What is the personality type of Michael Jordan? Michael Jordan is an ISTP 9wing8.
Here we see the terms:
- The Craftman
- The Crafter
- The Virtuoso
- The Explorer Craftperson
If I had to call the ISTP something, it might be “The Practical Adventurer”. For they are practical, and they need adventure worse than any other type.
I find that almost all police officers are ISTP’s, for example. Most ISTP’s would be dissatisfied sitting in an office pressing a calculator all day. I find ISTP’s to be the biggest adrenaline junkies out of the 16 main types. The second biggest is the ESTP, like Tom Cruise.
The ESTP is sometimes called “The Salesman” or “The conman” — for obvious reasons. I found this great post on the forum Personality Cafe: ESTP: TheConman
As an ESTP, you are driven to succeed and to win. Your personality is dominated by your drive to test yourself and to triumph over your fellow man.
This generally expresses itself as an overwhelming urge to prove your self worth (and fatten your wallet) by taking advantage of the suckers, marks, and dupes who surround you–after all, isn’t that what they’re there for? It’s not your fault that their stupidity and gullibility lets them believe you when you say that Hershey’s Kissesses exposed to your patented psychic amplifier rays will let them fly! As your hero and fellow ESTP, P. T. Barnum, once said, “it is morally wrong to let a sucker keep his money.”
As an ESTP, your greatest fear is failure. Under no circumstances will you permit yourself that kind of weakness, which makes you ideally suited for a job at Enron, where your natural talents can be recognized and rewarded.
The ISTP is the most common Myers-Briggs type in professional sports. I see them everywhere. Yes, they do make good engineers, but INTP’s make GREAT engieneers. ISTP’s are (often) interested in math and technology, while INTP’s are OBSESSED by it.
There is a difference in interest, and there is a difference in capacity. The ISTP wants to do something with their hands, and for that reason, they end up taking more practical jobs.
The ISTP dream job is:
Oh, and well paid! How could I forget! The ISTP is a good talker, and a good writer, but they aren’t MOVED by it, if that makes sense? It doesn’t necessarily rock their boat. Around 80% of pro MMA fighters are ISTPs.
They completely dominate that arena. I’m a hardcore MMA fan, I watch every UFC and read the MMA news every day (often several times, it is an obsession).
The ISTP is the best physical fighter, then comes the ISFP and the INTP on second place. George St. Pierre is an INTP and Jon Jones, as well. And former Taekwando champion Joe Rogan.
I don’t want to say this, but ISTP are heavily overrepresentated among criminals. When I watch prison documentaries, there are very few Extroverts, Feelers and Judgers.
Most of them are ISTPs actually. It is important to understand that most people convicted of a crime are not violent. They might have stolen a bike, or a car, sold prescription drugs, or something like that.
Found this answer on the Reddit question “What Type is Most Likely to be Criminal?”
There isn’t much research on type and crime (in the U.S.), but the overall pattern seems to be introverted sensors for men… and women. SPs overrepresented compared to how common they are.
Another answer further down:
The sample for this study was 181 adolescent male juvenile delinquents who were placed through the juvenile justice system into a Texas Youth Commission facility in North Texas. …Specifically, introverts, sensing types, and thinking types were overrepresented while extraverts, intuitive types, and feeling types were underrepresented. The data indicated that there were significantly more ESTP and ISTP types among the juvenile delinquents than would be expected in the general population.
The ISTP Personality Type
ISTP Values and Motivations
Interesting Facts about ISTPs
- On personality trait measures, score as Critical, Detached, Guarded, Independent, and Resourceful
- Commonly found in populations of male college scholarship athletes
- More likely than other types to suffer cardiac problems
- Lowest ranked of all types in using social coping resources
- One of four types least satisfied with their marriage or intimate relationship
- Among types least likely to complete college
- Personal values include Autonomy; at work, value Stability, Security, Independence, and Achievement
- Commonly found in skilled trades, technical fields, agriculture, law enforcement, and military occupations
Gambling isn’t mentioned here, but it’s a big one. Athletes love to gamble because it triggers adrenaline, which creates a natural high.
This feels good and creates a massive healing reaction inside the whole body. There is a soothing, helpful reaction to responsible gambling that is misunderstood.
Interested in other ISTPs? Both Khabib and Conor are ISTPs! The ISTP dominates pro MMA.
