July 27, 2015

Confessions of an ISTJ

Today, my great friend Petra is going to tell us about her personality. Don't forget, if you want to be part of the 16 Personality post series, take the test (http://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test) and email your results to christiellaryder[at]gmail[dot]com. If the slot for your personality type is still open, you will get a chance to help people understand YOU!

ISTJs... coined by 16personalities.com as “The Logistician[s]” make up a large percentage of the population, compared to the other personality types. It was interesting when I took the quiz, to find out my results, and it was really cool just how on target most of their profile was. They really know us well! I'll recap what I learned and share some of my own thoughts here.

Breakdown: (from my profile here: http://www.16personalities.com/profiles/559aa4e6ce7a5)

Introverted rather than Extroverted...refers solitary activities, is more comfortable with nonverbal communication and prefers to consider what they will say before speaking, often grows tired from social interaction.

Observant rather than Intuitive...down to earth, aware of practicality, and mindful of the past as it relates to the future.

Thinking rather than Feeling...tough cookies, opinionated, objective and rational.

Judging rather than Prospecting...decisive, preferring clear rules and guidelines, seeking structure and closure.

To an ISTJ, the importance of logic, fact, integrity, stability, and autonomy is high. I would say we quickly recognize the lack of logic in conversations, ideas, and opinions. This observation, coupled with our inherent drive to find a solution, moves us to quickly find the error in the logic. Everything needs to be practical. It needs to make sense. There must be a solid reason for something, or we race to find it. If that reason can't be found, we will likely abandon the idea.

Honesty, truth, fact...these are favorites of ours. We fear things that appear different than they really are, because we need to see things at face value so we can find the correct course of action. Dishonesty is incredibly crippling, and we hate the idea of being betrayed or lied to. If information is false, that threatens the success of our plan and basically throws practicality and efficiency out the proverbial window. We need to be able to trust people, and thrive when we are trusted. It cuts deeply to find another person untrustworthy, and cuts even deeper when we find that true of ourselves. For the most part, we will stick to the truth, often bluntly, even when it may cost something to us or another person. In our haste to uphold fact, we may come across as unfeeling or cold. It takes effort for us to find tactful ways to present the truth, especially when we expect others to accept it as unquestioningly as we do.

Personal integrity is a core aspect of our personality. Tending to be opinionated, we stick stubbornly to those things we have found to be logical and true. What we believe to be right becomes the yardstick by which we measure our decisions. “Crossing a line” just isn't an option...we rigorously resist attempts to change our mind and grow angry when others threaten or question our choices. Standards and rules are vital to how we live and work. Without a clear standard, things are confusing and impossible to analyze. As a result, we cannot correctly move forward in a logical and practical sense. This threatens our stability, leaving us feeling “up in the air”, insecure, and stressed out.

This stability and consistency is something that makes life bearable for an ISTJ. Without it, we can feel like we're hanging in midair, no firm footing and no clear plan for action ahead of us. We struggle when we can't see likely outcomes, thus preventing our preparation and completion. Change is an unknown factor. It makes us cringe. We like change in a controlled environment, when we can manipulate it to achieve our intended result. We appreciate the beauty and necessity of change, and enjoy watching the logical process as A turns into B, which becomes C. To achieve C, A must change. But if we can't control the process, and there's a chance A could actually become F or H, we might freak out a little bit.

The above four aspects of our personality all relate to the final point, autonomy. In a lot of cases, an ISTJ will probably prefer to avoid a team, and just get it done. We recognize logic, and sometimes it just takes way to long to explain it, which threatens efficiency and practicality. It scares us that by working with others, we have to rely on them and this idea of dependence on other people is in many cases a “no no.” If there is risk of betraying our convictions, duties, and integrity, we will opt for self sufficiency. There can be a lot of unknowns when involving a group of people, and our need for stability gets in the way of teamwork sometimes. However, our ability to construct a logical train of thought, and our comfort with autonomy can be a hugely successful asset. We are able to get things done, and our dedication to integrity will ensure it gets done right. We search for the facts, so that we have all the details necessary for the job, and then we do it...or, we find someone who can. We can be very effective leaders and members of teams and groups, but most often would choose to keep it close to home.

I think if I had to sum up the ISTJ in four words, it might be something like, “Does it make sense?” ;)

Petra is 22 years old and lives in Golden, CO.  She is currently studying math and works at a local school as a paraprofessional.  She enjoys swimming, listening to music, spending time with friends, learning about God, and hopes to learn to play the cello in the near future.  When she isn't doing these things, she works on perfecting her Chrome Dinosaur Game expertise.  :)   

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