ISTP 2w3: (A Complete Guide)

In this article, we will describe a combination of ISTP 2w3 personality type i.e. ISTP personality from the MBTI types and the type 2w3 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 2w3.

ISTP 2w3

ISTP 2w3 shares traits of both ISTP and 2w3 personality. These personalities are attentive to the needs of others as they are afraid of feeling worthless and unwanted. So, they try to be accepted by being caring and problem-solvers for people. They use their knowledge, skills, and talents to make meaningful contributions to the life of others. They get stimulated by challenges and are usually on the lookout for new and interesting ones.

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 analysing 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 the 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 2w3 is one of its types.

Type 2w3: ‘The Host/Hostess’

Type 2w3 has basic traits of type 2 and secondary traits of type 3. Both types reinforce each other and push such people to easily relate to others, be charming, adaptable, intimate, and create a deep connection with others. They can be seductive and use charms to win the affection of people. They basically seek to be validated and appreciated. 

Healthy versions of this personality are friendly, outgoing, like attention, and are self-assured. They have a free-spirit and others perceive them as genuine and warm. They are givers and utilize their talents to link with their friends e.g. cooking, singing, listening. They also engage in self-doubt and criticism.

Average versions of this subtype are driven to be perceived by others as warm, friendly, and desirable to get validated. They are hard workers so they see their achievement as a sign of getting validated as well. They can engage in flattery and gossip which can lower their chances of being intimate partners. Since they are aware of how others perceive them, they strive hard to be desirable. This can include dropping friends to rise up the social ladder. At times, they can be narcissistic as well but in a hidden manner. They have fears about being humiliated or losing social status.

Unhealthy versions of this subtype can be manipulative, exploitative, opportunistic, entitled, and deceptive in their approach to getting what they want. They can be charming yet vicious underneath with strong hostility. They have the potential to be psychopaths with obsessive stalking behavior, pathological jealousy, and serious criminal behavior. 

Examples of Type 2w3: , Barbara Bush, Barry Manilow, Richard Simmons

A Combination of ISTP 2w3

Personality: ISTP 2w3

ISTP 2w1 is afraid of being worthless and unwanted by others. To prevent that, they work hard to meet the needs of other people, especially in their community. They just want to be accepted and loved which explains their attentiveness and responsiveness to the needs of others. They like solving problems without calling attention to themself.  They do so by using their knowledge and skills. Usually, they get bored by challenges easily and strive to look for new ones. 

Workstyle: ISTP 2w3

ISTP 2w1 are altruistic, self-sufficient, and cooperative workers. They contribute to their team their knowledge, experience, skills, and problem-solving ability. They are also pretty skilled at crisis management. However, they dislike schedules and routines and prefer flexibility and independence. They focus on details, practical solutions, and try to make a difference in the world through their work. They prefer to work in jobs that allow them to collaborate with others and contribute to the community on a large scale e.g. Motivational speakers, entertainers, religious leaders, real estate agents, scientists, firefighter, forensic science, video game designer etc.

Emotional stressors of ISTP 2w3

These personalities are stressed by receiving criticism from others and feeling unloved and rejected. They also get distressed when they are unable to achieve their goals. Although they like helping others but ignoring personal needs for a long time may act as an additional stressor for them. 

Conflict: ISTP 2w3

ISTP 2w3 are good at conflict resolution. It gives them a chance to exercise their problem-solving abilities. They try to be practical, quick, to the point, and logical in their approach. Their focus is to solve the problem soon but in a light-hearted manner. 

Interpersonal Skills: ISTP 2w3

ISTP 2w3 are friendly, warm, and charismatic in their social interactions. They can easily connect with others and make conversation. They use their talents and skills to make meaningful contributions to their connections. At times, they struggle to understand people at an emotional level. Overall, their priority is to have fun, enjoy life with others, be appreciated, and accepted.

Strengths of ISTP 2w3

  • They are optimistic
  • They can build strong connections
  • They are easily adaptable
  • They make good communicators
  • They are passionate about serving others
  • They are logical
  • They learn by experience
  • They are action-oriented
  • They are realistic and practical in their approach
  • They enjoys new things
  • They are self-confident and easy-going

Weakness of ISTP 2w3

  • They are over competitive
  • They are sensitive to criticism of others
  • They can be self-critical under pressure
  • They often ignore personal needs
  • They are difficult to get to know
  • 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.

If you’ve enjoyed the ”ISTP 2w3” mentioned above, I would recommend you to take a look at ”ISTP 1w9” and ”ISTP 1w2” too.

 FAQs: ISTP 2w3

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 2 personality?

Type 2 personality is altruistic, quiet, and want to alleviate human suffering. They fear being unwanted by loved ones. So, they try really hard to be helpful to prevent that from happening. It is one of the types from the nine enneagrams.

What is Type 2w3?

Type 2w3 or Type 2 wing 3 is an enneagram personality subtype. It has core characteristics of type two personality and complementary characteristics of type three personality. 


In this article, we discussed ISTP 2w3 personality.  We found that ISTP 2w3 shares traits of both ISTP and 2w3 personality. These personalities are attentive to the needs of others as they are afraid of feeling worthless and unwanted. So, they try to be accepted by being caring and problem-solvers for people. They use their knowledge, skills, and talents to make meaningful contributions to the life of others. They get stimulated by challenges and are usually on the lookout for new and interesting ones.

I hope you found this article interesting. If you have any queries or comments, please state them in the comment section 😊


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