What are the Differences Between INTJs and INTPs?


Kevin Price, Editor at Large for USA Business Radio and Host of the Price of Business Show, has recently become hooked on Quora.  In addition to daily hosting the Price of Business, Kevin has numerous writing obligations on this and other sites for which he serves as an editor and with his syndicated column, so we decided that if he’s going to write at Quora, he is going to share that content on this website.  If you are on Quora, make sure to follow Kevin.  You can check out his page here: https://www.quora.com/profile/Kevin-Price-67.

Kevin’s hot topics on Quora are history, free market economics, philosophy, and Myers Briggs typology, and many others.  The following is one of his recent answers to the question, “What is the Difference Between the INTJ and INTP?”  Here’s that answer…

There are actually several differences between the INTJ and the INTO. I’m going to discuss , what I believe to be, the most prominent differences.

Just as a reminder of the letters and their meaning — the INTJ stands for Intuitive, Introverted, Thinker, and Judging. Meanwhile, the INTP stands for Intuitive, Introverted, Thinker, Perspective.

One of the biggest difference is the Driver process (or the dominant cognitive function) between the INTP and INTJ. The Driver process is the very first point of contact in a person’s mind and the primary way he or she look at all things.

For an INTJ, this dominant process is technically called Introverted Intuitive, which is also called Perspectives. This ability to understand perspectives is demonstrated through seeing patterns in their own mind and also see them in others. It is the “patterns of the patterns.”

It is this ability that allows the INTJs to see what will happen with the decisions others (or they) will make. It also allows them to project…. (read more)

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