A Free Personality Test that my sister shared with me.
It's interesting to try it out and see what it saids. This is what I got:
It's interesting to try it out and see what it saids. This is what I got:
Your personality type: ISTP (assertive variant)
Your personality type: ISTP (assertive variant)
Strength of individual traits:
Your personality type: ISTP (assertive variant) Strength of individual traits:Introverted: 27%,Observant: 39%,Thinking: 45%,Prospecting: 60%,Assertive: 73%.You are one of the Explorers - a bold and freedom-loving individual who enjoys pushing the limits and exploring the unknown. You are known for your quiet nature, technical skills and ability to improvise.ISTP PERSONALITYI wanted to live the life, a different life. I didn't want to go to the same place every day and see the same people and do the same job. I wanted interesting challenges.Harrison FordISTPs love to explore with their hands and their eyes, touching and examining the world around them with cool rationalism and spirited curiosity. People with this personality type are natural Makers, moving from project to project, building the useful and the superfluous for the fun of it, and learning from their environment as they go. Often mechanics and engineers, ISTPs find no greater joy than in getting their hands dirty pulling things apart and putting them back together, just a little bit better than they were before.ISTPs explore ideas through creating, troubleshooting, trial and error and first-hand experience. They enjoy having other people take an interest in their projects and sometimes don't even mind them getting into their space. Of course, that's on the condition that those people don't interfere with ISTPs' principles and freedom, and they'll need to be open to ISTPs returning the interest in kind.ISTPs enjoy lending a hand and sharing their experience, especially with the people they care about, and it's a shame they're so uncommon, making up only about five percent of the population. ISTP women are especially rare, and the typical gender roles that society tends to expect can be a poor fit - they'll often be seen as tomboys from a young age.DARE TO DIFFERWhile their mechanical tendencies can make them appear simple at a glance, ISTPs are actually quite enigmatic. Friendly but very private, calm but suddenly spontaneous, extremely curious but unable to stay focused on formal studies, ISTP personalities can be a challenge to predict, even by their friends and loved ones. ISTPs can seem very loyal and steady for a while, but they tend to build up a store of impulsive energy that explodes without warning, taking their interests in bold new directions.Rather than some sort of vision quest though, ISTPs are merely exploring the viability of a new interest when they make these seismic shifts.ISTPs' decisions stem from a sense of practical realism, and at their heart is a strong sense of direct fairness, a "do unto others" attitude, which really helps to explain many of ISTPs' puzzling traits. Instead of being overly cautious though, avoiding stepping on toes in order to avoid having their toes stepped on, ISTPs are likely to go too far, accepting likewise retaliation, good or bad, as fair play.The biggest issue ISTPs are likely to face is that they often act too soon, taking for granted their permissive nature and assuming that others are the same. They'll be the first to tell an insensitive joke, get overly involved in someone else's project, roughhouse and play around, or suddenly change their plans because something more interesting came up.NOTHING IS AS BORING AS EVERYONE AGREEING WITH YOUISTPs will come to learn that many other personality types have much more firmly drawn lines on rules and acceptable behavior than they do - they don't want to hear an insensitive joke, and certainly wouldn't tell one back, and they wouldn't want to engage in horseplay, even with a willing party. If a situation is already emotionally charged, violating these boundaries can backfire tremendously.ISTPs have a particular difficulty in predicting emotions, but this is just a natural extension of their fairness, given how difficult it is to gauge ISTPs' emotions and motivations. However, their tendency to explore their relationships through their actions rather than through empathy can lead to some very frustrating situations. People with the ISTP personality type struggle with boundaries and guidelines, preferring the freedom to move about and color outside the lines if they need to.Finding an environment where they can work with good friends who understand their style and unpredictability, combining their creativity, sense of humor and hands-on approach to build practical solutions and things, will give ISTPs many happy years of building useful boxes - and admiring them from the outside.ISTP STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSESISTP STRENGTHS• Optimistic and Energetic - ISTPs are usually up to their elbows in some project or other. Cheerful and good-natured, people with the ISTP personality type (especially Assertive ones) rarely get stressed out, preferring to go with the flow.• Creative and Practical - ISTPs are very imaginative when it comes to practical things, mechanics, and crafts. Novel ideas come easily, and they love using their hands to put them into action.• Spontaneous and Rational - Combining spontaneity with logic, ISTPs can switch mindsets to fit new situations with little effort, making them flexible and versatile individuals.