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    Default INTP development based on race, social status, and family

    I was wondering if anyone knew how INTP development in certain backgrounds would effect the way they percieve themselves. Im black (cuz africans hate when we say African American) and I'm an Intp (which sux ass when ur 6'8 shy, yet hyperactive, and your whole community doesnt have the same intuitive leaps, and all your friends expect your football stature to be sport oriented but ur into reading books and writing poetry and stuff.... ugh I feel like Oscar wilde without the homosexual flair). I went off track but What Im trying to say is. Is their an Intp who is raised in an environment where despite their best efforts they cant seem to fit in due to the natural ability to be a sore thumb in that world? You know what I mean?
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    Do you have a hook shot or do you like to face up in the low post?

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    I imagine that culture and family can have a big impact on your personality. You may develop things as an INTP in an more extraverted and action-oriented family for example, that you wouldn't develop if you grew up in an introverted bookworm family. There are probably also strengths that aren't quite as developed as they would be in a more INTP-friendly environment.

    That said, I wouldn't reject the parts of your environment that don't fit well with INTPs. They can help you become a more well-rounded person. Just be sure to also develop the parts that you find most appealing as well (like poetry).

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    I am caucasian, 5'7" raised upper middle class as they come.....didn't help me fit in at all......

    My son is 16, INTj, and he is 6'7". He is also high IQ. He constantly has complete strangers asking him what team he plays for.......it is frustrating to him as well. I will never forget the time he responded to yet another obnoxious stranger's inquiry and incredulity that he didn't play sports, "No, I don't play football - I'm a gentle giant".....It isn't so much that they ask - it's that they go on and on ad nauseum about the scholarships he COULD get if he only played sports, how he's breaking the hearts of coaches everywhere by not playing, yadda, yadda, yadda. He loves writing, reading, math, chem, physics, etc. He also does theatre, rabid music junkie, etc. He tried sports - enjoyed the game, couldn't stand the people involved. Was interested in basketball, but really just doesn't have the phsyical ability. He's awkward and clumsy.

    Knowing him - and being his listening ear - sounds like you two have much in common, actually. My other son tested INTP, but he was so close with his percentages, he is more balanced and doesn't stand out so much. He 'blends' in. I think he is most likely ISTP. He IS great at sports, but lacks the team spirit.

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    ^ i hate people who do that with stuff, even though i know they mean well. oh you would be so good at this, yadda yadda... well i don't want to do that. stop trying to guilt-trip me and leave me alone.

    anyway i would just like to throw in that my little brother is white lower-upper class suburban kid with an INTP dad, but i know he still definitely feels like a sore thumb sometimes, especially at public school. i think he blends easily at first glance, though. he had the bieber haircut before bieber did, and his closest friend is probably an ESFP. but he definitely shuns the mainstream and obviously operates in a different way than a lot of people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky_Rabbit View Post
    I was wondering if anyone knew how INTP development in certain backgrounds would effect the way they percieve themselves. Im black (cuz africans hate when we say African American) and I'm an Intp (which sux ass when ur 6'8 shy, yet hyperactive, and your whole community doesnt have the same intuitive leaps, and all your friends expect your football stature to be sport oriented but ur into reading books and writing poetry and stuff.... ugh I feel like Oscar wilde without the homosexual flair). I went off track but What Im trying to say is. Is their an Intp who is raised in an environment where despite their best efforts they cant seem to fit in due to the natural ability to be a sore thumb in that world? You know what I mean?
    You're not an INTP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helios View Post
    You're not an INTP.
    Nice rationale there.
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    cuz africans hate when we say African American
    That's just because it doesn't make sense. There are plenty of non black people whose parents are both as African as it gets yet they aren't allowed to call themselves African American. African does not equal black. Black people using the term African American as if does is kind of insulting to all those Arab Africans in northern Africa, and all the non-black minorities of the southern African countries.
    /rant.

    Anyway I'm not sure being black and intp has caused me to stick out any more than any other intp. Judging by various internet forums being an intp pretty much guarantees being considered different. (As if there is a "not-different" in the first place, which I suspect there isn't. I think it's all in our head tbh.)

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    Of the three INTPs that I've known in real life, they were fairly well-rounded. One was a runner, doing marathons whenever possible, loved to hike and climb. Another, beach volleyball, baseball and football. The last, hockey and basketball.

    They were all brilliant, good at math, loved physics, were intensely curious about the world and almost desperately needed to know everything, about everything. One would suddenly inject poetry into a conversation, not always appropriately which made you go...WTF? Another, loved photography for its detail. Another, enjoyed cooking, making everything from scratch.

    All IT guys too, in different capacities.

    Don't let your external world stop you from doing what you love. But also, don't be afraid of what the real world has to offer. In other words, try not to limit yourself.

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    IDK i was just wondering... tell you the truth i forgot i posted this... Im not really into posting I kinda just wanted to see if someone possibly had a pretty good answer or could relate or something... I just think its funny that when i try to fit it I either get bored or suck at it. Cuz when u look like shaq but u act like goofy ( clumsinees and all) its just awkward, but hey wat r u gonna do... thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blank View Post
    Nice rationale there.
    I'm afraid I don't understand what you're trying to say.

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