ISTP Type dynamics
There are two groups of letters in the personality type code:
- The two letters in the middle (S and T) refer to your preferred mental functions. In total, there are four functions (Sensing, iNtuition, Thinking, and Feeling) that correspond to regions of the brain. You use all of them, but the letters ST indicate which functions you prefer using.
- The letters on the outside of the code (I and P) indicate which function is dominant in your personality. The letters also describe how you like to use that function.
What does it mean for you?
The dominant function of an ISTP is the judging one of Thinking. This means you like making decisions on the basis of logic, using objective considerations, and are concerned with truth, principles and justice. You are analytical and critical, tending to see the flaws in situations and you usually (though not always) take an objective approach when dealing with people or problems.
The judging Thinking function is introverted. That is, Thinking is used primarily to govern the inner world of thoughts and emotions. As an ISTP you will therefore spend time thinking analytically, organising thoughts on a logical basis and developing an understanding of the principles involved in a situation. You may spontaneously tend to feel critical of a person or situation, but not necessarily express that criticism. Also, although you are inwardly decisive, you may not communicate your decisions to others (so they don't always realise when you've made your mind up). You tend to think mostly about impersonal issues, focusing more on practical concepts, truth and how things work rather than dwelling on people's feelings and emotions.
The diagram represents how an average ISTP uses all the functions. You can find out more about the diagram, and your personal, unique type dynamics, by completing our personality test.
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