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ISTPs and Decision Making

ISTPs and Decision Making

By Donna Dunning

Donna DunningWe all have different ways of solving problems and making decisions. People with ISTP preferences have their own distinct, strengths and challenges.



• Like to figure out immediate problems and make decisions in an independent, pragmatic way

• Observe the situation and focus on the relevant facts and data at hand

• Take a calm, matter-of-fact approach to problems and decisions

• Like to gather more information to guide their objective analysis of a problem; willing to try something out to see what happens

• Are agreeable to changing their views when others provide them with convincing evidence that is factual and verifiable.



• May lose interest if the decisions to be made or the problems to be solved are not immediately interesting or challenging

• When deciding or problem solving, may not want to spend much time and energy exploring the personal needs of the individuals involved

• Like to figure out practical problems rather than look at more abstract ideas or contemplate possible long-term implications and consequences


• Since people who prefer ISTP tend to be independent and impartial, others may see them as uninterested in, as mocking of, or blocking a group decision-making process

• ISTPs can benefit from recognizing that personal or abstract discussions of problems and decisions are important to others (and a useful tool for making choices); develop patience for these activities

• Once ISTPs have figured out a problem, they may lose interest. Try to avoid moving from one problem to the next until the solution to the first problem has been implemented


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