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INTP bad drivers? Indeed!

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 11:16 am

Hah. According to my server logs, someone stumbled across zone38 yesterday by searching on Google for INTP bad drivers. Yes, it’s true; though we rational personality types are quite good at the analytical thinking that driving requires, that whole observation thing almost unfailingly throws us off…


  1. Makes me think that someone should start compiling a list of unusual stereotypes…

    Comment by Toni — 27-Nov-2002 @ 4:14 pm

  2. Oooh… “unusual stereotypes” is a googlewhack, though not in the technical sense of the word due to quotes. Probably because it’s also an oxymoron.

    Count me among the INTP non-drivers.

    (And if INTPs are bad drivers, does that mean EFSJ’s are good drivers?)

    Comment by Alison — 27-Nov-2002 @ 4:32 pm

  3. Yay. Another one of us. I also have a friend at college who’s a borderline INFP/INTP non-driver, sharing almost all of the same frustrations that I do, not to mention understanding my viewpoint on the issue completely. (And if you’re reading this, Sarah, you may de-lurk and post a reply if you wish. Heh. ;-))

    Comment by codeman38 — 28-Nov-2002 @ 1:34 am

  4. Another INTP non-driver.

    People have found my site searching for “INTP genius”. I wonder if they found what they were looking for… 😉

    Comment by Kat — 29-Nov-2002 @ 4:10 pm

  5. Here’s another horrible driver to add to your list – just failed my driving test for the 3rd time! 🙁 I simply can’t follow the ‘rules of the road’ & 3-step methods to everything that my driving school teaches, in an attempt to simplify the rules, but instead serves to compound the difficulty. I suck..but at least now I can take comfort in knowing my incompetence really has its root in a personality disfunction..heh, I’m sure my ESTJ driving instructor would be thrilled to haer that 😉

    Comment by Bad driver #867 — 13-Aug-2003 @ 5:12 pm

  6. Hey, this make all the sense in the world! I am an extreme INTP and I REALLY don’t like driving. -I get my husband to drive. My ESTJ brother always thought of me as a hazard on the road, mainly due to my absent-minded nature. My INTJ hubby is actually a better driver than myself!

    Comment by Sylvia Owega — 01-Oct-2003 @ 10:54 am

  7. Hi Cody,
    I’m also an INTP but I love to drive, and I passed my test on the first try. 🙂

    Comment by Clara — 12-Jan-2004 @ 3:40 am

  8. For sure. I am INTP and have had my license suspended for the third time in 10 years.
    I drive well (when not distracted), however I tend to miss signs and drive fast.
    I also tend to get caught BREAKING THE LAW, BREAKING THE LAW.
    Speed limits are arbitrary. The system is flawed.
    Our safety is not the primary concern, it is about coke money for the politicians or whatever.
    A Louisville Slugger for all the LAW AND ORDER PATRIOT MORONS.

    Comment by Anonymous — 25-Mar-2004 @ 12:51 pm

  9. Wow! Is this a site devoted to Rationals? Stumbled across it on a related search and was intrigued by the whole driving thing.
    I’m and INTP through and through, and I’m a terrible driver! Was never interested in driving, never took drivers ed, waited a
    year and 1/2 before I disinterestingly took the test. Had 9 accidents in the first six months, all minor and with unmoving cars
    or less animate objects. I’m ok when I’m paying attention, it’s just that I can’t! It’s almost comical. I just can’t take it
    and many of the laws surrounding it very seriously. Speeding tickets, missing signs, freaking people out, you name it. Driving just
    boars the hell out of me and if I had the cash to pay someone to do it for me I would. I could then safely have a conversation or
    read a book while traveling. Anyway, I’m gonna look around this site and see what it’s about.

    Comment by Brent McElroy — 17-Aug-2004 @ 1:00 pm

  10. Another one to list :)..
    Failed the driving test the 3rd time. Good to know that I am not the only one.
    Should I mention that I am an INTP?

    Comment by Venkat — 24-Feb-2006 @ 2:15 pm

  11. I am a borderline on J/P but very strong on INT part. I HATE DRIVING. Scares the hell out of me… I am 24 and still don’t have my license. Mind you, i don’t care if someone else is driving, long as it isn’t me. what a curse 🙁


    Comment by rahul — 01-May-2006 @ 4:30 pm

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