The mechanic plots before they build things, using rationality and logic before constructing dreams into reality. That’s the portrait of the Mechanic, or those who otherwise hold the Myers-Briggs classification of ISTP.
Those with the ISTP classification focus internally. In other words, they think before they act, often consulting their intrinsic rationality and logic before making decisions. Their secondary mode is external, meaning that they understand things by utilizing all five senses in a concrete, yet literal way.
ISTP individuals are as adventurous as they are curious. They have a longing to understand how things work and often examine things by figuratively (and sometimes literally) taking things apart and putting them back together again. These individuals utilize their logic and rationality to approach practical concerns, but tend to shy away from conceptual or theoretical situations. Simply put, if it’s practical, they’ll approach the thing or situation with ease.
Individuals classified under ISTP tend to thrive on action and have a fearless disposition. They’re very independent and often need to have their own space in order to make sound decisions. They shy away from rules and regulations, since it may hinder their ability to accomplish things on their own terms. On the other hand, this sense of adventurousness does tend to make them become bored rather easily.
ISTP people are also loyal to their beliefs, avoiding partaking in any activity that may hinder the beliefs they hold dear. They also avoid making judgments based on personal values, instead approaching such situations with objectiveness and facts. Their tendency to see the practical and objective does blind them to emotions, including their own, which can cause issues for ISTP individuals.
ISTP individuals operate with the following four functions: Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving.
These functions correspond with the four regions of the brain; the ST functions (sensing and thinking) represent the two dominant functions found in ISFP types, otherwise known as their preferred functions. The IP functions indicate the functions that are dominant in the personality of ISTP individuals, describing how they prefer to use such functions.
Introversion: Thinking about things or situations.
Sensing: Understanding real or concrete facts.
Thinking: Using their objective logic to make decisions.
Perception: Living a flexible lifestyle.
These preferred functions otherwise classify individuals as those who possess Introverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving – ISTP.