Individuals with the Myers Briggs ISTJ classification put duty above most in their lives. They value security, live peacefully and often keep to themselves.
Their primary mode is internal, in that they understand things by utilizing all five senses in a concrete, yet literal way. Externally, they think before they act, often consulting their intrinsic rationality and logic before making decisions.
The Duty Fulfiller or ISTJ individual is relatively straightforward as a person, valuing duty and holding a strong sense of motivation. However, these traits may manifest differently within women and men. Let’s take a look at how ISTJ traits manifest in both women and men in this article.
ISTJ As A Woman
The ISTJ woman is responsible, rational and may possess a strong maternal instinct, whether toward taking care of others or fulfilling duty-bound tasks.
ISTJ women may tend to keep to themselves, preferring to fulfill their individual duty instead of socializing with others. They tend to be loyal and dependable, placing integrity above all other traits and often do the right thing in regards to their families and communities. An ISTJ woman tends to act pleasant around others, often acting uplifting, particularly around family and/or work gatherings.
An ISTJ woman may possess a strong maternal instinct, especially when it comes to fulfilling both social and familiar responsibilities. As mothers, they tend to keep their households running smoothly and take parenting very seriously.
They do deeply care for their family, but the ISTJ tendency to withhold feelings does make it difficult for them to express their feelings. Thus, they tend to express their true feelings through actions than words.
ISTJ As A Man
The ISTJ man is responsible as he is steadfast and may uphold loyalty as a defining principle in his life.
ISTJ men may keep to themselves, but they possess a high work ethic, choosing to utilize their time to best sort out a situation or task according to plans. They are very dependable in work oriented situations and may be counted on to complete various tasks at once. Men with this classification may work longer hours due to their ability to work well and inability to ‘pick and choose their battles.’
As steadfast individuals, ISTJ men tend to clink to an idea that is highly relevant to their perspective, especially if its supported by facts. This individual may not understand other ideas that are different from their perspective, but will reconsider if presented with relatively importance.
ISTJ men tend to be pleasant to be around in social situations. As fathers, they do have difficulty expressing emotions to their kin, but often take their parenting responsibilities seriously. When they’re able to put aside their emotional reservations, ISTJ men become valuable in putting forward an effort to meet their kin’s needs.