ISTJ 7w8: (A Complete Guide)

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In this article, we will describe a combination of ISTJ 7w8 personality type i.e. ISTJ personality from the MBTI types and the type 7w8 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 7w8.

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ISTJ 7w8

ISTJ 7w8 shares traits of both ISTJ and 7w8 personality. They fear deprivation and to prevent that, they. pursue multiple opportunities. They want to be happy in life and have their needs fulfilled so they work as well as have fun by traveling, going to parties, and pursuing different experiences. They are logical, rational and business-like. They use their knowledge and experiences to guide their behavior. They fulfill their obligations and work towards their goals steadily.  

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 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 7w8 is one of its types.

Type 7w8: ‘The Realist’

Type 7w8 has basic traits of type 7 and secondary traits of type 8 personality.  Type 7w8 is an aggressive personality in terms of the demands they make from others. They can be highly assertive and goal-oriented. They are driven to maintain an active lifestyle with focus on achieving objectives.

Healthy versions of this subtype are enthusiastic and materialistic in the sense that they enjoy finer things in life. They are confident, assertive and able to face challenges head on. They also make good leaders due to their quick mind and business-like persistent attitude. Their approach is strategic and they make good use of available resources to get what they want. 

Average versions of this subtype are practical multi-taskers who can be workaholics but also seek enjoyable experiences. They are driven to accumulate fine and latest possessions to give out the message ‘I am worth it’. They enjoy travel, socialization but are not too needy in romantic relationships. Their approach is straightforward as they are clear about their needs and expectations, and can live alone as well. At times, they can be inconsiderate of feelings and needs of other people with disregard for morality. Even in conflicts, they are more stimulated by confrontation than wanting to resolve them. Their enthusiasm and need for stimulation makes it difficult for them to exercise self-control. Substance abuse is common among them.

Unhealthy versions of this subtype are both compulsive and anti-social. They get involved in dangerous situations and get a rush from living on the edge. Gambling, extreme sexual activity and excessive money-spending depletes their resources. This is because they overestimate their power and wealth. Such people can be physically destructive and violent which can lead to a mental breakdown or even death. 

Examples of Type 7w8: John F Kennedy, Howard Stern, Malcolm Forbes

A Combination of ISTJ 7w8

Personality: ISTJ 7w8

ISTJs 7w8 are afraid of being deprived due to personal limitations. So they pursue multiple opportunities and avoid being limited by schedules and routines. They also desire to be satisfied and happy. They do that by traveling, going to parties, and pursuing different experiences.They are logical and rational and use their knowledge and experiences to guide their behavior. They fulfill their obligations and work towards their goals steadily. 

Workstyle: ISTJ 7w8

In the workplace, ISTJs 7w8 are energetic, calm, and good at multitasking.  They are ambitious people who pay attention to details and complete their work in an efficient manner. They make sure organization and order are there among their teams. They dislike being managed and constrained by a leader and prefer flexibility and independence. Furthermore, they prefer to work in jobs that allow them freedom and practical orientation of things e.g. travel agent, travel writer, firefighter, paramedic, military, doctor, etc.

Emotional stressors of ISTJ 7w8

ISTJs 7w8 are stressed by being controlled and constrained by someone else. Although, they are fine with rules and schedules but too much of it, distresses them and they look towards other opportunities and points to channel out their energy. Similarly, being alone for too long also upsets them. They defend themself by rationalizing their bad feelings and other people’s negative actions.

Conflict: ISTJ 7w8

ISTJs 7w8  are fine with a formal conflict but they struggle with indirect conflict and prefer to keep to themselves.  They have a good sense of right and wrong and take verbal commitments seriously.  Their communication style is formal and factual with reduced emotional components. Likewise, They dislike disagreements with a lot of layered emotions and prefer simplicity and fair play in their conflict management.

Interpersonal Skills: ISTJ 7w8

ISTJs  7w8 are able to connect with others socially. They are outgoing people who like to socialize but occasionally they need a break to recharge. They are not too needy in their relationships. Their approach is more business-like and straightforward. People may find them insensitive and cold especially since they find emotions difficult and irrational.  They are not comfortable with discussing their feelings openly.  For them, commitments are very important in their social interactions. 

Strengths of ISTJ 7w8

  • They are optimistic and energetic
  • They are confident and charismatic in their attitude
  • They are assertive in their communication
  • They possess good crisis management skills
  • 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 7w8

  • They can be materialistic
  • They can be impatient and blunt
  • They are too career-focused and forget other areas of their life
  • They can be sensitive and judgemental towards other people

If you’re facing this, it may be a good idea to seek the help of a therapist or other mental health professional. You can find a therapist at BetterHelp who can help you learn how to cope and address it.

 FAQs: ISTJ 7w8

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 7w8?

Type 7w8 or Type 7 wing 8 is an enneagram personality subtype. It has core characteristics of type seven personality and complementary characteristics of type eight personality.

Who are type 7 compatible with?

Type sevens are compatible with type nines.


In this article, we discussed ISTJ 7w8 personality.  We found that ISTJ 7w8 shares traits of both ISTJ and 7w8 personality. They fear deprivation and to prevent that, they. pursue multiple opportunities. They want to be happy in life and have their needs fulfilled so they work as well as have fun by traveling, going to parties, and pursuing different experiences. They are logical, rational, and business-like. They use their knowledge and experiences to guide their behavior. They fulfill their obligations and work towards their goals steadily. Emotionally, they can be a bit restrained. 

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