INTP Humor: Self-Deprecating, Dark & Absurd Humor

When it comes to humor not everyone appreciates the same style, and so this can make for a lot of misunderstandings. While some people might prefer a more traditional humor style, others might enjoy something a bit darker or even absurd. There are so many different things that people can find humorous, and this can sometimes be tied to personality type. Certain types might be more likely to connect with a specific humor style, because of their natural personality and the functions they use. At times this can be challenging for the types with a darker sense of humor, as they don’t always feel free expressing this without receiving judgement.

When it comes to humor INTPs often have many different ways of entertaining others and themselves. They don’t necessarily get stuck in one humor style, as INTPs do enjoy exploring different things. Many INTPs do find themselves drawn to humor, sometimes dark or more absurd types of comedy. They are the type of people who might appear distant to some, and so they don’t always realize just how much of a sense of humor the INTP actually has. They enjoy finding ways to push boundaries, and sometimes this means they can offend certain people with their humor style. Dark humor and sarcasm are definitely major draws for the INTP, they can even be rather dry with their delivery at times so their jokes can go over people’s heads.

INTP Dark Humor

INTPs can definitely be drawn to dark humor, making jokes which seem to push the boundaries. They don’t do this because they are actually insensitive, but find it funny to make jokes about things which are shocking. The idea is that they so obviously don’t feel that way, or see the jokes as absurd, but that is what is meant to be humorous. INTPs find themselves very much engrossed into dark humor, as well as make jokes at what seems like inappropriate times. INTPs don’t do this to be hurtful or upset people, they just do it because it what they personally find funny. They are better at judging their audience than people often realize though, and will know if it is probably not going to hit that well. They make jokes which can be very outright offensive, poking fun at the macabre or truly depressing things in life. For the INTP it is about pushing those limits and making a joke of something which is actually rather serious. This is something they find amusing, not because they are heartless, but often more the opposite than people think. INTPs might find it as a useful way to make it easier to process these things, especially if you can turn it into something which doesn’t bother you. INTPs don’t like the idea of being offended by everything they see or hear, and so sometimes dark humor is a great way to push themselves.

Sometimes it can seem dark to others, when the INTP finds it completely hilarious. It isn’t about being intentionally edgy for the sake of impressing people, it is simply the type of humor which the INTP appreciates. Sometimes going dark can sound so over the top, that it makes them sincerely laugh. This doesn’t mean they find every tasteless dark joke funny though, as INTPs often have a certain standard to what they appreciate when it comes to humor. They enjoy dark humor with a biting wit to it, something which is more intelligent and well thought out. This actually helps them exercise their minds and they truly enjoy people who can keep up with them. INTPs can also be rather sarcastic and even mocking, enjoying people who know how to banter with them back and forth instead of get offended by it. This can actually be a great way for the INTP to read if they will get along with someone better. Knowing that someone can keep up with their sarcasm and sense of humor is certainly a draw for the INTP when it comes to friendships and relationships. 

INTP Absurd Humor

INTPs can also be drawn to more absurd humor, things which seem over the top but to them they are hilarious. They have such rich inner minds and their thought process can go off in unexpected directions. The INTP might arrive at a certain joke without people fully understanding how they “suddenly” got there. They enjoy humor which can push certain buttons or push certain limits, as it keeps them guessing and entertained. INTPs might find a lot of humor to be a bit too formulaic, and lacking in anything truly unique. Certain deliveries can become predictable for them, which is why they become drawn to things which might seem dark or even absurd. With this type of humor they can express the “silly” side to their personality, and it can feel rather freeing for them. INTPs can actually have a rather playful side to their personality, it’s just that not everyone gets to see this. Often the people they are close to start to notice this about the INTP, and it can make them rather fun to be around them. Sometimes they like just being a bit absurd or goofy in order to make people laugh. 

INTPs can also be a bit self-deprecating at times, for the sake of making others laugh. It isn’t because they are intentionally trying to put themselves down, and it can be frustrating when some people don’t understand this. Instead the INTP appreciates this type of humor which allow them to not take themselves too seriously. They already spend enough time analyzing and thinking things through over and over again, and so their sense of humor is a way to blow off some steam. When it comes to being self-deprecating the INTP doesn’t do this in order to actually put themselves down, instead they find this time of playing and mocking humor to be truly and sincerely funny.


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