What the title says. Type away.
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What the title says. Type away.
Well, what do you think?
I hope this isn't too long >.>
Well, of the ones that I've met, I hold them at mythical creature status. There's a mix of admiration, fatal attraction and frustration xD I'm totally blown away by their ability to remember information and spout it out at me. "Oh that plant? Its latin name is [I can't even remember]. It's a really hearty flower and perennial. Oh that bird? It's a swallow, native to Oklahoma but it flies here for the winter." The three of them are walking Trivia machines that correct people when they're speaking. I LOVE that about them. There is something so amazing about being able to recall so many facts in your longterm memory. Choosing the right words to express myself is very important to me, it has to be exact before I communicate something important and so our conversations often have tangents where we brainstorm for the correct words to use in a sentence, before we can even move on.
I get frustrated because he doesn't understand how I never know what I want. And that my wants are basically always in flux and based off of what other people want. And I get frustrated because (this one particular ISTP) he has multiple options that will be suitable, at all times. I don't know what my opinion is until I hear what everyone else has to say first, then I can agree or disagree or make up my own after the fact.
I admire their outward coolness under pressure. They feel like the eye of a storm to me. The ISTPs I know have really rapid mood swings but they rarely share it with others so they appear to be pretty constant and that appearance of constancy is what calms me down. It's only now over time, that I've been allowed to peek into who they are and I can read them quite well, so I've been told by them :P
One thing I find difficult is getting them to light up. I want to feel their happiness, their excitement...but I've come to terms with the fact that *my* ISTPs just don't experience the same kind of intensity of enthusiasm as I do about...little things. He'll get himself all feisty and talkative about beers and music and physics and web comics and baby animals but not about things that are not fascinating to him? For example: ISTP friend's TV was reflecting some kind of rainbow geometric pattern being given off by his kitchen lights that could only be seen through the TV and nowhere else. My reaction? Jolting upright from the couch: "OH MY GOD! LOOK AT THIS! DID YOU KNOW YOUR TV COULD DO THAT? IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL, THE LIGHTS! WOW!" His reaction? He saunters over from the kitchen, peers into the blank TV screen and says "Oh, neat! Thanks for showing me." He nods to himself and walks off. I was seriously spasmotic and while he thought it was cool, he didn't jump up and down like I would have :P
Phew! But yea, the last three men I've dated are ISTPs. Perhaps I should branch out...And sorry for leaving you with a splatter of words there, again.
I've been thinking about ISTP facial expressions. They seem to have mastered the cold hard stare. I feel like I need to look away in fear of them murdering me for smiling too much. :].....whoops. From the ones I know in real life, I like them, but in a weird distanced way.
I was walking around a rather large mall with a male ISTP that I know and I began to tease him about getting us lost (we were trying to find a specific exit) his response to my teasing was "well that's because I got distracted by all of your nonsense."
I usually feel like they don't like me or know what to make of me, so I usually keep my distance.
I suppose I don't really know what to make of them either.
I don't know any other ISTPs except possibly my sister's husband. So far the idea of them is less caring about what others think than how I feel. More badass than I am. Probably less developed Fe than I have. My brother-in-law is much more of the aloof, no-care type who gives others a hard time. I have a softer edge to me.
The ISTP forum is awesome. I thought I liked the INTJ one, but the ISTP has the parts I liked about the INTJ one and none of the parts I didn't like about it. The INTP forum seems okay but kind of off. Kind of boring sometimes. The ISTP "what are you listening to" thread is the only one I've found that contains mainly music I like.
I'd sure like to see what someone thought about me. I don't know any people in real life who know I'm ISTP and know what ISTP means, except my brother.
ISTP is a very cool personality type. I used to have a boyfriend who was an istp. He was fun and adventurous and he showed me a good time. We climbed steep hills and spent a lot of time in the woods. He was always up for exploration.
He never expressed his feelings, which was good and bad. I was happy that he didn't complain about anything but, on the other hand, I never knew where I stood with him or if the relationship was going to go anywhere. Eventually, he just disappeared. He really loved being alone and he just sort of cut himself off from the world. Sometimes I really miss him.
The more I read this, the more I am reminded of myself. I personally think of myself having a bigger heart than most ISTPs, but hey, I am glad someone caught the "internal chaos with external calm" effect. It's nice to know someone understands that. Thank you guys and girls.