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OK guys, for the first time ever, the Internet has not satisfied me by not providing me with marginally definitive answers.
I've seen so many different threads on various websites claiming Sherlock to be an ISTP or an INTJ and it just makes me SO ANGRY. I get why these other types are trying to claim this Sherlock as their own because this modern century twist on the famous detective makes him so intriguing and amazing and all that.
However, I find myself able to connect to Sherlock on so many different levels so there is NO WAY he is NOT an INTP (granted he may be more on the unhealthy side of the spectrum but that doesn't make him any less of an INTP)
So I was just wondering if any other INTPs found themselves able to connect to Sherlock in the way that I did.
I would like to post the best piece of evidence connecting Sherlock to the cognitive functions of an INTP and giving definitive proof that he is indeed an INTP through and through, however I can't because I dont have the "15 posts" or whatever but I'll try and put it down later!

I would love to hear other Sherlockians (especially INTP Sherlockians) weigh in on this subject (preferably to agree with me.)
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I agree. As a fictional character he might be written not completely consistently to an MBTI type, but still, I think definitely INTP.

I sort of see why people say ISTP (though I don't really see INTJ - it seems quite obvious that Fe is his inferior function) because of his observation skills, but I still think his intuition takes precedence. INTPs can be pretty oblivious, but I have noticed in myself that if I think, even unconsiously, that something is important I will notice it in the environment. For example, I'm left-handed, and always notice the handedness of other people, even if I haven't seen them writing. I think Sherlock has deliberately decided that observation is important to "the work" and has trained himself to notice relevant things accordingly. Meanwhile, he's still pretty oblivious to "irrelevant" stuff (John: "I told you I was going out - you didn't notice I've been out for hours?" (or something like that)). And he doesn't eat for days and stuff. Well, I'm not that confident in my ability to break down and explain various aspects of behaviour according to type, so I'll leave it there. Were you thinking of these posts about Sherlock?

Thinker Intuitor Sensor Feeler: Sherlock's Myers-Briggs Type - Sherlock Character Analysis
Sherlock is NOT an INTJ - Sherlock Character Analysis

I'm not sure they constitute "evidence"; anyway, she says the sort of thing I'd say, only probably more coherently.

I wonder if Sherlock's actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, who I believe is INFJ, is coming into play when people type Sherlock as ISTP or INTJ - they could be picking up elements of his Ni-Se in his portrayal.

From a personal perspective - yes, I "connect" with Sherlock - or he excites me a lot, anyway, like no other character on television. When he's doing his thing I get all caught up in his chains of thoughts and connections - including getting narked at other people butting in stupidly - and I feel all his pent-up energy and boredom and frustration like its my own. I feel he's like what I'd be like, or would like to be like, if I was being more "pure" me (his "unhealthy" functioning be damned) - if I could conjure up the cool disregard that he displays for other people and their expectations, perhaps.
 

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I don't think the TV show Sherlock is INTP. Maybe some things are relatable mostly because he is an introverted who dislikes most people, but IMO and without being an MBTI expert or anything and only being able to talk from my experience and "INTPness" (and the only other INTP I know who's one of my besties), TV Sherlock seems a bit too flamboyant to be INTP. A bit too acting out, and a bit too much of a sensor sometimes. And a narcissistic, of course, something that's more a personality disorder that contaminates any attempt at typing.
In any case, Mycroft would be closer to INTP (although maybe borderline J).

I've only watched it once, I liked the show but I'm not a Sherlock superfan so I won't be able to recall specific examples...maybe I'll try to think of some, later...

ETA: Although it's pretty obvious, we can't forget that characters aren't written with the MBTI inventory at hand, or the DSM, or the ICD so typing is very limited.
 

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You can use evidence directly from the show to prove Sherlock is an INTP, an ISTP, and an INTJ. He's all over the place -- using Se-Ni sometimes, Ni-Te sometimes, and Ti-Ne sometimes.

My BFF said, "He's a lot like you," and in some ways it's very true -- and in some ways, it isn't. I TOTALLY mess with people like he does (when he lets John suffer from thinking a hound is stalking him, I laughed -- I've pulled pranks like that, but they weren't quite as mean), but I have a much higher Fe / ability to fit in socially. We both get frustrated at how irrational and emotional people can be.

I would LOVE for Mycroft to be an INTP (as he is in the books), but I see a lot of ISTJ in him -- very loyal and dutiful to the government, very purpose-driven, with evident Fi at times. He has an abnormally HIGH amount of Ne, though. Tons of it. So again, he looks like an INTP at times, and an ISTJ at other times.

Love the show. I do "get" Sherlock very well. It's kind of funny, because when he does lean INTP, his relationship with John is a lot like my relationship with my BFF -- an ISFJ. We get irritated at one another in a lot of the same ways.
 

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Sherlock is an INTP and ISTP.

