ISTJ Personality Types In-Depth


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Each letter in the personality type code - I, S, T, and J - describes a preference for a way of thinking or behaving. There are eight styles and you use all of them, but ISTJs prefer:

If your closest personality type is ISTJ then you are interested in clarity and knowledge. You like to observe and listen, and have a particular interest in facts and information which help you to develop as clear a knowledge as possible. You like to know where you stand, e.g.: having clear goals to which you are working, and to know that what you are expected to do is achievable. You value your experience, which serves as a strong guide to your decisions.

Stereotypes and Individuality

The original author of personality type theory - Carl Gustav Jung - said that everyone is individual and unique. The personality types are not strict classifications, but stereotypes that are akin to landmarks on a map. Just as a few landmarks can help you find many unique locations, so too the personality stereotypes can help you understand your unique personality.

Next: ISTJ's Mental Functions

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