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ISTP Strengths

Practical and creative. The strength of the ISTP is frequently seen in their technical and mechanical skills, from the tuning of a bicycle to the firing of a gun to the repair of a Formula One race car. ISTPs are masterful in their use of tools and their ability to fix, repair and make tools and machines work for them. They are also particularly handy around the house and can fix most anything, putting ideas into motion with their hands.  

Problem solving. ISTPs excel in problem solving because they are able to absorb large quantities of sensory information and categorize it effectively and efficiently so it is ready to be called upon when needed, even in the heat of a stressful moment. Confident in their knowledge and their abilities, they are the doers in any emergency, ready to dive in and take action. They don’t sit on the sidelines paralyzed by the stress, they move into it. 

Common sense and world savvy. The one thing ISTPs will never be called is gullible, as this type possesses a keen ability to accurately size up the character and motives of others with striking reliability. People are unlikely to pull one over on them, but if they do, ISTPs will be quite distraught over it, not understanding how they might have been duped. 

Flexible. ISTPs do particularly well in physical endeavors of various types because they are able to insightfully size up their competition and position themselves properly in order to secure the victory. Flexible and adaptable, they improvise quickly in order to respond to the situation, trusting that their bodies and the instincts will guide them.

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ISTP Weaknesses

Insensitive. ISTPs tend toward blunt and unsweetened communication and in many ways this can be a strength because it means they are honest, direct and logical. But in excess, it becomes quite harsh and critical, especially if people don’t meet the ISTP’s standards of what constitutes logic, reason or practicality. Rather than accepting that people simply think differently, the ISTP can become irritated when made to deal with a way of thinking that is not natural for them. 

Risk-seeking behavior. The ISTP’s restlessness, tendency to become bored and constant pursuit of the thrill can lead them to pursue risky and even reckless behaviors, not fully weighing the costs of their actions. While hedonism is a natural tendency of the ISTPs, some are particularly unwise in their quest for pleasure, thrills, the adrenaline rush and instant gratification, claiming “you only live once.” 

Impatient. ISTPs don’t deal well with the inability to move forward, make a decision or act in the moment. Waiting and deliberating is the much greater challenge. Their inability to be patient and their aversion to being bored can fuel their impulsiveness and hedonism in unhealthy ways as they seek their adrenaline fix. 

Private and reserved. ISTPs have a strong need for personal space and solitude. In and of itself, this preference need not be classified as a weakness, though problems arise when this need dominates and causes them to push others away or avoid intimacy. They can be inordinately protective of their space, their solitude, their schedule and their way of doing things and, like a mama bear, can become quite defensive toward those who seek to move into this space without permission. 

ISTP Growth and Development

In order to reach their full potential, ISTPs should:

Make a plan. ISTPs are known for their tendency to avoid long-range planning, preferring to make decisions in the moment and live in the present. This means they often fail to take the steps that can help them to advance in their careers and other areas of life. While the ISTP doesn’t need to take their plan and etch it in stone, it helps to have a general framework in order to make decisions and take the steps that can better facilitate a successful career path. Work on setting goals, making commitments and long-range planning. 

Balance opportunism. ISTPs inherently understand how to position themselves, and work skillfully with the resources and advantages they have in order to succeed. They can, as a result, be exploitative and opportunistic. The ISTP needs to be mindful of his or her goals and motives to make sure that “taking advantage” doesn’t involve taking advantage of someone else. 

Learn time management skills. As Perceiving types, ISTPs prefer to let life come and determine the course of their day, rather than taking a proactive role in deciding how their time will be spent and what they will do. Effort spent on developing time management skills can help the ISTP gain better control of his or her time in order to actively prioritize and use this time rather than letting the needs of the day or the moment dictate. Better time management strategies can also help people of this type overcome their natural tendency to procrastinate.

