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ISTP – quiet, practical, logical, flexible

Introvert – Sensing – Thinking – Perceiving

ISTPs like to observe and then act. They have a “no nonsense” kind of realism. They are good at dealing with lots of data and practical solution oriented problems. Efficiency and economy of effort is important. They don’t act until it is necessary to do so.

They are independent, tolerant and flexible. The Thinking part makes them more logical than artistic. The Perceiving part leads to a more passive, flexible approach.

They dislike conversation, authority, rules and structured traditional organizational forms. They can enjoy high-risk activities like racing and extreme sports, and are very in tune with their bodies and kinesthetic capabilities (like fine motor skills)

Most Developed Skill

The drive is to make logical decisions. Detached reflection makes for great observation skills. This makes them critical but curious, analytical yet imaginative, efficient and down to earth.


Their strengths lie in their ability to seize opportunities, take action, risk, and improvise to bring projects into the world. They are good at crisis management of practical problems. Loyalty and commitment is strong.


ISTPs dominant skill is analytical, mechanical ability – understanding the principles of things (as opposed to ideas and concepts). They work well with tools and their hands. They have excellent observation and memory for facts. They stay calm under pressure and crisis.


They can become irresponsible, childish, and unreliable. The Sensing Perceiving combination can make them act without thinking things through.

They can be blunt and insensitive about the feelings of others. They are impatient with theories and abstract ideas. They dislike administrative details and procedures.

Stress Response

Under stress, they can be rebellious, defensive, restless, unscrupulous, mercenary and rigid.

Typical Expression

ISTPs typical form of expression is as specific, practical observers and organizers of data and facts. They can appear impassive and uninvolved until something motivates their practical problem solving bent. They appear as no nonsense realists to others.


ISTPs value skeptical thorough analysis and efficiency.


They have high need for autonomy, variety and action. They need uninterrupted time and independence. They don’t like procedures, structure and repetition.


The Sensing Perceiving combination learns best through experience. Abstractions and theories seem complicated and tedious. They need to live their experiences, not talk about them. They are good at hands on skill development – honing skills through practice.

Least Developed Skills

Their least developed skill is extraverted feeling. This underdevelopment shows itself in a driving need to be liked and appreciated. They can overwhelm others with affection trying to get this.

The lack of development of this mode makes the effective control and use of passion and powerful emotions difficult. Learning interdependence with people and experiencing and expressing emotion can greatly increase their quality and enjoyment of life.

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