A relationship between the independent ISTP and the idealistic INFJ can be difficult to navigate, but if both people in the relationship are mature, then this pair has the potential to be an incredible duo with their strong potential for teamwork as its foundation.
Both the INFJ and ISTP possess important traits that the other lacks, so when they come together with an open mind and heart, they can become a formidable team.
Overall Compatibility of ISTP and INFJ
Generally, ISTPs and INFJs have the potential to fill in each other’s gaps when they get together in any type of relationship.
These two types can confuse and frustrate each other, but they can also help keep each other grounded and on the right track. Both the ISTP and the INFJ need time alone to unwind, but they both also like some adventure in their lives too every now and then.
INFJs are idealists and they like to connect with others, so they often want a partner who is open to their ideas and willing to have deep conversations with them. ISTPs are freedom-loving realists who often seek partners who are willing to let them do their own thing and not tie them down too much.
Summary Chart: ISTP and INFJ Compatibility vs. Possible Conflicts
|Both need space||ISTP’s frequent inability to understand emotional matters|
|Both are passionate||INFJ’s sensitivity|
|Both can be good listeners||ISTP’s occasional laziness and impulsivity vs INFJ’s need for organization|
3 Reasons Why ISTP and INFJ can be Good for Each Other
This will be explored in more depth later, but as to the cognitive functional stacks for ISTPs and INFJs, they both have the same functions: Introverted Intuition (Ni), Extroverted Feeling (Fe), Introverted Thinking (Ti), and Extroverted Sensing (Se). This is the exact order of the INFJ functional stack (Ni-Fe-Ti-Se), and ISTPs have those functions in the following order: Ti-Se-Ni-Fe.
Given this fact about ISTPs and INFJs, it’s understandable why there are a few reasons why ISTPs and INFJs can be good for each other.
- Both are stronger in the other’s weaker functions
- Both value time alone and space
- Both are usually quiet, observant people
What this means is that the ISTP’s strongest functions are the INFJ’s weakest and vice versa. In other words, when an ISTP and an INFJ come together, they have the potential to form a great team that can strengthen each other’s weak points. The INFJ will bring creativity and organization to the table, while the ISTP will take those things in hand to develop a practicable scheme of things.
ISTPs can get into trouble when they ignore potential consequences for the fun and adventure of living in the present and doing things “right now,” but INFJs are future-thinking people who rarely make a move without ruminating on it first. This trait of INFJs can help keep ISTPs out of trouble, and the ISTP’s focus on logic and reason can help ground the often flighty INFJ.
Additionally, ISTPs and INFJs can be good for each other because they both value time alone and space. This means that they will be more understanding when the other one needs time alone and space and will thus be more willing to give those things to them when needed.
Finally, ISTPs and INFJs can be good for each other because both of them are usually quieter and more observant people. INFJs are known for blending into a room and just watching what’s happening around them to intuitively grasp the environment, and ISTPs, too, are quite the quiet observers.
The reason these traits can be good for their relationship is that 1) they won’t have to frequently hear “Why are you so quiet?” and explain their quietness, and 2) when conflict arises, they will be able to communicate better because they both can be quite good listeners due to their often quiet nature.
3 Reasons Why ISTP and INFJ might not be Good for Each Other
The traits that can make ISTPs and INFJs good for each other are also the same things that can make them bad for each other. Here are the reasons why:
- Their shared but differently-ordered functions can lead to great teamwork, but they can also yield frustration and confusion as well as a desire for separation.
- Both partners being introverted and having conflicting dominant introverted functions can lead to issues resolving conflict as well as self-isolation.
- Their quiet and observant natures can lead to both partners struggling when they do socialize.
If the relationship consists of one or more immature partners, then the potential that can be gained from your similar but different functional stacks will instead become a hindrance that can drive you apart.
ISTPs and INFJs are very different. One values logic, action, and independence, and the other values emotion, organization, and connectedness. If egos run rampant in your relationship, then an ISTP and an INFJ together can be each other’s nightmare.
