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Carl Jung’s theory of psychological types says each person is “wired” with different tendencies and preferences. Some of us are extraverted while others are introverted, some are “thinkers” while others are “feelers“, and so on. There are 16 distinct personality types, each belonging to one of four temperaments as organized by David Keirsey.

My test results were: INTP – The Engineer

 

INTP – The “Engineer”

Temperament: NT (Intellectual)

Primary Function: Introverted Thinking

Population: 2.5% (4% male, 1% female)

Full INTP Profile >>
(description, famous people, careers…)

 

 

 

 

 

Extraverted

Introverted

 

 

37%  

 

 

 

  63%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sensing

Intuition

 

 

21%  

 

 

 

  79%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thinking

Feeling

 

 

63%  

 

 

 

  37%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judging

Perceiving

 

 

16%  

 

 

 

  84%

 

 

 

 

 

INTPs are logical, individualistic, reserved, and very curious individuals. They focus on ideas, theories and the explanation of how things work. They are especially adept at discussions and debate. They have the ability to focus intently on a subject. They appreciate and respect intelligence in others.

 

Introverted (I):

Introversion is a preference to focus on the world inside the self. Introverts tend to be quiet, peaceful and deliberate and are not attracted to social interactions. They prefer activities they can do alone or with one other close friend, activities such as reading, writing, thinking, and inventing. Introverts find social gatherings draining.

 

Introvert Characteristics

Energized by time alone

Private

Keeps to self

Quiet

Deliberate

Internally aware

Fewer friends

Prefer smaller groups

Independent

Not socially inclined

Enjoys solitude

Thinks before speaking

 

Intuition (N)

Intuition refers to how people process data. Intuitive people focus on the future and the possibilities. They process information through patterns and impressions. They read between the lines, they are abstract thinkers.

 

Intuitive Characteristics

Future-focused

Sees possibilities

Inventive

Imaginitive

Deep

Abstract

Idealistic

Complicated

Theoretical

 

Thinking (T)

 

Thinking refers to how people make decisions. Thinking people are objective and make decisions based on facts. They are ruled by their head instead of their heart. Thinking people judge situations and others based on logic.

 

Thinking Characteristics

Logical

Objective

Decides with head

Wants truth

Rational

Impersonal

Critical

Thick-skinned

Firm with people

Driven by thought

 

Perceiving (P)

Perceiving is the preference outwardly displayed. Perceiving people are flexible, like to keep their options open and think randomly. They like to act spontaneously and are adaptable. Perceivers like to keep things open ended.

 

Perceiving Characteristics

Adaptable

Relaxed

Disorganized

Care-free

Spontaneous

Changes tracks midway

Keeps options open

Procrastinates

Dislikes routine

Flexible

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Portrait of an INTP – Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiving
(Introverted Thinking with Extraverted Intuition)


The Thinker

As an INTP, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you deal with things rationally and logically. Your secondary mode is external, where you take things in primarily via your intuition.

 

INTPs live in the world of theoretical possibilities. They see everything in terms of how it could be improved, or what it could be turned into. They live primarily inside their own minds, having the ability to analyze difficult problems, identify patterns, and come up with logical explanations. They seek clarity in everything, and are therefore driven to build knowledge. They are the “absent-minded professors”, who highly value intelligence and the ability to apply logic to theories to find solutions. They typically are so strongly driven to turn problems into logical explanations, 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 may turn into a feeling of personal responsibility to solve theoretical problems, and help society move towards a higher understanding.

 

INTPs value knowledge above all else. Their minds are constantly working to generate new theories, or to prove or disprove existing theories. They approach problems and theories 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. They’re usually extremely bright, and able to be objectively critical in their analysis. They love new ideas, and become very excited over abstractions and theories. They love to discuss these concepts with others. They may seem “dreamy” and distant to others, because they spend a lot of time inside their minds musing over theories. They hate to work on routine things – they would much prefer to build complex theoretical solutions, and leave the implementation of the system to others. They are intensely interested in theory, 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 like to lead or control people. They’re very tolerant 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. The INTP is likely to be very shy when it comes to meeting new people. On the other hand, the INTP is very self-confident and gregarious around people they know well, or when discussing theories which they fully understand.

