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Type Statistics: ISTP and INTP Analyzers

Type Statistics: ISTP and INTP Analyzers

By Donna Dunning

Examine and Evaluate

Individuals with these personality type preferences have a dominant function of Introverted Thinking (Ti).

Together, people with preferences for ISTP and INTP comprised 8.7% of the national representative sample of personality type preferences collected in the USA by CPP Inc.

Personality Type ISTP

ISTPs comprise 5.4 % of the national sample. More males than females have this personality type pattern.

ISTP males: 8.5% of the sample of men

ISTP females: 2.4% of the sample of women

Personality Type INTP

People with INTP preferences comprised 3.3 % of the US national representative sample.

As with ISTPs, INTP preferences occurred more often in the male half of the sample than the female half.

INTP males: 4.8% of the sample of men

INTP females: 1.8% of the sample of women

Having a Thinking Preference is More Common for Males

This trend is always the case in the US national sample. In the eight personality type combinations that prefer Thinking, there are always more males than females. In fact, just fewer than 1 in 4 of the women in the entire sample reported a preference for Thinking, whereas just over half of the males reported Thinking.

Many women who prefer Thinking have told me how they struggled at one time or another in a world that socializes women to use their Feeling function.

Some have been called names (Witch with a B has been mentioned more than once). Others have expressed frustration that their actions, criticized by others, are often praised in a man.

Other women noted that having a Thinking preference has been a competitive advantage for them in the world of work.

All are glad to know it is OK to prefer Thinking and that this preference is valuable and not some aberration in their personality.

Are there any females readers who have similar experiences with others accepting and appreciating their T preference? Please tell us what you did to help others “get” who you are.

If you have preferences for ISTP or INTP, it would be helpful for my readers to hear your career story. Please add it on my Analyzers Career Success Stories and Strategies page.

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4 Responses to “Type Statistics: ISTP and INTP Analyzers”

  1. Kathleen Scully says:

    I have taken the Myers-Briggs Test multiple times, and most recently have been designated as INTP. As a teenager, I also took the test, with slightly different results, but the T has remained a constant. Seeing that only 1.8 % of US females present this preference is a bit of a shock. Some of my earliest memories involve noticing differences between myself and other young girls that now seem to support that finding. I never had the desire to play with dolls, but instead would collect animals, figurines, and other objects in order to construct fictional scenarios. I used to design fictional interior structures, cities, and theme parks. I would build and manage haunted forests and themed events. I would also write plays and give them to other children. I never wanted to compete for starring roles in school productions, but instead wanted to design the sets, or choreograph dances or direct scenes. I do remember feeling unusual and “weird” and not understanding the emotional outbursts of others. I can remember feeling more like an observer than a participant in so many activities.
    In personal relationships, I have not been able to meet stereotypical care taking expectations. For this reason, I have been labeled the words mentioned above many times. Over the span of my life, I have noticed that my partners have been amused and/or bewildered by not receiving expected responses to their actions. Frequently, its interpreted as a lack of caring on my part, which is mainly inaccurate.
    In the work place, it has made it difficult for me to connect with others at times. However, I have earned a reputation as a problem solver and a creative thinker which has become an advantage. I have read that girls with this preference can tend to have lower self esteem. I believe this is chiefly because any thinking person can see the blatant gender inequalities that are still so pervasive in our culture. It is frightening to be speaking to a member of the opposite sex and to witness that look of surprise when he realizes you might be capable of an intricate or philosophical thought. It is repetitively dehumanizing.
    As an educator, I can clearly see that children are increasingly being encouraged to be extroverted. Children who present introversion find themselves at a disadvantage. In an age where we are beginning to recognize and accommodate for individual learning preferences, I think the time is right to analyze messages we send to introverted children as well. I found reading about this personality type empowering. It can help prevent inadvertent isolation. It gives test takers a vocabulary in which to begin to talk about their uniqueness.

  2. Nadya says:

    I’m an INTP and finally coming to understand my personality type has helped me quite a bit. I’ve always felt very different from the other girls around me, and was consequently under the impression for many years that there was something wrong with me. Nearly everything I liked to talk about were things that my female friends found boring. They were also often annoyed at my propensity to argue whenever I came in contact with an opposing idea or theory or belief. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve been told to “calm down”, which was so very frustrating, because I was never in those situations angry, nor did I dislike the person I was trying to argue with, I just really wanted to debate that point. What’s wrong with wanting to discuss something? What’s wrong with being enthusiastic about it? Is the problem that the topic isn’t frivolous?
    But I’m getting off track. For a time the only people with whom I had interesting discussions were male friends, who treated me, more or less, like I was a guy. And because I felt so very far from feminine, I thought that all pretensions to femininity were for me out of place and incongruent (things like make-up or jewelry or girly clothes), which only further encouraged others to treat me like I wasn’t a girl. I’ve overcome this somewhat by finding female friends who have similar interests, but it still catches me off guard whenever I’m treated like a girl (for example if someone helps me when I’m trying to carry something that’s too heavy instead of just leaving me to tough it out).
    Reading up on my personality type has probably helped more than anything in being able to honestly believe that there is nothing wrong with the way I think, and that I don’t lose my gender just because I prefer a theoretical discussion to shopping.

  3. Donna Dunning says:

    Thanks for your comment Nadya. I have heard similar thoughts from other females who prefer INTP and ISTP. Hopefully others will read this and begin to understand there are many ways to express being a female.

  4. Nove says:

    I’m an ISTP. People tend to think I’m cool but alienated. I AM queer so the “everyone thought I was a lesbian” thing was less to do with personality type than it was about people smelling cookies and crying out “that lesbian’s making snickerdoodles!” when I came in the room. Can’t say that I faced much difficulty with my gender growing up. I liked dolls, buying new jeans (Sensors are into their looks more than Ns they say), taking apart computers, playing outside and watching MTV all day. Never was very academic even though people assume I am. Education never seemed relevant to anything when I was young. I wish I had applied myself a bit more but everyone says that. I’m still young and inexperienced I’m afraid I’m not much help for this thread. Hopefully more ISTPs will post.

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