ISTP

the logical pragmatist

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ISTP at a glance

People with ISTP preferences often learn through patient practical use of information and ideas. They tend to be calm in a crisis, quickly deciding what needs to be done to solve the problem. They’re interested in cause and effect relationships between people, events, and actions. They’re often described as quiet observers.

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ISTPs at their best

People with ISTP preferences are usually objective critics and logical problem solvers—the natural troubleshooters of our world. They’re determined, realistic, and adaptable. They often have a casual style which others find approachable. They lead through action and thrive on variety.

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ISTPs and stress

People with ISTP preferences get stressed by strict guidelines, lack of independence, and being forced to socialize or interact with the outside world. They dislike despise inefficiency and small talk.

When they’re stressed, they may appear stubborn, become critical of others, or have difficulty making decisions. At times of extreme or prolonged stress, they might feel start to feel alienated or become oversensitive to what other people think or say about them.

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ISTPs and relationships

People with ISTP preferences are often described as fair and tolerant of a wide range of behaviors. They tend to be quiet and reserved in their relationships with others. But when someone has a problem to solve, they’ll be there to help figure out the solution.

ISTPs at work

People with ISTP preferences often analyze and respond to problems in the world around them. They like to have autonomy and may find rules and procedures stifling or restrictive. They love to have mental or physical challenges in their work and focus on getting accurate practical results. They often seek out careers that allow them to use their five senses. Action-oriented, technical, or practical roles tend to appeal to them, particularly in engineering or business. Their favorite careers will usually involve data, math, science, variety, and efficient systems.

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