Learn about the best words to describe the ISTJ personality type
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How do other people see and describe ISTJs?
The wordcloud below shows the top 100 words used to describe people with similar Big Five personality dimensions as a typical ISTJ. Larger words describe the more prominent aspects of ISTJs.
Because ISTJs tend to have a relatively high level of introversion, they tend to show less social enthusiasm and positive emotion, leading others to see them as aloof, inhibited, shy, withdrawn, untalkative, or reserved.
ISTJs tend to be less agreeable on average, and others may describe them as somewhat strict, terse, skeptical, or insensitive.
20 adjectives for describing the ISTJ personality type
Below are the definitions (credit: wiktionary.org) of 20 adjectives that are usually good descriptions of the ISTJ personality type.
serious: Without humor or expression of happiness; grave in manner or disposition
prideless: Without pride; humble
terse: Brief or terse, especially to the point of being rude
blasé: Unimpressed with something because of over-familiarity
uninquisitive: Not inquisitive; incurious, not inclined to seek knowledge
meek: Humble, non-boastful, modest, meager, or self-effacing
skeptical: Having, or expressing doubt; questioning
curt: Brief or terse, especially to the point of being rude
guarded: Cautious; restrained
traditional: Observant of tradition; attached to old customs; old-fashioned
predictable: Able to be predicted; steady, reliable
detached: Having or showing no bias or emotional involvement; disinterested; not influenced by anyone else; characterized by an impersonal objectivity; impartial
passive: Being inactive, submissive, or unreactive
reserved: Slow to reveal emotion or opinions
conventional: Pertaining to a convention, as in following generally accepted principles, methods and behavior
principled: Strongly adhering to, or heedful of, guiding beliefs or moral rules
cynical: Skeptical of the integrity, sincerity, or motives of others
inhibited: Reserved or repressed, prone to quiet, inexpressive behavior
sedate: Remaining composed and dignified, and avoiding too much activity or excitement
withdrawn: Introverted; not inclined to interact with other people