What kind of childhood does an ENFP
INTP - the brooder
General description & clichés
Nerd, innovator, absent-minded professor, philosopher, unrealistic theorist, thought architect and internet junkie. In my series on the types, the INTP is actually quite a special type. Not because he is more important or generally more special than everyone else, but because I belong to this guy myself. I was wondering if I should keep it completely secret, but actually that would completely contradict my philosophy that the typology should help us understand each other better. Therefore: I AM AN INTP! And that's okay too!
So, one thing first: the post is longer than the post about the other guys. Why is that? Well, simply because I know this guy best and therefore can write the most about it. Couldn't I write more about other guys? Yes i could. But I think the posts would be too long then. But this time I want to show how detailed a type analysis can be. And which type is better for this than your own? I also used some external sources to help me in order to simply show more facets. But that's what I do with the topic in general. So, before I take the credit for how detailed and complex it all is, I want to mention again: all these theories (unfortunately) do not come from me!
I hope that another INTP will get lost here in the near future and then be able to testify with Capslock: “YES MAN! THAT'S SOMETHING FROM ME! ”- to prove that this is not just a description of myself, but actually generally applicable to INTPs, no matter how angry that may get to some people. Believe me. With all the details that I am going to bring up here, there is still so much room for individuality, that is no bad pigeonhole thinking. Even if you don't think much of all the typology stuff - for the fiction writers among you, you can just use these concepts as inspiration for character concepts. Or, maybe you just find the author of this blog interesting and want to know more about him and his narcissistic traits. Okay, it's time to get started.
Every experience has to be analyzed in detail - thoughts or experiences caught in a larger structure are classified based on logic. That is the actual motivation of the INTP: to understand its environment and itself and to get as close as possible to the truth. The experience itself is rather irrelevant. The INTP is not interested in the experience itself - much more in its concept. He has a strong need to understand things that have not yet been understood. This urge can become so overshadowed by the experience-based element that the INTP quickly becomes bored with anything it has analyzed to some point of understanding. After that, there is no longer a big secret to unravel and the topic becomes boring. In fact, most of the INTP's primary interests cannot be fully understood by the INTP (e.g. music, religion, psychology ...) because they are highly complex or have something exotic, a mystical, almost esoteric element that cannot be fully analyzed can. The fascination remains because there is always something new to research.
The analytical nature of the INTP leads to a strong desire to observe from a distant position. Since exact analyzes must not be changed by outside interference, the INTP tries to remain neutral and not to influence the observation. This detachment can sometimes lead to the fact that he sees himself as a neutral observer who has no personal association with his surroundings, unless he is involved against his will or provoked to do so, for example by an attack on his principles. For example, the INTP enjoys speculating on political developments and, above all, how certain other people will perceive them or how certain views may offend certain people but are supported by others. It is seldom important to him to have an opinion himself! That also shows that the Feel is its least developed function.
First function - introverted thinking ("Thinking Introverted", TI for short)
The INTP analyzes its own thoughts as if its mind and body were separate from its consciousness. Desiring to understand his reactions to things, he treats himself, including his thoughts, like guinea pigs in a scientific experiment. In the extreme case, his ultimate goal would be to understand the world in complete clarity by completely distancing himself from everything. Fortunately, the TI seldom dominates the other three functions to such an extent that this truly unhealthy state is never actually achieved.
The detachment can also disappear very quickly: as soon as someone makes an illogical comment or violates the principles of the INTP, the red warning lights flash immediately. At such a point the INTP feels an immediate urge to clarify. In his view, this is often his self-imposed mission: to provide clarity - and often he thinks he is the only person who is able to do so. Here the INTP runs the risk of being perceived as overly critical, bitter and arrogant. Viewed as a whole, arrogance in the classic sense is rarely found in the INTP, since the desire to dominate others does not exist, but rather to observe, analyze and clarify. Once the item is ticked off, the INTP also quickly pulls back, preferring not to be in the limelight when it is not absolutely necessary.
