Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving

"The Mechanic"

All about ISTP's

The ISTP is fortunate because they have the ability to be good at many different kinds of tasks. Their introverted and thinking preferences give them the ability to concentrate and work through problems - that leaves many doors open to them. However, to be happiest, the ISTP needs to lead a lifestyle that offers a great deal of autonomy and does not include much external enforcement of structure. ISTPs will do best working for themselves, or working in very flexible environments. Their natural interests lie towards applying their excellent reasoning skills against known facts and data to discover underlying structure, or solutions to practical questions.

Character Traits

Interested in how and why things work

Do not function well in regimented, structured environments; they will either feel stifled or become intensely bored

Constantly gather facts about their environment and store them away

Have an excellent ability to apply logic and reason to their immense store of facts to solve problems or discover how things work

Learn best "hands-on"

Usually able to master theory and abstract thinking, but don't particularly like dealing with it unless they see a practical application

Action-oriented "doers"

Focused on living in the present, rather than the future

Love variety and new experiences

Highly practical and realistic

Excellent "trouble-shooters", able to quickly find solutions to a wide variety of practical problems

Results-oriented; they like to see immediate results for their efforts

Usually laid-back and easy-going with people

Risk-takers who thrive on action

Independent and determined - usually dislike committing themselves

Usually quite self-confident

Possible Careers

Athletic coaching, all levels

Athletic official / referee

Athletic trainer

Bartender (especially ESTPs)


Business / business management

Chiropractor (ESTPs)

Computer / IT professional (ISTP)

Construction / heavy equipment operator


Custom wood-working / furniture maker (ISTPs)

Deejay / DJ



Entrepreneurship (especially ISTPs)

Field Scientist: environmental, geophraphic



Heating and cooling specialist

Home inspector

Human medicine: doctor / physician / surgeon

Land surveyor

Repair / maintenance worker

Mechanic / technician: automobile, motorcycle, bicycle, heavy equipment, airplane

Orthotist / prosthetist

Physical education teacher (especially ESTPs)

Physical therapy / therapist (ESTPs)



Police officer / private detective

Real estate agent (ESTPs)

Restaurant owner / manager

Sales and marketing (ESTPs)

Sports medicine, athletic trainer

Tool and die worker

Truck driver, courier


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