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Personality Type and Learning: INTP

Personality Type and Learning: INTP

By Donna Dunning

Insightful Analyzer (INTP)

“Get the picture?”

Our personality type preferences link to how and what we prefer to learn.

In my booklet, Introduction to Type and Learning, I describe how each of your four preferences (E/I, S/N, T/F and J/P) link to your learning style. You can read a summary about how type preferences influence learning on my Connecting Personality Type to Your Learning post.

In the booklet I also discuss how your whole type, the combination of your preferences, links to your learning style. I do this using the eight dominant function groupings.

I use the name Analyzers for people who prefer INTP (and ISTP), since they both share an analytical, open-ended approach to living, working, and learning. In type language these types have a dominant function of Introverted Thinking (Ti). See the Analyzer page for more general information on this combination of preferences.

Analyzers tend to enjoy learning that is flexible and unstructured. They will question and challenge information that seems illogical and often prefer to learn independently.

Each of the eight approaches to learning is discussed in detail as you can see in these Introduction to Type and Learning sample pages shared by CPP Inc. (the publisher) on their website.

In this post, I have taken a short excerpt from the booklet to highlight how INTPs prefer to learn. The tips mainly describe how INTPs can use their Intuitive process to support their natural Analyzing approach. If you are learning something new and have INTP preferences, use the tips to maximize your learning. If you are teaching, leading, or coaching others, consider adapting your style to accommodate these learners.

Learning Tips for INTPs

  • Look over material to create a framework for learning
  • Acquire abstract and comprehensive knowledge
  • Logically organize concepts and ideas
  • Find logical connections between a wide variety of topics
  • Take uninterrupted time alone to process complex information
  • Avoid memorization or repetition of facts and details
  • Work on in-depth, independent projects
  • Look for long-term applications, consequences, implications, and results
  • Try to spot how practical realities affect theoretical frameworks
  • After solving a problem or processing information internally, remember to follow through by taking action to demonstrate what you have learned

As well as personality type specific tips, there are essential learning strategies everyone can use to be a more effective learner. These are described in detail in my Introduction to Type and Learning booklet and are summarized in my post on the Top 10 Learning Strategies.

Being a life-long learner is a necessity in this complex, changing world. Understanding and adapting how you learn can be a powerful tool for your career and life success.



You can also purchase Introduction to Type and Learning from CPP Inc. in PDF format.

I hope you enjoy the photographs for this Personality Type and Learning blog series. They were taken from helicopter and boat during a trip to the Discovery Islands off the west coast of Canada.

This entry was posted on Friday, November 4th, 2011 at 8:35 am and is filed under Blog. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

2 Responses to “Personality Type and Learning: INTP”

  1. Christy says:

    “Find logical connections between a wide variety of topics.” That’s lovely. We do it naturally, don’t we?
    “Avoid memorization or repetition of facts and details.” A bit difficult sometimes. You’ve always got to memorize something sometime. But I find that drawing connections between the things memorized and things already known and familiar makes it much easier to remember them.

  2. Charleen Lynch says:

    Thank you. Beautiful picture too.

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