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Definition of an INTP
INTP is the acronym used by the Myers-Briggs (MBTI) to describe introverted people who prefer to use their intuition, thinking, and perceiving preferences. These preferences are used by INTPs to receive information, make decisions, and interact with the outside world.
Introverts tend to be quiet, serious, contemplative people who like solitude and spending quality time with a small group of friends.
Although INTPs don’t draw attention to themselves or express their feelings easily, they are loyal, honest, and easy going.
People who have the INTP personality are also called “Thinkers”, “Analysts”, and “Logicians” because they are highly intelligent, philosophical, analytical, rational, and logical. While INTPs are reserved, they are passionate about their beliefs and enthusiastic about sharing their amazing ideas.
Their intense curiosity about the world leads them on a quest for knowledge, truth, and revelation.
To unlock the mysteries of the universe, INTPs will spend hours analyzing complex data and conducting dangerous experiments for their research before formulating ground-breaking theories. When solutions must be found for seemingly unsolvable problems, they succeed where others have failed.
As well as being intellectual, these types of people are highly imaginative, and they stretch the boundaries of creativity through literature, music, and film.
Bold and courageous, INTPs are not afraid to challenge traditionally accepted scientific principles and social ideologies. They choose the “road less traveled” regardless of personal challenges, opposition, and persecution.
Their determination to follow their dreams and stick to their convictions may come at a huge cost but their impressive achievements are not only rewarding for them but also for the world.
Cognitive functions of the INTP personality
The intuition preference is essential for famous INTPs as it helps them to receive information, discern people’s true motivations, and create a healthy life/work balance.
Famous people are often called upon to make important decisions about their careers.
Their sharp logical brain also helps them to make strategic decisions under pressure and avoid mistakes that can be catastrophic to their careers.
High-profile professions attract constant media scrutiny and the intense public gaze which can be challenging for famous INTPs, especially in our social-media saturated world.
Fortunately, famous INTPs can rely on their perceiving preference to adapt quickly to changing circumstances and stay focussed on their work.
INTP Famous People
Carl Jung was a Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist. His revolutionary theories have shaped modern psychology and influenced psychoanalytical practices.
Jung’s conceptual theories include the identification of the introverted/extroverted personality types, which have led to the formation of the 16 MBTI Personality Types.
Carl Jung was the son of a pastor, so he was expected to become a minister, but due to his interest in psychology and philosophy from a young age, he was destined to become a psychiatrist.
Despite his scientific mind, Jung was also interested in spirituality, religion, and dream interpretation, and these interests also had a major impact on his psychoanalytic theories.
While Jung shared some common views with Sigmund Freud, the controversial neurologist and psychoanalyst, Jung disagreed with many of Freud’s theories, such as Freud’s emphasis on the sexual bases of neurosis.
Their disagreements became so serious that it led to an irrevocable split and although Jung had been elected president of the International Psychoanalytic Society in 1911, of which Freud was a member, Jung resigned from the society in 1914.
Carl Jung is an INTP because he was an introvert and liked to spend countless hours studying the mysterious world of the psyche. He chose a career that requires a close doctor-patient relationship, which is a perfect fit for an INTP.
Despite his logical, analytical nature, Jung had an intuitive understanding of human nature and he wanted to improve people’s lives so they could function better in society.
Although Jung is softly spoken during interviews, he becomes quite animated when he talks about his beliefs and theories. During the formulation of his early theories, he often expressed his rage when his ideas were attacked.
Carl Jung’s cutting-edge research and conclusions not only changed his medical world, but many medical specialists still use his ideas to successfully treat psychological conditions.
“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.”
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
Marie Curie was a Polish-born physicist and chemist.
She is most famous for her pioneering research on radioactivity, and her immense contribution to science has influenced generations of nuclear physicists and chemists.
Together with Henri Becquerel who discovered radioactivity in 1896, Marie and her husband, Pierre Curie were awarded the 1903 Nobel Prize for Physics.
Marie Curie was the sole winner of the 1911 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and the only woman to win the award in two different fields.
During WWI, Marie Curie also developed the first x-ray.
On 4 July 1934, Marie Curie died from aplastic anemia which was caused by years of radiation exposure.