 

The INTP has no understanding or value for decisions made on the basis of personal subjectivity or feelings. They strive constantly to achieve logical conclusions to problems, and don’t understand the importance or relevance of applying subjective emotional considerations to decisions. For this reason, INTPs are usually not in-tune with how people are feeling, and are not naturally well-equiped to meet the emotional needs of others.

 

The INTP may have a problem with self-aggrandizement and social rebellion, which will interfere with their creative potential. Since their Feeling 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 people’s feelings, he or she may become overly critical and sarcastic with others. If the INTP is not able to find a place for themself which supports the use of their strongest abilities, they may become generally negative and cynical. If the INTP has not developed their Sensing side sufficiently, they may become unaware of their environment, and exhibit weakness in performing maintenance-type tasks, such as bill-paying and dressing appropriately.

 

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. 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.

 

The INTP is usually very independent, unconventional, and original. They are not likely to place much value on traditional goals such as popularity and security. They usually have complex characters, and may tend to be restless and temperamental. They are strongly ingenious, and have unconventional thought patterns which allows them to analyze ideas in new ways. Consequently, a lot of scientific breakthroughs in the world have been made by the INTP.

 

The INTP is at his best when he can work on his theories independently. When given an environment which supports his creative genius and possible eccentricity, the INTP can accomplish truly remarkable things. These are the pioneers of new thoughts in our society.

 

Jungian functional preference ordering:

Dominant: Introverted Thinking
Auxiliary: Extraverted Intuition
Tertiary: Introverted Sensing
Inferior: Extraverted Feeling

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Multiple Intelligence Test

 

 Naturalist 

 

  90%

 

 Intrapersonal 

 

  90%

 

 Verbal/Linguistic 

 

  75%

 

 Logical/Mathematical 

 

  55%

 

 Visual/Spatial 

 

  50%

 

 Bodily/Kinesthetic 

 

  50%

 

 Musical 

 

  45%

 

 Interpersonal 

 

  40%

 

 

 

Naturalist Intelligence

 

Multiple Intelligences (Free Test)

 

The Naturalist intelligence has to do with how we relate to our surroundings and where we fit into it. People with Naturalist intelligence have a sensitivity to and appreciation for nature. They are gifted at nurturing and growing things as well as the ability to care for and interact with animals. They can easily distinguish patterns in nature.Note that this intelligence is the newest added to the theory of Multiple Intelligences and is often criticized as being an interest rather than an intelligence.

 

Common Characteristics

Bothered by pollution

Enjoys having pets

Likes to learn about nature

Enjoys gardening

Appreciates scenic places

Feels alive when in contact with nature

Likes to camp, hike, walk and climb

Notices nature above all other things

Conscious of changes in weather

Career Matches

Conservationist

Gardener

Farmer

Animal Trainer

Park Ranger

Scientist

Botanist

Zookeeper

Geologist

Marine Biologist

Ecologist

Veterinarian

 

 

 

Intrapersonal Intelligence

 

Multiple Intelligences (Free Test)

 

People with intrapersonal intelligence are adept at looking inward and figuring out their own feelings, motivations and goals. They are introspective and seek understanding. They are intuitive and typically introverted. They learn best independently.

 

Common Characteristics

Introverted

Prefers working alone

Philosophical

Self-aware

Perfectionistic

Often thinks of self-employment

Enjoys journaling

Intuitive

Independent

Spends time thinking and reflecting

Likes learning about self

Career Matches

Psychologist

Philosopher

Writer

Theologian

 

 

 

Verbal/Linguistic

Intelligence

 

Multiple Intelligences (Free Test)

 

People with Linguistic intelligence love and are talented with words. They enjoy reading, writing and learning languages. They have an ability to teach and explain things to others. They learn best by reading, taking notes and going to lectures.

