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How can ISTPs expand their potential at work?

This page is a continuation of “ISTP: Lone Wolf Technician”


I call ISTPs like you “Lone Wolf Technicians.”

As the expression goes, you are probably best suited for a job you can do alone.

So if you don’t want to worry about work, do it in your style.

But if you stay there, you will be limiting your potential.

So, in this article, we’ll look at ways to help you grow more in your work.


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Indeed, Jobs to Do Alone Suit ISTPs, But…


As an ISTP, you probably don’t feel comfortable in the company of many people.

You prefer to be alone, to begin with.


So when you have a problem at work, you try to solve it alone.

You rarely ask for help from others.


In fact, you have somehow developed the ability to solve anything on your own.

So what motivates you the most is when you are told, “I’m going to leave all this work to you.”


Conversely, you don’t like teamwork, do you?

You probably even think that teamwork is unnecessary.


I don’t think you like team sports very much either


You are not comfortable in an environment filled with herd mentality.

In such a place, you will not be able to show your ability.


Not only that, there is a risk that you will become ill due to stress buildup.



So, what sort of job would you, as an ISTP, be suited for?

First, you should consider the following:

You are not a team player, so it is best to avoid workplaces where you have to worry about the people around you or where you become nervous.

You are best suited for a job where you can make all your decisions on your own and work alone.

You get more satisfaction from a job where the results are immediately visible.

You will be better suited to a job that requires brainwork or detailed work with your fingers.

You are suited to a job that allows you to use your skills in the field rather than a desk-based management job.


Therefore, the following specific jobs may be suitable for you.



Mechanic, electrician, IT engineer, interior decorator, dental hygienist, fashion designer, etc.


In a nutshell, ISTPs are likely to work in jobs that involve “specialized skills” or “specialized tools.”



ISTPs Have Two Problems to Solve


You, ISTPs, are capable and can do many things on your own without the help of others.

But on the other hand, there are some jobs you are not good at.

To make you aware of that, let me make it clear here.


Lack of Foresight into the Future


ISTPs are not good at jobs that take a long time before the outcome is finalized.

One reason is that you lack imagination, but another is that you cannot sustain the motivation.


You may be suited to a job where you go alone to the forest and cut down trees one by one (although it may not be brain work…).


However, aren’t you good at a job where you have to consider the future demand for timber and the scenery and then plan a tree-planting project?


Poorly Attentive to Others’ Feelings


Work is more or less an act of giving pleasure to others.

However, many ISTPs tend to work more to fulfill their own personal requirements than for the benefit of others.


This tendency may limit the scope of your work in the future.



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How Can ISTPs Expand Their Potential?


As mentioned above, ISTPs have two problems that may cause them to limit their potential.

So how can you, ISTPs, solve these problems?


Let’s Learn From Intuitive Types!


The best way for ISTPs to develop the ability to see into the future is to learn how to think from intuitive types, who are the opposite of you, ISTPs.


However, it is not necessary to learn directly from intuitive types.

It is effective only to understand their personality type.


Let’s understand that there are people who think differently from you.


The following article is a good reference for intuitive types, which are the opposite of ISTPs.

Please understand the difference between sensation type and intuitive type.

Sensation and Intuition: How to Perceive the World


Imagine Feelings from Others’ Facial Expressions


You, ISTPs, have an excellent ability for observation.

But that is primarily an observation of objects.


Please use that power for humans.

In particular, observe people’s facial expressions.

Pay particular attention to the movement of the eyes and eyebrows.


Then, try to imagine what is going on in the other person’s mind from those visible parts.

Perhaps you may think, “That’s just imagination, isn’t it?”

But that’s okay.

As the accuracy of your imagination improves, you will eventually be able to understand well how the other person feels.



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