Stop and reflect. ISTPs get easily caught up in the moment and engaged in the present situation, and once it’s over they’re on to the next. They spend their lives so externally focused that they often fail to set aside time for introspection, for reflection upon their actions and feelings or to learn from their mistakes. ISTPs develop as individuals when they will take a break in the action to spend a little time thinking about their lives, their feelings, where they are going, how they need to grow and what their next steps will be. 

Reframe commitment. In life, love and work, ISTPs are generally hesitant to make commitments. They live in the day and focus their energies in the present. As a result, it is difficult for them to conceive of where they will be or what they will want to be doing at some point in the future. To become people who commit successfully, ISTPs can begin to think of their commitments as a daily renewal. One need not declare what ten years from now will look like, it’s only necessary to reframe commitment in terms of many small, daily commitments that over time build up to something resembling a long-term achievment. 

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jkm (not verified) says...

ISTP female...yeah in my home I have an ISFJ mom, ESFP dad, brothers ENFP, INFP. According to them I am a RAZOR sister...selfish, mean, insensitive, unpredictable etc. 1. It is super hard for me to constantly be ready for the emotional roller coaster each one rides every day...and to save myself I tend to 'cut off' situations where someone has a meltdown. 2. I have a very hard time explaining to *everyone* of my moodswings as they call them...and honestly I just wish for someone to 'get/understand/except' my neutral moods and bad moods as just a = fleeting mood. Nothing personal or planned and it will pass I promise! 3. Definitly have a need to connect but it takes time-time-time, and alot of steel cut trust...before I 'feel' I can share those tender deep thoughts and questions. It amazes me how the Feeling types/Intuitive types have this freedom to express and fluency to say how they feel...wish I could participate or relate but to me ----That's a dangerouse zone.

Serris (not verified) says...

lol, describes myself and my family/friends around me pretty darn well. in elementary school my classmates even gave me a nickname because of those Moodswings.

And my sister described me as passive aggressive, its hella interesting how similiar experiences are.

lourna barnett (not verified) says...

I found that the description is pretty spot on for me at least.  Really has helped me understand why I am the way I am.

As a woman, I struggle being an ISTP I'm finding it very difficult to find a potential mate.  I hear men want a unicorn but when presented they run the other way, or maybe it is just me.

soup (not verified) says...

hi, ISTP female here, too. I've dated as many men as possible in my 20s just to see what work for me, and currently end up with a person who is caring but at the same time can give me plenty of freedom in how I run my life. A low maintenance,  caring but in a way that doesn't bother me, and very laid back about what I do and how I do my life. This type of mate works for me so far. Maybe you can try one? 

Leo W (not verified) says...

I feel the careers to avoid section to be incorrect. I wonder how wide and diverse their sampling pool was?

Being a performer and a craftsperson is pretty cool. You get to focus on your abilities and work on challenging things all the time. This makes it seem like we can't be on the creative end of the spectrum. I especially like breaking down a piece of music and turning it into something else entirely. And don't even get me started on making things out of glass.

Christinepl (not verified) says...

Hi, other websites do say that istp's can be very creatieve!

Vance (not verified) says...

Just went down every letter to find my persoanlity type, and this description is me to a T!

Jennylol (not verified) says...

Enjoy and rejoice, you are the best personality in all of them in my opinion.  The most talented and nicest to be sure.  Just watch that you don't use alcohol for social lubrication.  Try and learn communication styles from others to increase your social abilities.  That is the only issue you have and it can impact greatly on the ISTP.  Apparently "how to make friends and influence people" is a good book to help ISTP's.

James111111 (not verified) says...

God I love people like you. Thanks for that Info. That is the only problem I have. Otherwise I am deeply empathetic and optimistic, until someone tries to force my way of thinking and living. I find that I am becoming a bit misanthropic due to my inability to understand why people do the most evil things. I also can't understand how a human being could allow themselves to have envy for another person when they cannot change that persons blessing. Being able to immediately tune into things around me and immediately finding solutions, doesn't make it any easier for me to deal with others who aren't the same way. I still have much to learn, but thanks. Thanks for the book recommendation.

