ISTJs are strong but calm and steady personalities. As an ISTJ, you are thoughtful and traditional, work-focused and business-oriented. You listen to and respect your family and your closest friends. Generally, you radiate calm to the people around you, and you make your friends feel safe and secure around you. You tend to appear experienced and people think you have a strong work-ethic.
You generally stay out of other people’s personal lives and give people the freedom to be themselves. You’re competetive and you like to win. You love to talk freely about your thoughts and to have open, serious discussions with others. And you enjoy smaller and more intimate social gatherings, and there’s no place like home to you. You tend to become an expert at what you do and value efficiency and productivity highly. You’re very involved with your community and you want to be someone people can trust and count on.
You tend to take time to warm up to others. You’re a firm decision maker and you’re good at going with your gut. As an ISTJ, you enjoy to share your facts and to engage in logical discussions with others, and while you may struggle with a bit of a temper, you tend to be quick to forgive others. And you tend to connect with others slowly, and you connect more about work and about traditions than on an emotional level. You pride yourself on doing favors for and helping your close ones out in times of need. Have you noticed that you live life slowly and meticulously, with great care during stressful changes? You pride yourself on living up to societal expectations, maintaining your health, being polite, being on time. You are a practical and fairly simple person.
Because of your respect for the system and for order, you tend to frown on unnecessary sentiment and misplaced kind gestures. You value strength and self-reliance. You find creativity to often be meaningless and erratic and would rather people just stick with the methods that are proven to work. ISTJs are driven and proactive and easy to be around. You’re the ideal supporter – a good family member, a reliable problem solver. As an ISTJ, you tend to be resistant to new ideas and to new suggestions. You’re firm about your beliefs and when you’ve made up your mind, it’s hard to lure you to the other side. Your ideal romantic partner tends to be the ESTP. Their love for logic, their ability to reflect deeply on things, and their thoughtfulness appeals to you greatly.
The ISTJs Four Intelligences
Heroic Introverted Sensing (Si) – Structural Intelligence
You will spend your entire life exploring this function, and it will be important to you throughout your entire journey. It represents your ego, your dreams, your conscious experience of “you”. This function is about asserting yourself as a unique person in this world and walking your own journey, being true to yourself. This function is what you love.
Mentor: Extroverted Thinking (Te) – Systematic Intelligence
This is how you grow and how you improve as a person. Whenever you engage in this function, you’re taking on challenges in life. You’re adding pressure on yourself, and you are in the pursuit of growth and learning opportunities. This function also represents your expectations and the standards you set yourself to.
Sidekick: Artistic intelligence – Introverted Feeling (Fi)
This function helps you bring balance between your expectations and what you aspire towards, and who you are and your most basic desires. This function also represents a secret superpower within a limited field, something you have an unexpected knack for as a hobby.
Rival: Extroverted Intuition (Ne) – Interpretative Intelligence
This function represents your opposing values, the things you find the most tedious and annoying, but which you must sometimes rise up to deal with even if you dislike it. Most of the time, you should avoid making this function a too big influence on your life and your decisions.