The INTP personality type is fairly rare, making up only three percent of the population, which is definitely a good thing for them, as there’s nothing they’d be more unhappy about than being “common”.
Behind The Scenes
I am a “behind the scenes” type of person. I like to play the supporting role rather than the lead. If I am leading I try to do it from a position of support rather than stand up and show people how to do it like me. If I were the leader of a band I would probably still be in the back playing the keyboards or doing the lighting. While I am back there in the shadows I am probably working on how to solve somewhere around 5 to 10 different problems. Problems ranging from code for a website to bettering my photography. You might see me as being unsocial or in a bad mood, but really all I am doing is thinking about how to solve something.
You see, I am the type of person that has to know how everything works. I read books on writing code and I try new things. I don’t just get a theme for WordPress and build a site. Instead, I am spending my time figuring out how to build a WordPress theme and then building them myself. And it’s not just code. I am just as curious about how it is someone can be homeless to what does it take to live the life of a millionaire. When I wanted to learn juggling I taught myself. Same thing goes for breakdancing, graffiti, mixing, photography, marketing, movie making, and on and on.
A Strong Finish
The problem with wanting to know how everything works is finding the time to learn it all. I spend a lot of time starting projects, but a hard time finishing them. I often have too much on my plate, which is a real hard thing for me to admit.
In addition to that, since I am always processing new data and finding better ways to do things, I am often doubting that I had a good idea in the first place. You can really see this trait shine when you see how many times I change my personal website. I think I change the theme on that site twice a month. Maybe even more. And when it comes to photography it really becomes a complicated mess. As you have read I like to figure things out, which is fine, until it comes to trying to assess whether or not I am on the right path. When I try to critique my own work I am constantly fighting with myself over ideas of the past and new ways to solve problems. One minute I am satisfied with the results, the next I am trying to figure out ways to improve it because it isn’t good enough. This never-ending circle can get bad enough that in some rare cases I never get projects started.
Success Requires Risk
The one thing that really holds INTPs back is their restless and pervasive fear of failure. INTP personalities are so prone to reassessing their own thoughts and theories, worrying that they’ve missed some critical piece of the puzzle, that they can stagnate, lost in an intangible world where their thoughts are never truly applied. Overcoming this self-doubt stands as the greatest challenge INTPs are likely to face, but the intellectual gifts – big and small – bestowed on the world when they do makes it worth the fight.