INTP Wiring of the Mind. Hey it’s Joel Mark Witt from Personality
Hacker. As an INTP your mind is fundamentally wired
differently from other personalities. You’ve probably already heard that you are an introvert,
intuitive, thinker, perceiver. And a lot of articles and resources focus on the behaviors
you show the world as an INTP. Behavior can be helpful – but it isn’t the
complete picture when figuring out your personality. I want to give you a peek inside your mind
to expose the mental wiring that makes you an INTP.Let’s get started. Your four letter code INTP gives us insight
into how your mind is learning information and making decisions.
The primary way your mind makes decisions is a mental process we’ve nicknamed “Accuracy.”
It’s technical name is Introverted Thinking. When evaluating any decision – Accuracy asks
the question “Does this make analytical sense?” It’s a thinking process concerned
with data, truth and congruity of thought. Imagine a four passenger car. If one of your mental processes could drive
– it would be Accuracy. Using this mental process puts you in flow. You’ve been using
it your whole life. It’s how you decide what to do each day.
If Accuracy is how you make decisions as an INTP, then the mental process we’ve nicknamed
Exploration is how you learn new information. The technical name for Exploration is Extraverted
Intuition. When looking at the world – Exploration asks the question “What if?”“What if
time is relative?”“What if we can put a human colony on Mars?”“What if we combine
chocolate and peanut butter?”Think about that four passenger car again… if Accuracy
is in the driver seat – then Exploration is in the front passenger seat. It is your co-pilot
mental process and what we call your growth state.
Of course – this is a four passenger car so you also have two mental processes in the
backseat. Sitting right behind the co-pilot is a mental
process we call Memory. Memory is all about precedent, safety, doing the reliable thing.
It’s about realizing who you are based on your past and your ties to the past. This mental process has the development of
about a ten year old child. Finally – behind the driver of Accuracy sits
a mental process called Harmony. We call this your blind spot or three year old mental process.
Harmony is a feeling process and asks “How can I get everyone’s needs met?”
Notice – we haven’t talked about INTP behaviors. Instead, I’ve been talking about the mental
wiring of your mind. Behaviors can only give us clues to how your mind is wired. It’s
far more interesting to drive into WHAT CAUSES our behaviors as people.
Because you’re an INTP I’m going to encourage you to read about cognitive functions online.
For most types I steer them away from trying to research this on their own – since it can
often be too much information to sift through. But for you as an INTP – search for resources
on the Cognitive Functions and let us know what you find out. Of course – our website Personality Hacker
dot com has a bunch of great resources too. I’d love to invite you over to read our
articles and listen to our podcast on the INTP personality type, or take our online
personality test and join the community of like minds.Here at Personality Hacker – We
don’t talk about personality types for their own sake. We think understanding your personality
is one of the best ways to frame your personal growth journey.And we attract INTPs who are
interested in personal growth.Next up – I want to talk about the best way to grow yourself
as an INTP. Remember the car model we used to show the
mental wiring of your personality? As an INTP your co-pilot is the mental process called
Exploration (it’s technical name is Extraverted Intuition). This is what we call your growth position.
It’s the highest leverage point for growth in your personality.
Exploration allows you as an INTP to test your conclusions.
Are they accurate?Are you falling for any bias? Is there a piece of information you’re
missing? Sometimes the only way to see your own bias
is to get out into the world and see for yourself. There may even be a radically new way of seeing
the same information, leading to an awesome new innovation.
This can be a challenge. Every personality type tends to avoid growing their co-pilot
mental process. But here lies the power of understanding your personality. It makes sense to focus on something that
can expand your view of the world. It makes sense – that to think more accurately – you’ll
need to continue expanding the frameworks and information you work with. Start asking “What if” questions. Start
pushing buttons all around you just to see what happens. Explore a new part of town.
Get up on a Saturday and just start walking with no agenda. Let yourself ramble.
Try a new food each time you go out. Join an improv class. Do what it takes to start messing with the
environment around you.As an INTP you will bring the best version of yourself to the
world when you get outside your comfort zone and explore every aspect of life.