When an INTP chooses to learn a particular skill, it is very important for them to reach a "sufficient" level that fundamental mistakes can be avoided. While he can assume the mistakes of others calmly and calmly, the INTP has other demands on himself: the INTP fears the feeling of being inadequate in some respect, at least in areas that are important to him. So he will try, as soon as he gets stuck behind a task, to achieve a certain competence. But it only goes so far. Perfection takes too much effort and is not really worth striving for. It would take practice and that is usually boring for an INTP. Hence, it is common for the INTP to try and gain at least enough competence in many different things to prove to themselves that they can get better couldwhen he so wishes, but is actually rarely interested in further developing his skills. An INTP therefore often has a range of skills that they know they are knowledgeable about while other people notice little to nothing. He is satisfied with the knowledge that he has these skills owns, but often sees no benefit in showing this to others.
Linked to this is the desire for independence. INTPs place a high value on being individual and different from others, who they often consider to be too similar and dependent on one another. Independence, which is primarily based on strong introverted thinking, leads to what is probably the most difficult aspect (at least for fellow human beings) of the INTP, namely stubbornness. If an INTP is forced to do something, they will most likely resist, not necessarily consciously. The reason for this resistance is simply that actions must first be filtered according to their meaning. He must be given the opportunity to make an independent decision to accept or decline the action. For this he must first withdraw in order to be able to analyze. If this is not allowed, stubborn resistance is the almost inevitable result. The best way to get an INTP to do something is to suggest ideas as options and let them sleep on them. Ultimately, the INTP always has to believe it is his Decision been.
Another result of the TI function is the concept that knowledge is the key. Many INTPs believe that information is the key to life. Errors can be avoided if you have the right information at the right time. There is at least a certain logic to that. Knowledge is everything, Act is a less important matter that sometimes is not even necessary. This harbors potential for lazy indifference. The INTP is often content to know that it could do something if it wanted to. This also leads to the risk of overestimating yourself and losing touch with reality.
Honesty and directness are usually shown openly. INTPs loathe facades and especially people who display them. Likewise, these individuals also seldom suffer from INTPs and often avoid them at all costs, knowing that the INTP could see through them. The almost serious nature of the INTP makes it almost immune to ridicule and jokes at its expense, at least face to face. If someone tries to make a sarcastic, derisive comment about an interest of the INTP, the INTP will defend that interest with sheer, almost naive seriousness and explain his position with fierce accuracy and use his words like a sword. That mostly disarms the spotter, who will hardly expect such a vehement defense. This usually also contains a subtle but biting attack that is thrown back in the spotter's face. The ability to use words with cutting precision is at the same time one of the greatest advantages of an INTP, but also one of its most dangerous qualities. If he is careless, he runs the risk of violently provoking a less composed counterpart.
Second function - extroverted intuition ("Intuition Extroverted", short: NE)
Intuition is a mode of perception that focuses on the bigger picture, the connections between objects and the possibilities, less on the facts.
The extroverted version of intuition is most evident during discussions. The INTP will often present controversial, speculative viewpoints which can upset many discussion partners and lead them to believe that the INTP is very serious about what it is saying. In reality, the INTP is often actually not really sure whether it really stands by what it says, but thinks that it must contain at least a bit of truth. The purpose of this openly spoken style of discussion is to sharpen one's own intuitive understanding by testing the audience's reaction and checking the logic of one's own arguments. Occasionally INTPs seem harsh and tactless, but for themselves, that's part of getting closer to the truth. This is another aspect of the imagination that grips the outer world. In this case, by discussing it with others. The imagination procures “raw material” which is analyzed by the thought process.
