ISTP - Strengths and Weaknesses

The Problem Solvers


ISTPs are great problem-solvers. No task is too hard for an ISTP! They are very resourceful and are able to adapt easily when necessary. They are able to think critically and logically when making decisions, rarely letting their emotions cloud their judgment. When confronted with a problem, ISTPs try to use the information available to make the best decision, hoping for the best. They place a great deal of trust their own judgement, which is based solely off of unbiased logic and reasoning. They have little tolerance for intuitive judgments. Rather, they prefer to evaluate the information available to them and make a decision quickly.

ISTPs have initiative. They are very curious, and want to learn as much as they can about the world around them. Oftentimes, ISTPs become very interested in one topic, and are able to learn a great deal about this topic in a short amount of time. This passion for learning often makes ISTPs very successful in their education, and later, in their careers.

Initially, ISTPs appear to be very reserved. However, once others get to know ISTPs, they are excellent friends. They are accepting of all others, and a rarely judgmental. They are not strong conversationalists, but are great communicators when it comes to working as a team to solve a certain problem.


Because ISTPs are very detail-oriented, and may have a difficult time thinking about big concepts or theories. They would much rather focus on realistic possibilities that are practical, rather than big ideas with limited practical importance. At times, it may be hard for ISTPs to see the “big picture,” or see too far into the future, and they may get caught up in details of the present moment instead.

ISTPs are not afraid to take risks. In some cases, this can be a positive trait. However, these risk-taking tendencies often make ISTPs prone to making poorly thought-out decisions. They may make irresponsible financial choices—gambling or making impulsive purchases. At times like these, ISTPs often forget about their responsibilities and how their actions may affect others. Aside from this, ISTPs’ impulsiveness may make them prone to difficulties in other areas of their lives. They are constantly seeking new and exciting things, making it hard for an ISTP to focus in school. It is critical that ISTPs continually practice keeping their impulses in check. If ISTPs are able to keep their impulsiveness in check, however, their enthusiasm and charisma will help them become very successful in life.

Expect the unexpected. And whenever possible, be the unexpected.
Jack Dorsey