ISTJ personalities make up 12% of the general population. ISTJ women claim 7% of this personality, while 16% of ISTJs are men. Running on pure statistics, it might surprise you that we make up so large a personality population. Odds are, you know an ISTJ. It’s also a safe bet to say that if you aren’t paying attention, you don’t know that you know her.
are full of complex and nuanced internal contradictions. The outrageous part of being the Inspector personality is that we are quite aware of them while, at the same time, acknowledge that there is no “fix.” ISTJs are sensitive about what we could perceive as faults but intelligent enough to realize they are not necessarily life hindrances.
have an inner willpower that other personalities can only dream about. We stare down a situation and take notes, willing to remain aloof until we can arrive at a solid conclusion. The right conclusion. And if this keen observer forgets that she is being observed, well, things get messy.
And you know how we feel about messy.
ISTJs are unhealthy when our best characteristics turn a corner to the dark side.
The Tin Man was wrong all along. When he rapped on his chest, all he heard echoing back was hollow emptiness. Everyone else could hear it, too. The Tin Man decided that he’d been built without a heart.
Isn’t that just like
? The Tin Man was so attuned to only what he could observe that he missed what his friends did not. “He was tender, he was gentle, and awful sentimental,” but it took some paying attention to notice it.
The ISTJ and INTJ are similar in so many ways. These personalities appreciate introverted periods of alone time, use their heads instead of their hearts to make Thinking decisions, and like planning and structure to stabilize their daily Judging lifestyle.
The difference between them lies in the way they handle incoming information.
Several Christmases past, I received a beautiful desk kit from one of my daughters. It held colorful notepads and pushpins. There was a small calendar full of daily jokes. She added fun tape in a dispenser, magnets, and a small photo frame.
What she didn’t include was a gift receipt.
My family has never seen me open a box on Christmas morning and burst into joyful song or weeping ecstasy. Not even diamonds push that button.
Believe me, my family’s tried it.
If you prefer listening to talking, avoid large crowds, and refuel in solitude, you
might be an Introvert
. As an Introvert myself, I know it can be hard to stay true to your quieter nature when surrounded by
. Sound familiar? If you need a few words of Introvert wisdom to remind you how great you are, this article is for you. Here are the best Introvert quotes that’ll make you feel seen and appreciated.
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