This section Distinguishing INTJ and INTP is to help you verify your type if you're still unsure after doing the test and reading the type descriptions.

INTJs and INTPs are very similar personalities. According to David Keirsey’s Temperament Theory, both the INTJ and INTP belong to the Rational (NTs) type personality.This means that they will be more alike than different to any observer. 

However, there are still some observable behavioral traits that can help you clarify between the INTJ and the INTP.

  • INTJs are more intentional in their actions than the INTP

    INTJs are intelligent, ambitious people, and they are often seen running a task or a project with a big goal in mind. They appear purposeful, on the move and focused on a task; in fact, seldom will you catch an INTJ lazing around or being passive.

    INTPs are just as insightful as the INTJ with their many thoughts, strategies and opinions. However, they differ in their work-orientation. INTPs often find it hard to focus on work for long because they find most work too routine. Hence, they are far more easily distracted by their surroundings.

  •  INTPs appear more casual than the INTJs

    INTPs often dress casually, sometimes too casually for the occasion. They have very little interest in looking good or presentable; their minds are simply thinking about an idea or they’re entertaining some possibilities most of the time. They will only put effort into dressing well only if they know the occasion requires it.

    Most INTJs dress for success. They are far more likely to be seen in power suits, complete with accessories like cufflinks and watches. They plan their outfits and make sure they look their part for the occasion. Even in casual occasions, the INTJs think through about their outfits to ensure it is appropriate.

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Disclaimer: In most situations, I do refrain from making some stereotypical observations; however, in the interests of distinguishing INTJ and INTP and through type-watching for years, I can say that these points are generally true. (I would say 80% of the time)

These differences should be sufficient for distinguishing the INTJ and INTP. While there are other more subtle differences which I will not discuss here, the above-mentioned points are the more observable differences in behavior. 

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