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 5 (5w4 5w6)
The Enneagram Type 5 is all about being curious. The Enneagram Type Five is always researching and trying to find out more about their topic of interest. They believe in being competent and it is one way to insulate themselves from a chaotic and sometimes frightening world. They believe that if they are always prepared, they will be ready for whatever comes. The enjoy being knowledgable and will delve deeper into topics than most. However, they need to be skilled at communicating their expertise if they want to effectively apply it to the real world. In fact, accumulating knowledge is in some ways a defense mechanism for the 5. They may delve deep into a topic and ignore more pressing issues in their life. Things like eating healthy, nurturing relationships, and confronting conflicts may take the back burner despite being things they need to face. The strong Enneagram 5 will behave in a way where they are able to delve into the unknown and confront their pressing life struggles head on, while also being able to apply themselves and their expertise to make a dent in the world. The can be seen as quite eccentric and tend to be ahead of their time. Sometimes, they will have to have the courage and boldness to step forward and trust themselves, despite others around them doubting them.
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