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ISTP Relationships with Other MBTI Types

We all know an independent introvert who likes to keep things realistic and is always on the go. Which is to say, we all know an ISTP. Known also as The Tinkerer, ISTPs are famous for their talent to figure things out and their love for adventure. They are stubborn to a fault which, depending on whether it’s directed at something positive or negative, could be good or bad. This duality is exactly what makes ISTPs’ relationship compatibility with other types interesting. We’ve scavenged the internet to find out how the ISTP person behaves in relationships, friendships, and at work. This article also covers some other topics, including:

  • What is the ISTP partner like?
  • What is the best match for an ISTP?
  • Which types make the best friends for ISTPs?
  • Which types have a good work dynamic with ISTPs?

So, and without further ado, let’s explore ISTP relationships with other MBTI types.

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ISTP Relationships and Dating

The Tinkerers are among the least social of all MBTI personality types. But that doesn’t mean they are not confident. They just don’t need any social approval for the things they do and the way they think. As their energy is derived from within, they appreciate their independence. They like to enjoy the moment and are spontaneous. These qualities also apply to the ISTP love life as well.

ISTP Dating

When it comes to relationships and dating, ISTPs are independent and self-sufficient. Forcing a Tinkerer into a relationship they’re unsure of is borderline impossible. However, if they’re in love they can be caring and they like to make themselves useful to their partner. They might not be the best at giving emotional support, but they’re practical. They’re dogged, natural troubleshooters and, when they do struggle in a relationship, they won’t stop looking for logical solutions to their problems.

Early in dating, ISTPs respond quickly to their partner’s physical needs but need more time in terms of opening up emotionally. If you just started dating an ISTP you might want to prepare to be patient. Dating a Tinkerer could be a rollercoaster of emotions. One day you’re in a fun-loving relationship where you support each other to be the best versions of yourselves. The next, you find yourself pushed away by your partner’s emotional instability and insensitivity.

The truth is that The Tinkerers are rarely the romantic type. They won’t be the ones to serenade you while holding a bouquet of freshly picked chrysanthemums. But if they sincerely love somebody they will adapt to their partner’s needs and will be supportive of them. Also, their ability to look at things objectively allows them to realize their own mistakes.

ISTP Best Match

If you’re an ISTP and you’re trying to understand your own behavior in a relationship (which by itself is such an ISTP thing to do – they’re always trying to figure things out!) then you already know how difficult it is to find someone who can handle your free spirit. So let’s look into the best choice for a partner and what makes them so compatible.

The best match for The Tinkerer is the ESTJ. Naturally, people are attracted to individuals who share their dominant function (in this case Thinking) but project it in a different direction. Therefore, as introverts, ISTPs (who project their Thinking function internally) best match with the ESTJs’ extroverted personality. Furthermore, they both share the ‘Thinking’ and ‘Sensing’ traits, which is exactly why they’re a good match. In a nutshell, regardless of their apparent differences, they share a common vision of what’s truly important in life.

ISTP Compatibility

By the numbers, ISTPs can seem hard to love. They’re impulsive to the point that, if channeled improperly, it can damage relationships. When they say ‘I do,’ they sometimes mean ‘I do for now.’ And they’re stubborn enough that it can be hard for them to back down from an argument. But their impulsivity can also be whimsically romantic, and their stubbornness means they don’t quit the minute things get tough. Both of these traits – stubbornness and capriciousness – can be disastrous or advantageous, depending on the directions they’re channeled. Some personality types work well with the ISTP’s unique blend of traits, but others don’t. So let’s explore who is likely to get under the ISTP’s skin, who is likely to find their way into an ISTP’s heart, and why.

ISTP Compatibility Chart

The following chart illustrates the best and worst matches for an ISTP person.

Blue – types that are most similar to ISTPs in terms of values, interests, and life philosophy.
Green – types that are similar to ISTPs but have intriguing differences, which can produce a healthy relationship with plenty of personality growth opportunities.
Yellow – types that are somewhat similar to ISTPs and could be compatible with them, but they need to work their way through some key differences.
Red – types that are poles apart from ISTPs and are likely to clash with their personality. Relationships between these types can require a lot of work.

