The Hacker (TP)

Hackers have something called thinking perceiving. Thinking perceiving is a disorganized, creative, and situational way of studying codes, rules, and systems around you. Thinking perceivers brainstorm the best courses of action in the moment. Based on the rules that are currently in place, what decision should I make?

introverted thinking

How can I use the situation and my current resources to my advantage, right now? Rather than stick to one set procedure, system or formula, thinking perceiver types flexibly apply whatever logic or procedure appears to give the best results in the moment. Functioning as system evaluators, they can test out new structures and give immediate feedback on someone’s project or effort. Because of this, we say the hackers have analytical intelligence.

Primary desire: To obtain the maximum possible score
Core fear: To waste your energy and resources
Variations: Hacker detectives (ENTP) & hacker philosophers (INTP) as well as hacker scouts (ESTP) and hacker instructors (ISTP)
Integrated by: Systems intelligence (TJ)
Grounded by: Social intelligence (FJ)
Jungian variation: None (introverted thinking is defined differently by Carl Jung)

Key motivations: To know all the best options, to find the superior alternative, to turn every situation to the best, to remain on top of all the challenges that come from the world around you.

Cognitive Abilities

Introverted Thinking, INTP, ISTP,

Quick processing and evaluation

Hackers always have these natural questions following them of “how does it work?” “what are the functions behind it?” which trigger analysis and processing. Analytical intelligence helps you look at a situation in a dispassionate, calm manner. You can with analytical intelligence analyze the parts and the functions of a situation and you can come to terms with how something works.

There are always numbers, statistics, and deductive approximations behind a hacker’s actions. Hackers assume everyone is acting according to rules and systems. Every response, every event, has a hidden rationality behind it. And hackers want to find out what that rationality is.

Accuracy, precision, pinpointing flaws

Because of the depth and the nuanced way of approaching a situation, analytical intelligence can, at the cost of taking more time, employ more precision in their problem-solving. You know the different parts of something well and you find it easy to understand why or how something operates. If a problem emerges, or is about to emerge, you can quickly employ a situational fix. You will find that thinking perceivers are capable of giving precise and quick feedback if asked for it.

Problem-solving, customization, repair

Hackers are naturally good at customized problem-solving solutions. Instead of settling for something that works approximately well, they are able to fine-tune a method or a tool depending on the unique situation or user. Analytical intelligence tells you how you can repair any situation if something goes wrong. The solutions are often highly improvised and adapted in the situation.

The goal of efficiency

A key goal is to always save up energy and to make sure the solution is as efficient as possible. Thinking perceivers make a habit of trying to show up exactly on time, not early, not late, and to try to have perfect timing. To think of the smartest solution that requires the least amount of work. Efficiency is quite different from productivity: it’s more reactive, more in-depth, and more precise.

What is analytical intelligence? 

The hacker has an intelligence that helps us find unique and smart solutions to problems around us. Analytical intelligence is also about creating shortcuts and quick ways to get through a situation. Analytical intelligence is about being flexible to deal with new problems. The worst thing for an analytical thinker is to make mistakes, to be critiqued, to be harmed by a failure. The goal is to avoid wasting energy on unproductive pursuits. What else?

Well, someone with analytical intelligence wants to know that a pursuit is worthy and that it will reward them in the long run. They fear investing energy into something that will eventually break or fail them. The intent of an analytical thinking type is to think and to analyze a situation thoroughly to make sure this does not happen. When a mistake occurs, a thinking perceiver is likely to retreat to their own comfort zone, to rethink the situation and to ensure the problem doesn’t occur again.

The most important thing for an analytical thinking type is comfort. To ensure they have their needs met, that their energy is safe. When an analytical thinking type needs to conserve energy it’s important for them to take care of their body. To return to their comfort zone and things that they are good at, to get time to think and to analyze the situation, to avoid pressure. Analytical thinkers need friends in these times that give them space and help them recharge. Analytical thinkers are also energized by finding solutions, answers that can help them solve problems better in the future.

Inspiration for a hacker

For a hacker (TP), systems intelligence (TJ) may be considered too narrow, too inflexible, or too demanding. A thinking perceiver prefers to be on the defence than to be on the offence. But other times, architects (TJs) can be a godsend to the hacker. They produce much-needed structure and rationale that is easy for the hacker to follow. Architects help complement your thought style by adding a layer of proactivity, action, and an objective scoring system or goal to aim for. They can help you by:

  • Boosting your problem solving by providing structure to your thought process
  • Showing which of your ideas are superior to the others
  • Enforcing a rational structure to a room or group that you can evaluate and test

Grounding a hacker

Sometimes a scientist (TP) may be too dispassionate, too logical, and with no personal consideration. At times, this may have highly negative consequences. To have some basic awareness of how you are affecting others can help you avoid unnecessary conflicts and issues at work and in your relationships.

But don’t let the grounding come at the expense of losing your unique gift. Your ability for analysis can be of a lot of help to the world and to other people, and when you can, you should try to find a way to use this gift to be of service to people.