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How do ISTPs communicate?

ISTPs are often reserved communicators, preferring action to conversation. They like to do what needs to be done and may grow impatient with discussion that does not turn quickly to action. They are often observant, picking up on details of the current situation, and evaluate information in a detached and logical way. Typically flexible and tolerant, the ISTP is ready to adapt to the situation at hand, but can be bluntly critical if they see inefficiency or incompetence.

What are ISTPs like as partners?

In relationships, the ISTP is independent and calm. They are often handy around the house, and enjoy being useful to their partners as quick and able problem-solvers.

ISTPs are fun-loving and adventurous, and will often encourage their partners to learn new and exciting physical skills. They are good at responding to their partners’ immediate physical needs, but may be less adept at dealing with emotions. ISTPs are natural troubleshooters, but look for logical, practical solutions to problems; more complex personal issues may leave them stumped.

Often private, the ISTP tends to keep their feelings and reactions to themselves. For the ISTP, this is not about withholding: they simply prefer to move on to the next activity rather than dwell on their emotional experience. ISTPs understand the temporary nature of their emotions, and rarely find them an interesting topic of conversation.

ISTPs are unlikely to offer flowery speeches or romantic overtures, and are more likely to show affection by being of practical service to their partners. They want their partners to appreciate their skills in getting things done, and to allow them plenty of freedom to do their own thing.

What are ISTPs like as parents?

As parents, ISTPs often connect with their children through their mechanical and physical skills, first by teaching their children, and then by enjoying an activity together. ISTPs are rarely demonstrative or particularly verbal, and may show their love to their families by crafting or building something for them rather than being outwardly affectionate. ISTPs are generous and helpful but sometimes unreliable, and may become distracted from family responsibilities when adventure is at hand.

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ISTPs and Other Personality Types

Kindred Spirits

People of the following types are more likely than most to share the ISTP's values, interests, and general approach to life. They won't necessarily agree on everything, and there's no guarantee they'll always get along, but they're more likely to feel an easy rapport and have plenty of things in common.

Intriguing Differences

People of the following types are likely to strike the ISTP as similar in character, but with some key differences which may make them seem especially intriguing. The ISTP may find people of these types particularly interesting and attractive to get to know. Relationships between ISTPs and these types should have a good balance of commonalities and opportunities to challenge one another.

Potential Complements

ISTPs may not feel an immediate connection with people of the following types, but on getting to know each other, they'll likely find they have some important things in common, as well as some things to teach one other. Although people of these types may not attract the ISTP initially, their relationships present a lot of potential to complement and learn from one other.

Challenging Opposites

People of the following types present the most potential for personality clash and conflict with the ISTP, but also the best opportunities for growth. Because people of these types have fundamentally different values and motivations from the ISTP's, initially, it may seem impossible to relate. But because they are so different, their strengths are the ISTP's weaknesses, and if they are able to develop a relationship, they can learn a tremendous amount from each other.

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Nakita (not verified) says...

This is very accurate!

Pooty (not verified) says...

perfect description of my personality

Guest (not verified) says...

This website totally nailed me down!

Guest (not verified) says...

WOW. This is me!

Guest (not verified) says...

ITS SO TRUE IT'S SCARY

Guest (not verified) says...

I was so lucky to have my boss give me the Myers-Briggs test when I was 53. I am an ISTP, and this answered so many questions I have had in my life that nobody was ever able to answer. I finally realized why I was attracted to computers, and why databases, especially, were my first love. And I mean love. When I began with PCs in 1981, it was a 24/7 occupation. Yup, I'm an ISTP, and found that I can finally accept who I really am.

nobody cares (not verified) says...

gah 

Butt-faice Mcgillicutty (not verified) says...

Wow. this is me

Guest (not verified) says...

This is exactly who I am. Truly unbelievable how such a simple test can yeild such an accurate description of my personality. I'm a very practical person who likes to get things done rather than to sit around planning and discussing conceptual ideas. While Math theories can be interesting to me, I find it to be a waste of time and effort, unless there is a practical application for it.

x_stubs_x (not verified) says...

holy crap bruce lee is an ISTP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ancorman45763 (not verified) says...

why is it so accurate?

Guest (not verified) says...

i'm glad my current job description is in my predicted roles! Funny thing was, the other style i had to pick from had my role in what i would likely not become.

Guest (not verified) says...

I have to say it's inaccurate that ISTPs "shouldn't" become clergy. Maybe not many do statistically, but I know at least one priest and one deacon who are pretty obvious ISTPs and they are *great* at what they do.

Guest (not verified) says...

so accurate....

Guest (not verified) says...

THIS IS SO LIKE ME!!!

Guest (not verified) says...

HOLY MOTHER OF CHEESE

Gamer (not verified) says...

Jeez man. Don't get that excited dude! Evan if it is exciting. ISTP's are awesome!

Juan Ardila (not verified) says...