We’d love for you to keep us up to date about your journey. One of the best places
to do that is our Facebook page (Facebook dot com forward slash Personality Hacker).And
of course – come over to Personality Hacker dot com and leave a comment – ask a question
– or take our personality test. Next I want to talk about the defense strategies
your mind uses that steal happiness from you. And of course – what to do about it.The word
defensive. You probably think of of an emotional state – or someone getting offended in the
moment. “She’s acting so defensive.” someone
might say. But I’m not talking about emotions. I’m
using the word positionally. As an INTP you have a specific area of your mind that you
defend.As an INTP – That’s your Memory process sitting in the backseat of your car. It has
the sophistication of a 10-year-old child. That’s okay when you use this process to
create intimacy or playfullness. The trouble starts when you begin to rely on this 10 year
old process to see the world accurately. Since Memory is concerned with precedent and
what came before – it can stop you from expanding your worldview and the data you take in.
Memory (it’s technical name is Introverted Sensing) generally shows up when you’re
afraid to take a risk – a risk you may intuitively know is right for you. For other people, playing
it safe is the best choice. But as an INTP you’re much better at taking risks. If you let your 10 year old of Memory do your
thinking for you, it will encourage you to become an “intellectual shut-in,” closed
to any new information, and your thinking will become sloppy. At worst, INTPs can even become physical shut-ins,
so afraid of taking risks they rarely leave the house and instead choose to entertain
themselves in a “safe” environment. You need to explore and take chances to prevent
becoming stagnant in your choices and worldview. Don’t let your memory process steal your
happiness.The solution is to focus on growing your Exploration process like we’ve talked
about before. I want to hear from you. How are you letting
your 10 year old of Memory hijack your happiness? What are the ways you as an INTP are playing
it safe? You can leave a comment or take our personality
test over at Personality Hacker dot com. Next we’ll talk about how you best show
and receive love as an INTP.I’ve got two quick lists for you today. First – how INTPs
ask “do you love me.” Second – how INTPs show other people love.
Here are a few examples of how INTPs ask do you love me? Imagine an INTP asking these
questions:- Do you think I’m totally competent?- Are you impressed with my performance?- Do
you trust that I’m not lying to you or BS-ing you in any way?- Does it make sense that you
love me?Here are examples of INTPs saying “Yes – I love you” Imagine an INTP making
these statements:I will be rigorously honest with you. If I have a wandering eye I will
tell you and provide a solution.I will gift you with my precision. I will learn you and
give high performance at all levels. I will protect you from others but not from
yourself I will never judge you – instead I will be
there for you when things go bad – no matter why they went bad
As an INTP you are probably nodding in agreement. Just remember that other personalities can
sometimes see these ways you show love as cold and insensitive.Feel free to share with
the people in your life how your mind works. Let them know the ways you show love are authentic
for you. If you want to go deeper in your personal
development – we have tons of resources, articles and recordings about personal development
through the lens of understanding your personality. Come over to Personality Hacker dot com.
Next up – let’s talk about where to go next in your personal growth as an INTP. I have
some action steps for you.We’ve been talking about YOU – the INTP personality type. I’ve
already detailed the mental wiring of your mind. We’ve talked about your highest leverage
point for growth and shed light on your defensive strategies. And we’ve outlined how you give
and receive love. So what’s next for you as an INTP? How will you launch yourself on a personal
development journey that makes sense for you?Understanding that each of us have a unique personal growth
path seems obvious. And yet – self help authors and teachers often teach a one size fits all
model of growth.At Personality Hacker – It makes sense that personal growth wil be personalized
to you as an INTP. So that’s how we’ve designed our frameworks and models.
You now know the mental process to grow yourself as an INTP is Exploration.
The enemy of Exploration is the mundane and the rote. Exploration requires freedom to
experiment, and too much mundane activity or reliance upon procedure is disheartening
to your Exploration process. Set up your conditions to access Exploration
as much as possible. A good way to practice this technique is to
seek out new situations you would normally avoid.
If there’s a question of doing something that makes sense to you, but may have hassle
or an ‘unsafe’ element to it, practice taking the risk instead of playing it safe.
It’s common for INTPs, once they get past the ‘scary’ part, to say “That wasn’t
so bad.” Most of your growth will happen by being adventurous
and letting go of the belief that you must live the way others want you to live. If you really want a deep dive into your individual
growth plan as an INTP I invite you to check out our INTP Personal Development Starter
Kit.You can find more information at Personality Hacker dot com.
Let me know what personal growth actions you are taking in your life and what has already
worked for you.I’m Joel Mark Witt for Personality Hacker.Talk with you soon.