Tom Petty (ISTJ)

Tom Petty

Type: ISTJ

Subtype: Harmonizing (Ni fixation)

 Profession: Musician, singer, songwriter,
multi-instrumentalist, and record producer

Born: 1950 (died 2017 at age 66)

Generation: Boomer

Nationality: American

"It's great to be improving this many years along the line, with the band. Usually when a band's been around this long, it's just sort of paying lip service to itself. But I think our music is actually improving. It's getting easier to do. It's not nearly the chore it's been. Those are nice things to have happen."
Tom Petty


Interviews are useful for familiarizing yourself with the visual and temperamental aspects of different types.  Notice Tom’s facial expressions, eye movements, posture, mannerisms, speech patterns, and responses to others.  Over time, you will recognize similar patterns in other ISTJs.


Although not as immediately apparent as in interviews, a person’s type shines through in the work they create as well.  Notice the aesthetic, themes, and approach Tom uses in his music.  What light can this shed on the mind of ISTJs in general?

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