ISTP 7w6 (The Complete Guide)

ISTP 7w6

ISTPs are the crafters of the MBTI. When compared with the enneagram of personality, some might identify as the ISTP 7w6. It’s easy to see why. ISTP’s rich world comes to life thanks to a combination of Se and Ti.

Se adds to their impulsivity and prompts a craving to see life’s wonders. Yet, there’s more. This article discusses the ISTP 7w6 and what you can expect from them.

If you’re ready, let’s go!

Who is the ISTP 7w6?

ISTP 7w6s find a way to have fun while remaining cautious. This makes them more grounded and a bit contradictory. This personality type will try to balance their need for excitement with cautiousness.

Because of their wing, they are often more skeptical about their thoughts and abilities. If their wing is strong, there is also an injection of loyalty into their personality. The bottom line is that you get a bit of everything with the ISTP 7w6. The only notable absence is emotion.

Type 7 is not the most common type for the ISTPs. That title goes to type 5. Nevertheless, type 7 is not uncommon. It perfectly complements the extroverted sensing function of the ISTP.

ISTP 7w6 has an equal chance of being assertive or turbulent.

What is the Core Desire of the ISTP 7w6?

The core desire of the ISTP 7w6 is to be happy. To achieve this, they try to have as much fun as possible. However, getting hurt in the process is no fun. So, their need to be happy includes avoiding risky ventures.

What is the Core Fear of the ISTP 7w6?

The core fear of the ISTP 7w6 is to be deprived of happiness or stuck in a rut. They never want to feel trapped.

It’s important to understand the difference between feeling trapped and controlled. Feeling trapped in this context means being forced to honor commitment. Being controlled, however, means being told what to do.

Thus, this personality type avoids making big commitments.

How the 7w6 Changes the Natural Tendencies of the ISTP

1.   More Extroverted

ISTPs are introverts. This means they get their energy from spending time alone. This doesn’t change with the ISTP 7w6.

However, ISTP 7w6s have more social batteries to spend. This means they typically spend more time interacting with others. Thus, they are more extroverted than typical ISTPs.

This trait might make people mistype them as ESTPs.  However, ISTP 7w6s are still ISTPs. This means that they remain introverts.

2.   More Cautious

ISTPs are not exactly known to be cautious. While they use Ti, the presence of Se reduces their careful nature. ISTP 7w6s are slightly different.

Because of their wing, they are more cautious than typical ISTPs. In other words, the stronger their wing is, the more cautious they’ll be.

This has several implications. First, it affects how the ISTP 7w6 approaches life in general. Secondly, it can also have a huge impact on their career progression.

3.   More Loyal

ISTP 7w6 will generally show more loyalty than typical ISTPs. Here’s why. Type 6 is famous for their loyalty.

Because type 6 is their wing, ISTP 7w6 will also have streaks of loyalty. This will show in their dealings with their loved ones.

4.   Higher Energy Level without the Consistency

ISTPs have a lot of mental energy. However, this doesn’t often translate to physical energy. ISTP 7w6s are different. This personality type will often have explosive energy.

However, this explosive energy comes out in random bursts. This makes consistency really difficult. Consistency will be stronger if their wing is strong because of type 6’s desire to be secure.

Being consistent is a way to stay secure.

5.   More Charismatic

ISTPs are smart people who can express their thoughts when necessary. ISTP 7w6s are much more charismatic. This extends beyond their speech and includes the way they dress and smell.

Simply put, their aura is different.

6.   More Witty/Sarcastic

This follows the last point. Their sarcasm or wittiness enhances their charismatic nature. Thus, ISTP 7w6s will be into trolling for the fun of it and even memes.

They will take things less seriously and be seen as “fun” people. However, because of their wing, a part of them will be anxious and paranoid.

We’ll talk about that later.

7.   More Expressive

Expressiveness here includes the way they speak. ISTP 7w6s will be good public speakers if that’s what they enjoy. However, it goes beyond speaking. Thanks to the extroverted sensing function, their expressiveness will also show in their hobbies.

For example, an ISTP 7w6 who enjoys playing soccer will be skilled/creative and play with a lot of flair. If they enjoy cooking, the way they arrange their dishes will be aesthetically pleasing.

Their creativity will shine through.

New Weaknesses of the ISTP 7w6

1.   More Impulsive

ISTPs already have a measure of impulsiveness thanks to their perceiving function. Type 7 is also very impulsive. Thus, you get a personality type who’s super prone to impulsiveness.

While type 6 (their wing) is more cautious and disciplined, it does little to show this problem. This is because the fear type 6 brings is like an afterthought.

For example, an ISTP 7w6s might go on an unplanned shopping spree. Once that’s done, they might regret spending that much in a short period. However, there’s nothing they can do about it. Their anxiety might kick in thanks to their wing, and things might start to look dicey.

2.   More Fearful

Type 6 and type 7 are in the fear triad. This means that fear is one of the first emotions ISTP 7w6 accesses in any situation.

Their fearful nature will show when it comes to making big decisions. ISTP 7w6 will normally put off such decisions for as long as possible.

This can hinder their careers and personal relationships.

3.   More Paranoid/Distrusting

Type 6 is not the most trusting enneagram type, and this rubs off on the ISTP 7w6. They will be less accepting of new ideas than a typical ISTP. In a way, you can describe them as more traditional.

The extent to which this applies depends on the strength of their wing.

