ISTJ 4w3: (A Complete Guide)

In this article, we will describe a combination of ISTJ 4w3 personality type i.e. ISTJ personality from the MBTI types and the type 4w3 from enneagram types. We will be describing each personality separately followed up by giving an in-depth overview of a combination of both personalities i.e. ISTJ 4w3.

ISTJ 4w3

ISTJ 4w3 shares traits of both ISTJ and 4w3 personality. These people are driven to be unique and want to be known for their work. They are observant and detail-oriented. They use such knowledge and experiences to guide their behavior.  They work according to the plan in a loyal and dutiful manner. They adapt their responses according to their audience in order to be accepted and approved. Occasionally, they engage in self-doubt and get concerned about their image. Nonetheless, they continue to try to express themself.   

MBTI: Four Cognitive Functions

 Myer Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), based on Carl Jung’s 16 personality types, approaches personality to be composed of four cognitive functions that govern how people think, process, and make decisions. The top two cognitive functions play a dominant role in guiding a person’s personality. Whereas, the latter two play less of a role. However, they still have some impact or influence on how a person behaves in certain situations. ISTJ is one personality type out of the 16 types. 

ISTJ: The Inspector (Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging)

The ISTJ personality type from the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is based on Carl Jung’s 16 personality types. It describes people who are quiet, reserved, practical, and organized. They are traditionalists and value loyalty. 13% of people have an ISTJ personality type in the world.

Four Cognitive Functions of ISTJ

Four cognitive functions that guide how ISTJ personality type processes information includes:

Introverted Sensing

ISTJs are present-oriented and can take in information from their surroundings.  They have a good memory and can use prior experience to predict or expect what will happen in the future.

Extroverted Thinking

ISTJs are logical,  objective, and rational.  They focus on details and concrete information rather than abstract information.  They are efficient and productive people who appreciate knowledge with practical application.  They are also good decision-makers who use logic and evidence instead of feelings to guide their judgment. 

Introverted Feeling

ISTJs often have gut feelings about different situations.  Although they make decisions based on logic but their feelings inform them to trust their emotional instinct rather than just facts. 

  Extroverted Intuition

This is the weakest part of ISTJ’s personality. They enjoy new ideas and experiences which help them to have a more balanced personality. 

Enneagrams

Enneagrams are a map or typology of human personalities. It was developed by George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, Oscar Ichazo, and Claudio Naranjo.It is divided into nine personality types that are spread across 3 triads i.e. Feeling triad, Thinking Triad, or Instinctive Triad. It describes a person’s fundamental psychological orientation in the form of good or bad traits and sees which triad quality i.e. emotion, intellect or instincts is most characteristic of his or her personality.  The Basic Personality Type is the most characteristic of a person. Whereas wings add elements to the overall personality. Type 1 personality with wing 2 i.e. (4w3) from the instinct triad is one of its types.

Type 4w3: ‘The Aristocrat’

Type 4w3 has basic traits of type 4 and secondary traits of type 3 personality. Such people are emotionally volatile since type 4 and type 3 have completely opposite traits.  This makes type 4w3 extremely conflicted, conscious of self-image, and self-esteem. 

Healthy versions of this subtype are social, ambitious, and creative. They strive to leave their mark in the world. They know who they are and who they aspire to be. So, they keep themselves involved with people to achieve that. They are social, goal-oriented, creative, and adapt according to their audience. They are also sensitive and have a good sense of humor.

Average versions of this subtype are also concerned about their self-image but they can grow out of it if helped. These people conceal their emotional vulnerabilities and project a favorable image on others. They are motivated to make something of themself but are fearful of rejection, insult, and humiliation. Their underlying need for attention and admiration pushes them to behave dramatically, narcissistically, and sometimes in an exhibitionistic manner. They keep themselves surrounded with finer things and finer people as close association with ‘high class’ makes them feel sophisticated. Their need to please others makes them responsive to critique and suggestions but it can also cause resentment towards others. 

Unhealthy versions of this subtype are isolated from others. They are depressed people who can be hostile and malicious out of the envy of others. Jealousy is a fairly common experience among them which leads them to exploit others. Yet, later on, they feel ashamed and punish themselves quite harshly. In short, their pattern is that they contemplate ruining others but never act on it and punish themself due to guilt later. Hence, their aggression is directed inwards. Suicide and crimes of passion can happen in the case of such individuals.

