What's It Like To Be an "ISTJ"
A Self-Portrait Personality Type Description for ISTJs**
By Linda V. Berens Ph.D. and Dario Nardi Ph.D.
||ISTJ - Planner Inspector
|Likely Social Style:
I think for the most part I try to
make my life pretty structured, and one
thing that other people can depend on is
that I have a very strong sense of duty.
I’m a team player but I work best
with some time alone. I like it when
everything is laid out and I can just
concentrate on doing the job. I hate it when I don’t know
where I am going, and I like feedback so I know I’m on
the right track. If part of the job entails ambiguity, that’s
fine just as long as the goal is to reduce ambiguity. I like
being financially secure with the bills paid on time so
my family can enjoy the things that we like to do. I like
to have a fallback plan. I do like to laugh and have fun
too, but work is more important to me, and then I make
my little jokes. I always think I have to get my work
done before I can go out or go home, when I can just sit
down and relax without anything hanging over my head.
I take responsibility seriously, and if I’m going to put my
name on something, my desire is to insure it’s as good as
it can be.
Personality Type Descriptions by
Linda V. Berens, Ph.D. and
Dario Nardi, Ph.D.**
A sense of right and wrong is extremely important,
and I will not just stand by and watch people doing
things wrong. It really tears me apart. I tend to want
things in order and people doing the right things. I want
to have some rules. I always wanted to please people,
and a safe environment to me is where I don’t have
to compete with anyone else’s wishes. If I get into a
situation where I feel very strongly and can’t articulate
the words or can’t win, I just don’t say anything. I
tend to put up with conflict rather than deal with it. I
try to deal with stress, but I am not necessarily a good
confronter. I would like to be more of a stress avoider.
I find myself duty bound sometimes and find that
I do things because of what’s expected of me. People
can trust and count on me, and I am very dependable,
almost to a fault. I strive to keep balance between work
and home, and if I’m going to provide for my family I’m
going to have to swallow some things at work. When
I see families that really want to be together, that’s a
relationship that those people worked at for many years
to achieve. Being a friend means caring enough about
an individual to call them to see how they are doing, and
if I can see someone has held true to their word, then
they’ve probably gained my trust. If you were to ask me
to define the word love, you would get responses like
caring, responsibility, and loyalty.
I am a very private person and I don’t like a lot of
attention. Although I enjoy being with people, observing
them, and just being a part of the group, I really like
some solitude. People who don’t know me perceive
me as pretty formal and rigid, and then I’ll get out of
character and people don’t know how to deal with that.
They misinterpret my subtle sense of humor. I do have
some ability to improvise every once in a while. I take a
lot of pleasure in the simple things.
With a problem, I will try to look at all the parts
and line them up to insure I don’t miss something. I
have to force myself to look at the big picture and solve
it before I can say, “Yes, this is going to work.” I’m not
the idea person, but if I have experience I will give my
opinion about how I think it should be done. If it’s new,
I am very much apt to sit back and take it all in and sit
on it and think about it. I try to catch myself, but it’s
so unnatural for me to see the good side of things, and
turning around my perspective takes a lot out of me. I
want a rock-solid case for why I feel the way I do. A
lot of my ideas are very practical, not theoretical—the
down-to-earth stuff people really need to know.
Sometimes when people don’t see my point, I tend to
withdraw or stand back.
I can’t stand people who don’t care for others,
who are irresponsible or rude, who shoot their mouth
off without knowing what they are talking about or
who don’t do what they are supposed to do and want
something for nothing. I especially can’t tolerate
people who don’t take other people’s time or privacy
I get up in the morning and do my routine. And
I take time at the end of each day to try to plan what’s
happening the next day, what I’m going to be working
on first, second, third, and so on through out the day, to
eliminate the unexpected. Sometimes I might carry a
book or something in case I have to wait somewhere.
That makes life easy and full. Stability is important to
me and change may not be that easy, but variety is good
too. I seek advice when I need to change.
This concludes "What's it like to be an ISTJ,"
A Self Portrait Personality Type Description.
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