Marie Curie is a classic example of an INTP as she was highly intelligent, curious, valued knowledge, and willing to devote her life to unlocking the mysteries of the atom.
Her logical mind helped her to synthesize copious amounts of data, analyze existing theories, and generate new scientific theories and models.
Marie Curie developed innovative “methods for the separation of radium from the radioactive residue, [and] actively promoted the use of radium to alleviate [people’s] suffering” (Marie Curie, Biographical, The Nobel Prize)
While she was a quiet, unassuming woman, Marie was enthusiastic about her work. She believed that to improve the world, she had to start by improving people’s lives and she was prepared to do this despite the dangers of radiation. Marie and her husband often had to work under difficult conditions and they had to earn their living as teachers so they could fund their extensive research.
Without pioneering women like Marie Curie, we would not have access to the life-saving medical care we have today.
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.”
Albert Einstein was a German theoretical physicist and scholar. He is most famous for his theories of relativity. Einstein is regarded as the greatest, most influential physicist in history, and he was a scientific genius.
His most important works include Special Theory of Relativity, General Theory of Relativity, Investigations on Theory of Brownian Movement, and The Evolution of Physics. His non-scientific work includes About Zionism, Why War? My Philosophy, and Out of My Later Years.
He also made significant contributions to the theory of quantum mechanics.
In 1921, Einstein won the Nobel Peace Prize for his service to Theoretical Physics and his revolutionary photoelectric effect.
Einsteins’ first encounter with physics started at the age of 5 when he became fascinated by the invisible forces that moved the needle on a compass.
In 1896, he entered the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich to be trained as a teacher in physics and mathematics.
In 1921, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the photoelectric effect.
Albert Einstein is the epitome of the INTP personality as he was curious about the mysteries of the universe, and he found innovative solutions for complex scientific conundrums.
Although he became a celebrated scientist, Einstein’s journey to scientific discovery was rocky. The Catholic/Prussian style educational system didn’t appreciate originality or creativity. He often felt misunderstood and one of his teachers even told him that he would never amount to anything.
In his adult years, Einstein experienced many challenges in his personal life, and he often struggled to support a family without a decent well-paying job.
Einstein was not just a concrete, logical thinker, but he was also a highly imaginative scientist who often used “thought experiments to brainstorm his scientific ideas.” (Sundermier, Insider, Science, 2016) He once imagined what it’d be like to race alongside a light beam.
Einstein was light-years ahead of his time and his brilliant ideas have changed science, as well as inspired science fiction writers, screenwriters, and filmmakers.
“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”
Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.”
Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer, philosopher, and theologian.
Pascal was a child prodigy, and at the age of 16, he presented some of his early theorems including his “mystical hexagon” to the mathematics academy in Paris.
In 1642, Pascal started working on a mechanical calculator called the Pascaline which could perform additions and subtractions.
Pascal also developed the probability theory, invented the syringe, and created the hydraulic press.
After a religious experience in 1654, Pascal published an 18-letter series in which he attacked casuistry, which was a method of case-based reasoning used by early Catholic priests to solve moral problems. In response to this controversial publication, King Louis XIV ordered that the work be burnt in 1660.
Between 1657 and 1658, Pascal wrote a Christian Apologetic work called The Pensées’ which means “Thoughts”, but unfortunately, he could not complete it as he died at the age of 39.
A multi-talented INTP, Pascal possessed an extraordinary intellect, and he was an inspiring visionary. Unlike the scientists of his time, Pascal conducted intense empirical research and controlled experiments to formulate his theories and create his inventions.
Like many INTPs, he had a complex nature. He was logical, analytical, and rational, but also imaginative. He believed that the world could only be truly understood not just through the mind but also through the heart.
He was “humble yet forceful; fanatical as well as skeptical; mild and empathetic, yet also capable of withering scorn.” He was the personification of the very “chimera” he famously declared man to be.” (Simpson, IEP, Blaise Pascal).
Pascal teaches us that whatever type of challenges we face in life, we should never compromise our convictions or give up on our dreams.
“Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world.”
“What a Chimera is man! What a novelty, a monster, a chaos, a contradiction, a prodigy! Judge of all things, an imbecile worm; depository of truth, and sewer of error and doubt; the glory and refuse of the universe.”
