Personality Type


"As a child I liked to disassemble things; radios, clocks, and the like. I took them apart to see how they worked." ~ Dalai Lama

"My goal is to simplify complexity." ~ Jack Dorsey

"One of my mantras - focus and simplicity." ~ Steve Jobs

"I wanted to live the life, a different life. I didn’t want to go to the same place every day and see the same people and do the same job. I wanted interesting challenges." ~ Harrison Ford

"ISTPs have a vested interest in practical and applied science."

ISTP - Maker

Overview of The Maker Style

  • I – Introvert (inward) Focus
  • S – Sensing Framing
  • T – Thinking Response
  • P – Perceiving Approach

Makers enjoy doing things with their hands. They are often making, creating, assembling, tearing down and building. Highly flexible in their perceiving approach, makers will move easily from project to project, indulging their curious minds. They dislike restrictive rules and being micro-managed. They are less interested in concepts as in tangible products. Their framing is “what is” not “what can be.” They strive for concrete outcomes, actual finished products, rather than lofty ideas. Ambiguity is uncomfortable for them, and they prefer action over words and will try different tactics at what may seem a risky pace in order to solve a problem.

Makers live firmly in the present, preferring to remain open to exploring on the fly rather than sticking to a rigid plan. They respond with logic and sense, and can be frustrated with feelers who are hesitant to take action because of overthinking about the consequences to people. They are introspective, and will deeply ponder facts and think through possibilities. They are willing to try and fail, then try again, seeing this as a natural process of learning and discovery.

Communicating with The Maker

Makers are most comfortable in factual, logical conversations and will be direct in their communication. At times, Makers are even blunt, which can be off-putting for some. They are less comfortable with discussions around concepts and feelings. They prefer discussing practical matters and actions. Don’t bother with small-talk with a Maker. They will become impatient with it, wondering where the discussion is going. Be clear and upfront about the intent of the conversation, and any action that is expected from them after the conversation.

Approach the Maker in conversations with a problem to solve, presenting facts and logic. They’ll respond well to the task of thinking of solutions. Even better, allow them time to reflect alone before presenting possible solutions.


Makers are uncomfortable with conflict, and will have difficulty dealing with people expressing hurt feelings. They would rather take action rather than “talk it out.” To resolve conflict with a Maker, approach conflict as a problem to solve and discuss the facts around the issue, as well as ideas for possible solutions.


Makers do not share emotional or personal information until they know someone deeply. Their strongest relationships are those in which they undertake activities together. Their discussions will revolve around day-to-day tasks to be done rather than feelings. In relationships, Makers can be frustrating as they find no problem changing plans last-minute in order to pursue a new task, project, or activity.


  • Action-oriented – Makers are great in a crisis. They won’t be paralyzed by discussing “what ifs” but will assess a situation and take immediate action.

  • Problem solvers – Makers want to figure things out. They’ll work to resolve a problem, trying different solutions until finding one that fits. They are often engineers and software developers, for they truly love building things that solve logical and real problems.

  • Flexible and Resourceful – Makers are great with change. In fact, they prefer change. They’ll use the facts and resources at hand to create solutions, and are willing to fail and try again.


  • Insensitive – Being rationale and factual, their use of logic and action can be off-putting. They may disregard the ideas of others and go off on their own path, valuing action over words.

  • Risky – Makers are willing to take risks and actions on no more than a few facts. They are apt to say, “Let’s try this,” without thinking through potential risky outcomes. Makers believe they can deal with future problems as they arise.

  • Dislike commitment – Makers can become easily bored with routine work, and can become distracted when presented with a new problem. Non-critical issues may capture their attention and they’ll be unable to resist trying to resolve them.

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