Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Personality type - ISTJ...the thought police


yesterday was all about Self awareness and the old Myers-Briggs assessment:-

The above test should have given you a four letter code that at the moment probably doesn't mean a lot.
Over the next few days I'll be posting what each of these 16 personality types mean in relation to careers and romance.

But first a little data from the great wikipedia.
Below is a table that shows how common each of the 16 types are:-

Today I'm going to blog about ISTJ's
(introversion, sensing, thinking, judgment) - The thought police ;)

ISTJs thrive on organization. They keep their lives and environments well-regulated. They bring painstaking attention to detail in their work and will not rest until a job is well completed. They are often dissatisfied with unresolved issues, whether in life or in fiction.

ISTJs are faithful, logical, organized, sensible, and earnest traditionalists. They earn success by thoroughness and dependability. Shutting out distractions, they take a practical, logical approach to their endeavors. Realistic and responsible, they work steadily toward their goals. They enjoy creating order in both their professional and personal lives.

Despite their focus on their internal world, ISTJs prefer dealing with the present and the factual. Keen observers of life, they weigh various options when making decisions. ISTJs are well-prepared for most eventualities and have a good understanding of most situations. They believe in practical objectives, and they value traditions and loyalty.

In Relationships

The ISTJ's word is as good as gold, and they honor their commitments faithfully. They believe that to do otherwise would be nothing less than a breach of honor and trustworthiness.
Consequently, they take their vows very seriously, and once they have said "I do", that means they are bound to the relationship until "death do us apart" or otherwise. ISTJs are driven to fulfill their responsibilities and duties, and will do so with tireless effort. They will do their best to meet the obligations presented by the different relationship roles which they play during their lives, i.e. spouse, parent, offspring, etc. They may have difficulty showing warmth, but they frequently feel it in abundance, and most develop the ability to show it through sheer effort. If nothing else, the ISTJ holds the gold medal of all the personality types for Effort. They will put forth tremendous amounts of effort to accomplish goals which are important to them. If healthy relationships are among these goals, you can bet that the ISTJ will do everything that they can to foster and maintain healthy relationships.

Ten Rules to Live By to Achieve ISTJ Success
  • Feed Your Strengths! Do things that allow your excellent organizational and logical abilities to flourish. Explore the worlds of business management, accounting, and medicine.
  • Face Your Weaknesses! See your weaknesses for what they are, and seek to overcome them. Especially, strive to use your judgment against your internal store of knowledge, rather than as a means of disregarding other people's ideas.
  • Talk Through Your Thoughts. You need to step through your vast amount of information in order to put things into perspective. Give yourself appropriate time to do this, and take advantage of discussing ideas with others. Some find that externalizing your thoughts is a valuable exercise, as is expressing your ideas clearly in writing.
  • Take in Everything. Don't dismiss ideas prematurely because you don't respect the person generating the ideas, or because you think you already know it all. After all, everybody has something to offer, and nobody knows everything. As Steven Covey says, "Seek first to understand, and then to be understood."
  • Quench Your Desire to Control Others. Remember that most people do not want to be controlled. Again, turn your controlling tendencies inwardly rather than outwardly. You can only really control yourself.
  • Be Aware of Others. Take time to notice where others are coming from. What is their personality type? How are they currently feeling?
  • Be Accountable for Yourself. Don't blame the problems in your life on other people. Look inwardly for solutions.
  • Be Gentle in Your Expectations, and judge yourself at least as harshly as you judge others.
  • Assume the Best. Don't distress yourself and others by dwelling on the dark side of everything. Just as there is a positive charge for every negative charge, there is a light side to every dark side. Remember that positive situations are created by positive attitudes, and vice versa. Expect the best, and the best will come forward.
  • There is Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself. Sometimes it's necessary to take a risk to initiate change. Don't be afraid to do so when that time comes. In most cases, the obstacles and burdens standing in the way of your goal are not really there--they just exist in your perspective. Change your perspective--change your life.


  1. I have to constantly push myself to be extrovertive because I'm naturally shy. It's rewarding in that you can not only create helpful contacts through networking, but you get to meet funny and exciting people when you do. Great post, and as always following and supporting-

  2. I have to read it carefully.. there are lot of
    things I could do!

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  3. Sounds interesting, will be definately following and will found out which one I fit into aswell.

  4. @Ashley - I'm the same, naturally shy but in a job and environment where I have to be extrovert.
    Thanks for following :)

    @Justsayin' - next post is for you :)



  5. I never took tons of stock in these, but I had to write an entire freaking paper on my ENFP profile, pure torture.

    Come Laugh & Lear

  6. It's kinda scary how accurate some of these are. Just showed it to a friend.