This section Distinguishing ISTP and INTP is to help you verify your type if you're still unsure after doing the test and reading the type descriptions.

ISTPs and INTPs are different personalities. According to David Keirsey’s Temperament Theory, ISTPs belong to the Artisan (SP) Temperament while INTPs belong to the Rational (NT) Temperament.

There are several distinguishing characteristics of both personalities that will easily help you clarify your type.

  • ISTPs are doers, INTPs are thinkers

    ISTPs are more likely to be deemed doers; they don’t like discussion or analysis, preferring to figure things out by actually doing them. They get bored at meetings fast, especially if the meetings talk about too much theoretical issues without a clear immediate action plan.

    INTPs are the classic thinkers. They prefer discussion and analysis over execution of tasks. In fact, they’re likely to leave the execution to someone else. This may give the appearance of laziness and passivity. 

  • INTPs are more likely to take interest in global socioeconomic issues than ISTPs

    INTPs enjoy topics like politics, economy and national issues and their implications on national issues. They are more likely to share their critical analysis on any of these issues, hoping to find alternative opinions to debate with.

    ISTPs dislike macro-topics. They prefer talking about everyday life and experiences, and about the people they deal with daily. When engaged in global issues, ISTPs are likely to keep quiet and say little or nothing about them. 

  • ISTPs are usually skilled with using their hands over INTPs

    ISTPs may lack critical analysis, but they have high body intelligence. They’re able to pick up skills with their hands quickly after a few times of practice. There is also a natural gracefulness in their movement, leading many of them to enjoy sport and exercise.

    INTPs, in general, have lower bodily intelligence. They’re not able to learn crafts, sports or other hands-on activities as quickly. In fact, some of them might even be rather clumsy when it comes to dealing with objects and tools. 

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These differences should be sufficient for distinguishing ISTP and INTP. While there are other more subtle differences, the above mentioned points are the more observable differences in behavior.

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