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Hey, any other INTP's out there?

I am an INTP and am a Life Coach, consultant and run this site.

It is often hard for INTP's to find their place.

What do you do? Are you fulfilled?

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I'm an INTP although I've gone through INTJ, INFJ and ISTJ phases too in the past two years. Right now, I'm pretty ambivalent about everything I think I ought to be doing. I'm usually good at whatever I set my mind to do, but my interests are pretty diverse and I think I should spend more time just getting better at a few, but I get so restless or maybe I just have to stop struggling against my tendencies, since I am an INTP after all.
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Yes, TM,

INTP's usually are good at a variety of things, but can get bored.

Maybe knowing that, you can really think about what you really do love and go for that!

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Hi Michelle

I'm an INTP personality type and anneagram type 5.  I just found out yesterday.  I always felt out of place, like people did not understand me.  I've always been good at a number of things that do not interest other people.  (drawing, singing, java coding, graphic design, writing, deep thinking...etc) 

I prefer to be alone, thinking and reading up on a number of subjects.  I find that one discovery always leads to another discovery and I'd rather be learning the "whys" of life.  I get very excited when I learn new things. 

A few months ago, I went to a BIG family social gathering of about 100 people all cramped in one room.  I was happy to be there, but I felt so out of place.  The pressure of having to make small talk with people bored me something awful and I couldn't wait to find air and space outside of the building.  My mother looked at me like I was so strange and some of my aunts followed me around because they wondered if I was enjoying myself.  But truth is, I would have rather been on my computer or reading something.

I just wanted to enjoyed the experience from a distance.  I wish other people understood that.  A lot of times I end up in situations where I'm totally misunderstood because I have a hard time expressing my feelings.  Instead of responding with emotions, I'll respond in a manner that's logical and well analyzed. 

I'm 29 and I've spent a lot of time in the wrong career.  When I was younger, I always knew that I should go into an artistic field.  But I was not encouraged by my parents.  I'm getting to a point in life where I'm ready to live for me and not worry about how other people feel I should live my life. 

So I'm going to make way into the world of art and design! 



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Hi India,

You sure do have a lot of typical qualities of an INTP!

Graphic design is a very popular area for INTPs (at least amongst those with artistic tendancies!).

I think it is great that you are going to move towards a career that you will love and be able to use your creative and intellectual talents to their full potential!

Good luck!

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Hey group!

 

I am an INTP and I've noticed some things and have some questions.

 

I'm a girl currently in a program at a career college.  Office Administrative Assistant to be precise.

 

I'm hoping to go to college in the winter.  But, something came across my mind:

 

I *still* can't figure out what to major in....and I'm 24!

 

People say that I'm a pretty good writer, but writing is something that I'd rather do for fun than trying to make a career out of it. 

 

I'm a huge procrastinator.  So anything to do with deadline I probably wouldn't be very good at. 

 

I'm not really patient with people.  So, I don't really think I'd make a good teacher.

 

I stink at math and science

 

I thought I'd make a kick-ass psychologist but I saw something on A&E and it completely changed my mind for ever.

 

I prefer listening than talking a whole lot.

I prefer to work alone.

I like working with my hands.

I like trying to solve problems even if I don't find the solution.

 

I do spend a lot of my free time on the computer.

 

I was entertaining the thought of going into Software Engineering but again I say, I suck at math.  It makes me cringe.  But, when something happens to my computer I always try to fix it.  (If I can't I try to persuade my mother to take it in

 

Would some one be able to tell me exactly what Software Engineering is?  Do I need to be able to count how my toothpicks are in a jar in order for me to go into that?

 

 

Can you help me?

 

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Hi Tallyboo,

 

Many of your traits you describe are common for INTP's.

 

One thing you may enjoy, if you are good with computers, but don't want to be a full out programmer, is to get really good at some applications - such as database design in Microsoft Access.  INTP's are usually great at those sorts of things.

 

You also may be able to get into software testing without a full software engineering degree (which yes, I think you will need to do a fair amount of math for).

 

What else do you love?

 


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That's funny...I just got certified in Microsoft Access for the Office Administrative Assistant program I'm in.

 

So, I see at the college that I'd like to go to, (Central Missouri State University) That they have a B.S in B.A. Program.  I could get a BS and still be able to tinker with programs?

 

I love to mess with stuff to see what happens!  I never took Chemistry, though.  I thought it would be too hard.  But honestly, I think I was just really, really lazy in High School.  But I am willing to change.

 

I was in a school here in Chicago that taught Web Design (which I think would be more fun to do in my spare time)  But I want something bigger!

 

 

 

 

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That is so funny!

 

(I think I mentioned above that I am INTP too, right?)

 

INTP's often have trouble fitting into "standard" job positions.  Recognizing that can help you figure out what might be best for you.  Don't get too stuck on the possibilities though - you need to start somewhere, then you can continue to take actions that can fulfill some of your more grandiose ideas.

 

I ended up doing high level design and testing of medical software after a B.Sc. and many years as an end-user of said software.

 

Of course, I now am a Life Coach (long story)!  But, I still do some database programming for some of my clients!

 

 


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You know what else I noticed...

 

I really have a hard time keep interest in things.  For example, I've worked many jobs and only one of them I kept for a year.  How did you figure out what you wanted to do?