• Know How to Prioritize - This flexibility comes with some unpredictability, but ISTP personalities are able to store their spontaneity for a rainy day, releasing their energy just when it's needed most.• Great in a Crisis - With all this hands-on creativity and spontaneity, it's no wonder that ISTPs are naturals in crisis situations. People with this personality type usually enjoy a little physical risk, and they aren't afraid to get their hands dirty when the situation calls for it.• Relaxed - Through all this, ISTPs are able to stay quite relaxed. They live in the moment and go with the flow, refusing to worry too much about the future.ISTP WEAKNESSES• Stubborn - As easily as ISTPs go with the flow, they can also ignore it entirely, and usually move in another direction with little apology or sensitivity. If someone tries to change ISTPs' habits, lifestyle or ideas through criticism, they can become quite blunt in their irritation.• Insensitive - ISTPs use logic, and even when they try to meet others halfway with empathy and emotional sensitivity, it rarely seems to quite come out right, if anything is even said at all.• Private and Reserved - ISTP personalities are notoriously difficult to get to know. They are true introverts, keeping their personalmatters to themselves, and often just prefer silence to small talk.• Easily Bored - ISTPs enjoy novelty, which makes them excellent tinkerers, but much less reliable when it comes to focusing on things long-term. Once something is understood, ISTPs tend to simply move on to something new and more interesting.• Dislike Commitment - Long-term commitments are particularly onerous for ISTPs. They prefer to take things day-by-day, and the feeling of being locked into something for a long time is downright oppressive. This can be a particular challenge in ISTPs' romantic relationships.Risky Behavior - This stubbornness, difficulty with others' emotions, focus on the moment, and easy boredom can lead to unnecessary and unhelpful boundary-pushing, just for fun. ISTPs have been known to escalate conflict and danger just to see where it goes, something that can have disastrous consequences for everyone around if they lose control of the situation.ISTP RELATIONSHIPSWhen it comes to romantic relationships with ISTPs, it's a bit like nailing Jell-O to a tree. Dating ISTP personalities is a tango, complex and interesting, with alternating coldness and detachment, and passion, spontaneity and enjoyment of the moment. Nothing can be forced in ISTP relationships, but so long as they are given the space they need to be themselves, they will gladly enjoy the comforts of a steady partner for a lifetime.IF SONGS COULD CHANGE LIVES, WE'D ALL LOVE EACH OTHEREarly in dating, people with the ISTP personality type can be especially flighty - they live in the present, always looking for new activities and experiences. If a potential partner doesn't measure up, ISTPs have no real problem walking away. ISTPs also need a great deal of personal space, both physically and mentally, and any attempts to control them or forcibly schedule their activities only accelerates their departure.On the other hand, ISTPs have no problem trying to change their partners' habits, most likely with attempts to get them to loosen up a bit and relax and have fun. ISTP personalities are hardly strict or traditional when it comes to dating, and often try to introduce sex into their activities early on. Sensual individuals that they are, ISTPs make ready use of all of their senses, viewing intimacy as an art, a performance, and a source of pleasure.As their relationships progress, ISTPs' partners tend to find that intimacy is about the closest they get to open emotional expression. It's not that ISTPs don't have feelings - they actually run quite deep and strong - just that they conceal and protect them because they are unsure how to deal with them and express them. ISTPs have no trouble leaving something they think is mutually understood unsaid.This applies in a broader sense in ISTPs' relationships as well. Any attempts to push understood arrangements, even the relationships themselves, into open discussion in order to secure commitment, especially early on, are often met by ISTPs with something close to panic. Nothing is so acutely terrifying to ISTPs as knowing that there's no way out. Every day is a new day, and ISTPs review their obligations from moment to moment.If ISTPs are to be lifelong partners, it must happen as a natural progression of these day-to-day decisions, on their own time.None of this should be taken too personally by ISTPs' partners - it's just how their minds work. People with this personality type live in the present, in a world of physical activities that engage the senses, and they just need to know that they have the freedom to be passionate about something one day and indifferent the next, without being grilled on when they're going to finish something, or why they've "suddenly changed their minds".At the same time, being a little more expressive and a little more comfortable with the idea of consistency and follow-through can go a long way in rounding out the ISTP personality type. The best partners usually share ISTPs' Observant (S) trait, that interest in what the world is here and now, with one or two opposing traits, like Extraversion or Judging, to help them to explore a world that also involves other people and others' expectations.ISTP FRIENDSWhen it comes to friendships, ISTPs seem made for Bushnell's Law of game design: Easy to learn, difficult to master. With their well-rounded and interesting array of hobbies, people with the ISTP personality type have no trouble at all making