OK guys, for the first time ever, the Internet has not satisfied me by not providing me with marginally definitive answers.
I've seen so many different threads on various websites claiming Sherlock to be an ISTP or an INTJ and it just makes me SO ANGRY. I get why these other types are trying to claim this Sherlock as their own because this modern century twist on the famous detective makes him so intriguing and amazing and all that.
However, I find myself able to connect to Sherlock on so many different levels so there is NO WAY he is NOT an INTP (granted he may be more on the unhealthy side of the spectrum but that doesn't make him any less of an INTP)
So I was just wondering if any other INTPs found themselves able to connect to Sherlock in the way that I did.
I would like to post the best piece of evidence connecting Sherlock to the cognitive functions of an INTP and giving definitive proof that he is indeed an INTP through and through, however I can't because I dont have the "15 posts" or whatever but I'll try and put it down later!

I would love to hear other Sherlockians (especially INTP Sherlockians) weigh in on this subject (preferably to agree with me.)
Thanks guys!
Ok, Here is how my professor explained the difference between ISTp and INTp. ISTP will think of the action will in action. INTP will think of the action THEN will do the action.

Sherlock shares both of these qualities to an almost seamless extent. So, saying he is an ISTP or INTP is not wrong, they slide into his wheel house very well. But, depending on if you read or watch Sherlocks adventures unfold, he in definition is an ISTP because of his actions.

P.S. This came up because I tested at INTP and ISTP multiple times. I agree with INTP because of my lack of action.
 

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I don't connect with Sherlock (BBC) I connect more with Mycroft whom I believe is indeed an INTP.
This is very true. Mycroft is an INTP and Sherlock technically is an ISTP. But Sherlock kind of blurrys the lines between the two. Overall, its comes down to action. And that is the real difference between INTP and ISTP.
 

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I wonder if Sherlock's actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, who I believe is INFJ, is coming into play when people type Sherlock as ISTP or INTJ - they could be picking up elements of his Ni-Se in his portrayal.

From a personal perspective - yes, I "connect" with Sherlock - or he excites me a lot, anyway, like no other character on television. When he's doing his thing I get all caught up in his chains of thoughts and connections - including getting narked at other people butting in stupidly - and I feel all his pent-up energy and boredom and frustration like its my own. I feel he's like what I'd be like, or would like to be like, if I was being more "pure" me (his "unhealthy" functioning be damned) - if I could conjure up the cool disregard that he displays for other people and their expectations, perhaps.
I completely agree with you on the Benny is an INFJ thing.
I really believe he's an INTP. I mean, we all use ALL of the cognitive functions!
Also, thanks for posting the links
 

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You can use evidence directly from the show to prove Sherlock is an INTP, an ISTP, and an INTJ. He's all over the place -- using Se-Ni sometimes, Ni-Te sometimes, and Ti-Ne sometimes.

My BFF said, "He's a lot like you," and in some ways it's very true -- and in some ways, it isn't. I TOTALLY mess with people like he does (when he lets John suffer from thinking a hound is stalking him, I laughed -- I've pulled pranks like that, but they weren't quite as mean), but I have a much higher Fe / ability to fit in socially. We both get frustrated at how irrational and emotional people can be.

I would LOVE for Mycroft to be an INTP (as he is in the books), but I see a lot of ISTJ in him -- very loyal and dutiful to the government, very purpose-driven, with evident Fi at times. He has an abnormally HIGH amount of Ne, though. Tons of it. So again, he looks like an INTP at times, and an ISTJ at other times.

Love the show. I do "get" Sherlock very well. It's kind of funny, because when he does lean INTP, his relationship with John is a lot like my relationship with my BFF -- an ISFJ. We get irritated at one another in a lot of the same ways.
If you're the girl who runs the Funky MBTI on Tumblr (big fan btw), I've seen your posts about Sherlock's various typings that fit. However, based on the evidence you gave for him being an INTP (and also speaking from a completely non-biased POV even though it may seem difficult to believe that I am able to be unbiased) I really felt as though it was the most fitting. I mean, Si and the Mind Palace thing, that was what really proved it to me and got me so riled up in the first place! In the end, everyone uses all the cognitive functions, so just because Sherlock has an acute Se doesn't mean his Ne-Si isn't what he relies on more in his thinking process and the way he evaluate the information he takes in, which is really what MBTI boils down to, right?

