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    ENTP - The Visionaries

    I(e)NTP not good at math or numbers?

    Hey folks. I've been reading and poking around. I'm trying to learn more about myself and my path in life. I'm an I(e)NTP. I'm like, 50/50 I/E. I have alot of the characteristics of an I, few friends, lots of time alone, but also alot of the characteristics of an E, loud, say hi to anyone..etc. I'm very TP. And I'm somewhat N.


    I'm trying to find a career path/major for when I get back in school. I'm not freaking good at math! I can understand the concepts of Trig or Stats (that's as far as Ivve gotten) ok, but manipulating the numbers is difficult. If you ask me, what's 7-4 I "wil...uhh..uhhh...well... 7, 6, 5, 4, 3...3" Not quite that bad but close. This really hampers where INTPs usually like to go, engineering or IT, math based professions.

    Any other INTPs not good at math? What can INTPs enjoy doing that does not inolve as much math but still has theories and concepts.

    I mean, its either that or I'm not really and IeNTP?
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    ENTJ - The Executives

    Haha I'm an INTJ and I suck at Math.

    But then again, I only just graduated from secondary school awaiting results for Polytechnic courses. I don't intend on doing anything math-ish, so basically I go to what I'm good at: writing. There's a course in Polytechnic for journalism and I intend to apply for it.

    Long story short: just take up whatever career you're good at - one that best employs your best skill.

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    INTP - The Thinkers

    I suck at math too and one of my INTJ friends is even worse than I am. Personality types haven't got anything to do with being good at math, when you're an INTx you are simply more prone to like math. I myself am more interested in social sciences, economics and philosophy; those are also highly logical subjects (hell, philosophy is the mother of all logic).
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    INTP - The Thinkers

    I've been occasionally worried by this as well. One of the big INTP (heck, NT) stereotypes is being into math, science, and technology. I'm okay with technology, somewhat interested in science, but I dislike math. I'm not good at it, either.

    However, I'm decent with logic (the kind related to critical thinking/philosophy) and very good with music theory, both of which are supposed to be correlated somehow with mathematical ability. Dunno what's up with that, maybe it's the whole number thing that gets me

    I prefer the social sciences, arts, and humanities...especially linguistics/languages, music, and history. But, I am more interested in the theories and general concepts than in the actual details and individuals involved. I think that could be an NT characteristic, as opposed to a more typically SJ/SP (facts) or NF (people and values) outlook on the same subjects. Oh yeah and I don't really care about practical application, which boggles most of my friends to no end!

    Looking at the forums here it seems there are INTPs interested in a wide variety of subjects, even the arts and humanities. So I don't think we are limited to the math/science/technology spectrum, no matter what some type profiles might say...
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    ISTJ - The Duty Fulfillers

    Math is my only weakness is college. I'm not just bad at it, I'm absolutely awful. I'm in the honors English program, but remedial math.

    I'm taking statistics next semester, hopefully that won't be as bad as I think it will be.
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    INTP - The Thinkers

    School "math" : hated it, sucked at it.
    Real Math : like some of it (particularly probabilities, understanding the intellectual path behind basic formulas, mathematic epistemology).

    Actually I like the mathematical structure, but all these symbols and numbers really make it a boring, confused and inelegant mess.
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    INTP - The Thinkers

    Math to me is like simple memorization repeated until perfected. It has always felt like assembly line work, but without the paycheck. I get no joy out of proving right and wrong with numbers. The grades seem shallow somehow, and it's boring as hell. If I got an A+ on an essay, I would feel accomplished. If I got an A+ in math, I would say I did my homework.
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    Unknown Personality

    I was great at statistics + practical math, but terrible at functions. I can do moderately difficult math problems in my head fairly quickly.

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    Unknown Personality

    I'm OK with math, but not so much with numbers.

    Some of the multiplication table I still don't know by heart...

    How can I trust math when I realize that even 1+1=2 can be inaccurate??

    Like... if you lock two religious fanatics of different "species" in a room (1+1) you most likely won't get 2... but anything between 0 (they kill each other off) to 1.9 (missing body parts).
    So... in this case 1+1=[0,2[ ?
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    INTP - The Thinkers

    I was great at maths but found it boring. Human and social sciences are far more interesting.

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