ISTP friends are usually very well-rounded and interesting, living in the present and enjoying whatever life brings to them. Their key phrase is “everything can be changed”. A friendship with an ISTP is like a rollercoaster – it can be really exciting and fulfilling one day, and a complete opposite the following day. ISTP personalities do not like to commit, seeing their relationships as something that can change every day.
ISTPs rarely have any problems making friends – they enjoy pursuing many different hobbies and are consequently able to come up with plenty of exciting things to do. Shared activities form the basis of ISTP friendships – as people with this personality type have excellent control of all five senses and enjoy competing with others, the easiest way to become an ISTP’s friend is to find a common (ideally physical) hobby. ISTPs are thoughtful and rational individuals, but having deep philosophical discussions with friends is not their idea of fun.
Naturally, ISTP personalities tend to gravitate towards friends who have a strong S trait as they are most likely to enjoy experiencing things first-hand. Intuitive (N) types, on the other hand, may make the ISTP somewhat uncomfortable as ISTPs often have trouble understanding their abstract ideas. However, if the friendship mostly revolves around a shared hobby, the ISTP will have no difficulties accepting someone with a vastly different world view. Generally, ISTP friends are quite open-minded and relaxed, and it is no surprise that they tend to be well-liked by many different personality types.