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Developing Your Type – ISTJ

Developing Your Type – ISTJ

By Donna Dunning

ISTJ Logical Assimilator: Specialize and Stabilize

“Why reinvent the wheel?”

11.6% of the population

Type Dynamics for the ISTJ

Dominant (Si): Inwardly taking in and assimilating relevant, detailed information

Auxiliary (Te): Outwardly logically decisive, focused on accomplishing tasks.

Tertiary (F): As they mature, assess situations personally as well as objectively.

Inferior (Ne): Developmental challenge is to seek and act on new ideas and possibilities.

My previous blogs – Understanding Type Dynamics: Dominant FunctionsUnderstanding Type Dynamics: Auxiliary Functions, and Taking Personality Type Beyond Your Preferences have more information on type dynamics.

The ISTJ Preferred Mode

Logical Assimilators use Introverted Sensing (Si) as their core approach to work and living. They quietly and calmly collect in-depth information. Others won’t usually see this approach, as it is reflective rather than action oriented.

Logical Assimilators thrive in situations where they can learn and use specialized skills and knowledge. They often like to understand a topic in detail before acting. Logical Assimilators tend to carefully consider their options and actions. If you are a Logical Assimilator, you are likely at your best when you are carefully thinking through a situation.

Adding a Secondary Approach

To move into a more active mode, Logical Assimilators scrutinize then act on the relevant facts and data they have collected. This secondary, analytic, decision-making approach helps the Logical Assimilator sort out pros and cons of options to choose a practical and logical pathway forward. Others see this logical, practical analysis as the ISTJ independently and efficiently attends to tasks at hand.

Development Pathway

ISTJs will likely be convinced to develop the non-preferred parts of their personality when they can see useful reasons to do so.

As Logical Assimilators develop, they learn to look more at personal as well as logical implications and consequences when making a decision and acting. For example, a young ISTJ may be task focused with little regard for how people are affected. More mature ISTJs will become sensitive to the needs of the people in a situation and will consider others as they complete their tasks. They will be motivated to do this when they have experienced how considering the people involved helps them to complete tasks more easily and efficiently.

Over time Logical Assimilators can also learn to place more emphasis on long-term as well as short-term implications and consequences. They will take a broader look at situations and will conceptually organize and integrate their detailed knowledge. They will be motivated to do this when it serves their preferred mode of operating. For example, an ISTJ can be convinced to change standard operating procedures or redesign a process when doing so makes practical, logical sense.

Developmental Tips for the Logical Assimilator

  • Although you prefer to reflect carefully before acting, at times try taking a calculated risk and “jump in”. This can help you capitalize on unfamiliar or unexpected opportunities.
  • When completing a task observe how people are reacting and interacting. Note how they connect with others and adjust your approach to match.
  • When making a decision that affects people who are important to you, ask them to share their opinions and thoughts. Add their personal responses and preferences into your decision-making criteria.
  • Think about what might be happening in 5 years and make a long-range plan. Be willing to revisit and change your plan.
  • Challenge yourself to look for new ways of doing familiar tasks.

You will find an overview of the two types of Assimilators, their career success stories and strategies, and occupations that attract them on the Assimilator main page.

What’s Your Type of Career? includes a section on career and life development strategies for Assimilators.

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