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ISTJ strengths & weaknesses

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ISTJs at their best

ISTJs are dependable and like to work with clear processes. They stick with what works, learn from their mistakes and are straightforward and logical. They rely on facts and figures so they can do the best they can at any given task.

They like to hear clear, step-by-step instructions for exactly what needs doing so they can complete a job properly the first time. ISTJs like to develop strong, loyal bonds with the people in their lives. They tend to be traditional in their desire for a strong family unit.

Potential development areas for ISTJs

ISTJs really value structure and logic and can appear rigid in their approach to things. If unforeseen circumstances challenge those things, they can become irritated or stressed. ISTJs can be overly critical of people who have different ideas or ways of doing things.

And because they tend to focus more on work than interpersonal relationships, they can be perceived as impersonal.

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Types and Stress

ISTJs and stress

When things interrupt an ISTJ’s usual way of doing things, they tend to feel overwhelmed and stressed. Sudden changes to plans, deviating from routine, or uncertainty in a given situation cause ISTJs a great deal of stress.

They dislike indirect orders and information that’s too broad. When they feel as though their logical approach is being challenged or dismissed, they will feel particularly upset. Mess and disorder cause stress, as does having their logic and rules dismissed.

If you’re an ISTJ personality type, you can try a few key things to balance these feelings of stress.