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MBTI ® Personality Type: Overview of ISTP, The

MBTI ® Personality Type: Overview of ISTP, The "Mechanics"

Posted in Myers-Briggs® on September 9, 2013
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ISTP is an acronym which stands for Introversion, Sensing, Thinking and Perception. It defines one of the sixteen categories under the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)®. The MBTI® is recognized as one of the prominent significant instruments of personality analysis.

ISTPs possess some unique qualities which make them quite enigmatic to the outside world. Normally, they think things through and logic is the bedrock of all their decisions. Yet, if they perceive that ground situation has changed then they have the ability to think on their feet and make big changes to their plan quickly. Along with being rational, they also have incredible presence of mind and spontaneity. This is a rare mix which can surprise people around them.

ISTPs are introverted people, they enjoy quiet time.As focused individuals, more often than not, they precisely know what they want. Again they are private people who require time alone to revitalize themselves. They do not prefer idle conversation. Words are used only when they are better than silence! This is a reflection of introversion. Quiet and useful behind the scenes work is what they excel at. However, being loyal to their causes and beliefs, they will make you aware if their own rules and guidelines for behavior are violated.

Overall, ISTJ’s are encouraging, full of optimism, devoted to close relationships, simplistic in desires, giving, and receptive. They enjoy a good laugh, at times at their own private jokes. It can be quite baffling for people when someone generally silent for most of the conversation suddenly cracks a hilarious joke!

At times ISTPs may come across as blunt or even impolite, unknowingly hurting others’ feelings by their practical behavior. They believe that rules are to be followed, standards met and responsibilities delivered; people who do not adhere to this may become targets when they become overwhelmed by emotions that they think is necessary to share.

ISTPs value personal freedom more than anything else. They are also quite brilliant at combining reasoning with ingenuity. They prefer applying their skills directly and getting their ‘hands dirty’ rather than have abstract theoretical debates.

Ideas of justice and parity appeal to them strongly. They will never involve themselves in activities which might compromise their principles. Infact, they strongly protest against systems which do not treat people equally or fairly.


As noted, ISTPs can be mysterious, intense, and exciting. Being friends with or being in a relationship with them is quite an experience! The spontaneity, sensuality, and sense of humor combined with their love for new activities make them attractive. They love adventure, so don’t be surprised if they ask you to hop on a motorcycle, go sky diving, or surfing!

Don’t take it personal though if their structured approach to assessing situations based on societal rules instead of personal empathy comes across as cold, it’s unintentional. Also, perceived confining commitments make them uneasy and require ample digestion before obliging. Infact if put under pressure to commit they are more likely to break free; inspite of wanting to be in that relationship.

ISTP in love

That aside, though, they exude confidence and have a remarkably fresh approach to r

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Chris posted on: September 11, 2014

"Overall, ISTJ’s are encouraging"


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