March 27, 2013 by philipbullitthughes
Today I am going to discuss those unconventional wizards of theory and thought, the INTP—Luna Lovegood, from J.K. Rowling’s, Harry Potter, and Peter Parker, from the 2012 film, The Amazing Spiderman.
You would be hard pressed to find an INTP who was not extraordinarily intelligent, and, well, unusual. However, they typically do not mind being seen as such. In fact, INTPs pride themselves on their oddities. They may seem airy-fairy to the more concrete types, but it’s quite the contrary—their knowledge of astrophysics, electrical-engineering, and Crumple-Horned Snorkaks is based on factual evidence, and they have little patience for an idea that is not ultimately useful in the real world.
Luna Lovegood is like most INTPs in that generally, people find her peculiar. Dubbed, “Looney Lovegood,” by her peers, there are few people who put in the time to get to know her. She cares little of normal folks’ opinion, and is quite content to having a small group of close friends. Despite her eccentricity, and her her blunt frankness so common to the INTP—a “knack for embarrassing honesty,” as Harry put it, she is well loved. Extremely loyal, she bravely fights alongside her friends in the bowels of the Ministry of Magic, and stands against Voldemort’s forces in the Battle of Hogwarts.
It’s actually Luna’s quirks that endear her to her friends, as they prove to be quite useful. It’s Luna who finds the creative solution to their transportation issue—flying atop the invisible Thestrals, and it is she who helps solve the puzzle of Rowena Ravenclaw’s diadem.
INTPs are naturally non-conformists, and Luna is their queen. She reads the Quibbler, a conspiracy magazine written by her father, and joins the rebellious Dumbledore’s Army without hesitation. She refuses to bend to the will of the Ministry of Magic, and refuses to denounce Harry when he is outlawed.
There is one way Luna seems different than most INTPs: her gullibility. She readily believes in creatures and theories of which others might be skeptical. However, most of her beliefs stem from her father’s teaching. Ultimately, Luna lets go of her certainty in many of the monsters and suppositions that were presented to her as a child, as many INTPs tend to do with age.
INTPs are anything but mild-mannered, and Peter Parker is no exception. Brilliant and quiet-natured, the high school student keeps mostly to himself—an outcast in a world that favors athletic brute strength to intelligence.
Once Peter Parker finds out his deceased father was a renowned scientist, and comes into contact with the like-minded thinker, Dr. Curt Connors of Oscorp, as often happens when two NTs meet, sparks fly. Dr. Connors is impressed with Peter’s intellect, and the two develop a fast friendship. Peter gives him an algorithm of his father’s—the missing link needed to help Dr. Connors develop a serum to help re-grow lost limbs.
Peter is, of course, bitten by a genetically engineered spider and becomes the Amazing Spiderman, and Dr. Connors manages to mutate himself into the vicious Lizard using his serum.
Most INTPs are very capable with technology, and Peter Parker is a whiz. He builds wrist mounted mechanical devices that expel web-like biocable strands—an engineering feat of INTP-proportion.
Ultimately, Peter Parker dons the anonymous tights and mask, more favorable to the introverted superhero, and begins his quest for vigilante justice—the typical rebellious INTP style. Peter prefers to use his knowledge over power, and saves the day using an antidote to reverse the effects of Dr. Connors serum.
In conclusion, INTPs are quiet, loyal to a select few, and highly intellectual. Let them talk freely about their theories—engage with them. Accept them for their quirks, and don’t try to change them. They will buck if you do.