INTP Careers – 4 Work Styles Of The Personality Type | Podcast 0490

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In this episode of the Personality Hacker podcast, Joel and Antonia explore the 4 work styles that influence INTP careers.


Discover more about subtypes in Dr. Dario Nardi’s “The 64 Subtypes in Depth” 


In this podcast you’ll find:

  • Why are Joel and Antonia discussing careers for each of the personality types?
  • What are some popular career choices for INTPs?
  • Introducing the INTP subtypes by Dr. Dario Nardi.
    • How to approach the concept of the four subtypes.
  • Check out our previous podcast episode where Dario introduces the four subtypes of each personality type.
  • The energy and flavor of the four subtypes.
  • The four INTP subtypes:
    • Dominant subtype – what type of leadership roles do these INTPs prefer?
    • Creative subtype – how these INTPs serve as idea generators and catalysts.
    • Normalizing subtype – how these INTPs use problem solving in a more linear style.
    • Harmonizing subtype – how these INTPs focus on methodologies and helping others
  • What makes some INTPs more likely to adopt the Harmonizing subtype?
  • How knowing your subtype can help with your career.


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  • Rachel

    Super interesting! I’m a designer and relate most to Creative/Harmonizing. I studied Architecture, briefly entertained switching to psychology, and then ended up in Industrial Design. I always told people I chose Architecture because it was the perfect blend of my interests in Art, Math, and Psychology. As a kid, I was somewhere between Normalizing (probably a defense mechanism to fit in) and more naturally leaned Harmonizing. It was initially expressed via my tendency to befriend classmates by partnering up and helping them with schoolwork. I enjoyed the reward of their appreciation and also enjoyed being able to connect with others over something that was somewhat tangible and bypassed the need for small talk. The friendships could form naturally over time with the schoolwork as the icebreaker. In college, I would often lose myself in the creative problem-solving of others’ designs only to have to rush and pull mine off at the last minute 😉

    After college, my INTJ husband and I started our own design studio, and I definitely tapped into a more dominant style there while having to work under tighter timelines, balance finances, and manage employees. We sold the studio after 10 years. It was definitely a good experience, but admittedly not my comfort-zone. So here I am in the soul-searching mode again, as expected 🙂

  • Kate Owens

    I am fairly new to the Meyers Briggs system of personality typing. Formerly it’ was used by women principals on incoming teachers to determine who would fit in with their view of how things should work in their little fiefdoms. I always gave false answers to indicate I was a dutiful extrovert gushing with emotions. I recently took a test, gave true answers and came up with INTP. What a revelation. There is nothing broken, bent or deficient about me. There are others like me and we are not warped.
    I am learning what I can from books on typography and trying to study my friends and those I meet. I am doing volunteer work with my local crisis intervention organization to put my masters degree in counseling psychology to work. If I can find a course online I will likely take one, but I am not able to travel at this time.

  • Eric

    Oh man! This was a long wait but I’m glad it’s here 😀

    I definitely resonate with Normalizing and Harmonizing to an extent. Probably Normalizing early in life and slowly becoming Harmonizing in my 40’s.

    Might be worth getting into analytic Ne one of these days…

  • Merwin

    I’ve been waiting on this episode in this series. I feel more aligned with the creative INTP since I’m interested in building platforms that allow me to express my interests and the concepts I like to think about. Even the list of jobs sounded the most interesting. My actual day jobs have been the normalizing types (lot of retail and office jobs) that have always been boring to me, but aren’t too demanding and I can still have some freedom to explore other interests. This episode just have me more confirmation of my type.

  • Nolan

    Of course, this was the last one in the series, waiting almost 4 months was painful!
    I was trying to figure out why I typed so differently based on what head space I was in.
    I volunteer as a director for an NFP and work as a supervisor, typically typing out as an ENTP, but it’s just the Dominant INTP Flavor.
    I also Work on the mundane day to day and coach in a low-level capacity in sports, sometimes typing out as an INTJ, again just the normalizing INTP flavor.
    In my home life I’m almost always in the creative flavor and have typed as an ENTP, especially following a vacation or after a significant time with my family.
    And very recently on my growth path I’ve run headfirst into 1 on 1 coaching, chairing a mastermind and mostly showcasing the rest of my life elements through high quality conversation and investment in the success of others & as identified in this podcast, I’m nearing my 40’s so the harmonizing flavor, is taking my “win, win, win” spiral dynamics 7 to my circle of influence and beyond.
    The interesting part is I find that I have not reduced any of these disciplines or activities from my life, so I seem to benefit energetically from the extraverted interactions as much as I do from the introverted personal time, while at the same time suffering a majority of the downsides.
    This almost provides a Chameleon like shifting outline for which discipline to get into in order to counteract the downsides of the others when I see them starting to affect a situation or my mood/energy.
    This is easily the single most effective series I have listened to across all of your episodes, and yes I mean all. I’m pretty much done type-geeking for now and have a lot of things to accomplish.
    Thank you so much! To Joel for ensuring I don’t feel like an outcast, and Antonia for the depth, detail and refreshing honesty.

  • Jess

    Thanks for doing this series. I’ve found it delightfully clarifying.

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