The ISTP Personality is all about figuring things out. The ISTP wants to take everything apart just to see how it works. They are natural troubleshooters and can easily understand what needs fixed. They are very observant and learn by doing. Trial and error gets them ever closer to the mastery of the physical world around them. The ISTP wants to stay in motion and figure out how things work. They love challenges and would always prefer to be in an environment that is testing either their knowledge or physical endurance. Daredevils, these types seem to have a knack for knowing just what they can get away with. The ISTP wants to learn as they go. They believe that they can figure out what they need to on their own, and they tend to be confident and successful at completing many projects they set forth on. The ISTP isn’t afraid to put on a show, and may let others join them on their escapades as long as they don’t hinder or restrict their freedom and independent nature. The ISTP can be a bit confusing to others, as they can have long periods of inaction, which can dramatically shift into bursts of energy to try something new. They can be loyal, yet have a strong urge to just drop everything and strike out on something new. The ISTP is a strong personality that will work best with others if it learns to listen and observe instead of striking out on a spontaneous streak.
Enneagram Type 2 (2w1 2w3)
The Enneagram Type 2 is all about being a helper. The Enneagram Type Two wants to be needed and is great at fulfilling a role that makes them of service to the people around them. They can be driven to help others in order to be close to people. They may struggle a bit with possessiveness, but ideally they are seen as having unconditional love for others. The 2 is good at being an ideal parent. They are able to understand, listen, and encourage others to reach their full potential. They are compassionate and look for ways to help others grow. They do need to watch out for becoming too prideful and too involved in the lives of others. Autonomy is key. They need to learn how to give without expectations, and have healthy boundaries with the ones they are trying to help. The 2 has a drive where they feel they need to put others first and ahead of themselves. However, this can cause resentment and bitterness. When they are at their best, they are supportive and emotionally understanding of others, and can be just the nurturing voice that someone may need in their life. Being fully present during their acts of service can be highly rewarding for the Enneagram 2.
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