The outgoing, energetic ESTJ and the significantly more reserved ISTJ may seem an unlikely pairing, but these Myers-Briggs personality types have more than enough in common to form long-lasting partnerships. A mutual appreciation for pragmatism, order, and tradition offers ESTJs and ISTJs a sound foundation on which to build healthy relationships.
As mentioned above, ESTJs and ISTJs have many similarities; this is one reason ESTJ/ISTJ couples are generally rated as highly-compatible. One could argue that a couple’s differences are as important as their similarities, given differences represent opportunities for growth. ESTJs and ISTJs are often just different enough to keep their relationship interesting.
SUMMARY CHART: ESTJ AND ISTJ COMPATIBILITY VERSUS POSSIBLE CONFLICTS
|Compatible Characteristics||Potential Conflicts|
|ESJTs and ISTJs are both practical, pragmatic personality types||ESTJs and ISTJs have different needs regarding socialization|
|These types share an appreciation for order||These types have different approaches to conflict resolution|
|ESTJs and ISTJs both value honesty in themselves and others||ESTJs and ISTJs communicate differently|
|These types have complementary communication styles||These types can struggle to deal with feelings|
THREE REASONS WHY ESTJ AND ISTJ ARE GOOD FOR EACH OTHER
ESTJs and ISTJs share many personality traits in common and can be good for each other in many ways. Some of the ways these types may be good for one another are:
- ESTJs and ISTJs both value honesty
- These types have potentially complementary communication styles
- ESTJs and ISTJs share an appreciation for order
ESTJs and ISTJs value honesty, both in themselves and in others. They tend to seek out friends and partners who demonstrate this virtue.
Though different, the communicative styles of ESTJs and ISTJs are, in many ways, potentially complementary. As is often the case in extrovert/introvert pairings, ESTJ/ISTJ partners often relax into a comfortable communication dynamic; the extroverted ESTJ does most of the talking while the ISTJ takes on the role of listener.
ESTJs and ISTJs share an appreciation for order. This personality trait manifests in many ways, including the way they schedule their time and the condition of their physical environments.
THREE REASONS WHY ESTJ AND ISTJ ARE NOT GOOD FOR EACH OTHER
Not all ESTJs and ISTJs will be good for each other. Three reasons these personality types may not be good for one another are:
- ESTJs and ISTJs have very different social needs
- These types approach conflict resolution differently
- ESTJs and ISTJs can have trouble discussing feelings
ESTJs and ISTJs have very different needs regarding socializing. As extroverts, ESTJs thrive in social situations and use time with others to recharge. ISTJs, on the other hand, are introverts, and may easily be exhausted by too much socializing without recuperative periods of time alone.
Another reason ESTJs and ISTJs may not be good for each other is these personality types have different approaches to conflict resolution. ESTJs generally want to deal with conflict as soon as possible, whereas ISTJs tend to put off problematic discussions.
Partners in an ESTJ/ISTJ relationship may have difficulty strengthening their emotional bond, as neither type is overly-comfortable discussing feelings.
There is, perhaps, no better indicator of a couple’s future success than the quality of their communication. Every couple has to deal with communication issues, and the more effectively they do, the more likely they are to grow as a couple.
ESTJs and ISTJs have different, though potentially complementary communication styles. To get the most out of their discussions, partners in an ESTJ/ISTJ relationship will both have to make some concessions.
WHERE ARE THEY STRONG, AND WHY?
As mentioned earlier, ESTJs and ISTJs often fall into a comfortable dynamic regarding communication, with each type playing to their strengths. The extroverted ESTJ is usually happy to do most of the talking in a given conversation, and the introverted ISTJ is usually content to play the role of listener.
WHERE DO THEY HAVE PROBLEMS, AND WHY?
Comfortable as the abovementioned dynamic may be, there will undoubtedly be times when either or both parties will find their usual roles unfulfilling or unsuitable for the circumstance. For example, there may be times when the usually reserved ISTJ will feel they aren’t being given sufficient speaking time; conversely, there will likely be times when the expressive ESTJ will want to sound out their less-expressive partner’s opinions.
HOW MIGHT THEY IMPROVE COMMUNICATION?
ESTJs and ISTJs can improve their communication by taking the time to understand their partners, and their own, communicative style. ESTJs should be careful not to monopolize every conversation, and to be sure they’re giving their partner ample time to speak.
