The ISTP

Temperament: Artisan.

ISTP

ISTP s are naturally calm, independent, technical and sportive individuals. They have an innate intelligence for machinery and mechanics, which gives them great abilities when it comes to building, maintaining and using any sort of tool. Because they also have a tendency to develop well built, strong and sportive bodies, they are naturally drawn to extreme sports and other activities that require physical strength and agility, mental dedication and a good amount of bravery. When it isn’t some sort of single player sports or playing with big machines such as bulldozers and cranes, ISTP s are drawn to mechanical and technical occupations which means either building, fixing and maintaining machinery or electronics equipment. The ISTP is the poster child for our ideal of the warrior and mechanic, without whom bravery, courage, dedication and technique would vanish from society

Communication Style

ISTP s are amongst the most comfortable people to have around. Because of their independence they generally also accept others the way they are and the interests they pursue. They are not overly talkative, but can open up quite strongly and talk passionately about their personal interests which is usually some hobby of technical dimensions or sports. Because of their Introversion and Extraverted Feeling function they are also very good listeners and provide emotional stability to people who are experiencing personal hardships. Overall ISTP s portray confidence, kindness and the occasional enthusiasm. They are straightforward in most situations but also have an extraordinary capability to allow others to maintain their own believes and sovereignty.

Learning Style

ISTP s are utilitarian hands on specialists who don’t like to study things that don’t seem to have immediate application. That’s why it is important for ISTP s to study anything as part of a greater project or something that interests them. For example, an ISTP will not like to study physics for its own sake, but will put in countless hours if it helps them to get better at one of their pet projects (tuning their cars, computers or building something new entirely). Therefore, to encourage an ISTP to study, it is important to understand what their hobbies and interests are and show them how a subject can help them to get better at what it is they’re doing. Once understood, the ISTP will need no further encouragement and will study for hours at end, apply it to their needs and retain their newly acquired knowledge for longer than most other types.

What goes on in your head

ISTP s are Introverts and thus like to spend a lot of time on their own. Not necessarily to reflect, but to have time to work on their projects, logical, technical and sportive things. ISTP s are driven by an innate desire for experience, machinery, speed, thrill, skill or technique and their interests spread over a wide range of topics. When they are by themselves they use their strong reasoning abilities to understand and make sense of things, but even more importantly, to apply those techniques. Building model train tracks, screw around on their computers, working out and so on. That’s why ISTP s are extremely dedicated workers who spend less time messing around with ideological speculation and more with getting things done. ISTP s can become completely immersed in whatever it is that captured their interest, which iswhen hours seem to go by like minutes until the project is brought to completion.

In Relationships

ISTP s although gentle and warm hearted can be very independent in a relationship, which is why it is important that they find a partner who is approving of their lifestyle, is admiring of their interests and skils and grant them their autonomy. This can be hard sometimes, especially if the ISTP indulges in dangerous and on the edge activities or gets buried in their interests so deeply that they forget to take care of daily necessities, which keeps their loved ones constantly worrying about them. It seems only natural then for an ISTP to fall for the responsible and deeply caring ESFJ who can provide them with a safe environment for their pursuits in return for the excitement with which the ISTP can spice up the ESFJ’s life. The problem is that these two live their lives in distinctively different places which somewhat reduces the likelihood of their meeting. Once they do however, they can develop deep affection for each other and create a lasting bond of devotion, excitement, consideration and stability

Growing up

Growing up, ISTP children can face difficulties, because our social structures don’t always support the narrow and deep interests that the ISTP naturally follows. They seem to ask so many uninteresting things of the ISTP that it is hard to maintain their motivation and comply with everything that is requested of them. While they would rather spend their time in the room working on their machinery or be out testing the limits of nature and speed, they are naturally disinterested to spend their days studying things with seemingly no real life application, boring and sterile. If ISTP parents understand it to provide them with the independence and inspiration they need, while explaining them how things can tie in with their interests, ISTP s may become extremely talented youths that outclass their peers on a wide range of topics, backed by their large capacity for dedication. If however the ISTP s surrounding is disregarding of their interests, they are prone to seek their peace of mind through detachment so they can follow solely what interests them and will feel no need of compliance or sharing their experiences with others.

Strengths

 Easy going, Friendly and Tolerant

 Cool headed and Solution oriented

 Smart and Independent

 Great Mechanical Understanding and Memory

 Eager to learn and Dependable

Weaknesses

 May be unrealistically optimistic and hasty

 Susceptible to narcotics addiction

 May be drawn to risky and dangerous activities

 May develop one sided and secluded lifestyles

 May develop a pessimistic outlook and insensitive

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How others should deal with this type

ISTP s are very easy to deal with. They have a quiet and calming demeanor and a great deal of understanding for how others want to live their lives. They are the incarnation of “live and let live” and even though they have a great technical understanding and can get straight to the point, they prefer a harmonic environment where everybody can follow their dreams. Problems with the ISTP can arise when others expect commitments of them that don’t necessarily conform with their own desires, which can leave the ISTP feeling chained and their loved ones feeling neglected. With the ISTP it is important to remember that they are willing to commit to almost anything as long as their own personal interests and freedom is not made to suffer. The key to living close to an ISTP is to understand their interests and giving them the freedom to follow them. If these are not intruded upon, you may ask the ISTP quite literally for any favor and they will be happy to comply.

How you should deal with others

As an ISTP you should keep in mind that it is difficult for others to see what’s going on in your head and what is important to you. They can misinterpret your dedication to your interests as a lack of caring and compassion which can be difficult for them to deal with. To preempt their discontentment it is advisable that you verbalize more often your affection and appreciation of them. Telling people that you care for them doesn’t mean that you are inhibiting your personal freedoms and if anything, makes the people who care for you more accepting of your independence. Also, if you let others know what you are up to, what your interests are and share your experiences, they will feel closer to you and can support you in your calling.