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

ISTPs are often described as quiet observers, individuals who engage with their environment in a direct, hands-on way. They usually prefer to experience things for themselves, valuing the insights they gain from interacting with the world. One area where ISTPs shine is their knack for visual-spatial understanding. Picture someone who can effortlessly navigate through a complex environment or quickly make sense of how different elements fit together. Their skill in bodily-kinaesthetic intelligence also stands out. Whether it’s mastering a new sport or taking apart a gadget to see how it works, they often show a natural ease with physical tasks.

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Another strong point for ISTPs is their diagnostic ability. When something breaks or malfunctions, they can usually figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. This goes hand-in-hand with their logical-mathematical intelligence. They’re skilled at looking at problems, seeing patterns, and coming up with solutions, often using these abilities to make sense of their own feelings and emotional state.

But they do have challenges. For instance, their love for flexibility and adaptability can make it hard for them to stick to a set plan or routine. They might also find it difficult to keep up in situations that demand quick, ongoing decision-making. Additionally, their focus on practicality and logic can sometimes make them overlook the emotional nuances in a situation. Expressing their values and beliefs in a way that resonates with others is another area where they may struggle.

To sum up, ISTPs are often adaptable, experiential, and insightful individuals who bring a range of specialized skills to the table. However, their flexibility and logical approach can sometimes clash with the need for structure and emotional awareness. While each ISTP is unique, these traits offer a glimpse into their general tendencies and the challenges they might encounter.

The ISTP Eight Functions

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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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