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This is a discussion on ISTP Emotions within the ISTP Forum - The Mechanics forums, part of the SP's Temperament Forum- The Creators category; Hi ISTPs. You seem so rational and non emotional. You also don't seem to react as much unless it's one ...

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    ISTP Emotions

    Hi ISTPs. You seem so rational and non emotional. You also don't seem to react as much unless it's one of those few things important to you. It's hard to know whether there is a sea of emotions flowing regularly through you that is unvoiced, or if what you see is really what you get? Agree, disagree? Thoughts?



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    The MBTI Manual speak about the ISTP the most likely to get upset or angry and show it. In other words, can be violent or threatening . (INTJ in third position). Without having the time to understand how, you can really to receive an emotional tornado.



    My father was ISTP caricature. I confirm.

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    Yeah you piss me off and you get to know about it otherwise I'm pretty emotionless unless I'm having fun (I don't mean in the bedroom) other than that I can keep my emotions under control and hidden most of the time
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevieg306 View Post
    Yeah you piss me off and you get to know about it otherwise I'm pretty emotionless unless I'm having fun (I don't mean in the bedroom) other than that I can keep my emotions under control and hidden most of the time
    So, in your natural state, are you generally emotionless or do you hide your emotions (meaning you are emotional to a degree but hide it)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunniculla View Post
    So, in your natural state, are you generally emotionless or do you hide your emotions (meaning you are emotional to a degree but hide it)?
    Just generally I'm emotionless but I try to keep emotions under control but saying that about 6 months ago I had an argument with one of my good friends when his Mrs was around later she told me she was pregnant and didn't want stress (she had 2 miscarriages prior and was on meds to aid pregnancy) but while she was telling me I got teary eyed
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunniculla View Post
    It's hard to know whether there is a sea of emotions flowing regularly through you that is unvoiced, or if what you see is really what you get?
    The latter. Fundamental is the lack of a filter; so if there is nothing, there is nothing, and if there is something, you get the full dose. You could argue it's fortunate the sea is calm most of the time, for otherwise it would be constant drama, but then again, I like to think those go hand in hand, and one necessitates the other.

    Those remarks aside, I would not call this state "emotionless" (your second post). For one, I don't label my default state "feel nothing", but "content". (It's the middle point of my mood scale that goes Happy -- Content -- Sad. In those steps.) And for another, all those emotions are there, it just seems like they are a million miles away, and you experience them as though from a vast distance, like fireworks you barely see over the edge of the horizon.

    So I don't "lack emotions" because I actually lack emotions, rather, the distance mutes them to near-nothingness. And this, by the way, is not an active act of supression -- I wouldn't even know why or how to do that, see above --, that's just the way it is, without doing anything in particular.
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    lel, all humans are emotional... even psychopaths
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    I have a question I'd like to add to the mix:

    Are ISTPs ever scared of their emotions? If you feel strongly for someone, whether romantic or platonic, are you afraid of those feelings? If you are sad, does the idea of someone else knowing it make you uncomfortable?

    And if you know a friend cares intensely for you, does that bring you comfort or make you uncomfortable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westy365 View Post
    I have a question I'd like to add to the mix:

    Are ISTPs ever scared of their emotions? If you feel strongly for someone, whether romantic or platonic, are you afraid of those feelings? If you are sad, does the idea of someone else knowing it make you uncomfortable?

    And if you know a friend cares intensely for you, does that bring you comfort or make you uncomfortable?
    I think my husband is an ISTP. He isn't afraid of his feelings, but he doesn't reach that far to access those emotions either. It's not that they aren't there, but that he doesn't put in effort to seek them out.

    He doesn't like to burden others with his troubles. Not that he feels some righteous moral cause to keep his troubles hidden away, but it's more like he feels he can handle it himself so why bring others down. He is pretty big on not making things negative or bringing in a negative vibe for others though. Just a general thing for him, it's pretty simple and what you see is what you get, no hidden motives.

    I am interested to see how ISTPs here respond too.
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    The argument becomes circular when you go down that route. "Scared" and "afraid" are feelings, so if you don't feel anything in particular usually, you also don't feel afraid of feeling something, no.

    Again: We (or at least I, but experience shows I'm not alone) aren't somehow "at odds" with "our feely side", or actively try to "suppress" or "change" it. In a healthy, mature person, it's just another part yourself that is perfectly accepted -- it just so happens that here, it's a really distant (or, perspectively speaking, tiny) part of ourselves. Not quite an afterthought, but almost.

    And consequently, like I said, whoever is around gets the full dose, no filter: I'm sad, you get sad, I'm happy, you get happy, and luckily, for everyone who doesn't like rollercoasters, 90% of the time it's "content", so you get to experience our serene selves. Of all the things you can share, my emotions are the easiest. I don't mind the whole world knowing exactly what I feel about things (very much as opposed to all my thoughts, which basically no knows, family included -- they are mine.)


    What I am conscious about is other's feelings. I dislike making people uncomfortable (which doesn't preclude acting in that sense, feeling =/= action), and I never quite know what to do with an abundance of external emotions, as I lack the experience or skill to deal with it. Hence typically avoiding such situations, simply because being out of your depth is an unpleasant experience, as I'm sure most will agree.


     
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