INFP vs. INTP – Part #3 – Work

In the past few posts, I’ve discussed the similarities and differences between INFPs and INTPs concerning emotions and conflict. In this final post for INFP vs. INTP, I will discuss how they relate and contrast concerning work and work behaviors.


Though INFPs can be quiet and sensitive, they will bring a sense of conviction concerning the right thing to do to a group. They also can support others immensely and bring the team together. Once they feel closer to the group, they will open up a bit and share their ideas with the group.

INTPs can be quiet as well, though they will often be the most helpful in analyzing problems and considering ideas. Because they care more about the logic in a situation than the emotion, they will help the team make balanced decisions.


INFPs will often try to work behind the scenes than leading their teams. Their ability to support their teams from behind may also aid the team more than when the INFP is leading. Their ability to brainstorm good, new ideas quickly may also foster well in the back than under the pressure of also being a leader.

INTPs, on the other hand, can be good leaders. However, they need their followers to be active and to not ask too many questions. They want arguments and actions to be well thought out too.

Being Managed

Being restricted by rules and routine can hinder the INFP, and constant criticism will not help the INFP become a better employee. Many coworkers may see the INFP as flexible, gentle, but hard to understand.

INTPs also do not like being restricted by typical structures. They need independence and space, so that they can think. It helps be away from other people so that the INTP work in short bursts of energy.


Because they’re spontaneous, INFPs need space and freedom to work. They desire meaning in their work and want to be a part of something special. To many employers, they will be loyal, productive, and diligent.

Too much detail does not aid the INTP, who cares more about changing the big picture of the situation. Simple and obvious things bore them, and they will often ignore such things.


The INFP is constantly in an internal world of imagination, and the INFP is not bound by tradition. They wish to be immersed in fascinating and meaningful tasks.

As long as certain problems are interesting enough to hold the attention of the INTP, through their critical thinking, they will analyze the most complex problems and understand what needs to be done.

That concludes the series on the similarities and differences between INFPs and INTPs. In future posts, I may do the same comparing INFPs with INTJs, INFJs, ISFJs, ENFPs, etc.



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