ISTP Compatibility Chart

ISTP and INFP

These personality types fall in the MBTI red zone. It’s likely that they’ll struggle to get along when put together in any area of life. Even if they share some common interests, they are fundamentally not compatible.

Relationship

ISTPs are grounded and like to think logically while also being adventurous and fun loving. In their ideal relationship, their partner shares their love for experiencing life to the fullest. ISTPs rarely try to change the world around them as they’re too busy enjoying the reality they live in. On the other hand, INFPs (The Mediator) put emotional needs on a pedestal, are extremely idealistic, and, at least compared to the grounded ISTP, can seem delusional when it comes to their surroundings. The communication between these two personality types might be challenging. ISTPs communicate in straightforward ways and expect the same from their partner. However, INFPs are more abstract in their expression and find directness heartless. Nevertheless, while a relationship between an ISTP and INFP can be trying and demanding, it’s not impossible. After all, opposites can attract. It may require compromise and understanding from both sides, but love can defeat all differences.

Friendship

A true friendship between an ISTP and an INFP is rare. While as individuals they might feel comfortable in each other’s presence, they are fundamentally different. It’s unlikely for these two personality types to share common interests and hobbies, so whenever they try to spend time together one of them ends up bored or frustrated. Yet, there’s one personality trait that both ISTP and INFP share and that could contribute to building rapport – spontaneity. Both types don’t appreciate predictability and like to leave room for creativity. This proves that, regardless of all their differences, they could get along if they steer their path carefully.

At Work

Due to their different areas of interest, it’s unlikely for an ISTP and INFP to have similar career paths. ISTPs are logical and like hands-on jobs where they can count on fact-based answers. INFPs are creative and abstract in their work, making empathy their leading power. Nevertheless, if they are found in the same workplace, their differences in expression could lead to conflict. In that case, the ISTP should show consideration to the INFP and must try to communicate their side calmly. On the other hand, the INFP should open up about their perspective in a more direct and straightforward way so that the ISTP can understand. If they can learn these compromises, ISTPs can come to appreciate the INFPs’ ability to find innovative solutions. And the INFP can even come to rely on the ISTPs’ penchant for logical problem-solving. In the end, they could help each other not despite but because of their differences.

ISTP and INFJ

These personality types fall in the MBTI red zone. It’s likely difficult for them to get along when put together in any area of life. Even if they share some common interests, they are fundamentally not compatible.

Relationship

ISTPs and INFJs (The Sage) have many differences, and a healthy relationship between these two types could be hard to maintain. INFJs are emotional, organized, creative, and have a deep sense of idealism. They often see helping others as their purpose in life and are profoundly troubled by injustice. At the same time ISTPs are logical, spontaneous, and rarely care about idealistic beliefs. If, despite all odds, an ISTP ends up in a relationship with an INFJ, they must take some things into consideration. The INFJ should teach themselves to not take everything personally, while the ISTP must practice being more gentle and empathetic toward their partner.

Friendship

A friendship between these two is as demanding as a love relationship. In this case, building trust is crucial. INFJs are likely to trust their friends if they follow through with commitments while showing empathy. Loyalty is another thing they deeply appreciate, along with security and trustworthiness. Those are the things that the pragmatic ISTP should express if they’re trying to maintain a friendship with an INFJ. At the same time, INFJs should learn to be more direct in their communication. They should also get used to being on board with last-minute plans as ISTPs are quite the unpredictable type. One thing they have in common is that they both like to spend time away from busy hangouts and crowded places. For both of them, ideal friendship ‘quality time’ involves ordering takeout and watching Netflix all night. And in the end, who has time to argue when Stranger Things is on in the background?

At Work

In the workplace, these personality types could end up at each other’s throats. INFJs are extremely involved in their work. However, sometimes maintaining harmony is more important for them than the end result. On the other hand, ISTPs are natural problem solvers and are driven by performance. Personal feelings matter less for the ISTP professional, while for the INFJ emotional overload is common. Often, the conflict between these two is inevitable. But they could also learn a lot from each other. The INFJ brings creative thinking and organization to the work environment, which are traits that the pragmatic ISTP lacks. At the same time, practical thinking and optimism are some of ISTPs best qualities, which the INFJ might want to welcome into their life.

