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ISTP - The "Craftsman"

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ISTPs are adventurous and independent. They like to figure out how things work. They have great mechanical and technical skills. They live in the "here and now" which makes them adaptable and spontaneous. They like to keep busy and are action-oriented. ISTPs thrive on new and exciting situations. See MyPersonality PRO™ for a full description of your personality type.

ISTP Representation



SP (Creator)

ISTP Population
Total: 6%
Male: 8.5%
Female: 3.5%

Primary Function
Secondary Function
Tertiary Function
Least Function

About the ISTP
Expert Quotes & Links

"ISTPs have an adventuresome spirit. They are attracted to motorcycles, airplanes, sky diving, surfing, etc. They thrive on action, and are usually fearless. ISTPs are fiercely independent, needing to have the space to make their own decisions about their next step. They do not believe in or follow rules and regulations, as this would prohibit their ability to 'do their own thing'."
- Portrait of an ISTP (The Personality Page)

"Like their fellow SPs, ISTPs are fundamentally Performers, but as Ts their areas of interest tend to be mechanical rather than artistic like those of ISFPs, and unlike most ESPs they do not present an impression of constant activity."
- ISTP Profile (TypeLogic)

"...rather unemotional, does not like attention, more interested in intellectual pursuits..."
- Jung Type Descriptions (
"At work, ISTPs contribute their realistic and logical way of meeting situational requirements. They can see the easiest and most expedient route to completing a task, and they do not waste their effort on unnecessary things. They often act as trouble shooters, rising to meet the needs of the occasion. Since many ISTPs have a natural bent in technical areas, they may often function as 'walking encyclopedias' of technical information. "
- ISTP - The Realist (Lifexplore)

"...their particular nature is most easily seen in their mastery of tools of any and all kinds... Sometimes Crafters will use their body as a tool."

Famous ISTPs

Real ISTP People

Fictional ISTPs (Characters)

  • Archibald "Harry" Tuttle - Brazil movie
  • Blondie - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Boba Fett - Star Wars
  • Brett - Alien
  • Butch Coolidge - Pulp Fiction
  • Elvira Hancock - Scarface

ISTP Career Matches

ISTPs are often happy with the following jobs which tend to match well with the Craftsman/Creator personality.

  • Athlete
  • Business Analyst
  • Computer Specialist
  • Construction Worker
  • Computer Programmer
  • Carpenter
  • Driver
  • Detective
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Engineer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Forensic Pathologist
  • Farmer
  • Firefighter
  • Human Resources
  • Marketer
  • Motorcyclist
  • Military
  • Mechanic
  • Project Manager
  • Police
  • Probation Officer
  • Pilot
  • Paramedic/EMT
  • Steelworker
  • Systems Analyst
  • Scientist
  • Sales Representative
  • Transportation Operative
  • Technical Specialist

ISTP Communities

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More ISTP Information

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