• ISTp description by Filatova


    Sensory-Logical Introvert
    SLI – ISTp – Gabin (Artisan)

    The orientation of ego block of SLI: Everything in the world must be harmonious, proportional and balanced; the best way to achieve this is through aesthetical, qualitative activity.

    Descriptions of the Strong Functions:

    Si – Program function. Represented by the sensation of harmony, beauty and health. Everything must be balanced in the best way possible. At the same time, beauty must be combined with usefulness: this is applied to his work, relations with people, decoration and furnishing of living quarters, and in the comprehensive development of a physically healthy body.

    SLI has very good memory for colors, odors, and somatic sensations; he can easily recreate these in his mind. He may be able to recall the taste of some food years later. In many respects, he is an aesthete. Often representatives of this type possess developed artistic sense. His perception is characteristically steady and contemplative, and outwardly unemotive. He is not one of those individuals who, with sensual energy, immediately dive into basic sensory pleasures: he prefers to leisurely "relish" his experiences, timely distinguishing and separating the pleasant from the unpleasant ones. The surrounding world begets in him a broad scope of sensations to which he's very attentive. He adeptly perceives his internal physical states, understands the abilities of his body, and therefore, may successfully engage himself in sports – of predominately individual types. Even if due to some life circumstances SLI is distant from sport, nevertheless a healthy mode of life is necessary for him, since it provides him with a general feeling of being harmonious, sensible and balanced.

    This function's manifestation is especially noticeable in SLI's exterior appearance: he always dresses appropriately in a simple, elegant, sporty style – his clothing is chosen primarily based on functionality and convenience.

    Te – Implementation of the program. In order to realize the program of the first function, to make things more convenient, useful, and attractive, SLI engages in practical activity. SLI indeed displays high mastery in his work. Anything he takes on, he strives to bring to perfection. He works thoroughly, while improving and polishing his methods, and makes the result not only useful but also attractively designed. He understands well the possibilities of using one material or instrument over another, and knows precisely in which cases one will work better than another. He studies examples of high-quality work. He is interested in the most effective methodology. In work, prefers unhurried manner and soundness. If necessary, he can work from early in the morning until late at night. In such cases, he will spend effort to create shortcuts that will make his labor more convenient or pleasant for himself.

    SLI knows how to focus on the primary objective whilst not forgetting about the specifics. This ability is inherent to him in reading lectures, in setting up his living space, in conducting instruction and training. If, in his point of view, he has attained mastery in some subject or activity, then he will change his objective: he finds it tiresome to be occupied with the same routine work over a long period of time. In this manner his irrationality manifests itself.

    Before starting on a new project, SLI spends time making sufficient preparations, accumulates and infers about pertinent information, gather necessary supplies and materials. He likes to first try out different things, to experiment, so that he better senses the possibilities of forthcoming work.

    On the one hand, he is characterized by stubbornness and perseverance, on the other hand – has a certain measure of inertness. He may "prolong" and "delay", until all the deadlines are near, then rapidly mobilize at the last minute and complete his assignments or work. He will not take up dubious work, but prefers reliability, definitiveness, certainty, calculations rather than unsound risk.

    He loves to work completely autonomously, independently, so that he wouldn't have to adapt himself to anyone else. He is especially irritated by illogical, unsound instructions.

    Description of the Weak Functions:

    Fe – Painful function. SLI prefers to conceal his emotions. Outwardly he seems impenetrable and unemotional. This is partly due to the fact that he is poorly capable of detecting the moods of people around him and also he fears that showing his emotions may seem inappropriate or ridiculous. This forces him to retain a psychological distance. However, this distance should not be dejecting: if anyone asks SLI for help, he most likely won't turn the person down, but will listen and provide aid, and even sympathize with the misfortune.

    However, he possesses a degree of sensitivity and sentimentality: he will take up a common cause or work in order to demonstrate his disposition towards people, instead of showing it with emotions. Introspection is also not his element.

    In conflict situations SLI tries to stay away from possible scandals. To a certain point, he will be calm, steady and inert. However, if someone suddenly invades his sacred psychological "territory", where no one is allowed, or attempts to afflict his personal sense of value – SLI can unexpectedly flare up and be driven into fury. In such a state, he may lose control of himself and is even capable of striking the offender. In regards to his emotions, just as with practical tasks, he warms up slowly, and afterwards he cannot be quickly swayed or calmed – especially after an explosion. Here, his particular type of inertness also applies.

