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Inside The Mind Of The INTP

INTPs lead with introverted thinking, which is a rational function, and a very conscious one. This means that they are aware of all that comes to their minds, and able to track their line of thinking. This internal awareness of thoughts is what decreases their awareness of the real world, hence making them seem quite detached from reality.

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Inside The Mind Of The INTP

INTPs are observant however, trying to absorb as much data as possible from the external world in order to connect it and systemize it inside of their heads, using both Ti and Ne.

While Ti is concerned with maintaining logical consistency, Ne tries to capture the scene from different perspectives and angles.

Both functions create something like a three-dimensional understanding of reality, where connections are not limited to a single side or aspect of an idea. Because of their extroverted intuition, INTPs do not think in a linear manner as opposed to all J Types. 

They examine different possibilities and think in many directions, which might hinder their focus and make them eager to dig after every intriguing thought that comes to their minds; although not as distracted as their extroverted counterparts, ENTPs.

One distinctive feature of INTPs thinking is that they don't ignore any bit of information provided to them. They are not a judging type, so it's not natural for them to make quick judgments about what is relevant and what is not.

Actually for them, this idea of relevance doesn't make much sense. Because each bit could have its place in a web of interconnected concepts shaping their model of the world.

Being a P type, they tend to keep the raw data they absorbed accessible, unlike INTJs who would process information in order to make conclusions they could use.

INTPs maintain data entries as they are, because they lack that urge to make conclusions, and because they will come back and forth to refine the model they built upon these ideas.

They also don't evaluate the worth of their ideas by how applicable they are, that's why they experience more freedom in their thoughts than all other J types. INTPs think for the mere sake of it.

10. You have a library of everything that snakes through your extremely convoluted brains, which you’re constantly adding to.

But your organizing abilities are really bad; so instead of neat rows of books, you have a fire hazard’s worth of random information about everything and everyone going back through history, that’s found its way into your brain and never left.

9. One corner of your brain fades off into the Desert of Recriminations, a familiar place you sometimes visit, so that you can pointlessly beat yourself up for things you did or did not do.

8. In the middle of the Desert of Recriminations is the Factory of Guilt, which pumps out a steady stream of things to feel bad about, not that it has any impact on your behavior.

For most people, guilt is motivating. With INTPs, weirdly, guilt seems to be de-motivating. You seem to feel guilt in a hazy overall miasma kind of way, but you rarely seem to act on it.

7. In another corner of your brains is a spy school; or some sort of intricately conceived world, with fantastical creatures. Or something equally improbable.

I call this your “Inner Sanctum” where you roam around intellectually with your hobbies and interests, all ten thousand of them. This is your happy place. Sometimes you overstay your welcome.

6. Then there’s the Superhighway of Ideas and Intentions, which is permanently congested and gridlocked with a jumble of projects, in all stages of non-completion.

5. If you take a wrong turn off the highway, you might end up in the Existential Funhouse, which is not fun at all for you, or the people you live with.

This is when you darkly question the point of everything, including all of human history and its future too.

You usually don’t stay here very long though, as your very short attention span usually pulls you into something more interesting, and you forget to be upset, and become cute and absorbed instead.

4. Every once in a while you find your way to the “Get Things Done” teahouse, located in a very remote area of your brain, a place you never stay for long, but you do visit it on an as-needed basis, Thankfully.

3. In the center of your brain is the Autopilot Room, where you hang out a lot and pretend to care, or do whatever you need to do or is expected of you, while the “real you” is elsewhere, probably in your Inner Sanctum.

2. Around your Inner Sanctum, is a giant toxic moat filled with fire-breathing dragons, with high walls, reinforced with concrete and surrounded by an elite army of ninja archers.

1. Then there is the Dark Forest of Intuition, which has an uncanny ability to read dangerous and fake people instantly. This ability unfortunately has the side effect of making you wonder if people hate you a lot of the time. I’m sure there are additional remote corners to your brains, but I’ll just say “there be dragons!”