Any INTPs think they do this?
I saw this complaint against our type on another thread.
And I find I have to agree with it. When I'm postulating or extrapolating an idea, it doesn't matter who I'm talking to; I gain supreme focus, I typically stare in the distance, and I rattle off my ideas as they come to me. In short, I'm in philosopher mode.
When the conversation is on an important topic, the personal aspect of it leaves my mind, and I delve purely into solving the problem. My emotions seem to dissolve, and I know that I give off an air of severity. Sometimes in those circumstances, any attempts at humor by my unwitting participant are unceremoniously brushed off. They're a distraction I won't abide.
This may also explain something that's strange with my personality specifically (I don't know if it happens to other INTPs): I can't hold a normal trivial conversation with someone, but I am perfectly capable of talking in front of a large group of people.
It's probably the fact that a large group is easier to associate with purely on the fact that it's impersonal. It's a collective. An object you can easily talk at, rather than talk to.
What do you think?