Being An ISTJ

February 23, 2020 at 5:59 PM | Posted in Psychology | Leave a comment

If you’ve ever taken a Myers-Briggs personality test or something close to it then you’d probably know that ISTJ is one of the 16 personality types that make up a person. I’ve taken a similar test years ago out of curiosity and found out that I’m an ISTJ (Introverted-Sensing-Thinking-Judging).


The test result wasn’t that surprising to me as I agree with most of what it said about my personality. However, most is the operative word here. Even though most of the characteristics of an ISTJ fit my personality, it wasn’t exactly an accurate description of me.

People generally see me as conservative and traditional – if they are to base it on looks and first impression, that is. But in truth, I really am not. In fact, my beliefs contradict traditional views, especially with regard to religion, marriage, reproductive health, and sexuality. This is why I’m always at odds with church people who hold a high regard of their church’s traditional values. So to say that I – an ISTJ – support tradition in that sense is a contradiction.

I also thrive in a creative, progressive environment where new ideas are welcome no matter how wild or weird they are. Poets, artists and creative writers are my kind of people. I detest restrictions and have a tendency to rebel against authority once in a while.

So if I were to pick a type that actually fits my personality, I would say I’m half ISTJ and half ISFP (Introverted-Sensing-Feeling-Perceiving). Anyway, the test I took wasn’t probably reliable in the first place so I’m taking the result as just a grain of salt.

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