Anonymous (not verified) says...

I used to have a friend who was an istp before I moved. He was a little bit truthful but I guess that was the best part about him. He was the best person to go for advice. I'm an esfj but we got along so well. 

Lenachek (not verified) says...

Took the test twice because the description didn't quite fit to me being an ISTP: I think I have a very big heart, everyone says they feel very loved by me and I never treated anybody in a bad way.

I agree on being independent and a very logical person as I am in fact an engineer, but I don't agree on the emotional part.

Jennylol (not verified) says...

In my experience ISTP's are emotional and very kind.  They just don't display their emotions as other might do more freely.  Check out Socionics for a more thorough expansive explanation of the ISTP.  It might resonate for you more!

John Uke (not verified) says...

We ISTP's have emotions but don't notice them much. We are governed by logic and care more about how YOU feel than how we feel.

Twinky (not verified) says...

I'm an INFJ married to this ISTP guy.. uggh!

Brian F. (not verified) says...

My wife is an ISFJ married to me, an ISTP. Its wonderful. She gives me space and wonderful home. She really balances me out well. 

fyahstarta (not verified) says...

It is great to know that i'm not actually broken and this is just who I am, lol. The people in my life constantly tell me that I am "icy" or that I "have a strong personality" (depending on how polite they're feeling at the time, I guess).

I usually just stand there flabbergasted.  In most cases, all I did was be honest. I say what is on my mind, one way or another. If my life, job, or something else crucial is on the line, I will sanitize what I say before I say it. If not, I'll just spit it out whichever way I'm thinking it. 

I kinda hate that this is such a big problem for most other types, BUT I can see why brutal honestly would be uncomfortable for people who prefer things to be spun in the most rosy light (what I would simply call being lied to, but I know... nobody asked, lol).

Anyway, I've said way more than I planned to. This was a good read. Hopefully I'll find someone who is okay with my icy variety of charm one day, Haha.

Pau1a (not verified) says...

I completely understand the problem of being "too blunt." No one has ever told me to my face that they dislike my manner of communication or that I'm too cold, but in my interactions I notice the other participant tends to be uncomfortable. I tend to mask my bluntness in humor, but it's still clear enough to make people uncomfortable with the way I'm bashing on them. Honestly is my tool, truth my sword, and others just can't quite appreciate that. I can assure you, there are people out there who will take quite wonderfully to your charm. I know an ISTP myself, and he and I get along swimmingly. He and I talk often and tend to understand each other's humor in a way few others do. If you want to know, I'm an INTJ. ISTP and INTJ don't have especially high compatibility, but we still make fantastic cousins, especially since we both have ESFP siblings and can sympathize with one another.

Anonymous (not verified) says...

Awww, don't worry about it. It's okay to be yourself. I'm an esfj so I don't know much about what you feel inside, but keep being who you are no matter what anyone else thinks. :) good luck!

Janhavi (not verified) says...

Hi, istp here. I can totally relate to your answer. Just now I was frustrated with a relationship where I hate not being able to be brutally honest. It is a big problem for everyone around me. I was going crazy that I have to keep up with their feelings not to be hurt in order to be light. Thanks! Appreciate your response.

Serris (not verified) says...

i just stopped (or never really did) giving a damn of what other ppl think, i dont change my speech just to cater to others, they either like me, or they dont, i dont want ppl to like me for something that isnt me. ppl get what they see, when they hang around me.

janinirvs (not verified) says...

I am a very blunt ISTP as well..It is a big challenge for me to soften my feelings or honestly to cater someone else's emotions. I also really enjoy my personal space.

wow (not verified) says...

after read all of that, now I know why all of my friends always keep their distance with me and called me a walking refrigerator

fyahstarta (not verified) says...

same, honestly. I gave up on making or maintaining close friendships a while back. Figured the people who are meant to understand and tolerate me will. Lol. Best of luck to ya

Just a guy who likes Tony Stark =') (not verified) says...