Bill Gates is the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation, which is the world’s largest personal-computer software company, and an inventor.
He is the fourth richest man in the world and is currently worth 121 billion USD.
Bill Gates was an inventor from a young age, he wrote his first software program at the age of 13, and in high school he and a group of programmers computerized their school’s payroll system.
Gates, along with his friend Paul G. Allen developed software for the first microcomputers and created BASIC, a popular programming language.
He also created the MS-DOS operating system for the first IBM personal computer and the Windows CE operating system.
An excellent example of an INTP, Bill Gates has used his high intelligence and insightful intuition to create innovative products that help people live and work smarter.
In a recent Netflix documentary Inside Bill’s Brain, he was described as being a “multiprocessor who can read and process other types of information at the same time…and [he] thrives on complexities.”
While INTPs tend to have a fear of failure, Bill Gates doesn’t let that slow him down and he believes it’s important to learn from mistakes.
“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”
“I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.”
David Byrne is a Scottish-born American musician, songwriter, record producer, actor, writer, and filmmaker. He is known for his incredible musical versatility, and he is regarded as one of the most influential names in modern music.
During the 80s, he was the lead singer of the American new wave band Talking Heads. Some of their memorable songs are Psycho Killer, Burning Down the House, Once in a Lifetime, And She Was, Road to Nowhere, and Wild, Wild Life.
Byrne is also known for his artistically surreal music videos and especially his iconic giant suit that he wore during many of his stage performances.
After Talking Heads dissolved in 1988, Burns branched out into the world of music and explored multi-mediums including film, photography, art, as well as writing fiction and non-fiction.
INTP musicians don’t like to be bound by stereotypical music styles, so anything they create will be eclectic and unique. But as well as being creative, their work will also have an intellectual depth to it as well.
David Byrne is a fascinating example of the artistic INTP. His abstract, metaphorical, and philosophical lyrics are strange, but thought-provoking. He has been described as an “innovator, a polymath, an artist who has always led by example [and his] syncopated and futuristic [music has] raised the bar for all alternative acts moving forward.” (McStarkey, Far Out Magazine, Music, 2022)
Byrne is reluctant to give interviews but when he does, he avoids talking about his personal life, preferring to share his extensive knowledge of music theory and insightful observations about life.
“And you may ask yourself: “Well, how did I get here?” Once in a Lifetime.”
“I wouldn’t be surprised if poetry – poetry in the broadest sense, in the sense of a world filled with metaphor, rhyme, and recurring patterns, shapes, and designs – is how the world works. The world isn’t logical; it’s a song.”
― Bicycle Diaries
H.G. Wells was a British novelist, journalist, sociologist, and historian. He is most famous for his science fiction novels, The Time Machine, The War of the Words, The Wonderful Visit, The Island of Doctor Moreau, and The Invisible Man.
He has been called the “father of science fiction” and a prophetic social critic as he foresaw the advent of aircraft, tanks, space travel, and nuclear weapons.
Wells has written more than fifty novels and dozens of short stories, as well as writing social commentaries on politics, history, popular science, utopianism, and social evolution.
The Orson Welles CBS radio adaption of H.G. Well’s The War of the Words was so realistic that it caused mass hysteria across America, as many people believed there was an alien invasion.
H.G. Wells is the perfect example of an INTP. He was a talented visionary who combined his scientific skills with his incredible imagination to create fantastical futuristic tales that are compelling yet terrifying.
As well as writing about alien invasion, invisibility, and biological engineering, Wells was especially intrigued by time travel. His “grim vision of the future” in The Time Machine serves as a literary portent of the “dangers of taking science and technology too far [and] man’s arrogance in the face of the immensity of the universe.” (Lennon, The Daily Telegraph, 2018.)
Not only does his literary creations delight readers and writers all around the world but his incredible ideas still capture the imaginations of the scientific community.
“I want to go ahead of Father Time with a scythe of my own.”
“We all have our time machines, don’t we? Those that take us back are memories…And those that carry us forward, are dreams.”
Stephen King is an award-winning American novelist and screenwriter.
For over 40 years, this legendary King of Horror has published more than 70 books and 30 of those books have become No.1 best sellers.
