If You Have These 16 Characteristics, You're A Member Of The Kindest Personality Type

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Perhaps one of the kindest personality types in the entire Myers-Briggs personality set is the ISTJ — and that’s why we all love them.

Being an ISTJ is a great thing. In fact, many of the most well-liked people in society are members of this personality type. George Washington, Queen Elizabeth II, and Warren Buffet are all examples of the ISTJ personality.

What does ISTJ stand for?

ISTJ stands for introversion, sensing, thinking, and judgment. These are qualities that an ISTJ personality is heavily known for, and they’re qualities that often end up propelling them into managerial positions as a result.

What is the meaning of ISTJ?

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The ISTJ is one of the most common personality types in the world, and if you ask us, that’s great!

Are ISTJs nice?

ISTJs are known for being extreme introverts and they only are able to open up to close friends and it's hard for them to make friends as other people might think they aren't nice and look standoffish, when really they are just introverted feeling people. 

How rare is ISTJ?

ISTJ is the second most popular Myers-Briggs personality type as an estimated 11.6% of people are ISTJs out of the 16 personality types. It's seen in 16 percent of men, the ISTJ personality type is rare in women at only 7%.

Attraction-wise, ISTJs have personalities that work well for them in the dating scene. ISTJs are the type of person people want to marry and settle down with.

It makes sense, considering how traditional, honest, and homey they tend to be. Most people would be thrilled to take you home to mom, but there’s a catch with your personality type that tends to make dating hard: excitement.

Why are ISTJs so boring?

ISTJs tend to be a bit on the “boring” side because they always follow the rules and don't take risks much and they always need to accomplish every task right away and constantly work and they prefer to work alone, meeting their obligations to work. Therefore, ISTJ's may have to work on being more exciting to the opposite sex. ISTJ's may also want to look for someone who likes the “by the books” lifestyle that you tend to have.

Here are the classic ISTJ personality traits:

1. Traditional

ISTJs are as old school as they come — and that’s a great thing. People have actually called them “an old soul” or old-fashioned. 

They value tradition and often will stick to the “tried and true” paths of building a good life rather than venture out into unknown (and possibly dangerous) territories.

2. Enjoy time alone

ISTJ's idea of a nice day is spent inside at home because they are introverted sensing and don't like to be in big groups. They might enjoy baking cookies, or having dinner with the fam, but really, not much else. ISTJs are known for being homebodies and introverts who just want to relax after a hard day’s work.

3. Realistic and responsible

With ISTJs, responsibility is always the name of the game. Everyone tends to go to ISTJs when they want someone to be realistic and responsible.

ISTJs are the one others approach when they need advice on insurance, taxes, or even something like childcare. Why? Because they know ISTJs won’t be doing something crazy or be unrealistic with your advice.

4. Appreciative of the small things

It’s the little things in life that thrill ISTJs. Making a new craft out of a Mason jar? Sweet! Seeing a nice day in the park? Also perfect. ISTJs don’t need things like clubs and bottles of bubbly to get them going.

5. Organized and professional

At work, ISTJs often end up in a managerial position. They might also be an accountant or a scientist. Numbers are kind of their thing in many cases.

Because ISTJs are notoriously hard workers who focus on getting things done well and on time, it’s safe to say that finding a job is rarely ever a struggle. ISTJs are what bosses call “the Golden Employee.”

6. Don't like change

ISTJs tend to take badly to change, imperfection, or unpredictability. Stability and regularity are what make an ISTJ feel safe.

If ISTJs feel a job isn’t done properly, or if they feel they can’t predict people well, it will end up causing them to get irritated. The word “perfectionist” gets thrown around a lot with them.

7. Know-it-all

ISTJs often end up caring more about being right than making the other person feel good.

This is also a leading cause of relationship problems with ISTJs. Their need for logic and correctness can get so thorough, they may even alienate those around them.

8. Honest

Honesty is the best policy with ISTJs because they are often honest to the point of blunt. This can be a good thing, or a bad thing, depending on what they end up doing.

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9. Dependable

People have called ISTJ “safe” before. You know what that means, and it’s not a bad thing. It means they know they can depend on an ISTJ.

10. People pleaser

ISTJs are known for making it their personal duty to keep friends and family happy. To a point, ISTJs are known for being people pleasers. They will often go the extra mile to keep people around them happy, simply because they feel it’s the right thing to do. They may even blame themselves for things that are not in their control because of this.

11. Practical

Overall, ISTJ is a very calm and practical person. They make a decision based on logic and are all about realistic goals and slowly reaching them. Anxiety doesn’t really happen unless they're thrown for a loop, and even then, it’s almost always temporary.

12. Perfectionist

The only time you’ll see an ISTJ be spastic is if they are perfectionists. This is probably the biggest Achilles’ heel of the ISTJ personality type.

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For ISTJs, everything has to be perfect, especially at work. For everyone else, dealing with an ISTJ who takes this too far can be a nightmare.

13. Analytical

ISTJs are known for being the "logistician" personality type, and this can be hard for women because women are seen as sweet and kind and not outspoken, basically everything that a typical ISTJ isn't.

However, by being a woman ISTJ, they are already challenging gender norms and they stand out amongst the sea of ISTJ men.

14. Argumentative

The hard thing about ISTJs is that it’s very easy to fall into a rut with them. Being open to new experiences will make things lightyears better for them in the dating world and the real world. 

Additionally, the blunt and stubborn nature ISTJs have can make them prone to arguments. They need to learn to be willing to compromise.

15. Controlling

Lastly, the biggest hurdle ISTJs may have is the control issue. ISTJs, when they get perfectionistic and commanding, can become extremely controlling in relationships.

So, if they find themselves needing to micromanage their partner, they may need to leave ISTJ or stop being friends with one. 

16. Stable and loving

ISTJs provide stability and joy to the right partner and always do what they can to please them. So, ISTJ is a great catch for the right match.

ISTJs also tend to be loving once they're in a committed relationship and you and your partner really know each other. 

Overall, being an ISTJ is a great thing if you are looking for a long-term relationship. If you’re looking for the short-term (which you almost never are), it’s not so good. 

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Ossiana Tepfenhart is a Jack-of-all-trades writer based out of Red Bank, New Jersey. When she's not writing, she's drinking red wine and chilling with some cool cats. You can follow her @bluntandwitty on Twitter.