ISTPs are the virtuoso type of the 16 personalities and seem like they would naturally have so much in common with the INTP type. But where do the virtuoso and “the logician” differ?

Although are introverted, thinking and perceiving, how they process thoughts through sensing or intuition can create two different worlds. The aspect of how information and emotions are processed becomes the defining split between two so similar personalities.

Predicting Emotions (INTP)

Where INTPs can thrive using their intuitive nature and perceiving abilities together, the ISTP drops the ball. ISTPs can have an exceptionally difficult time in predicting the emotions of those around them. In fact, even when directly told by a close friend, “I feel…” there is often a disconnection between what the person is telling them and what they think the person is actually feeling.

INTPs use their ability to predict emotions for good though, and this unique ability is what fuels a lot of their actions. Although they use their intuition their actions are very logic driven. So whenever they encounter someone they are having difficulty understanding they often take the logical approach and ask.

INTPs also use their ability to listen intently to others to fuel their positive interactions. Although both are introverts, INTPs seem to handle social situations with more tact.

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Freedom in Social Situations (ISTP)

Where INTPs focus on keeping their interactions strategic and analytical, ISTPs have a different understanding of what being social means. Although they contrive their energy from usually being alone or in controlled situations ISPTs seek out those who understand. This could be an attempt to compensate for their own shortcoming as discussed above but it leaves them with near endless happiness.

ISTPs surround themselves with people are similar but different are different enough to offer something new and exciting. ISTPs seek friends or situations with mild unpredictability, a lot of creativity and a strong sense of humor. Where INTPs navigate social situations with an analytical approach, they often miss out on finding truly engaging company.

Imagination in Different Scopes (BOTH)

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The ISTPs of the world can identify endless possibilities and explores each possibility with an analytical take on recklessness. While the INTP uses their imagination to fuel the impossible and break down known barriers.  Famous INTPs that this can be seen in are Albert Einstein and Bill Gates. They took the rules that already existed and proved them wrong. All the while discovering new realms of possibility by exhausting their knowledge to advance themselves.

Famous ISTPs that show the different type of imagination we are talking about are Clint Eastwood, and Bear Grylls. Nothing stops the ISTPs here from using every bit of knowledge in their arsenal to move into new environments and challenge the unknown.

Weaknesses: Stubborn v. Second Guessing

Everybody has a weakness; some of us have a few. INTP personalities most often find themselves struggling with second-guessing themselves. There is a downfall to intelligence and introversion combined. In constantly questioning where things can go wrong, or walls can be brought down a natural side effect is questioning yourself. “Am I right?” “Could I have done that differently?” These are natural thoughts and there isn’t a whole lot that can be done to combat this except for building self-confidence.

So what is an ISTPs primary weakness? It is where their logic comes into play. ISTPs often come across or are described as insensitive, private, reserved and that they seem bored. Although this isn’t what they intend to put onto display it’s what they project. So while the INTP weakness is an internal struggle, ISTPs have an external struggle to battle. When ISTPs utilize their logic they are attempting to observe but instead are private and almost impossible to get to know.

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Strengths: Straightforward Enthusiasm v. Crisis Management

While we just evaluated the major weaknesses of each type you may have been wondering what each personality brings to the table. Both types have a ton of positives but these two are our favorites and often spoken of the most.

INTPs use their intuition to be straightforward, and then this is paired with a genuine enthusiasm. It may seem like INTPs flit from one interest to another but whenever they find a person that shares one of their many passions they can’t restrain themselves. They use this nature with their perceiving abilities to ensnare a close-knit group of people who are equally enthusiastic. Without a doubt, they will fill in the straightforward part with the analytical side. Setting measurable goals, and well-defined objectives.

ISTPs work best under stress. Which is ironic because they are quite stress prone, meaning, they are almost always on their game. Although an ISTP may not seem to kick into gear until the last few minutes, they’ve been working internally, undisturbed at their own pace. So while everyone else seems to be lost in crisis, the ISTP in the room as the answer. They are one to keep around in chaotic situations.

Differences as a Friend

Friendships rule many of our lives. Many people misunderstand introverts as not being interested in developing friendships as they’d rather be along. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.


An INTP wants someone they can mentally spar with and that is an intellectual equal. They don’t normally hold the same interest of having friends around for emotional support the way many other types do. It can be difficult to befriend an INTP however if done; they are a fierce and loyal person to have around. They offer sparks of connection that is lacking in many friendships and fit in naturally with other thinking perceiving types. So they could easily fit in the ISTPs of the world!


ISTPs make friends easily and enjoy the company of those who have a good sense of humor and want to have a break from the analytical needs of the world. Although beware, just because an ISTP looks at ease their tinkering mind is always going! They have many, many surface friends. But being a close friend to an ISTP is a struggle for both parties. ISTPs take their time falling into friendships but often when achieved these are lifelong.

Key Takeaways

Both types are wonderful renditions of the introvert personality types. But, these two are a great comparison in how we all process information can create such differences in our lives. INTPs offer a level of confidence in decision making but question themselves internally. ISTPs are always trying to tinker and make something that already existed new and revived.

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