The INTP’s Guide to Everyone Else

I’m starting up a new mini-series this fall, and it’s all about INTPs and their view of other people. As an INTP I have often found that society doesn’t work the way I think it should, and that other people behave strangely, and in ways I can never predict. So here’s a mildly humorous (and yes, probably stereotypical) view of each Myers-Briggs personality type, as perceived by an INTP.

What’s up first? Other INTPs, of course:


While other INTPs still fall on the standard people graph with a domain of inconsistent to wildly irrational and a range of unknown carbon-based life form to proven extraterrestrial, they tend to score on the milder side of both spectra, which means that they almost make sense.

A fellow INTP is someone you can actually have a normal conversation with – especially if you both pursue similar subjects of interest, such as line thicknesses as observed in comics, the improved combat system in Civilization V, whether or not Greedo shot first, the objectivity of being objective, and, most importantly, the number 42.

The typical INTP will refuse to go anywhere without their constant companion, the thought-storm. Comparable to a typical “thought-cloud” or “thought-bubble,” the thought-storm is a constant (yet mostly invisible) whirlwind of ideas surrounding the INTP’s mind. Beware of strong winds, lighting-quick memes, stray ideas, and half-formed creations. These should all be considered intellectually armed and dangerous.

It is important to note that the thought-storm may occasionally escape the INTP’s control and erupt across space and time. Approach an untethered thought-storm at your own risk. They have been known to randomly morph into information overload monsters, computer-generated panic modules, contagious forms of writer’s block, and emotional outbursts.

And don’t ask us how thought-storms can create computer-generated panic modules. We do not know. Yet.

Stay tuned for an INTP’s view of the INTJ, coming next Saturday (probably) to a computer near you.

Sep 24/16

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