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    Default Does an INTP have to be socially awkward geek?

    I see so much stuff about INTP's being these quiet, nerdy mathematician geeks who have no social skills.

    I'm definitely an introvert, but I have well-developed social skills and hate maths and technical subjects. I'm not outgoing, but I can speak my mind when I have to.

    Am I just an atypical INTP, or do I have one of my preferences wrong? And does an INTP HAVE to be a shy, socially messed up nerd who loves science and maths?

    P.S. My favourite subjects are English, HSIE subjects and Music.

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    My husband is an INTP. He does happen to be a math teacher-in-training, but he isn't completely shy or awkward. Just as you say, he's not outgoing, but he can speak up when he has to. I've noticed that a lot of people actually look up to him and are intrigued by him he has that mysterious thing going on.

    Also, he is a drummer and has co-authored two books, so loves English and Music too. You may not be so atypical after all!

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    Mine's more of a history/computer geek - really doesn't care much for math and his interest in science is generally related to application.

    He is quiet, sometimes socially awkward, and generally avoids conflict but he's gotten less so with age. He is a gifted public speaker, though.

    I'd say he fits the stereotype fairly well, but not every INTP does. I've met several who do not.

    Don't knock the quiet geeky INTPs. Mine is yummy.
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    I don't fit the geek stereotype exactly. I played sports and partied and was pretty well-liked in high school for an INTP. Slacked off all the time.

    I think there's two kinds of INTPs. The bonafide nerds that seem to have it in their DNA, it's in every movement and breathe they take, and the INTPs who look like normal people, with the same nerd brain, but non-nerd stature. They get treated a lot differently, maybe they are the true social chameleons. Not totally atypical, but definitely a minority.

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    Ive never had much interest in math but I do find any new subject interesting at first, I guess its just never really got a hold of me. Im in to history, technical subject, science and theories in general. Im not one to be terribly interested in one thing. I look for the interaction, the intersection that random subjects might have on eachother.

    And Ive encountered other people that are somewhat more reserved than me, I can speak up if I think it is needed, but keep quiet most times. 1 or 1 interaction I might even be the one carrying the convo, eventhough I might not have started it.

    What I find in intps is that the same initiative we can have on the start up of projects and other areas, we seem to lack in the personal interaction with others. It can be diamentrally different.

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    I guess being interested in scientific and "unusual" stuff makes you nerdy (?)

    My INTP is not a math wizz, he does not even like math that much.
    I wouldn't say he's nerdy/geeky. He definitely has his weird areas of interests, and he loves philosophy, biology, game design, games ect, but I don't know. Does that make him a nerd? What is a nerd? Nerdy is a werid word. He is not a misfit, with the glasses and hunchback. He's pretty well adapted - on the outside.

    He does have difficulties in social settings and naturally feels uncomfortable around a lot of people. But he has developed and learned good social skills. I think the Ti-doms can seem shy because of well, the Ti and esp. if you're a strong Introvert. But they are not shy and timid people. Mine is NOT outgoing and social, but he does speak his mind.

    My guy also loves languages and he's much better at languages than math.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salt n' pepper View Post
    I guess being interested in scientific and "unusual" stuff makes you nerdy (?)

    My INTP is not a math wizz, he does not even like math that much.
    I wouldn't say he's nerdy/geeky. He definitely has his weird areas of interests, and he loves philosophy, biology, game design, games ect, but I don't know. Does that make him a nerd? What is a nerd? Nerdy is a werid word. He is not a misfit, with the glasses and hunchback. He's pretty well adapted - on the outside.

    He does have difficulties in social settings and naturally feels uncomfortable around a lot of people. But he has developed and learned good social skills. I think the Ti-doms can seem shy because of well, the Ti and esp. if you've a strong Introvert. But they are not shy and timid people. Mine is NOT outgoing and social, but he does speak his mind.

    My guy also loves languages and he's much better at languages than math.
    He's just idiosyncratic. But if he knows what that word means, he's a nerd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowriot View Post
    1 or 1 interaction I might even be the one carrying the convo, eventhough I might not have started it.
    This is my experience a lot of the time. Not just in convos..

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    intps are just easily pulled towards nerdy stuff because of their way of thinking.

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