Additionally, their shared preference for introversion can lead to them both withdrawing from socialization as well as each other if things are bad. ISTPs have a tendency not to understand emotional problems and turn inwards until they can get a grasp on their feelings, and INFJs often avoid conflict altogether because they would rather have peace even if that “peace” is false and built on self-sacrifice and resentment while they hide their real feelings about the problem within.
Lastly, their shared quiet and observant natures mean that when they do socialize, especially with other introverts, both may struggle to get involved as neither has strong small talk skills nor does either of them do well-leading conversations in unfamiliar crowds or locations.
ISTPs usually communicate in a blunt, straightforward way that focuses on facts and what is real based on their own direct sensory observations. This contrasts greatly with the INFJ’s way of communicating based on their feelings and intuition.
ISTPs focus on important questions like “what” and “how,” while INFJs are less concerned about these finer details and are more focused on the big picture or overall goal of the plan, theory, or idea.
Where are they strong, and why?
Where ISTPs and INFJs are strong in their ability to be good listeners. For some ISTPs, being told you’re a good listener is a rare occurrence, and you may instead have often heard the opposite, but when an ISTP cares about a person or matter, they can be some of the strongest listeners around.
As for INFJs, their ability to listen well doesn’t need much explanation. INFJs prefer peace and are often diplomatic in their interactions with others, frequently acting as mediators when conflicts arise.
These aspects of ISTPs and INFJs can yield great results for them when they need to communicate in their relationship. Additionally, ISTP’s focus on the finer details and INFJ’s concern about the bigger picture means that both bases can be covered when making plans and forming ideas so long as both partners are willing to listen to each other and incorporate each other’s point of view into the final product of your discussion.
Where do they have problems and why?
Where problems can arise is in ISTP’s dominant cognitive function Ti and INFJ’s dominant cognitive function Ni. ISTPs communicate in a direct way that is grounded in reason, logic, and real-world data. INFJs communicate in a more abstract way that is grounded by their intuition. These differences in communication styles can make it difficult for ISTPs and INFJs to see eye-to-eye.
Additionally, because ISTPs value ideas founded on logic and concrete real-world data, they may ask for explanations from the intuitive INFJs on how they came to draw their conclusions which will be difficult for INFJs who often can’t fully understand themselves how they came to a conclusion as it often happens on a more subconscious level.
How might ISTP and INFJ improve communication?
ISTPs and INFJs can improve communication by being open to the other’s point of view and by not turning inward and shutting each other out when issues arise.
Where do they connect? Why?
ISTPs and INFJs can connect on their need for space and the occasional adventure.
ISTP & INFJ: Values
Both ISTPs and INFJs have strong values, and these can differ greatly.
3 Things an ISTP Values
- A change in routine
3 Things an INFJ Values
- Emotional connection
- Achieving goals
How do their values match up?
The values between ISTPs and INFJs are quite different with ISTPs focused on logic and independence while INFJs are focused on their intuition and other people. Additionally, ISTPs can be impulsive due to valuing freedom, while INFJs value order.
Love Language/Love Style
ISTP’s primary love languages are physical touch, quality time, and acts of service. INFJ’s love languages are quality time, words of affirmation, and physical touch.
Ways ISTPs Show Their Love
ISTPs show their love by being willing to make adjustments to accommodate their partner.
Ways INFJs Show Their Love
INFJs show their love by wanting to connect deeper with their partner and wanting to know everything about them.
ISTP and INFJ in Bed
ISTPs and INFJs are both passionate people, which can make their time in bed enjoyable for both of them.
ISTP and INFJ Couples/Marriage
ISTP Male and INFJ Female
The ISTP male may struggle with comforting the INFJ female. He may also have a hard time with what he may see as her overly emotional nature. Additionally, the INFJ female may sacrifice her own desires for the ISTP male in order to keep the peace without being honest about her real feelings.
INFJ Male and ISTP Female
The INFJ male may be too controlling for the ISTP female who wants more freedom and independence. This conflict could lead to issues in the relationship.
