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    I've been reading bits and bobs concerning MBTI recently and its raised a bit of an issue for me. Whilst I identify with the "personal" bits of the descriptions of NTs/INTPs and see myself in the behaviours, I'm questioning my response in light of the strong interest predicted in science and maths- neither of which really float my boat. So I guess my question is whether their are many ( there will be some) NTs whose main, academic shall we say, interest is in something wholy unrelated to science or maths?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poussin View Post
    I've been reading bits and bobs concerning MBTI recently and its raised a bit of an issue for me. Whilst I identify with the "personal" bits of the descriptions of NTs/INTPs and see myself in the behaviours, I'm questioning my response in light of the strong interest predicted in science and maths- neither of which really float my boat. So I guess my question is whether their are many ( there will be some) NTs whose main, academic shall we say, interest is in something wholy unrelated to science or maths?
    Plenty. I don't care for calculation, being as it's not treading new ground and is detail-oriented, but I like math concepts.

    I think I got a 100 on my Calculus final because I was able to decipher problems in non-standard ways when I'd forgotten a step or two in the "proper method."

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    Science and Math rely heavily on logical systems, which NTs and most notably INTPs find very enjoyable and interesting. The very idea of formulas and systems that explain the world is something our minds are equipped to do easily. I would ask what you find interesting in the first place, and you can probably break it down as to why you enjoy it.



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    Moar thoughts:

    These days, as opposed to the 20s or something when physics was explosive, the hard sciences aren't brutally interesting. It's the soft sciences like economics and psychology which are more dynamic and therefore interesting, to me at least.

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    My passions (if I can be said to have them) have always been languages and literature, English at school and French and Italian at college. Mathematical stuff isn't something I find all that interesting, which leads me to conclude that I'm not INTP but none of the other descriptions have really clicked. Return to the books I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poussin View Post
    My passions (if I can be said to have them) have always been languages and literature, English at school and French and Italian at college. Mathematical stuff isn't something I find all that interesting, which leads me to conclude that I'm not INTP but none of the other descriptions have really clicked. Return to the books I suppose.
    Linguistics is a common interest of INTPs.

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    Linguistics or language? If you get what I mean

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poussin View Post
    Linguistics or language? If you get what I mean
    Both.

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    Fair enough! Point to consider

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    There is also the tendency to say that "Most scientists are INTPs" and believe it says "Most INTPs are scientists".

    It's a similar issue when asking if there are more truck drivers or ivy league english teachers that read poetry.

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