ISTP and ENFP

These personality types fall in the MBTI red zone. It’s likely that they don’t get along when put together in any area of life. Even if they share some common interests, they are fundamentally not compatible.

Relationship

ISTPs and ENFPs (The Optimist) are polar opposites. Being the Extroverted Feeling type, ENFPs love to share their energy with other people and thrive in group settings. ISTPs are different in this regard – they’re introverted, quiet, and process information internally. Also, ENFPs are emotional, which is a trait that ISTPs find difficult to keep up with. That sort of ENFP emotional expressiveness coupled with the ISTP practical behavior based purely on facts and logic doesn’t lead to much good. Mostly, ISTPs are perceived as insensitive and hurtful, while the ENFPs’ emotional needs could exhaust the ISTP.

Friendship

Despite some shared personality traits such as flexibility and adaptability, ISTPs and ENFPs don’t share anything else in common. ISTPs are realists and, according to them, actions speak louder than words. They like to enjoy life as it is and rarely think about how the current moment affects their future. In contrast, ENFPs are natural daydreamers and like to speculate about future possibilities. They also often think about the past and have the tendency to miss the current moment since they’re too busy wondering about what led to it. This “should’ve, would’ve, could’ve” mindset frustrates the ISTP and prevents them from having a healthy friendship with ENFPs.

At Work

Both personality types have the ability to understand that people are different and that sometimes that’s not a bad thing. They just have to work to balance things out. However, as both types are set in their ways, it might be difficult for them to overcome these differences. For instance, ISTPs are independent and like to have the freedom to choose their own schedule. Although the ENFPs also value flexibility, they like to be more involved in everyone else’s work which might annoy the ISTP.

ISTP and ENFJ

These personality types fall in the MBTI red zone. It’s likely that they don’t get along when put together in any area of life. Even if they share some common interests they are fundamentally not compatible.

Relationship

More often than not, ISTPs and ENFJs (The Guide) are not a good fit when it comes to relationships. As an Extroverted Feeling type, the ENFJ differs greatly from the Introverted Thinking ISTP. ENFJs are warm, genuine, and empathetic. The thing they value the most is human relationships, and they’re driven by a need to help people. At the same time, ISTPs don’t necessarily look for deep human connection as they prefer to find someone that would join them in all of life’s adventures. This fundamental difference in mindset could prevent these two types from ever being in a relationship.

Friendship

ISTPs and ENFJs have some common themes that aren’t immediately obvious. Their common interests reveal themselves with time, and it’s possible for these personality types to have a meaningful friendship. However, there are some key differences that must be acknowledged. One of them is communication – as friends, ISTPs and ENFJs should work out ways to communicate better as their approaches are different. ISTPs are reserved and like to express themselves as shortly as possible. In their straightforward manner, they often say everything they want to, eliminating any useless information. ENFJs are the opposite – outgoing, they like small talk and don’t appreciate when somebody’s being reserved around them. As friends, if they manage to work their way through their communication styles, ISTPs and ENFJs might build a satisfying friendship.

At Work

Contrary to some other types from the MBTI ‘red zone,’ ENFJs and ISTPs could work well together because of their differences. ENFJs’ ability to create, maintain and follow schedules could help the chaotic ISTP to reach their goals in a more structured way. Also, thanks to their practical thinking, ISTPs could help their ENFJ colleagues to express themselves in a more logical manner. Processing things differently means that they come up with different ideas and solutions.

ISTP and INTJ

These two types fall in the ‘yellow zone’ of the compatibility chart. They have some similarities in their characters, but problems may occur as they don’t balance each other out and may decide to ignore potential issues.

Relationship

ISTPs and INTJs (The Mastermind) share some defining personality traits – they’re both quiet, introverted, and observant. Both personality types engage in non-verbal communication, they’re both logical thinkers, and for both of them, their energy comes from within. At first glance, they’re perfect for each other, but there’s one more common trait that is more of an obstacle than an advantage – they both dislike expressing emotions. Early in dating, both individuals might find it comforting that their partner doesn’t require emotional expression. But this inability to open up regarding important feelings can lead to relationship problems over time. They have to work their way through those important communication barriers if they want to be in a healthy relationship.