This imagination, or extroverted intuition, has a strong influence on how the INTP perceives its own interactions with others. Although he tends to be reserved, he likes to flaunt his imagination. It therefore even flatters him when he is seen as eccentric, of course also as original and astute. When asked what he would like to become or achieve, his goals are always highly individualistic. He got to be the composer, the author or the brilliant scientist with his unique discovery. If it is perceived that way at all, then, but only then, it has to be in the spotlight. If he cannot, he has to withdraw into his biting self-criticism. But in all areas that he is less interested in, he is only too happy to let others pay attention and observe. With an INTP, it's all or nothing. He doesn't like half-hearted attempts any more than the limitations of teamwork and cooperation.
Humor is another aspect that sets the INTP apart. He can make jokes about almost any situation off the cuff. Taking things out of context is his main source and many INTPs are very fond of political satire. The imagination is the driving force and the source. Almost needless to say, an INTP's humor can be very casually and silly and not easily or not at all understood by many. The problem is that his concept of jokes, which come from the irrepressible source of a bubbling imagination, can only be structured by his TI, that is, his analytical nature. Therefore, his humor can appear black, tactless and dry, as he has little to no emotional input. Funnily enough, INTPs are terribly bad tellers of jokes, as they likely pay too little attention to detail when they are talking at the same time or thinking about the punch line, which makes them laugh out loud before the joke is even finished. If you see someone grinning or even laughing while they were lost in their own thoughts and actually has no obvious reason for it, it may be an INTP.
The preference for intuitive perception means that INTPs do not like it when their life is over-planned. You feel an indefinite tension ahead of many fixed appointments and cannot fully relax until that appointment is over or at least underway. However, the event itself is often much less of a problem than assumed and usually brings with it a sense of satisfaction. Action here is to save an INTP, as the sense of success usually overshadows previous fears. Social dates can also be greatly enjoyed if they are going on. But there are seldom happy expectations for this, unless it is about a field of interest of the INTP. The source of this tension is simply the feeling that fixed appointments rob you of freedom, force you to do so and submit to the plans of others. Helping others selflessly is not a problem in itself, but the INTP must feel free to make a decision and it is not a matter of course.
The INTP also tends to be suspicious and skeptical of other people. However, much of their trust is based on what their imagination tells them about someone. This can lead to naivety and sometimes prejudice. Other people can pose a problem for the INTP: on the one hand, it is fascinated by certain types of people, on the other hand, they fear “irrational behavior” in their environment, which can lead to excessive caution. Friendships with INTPs develop a pace whose pace is based on the other's temperament. The INTP doesn't like taking the first move and tends to mimic another person's emotional content. A happy, loud person will quickly get the INTP out of its reserve, as much as possible, while a serious person will find a serious INTP. In this sense, the INTP represents a kind of chameleon to get into the mind of another person and to be able to understand it. The goal is to get enough data to analyze and classify the person. Meanwhile, the INTP remains fairly reserved and will never fully identify with its surroundings. As a “chameleon” he is approachable and open, as long as his intuition does not tell him that the person opposite is someone he does not like, which often makes his reserved behavior too obvious. This changeable behavior is particularly strong during a discussion. The INTP might even argue for something it doesn't really believe in itself. Sometimes it is just for the intellectual stimulation that comes with the challenge of arguing from a plurality of viewpoints. Chameleons hide the real you. INTPs don't do this cynically or all the time, but it is the consequence of their need to keep their distance and watch.
However, friendships develop quickly when INTPs meet other INTPs or similar temperaments. Communication between such people can be very intense and baffle outsiders. All forms of social propriety and host-guest rules become irrelevant. Both just want to share their concepts and interests, as well as absorb the intellectual stimulation of the other. Interruptions in this process by social necessities are undesirable and annoying. Often both of them will not even perceive the environment anymore, which will seem almost funny to outsiders.Greetings like: “How are you?” Should only be exchanged with casual disinterest. Conversations would start more like this: "I have changed some rules that should make the talent tests in our role-play a lot easier!", Knowing that the other person knows exactly what it is about. Later, after about an hour of discussion, the host may offer his guest something to drink, who will then notice that he is actually thirsty. In most cases, however, INTPs have been introduced into the social world with their etiquette by other people to such an extent that a minimal life of social niceties can be exchanged even among their own kind.
