The ISTP-ISTP
Relationship
Joys and Struggles

This section ISTP-ISTP relationship is about how these two personality types come together in a relationship. Specifically, we will be looking at the joys of this relationship as well as the struggles this relationship may have.

The ISTP-ISTP relationship has 4 preference similarities and 0 preference differences. Regardless of the number of similarities and differences, each personality combination will have its unique set of challenges. We will look at each of the 4 preferences individually:

Introversion-Introversion

Joys

  • Introverts have a natural mutual respect of each other's private time and space; both will know the need for the occasional solitude and quiet.

  • In recreation, both enjoy that alone time and at the most with a close group of friends; both do not like big social gatherings or parties. 

  • If they have a common interest, introverts will enjoy those long, deep meaningful conversations they can have with one another.

  • Both are naturally good listeners; they will enjoy taking turns to share and asking questions to one another. 

Struggles

  • Without a common interest, they may find it challenging to keep the conversation going. In a short while, they may find they run out of things to talk about. 

  • Because both enjoy the silence so much, they may take communication for granted and not share their feelings with each other often enough. 

  • May lack a support network if both do not belong to a community because of their lack of desire to socialize.

Sensing-Sensing

Joys

  • Will likely enjoy similar topics in conversation, mainly about past and present happenings related to, people they've met, places they've been, experiences they seen.

  • Both like language simple, straightforward and literal; will likely 'click' with each other.

  • Because both tend to live in the present, household duties are less likely to be neglected. However the more passive ones may still not perform them.

Struggles

  • Although both enjoy Sensory details, the couple may disagree on specifics in the household: i.e. what colour should the wall be, where should the vase be placed.

  • In times of crises, both partners tend to over-worry or think up worst case scenarios, which is unproductive and sometimes cause destructive conflict between the couple.

  • In such cases, they may lack the future looking vision that will help them through the crisis. 

Thinking-Thinking

Joys

  • Both parties enjoy the straightforward and frank communication styles; no emotional issues is brought into discussion and decision making.

  • As such, both find it easy to communicate with each other; they won't have to try to cushion their message or filter it; but can afford to be direct without being afraid of offending the other party.

  • In decision-making, both parties use a logical, objective analysis to access pros and cons. This same mode of decision-making will mean that they are less likely to come into conflict. 

Struggles

  • While both are logical with one another, sometimes some romance and affection can liven up the relationship; both parties may have issues showing it. 

  • Because both use a logical and objective process in decision-making, they may have a blind spot in considering their personal values. 

  • Under stress, they may have an issue controlling their own emotions; sometimes this can lead to highly intense fights that are destructive. 

Perceiving-Perceiving

Joys

  • Both parties enjoy being spontaneous to changing circumstances and keeping their options open without seeing the need to come to a decision.

  • Both tend to be okay with going with the flow; for the most part, daily decisions like eating locations or recreational activities are decided on a whim. Little conflict over these issues.

  • Both parties are comfortable with disorganization in the household; the household will probably be messy, and both are perfectly fine with it. 

Struggles

  • Both parties tend to be less consistent in performing routine household tasks like cleaning the house, doing the laundry and paying the bills.

  • However, since these activities are a necessary evil, the partner that tries to do these tasks consistently may feel frustrated and maybe resentful.

  • Also, because both parties want to keep their options open, they are likely to procrastinate making important decisions, sometimes even pushing it away until they make none.

This is a summary of the joys and pains of the ISTP-ISTP relationship.

However, personality dynamics are more complex than this. It does not just extend to the difference or similarity in individual preferences but goes deeper than that.



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