The ISTJ, for their part, should be sure to show their more-expressive partner they’re paying attention, even if they aren’t responding verbally to every point.
WHERE DO THEY CONNECT? WHY?
With so much in common, it often doesn’t take much for ESTJs and ISTJs to connect. Both of these Myers-Briggs personality types value straightforwardness and are likely to connect on that level almost subconsciously.
ESTJ AND ISTJ: VALUES
Few things are more personal than a person’s values. What a person holds dear colors almost every aspect of their lives, from the decisions they make to the way they interpret reality. ESTJs and ISTJs both feel very strongly about their values; luckily for ESTJ/ISTJ couples, these types value many of the same things.
THREE THINGS AN ESTJ VALUES
- Socializing/spending time with others
- Practical solutions to problems
ESTJs are an extroverted personality type; they use socializing and spending time around others as a means of recharging. ESTJs usually have large circles of friends and packed social calendars.
Like their ISTJ counterparts, ESTJs value pragmatism and look for practical solutions to life’s problems. Also like their ISTJ partners, ESTJs place a high value on honesty.
THREE THINGS AN ISTJ VALUES
- Time alone
- Order in their schedules and environments
- Accepting responsibility
Unlike their extroverted ESTJ counterparts, ISTJs can easily be exhausted by too much social activity; they use time spent alone to rejuvenate.
ISTJs and ESTJs both value order. This common personality trait manifests in many ways, including their daily schedules, appearances, or physical environments.
ISTJs and ESTJs also share an appreciation for reliability and for those who accept responsibility.
HOW DO THEIR VALUES MATCH UP?
Generally, ESTJ and ISTJ values match up very well. That doesn’t mean ESTJ/ISTJ couples will agree on everything. The most obvious value difference between these types is the extrovert/introvert dynamic.
LOVE LANGUAGE/LOVE STYLE
There’s considerable overlap between the love languages of ESTJs and ISTJs, which makes perfect sense given the many similarities between these Myers-Briggs personality types. For example, spending quality time with their partners is the number-one way ESTJs and ISTJs show affection.
WAYS ESTJs SHOW THEIR LOVE
- Spending quality time with their partners
- Speaking words of affirmation
- Physical touch
The most common way ESTJs choose to show love for their partners is by spending quality one-on-one time with them. Given the ESTJ’s penchant for being around large groups of people, this is a significant gesture.
Speaking words of affirmation is the second most popular way ESTJs show their love, followed closely by the use of physical touch.
WAYS ISTJs SHOW THEIR LOVE
- Spending quality time with their partner
- Performing acts of service
- Speaking words of affirmation
Like their ESTJ counterparts, ISTJs show love for their partners by scheduling and spending quality time with them. This love language match bodes very well for the ESTJ/ISTJ couple.
Performing acts of service for their significant other is the second most common way ISTJs show love for their partners. Coming in at a close third is speaking words of affirmation, an interesting and significant choice for an introverted type.
ESTJ AND ISTJ IN BED
ESTPs focus on living in the moment, a trait that carries over into the bedroom; they aren’t easily distracted and can pay almost exclusive attention to their partners. ESTJs have passionate, even intense sexual energy.
ISTJs also have passionate sexual energy, though they are less likely to initiate intimacy than their ESTJ counterparts. ISTJs aren’t generally as adventurous sexually as are ESTJs, but they are often willing to try new things with partners they trust.
II. ESTJ AND ISTJ COUPLES/MARRIAGE
HOW DO ESTJs AND ISTJs MATCH UP IN LONG-TERM ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS?
ESTJ MALE AND ISTJ FEMALE
ESTJ/ISTJ couples are generally rated high in compatibility, and the ESTJ male/ISTJ female pairing has a good shot at long-term happiness. Problems may arise though if the ISTJ female feels verbally steamrolled by her more talkative partner. There is also a chance the ESTJ male may find his ISTJ partner lacking in feeling or compassion.
ESTJ FEMALE AND ISTJ MALE
The ESTJ female/ISTJ male pairing likewise has a very significant chance at happiness. In this pairing, there’s a danger the ESTJ female may misinterpret her partner’s silence, assuming it signals agreement. Also, there’s a chance the ISTJ male may feel overwhelmed by his more expressive, more energetic, partner.