Many of his books have been adapted for film and television such as Carrie, The Shining, The Dead Zone, Pet Cemetery, The Stand, Cujo, Misery, It, and The Shawshank Redemption.
Although the Shawshank film flopped when it opened in theaters in 1994, it was nominated for seven Academy Awards.
Just like artistically gifted INTPs, King uses his logical mind and vivid imagination, and he has penned the most spine-chilling tales the world has ever seen.
Not only has King’s story-telling passion and strong work ethic brought him long-term success, but he intuitively creates narratives that people want to read again and again.
Before he begins a story, he carefully plans the narrative and does numerous revisions, but he also allows for spontaneity because this is when the story magic takes over.
Stephen King is a master storyteller, a literary genius, and a clever social critic. His novels contain intricate plot lines, multiple narrative perspectives, and “richly detailed…deeply flawed” (Romano, Vox, 2018) characters that struggle with real-world issues like bullying, familial abuse, and childhood fears.
Fear of failure tends to overshadow INTPs, but King believes that writers should always prepare for failure and criticism. In their darkest moments, they should remain positive and continue to write no matter what.
“We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.”
“If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.”
Woody Allen is an American film director, screenwriter, playwright, and actor. He is best known for his unusual films that contain elements of parody, slapstick humor, and European Art Cinema-style dramas that explore psychological themes and social taboo subjects.
His career spans more than six decades and he has won multiple Academy Awards for his films.
His most notable films include Annie Hall, Manhattan, Hannah and Her Sisters, Crimes and Misdemeanors, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Love and Death, Sleeper, Midnight in Paris, and Celebrity.
Woody Allen has been identified as an INTP as he is fiercely independent and like other great film auteurs such as Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese, he maintains total control over the entire filmmaking process.
Allen likes to break away from typical mainstream Hollywood film thematics by exploring the concepts of irony and fate and commenting on the “empty nature of fame or celebrity …and the inevitable doom of romantic love.” (Loy, Senses of Cinema, Great Directors, Allen, Woody, 2003).
If you have never watched a Woody Allen film, his work is worth viewing as his films are compelling, intriguing, and entertaining.
“If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.”
“The artist’s job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.”
Christopher Walken is an American actor. He is one of Hollywood’s most prolific actors as he has been working in the acting industry for over 50 years.
Walken is well known for his distinctive speaking voice and his roles as a menacing villain.
His most notable films include The Dogs of War, The Dead Zone, A View to A Kill, Batman Returns, Pulp Fiction, Nick of Time, Sleepy Hollow, Catch Me If You Can, and Stand Up Guys, Seven Psychopaths, Prophesy, and Jersey Boys.
Even though he has had to ride horses in films, he doesn’t like them. The horse he rode in Sleepy Hollow was a mechanical horse.
Before he pursued a career in acting, Walken was trained as a dancer, and he showed off his dancing talents in Fatboy Slim’s video for the song Weapon of Choice.”
Christopher Walken is an INTP because he’s an introvert, has a relaxed, easy-going nature, likes spontaneity, and he has a strong work ethic.
Unlike other method actors who go to extreme lengths to prepare for a role, Christopher Walken never fully prepares for a role. He memorizes his lines at home and once he is on set with the other actors, he likes to improvise.
He “doesn’t panic if he goes for a while without working [and he believes} that his low-stress attitude has kept him healthy.” (Kramer, Salon, 2015).
While he is an unemotional person, he can express the right emotions for every character he plays so that they are authentic and memorable.
Christopher Walken has successfully managed to avoid the spotlight as much as possible. When he’s not working, he lives a conservative life and prefers to spend time at home with his wife and cat, or with a small group of friends.
“Almost everything I’ve ever done has slightly been an accident. This was in front of me at the time and I took it. That’s how I’ve always lived and it’s how I still live — I do the next best thing.”
“There are people who are able to plan their career, their future, but I’ve never had any talent for that. I just do things and hope for the best. Say yes, take a chance, and sometimes it’s terrific and sometimes it’s not.”
We can learn a lot from INTP famous people. Whether they are doctors, scientists, philosophers, inventors, musicians, actors, or filmmakers, these remarkable people knew they were destined for great things.
Regardless of disappointments, illness, ridicule, or opposition, they refused to let anything, or anyone stop them from achieving their goals and living their dreams.
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