Personality Type


"I believe in evidence. I believe in observation, measurement, and reasoning, confirmed by independent observers."

"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth." ~ Marcus Aurelius

"Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change." ~ Stephen Hawking

"Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them." ~ Albert Einstein

"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." ~ George Bernard Shaw

INTP - Detective

Overview of The Detective Style

  • I – Introvert (inward) Focus
  • N – Intuitive Framing
  • T – Thinking Response
  • P – Perceiving Approach

Detectives are curious and are adept at solving problems by seeing them objectively and finding patterns in complex situations. Highly introspective, Detectives are often in deep contemplation which can make them seem detached, when in reality they are puzzling through a particular issue or topic. They are creative problem solvers. As thinkers, their approach is quite logical but their intuitive framing and flexible approach help them think outside the box. Detectives have been known throughout history for brilliant break-through thinking and inventions. They are not bound by pure logic and have a dash of original and creative thinking.

Detectives’ curiosity, skepticism and attention to detail can be an enormous asset. They are very good at creating frameworks and models to understand, explain and represent concepts.

Communicating with The Guru

Detectives prefer to communicate about facts and logical analysis. It is best to present issues in a big picture, abstract fashion and engage them in ideas. Allow for open brainstorming and appeal to their intellectual side and Detectives will respond enthusiastically. Give them time to consider the information.

Detectives can be very challenging, so be prepared to have thoughts and ideas questioned. This can come off as a critique, but in fact it is how the Detective processes information.


Detectives prefer to avoid or ignore conflict unless it must be addressed. When addressing conflict, they’ll consider the facts and pros and cons. A great approach is to engage them in creative solutions to the conflict. They’ll disengage if they must listen to emotional reactions for very long. Detectives have a strong inward focus so a great idea is to present the conflict as a problem to be solved, then give them time to think and reflect on how to solve the problem.


Detectives are difficult to get to know. They are deep thinkers and only readily find a spark of interest when the other person shares their love for theory and knowledge. They can be aloof and have little patience or even disdain for overly emotional people. This can come across as uncaring, but the fact is that they are not adept at providing emotional support and prefer instead to offer logical solutions. They typically have a small group of close friends and are loyal and steadfast.


  • Open-minded problem solvers – Detectives are great abstract thinkers and can see connected patterns in seemingly unrelated data. They are “sense-makers” and are creative problem-solvers.

  • Imaginative – Detectives are great at playing “devil’s advocate” and finding possible flaws in an idea, as well as imaginative solutions to an idea. They can easily view a problem from multiple perspectives (except emotional) and see multiple paths of possibility.

  • Honest and direct – Detectives prefer truth and do not operate on a “hidden agenda,” but prefer truth and straightforwardness.


  • Over-thinking Detectives are so introspective and analytical of a problem that they can get “analysis paralysis” so that they’re so worried they may have missed a critical piece of the puzzle that they stagnate and hesitate to act.

  • InsensitiveDetectives have little patience when emotions crowd logic. They are highly objective and dismiss subjectivity as irrational.

  • Following rulesDetectives loathe rules and guidelines, seeing them as obstacles to objective and higher-order thinking.

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