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Type theory

Type descriptions - ISTP's

ISTPs are impulsive, fearless, and crave excitement. They like tools, and instruments, and often become technical experts. 5% of the total population.

ISTPs value privacy and sometimes keep important issues to themselves. Their concern for the present moment and their inability to recognize the importance of setting goals, often leads them into conflict with authority. Being action-oriented, ISTPs react against restrictions — which typically causes the controls placed on them to increase. In these situations, boredom can quickly set in and the ISTP may experience feelings of internal emptiness. Overly regulated situations cause ISTPs stress. In such situations, ISTPs either attempt to flee or turn to fight their adversary face-to-face.

The ISTP's form of retaliation can be characterized as defiling what other people value. The ISTP violates rules and regulations that protect individual rights in retaliation for the lost opportunities and freedom that the ISTP believes they have had to endure. Getting even stimulates them and a renewed sense of excitement emerges from the risks of revenge and the expression of outrage. If stress continues, ISTPs will put what remaining freedom they have left in jeopardy by rebelling further.


This lists represent careers and jobs people of your type tend to enjoy doing. The job requirements are similar to the personality tendencies of your personality type. It is important to remember that this is not a list of all the jobs possible. And it is very important to remember that people can, and frequently do, fill jobs that are dissimilar to their personality. This happens all the time, and sometimes works out quite well.

  • surveyor
  • fire fighter
  • private investigator
  • pilot
  • police officer
  • purchasing agent
  • chiropractor
  • medical technician
  • securities analyst
  • computer repair person
  • race car driver
  • computer programmer
  • electrical engineer
  • legal secretary
  • software developer
  • commercial artist
  • carpenter
  • paralegal
  • dental assistant
  • radiological technician
  • marine biologist