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In this episode of the Personality Hacker podcast, Joel and Antonia explore the 4 work styles that influence ISTJ careers.

Discover more about subtypes in Dr. Dario Nardi’s “The 64 Subtypes in Depth”


In this podcast you’ll find:

  • Why are Joel and Antonia discussing careers for each of the personality types?
  • What are some popular career choices for ISTJs?
  • Introducing the ISTJ subtypes by Dr. Dario Nardi.
    • How to approach the concept of the four subtypes.
  • Check out our previous podcast episode where Dario introduces the four subtypes of each personality type.
  • The energy and flavor of the four subtypes.
  • The four ISTJ subtypes:
    • Dominant subtype – why is this subtype so suited to managerial roles?
    • Creative subtype – what makes this subtype more adaptable?
    • Normalizing subtype – why is this the most introverted ISTJ subtype?
    • Harmonizing subtype – why does this subtype have a unique focus?
  • Why it’s helpful to know our subtype.
  • The relationship between our career and our subtype.
  • Understanding Memory (Introverted Sensing) as a dominant function.
  • How to align your career to your ISTJ subtype characteristics.

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  • ryan
    • ryan
    • March 15, 2023 at 12:12 pm

    Culture changes most of this careers podcast.

  • Justine G
    • Justine G
    • March 1, 2023 at 7:32 pm

    I remembered Joyce Meng interview Dario Nardi about Analytic vs Holistic functions and re-listened to the bit about introverted sensing.

    While he does say a bit more about it than in his book, I think the problem for me is I don’t know how for example he has associated Analytic Si with the ‘Creative’ ISTJ, based on the book or the aforementioned interview. I’m not actually arguing with it, I just don’t find the association obvious, though I can see why with respect to the ‘Dominant’ sub-type.

    If I don’t really understand the causation pathway from one to the other (e.g. Analytic Si + Holistic Te = Creative ISTJ) , it’s difficult for me to take it seriously.

  • Justine G
    • Justine G
    • February 28, 2023 at 10:40 pm

    Creative Subtype – “more of an attunement to the creative process that’s found in perception”.

    Could you say a bit more about what that means as you were talking about Te at the time which is a judging rather than perception function.

    I actually think saying a bit more about holistic vs analytic versions of each function is ultimately just as valuable, possibly more so, than the 4 groupings derived from these, and I’ll try to explain why.

    Mr Nardi’s sample of people in his studies is almost certainly skewed, like almost all such studies – my gut impression based off reading parts of his book is that they were generally high-functioning people. Hence an apparent ‘lack’ of drama queens or tortured artists in the ‘creative’ FP cohort, just to give on example. This might make the whole thing less helpful to the sort of people you are probably most trying to target with the self-development programmes, though I don’t really know.

    I also don’t know what my type is, only being fairly confident of the dominant function set, and whatever the analytic-holistic nature is (on a sliding-scale) of all 4 of those functions is of basically equal interest to me.

    Still a very interesting series however and I’ll probably still listen to most of the other podcasts in it.

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