Friendship

Mostly, ISTPs and INTJs share the same perception of life and make good friends. Both the Tinkerer and the Mastermind feel awkward when their friends require emotional expression. And although for those types it’s challenging to openly discuss their feelings and emotions, they could have a meaningful friendship. Also, INTJs should avoid putting too much pressure on ISTPs and allow them the space to make their own decisions. If they’re aligned with each other’s perception of what they want their friendship to be, then they could be a power couple (of friends).

At Work

INTJs work with quiet logical determination, which is a quality that the Tinkerers admire, especially in the workplace. That’s why these two personality types could be great colleagues. Nevertheless, in order to avoid confrontation, ISTPs should try to be a bit more organized. Also, INTJs should allow the Tinkerers to work more independently, trusting their abilities to manage in stressful situations. If they can learn to respect each other’s boundaries while also accepting constructive criticism, they might have a wonderful work relationship.

ISTP and ESFJ

These two types fall in the ‘yellow zone’ of the compatibility chart. They have some similarities in their characters, but problems may occur as they don’t balance each other out and may decide to ignore potential issues.

Relationship

ISTPs and ESFJs (The Consul) are both sensing types, which means that they’re focused on the current moment. They’re both action-oriented personalities and they both prefer to have practical solutions to their problems. They could be a great couple since they intuitively know how to practically approach a situation in case of conflict. However, as similar as these types are, there’s a number of differences that can not be neglected. ESFJs can be controlling at times and, although they’re driven by the desire to help, they could put pressure on their partner. This is a no-go for the free-spirited ISTP. At the same time, ISTPs should try to be more open with their feelings instead of simply pushing away their partner the moment they feel discomfort.

Friendship

Generally, the ISTP and the ESFJ could be good friends – they do have some traits in common. However, addressing the elephant in the room, ESFJs are extremely extroverted people. They’re social butterflies and they seek to have connections with people which is their leading power. On the other hand, the ISTPs are reserved and introverted and feel exhausted if they spend too much time in a social environment. This could make it challenging for them to maintain a friendship. As the outgoing ESFJ wants to connect all the time, it’s difficult for them to understand that their friends need some alone time and sometimes they take it personally.

At Work

ISTPs and ESFJs typically work well together. ESFJs could help the disorganized ISTP with planning their activities which could help in the long term. They can also teach them how to be considerate of others’ emotions and the impact of empathy on the workplace. At the same time, ISTPs can show the ESFJ how to embrace their practical nature and how to process things in stressful situations. Their ability to express themselves logically could contribute to a highly functional partnership.

ISTP and ENTP

These two types fall in the ‘yellow zone’ of the compatibility chart. They have some similarities in their characters, but problems may occur as they don’t balance each other out and may decide to ignore potential issues.

Relationship

ISTPs and ENTPs (The Debater) could be a great couple since they are both fun loving and enjoy living in the moment and trying new things. Flexibility and playfulness are leading powers in their relationship. Always in need for a new challenge, both personalities are likely to lead a fast-paced life together. However, the ENTPs have a never-ending need for adventures and social interaction which can sometimes be exhausting for the introverted ISTP. They should be open about their priorities and many compromises must be made in order for their relationship to stay healthy. Another thing that could be an obstacle is the fact that ENTPs usually like to verbally communicate their emotions and essentially their unique view of the world. ISTPs aren’t comfortable when they have to be emotionally available all the time which could create issues within their relationship in the long term. The Tinkerers should learn how to be open about their feelings, while the ENTPs should respect the ISTP’s need for some alone time.

Friendship

ISTPs and ENTPs are both Thinking/Perceiving types, which means that they avoid following strict processes, schedules, and rules. These types could have a great friendship filled with spontaneous moments. Similar to the ISTP friendships, they should be careful when it comes to befriending extroverts. It’s hard for the Tinkerers to feed their need for social interaction at all times. But if they manage to communicate their boundaries ENTPs and ISTPs could have a great friendship.

