I'm new here and I have decided to participate after reading so many intelligent posts. I don't believe I have met many other INTPs in real life and I am excited to subject like minds to my questions and musings. I normally don't enjoy labeling myself, especially when ascribing to the subjective field of psychology, however I really feel myself identifying with a great deal of the INTP posters here (and I have continuously tested as an INTP for the past ten years since high school). That being said, here's a brief introduction:
Studied comparative literature in college (mostly loved it).
Did a stint in the Marines (mostly hated it). Although, I certainly grew from the experience (which was my intention).
Earn a living as a Systems Engineer (after 8 years, I'm getting bored to death).
At night, I'm a musican, poet and short story writer. (Obviously not good enough to quit the day job).
I've worked extremely hard at becoming more extraverted, more humble, softer...
I suck at these. Because I tend to come off as calm, cool and collected, I attract girls looking for that. Once comfortable, I start to share a bit of my inner neurosis (which girls seem to beg me to do, but they don't realize how overwhelming my thought process can be). I also don't do the "whatever you say honey" thing that a lot of my friends with successful relationships do, but if I'm in agreement, I'm extremely supportive. However, every last ex will say the same thing, which is: "You make me crazy" or "I don't know who I am anymore because of you".
First few months in a job, I excel. I redesign, optimize and improve everything. I am endlessly energetic. Then I get bored, then lazy, then completely apathetic, but I don't get fired, which makes me feel guilty.
I've thought about going into law, but I here the same complaints. I think I'm starting to believe the adage: "it's called work for a reason".
So there's my INTP resume. Care to share yours? Also, for those who have found success in the various aspects of life; how? What is your job? Do you love it? How's the love life? What kind of person best tolerates you? I keep getting tripped up on these. I think I've only dated extroverts, which is exciting at first, but becomes relatively exhausting when I have to pretend to get along all of their friends. And their friends either think I'm a jerk or I'm some controlling mean guy who doesn't "let" them do anything. Which is total B.S. I'm the one being forced to interact with people I don't like, but this problem has interfered with every relationship I've ever had. Thoughts?