This is me. I feel relieved and like got that good feeling in my brain when everything works correctly. Because I have just accepted my reservancy most of the time, which bothered me because people considered me a cold person. I can be warm and "live"as well (usually with family and friends).

Also liked a list of hobbies. I wanna try everything!

Also: BRUCE LEE IS ON OUR SIDE =D *started throwing random things in the air*

Pepper pots (not verified) says...

I love u 300

Eh (not verified) says...

It's 3000, not 300 pal. ( ;¬{|)>

Lion (not verified) says...

Good to know. Now it's time to work on the weak points. 

Ches (not verified) says...

After reading a whole bunch of ISTP facts weakness from a number of websites... I can see why people think I'm rude, a jerk & most commonly... an @$$hole.

Luv you all, my fellow ISTP.

Wife of A** (not verified) says...

That's how I feel about husband.

antisocial tiger (not verified) says...

Bruh same, but nobody says it to me. I just know cause I feel like a jerk when talking to people, but I can't fix it cause of my complete lack of social skills :/

papi (not verified) says...

i can relate to that @$$hole part

shequille oatmeal (not verified) says...

Bruh, that's a fat mood. I get that. And my siblings wonder why I have no friends, huh.

im ur daddy ; ) (not verified) says...

ikr

MR. COMPUTER NERD (not verified) says...

Anyone else notice how creepy "The Craftsman's" eyes look at the top of this page?    XD

Eh (not verified) says...

Pretty much x'D. They have some other guy holding a wrench on diff websites, cos they're always talking about "risky behaviour" I seriously thought he lost his leg and replaced it with the wrench... x_x"

TommyGunn (not verified) says...

He looks more like he's thinking about smashing his own hand with that hammer rather than the steel plate :D  

Isaiah Moreno (not verified) says...

It just be like that sometimes. Your empty stare into the abyss as you dream of things that are to come. You want to feel pain but the chains of society's ideas prevent you from doing so without going to a mental hospital. 

Other than that, funny comment.

Susan Anderson (not verified) says...

And here I always contributed my  personality to being a 100 % Capricorn go figure 

Pam B. (not verified) says...

That's remarkable Susan, I too am a Capricorn! I also happen to be a retired carpenter as was my ex-husband. This information was very accurate. 

Zlaty (not verified) says...

You mean you ATTRIBUTED your personality to being 100% Capricorn.

INFP here. I'm sorry, I couldn't resist.

Twinky (not verified) says...

HA!

Seabell (not verified) says...

Nice one just had a huge row with my ISTP husband of 40 years and as an INFP I'm bloody drained

Thanos (not verified) says...

Wow, this is so relatable! Too bad I had to kill Iron Man... Very cool!

Just a guy who likes Tony Stark =') (not verified) says...

Monster.

Thanos (not verified) says...

Can relate, this really helps me so much. To bad I had to kill Iron Man... Very cool!

Tanold Drump (not verified) says...

yup

Jason cowart (not verified) says...

This is me.

Nikki says...

I don't feel that this personality type fits me. I have done this test twice this year and have the same results. I am pretty unpredictable, unemotional, friendly with a million interests. I like being crafty and finding solutions to any given problem. I don't feel like I grew up as a tomboy, but didn't mind getting my hands dirty and climbing trees. The outdoors are my absolute favorite. I can seem aloof as I don't care about things that are unimportant. I don't get caught up in being emotional. I am in the aviation industry, but not as a pilot. I have always thought about being a police officer but decided against it. Then again, I have thought about many occupations during my lifetime. 

Sean (not verified) says...

So... your description is EXACTLY this personality. lol

Suma (not verified) says...

maybe you are grown enough not to consist on one specific kind of job

if you don't have one of the weaknesses that doesn't necessarily make you anouther person 

because you make a better person of yourself

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