ISTJ 8w7: (A Complete Guide)

In this article, we will describe a combination of ISTJ 8w7 personality type i.e. ISTJ personality from the MBTI types and the type 8w7 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 8w7.

ISTJ 8w7

ISTJ 8w7 shares traits of both ISTJ and 8w7 personality. These people prioritize power, authority, and independence in their life. Their greatest fear is being controlled and being under someone’s leadership. They prefer to do jobs and projects where they can be their own master and do things their way. Consequently, they avoid situations where they have to depend on others. They are logical,  detail-oriented,  and rational. 

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 8w7 is one of its types.

Type 8w7: ‘The Maverick’

Type 8w7 has basic traits of type 8 and secondary traits of type 7. They are aggressive, assertive, strive for power & autonomy, straightforward, realistic, and of extroverted personality. Their behavior, nature, and manner of presentation are consistent across situations and people. They are honest, vocal, and action-oriented.

Healthy versions of this subtype are energetic, social, practical, and confident in personal and professional life. They like starting independent business projects and don’t leave any challenging opportunity behind that would allow a chance of professional growth. They have a zest for living life and supporting others to do the same which makes them leave an impact on others. 

Average versions of this subtype are driven to pursue their work and interests. They are grounded, materialistic, exaggerate to get people involved in their projects, big-spenders, and least concerned about what others think of them. They are like an open book. However, they can be dominating, impatient, bullying, and aggressive. Sometimes they manipulate others as well but do not feel guilty later. Money and security are two things they center their lives around. 

Unhealthy versions of this personality type are impulsive, rude, tyrannical, harsh, and easily violent. They are easily deluded into believing they are omnipotent and physically confront others at a moment’s notice. They also feel easily betrayed and act out/strike at any chance they feel threatened by someone. Their life motto is to destroy before others destroy you. 

Examples of Type 8w7: Donald Trump, Sean Connery, Ernest Hemingway, Muhammad Ali

A Combination of ISTJ 8w7

Personality: ISTJ 8w7

ISTJs 8w7 fear being controlled by authority figures which is why they prefer to work alone.desire to rule their own life and want others to be free as well which explains why they advocate or stand up for those who can’t. They pride the fact that they don’t rely on anyone. They deny their vulnerability and avoid situations that make them seem weak. They are logical,  detail-oriented,  and rational.  Usually, they work according to plans in a quiet and steady manner.  They have a strong sense of loyalty and duty.  Similarly,  they prefer to work with the known instead of taking risks. They strive for autonomy, power, and freedom.

Workstyle: ISTJ 8w7

Type 8w7 likes being action-oriented and are pretty dedicated to executing their goals. They  

prefer to work in jobs that support idealism and give them the authority to make a difference e.g. lawyer, politician, entrepreneur, financial advisor, doctor, etc. They are detail-oriented,  good planners who work according to the set objectives.  They are good at ensuring team roles so that everyone knows what to expect and the plan is executed smoothly. For them,  clarity in instructions is important.  They do not like to be micromanaged and strive to make independent decisions. 

Emotional stressors of ISTJ 8w7

These personalities are often stressed by not being able to connect with their own emotions as they find it difficult to identify and process things at an emotional level. Similarly, when they feel like they lack control and are not doing anything important, they feel upset as their life revolves around actions. When they see other people around them not having the same energy as them or doing something productive, they get stressed. Finally, being perceived as weak and vulnerable by others hurts their pride as they avoid vulnerability at all costs. 

Conflict: ISTJ 8w7

ISTJs 8w7 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.  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 8w7

ISTJs 8w7 are social and outgoing but their manner is more businesslike in their relationships. People find them detached as they find emotions difficult. Yet, they are able to hit it off and make good conversations with others. . They are private people who do not share their feelings openly.  This is because being vulnerable in front of others is frightening for them so they maintain a strong front. At times, social interaction drains their energy and they need a break to recharge.  

Strengths of ISTJ 8w7

  • They make inspirational leaders
  • They are fair decision-makers who make arguments supported by logic
  • They can connect with people
  • They can come up with innovative and positive plans
  • They are verbally expressive and communicate well 
  • 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 8w7

  • They can be impatient
  • They are over-indulgent
  • They can be insensitive with regard to feelings of others
  • They struggle to listen and follow authority figures
  • They often blame others
  • They can be judgmental in their approach

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.

If you’ve enjoyed the ”ISTJ 8w7” mentioned above, I would recommend you to take a look at ”ISTJ 4w5” and ‘‘ISTJ 5w6” too.

 FAQs: ISTJ 8w7

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 8 personality?

Type 8 personality is aggressive, assertive, and powerful. They fear being controlled by others and strive to be self-sufficient. It is one of the types from the nine enneagrams.

What is Type 8w7?

Type 8w7 or Type8 wing7 is an enneagram personality subtype. It has core characteristics of type eight personality and complementary characteristics of type seven personality. 


In this article, we discussed ISTJ 8w7 personality.  We found that ISTJ 8w7 shares traits of both ISTJ and 8w7 personality. These people prioritize power, authority, and independence in their life. Their greatest fear is being controlled and being under someone’s leadership. They prefer to do jobs and projects where they can be their own master and do things their way. Consequently, they avoid situations where they have to depend on others. They are logical,  detail-oriented,  and rational. 

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