One-to-one conversations are almost always preferred. If a dominant, highly extroverted, and possibly noisy person is present in a group, the INTP will pull out and likely find that person to be rude and stressful. When he feels like he's not really being listened to, the INTP at least mentally withdraws, assuming that the people who don't listen are just not particularly intelligent. This makes the INTP a rather unfavorable leader, as it is too dependent on the behavior of others. He jumps to adventurous conclusions that can be fatal. On the other hand, they can be good assistants and counselors for leaders, provided they are aligned with them, as their observational analysis of leadership can provide helpful insights into what is often overlooked when one is busy with leadership.
In general, INTPs have a strong need to keep their external, social world as simple and structured as possible so that they can direct as much energy as possible into their inner world of brooding. Hence, they tend to be the most straightforward of all types in some ways when it comes to interacting with others. They prefer to let the world go by. When socializing, the imagination dominates, as long as there is no discussion in which the TI takes over again, as in their private world.
Third function - introverted feeling ("Sensing Introverted", short: SI)
The Sensation-Function is the type of perception which collects information from facts, details and objects. If this function is heavily introverted, so introverted feeling, also Si (called inner sensing), the focus moves away from external details and deals with personal, introverted details. The experience of the present is not central, but rather what the present evokes in terms of the experiences that have emerged. The key to this is memories of the past. INTPs typically pay close attention to periods of the past, and many have relatively good, detailed memories. Indeed, the sentient function is usually very well developed and forms a strong partnership with the core of the TI. Therefore, the inner world of an INTP is kept in order methodically in a complex, detailed structure. When an INTP focuses on specific details, they have a keen eye for them and will not quickly lose sight of them.
Likewise, INTPs often fail to notice external details until something forces them to. When an INTP walks into a new room or strolls down an urban street, it is blind to most of the details that many other people might see right away. Often they would first have to be pointed out.
If INTP’s people live alone, their homes are usually spartan and user-oriented. There will be little to no decorative objects, but electronic devices will often be in abundance and the importance of each object will be based on its usefulness. The general style of your home is largely irrelevant. If an object is put aside and not put back for a while, it is left there completely ignored until it is used again. Objects that are there for more than about two days usually become invisible to the INTP until it finds use for them again. For many other temperaments, whose need for orderliness and order is very high per se, this behavior encounters incomprehensibility and even frustration. Corners, table tops or cabinets are piled up with objects, but while they are not in use they effectively remain invisible and unimportant. In fact, immature INTPs are often reluctant to get "physical" with their environment at all, since the desire Not interacting with the physical world can be very powerful. Only as soon as the disorder hinders his activities will the INTP clean up. Often, however, he only relocates the disruptive objects to another corner, where they spend more weeks "invisible". When an INTP lives with a partner or family, they learn the need to keep order.
Introverted feelings often play an important role in the private world of the INTP. When he visits a place, whether new or already known, his sensitive function will give him a high level of sympathy for the atmosphere or mood of the place. In his subconscious he connects the current experiences of his environment with memories of the past, sometimes very distant past. When on vacation, INTP’s primarily want to experience the ambience of a place. Specific details of the present are relatively unimportant and are not well remembered. However, the atmosphere or mood will be remembered long afterwards as if it were a solid object. Since people you meet on vacation count as “details”, provided that no personal contact develops, the INTP tends to withdraw to lonely, isolated places where the atmosphere is less disturbed. Nonetheless, the presence of other people adds their own mood, which can also be appreciated. The result of this sympathy for past experiences, as well as mood and atmosphere, is that an INTP is one of the types one would describe as melancholy.