At Work

These personality types are great in a work environment since they bring a balance of decision-making and flexibility. At the same time, ISTPs are wonderful when it comes to attention to detail, while ENTPs are good at offering creative solutions. ENTPs also have the ability to think big, which can prevent them from focusing and completing smaller projects. However, smaller projects are the stepping stones to the final goal. This is where the ISTP comes in – they’re masters of details. This dynamic of looking at both forests and trees can make them excellent partners.

ISTP and ENTJ

These two types fall in the ‘yellow zone’ of the compatibility chart. They have some similarities in their characters, but problems may occur as they don’t balance each other out and may decide to ignore potential issues.

Relationship

ENTJs (The General) are charismatic, direct, and logical which are all qualities that ISTPs feel attracted to. Being both confident and challenge-seeking, ENTJs seem like the perfect match for the fun-loving ISTP. Nevertheless, both types avoid displays of emotions which could be a problem in the long run. Also, ENTJs like to take charge, which could be a problem for the ISTP. They must be able to communicate their differences openly, otherwise, it will all pile up and explode at some point, damaging their relationship.

Friendship

Both personality types are practical and direct in their ways. They could have a meaningful friendship if they manage to find common interests. However, ENTJs like to encourage growth within the people around them. The ISTP, however, is independent and hates when anyone tries to lecture them about their decisions and how to lead their life. This could create tension between them. If the ISTP really values their friendship they can’t take everything personally, while the ENTJ should be careful to not be perceived as too controlling.

At Work

At work, both types have the ability to think objectively, bringing practical solutions to the table. They might work well together because of their communication styles – direct and straightforward, leaving the unimportant small talk behind. The ISTP is flexible which is something that the ENTJ could learn, since flexibility isn’t one of their greatest strengths. At the same time, the ISTP could learn a thing or two about commitment and organization. If they embrace their differences rather than trying to avoid them they can be great colleagues.

ISTP and ISFJ

These two types fall in the green zone of the compatibility chart. They have many similarities with each other, but at the same time possess enough differences to be able to learn from one another.

Relationship

As introverts, these types have mutual respect for each other’s time and space, which is something they both value deeply. If they’re in a relationship, it won’t be hard for them to decide on how to spend their time together. They both enjoy their own small circle of people and dislike big social gatherings. They’re both naturally good listeners and will likely enjoy similar conversational topics. As a Thinking type, the ISTP is attracted to the ISFJ’s (The Defender) compassion and warmth. While as the Feeling type, the ISFJ is attracted to the ISTP’s objectivity and tough mind. One thing they might want to work on as their relationship evolves is their communication. The ISFJ should be careful with emotional expression while ISTPs should share their feelings more often.

Friendship

As friends, those two types are likely to feel a connection and they can find common ground easily. The ISFJ’s enthusiastic behavior coupled with the ISTP’s hunger for adventure could spark a great friendship. In this case, ISFJs should allow the ISTPs to make or cancel last minute plans. When it comes to tough times, ISFJs are likely to trust ISTPs who are encouraging, supportive, and sensitive which is way out of the Tinkerer’s comfort zone. The ISTPs should realize that if they truly value their friendship they must be there for each other emotionally.

At Work

Both personality types offer pragmatic problem solving solutions in the professional environment. One of the greatest ISTP strengths is flexibility and adaptability, which are both things that the strictly organized ISFJ should start appreciating. At the same time, ISTPs could learn a thing or two about empathetic reasoning and goal-oriented planning. Overall, all differences aside, they make wonderful colleagues.

ISTP and INTP

These two types fall in the ‘green zone’ of the compatibility chart. They have many similarities with each other, but at the same time possess enough differences to be able to learn from one another.

