INFP vs. INTP – Part #2 – Conflict

In the last post, I discussed the differences and similarities between INFPs and INTPs when dealing emotions and relationships.

Today, I’ll discuss the differences and similarities between INFPs and INTPs when dealing with conflict.

Response to Conflict

INFPs yearn for peace and harmony, so they usually notice and focus on the positives in people, not the negatives. Conflict is very concerning to them and they’d rather avoid or stop conflict before it becomes harmful.

INTPs, however, view things in a rational light. Whether or not they want conflict present, they will try to make the right decision based on logic even if its the hardest decision.

Issues & Causes

Though INFPs are usually soft-spoken, gentle, and caring, when their personal values, morals, and beliefs are attacked, the INFP will become a champion of their cause. They care deeply for their own values and do not care for people who willingly attack such values.

INTPs, in the same way, can seem very different when something violates one of their principles. They will go from a reserved personality to a personality that likes heated debate and drama.

Conflict Style

INFPs strive for harmony and peace, so in stressful situations they will try to relieve tension. One of their best abilities is their desire and ability to see things from other people’s perspectives. They are often great supporters of different causes.

Emotions will never get in the way for the INTP, who can and will be blunt. They will use logic and data to make their points clear. Other people may find the INTP to be cold and harsh when the INTP make his or her points, but the INTP isn’t trying to hurt any feelings.


Though the INFP can be a great supporters of certain causes, interaction with conflict can drain the INFP’s energy. After such encounters, the INFP must delve into themselves without any interruption from external situations or people, so that they can understand how the conflict made them feel.

INTPs enjoy debating with other people through their intellect and logic. After such debates, they will have no hard feelings at all, and they won’t take anything personally, because it was just a simple discussion.

In Part #3, I’ll discuss the differences and similarities between their work environments and styles.



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