"ISTJ" Themes and Relationships
By Linda V. Berens Ph.D. and Dario Nardi Ph.D.
||ISTJ - Planner Inspector
|Likely Social Style:
- Theme is planning and monitoring,
ensuring predictable quality.
systematic, and careful.
- See discrepancies,
omissions and pitfalls.
- Talents lie
in administrating and regulating.
- Dependable, realistic, and sensible.
- Want to conserve the resources of the
organization, group, family, or culture
and persevere toward that goal.
on planning ahead and being prepared.
- Like helping others through their roles
as parent, supervisor, teammate, and
Themes and Relationships
for each Personality Type
by Linda V. Berens, Ph.D.
Dario Nardi, Ph.D.**
For Planner Inspectors, life is a process of drawing up
plans and being prepared. Having things planned out
gives them a measure of comfort and safety. Then they
can be sure everything will be taken care of. They like
to be orderly, systematic, and organized to be sure they
don’t overlook anything that should be done and to
control for things that might go wrong.
They take responsibility for making sure the details
of a task are completed to the agreed upon standards
and on time. To not follow through on a commitment is
nearly incomprehensible to them, and they go to great
lengths to make sure whatever needs to be done will be
accomplished. Their attitude is that you have to get your
work done before you can really enjoy playing. Yet they
do like to laugh and joke, even on the job—a side of
them sometimes missed by others.
Being active in the community gives them another
place besides work and home to be responsible and to
contribute to the social structure that keeps society going.
Take away their family, work, and community roles
and you take away their sources of energy. They enjoy
cultivating good qualities in themselves and in others.
They have a lot of loyalty to their roles and
take them very seriously, sometimes putting up with
conditions most people would avoid or escape. For
them, showing they care by supporting one’s family,
being a good parent, a good worker, or even a good child
is most important. One characteristic they are always
respected for is doing the right thing. Somehow they
manage to bear life’s burdens and overcome adversity.
Their thought processes tend to be sequential and
structured. First they line up the sequence of what is
happening to see exactly what the problem is. They
have a keen sense of past experiences to reference for
constructing solutions, which they mentally test out for
what is likely to happen and any negative effects. They
are particularly talented at seeing the pieces of a project,
what’s missing, and how they go together.
When they reach the end of a task, they
look back and often have a sense of “If only I had
known then what I know now!” Learning so much
in hindsight can be painful at times. They put the
knowledge learned in their memory bank so they can
apply it in future situations.
For Planner Inspectors, relationships are about caring
and responsibility. They enjoy giving of their time and
experience and want to set a good example. They feel
very responsible for those in their care. With a strong
sense of honor, they feel it is their duty to keep the family
unit, the work group, or the organization together and
make sure everything is okay. They will work very hard
as providers. The downside is that they can become so
focused on their responsibilities to work that they neglect
their responsibilities to be more personally involved.
They are intensely loyal in all their relationships. Having
stable relationships is important, and if educating the
other person hasn’t worked, they may overlook that
person’s irresponsibility in order to maintain stability.
However, they can eventually get angry when others
don’t follow through and aren’t pulling their weight.
In their close relationships, they are loyal and
faithful. Traditional roles suit them well. They tend to
hold in emotions and be less expressive. They can be
very sentimental at times, especially over reminders of the
past. Thoughtfulness and steadiness are the hallmarks of
their relationships. They are more likely to give practical
gifts than romantic ones. They need to make sure they get
enough solitude, especially at the end of the day to review
all that has happened and plan for the next day.
This concludes "Themes and Relationships for ISTJ,"
A Personality Type Description.
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