INTP Learning Style

INTP Learning Style
INTP Learning Style (Image: Inno'vision: Flickr)

Personality tests are designed to assess psychological traits in a person's behavior and predict how a person would normally react or process information based on assigning a personality type. The assumption is that certain psychological traits remain consistent over time. Personality tests can provide a look at an individual's personal and emotional development.

The personality profile INTP is a personality type identified by the Myers Briggs Type Indicator® that combines external and internal preferences to determine how INTPs process information and situations.

What is Myers Briggs?

Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality test based on psychological types developed by Isabel Briggs Myers and Katharine Briggs in the 1940s. The concept is adapted from the psychological theories of C.G. Jung first introduced in the 1920s.

Sixteen different personality types exist in the MBTI. The types are a combination of the following traits with a corresponding letter in each category:

Introversion (I) or Extraversion (E): focuses on internal or external personality Sensing (S) or Intuition (N): focuses on how information is interpreted Thinking (T) or Feeling (F): focuses on how decisions are made either through logic or evaluating people and circumstances Judging (J) or Perceiving (P): focuses on the external decision-making process and openness to new information

Based on a series of questions, an appropriate letter from each category is assigned as a component of the personality type.

What is INTP?

INTP stands for Introversion, Intuition, Thinking, Perceiving. It is also know as The Innovator personality type. An INTP views learning as an ongoing process and experiment with the possibilities of ideas and subjects. INTPs often perform well alone or in small group settings.

INTPs seek logical explanations, tend to be quiet yet adapt well to situations. Focused problem solvers, INTPs are also critical and skeptical.

Learning style

An INTP learns by asking questions and analyzing concepts and theories. INTPs also seek out situations that are learning opportunities but are not extremely detail-oriented or structured. INTPs prefer logical reasoning but learn through abstract theories as well. Ideal learning environments for INTPs include lectures, presentations and demonstrations.

Barriers to learning

INTP personality types do not learn well with repetitious activities, learning based on facts and details, or with activities that require decision to be made very quickly without prior research or little advance notice.


Personality tests are effective only when the individual taking the test answers questions truthfully. Outcomes can be manipulated by the test taker.

According to the Society of Human Resource Management, 40 percent of Fortune 100 employers use a form of personality and psychological tests during the hiring process. Personality testing that reveals mental or health issues can be considered illegal under the American With Disabilities Act, so employers must use caution when administering personality tests as a condition of employment or promotion.

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