2.5 IS (Introvert – Sensing) Type Descriptions

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2.5 IS (Introvert – Sensing) Type Descriptions — Implications for Teaching

ISTJ – Introvert, Sensing, Thinking, Judging

PERSONAL TYPE: Serious, quiet, earn success by concentration and thoroughness. Practical, orderly, matter-of-fact, logical, realistic, dependable. See to it that everything is well organized. Take responsibility. Make up their own minds as to what should be accomplished and work toward it steadily, regardless of protests or distractions.

Famous ISTJs:
George Washington, Andrew Johnson, Benjamin Harrison, Herbert Hoover, George H. W. Bush, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Evander Holyfield

May need to become more considerate of the human element. May need to be reminded to communicate deserved appreciation to the learners as well as to develop patience for those learners who ignore standard operating procedures when trying out new techniques.

ISFJ – Introvert, Sensing, Feeling, Judging

PERSONAL TYPE: Quiet, friendly, responsible and conscientious. Work devotedly to meet their obligations. Lend stability to any project or group. Thorough, painstaking, accurate. May need time to master technical subjects, as their interests are usually not technical. Patient with detail and routine. Loyal, considerate, concerned with how other people feel.

Famous ISFJs:
Johnny Carson, Jerry Seinfeld, Kristi Yamaguchi

May need to work at seeing the future in positive, global terms. They need to develop more assertiveness and become directive in their teaching approach. In addition, they may need to be reminded to remain open to different ways of learning

ISTP – Introvert, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving


Cool onlookers – quiet, reserved, observing and analyzing life with detached curiosity and unexpected flashes of original humor. Usually interested in impersonal principles, cause and effect, how and why mechanical things work. Exert themselves no more than they think necessary, because any waste of energy would be inefficient.

Famous ISTPs:
Charles Bronson, Tom Cruise, James Dean, Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Keith Richards, Charles Yeager, Frank Zappa


May need to be reminded to open up and share concerns and information with the learners. In addition, these facilitators need to plan and develop perseverance when designing workshops or courses.

ISFP – Introvert, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving

Retiring, quietly friendly, sensitive, kind, modest about their abilitites. Shun disagreements, do not force their opinions or values on others. Usually do not care to lead but are often loyal followers. Often relaxed about getting things done, because they enjoy the present moment and do not want to spoil it by undue pressure.

Famous ISFPs:
Fred Astaire, Marilyn Monroe, Liberace, Elizabeth Taylor, Dan Rather, Ervin "Magic" Johnson, Patrick Duffey, Dan Quayle, Paul McCartney, Christopher Reeve, Michael Jackson, Kevin Costner

May need to develop a way to analyze information rather than just accepting it. They may need to learn how to give negative feedback to their earners; yet keep the learners motivated.


Myers-Briggs Types at a Glance – from Kroeger & Thuesen (1988)

Type Talk – Dorothy Fuller, Rena Faye Norby, Kristi Pearce, Sharon Strand, Black Hills State, Spearfish, South Dakota 57799

Joe Butt at http://typelogic.com/ (for Famous Personalities)

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