I'm only 17 and for the past 3 years I have been trying to find something that truly describes me. I found it hard to explain my personality to others. Then I found this. My first thought was "Finally, now maybe if others read this they might understand why I did the things I have done"

Thanatos (not verified) says...

I totally agree with you. this will solve so many problems!

Guest (not verified) says...

Wow...yeah I do enjoy weaponry and archery...however I do enjoy drawing and writing at a desk.

Guest (not verified) says...

deadly

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm skeptical of computers telling me what I am and how I am, but this was spot on. Even a little creepily accurate. Very cool test!

Guest (not verified) says...

The "computer" as you put it, is not telling who you are. It is a test that just so happens to be made available to take on a computer. I do hope you understand that. Just me being analytical as a result of your response :-)

Guest (not verified) says...

on point . i love being an ISTP

Guest (not verified) says...

Yes! On point indeed

GuestIGuess (not verified) says...

2% of the female population. oh my. I'm part of a very small percentage. Completely accurate though.

Guest (not verified) says...

me too. :D

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm a female ISTP who used to think I was (or had to be) an ENFJ. I had a lot of issues and was trying to be the opposite of who I really am. I finally accepted who I am and I really love myself and my life now that I think of myself as ISTP and allow myself to act within my true personality.

Guest (not verified) says...

I used to think I was an ISTJ. I do enjoy weaponry/archery/fixing stuff... however I do enjoy doing math and writing or drawing at a desk.

Guest (not verified) says...

I've done this quiz a couple of time and I got ISTP, ISTJ and ISFP. You CAN be a mixture of them depending on the situation

potato psoas says...

You can't.

Have a look at the cognitive functions. ISTJ and ISFP are completely different kettles of fish from an ISTP. The only types that are similar to an ISTP are the ESTP or INTP.

Guest (not verified) says...

i was unfortuantely tested ISTP while i want to be ENFJ.
i am in your previous trail.

Guest (not verified) says...

Yeah me too, that's why I've decided to just go ahead and finish getting my A&P license, so I can start working on airplanes, I have two thirds of it already done I just have to take the tests :D it's the only thing that seemed fun to me even though I'm a girl

Guest (not verified) says...

Wow, im actually really surprised at how accurate this was. Im a girl too, and sience my dream job was literally an electrician, I got teased a lot. It finally makes sense now...

Feisfocused (not verified) says...

Me too, I always knew I was rare.

Guest (not verified) says...

we are pretty rare *throws hair over shoulder*

Guest (not verified) says...

what this isnt accurate at all literally every single job i'd ever wanted to have is considered least popular and everything id never want to do is most popular? the only thing i can relate to is the introvert part but i think i did the quiz wrong lol

Guest (not verified) says...

im amazed. normally i dont buy into the "take a quiz for your horoscope or personality", thing, but this is insane. sure maybe 1 or two things didnt fit me, but that was out of like 110 things that did.

Guest (not verified) says...

Honestly, it doesn't seem like me that much - but I think that's my own fault, with the way I was answering questions in a test.

Guest (not verified) says...

I am not sure, the ISTP sounds more like me but I feel every time I take this test I get a different one?

Roger Hayden says...

You need to be brutally honest with yourself when answering the questions. Answer the TRUE answer - don't give the answer that will give a desired response, don't guess what the answer should be, don't second-guess the question or try to anticipate the result. The brutally-honest answer will reveal your true personality. Usually the first answer you give will be the most accurate one.
Think about it, you're not trying to pass a test. You're trying to discover the real you. This is an investigation - not a test.

Guest (not verified) says...

Yes! My husband took the test at my request early in our marriage and got infp. It didn't feel accurate to me. Now after 5 years of marriage and many misunderstandings between the two of us he retook the test on his own and was honest and got istp. It is so accurate my jaw was on the floor. ... from rotfl

Some confused girl (not verified) says...

Nope, I don't buy it. I've answered everything as truthfully as I can and this is not me at all. Sorry test, better luck next time.

Gamer (not verified) says...

Just accept the fact girl!

Guest (not verified) says...

I encourage you to look into the validity and reliability studies published on the MBTI CAPT website. I promise you, if you took the assessment with the correct mindset, 96% of the time, it will result in exactly what your preferred personality type is...as long as you are assessed through a verification process with a credentialed practitioner.

ISTP (not verified) says...

This really is who I am. Recently I have been looking into engineering, and was excited when I found many types of engineering in the predicted jobs! I can also finally understand why I do what I do. I may hold a grudge for a while then drop it randomly, and I always try to steer my friends' conversations away from emotions. This is me in a nutshell and I'm proud of it.

Guest (not verified) says...

Hits the mark way closer than I expected, and now I feel such a sense of freedom and understanding. Granted, there are nuances here and there, but wow. I'm glad I put aside my skepticism for this test and went ahead and did it.

Guest (not verified) says...

I love my result!!!

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm off to jump from a cliff top,

Guest (not verified) says...

Hopefully you didn't jump. Today is the first day of the rest of your life, pace yourself.

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