 

 

And about how you got into testing software.  I'm starting to get really interested in that...

 

Is that under Computer Inforfmation Systems?

 

 

 

 

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You probably just aren't being challenged in the right way!

 

In general, you need to follow your intuition and keep open to exploring various areas, and try to find "the flow" and get in it.  There will be natural progression for you in the right direction if you don't fight it.

 

I am not sure what requirements different companies have for training/education for testers.

 

Here are some links that give more info:

 

http://www.microsoft.com/college/ft_softtesteng.mspx

 

http://www.softwareqatest.com/qatfaq2.html

 

http://blogs.msdn.com/jobsblog/archive/2004/03/23/95037.aspx


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Thanks so much for you help!

 

I really appreciate it.  I'll prolly have more questions eventually.

 

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Hi
I'm a music student (classical voice) from Vanvouver, Canada... I'm turning 29 this month... and I'm an INTP... I can really relate to the past few comments made on this forum... I've had so many different stints... I studied a year of architecture but I burnt out... dabbled around with computers for a while... taught esl in Mexico...

Now I've finally made up my mind about singing professionally... it turns out that it's the only thing I can work at relentlessly without getting tired or bored of it. However, I have one problem... which is that I'm really, really tired of having low paying meaningless jobs...

I'm barely in my 1st year of college, I need to get a better part time job but I don't have anything to show from my previous employment experience nor do I have any other training... there are lists of jobs all over the web for INTPs ... but I can't do any of them right now... there must be something fulfilling I could do at an entry level!!... If anybody has any suggestions/previous experiences... PLEASE HELP!!
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Hi Cristina,

 

Hmm.  So many INTP's do end up in unsatisfying "day" jobs.  Maybe because most regular jobs just aren't challenging or interesting enough!

 

So, often they say "design your own job" for INTP's.  Here are some suggestions along those lines:

 

- Can you talk to your boss where you work now about a "special project"?  Is there a system you see that can be improved, a new way to market, or something like that that you could be put to task on, and work fairly independently?

 

- Is there a business you could do on your own?  Web design for local businesses, tutoring, singing lessons?

 

- Using your imagination, what jobs might meet the following:  Allows you to be independent, allows you to meet a lot of different challenges, allows you to troubleshoot systems, allows you to be creative, not too many rules

 

Let me know if that gives you any ideas!

 

 

 


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Hi I am a type 5 personality, and an INTP as per the the Myers Brigs.  My MSN Messenger angelros20@hotmail.com.  Would love to here from others the same as me, I feel there arnt a lot of people out there like me.

I feel very much loaner and misunderstood, I am 35 years old and to be honest its really taking a toll on me.

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I was tested as an INTP 3-4 years ago and hadn't given it much thought again until recently as I am bouncing between meaningless jobs every seven months or less and, as I am nearly 28 I feel like I'm running out of time to get my life in order and on track.  I'm open to going for more school either as another BA/BS or getting a masters or PhD but I cant think what in.  Lately Ive thought mechanic, architect, or law school but I'm not sure if any of those are things I would actually enjoy or stick with and I cant see spending the money if I'm not sure. 

If it helps, I often (except lately I've been very distracted at all times) can only really concentrate on the task at hand when I'm driving, teaching or managing others, or when my goal is clear (but not overly specific) and the means to achieve it are entirely up to me.  I enjoy art but fear that if I make it a job, it will lose its appeal.

By the way, I have a BA in Anthropology...that I'm not using and don't even know if that field fits my personality and I suck badly at math so fields that involve math or chemistry are a bit off limits.  I feel very lost and discouraged, I see a lot of other personalities around me that have accomplished much more at the same age or younger.  Id appreciate any help!

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Hi Rj,

Hmm...Are you sure that you couldn't really enjoy doing something artistic, and therefore not get sick of it?

What kind of artistic expression do you do?  Do you like photography?

Your best career choice will be aligned with something you love!

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Ive done photography on and off for about six years and have been somewhat successful at it but I dont have any professional credentials that I can use to land a job in the field.  I also wonder if once its a job and someone else has control of the subject and assignments, I really might lose interest/get frustrated by my loss of freedom.  Ive thought about doing it as a hobby on the side for supplemental income, but not as a career. 
I also tried pottery once and enjoyed that very much but getting into it is expensive and requires a space that you dont mind getting filthy and that you can put a kiln in. 

I guess I just think art is a bit far fetched as a career, it requires so much initial investment in supplies to get started and then theres no guarantee that you can actually make anything from it.

I also thought about architecture or interior design but I'm horrible at math and have no design experience to build from at grad school.

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Hi RJ,

That might be a really good idea to keep up with the photography to make money on the side.  It would give you a chance to see more of what the potential could be.

You are right that freedom in your work will be very important to you.

Photography is often a great area for artistic INTPs. 

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Thank you for the support.  I do appreciate you taking the time to answer my posts. I understand your reasons for not offering to much information other than confirming what ideas I already have since I'm not paying for any career coach services.  I should have researched what mylifecoach was when I stumbled into the forums and not expected something that the forum wasn't.  I let my excitement at the prospect of finding answers affect my judgment.  Since I cannot afford such services as this site offers, I'll seek help elsewhere.  Again, thank you for replying to my posts and offering some advise.

-Rob
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