Since the present is inextricably linked with a sense of the past, the INTP tends to pile up items that enable it to strengthen its connection to the past. He finds it very difficult to let go of something that he has collected or even created that could contain nostalgic meaning. He assumes that any object of interest will remain of interest forever. This emphasizes a strong sense of universality in the advancement of time, just as it emphasizes the seriousness of an INTP with respect to its interests. Collections are often taken very seriously. Although the collection itself is perceived as a temporal rather than a spatial object, one should always assume more importance in the thoughts of the INTP than in its objects. Therefore INTPs are collectors, but they are collectors to whom the objects are only important because they create a connection to the past, as they create a nostalgic mood. The miraculous problem with any INTP collection is that it will seldom enjoy it in the here and now. The items are put away so that at some point they can be dug up again, but often that point will never happen. This could be because the INTP is always so mentally active that it continuously delves into new areas of interest and continues to hoard items that it associates with the fact that it rarely allows itself to take enough time, its itself steadily the expanding library of the past. An INTP's interests would be enough to keep it busy for several lifetimes.
Another area of interest of the INTP, in which the inner feeling exerts a strong influence, is music. An INTP is usually fascinated by music and can develop a deep, wide-ranging taste in music. Indeed, each of its major functions plays a role in enjoying music and, in fact, music is a key interest in bringing out one's underdeveloped emotions. The inner feeling itself brings a fascination for the mood and atmosphere of the music, as well as for a strong sense of personal nostalgia. INTPs therefore often enjoy melancholy music that is withdrawn and / or creates esoteric moods. Likewise, INTPs enjoy listening to music they heard and enjoyed when they were younger, if they can still enjoy it today, and long for the nostalgia that music holds in store. Thanks to their analytical nature, INTPs also feel drawn to complexly structured music. Such music is usually too complex to be understood after a single listening session, making it excellent material for analysis and stimulating the INTP accordingly. Once the basic structure of the music has been grasped, the imagination provides the drive to grasp the meaning of the piece. For example, what does the composer want to express? Why was this development chosen? In fact, while listening to music, the imagination is hard at work and tries to grasp the meaning behind the often fascinating combinations of the world of sounds, the structural development and nostalgic impressions.
When the thought process determines the choice of music, the intellectual stimulation that comes from complex structures and tones will overshadow the concern for cultivated harmony. Therefore, INTPs often feel too Dissonances attracted. In fact, they can even strive strongly for dissonant soundscapes. When in such moods, you will feel consonant harmonies, especially those of the Three chord melody Variety as boring and uninspired. When an INTP is forced to listen to simply harmonized music for a while, they usually won't be able to wait long to feel the relaxation they then experience through sheer dissonance. The ideal music for his thought process can typically be a modern symphony, with a complex but analyzable core, with a rich and varied soundscape, mainly dissonant, but with elements of melodic motifs to provide stability.
Ultimately, the music forms a lively, central role in awakening the underdeveloped, extroverted-feeling shadow in the life of an INTP’s person. It is undoubtedly the one who gives INTP’ers the spark of life to feel a sense of real joy with which music is experienced. The role of his own feelings in music remains a mystery to the INTP’s player. Music shapes whatever helps to create that shadow.
Underdeveloped function: Extroverted feeling ("Feeling Extroverted", short: FE)
In fact, the mature use of extroverted feeling does not take shape until the middle age of an INTP. Feelings and emotions are viewed with suspicion and sometimes even feared by the INTP, which results in them avoiding them or not wanting to show their own. Likewise, he may experience some fascination in the emotional world, but he is desperate to depersonalize every thought in this area. He is induced to subject the objects of his emotions to continuous analysis as the thought process usually overshadows his feeling process and attacks his FE with accusations of irrationality. He is reluctant to let his emotions run wild, fearing that they will lose control. He believes emotions are of lesser substance than logic and that his natural goal is to conquer his emotions with sheer rationality.
Much of the above demonstrates the immature and underdeveloped way INTPs handle their emotional side. In reality it means that the extraverted nature of the INTP's feeling component means that its emotions, when visible, are very direct and easy to interpret. Since the INTP usually wishes to hide its emotions, when they do come out they are almost childlike in their outburst. There is a sense of “all-or-nothing” and, if visible, there is nothing puzzling about an INTP's feelings: in fact, they seem very “raw” and basic.
