3 Incredible ISTP Secrets (& other ISTP Traits)

In this brief guide, we will discuss some ISTP secrets and also look at some other things related to the ISTP personality, like ISTP traits and some ISTP famous people and celebrities.

ISTP Secrets 

The ISTP, known as a virtuoso, has amazing secret abilities to build things and understand things through doing rather than feeling or thinking, which means they have no use for too structured classes and like their opposite, ESTP, they may often feel stifled when put under a rigorous schedule.

Like their entrepreneur counterpart ESTP wants to achieve and collect, the ISTP wants to build, and their curiosity and creativity are no secret to those who know them.

The ISTP secret lies in the fact that they like to keep their feelings hidden under their introverted and reserved, maybe even stoic, expression. 

Sure, the ISTP is a thinking process dominant personality, and as such their problem-solving abilities are all about thinking and logic, which is why they like dealing with physical and tangible things so often, but at the same time they like to keep their personal feelings about things aside when they are faced with a challenge. 

At the same time, the secret ISTP inner life also contains vast emotion and they deeply care about people that are close to them, and unlike the ISTJ who is somewhat cavalier about other people’s feelings, the ISTP can be rather sensitive to the feelings and reactions of the ones they love. 

Due to their extroverted feeling function, even though it is inferior in the function stack, they are able to pick up on emotional cues, but at the same time, no one seems to understand the little ISTP secret that just because they know what is going on doesn’t mean they don’t struggle to know what to do with those cues. 

The big secret to the ISTP is social expectations and emotional territory, which can make them feel overwhelmed, and it may help the ISTP to focus instead on systems analysis, how things work, and logical territory. 

According to Dario Nardi, a neuroscientist who studies personality traits and how they relate to the brain, “While they want to know the right words to say to make people feel comfortable or to influence them, they often feel they aren’t as skilled as this as they would like to be….When younger, they can be quite vexed by what they see as illogical emotional behavior from others, making relationships difficult to navigate.”

ISTP Secrets 1: They don’t like Messy Emotions

Ther ISTP secret about emotions is that they really don’t know what to do most of the time, and they often struggle to keep up with the emotional responses of the people around them.

At the same time, like a true introvert, they may keep their own feelings private, even from people closest to them, not because they are incapable of dealing with emotional matters, but simply because they just don’t like talking about things that are not strictly practical and more importantly, observable.

ISTP Secrets 2: They don’t like Stagnation

ISTP secret about how they want to live their lives is all about the present and living in the moment. 

The usual introvert may be somewhat detached from the present and may tend to dwell on the past or be too intent in planning for the future, else they may just spend time daydreaming, the ISTP, however, likes to be keenly aware of their environment, and even their own body.

The ISTP tendency to be in the moment means that they also hate being stuck, and they don’t like to be in one place too long.

They have an almost extroverted tendency to keep moving and interacting with the environment but bear in mind they may not want to interact with the people they just want to get down in the dirt and take things apart physically and keep learning new things. 

ISTP Secrets 3: They may be prone to ADHD

This is an ISTP secret few people may know unless they keep up with personality research, and this secret is that the ISTP personality due to their sensing traits which are their chief functions, may be more susceptible to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Recent research has shown that people with sensing and perceiving functions, like the ISTP, are linked to the symptoms of this disorder.

According to this research: “Children attending a general pediatric clinic with a diagnosis of ADHD were eligible to participate. Enrolled children were administered the Murphy-Meisgeier Type Indicator for Children. Binomial tests were performed comparing Perceiving and Sensing personality components to accepted population rates.”

“Participants (n = 117) were predominantly male (78%) with a median age of 10 years. The Sensing trait (72%) was more prevalent than expected, though prevalence for the Perceiving trait (44%) did not differ from population rates.”

“Personality types occasioned with the diagnosis of ADHD could be useful in establishing/normalizing treatment regimens and approaches to assist these children and their families better.”

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.

ISTP Traits

The ISTP is Introverted, Observant, Thinking, and Prospecting or Perceiving personality, and this is given by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

The most well-known ISTP trait is that they are introverted, and they tend to have an individualistic mindset and their approach to their goals full of innate inquisitiveness and personal skill, and the best part is that they are able to change their approach as needed.

