ISTJ

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ISTJ at a glance

People with ISTJ preferences are usually dependable and systematic. They enjoy working with clearly defined systems and processes. They tend to be traditional, task-oriented, and decisive.

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ISTJs at their best

People with ISTJ preferences are often clear and matter-of-fact. They're realistic, thorough, and they rarely miss details. They're motivated to achieve their goals and will often dedicate themselves to tasks without letting distractions get to them. They tend to be calm, analytical, and objective.

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ISTJs and stress

People with ISTJ preferences often find it stressful when the situation they’re in lacks structure or logic.

When they’re stressed, they may become stubborn or inflexible, refusing to accept change or explore new ideas. At times of extreme or prolonged stress, they tend to withdraw from others and shut down emotionally. They might become accusatory toward others or start to catastrophize—imagining increasingly negative possibilities for the future.

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ISTJs and relationships

People with ISTJ preferences are often seen as valuing tradition, consistency, and order. They develop strong loyalty in their relationships and work hard to fulfill commitments. Partners, peers, family, and friends often describe them as dependable, serious, and devoted.

ISTJs at work

People with ISTJ preferences tend to approach work logically and efficiently. They’re often observant and easily remember relevant details. Other people can count on them to complete even the smallest details accurately. They like secure positions that reward loyalty and a sense of duty. They’re often attracted to careers that allow them to use their natural abilities for data, math, and science.


ISTJs are great at finding the most efficient way to do something. They tend to make decisions based on what worked in the past. Even so, they’re careful about the decisions they make. Once a decision is made, they may be reluctant to change their minds—even if they find another, better choice.

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