ISTP Personality Type | The Fixer | ISTP A | ISTP T

The ISTP is recognised by:

  • Entering into a flow state when engaged with critical thinking, logical problem solving, and skill-building, learning new processes
  • Challenging themselves through going out and putting their knowledge out to the world for everyone to see and discuss
  • Balancing and comforting themselves by carefully protecting their need for privacy and fore-thought and planning
  • Becoming stressed when engaged with emotionally stressful or intense relationships and other people’s feelings and opinions

The ISTP at their best is one that is constantly working to improve themselves and be their best version of themselves. They think critically about what they do and how to improve and get better results, taking a careful and studious approach to life, seeking to become a master of life and all its challenges. This personality type can become stressed by personal relationships and group situations, and what other people think of them. They can worry about coming across as arrogant or offending people. This type pushes themselves to grow by expressing themselves in a public and open manner for other people to see. This is uncomfortable for them, but gives them new impressions and teaches them important skills. Because it’s uncomfortable, many ISTPs are more private and guarded and think more critically about the future and what to do. 

The ISTP Eight Functions

Introverted Thinking

Introverted Thinking is a function that allows you to enter into a flow state as an ISTP. This function allows you to slowly, carefully, and deliberately think about your actions, and what you do, and how you do it. To make sure you do it correctly, and that you get the right results.

Extroverted Sensing

Extroverted Sensing is a function that allows you as an ISTP to demonstrate your skills and talents in the real world. It’s easy to just be good and talented in your own head, but do you dare to express yourself to others? This can put standards and pressure on you to be even better than you would have been otherwise. Scary! And demanding. But it can teach you something.

Introverted iNtuition

Introverted iNtuition is a function that allows you as an ISTP to escape from the public eye into your own head, where you can be as smart or talented as you want, and nobody can tell you otherwise. In your own head, you’ve got everything figured out, and you’ve got the answers to everything. Comfortable and easy, right? But also not really rewarding. There’s no gratification from remaining in such a state.

Extroverted Feeling

A true stressor and challenger for you. This function can provide real problems and issues in the world that people have. This can give you an opportunity to think critically and come up with smart solutions. But it can also overwhelm you and make you overstimulated. How do I help these people and how do I get them to accept my advice?

Extroverted Thinking

Extroverted Thinking is fast, fun and effective. But you’d rather think more about it. It’s annoying that things have to be so fast all the time. But it can also make you get things done. Sometimes, you can remain in a thinking state and avoid action. Extroverted Thinking gets you to actually do stuff.

Introverted Sensing

A fun function that allows you with practical things you can do that are easy, fun and rewarding! It can be important to have a set of healthy habits and hobbies that you can engage in just to get a break from your own thoughts and your own head for a bit. 

Extroverted iNtuition

A difficult function to use. But an important release at times. Stress and challenge can get the better of all of us. Use humor to relieve steam and frustration with this function.

Introverted Feeling

A heavy function to use. This function can give you a third person perspective on your life, making you realize why you do what you do and the hidden significance of things. It can feel meaningless to think about this. But it can actually be important to do sometimes. It helps inform your decision making and actions so you don’t get stuck in pointless things that serve no personal value to you.

The dominant subtype

The dominant subtype is one that stands confidently in their own knowledge and expertise. You trust in your skills and capabilities and your abilities to solve problems for people and in the outer world. You stand up for what you believe is correct and true regardless of if you have to hurt people’s feelings sometimes. But you know how to deliver your message in a way that other people will understand. 

The creative subtype

The creative subtype is one that will put themselves on stage demonstrating their ideas and giving concrete examples for what they know and proving their value to the world. This is tough for them to do – and scary – but really rewarding, driving growth.

The balanced subtype

The balanced subtype is one that finds comfort in their own private inner world, and in more boring and stress free situations, away from the public eye. This helps them experience relief and balance, but can also keep them from growing and learning new things. 

The turbulent subtype

The turbulent subtype is one that is more stressed by people’s expectations on them and what other people feel and need from them. This can drain and overwhelm them and make them feel less good about themselves. 

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