Examples of Type 4w3: Michael Jackson, Prince, Judy Garland

A Combination of ISTJ 4w3

Personality: ISTJ 4w3

ISTJ 4w3 fear being insignificant and often express it by saying they are unique or distinct from others. They desire to be different and unique in terms of identity. They try to do that by being creative and expressing themself in a unique way. At times, they adopt other people’s characteristics in their attempts of trying to be more authentic. They focus on details and use their knowledge and experiences to guide their behavior.  They work according to the plan in a loyal and dutiful manner. 

Workstyle: ISTJ 4w3

These personalities are creative, ambitious, and express themselves through means of art. They prefer to work in jobs that allow them to be creative and form connections with others e.g. artists, music teachers, journalists, photographers, etc. They try to focus on details and work strategically. They make sure everyone knows their role if it is a group project so that things turn out smoothly. They pay attention to follow any rules and regulations. They do not like to be constrained. Rather, they like flexibility and independence in their work.

Emotional Orientation and Defenses of ISTJ 4w3

These personalities are often stressed by failure and disappointing others. Being alone and not being able to connect with others upsets them. Especially if they are struggling to express themselves and feel that they are conflicted at an interpersonal level, they get really stressed. Being considered ordinary is also a source of discomfort for them. They can be emotionally volatile especially in stress. 

Conflict: ISTJ 4w3

ISTJs 3w4 are emotional in conflict as they struggle with an indirect conflict of their own. They try to maintain a good sense of right and wrong.  Their communication style is factual but also has emotional components. They try to maintain a favorable image and make an effort to resolve things without disapproval from others. 

Interpersonal Skills: ISTJ 4w3

ISTJs 3w4 appears to be emotional to others which may alienate them socially.  They are people struggling with identity issues which can make them conscious around others. They struggle with expressing themself.  Often,  they keep themself surrounded by fine things and fine people in order to figure themself out. They want to leave a mark in the world. So, they work hard to make that happen. They are dependant on the approval of others and modify their responses according to their audience.  

Strengths of ISTJ 4w3

  • They are creative and efficient
  • They try to be genuine and authentic
  • They are in tune with themself
  • They understand the feelings of others
  • They are detail-oriented
  • They are realistic
  • They are focused on the present
  • They have good observational skills
  • They like practicality, organization, and order in their life.

Weakness of ISTJ 4w3

  • They are overly-concerned about self-image
  • They often engage in self-doubt and insecurity
  • They need the approval of others
  • They exhibit emotional reactions in stress
  • They can be judgemental and insensitive

 FAQs: ISTJ 4w3

Who should an ISTJ marry?

ISTJ should marry ESFP or ESTP. This is because their dominant introverted sensing can be matched well by the dominant extroverted sensing of such partners. However, they can enjoy good relationships with other personality types as well.

Is ISTJ rare?

No. ISTJs are not rare. 12% of the population is an ISTJ personality.

What is the Type 4 personality?

Type 4 personality is social, creative, and expressive. They fear being unwanted by loved ones and experience identity confusion. So, they try really hard to figure out who they are to prevent that from happening. It is one of the types from the nine enneagrams.

What is Type 4w3?

Type 4w3 or Type 4 wing 3 is an enneagram personality subtype. It has core characteristics of type four personality and complementary characteristics of type three personality. 

Conclusion

In this article, we discussed ISTJ 4w3 personality.  We found that ISTJ 4w3 shares traits of both ISTJ and 4w3 personality. These people are driven to be unique and want to be known for their work. They are observant and detail-oriented. They use such knowledge and experiences to guide their behavior.  They work according to the plan in a loyal and dutiful manner. They adapt their responses according to their audience in order to be accepted and approved. Occasionally, they engage in self-doubt and get concerned about their image. Nonetheless, they continue to try to express themself.   

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Citations

https://www.verywellmind.com/istj-introversion-sensing-thinking-judgment-2795992

https://www.crystalknows.com/enneagram/type-4-wing-3

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