companionship (Fe). As we will see, the way in which INTPs deal with relationships is in many ways reflective of the way they deal with the inherent challenges of their own personality type. This chapter starts out by exploring the question of whether INTPs need or should pursue relationships at all. In doing so, it provides an inside look into the way INTPs think about and approach relationships, as well as their unconscious motivations. In the remainder of the chapter, we explore the following issues: relationships as a forum for learning and experimentation, the value of implementing an “openness & honest policy,” the danger of concealing negative thoughts and assumptions, INTP communication issues, Ti-Fe identity issues (i.e.,“Lone Wolf” versus “Mr. Nice Guy”), and INTP attitudes toward family and parenting.
Chapter 8 might be viewed as an extension of Chapter 7. It explores, on a type-by-type basis, how INTPs may fare when paired with various personality types. We will devote most our time to examining their compatibility with Intuitive personality types, types who are most likely to comprise a suitable “mindmate” for the INTP.
Chapter 9 compares and contrasts INTPs with related personality types—INTJs, ENTPs, ISTPs, and INFPs. By highlighting noteworthy similarities and differences, this chapter will help INTPs better distinguish themselves from these other types.