Relationship

There are various similarities between the ISTP and the INTP (The Logician) types – they’re extremely analytical, objective, and logical in their behavior. Their communication styles are almost identical, as they approach people in a logical way instead of relying on emotions. If a confrontation appears between them, they express themselves clearly and directly and work together toward a mutually beneficial solution. But more often than not, both types are afraid of having to deal with their deeper feelings. Early in dating they both can get defensive when it comes to the ‘What are we?’ talk. They must learn the importance of being emotionally available. An ISTP and INTP relationship can turn into something beautiful if they just put enough effort into realizing and correcting their emotional behavior toward one another.

Friendship

As INTPs are more creative, they tend to trust ISTPs who allow them to express that aspect of themselves. Both types are confident in their ways which can sometimes be an issue since they often appear insensitive. When two people who don’t share the same opinion (which, let’s be honest, could happen to anyone) and are also keen on proving that they’re right, it can corrupt their friendship. Both of them should realize that in many cases overcoming your ego is more important than holding dearly to your beliefs.

At Work

Even though they’re both introverted, ISTPs and INTPs somehow manage to work well together. One of the reasons for that is that they understand and appreciate the importance of creating and following their own schedule (even if it means not having a schedule at all, in the case of ISTP working style). INTPs could help the ISTPs think about new ideas for the future. Additionally, the ISTPs could project their ability to work on present experiences.

ISTP and ESTJ

These two types fall in the ‘green zone’ of the compatibility chart. They have many similarities with each other, but at the same time possess enough differences to be able to learn from one another.

Relationship

When in a relationship, ISTPs and ESTJs (The Administrator) probably share a mutual interest in activities. Both types like to be physically stimulated and are naturally active. For both of them, adventure is a big part of their life and doing these things together means a lot. However, although ISTPs and ESTJs are generally compatible, a couple of key differences could be problematic in the long term. ESTJs might be controlling at times when it comes to following schedules. On the other hand, ISTPs are reserved which for the extroverted ESTJ is an issue. ISTPs need to be able to communicate their needs and participate in a discussion.

Friendship

Both ISTPs and ESTJs are Sensing and Thinking types, which means that their communication styles are similar. They tend to be practical and logical and they often enjoy each other’s company as their discussions naturally flow. But while they have many things in common, the ESTJs usually demand more attention than the ISTPs are ready to invest in a friendship. ESTJs should learn how to give the free-spirited ISTP some time to recharge on their own. Additionally, it’s good for the ISTPs to be challenged and to get out of their comfort zone from time to time. In any case, these two types complement each other and they make great friends.

At Work

Both types have similar working habits, as their decision-making process is usually practical and rational. Often ISTPs and ESTJs can work well together if they manage to embrace their differences. ESTJs can teach the ISTPs how to be more organized in order to achieve their professional goals. Yet, the ESTJs aren’t the most positive type and could learn a thing or two about it from ISTPs.

ISTP and ESFP

These two types fall in the ‘green zone’ of the compatibility chart. They have many similarities with each other, but at the same time possess enough differences to be able to learn from one another.

Relationship

At first glance, ISTPs and ESFPs (The Entertainer) aren’t the most similar types. ESFPs are outgoing, they love parties and to be the center of attention. ISTPs are the opposite – they like to be alone and enjoy their small circle of people. But ESFPs are also supportive in their behavior and they like to go with the flow. These are qualities that ISTPs look for in a partner. ESFPs are also charismatic and are drawn to people expressing the opposite qualities – they like mysterious, introverted people. These two are a classical example of how opposites attract.

Friendship

One of the reasons why ISTPs and ESFPs make great friends is that they’re both flexible. They’re both the type who either cancels or makes last-minute plans, and they’re not bothered when somebody does it. One thing they should work on is their communication. ISTPs should give the ESFPs the time to express themselves while ESFPs should avoid emotional expression. The extroverted ESFPs should also allow their introverted friends the time to recharge.

At Work

When it comes to working together, there are some key differences that must be noted. ESFPs are fairly emotional and need to learn how to think objectively, building thicker skin. They should also manage their reactions in stressful situations and not take everything personally. On the other hand, ISTPs should observe the ESFPs’ empathetic reasoning and the importance of considering others’ emotions.

ISTP and ISFP

These two types fall in the ‘blue zone’ of the compatibility chart. They share nearly identical world views, values, interests, and life philosophies. They can also relate well to each other.