4.   Commitment Problems

As mentioned earlier, type 7 wants to explore and be happy. Commitment involves responsibility and is often seen as a trap by type 7s.

This rubs off on the ISTP 7w6. Thus, they often struggle to make or keep personal commitments. This has its implications. First, they might struggle to maintain meaningful relationships for long periods.

They’ll also struggle to hit their goals or finish personal projects. It’s important to remember that this is a tendency, not a strict rule. Thus, it is open to variations among ISTP 7w6s.

ISTP 7w6 Female- Testing the Waters

ISTP 7w6 females maintain the balance between adventure and caution. They share a lot of traits with the ISTP 7w8 females. However, there are a few differences thanks to their wing.

Here are some things you can expect from the ISTP 7w6 female

1.   The Need for Unrestricted Stability

ISTP 7w6s put adventure first. ISTP 7w6 females are the same. They want freedom. However, as females, they also want stability. Combining both can be challenging.

Their need is what I like to call “unrestricted stability.” For example, an ISTP 7w6 female might want financial security. However, that financial security shouldn’t hold her back from exploring her goals such as traveling.

When faced with the choice of stability and adventure, an ISTP 7w6 female might pick stability. However, that choice often comes with a feeling of missing out (FOMO).

2.   More Traditional, Yet Open

This follows the last point. Their need for more stability might make them seem traditional. Thus, ISTP 7w6 females are open to settling down quickly or working in a traditional setting.

The most important thing is to retain the ability to go on adventures.

3.   Loves Adventure, But Others First

As mentioned above, living life to the full extent matters to them. However, there’s a catch. Because of their wing, exploring new horizons is somewhat restricted.

Thus, an ISTP 7w6 female will not want to be the first person ever to go on a new adventure. They’ll want others to experience the journey first. This is because of their wing (type 6). This is one area where the need to be secure shines through.

4.   Great in Emergencies

ISTP 7w6 females might be slightly better than their ISTP 7w6 male counterparts in emergencies. One reason might be that women are generally perceived to be better at handling emergencies.

ISTP 7w6 in Love/Compatibility

1.   Compatibility

ISTP’s natural partners are the ENTJs, ESTJs, and ESFJs in the MBTI. Type 7 also gets along with type 3, type 2, type 9, and type 5.

Thus, the ISTP 7w8 can get along with people with any of these combinations. While this is true, any two personality types can work. Romantic relationships go beyond personality types.

2.   Love Languages

Type 7’s top two love languages for receiving love are acts of service and quality time. Thought Catalog identifies acts of service, physical touch, and quality time as ISTP’s top three languages.

Thus, I believe that it’s safe to say that acts of service and quality time are super important to ISTP 7w6. Nevertheless, the most important thing is how your partner feels. So, ask them what their love language is. You might be surprised.

3.   Commitment

As mentioned earlier, ISTP 7w6s will struggle to stay committed. This extends to their relationships. Relationships might seem stifling to them. Thus, ISTP 7w6s often struggle to settle down. An exception might be the ISTP 7w6 females.

The bottom line is that ISTP 7w6 wants their partners to have certain qualities before making life-changing commitments.

4.   Communication Style

Like all thinkers, the ISTP 7w6 prefers a direct approach when communicating. They are natural problem-solvers. This seeps into their romantic relationships and can have implications.

For example, not every conversation raised by your partner requires problem-solving. Sometimes, they might need empathy. Trying to solve the problem in this situation usually ends badly.

5.   Stability+Adventure

When dating, ISTP 7w6 values stability and adventure more than anything else. They want to explore the world and their hobbies, knowing they have a solid foundation at home.

This means they value a partner who’s loyal without stifling their desires. They’ll fight to keep that partner when they meet them.

ISTP 7w6 vs ISTP 7w8- What’s the Difference?

Wondering if you’re an ISTP 7w8 or ISTP 7w6? Here are some of their common differences

ISTP 7w6ISTP 7w8
More CautiousMore Ambitious
More Energy, Less ConsistencyMore Energy, Slightly More Consistency
More FearfulFear+Anger

You can click this link to learn more about the ISTP 7w8.

ISTP 7w6 in the Workplace

ISTPs are technicians and craftsmen. They are analytical and tend to excel at problem-solving. Thus, their careers are often directed towards this path.

ISTP 7w6s are the same. However, they also value some form of stability. Stability is different from unique experiences. ISTP 7w6s want every workday to be different. This personality type will often change industries. However, it won’t be as much as an ISTP 7w8.

Best Careers for the ISTP 7w6

While any type will excel in any career, here are some of the best options for the ISTP 7w6.

  • Military Officer
  • Chef
  • Law Enforcement
  • Athlete
  • Photographer
  • Software Engineer
  • Mechanic
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Pilot
  • Electrician
  • Carpenter

Worst Careers for the ISTP 7w6

  • Counselor
  • Psychologist
  • Judge
  • Clergy
  • Pre-school teacher

Famous People/Fictional/Anime Characters That Might Be ISTP 7w6

  • Ashton Kutcher
  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Tony Hawk
  • Rob Zombie
  • Yeonwoo
  • T.I
  • Chloe Thunderman (The Thundermans)
  • Lisa Marie Presley
  • Jang Isu (The Outlaws)
  • Til Schweiger
  • Jaylah (Star Trek)
  • Tallulah Levine (Big Mouth)
  • Anthony O’Hare (The Last Letter From Your Lover)


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