10 ISTP Strengths and Weaknesses

Each individual is distinct depending on personality type. This is according to the research of Katharine Cook Myers and her daughter, Isabel Myers Briggs who came up with 16 types of personalities using the MBTI (Myers Briggs Test Indicator) assessment tool. Among the different types is ISTP (Introversion, Sensing, Thinking, Perception, said to comprise at least 5% of the American population.

The MBTI tool was inspired by the book Psychological Types written by Carl Jung. It distinguishes the different preferences of people based on where they focus their attention or where they get their energy from, how they take in information, how they make decisions and how they familiarize themselves with the world around them.

With the use of a multiple-choice type of questionnaire, four code types are derived based on the answers of the test taker. In a person with the ISTP psychological type, here is the four-letter code:

Overview of ISTP

Introversion (I), which is preferred to extraversion:
This indicates that the person is more of an introvert than an extravert who prefers to be with a few close friends or being alone than being in a crowd. When the need for socializing is called for, they easily get tired as opposed to extraverts who get energized by being with people. However, when an introvert needs a break, being in the company of others will help.

Sensing (S), which is preferred to intuition:
When it comes to taking in information, ISTP prefer sensing over intuition. This means that this person is more on details than looking at things as a whole. An ISTP also focuses on the here and now and not usually things of the future.

Thinking (T), which is preferred to feeling:
Thinking over feeling, ISTPs are more objective than subjective. When they make decisions, they often disregard their personal feelings and emotions and look at issues in a practical way.

Perception (P), which is preferred to judgment:
ISTPs also prefer perception over judgment which makes it normal for them to delay making decisions since they are open to changes and possibilities.

ISTP individuals are considered open-minded and can easily adapt to changes. They are also called “crafters” because they know how to evaluate things, they are interested in how things work and they can solve problems in logical and practical ways. When it comes to problem solving, they will take advantage of all the information they can get and extract the root of the problem. But just like in any personality, there are strengths and weaknesses.

ISTP Strengths

1. They have the gift of mastering their physical environment.
ISTPs know how to appreciate beauty and are considered mechanics. Because of this, they can easily become artists and also be in the field of engineering.

2. They are detail-oriented and can handle tasks that are routine.
Individuals with ISTP personalities are more on details than the big picture. This makes them great problem solvers because they tend to look at the situation from different angles and gather enough information to get to the root of the problem. And since they don’t get bored with doing things over and over again, they tend to stay in their jobs for a long time so long as there are no conflicts.

3. They are troubleshooters during emergency situations.
Being logical and practical in solving problems, they are dependable when it comes to finding solutions to problems. They are ready to take on challenges head on and scrutinize details to get positive results. And since they get better and better as they gain experience, they often become masters of their craft.

4. They can easily move on after a break-up.
ISTPs have the ability to get over a relationship once it is over. What’s good about this is that ISTPs have the gift of moving on after a failed intimate relationship and do not let it affect their career and personal lives.

5. They are great listeners.
People who are ISTPs have the gift of listening to people. This makes them great confidantes to friends as well as effective members of the team. At work, they can grasp instructions and explanations of others especially that they are also detail-oriented.

ISTP Weaknesses

1. They often surround themselves with people who think the same way like they do.
One of the weaker points of ISTPs is that they reject or are not comfortable with people who do not share the same sentiments and views with them. This can be a problem at work especially if they have to make decisions as a group. When it comes to way of life, they might not be ready to accept people who prefer different lifestyles than the one they live. If he or she is a straight person, being with someone else who has a different sexual orientation might be an uncomfortable situation.

2. They can be insensitive at times.
Since ISTPs are more objective than subjective, they might not be aware of their effect on other people and the emotions of the people around them.

3. They have a hard time with showing emotions and intimacy in relationships.
ISTPs often do not know the right words to say or do when it comes to intimate relationships that at times, they forget to appreciate the good things shown to them by partners. This becomes a problem since their partners might expect too much from them which they will find suffocating. And even they are already aware of what should be said and done, they are uncomfortable with it that they prefer to reject the idea.

4. They live in the present.
Although they still consider the past, ISTPs focus more on the now than on the future. This can be strength when it comes to getting over losses and relationships but it can have a negative implication when it comes to long-term commitments. There might be a problem of ISTPs appearing to be non-committed to completing the job.

5. They have difficulty expressing their feeling and emotions verbally.
Aside from being introverts, ISTPs do not have much of a skill when it comes to communicating what they feel. They rather communicate non-verbally and this can oftentimes make it hard for the people close to them to understand their emotions.

ISTPs will excel in the field of Engineering, Construction, Law Enforcement and Computer Programming, among others.