Relationship

ISTPs and ISFPs (The Adventurer) both are primarily driven by fun and have low tolerance for boredom. They both have a tendency for aesthetics and love anything that involves creating and crafting. In a relationship, they have respect for each other’s privacy and they’re both comfortable with disorganization in the household. As the Thinking type, the ISTP might come off as insensitive by hurting the ISFP’s feelings. ISTPs usually misinterpreted their partner’s desire for harmony and often deem their behavior as complicated. If the ISTP doesn’t show affection to their partner more often than feel natural for them to do, the ISFPs may feel unfulfilled in the relationship.

Friendship

ISFPs tend to be more sensitive, which could put the ISTP in an uncomfortable position, as they’re not the best at reassuring people. However, usually, they make good friends. In a friendship, neither of them has high expectations and they support rather than pressure each other. ISFPs are picky with their friends – they’re highly conscious of their companions and, at the same time, will give them the freedom to direct their own lives.

At Work

When working together, the ISTP is the one to come up with an idea and the ISFP is the one that files it and that works through the nitty-gritty. They usually work well together. However, the ISFP should learn how to take constructive criticism without taking it personally. And the ISTP could learn how to be vocal about their ideas and contributions which is one of ISFPs’ best qualities.

ISTP and ESTP

These two types fall in the ‘blue zone’ of the compatibility chart. They share nearly identical world views, values, interests, and life philosophies. They can also relate a lot to each other.

Relationship

ESTPs (The Daredevil) and ISTPs are both energetic and adventure-loving, which could lead to a fun and dynamic relationship. They both hate following schedules and they will leap right into something if they get a rush from it. However, when two individuals are in a relationship, the fact that one is extroverted and one introverted plays an essential role. ESTPs love an audience while ISTPs like flying solo. If confrontation appears, the ESTP should avoid interrupting the ISTP and must communicate in a calm, rational manner. They should allow their partner to take a break if needed.

Friendship

As friends, those two types usually get along with each other. In terms of communication, ESTPs are likely to trust ISTPs, who allow them to be themselves. ESTPs are natural leaders and they feed off the emotional energy in the room. While the ISTPs prefer to stay away from crowded places, ESTPs thrive in social situations and are the heart of the party. And because of that, ISTPs should clearly communicate their needs should they feel overwhelmed. Overall, due to their expressiveness, excitement, and love for entertainment, ISTP and ESTP are straight out of an action movie demonic duo.

At Work

Even though when it comes to interpersonal relationships those two types have many similarities, it could be challenging to find common ground at work. Contrary to what ISTPs stand up for, ESTPs abandon tasks before finishing them. ESTPs enjoy working in a team, while the ISTPs function better on their own. Nevertheless, the ISTPs could need a hand when they have to communicate their ideas more publicly, which is one of ESTP’s best qualities.

ISTP and ISTJ

These two types fall in the ‘blue zone’ of the compatibility chart. They share nearly identical world views, values, interests and life philosophy. They can also relate well to each other.

Relationship

ISTPs and ISTJs (The Archivist) are both Introverted, Sensing, and Thinking personalities, meaning that they’re practical and logical while at the same time they appreciate their alone time. In a relationship, ISTJs like to be the ones making the decisions and ISTPs are happy to go with the flow. ISTJs also bring stability as they’re more organized. However, the thing that grinds the ISTJ’s gears is the typical ISTP indecisiveness. The Tinkerer should learn how to take responsibility for their actions. If they want to stay in a healthy relationship they need to learn to open up to one another, despite their inability to express their emotions. Their differences can be overcome, but both types should learn how to resolve their issues before they pile up.

Friendship

In a friendship, ISTPs bring joy to the ISTJs, as they show them the fun side of life. ISTJs need a reminder that life is not all about responsibilities and work. They should learn how to not be so uptight about everything and ISTPs bring that light into their lives. That’s why they make great friends.

At Work

ISTPs and ISTJs make good colleagues as they have a similar approach to work. They both like to get the job done and they both like to do it in a logical manner. In their communication, ISTJs should avoid casual conversation and should learn how to get right to the point.