When they have to make decisions on the spot, the FE is often temporarily visible in the front line. Its immature nature can end up in making inappropriate decisions. The INTP may regret this later when its thought process has analyzed the events. Hence, the INTP tend to avoid making quick decisions, knowing that their emotional judgment is their Achilles heel. However, this resistance is partially weakened when his imagination steps in to bolster his emotions. The accuracy of intuitive insight becomes essential as the INTP works around fatal errors. It is interesting to observe that the external world of an INTP involves a free spirited partnership between external feelings and intuition, while the internal world is a very clinical, detail / structure / analysis combination of internal thinking and feeling.
For the INTP, emotions are often viewed as something mysterious and uncontrollable. Therefore, the root of his fear of emotions is the fear of not being able to control them. Hence, when the INTP finally responds to something emotionally, it will leave its emotions uncontrolled, raw and open. When experiencing another person's emotional reaction, the INTP will struggle against expressing similar feelings itself. An example of this could be when the INTP sees a "sappy" movie that shows a heartbreaking scene. The INTP hates the director's attempt to influence his emotions, and he'll be more likely to grin than cry. However, this reaction has nothing to do with arrogance. Rather, it is the INTP's defensive response to avoid revealing its weak point.
The mystery of emotions is also proof of the INTP’s use of music. He will always want to hear music that suits his current emotional state, be it aggression, warmth, enthusiasm, relaxation, whatever. It is easier to choose the right music than to change the state. INTPs could not listen to music to change or improve their mood. They feel an unpleasant disharmony when a musical style does not suit their current mood. In fact, it's amazing how much they pay attention to their emotions once music is involved.
Romantic intimacy is another important area that brings out the emotional shadows of an INTP and fascinates them in a similar way to music. Both have an emotional core that does not bow to any analysis. Amorous feelings are often at odds with the need for distant observation. Hence, romantic intimacy can play a huge role in the balance of the INTP's functions. He will still have elements that are true to type in this regard, in which he wants to understand and categorize the reactions of his counterpart. Nonetheless, the extraverted nature of feeling in an intimate partnership leads to a useful openness and empathic directness in response to the partner's needs and promotes the healthy development of FE function. In fact, the intimate relationship is the only place for INTPs to develop their FE in a meaningful way.
The underdeveloped nature of feeling itself manifests itself in the lack of competence to show active empathy when other people are subjected to strong emotions. When desiring to encourage the emotional person, the INTP tends to contribute mind-based solutions to the problem. Often the INTP does not know how to empathize and therefore feels discomfort and helplessness, especially when it understands the rational reason for the emotions. He can get frustrated if the person remains unhappy, even after hearing his solutions. It is much worse when the emotional person appears irrational. But we already had it.
As I said, feeling is the INTP's Achilles' verse. He seldom fears factual things in the outside world, at least nothing that one experiences in everyday life. This can usually always be averted by instigating active defense strategies. The possibility of being left standing completely helpless leaves the INTP indifferent, because as soon as the mind has been “defeated”, emotions offer little comfort. Resigned acceptance of the inevitable is the anathema of the INTP. The INTP's typical response is to simply hate with cold passion the world that created this. However, the INTP's greatest fears are created out of its own ideas. The problem with this is that its large analysis / imagination axis can create very unpleasant ideas that can also be far removed from reality and irrational. Thoughts and possibilities are of such great importance in the mind of an INTP that it can hardly overshadow them with reason.Since the emotional response to an uncomfortable idea is based on an underdeveloped function, it also fails to find its way back to common sense. The end result is the fear that just imagination can lead to self-destruction. This fear is irrational and is a cry for help from the repressed feeling when it is overwhelmed by the powers of analysis and imagination. This problem can be overcome if the type dynamics are balanced with budding maturity.
... that was so long now, I will forego a conclusion. Thank you so much for reading.
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