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Guest (not verified) says...

Very true and smartly written

Guest (not verified) says...

I really don't know, none of the types really apply to me and I've taken the test multiple times now getting different results. Ah, screw this test, I am my own type.

intj/istj (not verified) says...

So ah... How many of the detail-oriented people in here have pointed out the typo in ISTJ's description for "Sensing" so far? ;)

Guest (not verified) says...

Yes! That's been bothering me for a while! I've noticed a few other typos on other pages on this site.

Clarity (not verified) says...

Can someone explain to me how to get an ISTJ to communicate with an INFP on an emotional level? My ISTJ would rather run around chatting with my parents or older siblings when he gets the chance than sit down and quietly chat with me about my feelings... Also, do you think that by chatting with my family members he's trying to show me that he appreciates this and would like me to do the same with his family or that he's just avoiding me?

SleepingLionRoars says...

Hi Clarity!

I want to say that I sympathize, but in my case the roles and personality types are reversed. One thing you might do with your ISTJ is be explicit in what you are wanting, don't be afraid of being straight forward with them. It may also help to set a time and place to do so to, as we ISTJs are fairly structured creatures. I hope this helps!

Guest (not verified) says...

I believe that's the issue- they're not emotional chatters. And yes, that could possibly be one way of showing love, they are very family oriented. I'm in the same boat as you. Trying to see if this combination is even possible. At first it was very frustrating. I feel however, we're very attracted to the qualities we each bring each other. But this is the most challenging combination of all.

Guest (not verified) says...

I WAS married to one. Result: crash and burned. That was mission impossible to work it out. I (ISTJ) could not breathe/sigh (literally) without the INFP taking it as potentially a threat to her and negative criticism. The slightest move or talk was taken personally. That would be followed by an interrogation, an emotional drama, and end with a manipulative guilt trip. That was absolutely suffocating for both of us. We could not socialize, as "everybody likes you better than me". With both of us being introverted, it would have taken an herculian effort to discuss every little thing. I hope there is no worse match between 2 personality styles than ISTJ/INFP.

I hope you 2 find a way to work it out. We miserably failed.

Guest (not verified) says...

I feel that some parts are accurate and some parts aren't, 4 letter codes as a tool to describe cognitive brain functioning seems more realistic. Personalities however cannot be squeezed neatly into boxes. So I do not think traditional gender roles and the way someone dresses can be easily defined by a code. As far as your brain functioning goes I think the 16 types does work in that sense. Personalities, on the other hand are often way too nuanced.

Guest (not verified) says...

Spot on. Can't believe how correct this test was. Now I understand myself a whole lot better.

Guest (not verified) says...

Wow this sums up my partner!! I'm an ENTP female and it normally states we are not compatible but in reality we learn so much from each other. I Love ISTJ's, so organised and straight forward..... He puts some order in my life and I seem to have helped his confidence. What is great though is he doesn't suffocate me with emotions.....perfect match.

aefa (not verified) says...

lol, my husband and I are ISTJ/INFP. In the almost 6 years that we've known each other and almost 2 years of marriage, we have yet to have a conflict that lasts more than two hours. We must be one of those couples that learn well from one another. He's a math/computer nerd, and I enjoy arts and crafts. I try very hard not to hold grudges or take offense with my ISTJ hubby because I know that's how his personality works and he has tried hard to provide me at the very least with unspoken support. We've had all sorts of obstacles thrown our way in the last two years, and we have come out just fine.

Don't be distressed! If *both* partners work to understand each other and keep their emotions in check, it can work out!

Lauren F. (not verified) says...

I married an ISTJ and I am an INFP. They say opposites attract, boy do they ever! haha. We have our ups and downs, but we balance each other out very well. He is more logical, and I am more emotional. He is more rigid in his decision making, and I am more go with the flow. We are different in almost every single way, yet what I lack he makes up for and vice versa. We have grown exponentially together, challenging each other in our weakness and upholding each other in our strengths. I help him to see other people's emotions and relate to others, and he helps me to stay on solid ground and make more rational decisions. Respect and praise of the differences is key, as well as open communication (with complete honesty) in keeping a happy relationship. It has been an interesting journey, though not impossible.

All the best to those who have also married their direct opposite!

Helen Stanton (not verified) says...

Of course I dont believe in personality tests as an ISTJ...new fangled 'pen ticking' or measuring yard sticks the world is obsessed with rather than getting on with the job! I would add LOL ....but this has been deemed old fashioned which is another one of our traits. Being a woman I guess the extroverts would say I am cold - again like others who have written on this post... I dont think I am exceptionally so.... haven written comedy for TV and often have people rolling around in tears when I add comment to a given situation...what I dont do is swan in an hour late for work....make a coffee read all my emails and then text and answer my cell phone to swan back out the door after 2 hours no work done...I find extroverts exhausting...I feel sorry for my husband as I can be reclusive which suits me....(take out food rather than fancy restaurant) but we dont row and I love him to bits...I tell my kids I love them and proud of them. As an ISTJ I would not change me or my personality for any other - it is structured and achieves success if not for my self ...others ...my employer and company I work for ...my children as a single mom having to work to support them...I dont see being dedicated as debilitating...and the person in previous entry about jobs of opposite personality that attracts.... them my suggestion is 'go for it' as I have no doubt you will succeed as it is not only the challenge but you will become the internal 'cog' which makes the others tick!

