ISTPs and Other Fixer-Uppers

Greetings, fellow INTPs (and all you [other] homo sapiens). I’m back with a new installment of The INTP’s Guide to Everyone Else. I know I can make all the excuses in the world trying to justify my absence from the MBTI segment of my blog (I lost some of my comic drawings, school got too busy, I couldn’t muster the energy to write), but I’m pretty sure you don’t want to hear them. I promised I’d deliver content weekly, and, well, I didn’t. What can I say…. I’m an INTP.

Anyways, I’ve returned, and it’s finally time to take a look at ISTPs.


ISTPs are theoretically similar to you. However, as always, be guarded in your attempts to turn theory into practice, because inconsistencies increase with the number of variables. When it comes to humans, the variables are infinite.

You may find that ISTPs share your idea processing and brainstorming traits while being a bit more practically inclined. This is completely normal and should not be perceived as a threat. Though you are still better with the big picture, an ISTP will be able to fix the nitty-gritty aspects of the problem here and now, without waiting a week because two days of research followed by an information gestation period are necessary, or because “It doesn’t feel right” at the moment, or because you’ll do it later. (Let’s be honest here: you probably won’t do it later. You haven’t forgotten about it, no, you just misplaced the information).

The typical ISTP can be identified quite easily, as they often dress the way they think. (Practically). They may also carry a trademark tool around or exhibit a never-ending state of curiosity and wonder (something you probably identify with).

This curiosity is another hallmark of the ISTP and may, at first glance, seem similar to your own curiosity about the world and how it works. However, whereas you explore by mentally picturing osmosis as a water droplet moving through a grass stalk, creating fantasy worlds from thin air, or thinking about the gradual transition from a low-intensity red tint to a high intensity violet, ISTPs are taking apart engines, impulsively fiddling with differently-sized washers, nuts, and bits of threaded rod, or jumping from one cake-and-Jello-Vesuvius-recreation project to another.

Please note that if a nearby ISTP is working on a project, it is best to take cover until the project’s completion. Though ISTPs are not social by nature, they may assume that everyone else should be doing the same sort of work they are and quickly delegate tasks. In addition to this, their propensity for practical work coupled with a somewhat disorganized nature can lead to an overabundance of tools and gadgets littered around their workplace. These most definitely constitute hazards, and you should never approach anything attached to a power cord near an ISTP. Trust me.

The next installment of The INTP’s Guide To Everyone Else will revolve around ISTJs and Other (non)Sense Factories. Look for it sometime soon, on a randomized day of the week near YOU!

April 23/17

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