Are you an ISTP 5w6?(what you need to know)

ISTP 5w6

In this blog post, we will describe the ISTP 5w6 personality type. If you are curious about what both your Enneagram and MBTI personality type tells about you, keep reading. 

The ISTP 5w6

The ISTP 5w6 is a very intense type of personality.  Perceptual, innovative and secretive best describe an ISTP 5w6. 

This type of personality wants to know why things are the way they are.

They want to understand how the world works, whether it’s the cosmos, the microscopic world, the animal, vegetable or mineral kingdom – or their own inner world. 

An ISTP 5w6 is always searching, asking questions, delving into the depths of problems.

They do not accept the doctrines and opinions they hear, feeling a deep need to test most of their assumptions themselves.

Are you an ISTP 5w6?(what you need to know)

To better understand the ISTP 5w6 typology, you have to know more about Enneagram subtype 5w6 and the MBTI ISTP. 

5w6  – The one who solves the problems

Famous 5w6s: Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, Doris Lessing, Bobby Fischer, Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, Jane Goodall, Isaac Asimov, Amelia Earhart, Charles Darwin.

Healthy subtype: Those in this subtype have the ability to draw wise conclusions and make predictions based on them.

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This ability is given to them by the power of observation, the understanding of details and the good organization of the mind. 

They are looking for a niche of their own that will provide them with security and that will fit in a wider context.

They are often attracted to technical problems: engineering, science, repair, philosophy, and inventing new things.

 They can cooperate with others, be disciplined and persistent, and are more interested in practical problems than the other subtype.

They can combine a talent for innovation with business, sometimes with very profitable results.

Medium subtype: They are perhaps the most intellectual of all subtypes. He is interested in theories, technology and the accumulation of information and details.

Analyze and catalogue the environment and dissect all parts of a problem to find out how it works. 

They are very restrained in their feelings, and their attention is focused on objects rather than people, although they strongly identify with the key people in their lives.

They are not particularly introspective, but prefer to observe and understand the world around them. 

They can argue more intensely than the other subtype and be more defensive about their opinions.

They tend to be aggressive and actively oppose those who disagree with them.

Are you an ISTP 5w6?(what you need to know)

ISTP – The virtuoso

Being an ISTP (a virtuoso personality), the dominant way of focusing is an inner one, towards the inner world, where you analyze things rationally, logically.

Secondly, you are oriented towards the outside world, where you judge things by the five senses, in the most concrete way.

ISTP people have a great way of understanding the way things work. They are very good at logical analysis of things and like to use it for practical purposes.

They usually have a great capacity for rationalization, although they are not interested in theories or conceptualizations if they do not see at least an applicative, practical part of them.

They like to take things in segments, to study the way they work.

ISTP people are very adventurous, so do not be surprised if you see them on motorcycles, surfing or flying a plane. 

They are fearless, adoring to be in the middle of the action.

They are very independent, making their own decisions for the next step. I don’t believe in rules and regulations.

The great desire for adventure will make them feel bored quickly.

ISTP people are faithful to their beliefs and ideals. And although they do not follow the laws of the “system”, they loyally obey their personal value system.

They obey the unwritten laws of mankind and respect those who are loyal to them.

ISTPs value time spent alone. They absorb large amounts of impersonal facts from the outside world, as observers, and they need to be alone to place those things in value judgments, conclusions.

ISTPs like to do all kinds of things, office work not being one of their favourites.

They usually have special technical skills and can easily become technical leaders.

They are practical and, although focused on details, they know how to send the extra ones quickly, making decisions quickly.

They are good at completing a project. They don’t have big problems at school, especially because they are introverts who think logically.

They are usually calm, even if, occasionally, they still have manifestations of anger due to the fact that they ignore their own feelings for a long time.

They are optimistic people, loyal to equals, simple in their desires, generous, receptive especially to people who do not want to limit them in commitments and vows, they love freedom.

Are you an ISTP 5w6?(what you need to know)

Tips for the ISTP 5w6

Remember that your mind is clearer and stronger when it is silent. Cultivate your inner peace and do not confuse it with your desire for the world around you to be less noisy.

Rather, learn to constantly observe your inner commentary on everything that happens to you. 

What happens when you simply take a “snapshot” of the moment without making a connection to what you already think you know?

Pay attention to the senses, this can help you a lot to calm your mind.

Use your body! Of all the typologies, you probably feel the strongest that you could handle the country and it is easy for you to spend a lot of orcs at the computer or reading or listening to music.

Even if there is nothing wrong with these activities, you still need more physical activity to be balanced inside.

