ISTP 3w2: (A Complete Guide)

In this article, we will describe a combination of ISTP 3w2 personality type i.e. ISTP personality from the MBTI types and the type 3w2 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 3w2.

ISTP 3w2

ISTP 3w2 shares traits of both ISTP and 3w2 personality. These personalities are driven towards success and getting a lot of accomplishments. This is because they are afraid of failure and feeling unwanted by others. They  strive to be accepted by people based on their success. They make good problem solvers who usually can be found engaged in solving complex problems. ISTJ 3w2 are highly knowledgeable and in continuous pursuit of new skills in order to fix new and interesting challenges that come their way. 

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 3w2 is one of its types.

Type 3w2: ‘The Star’

Type 3w2 has basic traits of type 3 and secondary traits of type 2 personality. Both types 3 and 2 reinforce each other to make type 3w2 to be social, popular, charming, and the center of attention.  They take pride in their humor,  charm,  and attractiveness as it adds to their desirability.  Social image and self-presentation matter to them a lot. 

This subtype can be friendly, emotional, and warm towards people even though they are close to only a few people in their life.  They can be encouraging and supportive of others as well. People perceive them to be talkative,  helpful, and genuine but with a degree of self-control.  They usually want validation and affirmation from other people and to get that, they are more attentive and responsive to their needs.

Average versions of this personality are concerned about convincing others of their desirability. Due to this,  they make effort to reach out to others, can project their feelings, and know how to turn on their charm to impress others.  They also make good actors,  models, and singers.

They are preoccupied with what others think of them.  So, they spend most of their time comparing themselves with others and their success.  This makes them competitive and envious. At times,  they can be narcissistic,  seductive, and exhibitionistic as well.  Yet,  their excessive effort to charm others can backfire. They can even resort to negative publicity to get attention.  Since they are externally oriented,  they are unaware of internal anger and resentment they feel towards others.

Unhealthy versions of this type can deceive themselves about what they want from others.  They can resort to manipulation and getting revenge for not getting attention from others. Also, they have a problem with being entitled and aggressive which means that they can become hostile and violent if they are not at the top of social status. In other words, they can be charming psychopaths who suddenly turn violent when frustrated for not being appraised, loved or given attention. 

Examples of Type 3w2: Bill Clinton, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Whitney Houston, Sylvester Stallone, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

A Combination of ISTP 3w2

Personality: ISTP 3w2

ISTP 3w4 are afraid of failure and being unloved by others due to it. They work really hard and strive to be successful to avoid this. They want to be accepted by others based on their accomplishments. Usually, they modify their responses based on the needs of their audience. They are good problem solvers who are stimulated and excited by new and interesting challenges. They use their knowledge and skills to fix different problems without calling attention to themself and continue to seek validation from others. 

Workstyle: ISTP 3w2

ISTP 3w2 are warm and hardworking workers. They cooperate with others and use their experience and knowledge to solve complex problems. They are good at crisis management and make excellent leaders. They dislike being controlled or made to follow rules and schedules. They work best when given a chance to be flexible and independent. They give attention to details and concrete information and prefer to work in jobs that allow them to execute their dreams into action e.g. pilot, lawyer, surgeon, entrepreneur, firefighter, pilot, scientist, programming etc.. 

Emotional stressors of ISTP 3w2

These personalities often get torn in balancing personal and professional life which stresses them out. Failure and disappointing others is their biggest source of distress. They are especially concerned about their image and anything that affects it, ends up upsetting them. Finally, having to forcefully entertain others also tires them out. 

Conflict: ISTP 3w2

ISTP 3w2 are fair in their conflict resolution. They are open to disagreements as it gives them a chance to fix things. They are warm, expressive, and solution-focused. Their focus is to resolve the matter quickly and logically in a practical, efficient manner. 

Interpersonal Skills: ISTP 3w2

ISTP 3w2 are friendly, warm, open and helpful in their interpersonal interactions. They can make use of both emotions and logic in their interpersonal dealings and can express themself quite well. They are confident but need validation from others at times to feel good about themself. They usually seek action, thrill and new experiences. 

Strengths of ISTP 3w2

  • They are professional and efficient workers
  • They are self-confident and self-aware
  • They easily connect with others
  • They care about their community
  • They are Goal-oriented
  • 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 easy-going

Weakness of ISTP 3w2

  • They are concerned about social image
  • They struggle to accept failure
  • They can be manipulative (unintentionally)
  • They are over-competitive
  • 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 3w2

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 the Type 3 personality?

Type 3 personality is ambitious, social, and altruistic. They fear being unwanted by loved ones. So, they try really hard to be successful and accomplished individuals to prevent that from happening. It is one of the types from the nine enneagrams.

What is Type 3w2?

Type 3w2 or Type 3 wing 2 is an enneagram personality subtype. It has core characteristics of type three personality and complementary characteristics of type two personality. 


In this article, we discussed ISTP 3w2 personality.  We found that ISTP 3w2 shares traits of both ISTP and 3w2 personality. These personalities are driven towards success and getting a lot of accomplishments. This is because they are afraid of failure and feeling unwanted by others. They  strive to be accepted by people based on their success. They make good problem solvers who usually can be found engaged in solving complex problems. ISTJ 3w2 are highly knowledgeable and in continuous pursuit of new skills in order to fix new and interesting challenges that come their way. 

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