acquaintances to share their activities with. It's getting beneath the surface to become ISTPs' true friends that is the real challenge, leaving them with a lot of good will and friendly faces to call on, but only a few people who they feel truly understand them.MAYBE... BUT NOT TODAYA lot of this comes down to ISTPs simply not wanting to be bound to any particular person or activity. ISTP personalities live in the present, enjoying whatever life brings, and feel no real obligation to shift course on account of others' plans. If friends don't want to do what ISTPs are doing, then they are free to go do their own thing, and they'll hang out some other time. Sometimes their shifts in attitude can catch their friends flat-footed, but ISTPs' motto remains "everything can be changed". Forcing them to constantly commit to scheduled activities is probably the quickest way to end these friendships.As long as everyone keeps things relaxed and flexible though, ISTPs' friendships can be rich and rewarding. People with this personality type are talented when it comes to using their senses, and usually enjoy a little competition. This makes ISTPs' hobbies, especially the more physical activities like fishing and crafts, especially enjoyable with a little company, and they are usually the basis for their friendships. ISTPs' interests are pretty diverse, so they should have no trouble coming up with exciting things to do.ISTP personalities are also thoughtful, rational people. Being fairly creative individuals themselves, they often enjoy discussing new ideas - but in the end, the point of sharing those ideas needs to be to take action. Dreaming is well and good, but talk is cheap, and discussions on abstract or distant subjects like Eurasian politics can only hold ISTPs' attention for so long before they decide to shift their focus to something they can do.This makes friendships with Intuitive (N) types, who have a much less physical approach to life, challenging for ISTPs to maintain. With their enjoyment of firsthand experience, these personalities just feel more comfortable alongside other personality types with the Observant (S) trait. So long as they share a hobby, philosophical differences and contrasting world views really don't matter too much - it's what people do that matters to ISTPs.I NEVER SET OUT TO BE WEIRD, AND YET...ISTPs are unusually popular, almost in spite of themselves. Their open-mindedness, interesting hobbies and relaxed attitude are attractive to a remarkably broad range of personality types. With so many acquaintances, ISTPs are sure to strike up deeper friendships with at least a few.ISTP PARENTSWhen it comes to parenting, ISTPs give their children more freedom and opportunity to do whatever they want, within sensible limits of course, than any other personality type. It's a big world out there, meant to be explored and experienced. Nothing is quite as perplexing to ISTP parents as their children sitting inside and watching television all day. Relaxed, open-minded and flexible, ISTP personalities expect their children to use their freedom wisely - that is, to exploit it in the name of exploration and experience.THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTEREarly in life, this attitude is tremendously beneficial for ISTPs' children. At this age, every little thing is a miracle, to be explored with every sense. Blocks don't just have distinct colors and shapes, but smells and tastes too, and this sort of sensory exploration is right up ISTPs' alley. As their children learn their motor skills, people with the ISTP personality type are happy to stack those blocks right along with them. As their children grow and develop more complex abilities, ISTPs find joy in showing them how to use real tools to build real things.If ISTPs' growing children share their basic qualities of spontaneity and passion for physical activities, they are happy to accompany them on just about any activity, be it sports, hiking or hobby engineering. None of this is anything that gets forced on their children though. ISTPs see little need in imparting their principles and interests on their children, instead just enjoying that their children enjoy doing things.Ensuring that ISTPs' children are responsible enough to not do anything life-alteringly reckless in their teenage years, though, often falls to luck or (with luck) a more security-oriented partner.Where ISTP parents struggle most, as with their other relationships, is in emotional bonding. Emotional control is something that children learn and adapt to over years, and comparatively unemotional ISTPs are often left at a loss for what to do in the meantime. ISTPs may just need to rely on a more able partner. Otherwise, it takes a great deal of conscious effort on their part to be able to provide the sort of emotional understanding and support their children need.ISTP CAREERSThe ISTP personality type is probably the hardest to pin down in many aspects of life, but especially in teir careers. ISTPs thrive on diversity and unpredictability, on wondering “what’s next?” every morning. This makes ISTPs one of the most mysterious personality types, but also one of the most versatile in the professional world.ISTPs are born problem-solvers with an unwavering focus on practical solutions (though perhaps not always solutions to practical problems). No other type is quite as fascinated by how things work, how tools can be used, and how facts can be put together to create immediate and satisfying results. This combination of curiosity and hands-on vigor make people with the ISTP personality type