"ISTP" Themes and Relationships
By Linda V. Berens Ph.D. and Dario Nardi Ph.D.
|ISTP - Analyzer Operator
|Likely Social Style:
- Theme is action-driven problem solving.
- Talents lie in operating all kinds of tools
and instruments and using frameworks for
- Keen observers of the
environment, they are a storehouse of data
and facts relevant to analyzing and solving
- Thrive on challenging situations
and having the freedom to craft clever
solutions and do whatever it takes to fix
things and make them work.
- Take pride in
their skill and virtuosity, which they seem
to effortlessly acquire.
Themes and Relationships
for each Personality Type
by Linda V. Berens, Ph.D.
Dario Nardi, Ph.D.**
For Analyzer Operators, life is a process of actively
solving problems. They enjoy observing how things
work, figuring out the best way to solve whatever
problem is at hand. That problem might be as basic as
fixing something broken or as extensive as heart surgery
or starting a business. They have a talent for figuring
out what tools to use and the best approach to take to
accomplish something. They want to do it so it works the
first time and hate having to rework something.
They need to be independent, to do things on
their own or to be free to not do them. To not have the
freedom to act on their hunches or intuitions is a fate
worse than death since it means not using their tactical,
Naturally curious, they seek to understand a
situation, frequently analyzing and taking things apart to
figure out how they work. Then they quickly grasp the
most expedient solution, one that will fix it. Once they
figure out the immediate next step, they want to move
on it, see what happens, and then move on to the next
challenge. Others see the fearless, just-do-it attitude and
miss the analysis behind the scenes.
Their thought processes tend to be analytical and
observational. They quickly scan the environment for
inconsistencies, changes, and new information. Then
they adapt and work around whatever obstacles appear.
And they rarely work on just one thing at a time. No
theory or explanation is accepted as the “truth” as there
are always more discoveries to make, ways to do it
better. They enjoy sharing those discoveries, showing
others the techniques that work and the shortcuts that
keep things simple. They don’t like change just for
change sake, but they do like variety.
In the interpersonal arena, they like to help people
solve problems and frequently are called on for help in
fixing things. They engage more by doing things with
those they care about than by expressions of feeling.
For the most part, they go to great lengths to keep
situations on an even keel, to not offend. They sometimes
absorb emotional experiences that can often have a very
powerful effect on them. This can be unsettling until they
can detach enough to figure it all out.
For Analyzer Operators, relationships are about taking
action. Relationships often center on problem solving,
and solving problems for others is how they show
they care. They want to feel pride in doing something
concrete for the other person, doing whatever uses
their talents. They often feel a need to feel smart, and
they admire people who are smart. Generally, they
are very independent and will resist outside direction,
wanting to do things the way they’ve figured out is the
best way. They know how to do it, don’t want others
to tell them how, and can be critical and sarcastic if
overdirected. If they don’t feel trapped, they’ll stick
with the relationship and can be very loyal. Unlike in
other aspects of their lives, they like having a routine
in relationships. Establishing a relationship can take
a lot of energy, so once it’s done, it can take a lot of
energy to change it. They want the other person to be
straightforward with them in communication.
In their close relationships, they are generally good
providers and helpmates. They prefer to be with people
who share their interests or else allow them to “do their
own thing.” They don’t like to talk through interpersonal
problems in terms of their feelings. Displays of
strong emotions can be taken very seriously and then
overwhelm them. Sitting down and talking out their
emotions makes them feel trapped. They show how they
care more through their actions than their words.
This concludes "Themes and Relationships for ISTP,"
A Personality Type Description.
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