ISTP 8w7: (A Complete Guide)

In this article, we will describe a combination of ISTP 8w7 personality type i.e. ISTP 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. ISTP 8w7.

ISTP 8w7

ISTP 8w7 shares traits of both ISTP and 8w7 personality. These people dislike being ruled by an authority figure. They value their independence and prefer to work alone without any constraining rules and schedules. They are self-sufficient personalities who do not depend on others too much nor do they open up to others if they need help. They love solving complex problems using their knowledge and skills. 

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 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 attack 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 ISTP 8w7

Personality: ISTP 8w7

ISTP 8w7 are afraid of being controlled and constrained by an authority figure. They want to live their own life by their own rules. They prefer to work quietly, and alone on complex problems. They love new challenges and use their skills to solve them. They stand up for the rights of the weak. Also, they are self-sufficient and don’t rely on others too much. They deny their vulnerability and avoid situations that make them seem weak. 

Workstyle: ISTP 8w7

In the workplace, ISTP 8w7 is action-oriented, hardworking, determined, and are pretty dedicated to executing their goals. They use their knowledge and experience to help their team and solve complex problems. They dislike routine and schedules. Consequently, they like the freedom and independence to do what they want. They pay attention to details and concrete information. They prefer to work in jobs that support their independence and give them the authority to make a difference e.g. lawyer, politician, entrepreneur, financial advisor, scientist, pilot, firefighter, etc.

Emotional stressors of ISTP 8w7

ISTP 8w7 are stressed by connecting with their own emotions and feeling unimportant or out of control. They dislike being perceived as controlling but at the same time are distressed by seeing a lack of action from others. They pride the fact that they don’t depend on others. As a result, the self-pity of others does not sit well with them.

Conflict: ISTP 8w7

ISTPs love conflict as it allows them a chance to fix things.  Their conflict management style is focused, practical,  realistic, logical, and quick. They keep their communication assertive, clear, honest, short, and to the point. Since they are action-oriented personalities, if conflicts get dragged,  they start getting stressed out. 

Interpersonal Skills: ISTP 8w7

ISTPs are friendly and honest in their interpersonal interaction. However, they can be too practical, logical, and unemotional. At times, they can be overcontrolling which can strain their relations. They like to be at a dominant position in their links with others and do not open up about their vulnerabilities too easily. 

Strengths of ISTP 8w7

  • They are inspirational leaders
  • They are fair decision-makers supported by logic
  • They can connect with people
  • They can come up with innovative and positive plans
  • They are verbally expressive 
  • 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 

Weakness of ISTP 8w7

  • They can be impatient
  • They are over-indulgent
  • They are insensitive with regard to feelings of others
  • They struggle to listen and follow authority figures
  • 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.

 FAQs: ISTP 8w7

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 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 ISTP 8w7 personality.  We found that ISTP 8w7 shares traits of both ISTP and 8w7 personality. These people dislike being ruled by an authority figure. They value their independence and prefer to work alone without any constraining rules and schedules. They are self-sufficient personalities who do not depend on others too much nor do they open up to others if they need help. They love solving complex problems using their knowledge and skills. 

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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