excellent mechanics, engineers, graphic designers, and forensic scientists.Abstract theory and purely academic work that will never see the light of real use hold little interest for ISTPs."Practical" is the word of the day. But it’s not the practicality of routine administration that ISTPs crave - they need variety and action, perhaps even a little adrenaline in their work. Highly structured environments leave ISTP personalities bored and tired. Jobs that focus on crisis response, such as firefighters, paramedics, detectives, pilots and police officers seem made for ISTPs.Perhaps most important to ISTPs though, is the feeling that they aren’t stuck. The freedom to wander, the freedom to declare their own schedules, their own responsibilities, their own environments - nearly every other consideration pales by comparison to the need to avoid inflexible commitments and stodgy colleagues. While this can be a significant hurdle to overcome in traditional employment, it is the chiefest allure of entrepreneurship.DO WHATEVER MAKES YOUR HEART SINGNearly any creative or constructive skill or interest can be offered on a freelance basis or on a business-owner’s own terms, be it blogger, systems analyst, athlete or driver. ISTPs need to face down their weak long-term planning abilities and preference for instant results in order to make this path work, but livelihoods can be made selling bits and crafts in their free time. It’s also possible to find more traditional work to satisfythese needs, and forest ranger is a sought-after line of work for many ISTPs.ISTPs have a natural skill with troubleshooting, a relaxed, self-confident nature and a results-oriented focus. People with this personality type understand that risk equals reward, and as long as they can use that understanding with maturity, rather than just kicking the ant’s nest whenever they get bored, they are highly desirable in any dynamic field or environment.ISTP IN THE WORKPLACEWhen it comes to the workplace, ISTPs' top requirement is often a sense of unpredictability and excitement. This quality makes ISTP personalities' personal relationships challenging enough, even among close friends and immediate family - for those they've only come to know in a professional environment, it can be downright frustrating.Of course, this all comes down to knowing what makes them tick. With a little space and a hands-on problem to solve, ISTPs can be some of the most productive people around. As with anyone, forcing people with the ISTP personality type into a mold that doesn't fit just doesn't work. Recognizing their unique perspective and gifts can lead to extraordinary results.ISTP SUBORDINATESAs subordinates, what ISTPs crave most is a little wiggle room. Relaxed and easy-going, people with the ISTP personality type are happy to stick around with surprising loyalty, as long as their employers and managers don't try to force them to commit to anything that can't be undone the next day. Strict rules, guidelines and formal agreements make ISTPs feel cramped and bored. If their habits or methods come under criticism or are forced to change, ISTPs can also be surprisingly mulish.Something that's likely to make ISTPs' day is a random list of things that need to be fixed or dealt with. ISTP personalities have a talent for conserving their energy for just such an occasion, and can tackle such a laundry list with surprising enthusiasm. Their tasks do need to be hands-on though - if the items all start with "Come up with a strategy to...", it's probably better to find an Analyst (NT) type.ISTP COLLEAGUESISTPs are often much more liked by their colleagues than they would expect. Quiet and reserved, people with this personality type usually need a little physical space, but at the same time enjoy peeking in on others' work to see if there's anything interesting going on. Not naturally emotional or empathetic, ISTPs have a blunt way of communicating that can lead to misunderstandings or hurt feelings.Yet, ISTPs combine this rationalism and reserve with a sense of spontaneity that, among other things, creates a lighthearted sense of "do unto others" fairness. Turnabout is always fair play, and the odd prank, and the retaliation, are usually enjoyed by all. ISTPs have a great sense of humor, if sometimes a little risqué, and are not only resistant to workplace conflicts, but are great at defusing them with a well-placed joke that puts itall into perspective.ISTP MANAGERSISTP managers treat their subordinates as they'd like to be treated: with minimal talking and loose boundaries. ISTPs aren't big on chattiness or emotional expression, and strong Feeling (F) types may see them as cold and distant - effusive praise and back-slapping just isn't in ISTPs' nature. In fact, there isn't likely to be a lot of feedback at all from ISTP managers, good or bad. But when problems do arise, they are great listeners who devise practical, fair, and impartial solutions.CONCLUSIONFew personality types are as bold and practical as ISTPs. Known for their technical mastery and willingness to improvise, ISTPs are good at finding unique solutions to seemingly impossible challenges. ISTPs' desire to explore and learn new things is invaluable in many areas, including their own personal growth.Yet ISTPs can be easily tripped up in areas where their focus on practical matters is more of a liability than an asset. Whether it is finding (or keeping) a partner, reaching dazzling heights on the career ladder, or learning to plan ahead, ISTPs need to put in a conscious effort to develop their weaker traits and additional skills.