Detectives are generally more reserved and prefer being alone. They are self-sufficient, independent thinkers.
They are very observant and focus on the details of a situation, trusting facts and making decisions based on the here-and-now.
ISTP types favor logic and reason over emotional influences. They base their decisions on what makes sense.
They are also spontaneous and prefer keeping their options open. Detectives are often more adaptable and less aware of time.
Focus on the specifics and details rather than the big picture
Trust logic and reason over emotions when making decisions
Seek alone time and privacy to think, process, and recharge
Reject rules and regulations and favor spontaneity
Study the world around them and seek to understand it
Every personality archetype has strengths and blind spots, and these are often amplified in professional settings where we often encounter a diverse group of people with vastly different backgrounds and value systems.
Ability to adapt to new situations
Positive and light-hearted attitude
Deep curiosity and passion for understanding
Thorough, logical, and creative thinking
Natural confidence and calm demeanor
Logical thinking bordering on insensitivity
Difficulty focusing on long-term goals
Spontaneous nature leading to excessive risk-taking
Struggling to commit to others
When people experience pain, stress, or dissatisfaction, it can usually be attributed to energy-draining activities. Therefore, it’s important to know what kinds of activities energize each personality type and which activities drain them.
Taking things apart and figuring out how they work
Flexible schedules that allow them to be impulsive
Freedom to be independent and alone
Exciting new adventures and experiences
Finding unique solutions to difficult problems
Pressure to commit to long-term projects
Monotonous or purposeless routine
Spending too much time around other people
Dealing with interpersonal conflict
ISTPs tend to thrive in environments that allow them to be independent and problem-solve at their own pace. They enjoy using their strengths in logical thinking and passionate curiosity to help improve the productivity and effectiveness of their team.
They are asked to work independently.
Their boss is directly addresses the task at hand.
Their peers are direct and motivated.
Their direct reports need very little guidance.
ISTP types like to use their hands to interact with the world. They enjoy seeing how things work and learning through experience.
ISTPs can maintain a positive, calm attitude even in difficult circumstances. They can help others keep their composure in stressful, high-stakes situations.
Give them space to work privately
Communicate their honest opinions and ideas
Can handle necessary, honest feedback
Fail to finish the projects that they start
Offend someone with direct criticism that they perceived as helpful
Feel trapped in a rigid schedule or routine
ISTPs can be patient, positive partners who take their time in understanding situations and finding practical ways to solve problems.
Staying composed in unexpected, emotional situations
Calmly, objectively working through difficult conversations
Innate desire to get to find practical solutions for a problem
Opening up emotionally with their partner
Considering their partners feelings about a decision
Feeling comfortable in routine or boring relationships
ISTP females tend to be inquisitive, logical thinkers, who are likely to prioritize facts over emotion. They may easily adapt to new situations while remaining calm and confident. Though they may be reserved, they can be assertive when sharing their opinions. They are often excited by the chance to figure out how something works and find a practical solution to a complicated problem. ISTP females may face wrongful criticism from those who hold more traditional views of women, but their ability to remain grounded and logical will likely prevent them from taking unnecessary comments too personally.
ISTP males are likely to seek privacy and value practical solutions over new ideas. They tend to be impulsive and adventurous, often choosing to pursue new opportunities on their own. Though they may have a difficult time connecting emotionally with others, their analytical mind can help them find proven, safe solutions.
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