The Artisans (ISTP,ESTP,ISFP,ESFP)
What Is It?
Introverted Thinking (Ti) is an internal “compass” judgment function that allows us to make decisions based upon internal, subjective logical deductions.
Introverted Thinking often involves finding just the right word to clearly express an idea concisely, crisply, and to the point.
Using introverted Thinking is like having an internal sense of the essential qualities of something, noticing the fine distinctions that make it what it is and then naming it.
It also involves an internal reasoning process of deriving subcategories of classes and sub-principles of general principles. These can then be used in problem solving, analysis, and refining of a product or an idea. This process is evidenced in behaviours like taking things or ideas apart to figure out how they work. The analysis involves looking at different sides of an issue and seeing where there is inconsistency. In so doing, we search for a “leverage point” that will fix problems with the least amount of effort or damage to the system.
We engage in this process when we notice logical inconsistencies between statements and frameworks, using a model to evaluate the likely accuracy of what’s observed.
Who uses it?
What are it’s characteristics and themes?
This guy does a bunch of vlogs on various MBTI types. He does some celebrity typing, answers questions and clarifies common misconceptions. Well worth checking out!
It has come down to this… A poll to see where your opinions lie with respect to the great Sherlock Holmes’ MBTI personality type.
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ISTPs tend to hold back their emotions even more than INTPs. Their thought process is almost exclusively internal. They aren’t very forthcoming with their opinions, which could pose problems in conversation with INTPs. Since INTPs love to banter back and forth, butting heads and ideas if you will, having a partner who isn’t going to respond in a well opinionated and argumentative manner could cause them to lose interest.
The second pair of psychological preferences is Sensing and Intuition. Do you pay more attention to information that comes in through your five senses (Sensing), or do you pay more attention to the patterns and possibilities that you see in the information you receive (Intuition)?
Everyone spends some time Sensing and some time using Intuition. Don’t confuse Sensing with sensual. They aren’t related.
Take a minute to ask yourself which of the following descriptions seems more natural, effortless, and comfortable for you?
Paying attention to physical reality, what I see, hear, touch, taste, and smell. I’m concerned with what is actual, present, current, and real. I notice facts and I remember details that are important to me. I like to see the practical use of things and learn best when I see how to use what I’m learning. Experience speaks to me louder than words.
The following statements generally apply to me:
- I remember events as snapshots of what actually happened.
- I solve problems by working through facts until I understand the problem.
- I am pragmatic and look to the “bottom line.”
- I start with facts and then form a big picture.
- I trust experience first and trust words and symbols less.
- Sometimes I pay so much attention to facts, either present or past, that I miss new possibilities.
Paying the most attention to impressions or the meaning and patterns of the information I get. I would rather learn by thinking a problem through than by hands-on experience. I’m interested in new things and what might be possible, so that I think more about the future than the past. I like to work with symbols or abstract theories, even if I don’t know how I will use them. I remember events more as an impression of what it was like than as actual facts or details of what happened.
The following statements generally apply to me:
- I remember events by what I read “between the lines” about their meaning.
- I solve problems by leaping between different ideas and possibilities.
- I am interested in doing things that are new and different.
- I like to see the big picture, then to find out the facts.
- I trust impressions, symbols, and metaphors more than what I actually experienced
- Sometimes I think so much about new possibilities that I never look at how to make them a reality.
Typing people is always an art, not so much a science. Individual personalities are so diverse and dynamic that it is impossible to sort people into 16 groups without exceptions. With fictitious characters it can be even more difficult because you cannot get direct contact with them for analysis, everything is drawn from what is given up front.
Here’s a plug for Sherlock as an ISTP rather than an INTP
Holmes is an ISTP. Many people assume he’s an N for much the same reasons that real life ISTPs sometimes mistype themselves as INTPs. Dominant Ti can seem like intuition, when what is really happening is determination of cause and effect and making logical deductions, and not connecting seemingly unrelated dots to form a bigger picture. There’s a huge difference.
You don’t need intuition to make connections, if the effect you’re seeing implies causation. For instance, if you find an egg then you know there must have been a chicken. When Holmes noticed knife scrapes on Watson’s shoe, he deduced that Watson’s servant girl is clumsy and that he was wet recently. He figures this out because the scrapes imply someone trying to remove something, and mud is most logical. Further, he knows that since Watson is a doctor he would have a servant girl clean his shoes. The visible scrapes implies carelessness. Mud implies being out in the rain. All of this seems mundane and obvious when reasoned out, but when you walk into a room and Holmes tells you you were wet and have a careless servant girl, you would probably be impressed since you’re in clean, dry clothes and your servant girl is safely locked in her cage at home.
Holmes’ gift of deduction is merely realization of the causes of effects that wouldn’t occur to other people. He does this mostly by having an extensive catalogue of knowledge in various subjects he deems relevant to detective work. In fact if we look at Watson’s assessment of Holmes’ knowledge, we see someone who is very practical and uninterested in theory and subjects not directly relatable:
Knowledge of Literature — Nothing.
Knowledge of Philosophy — Nothing.
Knowledge of Astronomy — Nothing.
Knowledge of Politics — Feeble.
Knowledge of Botany — Variable. Well up in belladonna, opium and poisons generally. Knows nothing of practical gardening.
Knowledge of Geology — Practical, but limited. Tells at a glance different soils from each other. After walks, has shown me splashes upon his trousers, and told me by their colour and consistence in what part of London he had received them.
Knowledge of Chemistry — Profound.
Knowledge of Anatomy — Accurate, but unsystematic.
Knowledge of Sensational Literature — Immense. He appears to know every detail of every horror perpetrated in the century.
Plays the violin well.
Is an expert singlestick player, boxer and swordsman.
Has a good practical knowledge of British law.
An INTP would study anything interesting inside and out regardless of its worth to his work, and his interests would be more varied than this. Instead we see he knows “nothing” about esoteric subjects and only “practical” knowledge of subjects vaguely related to detection. He has “profound” and “immense” knowledge of chemistry and sensational literature only because they greatly help him deduce the method and modus operandi of his subjects. His knowledge of anatomy is “accurate, but unsystematic” because it helps him determine the cause of death as well as events leading up to the moment of death (e.g. if there was a struggle, etc.), but an INTP’s knowledge would probably be something bordering on “systematic.”
Finally, his secondary Se is the second part of his great gift. When you think of Holmes you think of his brilliant deductions as well as his attention to detail. He’s a guy who walks into a room and within milliseconds he is aware of the position of everyone and everything in it and can spot a speck of dust on a pair of brown trousers. He is keenly observant, is what I’m trying to say. Point to me one INTP that can find an elephant in his living room.