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What Some Descriptions of INTPs Don't Quite Get Right...


An INTP being described as objective isn't quite right and messes with how we INTPs see ourselves. It can enable and create permission for us to remain cold, stubborn and faking Te, which is more of the TJ-style of external scientific-method fact finding and usage. We INTPs tend to learn best through experience and pattern recognition. That means finding the patterns between multiple experiences or sources. It's not quite selecting something to be true as it is allowing the truth to reveal itself. Reading something once and holding onto that truth isn't quite enough. Many see this fixation to specific facts amongst other INTPs and assume that's the way we're meant to be. And with enough exposure we create an unconscious culture amongst INTPs to perpetuate this way of being, leaving a lot of INTPs frustrated and unhappy with their own development. A more accurate look at INTPs is to say that we're more theoretical and explorative. We look at data but interpret it in new ways for the world to understand and utilize. Some stuck in a loop treat their perspective on data as an absolute. "My thought is the objective thought." When in reality it likely hasn't been challenged or been exposed to a different perspective or language yet but the INTP is closed to new information on the matter. This clinging to an exact fact or way of expressing a fact can hold a lot of INTPs back from new expressions and experiences that support the development of our theoretical mind. Humility becomes an important growth tool for expansion and acceptance to think more theoretically, which can include some irrational thoughts, experiences, and redefine one's relationship to reality altogether. Our dominant cognitive function of Introverted Thinking (Ti) has a strong relationship to language because language shows how we can interpret information and see the same point from a relative perspective. Math is also a language, which many INTPs take to like a duck in water. The theoretical exploration process can seem like wading through chaos, which makes our relationship to language that much more important. We cross-check language with ideas to make sure the language conveys the idea as clearly as possible since ideas themselves exist pre-language and there's no guarantee that a specific language can convey a specific concept. We just know when the language is not quite right and we keep working on that clarity however possible. The syntax of language related to what we know is important to maturing INTPs doing theoretical work. It's why some INTPs end up learning multiple languages, it helps with clarity, exactness, and expansion of expression. Over time our relationship to language no longer is about being a grammar nazi or being "correct," it's about being clear. When you throw playful expression into the mix it evolves from being clear to being heard. Your expressions and explanations can be more concise as opposed to feeling as though you're having to share a dissertation, which requires you to cover every angle, but regular conversations don't need all the word vomit if you're trying to help a specific person with a specific thing. Theory of Mind becomes important as its not only about getting it right, it's about knowing all the ways in which an idea can be conveyed to all the different minds that hear it their own way. This is why personality types are so helpful to INTPs. The tools of type creates a reference point to how we can shift our language to meet the context of how someone perceives without losing the concept. In a way, it's like making your ideas modular and giving them different flavors for different tastes. This way you select the way in which it'll connect as opposed to explaining it all the ways in the hopes that it'll fit...likely exhausting the person and losing their interest. I'm still guilty of that all the time. By clean slicing ideas and making explanations modular we can achieve clarity multiple ways with multiple minds, and develop complex theories via these multiple expressions, instead of fixating on finding a single form of irrefutable clarity that others should conform. After all, much of what we're trying to solve is related to people, perspectives, and behavior in the big picture. So, for an INTP the concept becomes more important than the exact perfect words or exact Te-like facts. The facts and language we use supports expression and exploration to make an impact on the world in some way. Exploration of concepts is what we do best but it's not quite about being objective as it is about exploration to reveal what's true and clear expression of discoveries. ----- Click here if you'd like to learn Personality theory to do your own profiling. And click here to join our email list to get more advice and content for INTPs.