independence & solitude
The "laid-back" Performer who coolly and detachedly surveys
the world describes the ISTP until...their "button is pushed" and they,
with all due speed and gusto, enter the "hands-on" experiencing realm of
mechanical devices, race cars and other mechanical vehicles, crisis situations
(emergency vehicles), industrial arts, situations requiring facility
with numbers or technical data, or emergency situations that require working
ISTPs present a paradoxical picture. They appear to be lazy
[there's no other word for it!] but they are really energy-conservers:
constant activity does not appeal, per se. Nor are they anti-activity.
They simply don't believe in getting involved in the "non-essential" or
during the "non-essential stage". Of course, they are willing
to define "when" that is for themselves or for others but not too willing
to have that defined for them. [psst: they can "mind your
but don't want you to mind theirs!]
They really want to be "free spirits" to decide, to come-and-go as
they please and/or set their own boundaries but, in fairness, will also
give the same latitude to others. They just don't go for the "organized"
thing. "Live and let live".
ISTPs are not "talkers" so communication [of warmth, of joy, of grief,
of pain] can become difficult in relationships. They can, however,
"zap" you with a brief retort - which can either be so funny as to have
you in stitches or silently massaging your ego from the painful barb lobbed
your way. And they won't even know that they hurt you in the process
for they are not always aware of tender or provocative moments. The
"warm-fuzzy" is not their thing.
They are not easy to hurt - but they CAN be hurt. And it is
not always easy for them to handle it for the empathetic, supportive role
is not natural to them, so they cannot easily support either themselves
or others. They are known to select and present very meaningful,
insightful and thoughtful gifts - but are embarrassed if a BIG public deal
is made over it.
It's not too easy to convince the ISTP of very much to which they
do not naturally gravitate as they are highly skeptical persons,
not putting too much faith in academia or science. They follow the
non-traditional route - freethinkers and doers, shunning the educational
route if possible.
Though quiet and unpretentious in demeanor, ISTPs can live dangerously
- driving motorcycles, operating heavy equipment, manning emergency vehicles,
mountain climbing, using power tools and the like.
They make good companions if it is not necessary to act coy
or cute or exhibit social graces and submit to very many "have-to" events
or traditions - since they are anti-authoritarian, even when they do not
always realize that they are! Non-pressuring, they don't like to
be pressured. And that's that.