By Hannah Strachan
Most people in the typology world seem to type Thiel as some kind of TJ type – INTJ, ENTJ, or ISTJ. However, I believe he is none of those types. In fact, I believe he is INTP. I will offer some pointer to that effect below.
Why Thiel shows Ti over Te
1. His “favorite interview question” of asking people what they think is true, but what other people disagree with you on is very Ti. In effect, it’s a seeking of interesting new theories and shows an inherent lack of reverence towards accepted models. Te dominants would probably be more interested in the sheer amount of “accepted”
knowledge the interviewee had, their level of prior experience etc and not have as much time for speculative thinking.
2. On a related note, his point about when starting a new business you should aim for monopoly of the market by simply having a completely different product from anything anyone else is making is textbook Ti in my opinion. It’s focused on the inherent value of innovative new ideas and the assumption that there’s a very good chance you could get big returns on the product purely because of how good the idea is. In fact, Thiel actually argues against the more Te-dom perspective of finding something already very successful, then improving on that product to the point you have the most objectively perfect example of that kind of thing possible with current technology.
3. He does seem pretty factual in his reasoning, but it seems more Ti+Si to me. He takes examples from history, and his understanding of historical trends, and uses these in his analyses.
Why Thiel shows Fe over Te
4. His point about it being difficult to not just fit in with societal norms seems like inferior Fe to me. In particular, his descriptions of going to university without really understanding WHY he wanted to go, what he wanted to get out of it. He says he basically suspects it was more about the “prestige” and it just being what people do than anything else. Probably inferior Fe.
5. He seems to really care about positive change, especially technological change, for the good of society. Of course, many ETJs care about this kind of thing too (Bill Gates for example), but in general I’d say it points more towards inferior Fe than inferior Fi.
6. He emphasises a lot the importance of minimising conflict in the workplace by trying to find the right positions for individual people, so that there isn’t as much aggressive competition and conflict for the same job promotion etc (if I understand his views correctly?).
This seems pretty Fe to me too. Te-doms would probably be pretty happy to have strictly defined jobs and people fighting over the position may the best contender win.