Try running, dancing, doing yoga, martial arts, even walking. When your body wakes up, your mind clears and you have more internal resources.

Make an effort to communicate with others, especially when you feel vulnerable and scared. As an Observer, you have been conditioned not to expect help from anyone, or to be suspicious when it is offered to you.

But this belief is probably not applicable in your current situation and you can use your intelligence to guess who will be there for you when you go through various difficulties.

 Speak. Make your needs known and you may be surprised. Your tendency to isolate yourself usually only takes you deeper into your own trap.

Think carefully about areas that diminish your self-confidence. Learning more about the geography of the world will not help you if you feel physically weak.

Then it would be better for you to exercise or run. Composing another song will not do much for your fear of meeting new people.

 Of course, you can continue working on the projects that interest you, but it will help you a lot to explore more directly certain areas of your life that you have given up.

You may feel pain. Most observers distract themselves from their injuries, especially when they are rejected.

You know what it’s like when those feelings are closer to the surface. Don’t repress them.

In a suitable place, where you feel sheltered, allow yourself to feel your heart and the feelings that are enclosed in it. 

It could be more effective if you had a “witness”: a friend, a therapist, or anyone you trust.

Ask the person not to give you speeches of encouragement, but only to be there with you when you go through hardships.

As you become more balanced and in a stronger connection with your body, allow yourself to be impressed by the world around you – let it penetrate you. You will not lose yourself, but you will win the whole world.

You will then gain the feeling of trust and well-being you were looking for – and you will understand many things in the process. 

Just remember not to get lost in thought again, but to return to earth. Remember, this is your life: you are not an abstraction, and your presence here matters.

Conclusions

In this blog post, we talked about the ISTP 5w6 personality type. 

This type of personality wants to know why things are the way they are.

They want to understand how the world works, whether it’s the cosmos, the microscopic world, the animal, vegetable or mineral kingdom – or their own inner world. 

An ISTP 5w6 is always searching, asking questions, delving into the depths of problems.

They do not accept the doctrines and opinions they hear, feeling a deep need to test most of their assumptions themselves.

We’d love to know what you think!

Please feel free to leave comments, questions or recommendations in the comments section below. 

FAQ about the ISTP 5w6

What does 5w6 mean?

5W6 is an Enneagram subtype.

Those in this subtype have the ability to draw wise conclusions and make predictions based on them.

This ability is given to them by the power of observation, the understanding of details and the good organization of the mind. 

What does it mean to be type 5?

Enneagram type 5 means that you are a very naturally curious and observant person.

You like to focus on complex ideas, plans and skills, you are mentally stimulated by complicated tasks.

You become very detached when doing what you are passionate about. 

What Enneagram is Bill Gates?

Bill Gates is Enneagram type 5. Other famous types 5 people are Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, Jane Goodall, Isaac Asimov, Amelia Earhart, Charles Darwin.

Are ISTPs rare?

ISTPs are not the rarest type of personality, but they make up to 5% of the general population.

Are ISTPs lazy?

ISTPs are not lazy, but they are often mislabeled and misunderstood.

ISTPs are true rebels and rule-breakers.

What are ISTPs attracted to?

ISTPs are attracted to people who are different, self-confident and know what they want.

They are also attracted to adventures or anything that makes their heart racing, really. 

Further reading 

The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types, by Don Richard Riso 

Enneagram Self-Discovery: Understand Personality Types to Enhance Your Spiritual Growth & Build Healthy Relationships, by Elliot Hudson 

The Enneagram Of Personality: Why Discovering Your Unique Personality Type Is Essential For Your Personal Growth, by Arthur Canfield 

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery (The Road Back to You Set), by Ian Morgan Cron

The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth, by Christopher L. Heuertz  

References

The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types, by Don Richard Riso 

Personality Types: Using the Enneagram for Self-Discovery, by Don Richard Riso, Russ Hudson

Understanding the Enneagram: The Practical Guide to Personality Types, by Don Richard Riso, Russ Hudson

Enneagrampaths.com

Mba-institute.org

16personalities.com

Are you an ISTP 5w6?(what you need to know)

Daniela Paez

Daniela Paez is a Clinical Psychologist with an MSc. In Clinical Neuropsychology from Bangor University. She has vast experience in working with children with disabilities, adolescents and their families, in extreme conditions of poverty and vulnerability. Additionally, she owns a private practice where she provides neuropsychological evaluation for children and adults, and treatment for mood disorders, anxiety, couple therapy, among other conditions.