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Personality Type and Learning: ISTJ

Personality Type and Learning: ISTJ

By Donna Dunning

Logical Assimilator (ISTJ)

“Why reinvent the wheel.”

Our personality type preferences link to how and what we prefer to learn.

In my booklet, Introduction to Type and Learning, I describe how each of your four preferences (E/I, S/N, T/F and J/P) link to your learning style. You can read a summary about how type preferences influence learning on my Connecting Personality Type to Your Learning post.

In the booklet I also discuss how your whole type, the combination of your preferences, links to your learning style. I do this using the eight dominant function groupings.

I use the name Assimilators for people who prefer ISTJ (and ISFJ), since they both share a reflective, practical approach to living, working, and learning. In type language these types have a dominant function of Introverted Sensing (Si). See the Assimilator page for more general information on this combination of preferences.

Assimilators tend to enjoy learning that is structured, detailed, step-by-step, and related to what they already know to be true from their experience.

Each of the eight approaches to learning is discussed in detail as you can see in these Introduction to Type and Learning sample pages shared by CPP Inc. (the publisher) on their website.

In this post, I have taken a short excerpt from the booklet to highlight how ISTJs prefer to learn. The tips mainly describe how ISTJs can use their Thinking process to support their natural Assimilating approach. If you are learning something new and have ISTJ preferences, use the tips to maximize your learning. If you are teaching, leading, or coaching others, consider adapting your style to accommodate these learners.

Learning Tips for ISTJs

  • Set specific learning goals to build competencies
  • Find and analyze practical reasons for learning
  • Apply information in current activities to work more efficiently
  • Organize information logically and sequentially
  • Question and scrutinize what is being learned
  • Learn about implications and consequences of information
  • Seek instructors who are competent and objective subject area experts
  • Develop some patience for rapport-building exercises
  • Avoid dismissing subjective or personal information
  • Break complex conceptual learning into logical components or categories

As well as personality type specific tips, there are essential learning strategies everyone can use to be a more effective learner. These are described in detail in my Introduction to Type and Learning booklet and are summarized in my post on the Top 10 Learning Strategies.

Being a life-long learner is a necessity in this complex, changing world. Understanding and adapting how you learn can be a powerful tool for your career and life success.



You can also purchase Introduction to Type and Learning from CPP Inc. in PDF format.

I hope you enjoy the photographs for this Personality Type and Learning blog series. They were taken from helicopter and boat during a trip to the Discovery Islands off the west coast of Canada.

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