Also, I've also been told that I'm a lot like Sherlock on several occasions, too. I've even been told that I copy his personality on purpose because I don't have my own, which is utter bull as I strongly doubt that the person who has this opinion has enough brain cells to have any coherent thoughts in the first place.
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nah son don't you think he's more of a J.
He's got J all over, its practically dripping off of him.
Can't you tell, especially with the last season? He's Sherlock's exact opposite, in terms of cognitive functions he relies on I mean:
INTJ: Ni-Te-Fi-Se
INTP: Ti-Ne-Si-Fe
So yeah, I definitely think Mycroft is a serious Judger,how else would he be such a valuable asset to the British government otherwise? Also, I don't really know how to vocalize (or rather, transcribe) what I feel is really clear in terms of which cognitive functions Mycroft uses, but they make sense to me idk.
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I don't think he's an INTP. *shrug* I mean, who really cares about type politics? He's either one type or another.

For one, I think INPs essentially grapple with doubt (it's the interplay of Ji + Ne... one's certainty of logic is always constrained/undermined by the open-ended nature of Ne), and Sherlock operates with J closure. I don't see him as ever being unsure; he always knows the answer because of his internal insight. He also expresses J closure in his appearance and how he organizes the world around him. Despite cloaking it in "logic," I think he actually operates off insight and then explains it via logic.

Maybe some of that is Cumberbatch's nature coming through, but whatever.

All that being said, I did connect with Sherlock's insights and perceptiveness; however, he seems far too sure of his interpretations, which could actually have other interpretations that he happens to discount to find closure. I wouldn't feel confident making some the leaps he does, from my own logical perspective.
@ndabb: yes, I think Mycroft is an even obvious Judger.
 
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If you're the girl who runs the Funky MBTI on Tumblr (big fan btw), I've seen your posts about Sherlock's various typings that fit. However, based on the evidence you gave for him being an INTP (and also speaking from a completely non-biased POV even though it may seem difficult to believe that I am able to be unbiased) I really felt as though it was the most fitting. I mean, Si and the Mind Palace thing, that was what really proved it to me and got me so riled up in the first place! In the end, everyone uses all the cognitive functions, so just because Sherlock has an acute Se doesn't mean his Ne-Si isn't what he relies on more in his thinking process and the way he evaluate the information he takes in, which is really what MBTI boils down to, right?

Also, I've also been told that I'm a lot like Sherlock on several occasions, too. I've even been told that I copy his personality on purpose because I don't have my own, which is utter bull as I strongly doubt that the person who has this opinion has enough brain cells to have any coherent thoughts in the first place.
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Yes, I'm her. Glad to amuse you with my typing shenanigans! :)

I lean INTP for him as well (somewhat reluctantly, because I've been accused in the past of typing him "my type" simply because I like him so much) but ... frankly, he exhibits at lot of Se-Ni traits too. Ne-Si is all about widening possibilities; instead, Sherlock eliminates external information in his case-solving (remember that session in his head in the wedding episode? he eliminated anything that didn't fit, narrowing down his possibilities until he came up with a single solution) -- which is very, very Se-Ni. He notices the tiniest speck of dust on a man's shoe, or a cat hair on a woman's coat. INTPs have a hard time doing that, because we're so distracted. That was a Se-Ni heavy episode. Even drunk, he still had incredible reflexes. Sherlock gets out into the world and DOES THINGS; he doesn't just think about them, or wonder about them, he does them -- he beats up corpses in the morgue, he harpoons pigs, etc.

And yet, you turn around and in other episodes, he's so INTP it hurts. He fails to notice when people are or aren't in the room; he's too lazy to get up off the couch and fetch his own phone; he can be so focused on what he's doing (clueing for looks... err...) that he is totally oblivious to the fact that a bad guy is standing right behind him, about to clock him one. He stores incredible amounts of information in his Mind Palace, and has a hard time not getting very bored with nothing to do. An ISTP would FIND something to do. The INTP simply complains about it, and waits for someone to deliver him something worth thinking about.

So yes, Sherlock gravitates between types, sometimes in the same episode. Although, granted, a mature INTP can learn to filter out extra information and details into a finite conclusion, if they are working steadily to resolve or finish something, which means he could be an INTP 99.9% of the time and simply have learned to channel his mind into resolving things, rather than simply thinking endlessly about them.

ETA: I don't see J in Sherlock all that much; not only is he obviously an internal thinker, I think he has adapted that one part of his life to have a J-appearance (rather like I do at work) in order to hold his own with Mycroft, while remaining P in everything else (um... have you seen his flat?).

On Mycroft... the way Mycroft micro-manages everything, tries to control his brother, and leaps into immediate action, with a network of minions around to do his bidding is more TJ than TP. And I say that with remorse, because man, do I relate to Mycroft on so many levels, and I absolutely adore him. I love Sherlock, but I have an almighty crush on Mycroft's power complex and smartassery.
 

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I feel like fictional characters often get advantages of many functions, without the associated disadvantages. Sherlock is super-human, and maybe a type just doesn't fit him?
 

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My husband loves Jeremy Brett as Holmes. He did a great job. Apparently the actor was bi-polar. Don't know if this helped playing Sherlock or just exacerbated his condition. Rip JB.
 
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