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🧩 Each type is given a range of labels – but some fit better than others. And each has its share of annoying stereotypes. Some are legitimate, but most are entirely false
✥ ISTP – Daredevil adrenaline-junkies who live, breathe & sleep extreme sports
Reality: Although ISTPs are highly sensory-oriented & very in touch with their physical surroundings, they’re also extremely introverted. They enjoy being in their mind & love to learn. Their first mode of information processing is introverted thinking (Ti), so they’re much more interested in discovering how things work than in simply experiencing them.
They like to see all the pieces of a puzzle before making a decision, especially for big life choices. If they’re in a crisis they can act quickly, thanks to auxiliary Se, & can finish a task using “shortcuts” that doesn’t line up with bureaucratic rules.
Some do love extreme sports, but many are too rational to justify the risks of such activities – they prefer staying safe rather than harming their livelihood, at the mercy of their auxiliary function.
✥ ESTP – Too impulsively manipulating to be reliable or faithful
Reality: ESTPs tend to live in the moment & enjoy taking advantage of current opportunities, dislike routine, sitting still & making long-term decisions that can limit their options. They see what they want & go for it – so that when your interests align with theirs, nobody will be more devoted or attentive.
They care about how others see them, want to be liked, & don’t enjoy doing harm. They value their friendships deeply, & their extroverted feeling (Fe) keeps them in line, based on how their actions affect others.
They can certainly be impulsive, but only take the chances they want to. Once they make a commitment to someone, they’re often quite good at seeing it through. They mean “I don’t want a relationship,” but they also mean it if they say “I do”.
Mature ESTPs are responsible, capable & fearless, & not the type to forever sit in an office. They need to experiment & go on adventures, so tying them down will only cause frustration & resentment. But they’ll benefit from open-minded people who can help them find strategies for choosing & reaching long-term goals.
✥ ISTJ – Boring workaholics, unbearably rigid & set in their ways
Reality: ISTJs lead with the Perceiving function of Introverted Sensing (Si), so they like routine & knowing what to expect. The more they repeat the same process successfully, the more they like to incorporate that process into their routine. However, they be adventurous, going through spurts where they do try new things unusual things. They can also be innovative, but very cautiously & meticulously.
Although they do enjoy tried-and-true ways (practical) more than experimental ones, many ISTJs are incredibly analytical. They’re always taking in new facts & measuring them against each other for practicality & efficiency. If a new method beats out an old one, they have no trouble accepting it.
They can be seen as rigid because they work so hard to accomplish their goals, which also comes from caring deeply about providing for people they love. Many have a unique, offbeat senses of humor, & very capable of being entertaining.
✥ ESTJ – Bossy know-it-alls who only want to control everyone
Reality: ESTJs lead with Extraverted Thinking (Te). Neuroscience Dario Nardi says they’re more interested in results than in procedures. As natural leaders & supervisors they easily see errors & delegate the work work to correct & complete taks, driven by goal-achievement.
They actually care deeply about the people they’re close to, & always want to help others get the best results possible. Although ESTJs do tend to err on the side of being meticulous & bossy, they very much want to protect & provide for loved ones. Because they can often see when others are making mistakes, they feel the need to step in & take care of things for them. They’re is not malicious or spiteful – they simply see the most efficient way to do something & want to share.
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