ISTP Introduction

Introversion. Sensing. Thinking. Perceiving

istp introduction

ISTPs are quiet, observant doers who enjoy using their hands. They prefer to solve problems off the cuff; thinking about the best possible way that utilises the least amount of effort. They are flexible and adaptable people who are comfortable with change, in fact, they enjoy it.

They do not like traditional policies and procedures that they feel stifle them and often try to get around the rules to achieve higher efficiency. They prefer roles that require them to apply their analytical and logical thinking to solve a variety of practical problems. They tend to shy away from dealing with people’s emotions or personal problems, which they feel are unnecessary and tiring to deal with.

"Let's give it a go!"

ISTPs are keenly observant people who are experts in the use of their five physical senses. They will make observations like small differences in taste, colour or texture which others may miss, but they won’t say them unless asked.

They prefer to learn by doing and are often highly dexterous. It is hard for them to grasp theory or ideas without immediate application, and this is why they don’t perform as well in the classroom.

ISTPs are excited by new experiences and like to immerse themselves fully in them. They do not like long-term commitments, which they see as a restriction on their freedom.

"Did you consider this?”

ISTPs apply their keen observations coupled with their analytical mind to problem-solve; using the precise facts they have gathered to create objective solutions. ISTPs use an internal, subjective yet logical system in their decision-making. All problems run through this system internally.

With this attribute, they may also come across as devil’s advocates. When everyone seems to agree, it is likely that ISTPs may raise alternative points of view as they put the problem through this internal logical system.

"Let's see how it goes."

ISTPs are spontaneous, casual and easy-going. They usually fail at scheduling their time, as they see schedules stifling to their lifestyle. Preferring to keep things open, they often procrastinate decision making until the last possible moment. This could mean that they turn up unprepared at times, but ISTPs trust their ability to adapt and wing it.

"Why do you doubt my ability?!"

Their Feeling is the weakest of their mental functions. This means that under stress, their feeling function may come out in an underdeveloped or childish way.

An uncharacteristic, uncontrolled burst of emotion like anger or rage may emerge, surprising those around them if the ISTP is put under too much stress.

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Famous ISTPs

  • Bruce Lee

  • Vladmir Putin

  • Steve Jobs