5 Differences between INTP and INFP Personality Types

5 min readSep 28

We’d also like to inform you that the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is not a strict set of rules but rather a general framework that can help guide you to understand your personality better. If you would like a proper MBTI evaluation, visit a licensed professional to help you understand yourself better. With that said, let’s begin.

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Unpacking INTP and INFP

Have you ever stumbled across the acronym INTP on the internet? How about INFP? For those unfamiliar, these acronyms are two of the 16 MBTI types, also known as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicators. Catherine Briggs and her daughter, Isabelle Briggs-Myers, built this on the psychiatrist Carl Jung’s cognitive process theory. Jung believed that all people have dominant functions that are based on four categories, and there the MBTI personality types came to life. These categories are:

- Introversion
- Extroversion
- Sensing
- Intuition
- Thinking
- Feeling
- Judging
- Perceiving

The combinations INTP and INFP are among the rarest out there, making up roughly around three and five percent of the population, respectively. They are idealistic, creative, and curious people with a knack for using their intelligence for things that interest them. They may also be private, rebellious, and can come across as distant. In this blog post, we will explore five key differences to help you distinguish between these two intriguing personality types.

1. Inquisitive vs. Artistic

One of the fundamental differences between INTPs and INFPs is how they spend their time. INTPs are analytical individuals who often find themselves involved in activities that are mentally stimulating. Books, strategic board games, and puzzles are some of the activities that excite an INTP, as they provide a challenge that is both safe and gratifying. They enjoy learning new and quirky things and can spend hours absorbed in random topics, such as philosophy or astronomy.

On the other hand, INFPs are creative souls who love adding their personalized flair to the…


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