ISTP 6w7: (A Complete Guide)

In this article, we will describe a combination of ISTP 6w7 personality type i.e. ISTP personality from the MBTI types and the type 6w7 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 6w7.

ISTP 6w7

ISTP 6w7 shares traits of both ISTP and 6w7 personality. They strive to have a good social support system and to feel safe and secure. For this, they support others, are helpful and loyal in their behavior. They make good problem solvers and like unique challenges. Their knowledge and skills are used in fixing things. However, they need new things to engage their interest as they have a low boredom threshold. 

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 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

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 6w7 is one of its types.

Type 6w7: ‘The Buddy’

Type 6w7 has basic traits of type 6 and secondary traits of type 7 personality. Type 6 and 7 reinforce each other and push type 6w7 to be extroverted, social, and focused on the environment. Such people want to be liked and accepted. So, they analyze their actions and compare them with others’ reactions to know whether they are behaving acceptably or not. 

Healthy versions of this subtype want to be accepted, happy and financially settled. They have many hobbies and interests. Their approach to life is to have fun. 6w7 are attracted to acting, music energy, advertising, and marketing as that can help them channel their energy and also be admired. At times, they may doubt themself and seek reassurance from others. Usually, they use humor to cope with challenges in life. 

Average versions of this subtype are hardworking, loyal but struggle with procrastination since they are dependent on the approval and advice of others on every step of their work. If the advice is conflicting, they get indecisive and have difficulty handling anxiety and pressure. They may use humor, distractions, and overcompensatory actions like drinking, overeating, drug abuse, etc. to cope. They have strong opinions are vocal about what they like and dislike. 

Unhealthy versions of this subtype are more prone to becoming dependent and emotionally needy. Addiction is fairly common among them. With increasing anxiety, they become emotionally erratic, hysterical, and exhibit manic behavior. They can act in a reckless, unpredictable manner and may even turn to suicide attempts as a way to seek help.

Examples of Type 6w7: Tom Hanks, Princess Diana, Jay Leno, Marilyn Monroe

A Combination of ISTP 6w7

Personality: ISTP 6w7

Type ISTP 6w7 fear the loss of their support system and seek to feel secure and safe. This is manifested through their love and support for others and their loyalty. They like to solve problems and get excited by solving challenging problems using their knowledge and practical skills. This helps them in fixing things.  However,  they easily get bored once a task is over and move on to new challenges. 

Workstyle: ISTP 6w7

In the workplace, ISTP 6w7 are reliable workers who use their experience and knowledge to help their team.  They are determined, positive, and helpful. They make good problem-solvers who move to new challenges once they are done solving an issue.  They can also manage crises well. They like stable jobs and dislike being constrained too much. They are quite detail-oriented and prefer concrete information over abstract or creative ideas. For them, Jobs with social interaction and stability include actor, author, nurse, professor, computer programmers, video game designers. etc.

Emotional stressors of ISTP 6w7

ISTP 6w7 gets stressed by feeling rejected and facing negativity from others. They also get hurt when their loved ones do something to lose their trust. Similarly, their own internal conflicts can also be distressing for them.

Conflict: ISTP 6w7

ISTP 6w7 are good at conflict management but can get stressed by it. They seek harmony and try to be practical,  solution-oriented,  logical, and quick with respect to time. If conflicts get dragged,  they start getting drained. 

Interpersonal Skills: ISTP 6w7

ISTPs are friendly and want to be accepted by others. They seek happiness and stability in their relationships. Their approach can be practical but they may need reassurance from others from time to time. At an emotional level, they struggle to understand others and don’t express themself either. They like to have fun and are open to new experiences.

Strengths of ISTP 6w7

  • They are caring
  • They uphold commitments
  • They are social and free-spirited
  • They are dedicated to good causes
  • 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 6w7

  • They can be indecisive
  • They often engage in self-doubt
  • They care a lot about material possessions
  • They have difficulty with negative emotions
  • They are difficult to get to know
  • They can be insensitive at times
  • They get bored easily

 FAQs: ISTP 6w7

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 a Type 6 personality?

Type 6 personality is intellectual, reserved, and cautious. They fear a lack of safety or guidance. So, they try hard to find trustworthy people and authority figures who can mentor them. It is one of the types from the nine enneagrams.

What is Type 6w7?

Type 6w7 or Type 6 wing 7 is an enneagram personality subtype. It has core characteristics of type six personality and complementary characteristics of type seven personality. 

Who are type 6 compatible with?

Type sixes are compatible with type nines.

Conclusion

In this article, we discussed ISTP 6w7 personality.  We found that ISTP 6w7 shares traits of both ISTP and 6w7 personality. They strive to have a good social support system and to feel safe and secure. Fot this, they support others, are helpful and loyal in their behavior. They make good problem solvers and like unique challenges. Their knowledge and skills are used in fixing things. However, they need new things to engage their interest as they have a low boredom threshold. 

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

Citations

https://www.verywellmind.com/istp-introverted-sensing-thinking-perceiving-2795993

https://www.crystalknows.com/enneagram/type-6-wing-7

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Divya is currently a Clinical Psychology Trainee in a Master of Philosophy program and holds a Master’s in clinical psychology. She has a special interest in Personality studies and disorders, having researched the subject before, and Neuropsychology; with an additional interest being Mood disorders. She likes to write about Psychiatric issues, having worked in multiple specialty setups during her time as a clinical psychology student, and in her free time she likes to cook and read.

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