About the Author

Jolie Tunnell is an author, freelance writer and blogger with a background in administration and education. Raising a Variety Pack of kids with her husband, she serves up hard-won wisdom with humor, compassion and insight. Jolie is an ISTJ and lives in San Diego, California where she writes historical mysteries. Visit her at jolietunnell.com

How to Talk to an Introvert So They Will Actually Listen to You

Is there an Introvert in your life? And do you need them to stick around and listen to you?

Introverts can be quite specific about how they approach people and conversation. If you’re an Introvert yourself, you already know this and your fellow Introverts hear you loud and clear.

But you Extraverts out there? Your natural communication style may not mesh so well with an Introvert’s style, and you’ll need to make some adjustments if you want your Introvert to tune in, engage, and stick around for the conversation. 

Here’s How Your DISC Personality Type Predicts Your Leadership Style

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on September 23, 2022

If you’re in charge when things hit the fan, how will you behave? 

And is there anything you can do to be better prepared for it?

Whether you’re in a leadership role yourself or your task is to nurture up-and-coming leaders, being able to answer these questions truthfully goes a long way toward ensuring your company’s success. And one of the best personality type assessments for leadership self-awareness is DISC – a quick and accurate measure of likely workplace performance.  

12 Ways that ISTJ Women are Misunderstood

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on July 22, 2022

ISTJ personalities make up 12% of the general population. ISTJ women claim 7% of this personality, while 16% of ISTJs are men. Running on pure statistics, it might surprise you that we make up so large a personality population. Odds are, you know an ISTJ. It’s also a safe bet to say that if you aren’t paying attention, you don’t know that you know her.

12 Things About ISTJs That Don’t Make Sense

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on July 15, 2022

ISTJ personalities are full of complex and nuanced internal contradictions. The outrageous part of being the Inspector personality is that we are quite aware of them while, at the same time, acknowledge that there is no “fix.” ISTJs are sensitive about what we could perceive as faults but intelligent enough to realize they are not necessarily life hindrances.

Categories: Myers Briggs, ISTJ

Confessions of an Unhealthy ISTJ

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on June 24, 2022

ISTJs have an inner willpower that other personalities can only dream about. We stare down a situation and take notes, willing to remain aloof until we can arrive at a solid conclusion. The right conclusion. And if this keen observer forgets that she is being observed, well, things get messy.

And you know how we feel about messy.

ISTJs are unhealthy when our best characteristics turn a corner to the dark side. 

5 Understated Ways ISTJs Show Their Sensitive Side

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on June 15, 2022

The Tin Man was wrong all along. When he rapped on his chest, all he heard echoing back was hollow emptiness. Everyone else could hear it, too. The Tin Man decided that he’d been built without a heart.

Isn’t that just like an ISTJ? The Tin Man was so attuned to only what he could observe that he missed what his friends did not. “He was tender, he was gentle, and awful sentimental,” but it took some paying attention to notice it.

6 Common Career Shift Mistakes to Avoid

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on May 09, 2022

You’ve been feeling it coming for a while now: you’re frustrated and unhappy in your job, and it’s time for a career shift. As exciting as the idea is, the decisions you make next must be tailored for you personally and approached professionally. Taking the time to create a clear path now will keep you from stumbling mid-transition.

While we don’t want to throw obstacles in your way, there are various pitfalls that you may not have thought about. Here are six mistakes to avoid when making a career shift.

INTJ vs ISTJ: How to Tell Them Apart

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on April 20, 2022

The ISTJ and INTJ are similar in so many ways. These personalities appreciate introverted periods of alone time, use their heads instead of their hearts to make Thinking decisions, and like planning and structure to stabilize their daily Judging lifestyle.

The difference between them lies in the way they handle incoming information.

Categories: INTJ, ISTJ

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