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Planning: Personality & Careers:
Thinking, Judging - ISTJs represent approximately
6% of the population. ISTJs are quiet and reserved
individuals who are interested in security and peaceful
living. They have a strong internal sense of duty which
lends them a serious air and the motivation to follow
through on tasks and they are extremely dependable on
following through with things which they have promised.
Organized and methodical in their approach, they can
generally succeed at any task which they undertake.
They place great importance on honesty and integrity
and can be depended on to do the right thing for their
families and communities (1,2,8).
While they generally take things very seriously, ISTJs
also usually have an offbeat sense of humor and can
be a lot of fun - especially at family or work-related
gatherings. They tend to believe in laws and traditions,
and expect the same from others. They're not comfortable
with breaking laws or going against the rules. If they
are able to see a good reason for stepping outside of
the established mode of doing things, the ISTJ will
support that effort. However, ISTJs more often tend
to believe that things should be done according to procedures
and plans, almost to a fault. If taken too far, the
need for procedure and plans may become an obsession
with structure, leading them to do everything "by
the book." ISTJs have a strong sense of duty and
they sometimes get more work piled on them than they
can reasonably handle because their sense of duty makes
it difficult for them to say "No." They are
loyal, faithful, conservative, decisive, factual, organized,
realistic, sensible, and dependable individuals (1,2,8).
An ISTJs Career Choice Should Probably Include...
- The opportunity to use their excellent organizational
skills and their powers of concentration to create
order and structure.
- A position in which precision and technological
know-how are required and they can work with facts
and concrete information
- A stable and traditional work
environment, with a clear reporting structure and
- The opportunity to work on
one project at a time, with plenty of time to plan
their work and execute it without interruption.
- Work that involves real products
and services, where they can see the immediate results
of their efforts, and where they are evaluated on
- A position in which they are not dealing with nurturing
or relationship-oriented work.
- A promotional system that
rewards their hard work, experience, and accomplishments
with increasing levels of responsibility and compensation.
- Opportunities to develop
and then use their technical skills in subjects they
can see the practical use of and fully understand.
An ISTJs Strengths are...
ISTJs are quiet, serious, and traditional people,
who communicate in a style that is clear, simple,
and direct. They are careful observers with a realistic
and practical perspective that guides their lives.
They notice details that interest or relate to them
and have great memories for thing they have personally
experienced. They like to think things through before
acting and tend to be cautious about change. ISTJs
are responsible, stable, and capable in all situations
they know (1,2,7,8).
Conscientious and logical, ISTJs like to make decisions
that are sensible and that help things stay orderly
arid efficient. Very organized and productive, they
are duty bound, hard workers with a great ability
to concentrate and get things done. They like to be
judged on their merits and are fair and consistent
when dealing with others. They take all their commitments
seriously and prefer people who are genuine and down
to earth (1,2,7,8).
ISTJs are good at...
- making decisions objectively and applying logic
and rational thinking
- following and adhering to established routines
- working alone without being supervised or needing
to socialize, but they also work well in groups
if the need arises
- handling situations of conflict, high pressure,
or stress with a calm persona
- completing all parts of their work with accuracy
and communicating what's on their minds with precision
- accomplishing almost anything if they put their
minds to it
- taking any task and defining it, organizing
it, planning it, and implementing it through to
- remembering the important details of projects
and not letting them fall through the cracks
An ISTJs Weaknesses are...
ISTJs tend to be skeptical and sometimes suspicious
of untested ways of doing things. They prefer to trust
proven facts and experience and are leery of trying
new methods. They often miss opportunities because
they adopt a "wait and see" approach rather than take
immediate action. They can get lost in the details
of their work and lose sight of the larger context
or purpose of their work. ISTJs may become discouraged
when they can't see a way out of a bad situation (1,2,7,8).
Because they have such clear and unquestionable standards
of right and wrong, and are often conservative in
nature, ISTJs can be rigid. They may demand conformity
to their way of doing things and not encourage or
allow other, less conventional methods to be tried.
ISTJs exhibit a calm and cool exterior and can be
perceived as having a disinterested or uncaring attitude
about what's going on around them. They don't naturally
offer their insights or feelings unless they are asked
and are comfortable with the people around them (1,2,7,8).
Things to watch out for...
When their skills at maintaining the structures
that they believe hold up society fall short of
achieving the security they are striving toward,
ISTJs become tired and weary. If the stress becomes
overwhelming, ISTJs become immobilized and cannot
fill the responsibilities that they consider necessary
for rightful membership within their community.
ISTJs may then further increase their attention
on the details of the situation that is causing
them stress. This sometimes results in accusations
by those around them that the ISTJ is becoming over-demanding,
irritable, inflexible, and impatient with others
Fearing the breakdown of a trustworthy system and
dreading becoming an outcast, the ISTJ may feel
like energy is being drained from their bodies.
Fatigue will set in and it will be exacerbated by
a loss of sleep and of appetite. Depleted of their
resources, ISTJs will be unable to meet many of
their obligations or fulfill their duties to their
work and to others. Not being able to fulfill this
basic need, the ISTJ becomes further stressed and
almost incapacitated by listlessness making
it all the more difficult be responsive to others
(1,2,7,8). Other concerns to watch
- their value for structure may seem rigid to
- avoiding trying new ways of doing things or
- being uncomfortable expressing affection and
emotion to others
- tendency to believe that they're always right
and discouraging dissension or resisting change
- making snap decisions without consulting other
- taking other people's efforts for granted and
not giving enough praise or affirmation to their
coworkers or loved ones
- being impatient with inefficient people or systems
and getting involved in "win-lose" conversations
- difficulty understanding a theory or idea which
is different from their own perspective
Needs: ISTJs have a tendency to take other people's
efforts for granted, like they take their own efforts
for granted, and need to remember to pat people on the
back once in a while. ISTJs are likely to be uncomfortable
expressing affection and emotion to others as they are
not naturally in tune with their own feelings and the
feelings of others and they need overcome their natural
reservations and offer support and care to individuals
in their personal and professional realm. Pay more attention
to organizing the you deal with your outer world and
avoid becoming too preoccupied with your inner life.
ISTJs Might Consider
- Looking at Type and Careers,
by Charles R. Martin, Ph.D., Copyright 1995 by Center
for Applications of Psychological Type (CAPT)
- Looking at Type: The Fundamentals,
by Charles R. Martin, Ph.D., Copyright 1997 by Center
for Applications of Psychological Type (CAPT)
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Types Under Stress
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Personality & Careers
Ron Vick, MA, LPC
Counselor / Academic Advisor
Int'l Student Advisor