What's It Like To Be an "ISTP"
A Self-Portrait Personality Type Description for ISTPs**
By Linda V. Berens Ph.D. and Dario Nardi Ph.D.
||ISTP - Analyzer Operator
|Likely Social Style:
Inside I am continually reworking
an issue. I am constantly open to
new directions, always tweaking and
bringing in new information. I solve a
problem by looking at all the angles,
probably whatever side I need to.There is an answer, and I just need to get
to the best way to figure it out—to meet my objectives
and give it to people how it is without annoying anyone.
To work with difficult situations I become very
logical and very analytical, and I look to see where
things fit. I always watch and if there’s a problem,
I go back inside myself to see what may need to be
done and how best to approach a situation. I like to
find a technique.
Personality Type Descriptions by
Linda V. Berens, Ph.D. and
Dario Nardi, Ph.D.**
The observational part of me is the ability to see
when an opportunity exists and to actually act on it
and make things a little bit better. I like to choose the
timing for when it’s appropriate to say or do something.
I spend a lot of time considering scenarios before I make
decisions. I’ll usually go with a hunch, my intuition,
what’s the most likely cause. I do my best problem
solving in my head away from whatever it is. I step
back outside of things, think for a while, and make
adjustments—could this be better than that, how do these
react, and how does the whole system go together? I’m
willing to do the upfront work, which makes it expedient
because I never have to repeat it.
In my work, I don’t want to be just doing stuff for
the sake of doing stuff. I like to accomplish things—make
a contribution. That’s real important. I take a “do it” type
of approach. It’s very practical. It’s very here and now.
That does not mean I don’t take into consideration the big
picture and what’s down the road and what’s best for the
organization, but at the same time my big focus is “let’s
get this show on the road and let’s do it.” I do it as well as
I can. Then I think very well on my feet. I can be quick
with the verbal comeback—I like the impact. I just get in
there and do it, and whatever job I go into, I hit the ground
running. And I’m very competitive, often with myself. I tie
one hand behind my back and see if I can still do it.
Those times that I have to use my heart, it drives
me crazy because I’m looking for things in clear-cut
answers. I have a hard time agreeing that other people
look at things completely differently. People should think
things through. I have a problem with people reading
between the lines. They hear words I never say, and I
select my words carefully. I can take myself out of it so
I usually don’t take things personally. And I find I have
to make a point to remember that people are part of the
equation. I have to work that in.
I rarely work on one thing at a time. I get an
idea and chase it down. I’m always studying—not
just books but looking at what interests me. I
customize everything I touch; people tell me I can’t do
something, and I say sure I can. And I like time to just
sit down and enjoy. But when I have too much time
I tend to just pick away at things. I am really much
better when there is a deadline.
I look at the world as a place to enjoy. I like things to
smell good, taste good, look and feel good. I love exploring
the outdoors. The peace and stillness, the little noises and
different views. I feel really comfortable out there. I have
no desire to be with people when I don’t know anybody.
It’s a delightful sensation when I see an animal.
I don’t like the social stuff. It takes too much time,
too much energy. I’m bored. I can’t figure out how to
make myself more relaxed, and I never really know
what I’m supposed to be saying. I have only a few close
friends that I really see a lot. Yet people have seen me as
someone very lively and talkative. That’s the part of me
that likes life to be an adventure.
I like flexibility in what I do. Fun means something
that interests me. Organized things don’t come to me
easily, but I can do them. I’ve always found ways to
make things fun. It’s a game to make sure you can come
to the next point where you have freedom again There’s
something insincere about doing something just because
of somebody or something else. What I do has to make
sense, have impact. I cannot stand just busy work. It
has to be meaningful. I have an incredible amount of
enthusiasm and passion for certain things that I do and
want to see done.
This concludes "What's it like to be an ISTP,"
A Self Portrait Personality Type Description.
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