A Non-PC Guide in Differentiating MBTI Types

  • How to tell INTP, ISTP, and INTJ apart: INTPs are the lazy ones, ISTPs the less smart ones and INTJs the arrogant ones
  • ENFP: the autistic idealist ones (think about Spongebob)
  • INFP: the ones getting high on LSD and singing “Imagine”, either that or hysterically sobbing
  • ESFP & ESFJ: both are hookers with hearts of gold (do good fuck hard), with ESFPs having less concern about your life while ESFJs want to organise the fuck out of your life
  • ESTJ & ENTJ: both are bossy with ESTJ being the leader in everything while ENTJ thinks they’re the better leader and wants to overthrow the others
  • ENTP: the narcisstic and self-absorbed geniuses
  • How to tell ISFP, ISFJ, and INFJ apart: ISFPs are the oh-im-so-artsy-and-original ones, ISFJs the more boring and nice ones, and INFJs the psychic ones
  • ENFJ: the one who pays for everything only to get in your pants 🌚
  • ISTJ: the “No I won’t do this it’s haram” ones
  • ESTP: the reckless ones with “no bad vibes” as their life motto

*A collective work from admins

Type Comparison: INTJ vs. INTP

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Cold, pragmatic, always contemplating, logical loners. The mastermind and the scientist. The two types that seem so similar on the surface, yet so different in substance. And MBTI freaks often wonder why psychologists can’t decide on what Bill Gates’ personality type is. Organized INTPs all over the world often see themselves as INTJs, while messy, “lazy” INTJs often mistype themselves as INTPs.

But what is it that differs between both types? What is it that gives it all away?

First, let’s take a look at both types’ functional stack:
INTJ: Ni-Te-Fi-Se
INTP: Ti-Ne-Si-Fe

Ni and Ti often look similar due to the abstract characteristics of both functions, but they are very different in their nature of perceiving things. Ni is not very logical; it follows gut feelings, it reaches for a conclusion without any prior calculation, it strives for one goal. Ti, on the other hand, is the opposite. It does not follow “gut feelings”, especially when paired with tertiary Si. Ti calculates, Ti thinks again and again, Ti is factual, Ti is INTERNAL LOGIC, Ti is the most logical function you can think of. This explains why INTJs are usually more prone to formulating plans by following their inner intuition than INTPs who prefer to rely on “the math”. It is no secret that INTPs are “lazy” perfectionists who always aim for accuracy.

Ti paired with Si is all about the facts, learning, and calculation, even when Ne exists alongside both of these functions. INTP’s love for rational theories (Ne) is undeniably backed up by both of these functions. Ni paired with Fi is all about “following and planning a single goal”. Ni-Fi accompanied by Te in the middle does not care about your “unimportant” scientific theories when all they want to do is completely something else (the only reason they’d care is because they’re also interested in the same field of science and they’re interested in proving that theory – classic Te-Fi here).

That’s about the logic. Now, moving on to both types’ emotional endeavors.

The thing about INTPs is that they are shown to be more capable of impartial, pure logic, even using emotion in a logically manipulative way (very high Ti and low Fe) than INTJs, who use intuition to achieve a logical goal (Ni-Te) and prefer to act on their feelings instead of using them to get what they want (tertiary Fi). Of course, INTJs can be emotionally manipulative due to their high Ni backed up with low Se – it’s just that they’re not natural at emotional matters due to a lack of Fe.

Speaking about emotions, there is a great difference in both types’ release of emotions. No matter how logical you are, it’s inherently impossible to not have any feelings. An immature INTJ might have an unhealthy Fi that causes them to become recklessly idealistic in achieving their end goals. An INTP might have an unhealthy Fe that causes them to become extremely expressive during stress. Certain about being an INTx and finding yourself crying uncontrollably in public after a very hard exam and a week of getting yelled at by your parents? You’re definitely an INTP, dude.

Moreover, there is a huge difference between the way both types interact with others (Fi vs Fe). To simplify the difference between both types’ social interactions, let me illustrate a conversation between an IT auditor and three of his interns: an INTP, an ENTJ, and an INTJ.

INTP
IT auditor: hi. Sorry for not inviting you the other day
Intern: what…
IT auditor: I got married
Intern: *reads text, doesn’t reply for hours, thinks of what to say*
Intern: haha congrats man, great

 

ENTJ
IT auditor: hi. Sorry for not inviting you the other day
Intern: what happened?
IT auditor: I got married
Intern: wow nice thanks for not inviting me (in a joking tone)
Intern: btw can you endorse those skills on my linked in profile, that would be nice
Intern: and tell mr xx im willing to intern at your division again? Thanks man

 

INTJ
IT auditor: hi. Sorry for not inviting you the other day
Intern: *doesnt reply for hours*
Intern: what happened?
IT auditor: I got married
Intern: *doesnt read text*

Yes, the ENTJ forgot to congratulate her internship mentor on his marriage, yet still has the will to communicate and reconnect with her old mentor. That’s a real story. The INTJ isn’t keen on “connecting” with people when he is not concerned about his internship anymore. The INTP doesn’t know what to say, and comes off as insensitive when he reads but doesn’t reply to the message; yet he shows a little bit of empathy in the end (low Fe).

In conclusion, it does not have anything to do with “oh, I’m so organized – I can’t be a perceiver. I’m a procrastinator so I can’t be a judger”- the common mistake INTPs who mistake themselves for INTJs (and vice versa) make. It’s all about the functions. You can be organized and still be a high Ti user. You can be an aux-Te user and still have a messy bedroom. It’s all about the way your brain processes things, which shapes your way of thinking, feeling, and acting.

So, which one is it? The mastermind or the scientist? You pick.

– ENTJ