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ISTP Explained: What It Means to be the ISTP Personality Type

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Reserved, audacious, tactile and tough-minded, the ISTP male or female is an introvert who is not afraid to get their hands dirty. They are emotionally restrained yet driven by their impulses. ISTPs communicate in concrete terms and can become very adept in their use of tools and techniques. Often quiet and terse with their words, ISTP verbal talents tend to go underdeveloped. Instead, they are more concerned with developing mastery with practical skills that involve coordination, precision and craftsmanship.

Estimated to be 5% – 10% of the population, the ISTP is a fairly common MBTI type, especially among males. ISTP females can often appear tomboyish and harbor interests that are atypical of females. ISTPs seek to be highly autonomous and resist being influenced or controlled by other people and their opinions. They desire freedom to act on their instincts and follow their impulses. Rules and regulations can often feel like an unnecessary encumbrance but ISTPs are more prone to casually ignore such strictures rather than blatantly defy or rebel against them.

Because of their willful and spontaneous nature, ISTPs are prone to deviating from schedules or not adhering to them strictly. On a whim, they are apt to drop their plans or move their schedule around to squeeze in time for something they suddenly have an urge to do. Predictable routines bore them and they enjoy operating with very little planning, relying instead on their instincts and seeing where things take them. Although they can appreciate the utility of schedules, they don’t want their lives to be controlled by them.

Additionally, ISTPs can be very daring, putting themselves at risk to do what they think is necessary. They like to live on the edge and to do things that give them a thrill and a sense of accomplishment. ISTPs are driven to test their skill and courage with daunting challenges. They are motivated to solve problems and figure out better ways for sharpening their skill sets. Because of their appetite for physical pleasure, ISTPs can also be very indulgent with food and various mind altering substances. At some point however, they are bound to take some interest in looking after their physical health and wellbeing so they can continue to live an active and independent life well into their advanced years.

ISTPs prefer to work with technology, tools and machinery than deal with people-oriented situations. Thus, many ISTPs are drawn to STEM fields where they can build and engineer useful things. Academically, ISTPs may find traditional curriculums and classroom styles of learning to be difficult for them. They prefer to be more hands on with what they are learning rather than just having information dictated to them. In many cases, ISTPs can gain great proficiency in areas where they are self-taught. Nevertheless, ISTPs who persist in their education can do well as surgeons, musicians, chefs, pilots and more. They are often drawn to blue-collar trades like plumbing, electrical and maintenance work.

ISTPs take life rather seriously. They apply their introverted thinking to analyze and improve their performance and technique. They can be intensely introspective and observational and prone to spending a lot of time to themselves immersed with their craft or interests. They are good at handling technical problems but can stumble when it comes to managing interpersonal issues. ISTPs tend not to openly express how they feel and it can be difficult to discern it from their face. In most cases, they may show mild signs of irritation or discomfort. They avoid emotionality but eventually, negative emotion that they’ve repressed for too long can erupt with startling intensity.

Despite being introverted, ISTPs have an openness to new experiences that draws them out of their introverted bubble again and again. They are lone wolves essentially, but are fiercely loyal to their close friends and loved ones. They are willing to make valiant sacrifices, coming to the rescue when their powers are needed. Under pressure, ISTPs show a remarkable ability to rise to the occasion. They thrive on adrenaline-pumping situations that call them to action. Because they are able to lose themselves in the moment, ISTPs are good at improvising effectively. They trust their instincts and are less encumbered by the overthinking and need for planning that other types rely on.

ISTPs are logic-oriented and they focus on understanding reality empirically through experiencing and interacting with it. Therefore, they are less concerned with idealistic notions of what reality should be or spending a lot of time trying to interpret the meaning of it all. Doing exciting things that engage their senses is for them, a concrete and gratifying way to get outside of themselves. ISTPs are masters of tools and techniques, but their most important instrument is their body. Their kinesthetic intelligence and spatial awareness can often help them excel as athletes and technicians.

However, because they have tertiary introverted intuition, ISTPs are not always preoccupied with the present. They do think about the future and emergent patterns and also give some attention to the abstract implications of their significance. When ISTPs slip into an introverted loop, they can totally bypass their extraverted sensing and just bounce between their Ti and Ni in a prolonged analysis of impressions and abstract meanings. Extraverted sensing is their window to the world and so it is important that ISTPs use it regularly, because without it, their perspectives can become overly insular and detached from reality.

