ISTJ 7w6: (A Complete Guide)

In this article, we will describe a combination of ISTJ 7w6 personality type i.e. ISTJ personality from the MBTI types and the type 7w6 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 7w6.

ISTJ 7w6

ISTJ 7w6 shares traits of both ISTJ and 7w6 personality. These personalities try to keep a balance between having fun and working. They work well at their job but too many rules and schedules stress them out. They need a break to be adventurous, creative, and enjoy in order to destress. They work well in an organized and orderly manner. They also fulfill their objectives but may procrastinate in order to pursue any opportunity for enjoyment. 

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 7w6 is one of its types.

Type 7w6: ‘The Entertainer’

Type 7w6 has basic traits of type 7 and secondary traits of type 6 personality. Type 6 and type 7  are in conflict with each other i.e. orientation towards people (need the approval of others) vs orientation towards things/experiences ( do not need the approval of others). Thus,  such subtypes do a bit of both. i.e. find satisfaction within themselves and also approach others for extra happiness.  These people are outgoing,  adventurous, and relationship-oriented who are just looking for a genuine human connection.

Healthy versions of this subtype are productive and playful people who have an infectious child-like quality. They are creative entertainers with a positive outlook on life.  Their quick humor, clever minds, and sense of discipline help them to achieve a lot of things.  They are assertive yet have a need to be liked and accepted.  Similarly,  they are generous with their money and party-throwing nature.  With their optimism,  they easily form bonds with people especially since they have a very appealing soft side that is both adult and childlike.

Average versions of this subtype are also productive but can easily lose focus.  They are insecure and anxious people who appear to be nervous and fidgety most of the time.  They have trouble following through with commitment. Regarding money, they can be extravagant but also careful.

At times, they can be impulsive and fall in love as easily as they fall out of it.  They need the acceptance and approval of other people which explains their need to always be in a relationship. 

Often, they get preoccupied with what other people think of them and their decisions.   Although they have a good sense of humor but it has a pessimistic and fearful quality. Such people can unconsciously be insensitive and self-centered and easily turn to substance abuse to cope.

 Unhealthy versions of this subtype have an erratic and needy quality.  They are always in search of people who can keep them distracted from their internal fears.  They want the approval of others and turn to them for solving their life’s problems.  Being alone scares them which is why they continue to look for anyone to hang out or party with.  Without, this, they can become helpless, hysterical, and violent.  Such types are highly vulnerable to be dramatic and self-destructive who can even turn to suicide attempts.  Addiction and emotional breakdowns are also possible in their case. 

Examples of Type 7w6: Steven Spielberg,  Elton John,  Jim Carrey, Robin Williams

A Combination of ISTJ 7w6

Personality: ISTJ 7w6

ISTJ 7w6 fears missing out on opportunities and fun.  They are conflicted between wanting to be being reliable and following commitments but also needing room for free choice.  They try to be happy and fulfilled which is exhibited by their joy in small things of everyday life. Overall, their approach is logical,  detail-oriented,  and rational.  They try their best to follow through with their objectives but may procrastinate in order to pursue any opportunity for enjoyment. 

Workstyle: ISTJ 7w6

ISTJ 7w6 are productive,  inquisitive,  loyal, and seek new experiences.  They prefer to work in jobs that are fast-paced and encourage their adventurous qualities e.g. Publicist, pilot, journalist, media planner, travel writer, military, etc. They keep their work organized and in order. Special attention is given to instructions and rules but try to express their creativity as well. Although they dislike being controlled and restrained, they do well both under and without management

Emotional stressors of ISTJ 7w6

ISTJ 7w6 is often stressed by the negativity of other people and being controlled. They occasionally need excitement and freedom of choice from the daily routine to keep getting from stressed. Being alone for too long also upsets them.  These people defend themselves by giving a logical meaning to their negative feelings i.e. they convince themselves they are happy when they are not.

Conflict: ISTJ 7w6

These personalities dislike conflict and usually try to treat arguments in a light manner. They can try to be serious and engage in it at a formal level but serious conflicts with a lot of layers of negative emotions cannot be handled by them so well. Their priority is to resolve it peacefully and in a light manner.

Interpersonal Skills: ISTJ 7w6

ISTJ 7w6 are social and outgoing but need a break from others after a lot of socializing. They need to be liked and approved so they try hard to keep others happy and have fun. Yet, they may struggle with the emotions of others. They can be alone if needed but too much isolation is upsetting for them. So, they try to keep a balance. 

Strengths of ISTJ 7w6

  • They are productive
  • They are optimistic
  • They are quick and thorough thinkers
  • They are sensitive to 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 7w6

  • They are anxious
  • They engage in self-doubt
  • They can be disorganized when stressed
  • They have trouble remaining focused in stress
  • They easily get bored
  • They can be judgemental and blaming

 FAQs: ISTJ 7w6

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 a Type 7 personality?

Type 7 personality is social, fun-loving, creative, and productive. They fear a lack of nurturance. So, they turn to other people and things to keep themselves distracted. It is one of the types from the nine enneagrams.

What is Type 7w6?

Type 7w6 or Type 7 wing 6 is an enneagram personality subtype. It has core characteristics of type seven personality and complementary characteristics of type six personality. 

Who are type 7 compatible with?

Type sevens are compatible with type nines.

Conclusion

In this article, we discussed ISTJ 7w6 personality.  We found that ISTJ 7w6 try to keep a balance between having fun and working. They work well at their job but too many rules and schedules stress them out. They need a break to be adventurous, creative, and enjoy in order to destress. They work well in an organized and orderly manner. They also fulfill their objectives but may procrastinate in order to pursue any opportunity for enjoyment. 

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Citations

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

https://www.crystalknows.com/enneagram/type-7-wing-6

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Divya is currently a Clinical Psychology Trainee in a Master of Philosophy program and holds a Master’s in clinical psychology. She has a special interest in Personality studies and disorders, having researched the subject before, and Neuropsychology; with an additional interest being Mood disorders. She likes to write about Psychiatric issues, having worked in multiple specialty setups during her time as a clinical psychology student, and in her free time she likes to cook and read.