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ISTP Strengths and Weaknesses

The strengths and weaknesses of the ISTP personality type

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ISTPs are creative and adventurous people who cultivate lives that are often removed from mainstream society. They love to solve challenges. Their curiosity often leads to new inventions and discoveries, even little things which help them at home with particular tasks.

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Your strengths and weaknesses may become more apparent when you interact with other personality types, as the differences are contrasted.

ISTP Strengths

Natural strengths of an ISTP

Dedicated Problem Solvers

Driven by the challenge of a seemingly unanswerable question, ISTPs are always seeking out new ways to do things, problems to solve and gadgets to fix. They rarely settle for failure. As tenacious as they are creative, they thoroughly examine each and every detail of a problem until they arrive at a solution. They are not easily deterred by discomfort, danger, or long hours working alone.


Curious and Observant

ISTPs live in the moment and pay close attention to their surroundings. They are a wealth of useful information and practical knowledge. If they don't have and explanation for how something works, they will figure it out.


Calm in a Crisis

The life-long practice of setting their emotions aside when solving problems gives ISTPs the ability to face danger without panicking. They are often the first to come up with a solid plan and tackle difficult jobs that no one else wants to do. Their ability to prioritize logic and reason over feelings gives them the confidence to take tough decisions.


Practical and Efficient

ISTPs are not creatures of habit or convention. Rather than falling in with the way things have always been done, they are eager to introduce ways to increase efficiency so that they will have even more time for their fascinating projects. Doing repetitive tasks is not their favorite way to pass the time, so they are likely to have developed a precise method for routines at work and for chores around the house.

ISTP weaknesses

Natural areas where ISTPs could develop themselves

Difficulty Making Emotional Connections

ISTPs are so accustomed to ignoring their feelings when considering strategies, making plans, and arriving at decisions that they sometimes forget that they even have feelings. They sometimes neglect to consider the feelings of others as well. This lack of awareness combined with their tendency to abbreviate their verbal communication can lead to the impression that they are impatient or even angry.


Taking unnecessary risks

ISTPs get bored and are easily distracted without a good challenge to keep their mental juices flowing. At times they may even take unnecessary risks or place themselves in harm's way just to keep themselves engaged and interested.


Unconventional Learning Style

Many successful ISTPs have had to make their own way in life without the benefit of a full, traditional education. They get bored and frustrated with classroom lectures and exams, which mostly deal with theoretical concepts. ISTPs are exceptionally good at figuring things out on their own and have been known to learn a great deal when self-motivated, but this independent learning does not always translate into diplomas and degrees.



It's important for an ISTP to know why they are required to follow rules and behave in certain ways. As independent thinkers, they are not easily influenced by what others think and want. Bending the rules and skirting regulations can eventually catch up with them and get them into trouble, or worse cause harm to those close to them.

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An ISTP's strengths and weaknesses are not fixed at those levels. Over time, with care and attention, any ISTP can reduce the unnecessary risks they take when they are seeking challenges to relieve their boredom.


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Ellie Simmonds, MSc

University of Bath, Psychology

Ellie Simmonds, MSc in Psychology from University of Bath. Ellie is an associate lecturer on psychometric assessments and has extensive knowledge of the 16-type model.