I dont have the need to wave banners for success but I do enjoy seeing others happy ...as I stand behind them while they wave the banner! I like being supportive and not being in the lime light...I dont have time to interrogate although I like things done well...but I do like to move on with pace and where possible style...proof reading ..bill of quantities....knitting...gardening...painting & decorating...fine painting...wine connoisseur and being good at what you do all have been personal motivators in work and life.

People have systems and rules and it is up to the ISTJ's to keep these working and well oiled if they want order as they say they do? which sometimes working for folk you think they invent rules just to break em....if being a good citizen is not enough for you try to find something abstract as a distraction which wont cause chaos in your orderly life...colourful tie or bright red shiny stilettos (possibly not at the same time) to brighten up that grey/black wardrobe we love and lighten the day of others misconception ;)

GrammarJunkie (not verified) says...

Hi! Is translator and interpreter a good career choice for an ISTJ?

NicoleM (not verified) says...

Most of this is very fitting for me. Though I am a speech pathologist and am very fulfilled in my job and think it matches the skill set of an ISTJ quite well-- work independently/set your own schedule, high need for organization, critical and analytical skills needed for assessment and diagnosis, independent management of IEP deadlines, etc

Guest (not verified) says...

Sheldon Cooper is, how do I say it? Oh, right ... FICTIONAL.

Guest (not verified) says...

I first took the MBPI in 1996 and am an ISTJ. I do not deal with people well. Computers, yes. People? Not so much.Unfortunately, I've been in computer support positions for pretty much all of the last thirteen years. BIG mistake. My supervisors were also ISTJ, so they constantly nagged me and questioned every tiny little thing I did.

I finally got out of that environment (one of the supervisors was fired...the other one is probably on the way to being fired along with HIS supervisor) and now I am in a Sys. Admin. position. I should have been doing this my entire career.

Where I am now, someone else holds the users hands and helps them use MS Word...I deal with servers and backups primarily. This is what I should have been doing all along. I am so much happier now...it's unbelievable. I am happy to wake up and go to work now!

Folks...take your assessment seriously as well as the career recommendations. If I'd have done that in '96, I probably wouldn't have a head full of gray hair in my early forties.

Gaby80 (not verified) says...

Do any of my fellow ISTJs have experience with reacting emotionally to feedback/criticism at workshops? As I am always trying to do the best I can, I am frustrated to bits if it still isn't enough, especially if I "should try to stay in touch with the group"...

Guest (not verified) says...

Multiple tests have shown me as ISTJ so I guess I am but I lean toward INTJ many days. Alot of times I just am not concerned about other people's feelings. Sorry. Sometimes people use sympathy to get what they want & I can see thru it. It doesn't fool me. I am sympathetic to truly hurting folks & help any way I can. Major introvert. Leave me alone & we will be fine.

guest? (not verified) says...

So umm this is a not maybe accurate thing? The careers seem to have a complex side and im attending a different career so hmmm maybe il rate this a 5.387428/10 but well not bad anyway

Skurtcobain (not verified) says...

Thought this was very helpful and credible until I scrolled down and saw grown adults debating Sheldon's (not a real kid btw) personality type. 

Thanh-Tinh Tran (not verified) says...

It is amazing how this tool can do.  It is amazing how it can help people in career management.

 

I am now a pensioner. About 30 years ago, I was working in a large telecommunication company. I was considering a career move. I had an idea what I wanted to look for.  I talked to Human Resource Department asking for assistance.  They told me that it would help me if I do a voluntary test. I agreed without knowing anything about this test. I never heard of its name.

 

After the test, they told me that I am a strong ISTJ. They gave me a sheet containing the definition of ISTJ and describing my type.  I was amazed that it said so accurately about me.  Every single adjective it used is absolutely accurate.  Human Resource suggested that I would work best in testing environment (the inspector).  It proved that it would be a mistake if I move to an area I thought that I wanted to go to.

 

Since then, I worked in Verification Department for decades. I was rated top talent and I was retained through many layoffs.  I coincidentally come across this web page. Reading what it is described here, I still feel it accurately describes my style.

 

Anybody knows whether this kind of test will help young people before they go to university and choose a career?  They are young and I believe personal style can change much at that time.  Is the result valid at that age?

 

Too often young people (including myself when I was at that age) choose career by luck, arbitrarily, by the prestige of the job, because of parents’ pressure, etc. No rationale. It ends up bad for them.  Many parents push their children into professions that the kids do not like at all.  In the worse cases, the kids commit suicide. We see those tragedies in Vietnamese communities.  Good academic records at high school do not assure that the kids become happy medical doctors.

Guest (not verified) says...

I’m an ISTJ and a Dental Hygienist. Love my job and patients, but at the end of the day I do drive home in silence. Lol. Also...married to an ESFJ who jokes that I’m the male in the relationship bc I seem to not be as needy emotionally as he is. Wow! Hoping that awareness in career and relationship will help me have an ok life. 

Miss T (not verified) says...

Am an ENFP female - was married to an INTJ male architect for almost 6-knew him 2-1/2 years before marrying.

Most Eeyore (negative-poor me attitude) I have ever seen. High functioning alcoholic who once married pretty much was a loner within himself (aside from his father-ex was an only child) and was unable to express or work on marriage as a team. Worst experience. Everything was always my fault. He used to tease me when dating there were rules. He wasnt kidding. Pretty self centered.

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