ISTJ Personality Type | The Builder | ISTJ A | ISTJ T

You know you are an ISTJ when you:

  • Enter into a flow state through being able to engage in self-discipline and duties and responsibilities in a consistent manner
  • Challenge themselves to grow by pushing themselves to compete with other people or to deliver higher scores or better results than usual
  • Get relief by engaging in personal hobbies and introspection and by letting go of outer demands and not competing in a difficult project they don’t know if they can win
  • Become stressed by change and new experiences that push them to think on their feet or improvise

The ISTJ Personality Type at their best is someone who is highly responsible and consistent. They usually hold a position of importance and like to take on duties and commitment for the sake of the community. They like to think about community needs and how they can fill in holes and make sure that there are no problems or issues. This type is however often stressed by change and the idea of failing to recognise a new possibility or opportunity. 

The ISTJ personality type is one that grows from challenge and competition. Projects and deadlines and external standards push them beyond their existing capabilities and teach them new things. They can be highly perfectionistic and want to complete these projects the correct way immediately. This can lead to a defeatism which makes them escape more inwardly, to themselves. They may feel that it is so difficult, that they might as well not try in the first place.

Introverted Sensing

Introverted Sensing can put you as an ISTJ into a state of flow. It provides you with meaningful chores and tasks you can perform and gives you a chance to feel useful. You get into a flow when organizing tasks, cleaning up things, and providing documentation or data for other people to use. 

Extroverted Thinking

Extroverted Thinking pushes you out of your comfort zone and to your mental limits, giving you challenges and standards to meet. You tend to be highly perfectionistic in meeting these standards well. This can become overwhelming for you – but also helps you drive growth and learn new things. 

Introverted Feeling

Introverted Feeling allows you to escape from external goals and to do something for yourself for a bit. This can allow you to tackle more personal needs and to get a sense of relief sometimes. This function provides balance and comfort at the expense of motivation and sense of pride.

Extroverted iNtuition

This function can challenge and overwhelm you, but also push you to your limits, providing a pressure to fulfill responsibilities and duties no matter what might come up. You can’t predict or plan for every possible eventuality or change, but you sure try! And sometimes, you need to improvise and think on your feet to fulfill obligations that are important for you. This function stresses you to the max – but also provides you with a sense of accomplishment and pride. 

Extroverted Sensing

This function inspires you to stop over analyzing a situation and to live more in the moment. It makes you think and deal with situations in a more spontaneous manner. It gives you something to prepare for and to plan ahead for when possible. That can be really inspiring – but also tough and annoying at times!

Introverted Thinking

Introverted Thinking provides an ISTJ with a sense of relief and recreation. It can be to work on puzzles, logical problem solving and more analytical tasks, which stimulate you mentally. Doing this recreationally, just for fun, and without pressure, can be really important to you as an ISTJ, as you need to let go of personal responsibilities sometimes.

Extroverted Feeling

Extroverted Feeling can be really tough and scary! It requires you to be vulnerable and to put yourself in emotionally charged situations. But that can be positive too – giving you an outlet and a chance to express tension and feelings you may have hidden, helping you connect more with others. We’re all human and we all need to release tension sometimes.

Introverted iNtuition

Introverted iNtuition can help you manage and provide perspective on your life and what you do and why. We all need to sometimes stop and think about what we do and for what reason. Sometimes, thinking about these matters seems trivial to you. Why even bother? But it can help you realize things you would otherwise miss. 

The Dominant Subtype

The Dominant subtype ISTJ is one that will be highly confident and committed to habit building and structuring and organizing their life. This type works hard to meet duties and to deliver on their plans and commitments. They are less afraid of change and believe they can figure out and manage it and adjust to the situation through their superior organization skills. 

The Creative Subtype

The Creative subtype ISTJ is one that is constantly pushing their own limits to achieve higher goals and standards. They like to challenge themselves even if they fail to deliver sometimes. This drives quick growth in them but also scares them and overwhelms them!

The Balanced Subtype

The balanced subtype is one that avoids challenges and projects they fear they won’t be able to achieve. They instead stick to things that are more comfortable and easy. This would be more artistic pursuits and things that require more nuance and personal expression, where there is no right and wrong, and just self-expression.

The Turbulent Subtype

The turbulent subtype is one that is more anxious about commitments and about what could go wrong. They spend more time preparing and planning and are more anxious to accept responsibilities or to start new habits, as they don’t know what could happen next. This type stays in a more comfortable and predictable landscape. 

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