 

Common Characteristics

Notices grammatical mistakes

Often speaks of what they have read

Likes to use “fancy” words

Loves word games

Cherishes their book collection

Easily remembers quotes and famous sayings

Likes puns and rhymes

Enjoys writing

Enjoys foreign language

Always enjoyed English class

Career Matches

Writer (any type)

Editor

Public Speaker

Politician

Preacher

Teacher

Journalist

Broadcaster

English / Writing Tutor

Actor / Actress

 

 

 

Logical/Mathematical Intelligence

 

Multiple Intelligences (Free Test)

 

People with Logical intelligence are abstract thinkers and are attracted to logic and reasoning. They are good at investigation and scientific processes. They learn best by logic.

 

Common Characteristics

Can easily do math in their head

Good at strategy games

Have a mind “like a computer”

Really like math

Enjoy science experiments

Organize things by category

Abstract thinker

Look for a rational explanations

Wonder how things work

Career Matches

Scientist

Mathematician

Lawyer/Attorney

Doctor

Accountant

Bookkeeper

Computer Programmer

Researcher

Financial Planner

 

 

 

Visual/Spatial Intelligence

 

Multiple Intelligences (Free Test)

 

People with Visual intelligence are artistic. They are very aware of their surroundings and are good at remembering images. They have a great sense of direction. They like to draw, paint and read maps. They learn best through drawings and visual aids.

 

Common Characteristics

Good at solving visual puzzles

Enjoyed geometry in school

Good at drawing

Can visualize pictures in head

Notices colors and shapes

Enjoys photography

Good with directions

Can remember places vividly

Good at artistic composition

Likes books with pictures

Career Matches

Artist

Architect

Graphic Designer

Engineer

Fashion Designer

Interior Decorator

Photographer

 

 

 

Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence

 

Multiple Intelligences (Free Test)

 

People with Kinesthetic intelligence love movement. They enjoy sports and/or dance. They are good at building things and like to stay active. They have good motor skills and are very aware of their bodies. They learn best through movement and experimentation.

 

Common Characteristics

Learns by “doing”

Would rather touch than just look

Well-coordinated withgood motor skills

Likes figuring out how things work

Enjoys the outdoors

Likes to work with hands

Can’t sit still for too long

Enjoys sports and exhilarating experiences

Likes to be active

Has a lot of physical energy

Athletic

Career Matches

Athlete

Dancer

Mechanic

Actor / Actress

Performer

Physical Education Instructor

Craftsman

Gardener

 

Physical Therapist

Farmer

Carpenter

Builder

Park Ranger

Firefighter

Paramedic

 

 

 

 

Musical Intelligence

 

Multiple Intelligences (Free Test)

 

People with musical intelligence love music. They appreciate rhythm and composition. They are gifted with the ability to compose, sing and/or play instrument(s). Able to recognize sounds, tones and rhythm, they have a “good ear” for music. They learn best through lectures and often use rhythm and music as a way to memorize things.

 

Common Characteristics

Have good rhythm

Can easily memorize songs

Notice and enjoy different sounds

Often singing, whisling or tapping a song

Talented with an instrument or singing

Can tell when a note is off-key

Often have a song running through their head

Have an unquenchable passion for music

Career Matches

Musician

Singer

Conductor

Composer

Songwriter

Music Teacher

Music Director

Choir Director

Record Producer

 

 

 

Interpersonal Intelligence

 

Multiple Intelligences (Free Test)

 

People with Interpersonal intelligence are good with people and thrive in social interactions. They are good at reading, empathize and understanding others. They are good at working with others and have many friends. They learn best through interaction and dialogue.

 

Common Characteristics

Empathetic

Extraverted

Enjoy social events

Love groups and crowds

Enjoying teaching others

Have many friends

Enjoy team sports

Like to counsel others

Love meeting new people

Cooperative in groups

Sensitive to others’ moods

Career Matches

Diplomat

Leader

Manager

Politician

Clergy

Social Worker

Receptionist

Sales Representative

Counselor

Child Care

Coach

 

 

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