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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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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!

Forehead Bruh Moment (not verified) says...

no

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.

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

Awesome gal (not verified) says...

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

This fits me so well. 

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!

The Fredster (not verified) says...

A true ISTP doesn't care if others understand him or not; he just does what he does.

Guest (not verified) says...

Yesssss!

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.

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