ISTP 1w2: (A 5 point Guide)

In this article, we will describe a combination of ISTP 1w2 personality type i.e. ISTP personality from the MBTI types and the type 1w2 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. ISTP 1w2.

ISTP 1w2

ISTP 1w2 shares traits of both ISTP and 1w2 personality. These people are withdrawn and quiet. They usually stay out of the attention of others and spend their time solving problems and fixing things in the background. Their priority is to make the right choices and avoid being immoral/unethical. They are attentive to the needs of other people and take a stand for their rights.  

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. ISTP is one personality type out of the 16 types. 

ISTP: The Crafter (Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving)

The ISTP personality type from the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is based on Carl Jung’s 16 personality types. It describes people who are independent, action-oriented, prefer freedom and flexibility in their life. They are open to new experiences and like engaging in practical activities. Logic,  rationality,  concrete information, and practical application of things appeal to them more than abstract ideas.  They dislike routine and prefer newness in their life. 5.4% of people have an ISTP personality type in the world.

Four Cognitive Functions of ISTP

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

Introverted Thinking

ISTPs spend most of their time thinking and processing information which they rarely express to others.  Consequently, they prefer being quiet most of the time. Their actions are based on their strong observational and thinking skills.  You could say they are rational and logical people who like to engage in practical activities.  Furthermore, while analyzing situations,  they can put their emotions aside and see things objectively.  Such personalities are hard to get to know for other people due to their action-oriented and reserved nature.

Extroverted Sensing

ISTPs are present-oriented who do not think about the past or future excessively.  They are logical and enjoy learning about how things function and operate.  They love the practical application of concepts. So they learn more by doing than from reading theories or abstract ideas. 

Introverted Intuition

ISTPs often have gut feelings about different situations especially before making a decision. They can turn abstract concepts into actions or practical ideas.  Due to their intuitive function,  they are also able to have moments of insight about themselves and others. 

Extroverted Feeling

This is the weakest part of ISTP’s personality. They are usually calm and logical.  However,  in stressful situations, they can have emotional outbursts and lash out at others.  This is because they usually ignore their feelings till they reach a breaking point. 


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 1w2 is one of its types.

Type 1w2: ‘The Advocate’

Enneagram Type 1w2 includes basic type one personality traits and complementary traits of type 2. Both types of traits support each other. These types of people have the drive to be good in accordance with values, are righteous, balanced, selfless, rational but also warm, action-oriented, thoughtful, compassionate, empathic, kind, and idealistic personalities with an interpersonal focus. They try to educate others, do the right thing, and feel like it’s their obligation. 

One may find type 1w2 involved in reforms and public causes. Although these types have high self-control, they allow themselves channels of emotional expression. Yet, they can also be perfectionistic with a strict conscience and possibly have high self-satisfaction with doing the right thing. When they disagree about something, they are vocal about it and express their anger towards others for not following their suggestions. 

It is hard for type1w2 to be criticized by others on their ideals. So, they may try to emotionally manipulate others into feeling guilty for doing so. Unconsciously, they may deceive themselves into believing they are being righteous even if they are not. A sense of entitlement is also prominent in them. During stressful situations, type1w2 turn to outlets against their core values e.g. drugs, drinks etc. Similarly, they may also have repressed aggression that exhibits indirectly through physical problems, conversion-like reactions, nervous breakdowns, or compulsive habits. 

Example of type 1w2: Mahatma Gandhi.

A Combination of ISTP 1w2

Personality: ISTP 1w2

ISTP 1w2 are personalities that are quiet and reserved. They prefer to stay out of the limelight and solve complex problems. They are highly knowledgeable and skilled which helps them to be good problem solvers. They are afraid of being immoral so they try to make the right choices. Through their work, they take a stand for others and strive to make a difference in the world. They are always on the lookout for new problems and causes since they easily get bored. 

Workstyle: ISTP 1w2

ISTP 1w2 uses their knowledge and experience to work with others in solving complex challenges. They are good at crisis management and prefer being independent in making decisions. Too many rules and regulations do not appeal to them. Their priority is to focus on concrete details and serve humanity in their own way. Jobs like a pilot, firefighter, carpentry, judge, scientist, doctor, nurse, etc. are well suited for them.

Emotional stressors of ISTP 1w2

ISTP 1w2 are often stressed by receiving criticism from other people. Similarly, not being able to meet other people’s needs or fulfilling their expectations distresses them. These personalities have a tendency to redirect their feelings in order to feel in control. This backfires at times when their emotions spill in the form of sudden external outbursts. 

Conflict: ISTP 1w2

ISTP 1w2 can engage in a conflict as long as it gives them a chance to do the right thing and fix things. They wouldn’t however go out of their way to create such situations. Their management style is practical and directed towards solutions. They take both logic and emotions into account and express themselves clearly. Their priority is to resolve the matter as soon as possible to restore harmony.  

Interpersonal Skills: ISTP 1w2

ISTP 1w2 are social and warm people. They are friendly and empathic toward others. Yet, they engage at a deeper level in those relationships that interest them. Emotionally, they don’t open up about themself quite easily. Their focus is on having new experiences but if they bore them, they go back to being passive people in such situations. 

Strengths of ISTP 1w2

  • They take a stand for the rights of others
  • They are sensitive towards the needs of others

They try to serve humanity

  • They engage in societal level problem solving
  • They put the needs of others before their own
  • They are logical
  • They learn by experience
  • They are action-oriented
  • They are realistic and practical in their approach
  • They enjoy new things
  • They are self-confident and easy-going

Weakness of ISTP 1w2

  • They easily get frustrated
  • They are obsessive about self-image
  • They can be overly controlling
  • They are critical of self and others
  • They are difficult to get to know
  • They can be insensitive
  • They get bored easily
  • They are risk-takers
  • They do not like commitment

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: ISTP 1w2

Who should an ISTP marry?

ISTP should marry ESTJ or ENTJ. This is because their dominant introverted thinking can be matched well by the dominant extroverted thinking of such partners. However, they can enjoy good relationships with other personality types as well.

Is ISTP rare?

No. ISTPs are not rare among the general population but they are rare among women. 

What is Type 1 personality?

Type 1 personality is rational, ethical, and highly principled. They fear immorality and strive to make ethical choices. They are driven to practice justice and equality.

What is Type 1w2?

Type 1w2 or Type1 wing2 is an enneagram personality subtype. It has core characteristics of type One personality and complementary characteristics of type two personality. 


In this article, we discussed ISTP 1w2 personality.  We found that ISTP 1w2 shares traits of both ISTP and 1w2 personality. These people are withdrawn and quiet. They usually stay out of the attention of others and spend their time solving problems and fixing things in the background. Their priority is to make the right choices and avoid being immoral/unethical. They are attentive to the needs of other people and take a stand for their rights.  

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