INTPs: Ethnicity & Race

In this post I will examine if there are any correlations between the INTP personality type and ethnicity and race. It is important to note that this article covers ethnicity and race not nationality.

Who Are INTPs

INTPs are a personality type in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Keirsey personality tests. INTP equates to introversion, intuition, thinking, and perceiving. An estimated 3.3% of people are INTPs, 4% of males, and 1% of females.

INTPs are likely to be scientists, philosophers, lawyers, architects, and economists. The following video goes into depth on the INTP personality traits:

List of Famous INTPs and their Ethnicities

The data on which famous people were INTPs was mostly pulled from here: http://www.celebritytypes.com/intp.php

For the purposes of this article I have combined the Ashkenazi, Sephardi, and Mizrahi into one Jewish group.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln is an INTP of English and Welsh descent.

  • Abraham Lincoln – English / Welsh
  • Albert Einstein – Jewish
  • Charles Darwin – English
  • Immanuel Kant – German
  • Gary Kasparov – Jewish / Armenian
  • Milton Friedman – Jewish
  • Richard Dawkins – English
  • John Locke – English
  • Marie Curie – Polish
  • Hannah Arendt – Jewish
  • James Madison – English
  • Adam Smith – Scottish
  • Thomas Aquinas – Italian
  • René Descartes - French
  • Max Weber – German
  • Friedrich A. Hayek – Austrian
  • Thales of Miletus – Greek
  • Parmenides – Greek
  • Thucydides – Greek
  • Edward Gibbon – English
  • Larry Page – Jewish
  • Sergey Brin – Jewish
  • Nagarjuna – Indian
  • Franz Kafka – Jewish
  • Alan Greenspan – Jewish
  • Albert Speer – German
  • Sigourney Weaver – English
  • Tina Fey – Greek / German / Scottish
  • Jesse Eisenberg – Jewish
  • Ben Stein – Jewish
  • Andreas Scholl – German
  • Asia Carrera – Japanese / German
  • Sonia Sotomayor – Puerto Rican
  • Steven Levitt – Jewish
  • Eric Berne – Jewish
  • D.T. Suzuki – Japanese
  • Fyodor Stcherbatsky – Russian
  • Maria Goeppert-Mayer – German
  • Flemming Rose – Danish
  • Linus Torvalds – Finnish
  • Jürgen Habermas – German
  • Marie-Louise von Franz – Austrian
  • Anna Politkovskaya – Ukranian
  • Steven E. Landsburg – Jewish

INTP Statistics by Ethnicity

The following data on INTPs and ethnicity was taken from Jones, Ukishima, Sakamoto, Tanouye, and Giron’s paper, Ethnicity and Type of Counseling Center Clients.

PERCENTAGE OF ethnicity WHO ARE INTPS

  • Japanese = 5.13%
  • Caucasian = 8.76%
  • Chinese = 6.15%
  • Filipino = 1.31%
  • Mixed Ethnicity = 5.97%
  • Hawaiian = 6.25%
  • Mixed Asian = 3.45%

Total sample size

  • Japanese = 682
  • Caucasian = 571
  • Chinese = 244
  • Filipino = 153
  • Mixed Ethnicity = 134
  • Hawaiian = 128
  • Mixed Asian = 87

INTP Statistics by Race

The following data on INTPs and race was taken from Nicole A. Herk, Richard C. Thompson, and Nancy A. Schaubhut’s paper, Ethnic and Gender Differences in Best-Fit Type.

Percentage of Race Who Are INTPs

  • African American – 4%
  • Asian – 4.8%
  • Caucasian – 4.5%
  • Indian – 5.8%
  • Latin – 2%

Total sample size:

  • African American = 478
  • Asian = 505
  • Caucasian = 7,113
  • Indian = 345
  • Latin = 395

Additionally, their paper cites Hammer and Mitchell (1996) which found that Introversion, Intuition and Perceiving were more common among Caucasians than African Americans and Hispanics. However, Sensing and Thinking were more common among African Americans, while Extraversion, Feeling and Judging were more common among Hispanics.

 Conclusion

You will have to draw your own inferences from the limited data that is available on INTPs by ethnicity and race. In my completely non-scientific opinion, it seems that INTPs tend to be most common in the English, Jewish, German, Chinese, and Indian ethnicities. If you have any additional information, corrections, questions, or comments please post them.