III. ESTJ AND ISTJ CONFLICTS
Every couple will have to deal with some degree of conflict. How a couple handles conflict is another good indicator of their chances for happiness. The most successful couples capitalize on their differences where possible, seeing in them opportunities for growth.
POSSIBLE AREAS OF CONFLICT (AND WHY?)
Conflict is generally rare between ESTJ and ISTJ partners. When problems do arise between partners in an ESTJ/ISTJ relationship, it’s often for one of the following reasons:
- ESTJs and ISTJs have different social needs
- These types approach conflict resolution differently
- ESTJs and ISTJs have different communicative styles
As mentioned earlier, ESTJs and ISTJs have very different social needs. ESTJs crave social situations and thrive when interacting with others; ISTJs, on the other hand, need a good deal of solitary time.
Another potential source of conflict between ESTJs and ISTJs is how these types approach conflict resolution. ISTJs often prefer to take some time to consider a problem before discussing it with their partners. ESTJs, on the other hand, prefer dealing with problems as soon as they become evident.
In many ways, ESTJs and ISTJs have complementary communication styles, but there is the potential for conflict. For example, the more expressive ESTJ may become discouraged by what seems a reluctance to engage on the part of their partner. Conversely, the ISTJ partner may feel they aren’t being given adequate speaking-time, or time enough to consider their responses.
HOW DO THEY RESOLVE CONFLICT?
ESTJs and ISTJs address some aspects of conflict resolution similarly; others they approach quite differently. For example, ESTJs usually prefer to deal with budding problems right away, whereas ISTJs often prefer to take some to consider a problem before discussing it.
Once these types decide to address potential conflict, they rely on logic and look for practical solutions to problems.
HOW DO THEY BUILD TRUST?
ESTJs are generally principled people who trust others who demonstrate ethical behavior. Often generous, giving friends, ESTJs may be taken advantage of until they learn to be a bit more discriminating about whom they trust.
ISTJs are more guarded than their ESTJ counterparts, and not as fast to place their trust in others. That said, ISTJs are also generally giving people who are likely to have their generosity exploited if they aren’t careful. ISTJs and ESTJs build trust through honesty and the assumption of responsibility.
IV. ESTJ AND ISTJ FRIENDSHIPS
Considering their many similarities and shared values, it isn’t surprising that ESTJs and ISTJs make great friends. These Myers-Briggs types have a lot in common, yet are different enough to keep the friendship healthy and interesting.
ESTJ VERSUS ISTJ: APPROACH TO FRIENDSHIP
When choosing potential friends, ESTJs tend to seek out people with values similar to their own. They look for loyalty and honesty in friends and enjoy spending time with people who share their interests.
ISTJs are more open to friendships with people who have different values; as a result, this type often has a circle of friends comprised of many different personality types. ISTJs make loyal and committed friends.
ESTJ AND ISTJ FRIENDSHIP DYNAMICS
ESTJs look for loyalty and honesty in their friends, traits ISTJs often display. Though the ESTJ may be perplexed by their introverted friend’s need for alone time, they’re likely to appreciate the other’s zest for life.
WHAT MAKES THEM GOOD FOR EACH OTHER AS FRIENDS?
ESTJs and ISTJs are good for each other as friends for many reasons. For example, the introvert/extrovert dynamic between these personality types offers ESTJ/ISTJ friends a wonderful opportunity for growth. The ESTJ can help their introverted friend navigate social situations, while the ISTJ can remind their extroverted friend of the importance of some time alone.
COULD THEY BE CLOSE FRIENDS?
With their many similarities, ESTJs and ISTJs often form long-lasting and mutually-satisfying friendships. ESTJs and ISTJs can, and do, become close and even intimate friends.
WHAT ARE SOME AREAS THAT MIGHT CAUSE THEM PROBLEMS AS FRIENDS?
Just because ESTJs and ISTJs can form great friendships doesn’t mean ESTJ/ISTJ friends won’t experience some degree of conflict along the way. Many of the same challenges faced by ESTJ/ISTJ partners also present themselves to ESTJ/ISTJ friends.
For example, these type’s differing needs regarding socializing may cause problems, especially early in the relationship. The ISTJ may easily become overwhelmed if they try to keep up with their extroverted friend’s social calendar.
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