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    6 High-Earning ISTP Careers

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    ISTPs are introverted sensors who value autonomy, clear structure and variety of tasks from their work environment. ISTPs tend to be found in skilled trades and technical fields and also law enforcement and military professions. According to a national sample, ISTPs comprise about 5.4% of the total population. They make up 8.5% of the male population and 2.3% of the female population. ISTPs like to work with their hands and are known for their skill and craftsmanship. Here are 6 high paying careers that are recommended for the ISTP personality type.
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    12 Shades of ISTP | MBTI & The Zodiac

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    [dropcap]B[/dropcap]asically, ISTPs are a lot like INTPs but less interested in theories and abstract concepts and more interested in understanding tangible systems and methods that they can use and interact with. In addition to this, ISTPs are known to be rather cool under fire and their extraverted sense preference makes them very handy in an emergency.

    No two ISTPs are totally alike however, and the strength of the cognitive preferences and ego development will vary from ISTP to ISTP. Not everyone seems to exhibit the stereotypical traits often described of their type. There are obvious reasons for this variation, much of which may be attributed to the unique background and experiences of each individual. But what if astrology sign is a relevant factor? And by the way, there is more to astrology than just your sun sign. If you haven’t already, check out all of your planetary aspects with this natal chart widget.   

    Indulge me now, if you will, as I offer up an interpretation of how the ISTP Myers-Briggs personality may be expressed under each of the 12 zodiac signs.

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    1) the confidently eccentric inferior Fe: You maybe used to care what people think about you, but you don’t anymore. And even if you did, they probably wouldn’t like you anyway. You might as well be as weird as you want. Social skills- why bother.

    2) the quintessential nerd/gamer/goth/anime freak/computer geek: A lot of people consider themselves to be these things, but for you it’s an identity and a way of fitting in to compensate for not being able to fit in with normal people. You’ve found your niche, and you see no need to get out of your comfort zone. Social skills? I’ll socialize with people like me.

    3) the sociopath: Fe? Fi? Who needs feeling? Feeling is for the weak. Morals and ethics are completely irrelevant. All I need is cold, calculated logic, and with it I will rule the world.

    4) the brainiac philosopher: Knowledge is everything. Thinking is your hobby. You have an argument for everything, and will argue with anyone at any time over anything at all. You will frequently play the devil’s advocate and even argue something you don’t believe just to be a smart ass. Social skills are irrelevant, since most people aren’t intelligent enough to have a conversation with anyway. It’s not that you use Fe inappropriately perse, you just kind of ignore it in favor of thinking about how smart you are. Now if only you could take to heart what Socrates said about the wise man knowing that he knows nothing…

    5) the stalker inferior Fe: Inside you don’t really think anyone should like you, and you’ve probably had no friends for most of your life. So if someone shows any interest in you, you latch onto them like a leech. They are your New Best Friend or your love obsession. You secretly crave attention and human connection so much that it’s like a drug, and you think if this person were to leave you, you wouldn’t find anyone else who likes you for a long time; so this person must be special, since they actually pay attention to you. Try raising your self esteem, and getting out of your comfort zone to develop some social skills.

    6) the emotional inferior Fe: You are very concerned with what people think of you, and are sensitive to rejection. In fact, you are sensitive to a lot of things. You don’t really know how to deal with emotions, and they burst out of you inappropriately. You often get mistaken for a feeling type. You really want people to like you. You’re trying to develop social skills, but you overcompensate.

    7) the righteously indignant inferior Fe: You’ve been treated unfairly, and you’re going to say something about it. So have your peers, and you will defend them. In fact, you are a member of several oppressed minorities. You see it as your job to fight societal injustice and live as uniquely as you want. You are very rebellious and argumentative, and kind of naively idealistic. You also sometimes get mistaken for a feeling type. You have developed Fe in service to your beliefs, but your social skills are variable.

    8) the pothead: I dunno, man. It’s all good. Life is mysterious and complex. Take it easy. Get laid. Your Fe doesn’t really cause you problems, but you’ve kind of dulled your Ti with all the pot you’ve smoked. Which can turn out to be a good thing, because you’ve learned to relax and not over think everything. You actually seem human. You probably have excellent social skills.

    9) the cute and perky inferior Fe: You happen to have a charming personality and a great sense of humor. You like people, and want to be popular. You are mostly cute because of your lack of social skills. Maybe when you were younger people used to make fun of you, but you would always just laugh along with them, and pretty soon they liked you. When you make a social blunder, you do it in a cute and funny way. After all, taking life seriously leads to suffering. Occasionally you are mistaken for an extrovert, even though you might actually be very shy. Most people like you.

    10) the healthy and functional, well developed inferior Fe: You have learned how to develop your Fe over the years. You can convince most people that you are actually normal. You have a lot of friends, and most people like you. You’ve learned how to balance your intellect with your intuition, and are in touch with your emotions. You are able to effectively use whichever judging function a situation calls for. You have a comfortable sense of values and ethics, and under your detached exterior, you have a heart. Good job!

    source: personality cafe


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