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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.

ISTPs in Love

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.

ISTPs 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.

For more information: Please Understand Me II

ISTP Communication Style

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.

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Guest (not verified) says...

Yesssss!

Thanatos (not verified) says...

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

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!

Guest (not verified) says...

THIS IS SO LIKE ME!!!

Guest (not verified) says...

so accurate....

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.

Isaiah Moreno (not verified) says...

It's just saying that you might not enjoy being a clergy as much as you would a carpenter or a forester.

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.

Ancorman45763 (not verified) says...

why is it so accurate?

x_stubs_x (not verified) says...

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

Thanos (not verified) says...

Not funny, didn't laugh...

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.

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

Wow. this is me

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.

Awesome gal (not verified) says...

Lol i m istp i m dot com nerd as well.

This fits me so well. 

Nw (not verified) says...

Ha I discovered the use of ms access a couple years ago and since taught my self to build one up and now find any excuse to use it even though it can be annoyingly difficult to perform some basic tasks I can do in excel quickly :p... VBA is a slow learning process when your naff at languages lol

Guest (not verified) says...

ITS SO TRUE IT'S SCARY

Guest (not verified) says...

WOW. This is me!

Nakita (not verified) says...

This is very accurate!

Forehead Bruh Moment (not verified) says...

no

Guest (not verified) says...

This website totally nailed me down!

Kimberly S Estopinal (not verified) says...

did you press charges?

 

Pooty (not verified) says...

perfect description of my personality

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