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Introverted Intuitives look to the past for inspiration of the future. Introverted sensors look only to the past to compare to what is different or the same in the present. So I must know, what are the differences between the istp and the intp on their 3rd functions?
 

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The ISTP way, in my opinion, is to be a MacGyver style problem solver, using the available resources to solve current problems. The secondary Se takes in the current situation, while the tertiary Ni sees the way it's heading (or the way a specific solution would change the outcome), and these data feeds support the primary Ti in finding solutions.

The INTP seems to have more of an elaborate way of doing things. From what I've seen, they are more interested in rigorous, generally applicable solutions. The process here seems to be more in the way of their secondary Ne focusing on possibilities rather than current facts, and the tertiary Si taking into account references to memories of earlier, similar situations.

When done in a mature way, this means that the ISTP is a good firefighting/troubleshooting style problem solver, while the INTP has a more natural ability to come up with the long-term solutions, taking more than the obviously visible variables into account.

Of course, in immature individuals, the ISTP's set of preferences makes it easy for him to ignore the long-term strategy and simply jump to the next fire when the old one's 80% extinguished, while an immature INTP would show tendencies to perfect his solutions to cover all bases, at the cost of the current problem.
 

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INTP's are less rebellious than ISTP's because they have the Si, which is the rule-following function and is present focussed, while ISTP's get aggravated by (sometimes paranoid) notions that their overall sense of freedom is being invaded.
 
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