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Personality Types

ISTP Personality Type — The Craftsman


ISTP Craftsmen are adventurous and independent. They are fearless and thrive on challenging situations. They are gifted problem solvers. Their mechanical and technical nature enables them to operate many kinds of tools and instruments. They are proud of their relatively effortless ability to acquire many skills. They seek freedom and are typically unemotional.

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The ISTP personality type is of the SP Creator temperament.

ISTP Preferences


Preferences: Introversion (I), Sensing (S), Thinking (T), Perceiving (P)

ISTPs direct their energy inward. They are energized by spending time alone. They are independent and analytical. As Sensors, ISTPs process information through the five senses. They are practical, concrete and realistic. They live in the moment.

ISTPs are objective and logical. They make decisions with their head and can be impersonal. They step away from situations in order to analyze and make adjustments. ISTPs are flexible and not keen on organization. They adapt easily and are able to change tracks midway.

Describing an ISTP


ISTPs can often be described using these words.
  • Adaptable
  • Logical
  • Independent
  • Active
  • Adventurous
  • Problem solver
  • Self-reliant
  • Analytical
  • Technical
  • Practical
  • Unemotional
  • Flexible
  • Impersonal
  • Logical
  • Concrete
  • Realistic
  • Direct
  • Fearless
  • Positive
  • Handy
  • Objective
  • Hands-on

ISTPs and Relationships


ISTPs are very direct and say what they mean. They sometimes have difficulty with emotionally charged situations or conversations. They do not read between the lines and do not understand why others do. ISTPs usually have a few close friends. They enjoy uncomplicated people with whom they can share adventures.

ISTPs and Work / Career


ISTPs enjoy mastering a technique. They analyze and adjust until they are able to accomplish their goals. They do not like to just do things. Instead, they desire to make a contribution and have an impact. They are focused on the present and they like to see results. They are always looking for ways to improve their skills and are very adept at problem solving. They usually prefer to work alone.

ISTP Career Matches


The following careers are possible matches for individuals with the ISTP personality.
  • Athlete
  • Carpenter
  • Construction Worker
  • Mechanic
  • Military
  • Motorcyclist
  • Paramedic/EMT
  • Farmer
  • Firefighter
  • Forensic Pathologist
  • Pilot
  • Police Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Detective
  • Driver
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Steelworker
  • Transportation Operative
  • Entrepreneur
  • Human Resources
  • Marketer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Specialist
  • Project Manager
  • Sales Agent
  • Scientist
  • Systems Analyst
  • Technical Specialist
  • Business Analyst
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ISTPs and Learning / School


ISTPs are concrete learners. They are mechanically gifted and are often attracted to technical trades. They learn by doing and by experimentation. They are active and find passive learning boring. ISTPs learn by problem solving.

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ISTP Strengths and Weaknesses


There are strength and weaknesses that ISTPs are more likely to possess than others.

Typical ISTP Strengths

  • Good at listening
  • Self-reliant
  • Handles conflict well
  • Positive outlook on life
  • Excellent at problem solving

Possible ISTP Weaknesses

  • Long-term planning can be difficult
  • Uncomfortable in emotional situations
  • Feels trapped easily, needs personal space
  • Can get in trouble when instigating action
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Famous ISTPs


The following famous people and fictional characters can be classified as ISTPs with reasonable accuracy.

Famous ISTP People

  • Zachary Taylor
    American President
  • Charles Bronson
    Actor
  • Tom Cruise
    Actor
  • James Dean
    Actor
  • Clint Eastwood
    Actor, Director
  • Burt Reynolds
    Actor
  • Keith Richards
    English Guitarist/Singer
  • Frank Zappa
    Guitarist
  • John Malkovich
    Actor
  • Judy Finnigan
    British TV Star
  • Robin Cook
    British Politician
  • Katharine Hepburn
    Actress
  • Avril Lavigne
    Singer
  • Chuck Yeager
    U.S. Air Force Officer
  • Antony Worrall Thompson
    British Celebrity Chef
  • Alan Shepherd
    Astronaut
  • Michael Jordan
    Athelete (Basketball, Baseball)
  • Bruce Lee
    Martial Artist, Actor

Fictional ISTP Characters

  • Rocky Balboa
    Rocky Films
  • John Milner
    American Grafitti
  • Archibald "Harry" Tuttle
    Brazil
  • Brett
    Alien
  • Verna
    Miller's Crossing
  • Maggie Fitzgerald
    Million Dollar Baby
  • Butch Coolidge
    Pulp Fiction
  • Blondie
    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Elvira Hancock
    Scarface
  • Han Solo
    Star Wars
  • Boba Fett
    Star Wars

Conclusion


ISTP Craftsmen love to master a skill and are gifted with their hands. Their greatest contribution is their ability to get things done and problem-solve.

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