The ISTP is an excellent explorer of their external world, and they like to do this in a physical and tangible manner, with their hands and eyes, and they learn more by touching and examining the world around them rather than by sitting in a class or reading a book.

The ISTP loves to build and create, but they do so with a rational approach and they display an innate curiosity to engage in the environment due to their sensation function.

The typical ISTP trait of moving from project to project, building and creating things, may either be just for the fun, or they may actually create a career out of them.

The major ISTP trait regarding knowledge is that they love learning from their environment in a practical way and hate theory of any kind and their favorite thing to do is getting their hands dirty to understand things.

Even though they have a thinking function, they use it less to analyze and more to make sense of their physical work, and this ISTP trait makes them very different from the typically introverted thinkers like ISTJ.

The ISTP, due to their thinking trait combined with sensation, may also like solving puzzles or interacting with the puzzles and learning styles may tend to be interactive and tactile.

The ISTP personality type likes creating things, troubleshooting problems in the real-world, trial and error, and first-hand experience. 

Due to their introverted feeling, the ISTP also has deeply set principles with freedom being a major one, and they are unlikely to tolerate too many arbitrary rules that don’t make sense to their inner belief system.

The ISTP is also helpful and they will usually pitch in and give a hand all they can, and while they like exploring and having new experiences, they also tend to share these with those they love.


The typical ISTP women in this personality type may show the same deep values that most people show, and therefore they may reject gender roles with a passion because they don’t agree with them, not wanting to be anything society wants them to be.

ISTPs are also quite enigmatic while they get along with people quite well generally, they are typically private and it might be hard to get to know them.

Lastly, the ISTP traits of being spontaneous and impulsive also allow them to see a lot of the world around them, and they may not trade this for anything else.

Famous ISTP people and Celebrities

Here is a list of famous ISTP people and celebrities:

  • Micheal Jordan
  • Tom Cruise
  • Bruce Lee
  • Clint Eastwood
  • James Dean
  • John Malkovich
  • Katherine Hepburn
  • Burt Reynolds
  • Keith Richards
  • Ellen Page
  • Daniel Craig
  • Simon Cowell
  • Demi Moore
  • Charles Bronson
  • Kristen Stewart
  • Jenna Jameson
  • David Blaine
  • Zachary Taylor
  • The Dalai Lama
  • Vladimir Putin
  • Erwin Rommel
  • Shaquille O’Neal
  • Larry Bird
  • Ted Williams
  • Ayrton Senna
  • Wayne Gretzky
  • John McEnroe


In this brief guide, we discussed some ISTP secrets and also look at some other things related to the ISTP personality. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or comments you may have, or any suggestions for future subjects you would lie to read about.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): ISTP Secrets

Why Istp is the best?

ISTP is the best creators and builders of all the personality types.

ISTPS also make the best friends and companions due to their easy-going, fun-loving nature. The ISTP can also be the quietest, most stoic people, and they make for some of the most enigmatic people.

What does Istp hate?

Here are some things the ISTP hates:

Lack of change
All theory and no practical
Dealing with drama and emotions.
Feeling stuck, trapped, or stifled.
Not getting enough solitude 
Too many rules and regulations that don’t make sense
Not being able to explore the environment
Indecisiveness or people overthinking things
Not being able to create or build
People forcing them to share things when they are not ready to

What is Istp attracted to?

ISTPs are attracted to confidence and being able to be themselves with that person.

There are a lot of things ISTP may be attracted to in their environment, so to get them attracted to a person may be difficult, but if that person seems aloof and enigmatic to them, or if they don’t understand them for some reason, they will be attracted to them.

Is Istp personality rare?

The ISTP personality is not that rare, and they are fairly more common than other introverted personality types under the MBTI system.

In fact, ISTP females are also quite common, and ISTPs in general makeup about 5% of the general population.

Are ISTPs dumb?

ISTPs are not dumb, they just don’t give out the obviously ‘intellectual’ vibe, as they don’t conform to the regular and routine things that make people seem smart.

The ISTP is also not very academically oriented, and they like learning practically more than theoretically, which may sometimes make them seem kind of low intellect, but they are actually very smart.

The ISTP is quite hands-on in their intelligence and even though they may seem somewhat dumb because they don’t analyze things as much, they are actually very smart and build amazing things, and may understand things by just taking them apart and putting them together.





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