    Ni – Role function. Flights of fantasy and blurry boundlessness – such things are not characteristic of SLI. He cannot sufficiently evaluate the long-term prospects of one task over another or accurately predict someone's actions, and thus finds it difficult to solve strategic problems. Sometimes he makes mistakes in judging people and is inclined to view them in a more positive, advantageous light, and then later feels deceived by his expectations. In his designs and assessments of future prospects, he has to depend on his ability to make realistic estimates rather than intuition. For additional certainty, he discusses his plans with his colleagues, to confirm that they correspond to the established regulations and norms, which others deem sensible.

    SLI at Work and at Home:

    As a leader SLI implements his plans with regards to aesthetics and practicality; therefore his products and results are often of high quality and beautiful design. However, he doesn’t strive to be leader, even if he is gifted with talents. If, nevertheless, it was necessary to occupy a position of leadership, he will first attempt to understand who is capable of what, as it is more rational to assign each worker to a job that corresponds with his or her level of skill. In management SLI adheres to the principles of the collegiality and tries to materially stimulate his coworkers to do their work.

    He finds it difficult to make prognoses about development of production over long periods of time. He is better at resolving immediate, tactical questions, rather than assessing long-term goals and outcomes; therefore it is better that he leads a smaller group.

    He prefers to solve conflict situations by method of compromise. However, if the conflict touches on his fundamental principles and values, then he will not surrender his position.

    The characteristic qualities of his nature manifest most vividly in his family life. He is a good family man, leisurely, solid and reliable. It is very important for him to provide for his family materially: to ensure there are sufficient supplies of food, clothing, foot wear for all family members. He often enjoys interacting with his children, looking after them. While children sometimes distress him, he’s rarely truly hurt. Frequently he is a good educator, restrained and reasonable. He is inclined to take the weak under his calm and reliable protection.

    Not only does he not avoid domestic tasks, but he truly enjoys them. He himself may wonderfully and thoroughly repair the apartment, firmly and solidly build a house, work on the vegetable-garden… Only don't try to hurry him or goad him – this irritates him greatly.

    Summary of Functions:

    1. – Principally represented by the sensation of harmony, beauty and physical state. Everything must be balanced. Knows how to create his own invisible “territory”, is characterized by his perseverance, which sometimes passes into the realm of obstinacy; however is not inclined to aggression.
    2. – Knows how to use improvised material in obtaining practical results. Loves qualitative, scrupulous, and serial operations. Attempts to understand the general similarities in universal laws, to add details in the global scheme.
    3. – Conceals his emotions, fears seeming ridiculous, retains a psychological distance. He seems steady and inert, however, is capable of unexpectedly flaring up if his sense of self-respect is threatened. Considers the observance of traditions and norms of behaviour necessary and useful not due to his internal sensations but due to the pragmatic benefits.
    4. – Finds it difficult to foresee the ripening of various events, is not inclined to fantasies. Does not trust information sources, must check everything himself. Finds it difficult to invent something new – prefers to adapt something already known to his practical needs.

    Profession Assessment:

    Is successful in any industrial or practical activity. A master in work, loves to work independently or in a small group, does not aim for offices of leadership. Can prove to be a capable artist, designer, musician. Connection with physical state and surroundings may lead to medicine, sports, and also to professions connected with cuisine (cooking).

    Career Possibilities:
    • Technical Specialist / Systems Analyst / Computer Programmer
    • Mechanical Engineer / Chemical ENgineer / Biomedical Engineer
    • Doctor / Surgeon / Dentist / Cardiologist / Neurologist / Pathologist
    • Professor / Teacher
    • Banker / Mortgage Broker / Accountant
    • Librarian
    • Writer / Editor
    • Lawyer / Attorney
    • Detective / Private Investigator
    • Military Officer
    • Scientific Researcher / Astronomer / Physicist / Biologist / Social Scientist / Naturalist
    • Professor / Teacher
    • Police / Corrections Officer
    • Architect / Graphics Designer / Photographer / Artist


    Potentially Favourable –
    IEE (ENFp), EII (INFj), ILE (ENTp), SEE (ESFp), ESI (ISFj), LII (INTj)

    Potentially Adverse –
    EIE (ENFj), ESE (ESFj), LIE (ENTj), IEI (INFp)

    See also:
    Wikisocion - SLI profiles
    SLI observations
    SLI in pictures
    Type examples in videos
    Socionics Type Tests
    Typing Questionnaire
    (including photos and/or a video in your questionnaire thread tends to increase the number of replies and accurate typings)

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