So.... I finally got around to writin' this. I assume all you peeps have a basic idea of what an INTP is, so I'll be going a little more in depth here. Also, see this profile first, as it's awesome.
PS: Ima be doin' an
INTJISTP profile next. So any input from INTJsISTPs is appreciated. Otherwise you might be misrepresented, and you might not like that!
INTP PROFILE, YO
Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiver (that's me!)
Overview: INTPs have two faces. The first and main face, is their Ti face. In this mode, they sit back, observer, and work towards a fundamental understanding of what it is that caught their interest. Their second face is their Ne face. In this mode they are unique, quirky, weird and fun and can appear like ENTPs. INTPs are generally reluctant to show this face unless they are comfortable with the people around them, which can take quite a while.
Introverted Thinking: "Analyzing and determining the essence of the gathered information."
This is the INTPs primary mode of thinking. This function colors everything they do. What Ti does it essentially recreate the external universe internally. It takes in information, and compares it to information already assimilated to determine where it belongs. It's basically a highly complex puzzle-solver. This function is not linear, and it's logic can't easily be explained to others. This function is reductionist, ie, it gets down the essence of a problem and finds the piece of the puzzle that fits there. This is different from say Ni, which tries to find as many perspectives as possible to any situation.
Putting this all together, what this does for the behaviour of an INTP is this: It means that INTPs are very good at figuring out systems and patterns. This is extremely useful in all aspects of life. However, this also has some drawbacks. Most notably, it is highly impersonal. Subjective details are considered irrelevant by an INTP, and in fact are often dismissed entirely in an almost unconscious process. Even their own emotions don't register the majority of times. Two, it can be overly systematic, which can be a disadvantage when things are fuzzy, and it can impose an inaccurate pattern where there is none. This , combined the impersonal nature, makes Ti very ill fit for social situations. INTPs generally don't show their Ti to others unless they feel comfortable with them.
Extraverted Intuition: "AND THEN THE ALIEN EXPLODED INTO A THOUSAND CANDY MUSHROOMS THEN MARIO CAME AND ATE THEM AND GOT FAT AND VOMITED ON YOU. THEN YOU DIED. THE END."
The INTPs primary information gathering function and primary way of interacting with the world. Ne is all about taking in information from the external world and following the tangents. It creates countless new ideas, possibilities, contexts, and courses of action. Ne gives a drive toward uniqueness, toward expressing and unleashing new things into the world. The majority of the information that Ne gathers is taken by Ti for analyzing and judging. This provides the broad context and universal perspective that an INTPs Ti needs. However, when Ne gets pushed to the forefront, all the crazy ideas that it comes up with are released upon the world. This, combined with the deatchment of Ti is what makes INTPs be seen as the weirdest type.
This function also leads to the breadth of knowledge that an INTP accumulates. Ne goes from one new thing to another, funneling information to Ti for analyzing. When the rate of new information for Ti to analyze slows down, Ne moves on to something else. Ne is also the primary way that INTPs help others. They give many possible solutions to a problem. Ne also acts the way to unlock the INTPs inferior, Fe. Ne teams up with and aids Fe.
Introverted Sensing: "I'd like some time alone to think this through before I commit to this."
The INTPs relief function. INTPs use this function when they are feeling stressed. They retreat into their head and replay events over and over analyzing them. Then when the INTP has figured things out, (s)he can go back into the external world refreshed. However, at the same time, Si doesn't really provide any new information to an INTP, so the INTP can get caught in a TiSi loop. The Si draws the INTP away from new and unknown until the INTP has figured out precisely how it works. But without the help of Ne, the INTP will never get the information (s)he needs to complete the puzzle, so there is a temptation to remain in the TiSi loop for eternity (see this article).
Extraverted Feeling: "Apply peer pressure!"
The INTPs inferior and aspirational function. Fe is a nebulous function for INTPs. Many INTPs reject and are actually afraid of it. But when used, it gives the INTP a sense of satisfaction, a “warm n' fuzzy” feeling. Fe basically defines social roles for people, and attempts to help them fulfill that role. Fe is often drawn out when the INTP brings Ne to the forefront. The Fe helps the INTP fulfill his quirky and weird social role. Ne also comes up with strange and unique social roles for others and Fe urges the INTP to manipulate to get them to fill that role. For this reason, I hypothesize that NeFe are the best functions for improvisation (which is why so many ENTPs are good at it). When using this function, INTPs can be surprisingly good at manipulating the social situation to their desire, as others watch with a mixture of horror, confusion and amusement at the introvert unleashing this unexpected side.
Interactions with others:
An INTP can pretty much get along with anyone. In my experience, it depends more on the other person how well the relationship works. INTPs are very laisez-faire and non-judgmental, so can interact with anyone if the other person is willing to interact with the INTP. Basically, the way to catch an INTPs interest, is to show interest in them. Talk to the INTP about what the INTP is interested in. Let the INTP show his Ti to you, and go along with the INTPs crazy Ne shenanigans. Catching an INTP is really pretty easy, just remember that you will likely have to make the first moves and then let the INTP slowly reveal (him/her)self to you. As long as you don't try and control the INTP and respect his/her privacy, you should be fine.
So that's it. I'm done.