Confessions of an Unhealthy ISTJ

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. 

Categories: Personal Growth, ISTJ

5 Understated Ways ISTJs Show Their Sensitive Side

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.

Categories: Personal Growth, ISTJ

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

What ISTJs Really Want for Christmas (It’s Not in a Box)

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on December 23, 2021

Several Christmases past, I received a beautiful desk kit from one of my daughters. It held colorful notepads and pushpins. There was a small calendar full of daily jokes. She added fun tape in a dispenser, magnets, and a small photo frame.

What she didn’t include was a gift receipt.

My family has never seen me open a box on Christmas morning and burst into joyful song or weeping ecstasy. Not even diamonds push that button.

Believe me, my family’s tried it.

Category: ISTJ

Best Introvert Quotes that are Really Relatable

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on October 31, 2021

If you prefer listening to talking, avoid large crowds, and refuel in solitude, you might be an Introvert. As an Introvert myself, I know it can be hard to stay true to your quieter nature when surrounded by Extraverts. Sound familiar? If you need a few words of Introvert wisdom to remind you how great you are, this article is for you. Here are the best Introvert quotes that’ll make you feel seen and appreciated.

Categories: INFJ, INFP, INTJ, INTP, ISTJ, ISTP, ISFJ, ISFP

Tips to Recover from Burnout, Using your Personality Type

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on September 16, 2021

My experience with burnout, not once but twice, shifted the trajectory of my career forever — although it affected me differently each time. The first time I was exposed to prolonged workplace stress, a career change was already overdue; I just didn’t know what the change should be. So, leaving wasn’t something I would regret. I simply gave my notice and picked up some temp work while I figured out my next steps. 

The second time was different, very different.

5 Benefits of Personality Testing for Job Hunters

Job hunting is an exhausting process no matter what point in your career you are at. But you’re not alone when it comes to feeling uncertain, self-conscious, or frustrated about the entire process of searching for a new job. While any job hunter, seasoned or new to the workforce, can feel uncomfortable searching, applying, and interviewing for jobs, personality testing can help you put things into perspective and bring you a little peace about which jobs are worth pursuing.

Am I an Introvert or an Extravert? How to Tell the Difference

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on September 14, 2021

Many people think Extraverts like to talk all the time, while Introverts prefer not to talk at all. Superficially this might seem true, but it is a stereotyped version of the differences that mark the Introvert vs. Extravert dividing line.

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