- Khabib Nurmagomedov is an ISTP 9wing8
- Conor McGregor is an ISTP 8wing7
- Most MMA fighters is an ISTP 4wing3
- Dwayne Johnson is an ISTP 7wing8
Since the 9wing8 is a combination of the Type 9 and the Type 8, it might help to learn about them individually.
Type 9: The Peacemaker
Nines are accepting, trusting, and stable. They are usually creative, optimistic, and supportive, but can also be too willing to go along with others to keep the peace. They want everything to go smoothly and be without conflict, but they can also tend to be complacent, simplifying problems and minimizing anything upsetting. They typically have problems with inertia and stubbornness. At their Best: indomitable and all-embracing, they are able to bring people together and heal conflicts.
- Basic Fear: Of loss and separation.
- Basic Desire: To have inner stability “peace of mind”.
Key Motivations: Want to create harmony in their environment, to avoid conflicts and tension, to preserve things as they are, to resist whatever would upset or disturb them.
We have called personality type Nine The Peacemaker because no type is more devoted to the quest for internal and external peace for themselves and others. They are typically “spiritual seekers” who have a great yearning for connection with the cosmos, as well as with other people.
They work to maintain their peace of mind just as they work to establish peace and harmony in their world. The issues encountered in the Nine are fundamental to all psychological and spiritual work—being awake versus falling asleep to our true nature; presence versus entrancement, openness versus blockage, tension versus relaxation, peace versus pain, union versus separation.
We have sometimes called the Nine the crown of the Enneagram because it is at the top of the symbol and because it seems to include the whole of it. Nines can have the strength of Eights, the sense of fun and adventure of Sevens, the dutifulness of Sixes, the intellectualism of Fives, the creativity of Fours, the attractiveness of Threes, the generosity of Twos, and the idealism of Ones. However, what they generally do not have is a sense of really inhabiting themselves—a strong sense of their own identity.
Nines demonstrate the universal temptation to ignore the disturbing aspects of life and to seek some degree of peace and comfort by “numbing out.” They respond to pain and suffering by attempting to live in a state of premature peacefulness, whether it is in a state of false spiritual attainment, or in more gross denial. More than any other type, Nines demonstrate the tendency to run away from the paradoxes and tensions of life by attempting to transcend them or by seeking to find simple and painless solutions to their problems.
Example of a Type 9:
Type 8: The Challenger
Eights are self-confident, strong, and assertive. Protective, resourceful, straight-talking, and decisive, but can also be ego-centric and domineering. Eights feel they must control their environment, especially people, sometimes becoming confrontational and intimidating. Eights typically have problems with their tempers and with allowing themselves to be vulnerable. At their Best: self- mastering, they use their strength to improve others’ lives, becoming heroic, magnanimous, and inspiring.— The Enneagram Institute
- Basic Fear: Of being harmed or controlled by others.
- Basic Desire: To protect themselves (to be in control of their own life and destiny).
Key Motivations: Want to be self-reliant, to prove their strength and resist weakness, to be important in their world, to dominate the environment, and to stay in control of their situation.
Eights have enormous willpower and vitality, and they feel most alive when they are exercising these capacities in the world. They use their abundant energy to effect changes in their environment—to “leave their mark” on it—but also to keep the environment, and especially other people, from hurting them and those they care about. At an early age, Eights understand that this requires strength, will, persistence, and endurance—qualities that they develop in themselves and which they look for in others.
Eights do not want to be controlled or to allow others to have power over them (their Basic Fear), whether the power is psychological, sexual, social, or financial. Much of their behavior is involved with making sure that they retain and increase whatever power they have for as long as possible. An Eight may be a general or a gardener, a small businessman or a mogul, the mother of a family or the superior of a religious community. No matter: being “in charge” and leaving their imprint on their sphere is uniquely characteristic of them.
Eights are the true “rugged individualists” of the Enneagram. More than any other type, they stand alone. They want to be independent, and resist being indebted to anyone. They often refuse to “give in” to social convention, and they can defy fear, shame, and concern about the consequences of their actions. Although they are usually aware of what people think of them, they do not let the opinions of others sway them. They go about their business with a steely determination that can be awe inspiring, even intimidating to others.
Examples of Type 8s:
It is important to understand that Michael Jordan was really only aggressive on the court. He became what he needed to become in order to win.
And when he got humiliated and lost, it’s not like he took revenge by jumping them backstage (or anything like that). In The Last Dance you get a sense of what he is like socially. He’s pretty calm and mellow.
His behaviour matches with being a primary Type 9, and a secondary Type 8.
Interested in other Type 9s?