ISTP and INFJ Conflicts
Possible Areas of Conflict between ISTP and INFJ and their Causes
Possible areas of conflict for ISTPs and INFJs are the following:
- ISTP focuses on what’s real
- INFJ’s abstract way of communicating
- ISTPs need explanations and finer details from INFJ
- INFJs need more emotional understanding from ISTPs
As mentioned above, ISTPs and INFJs share the same functions but in different order. The last two functions of each type are the other type’s strongest ones. This fact presents areas of conflict for ISTPs and INFJs.
How do they resolve conflict?
ISTPs and INFJs can resolve conflict by improving their communication and leaning into the functions that they are both weakest in. For ISTPs, this means actively trying harder to tap into their Ni and Fe, and for INFJs this means working harder to strengthen their Ti and Se.
It’s ISTP’s weaknesses in Ni (the ability to imagine and find value in things beyond the concrete) and Fe (the ability to understand the emotions of others) that can make them less open to the INFJ’s ideas and feelings.
Additionally, it’s INFJ’s weaknesses in Ti (the ability to draw logical, objective conclusions through research and analysis) and Se (the ability to focus on the external world and its finer details to draw conclusions from real-world tangible data) that can make them less objective and able to explain themselves to ISTPs when asked. Also, the INFJ’s weak Se can make them less realistic which can contribute to their conflicts with ISTPs.
If both types work hard to tap into their weak functions, they can resolve their conflicts.
How do they build trust?
ISTPs and INFJs can build trust in the following ways: ISTPs need to be more empathetic and reliable to commitments for INFJs to trust them, and INFJs need to be more direct and straight-forward with ISTPs in order for them to gain ISTP’s trust.
ISTP and INFJ Friendships
Despite their differences, INFJs and ISTJs can make great supportive friends.
Though they are quite different, ISTPs and INFJs can be great friends who support each other thoroughly. As friends, these two types can work well together and be an incredible team.
ISTP vs. INFJ: Approach to Friendship
ISTPs approach friendship by making themselves useful to their friends and being more willing to adjust their usual behaviors for the betterment of their friendships. For example, ISTPs can be quite unreliable, especially when it comes to punctuality.
However, for their INFJ friends, ISTPs can be willing to adjust this issue if asked.
INFJs approach friendship by also making themselves useful and available for their friends. INFJs often act as a therapist or an emotional support pillow for their friends, and they are even willing to give up on what they want for their friends as well if it would make their friends feel happier.
ISTP & INFJ Friendship Dynamics
ISTPs are focused on the present, while INFJs are focused on the future; ISTPs are concrete thinkers, while INFJs are more abstract; ISTPs can be more self-centered, while INFJs can be too self-sacrificing; ISTPs are realistic, whereas INFJs are idealistic. Together, their friendship dynamic can be the perfect example of one person filling in what the other one lacks.
As an ISTP, you may find that INFJs are some of the easiest people for you to talk to, and INFJs may feel supported by the ISTP’s desire to push them to focus more on themselves and realize their own wants.
On the surface, ISTPs can seem like cold, selfish individuals, while INFJs are naive, idealistic angels, but in reality, they both have their strengths that the other one needs and their flaws that the other one can help them deal with, and it’s this fact about ISTPs and INFJs that can make the friendship dynamics outstanding.
What makes them good for each other as friends?
What makes ISTPs and INFJs good for each other as friends are some of the same factors that make them good for each other as romantic or working partners: They can fill in each other’s gaps.
In fact, ISTPs and INFJs can be stronger as friends rather than as a couple or coworkers because some of their key differences, like ISTP’s need for freedom and independence and INFJs’ need for organization and a tidy home or work environment, won’t be as big of an issue in their friendship if it’s a concern at all.
Could they be close friends?
ISTPs and INFJs could certainly be close friends. ISTPs may appreciate the emotional guidance and support that INFJs can provide, and INFJs may appreciate the practical support and solutions that ISTPs may give them.
What are some areas that might cause them problems as friends?
ISTPs may feel like INFJs are too sensitive, and INFJs may feel like ISTPs are too unreliable and careless.