January 6, 2014
The Keirsey Personality Sorter II listed me as an “Artisan/Crafter (ISTP). This personality type is reported to be an action-oriented thinker, highly tuned into their immediate environment, and driven to interact with it. (1) ISTPs are known to excel in athletics’ and the military; they are mechanical and do well in industrial arts.
ISTPs have keen senses, and love working with their hands. They seem right at home with tools, instruments, and vehicles of all kinds, and their actions are usually aimed at getting them where they want to go, and as quickly as possible. Thus Artisans will strike off boldly down roads that others might consider risky or impossible. They want to be where the action is; they seek out adventure.
ISTPs are quick to learn and work well under stress and emergencies. They are really good at learning how to operate machines, instruments, and equipment with great precision and expertise. They tend to be fearless in work or play, willing to take risks that others would shy away from. (2)
Self-Evaluation: How Do You Relate
Do you think the assessment is correct? Why or Why not?
The personality test evaluated me as an “Artisan” which initially made me laugh, as I am not artistic in the least. However, as I read beyond the initial statement I began to see more of myself revealed in the description. I am a senior manager in the federal government with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). We are a federal law enforcement agency with paramilitary roots in the United States Border Patrol, so it appears that I excelled right in line with assessment. (2)(4)
I also like to work with my hands; I am a licensed airframe and power plant mechanic, which is another way of saying airplane mechanic. I have always had an interest in how things work.(3) Whether it is construction, auto mechanics or doing yard work, I consider myself a...