ISTP Personality Type

The Detective Type

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What is the ISTP personality type (The Detective)?
People with an ISTP personality type tend to be curious, pragmatic, and confident in their behavior. They are unpredictable and spontaneous, but are often quiet, preferring to think and process information internally.

ISTP Personality Traits

Detectives are generally more reserved and prefer being alone. They are self-sufficient, independent thinkers.

They are very observant and focus on the details of a situation, trusting facts and making decisions based on the here-and-now.

ISTP types favor logic and reason over emotional influences. They base their decisions on what makes sense.

They are also spontaneous and prefer keeping their options open. Detectives are often more adaptable and less aware of time.


In summary, ISTP personality types tend to...

  • Focus on the specifics and details rather than the big picture

  • Trust logic and reason over emotions when making decisions

  • Seek alone time and privacy to think, process, and recharge

  • Reject rules and regulations and favor spontaneity

  • Study the world around them and seek to understand it

ISTP Meaning

  • (I) INTROVERSION: Introverts tend to draw energy from spending time alone.
  • (S) SENSING: Sensing types usually prefer to experience new things and focus on the reality of the situation.
  • (T) THINKING: Thinking types tend to follow their head and consider facts when making decisions.
  • (P) PERCEIVING: Perceiving types usually prefer to be flexible and spontaneous.

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Related Personality Types

Below are the DISC and Enneagram types that are similar to 16-Personality Type ISTP. 

DISC Type Dc, D, or Di

Enneagram Type 5 or 8

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