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This is a discussion on Perfectly Inconsistent within the ISTP Forum - The Mechanics forums, part of the SP's Temperament Forum- The Creators category; I suppose I'm just curious as to whether other people feel this way as well. There are very few things ...

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Perfectly Inconsistent

    I suppose I'm just curious as to whether other people feel this way as well.

    There are very few things that I do consistently. I have a few TV shows that I watch, and have always liked watching, but pretty much all my other interests come and go in phases. For instance, for a while, all that i listened to was classical music, and i enjoyed it. One day, i suddenly decided to listen to country music, didn't miss classical, and enjoyed the country music. This time around, I went from country music to hip hop / general pop music. Quite a jump, but once again, I really enjoy it, and don't miss country music at all. It also applies to video games, normally the changes come and go more often than the music. I have gotten into and dropped several hobbies. Recently, I think that it has even started getting to my personality as well. I remember that I used to over analyze and over think everything, and I used to be very introverted. Now, I find myself analyzing and thinking only when I need to, and I really wish that I was more social and extroverted, but because of force of habit, i guess, I am so used to being an introvert that I don't know how to be social.
    Edit: As far as I can tell, there is little to no foreshadowing of these changes

    anyone else have that problem?
    ps. sorry if that dragged on too much
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    ISTJ - The Duty Fulfillers


    I can relate to this completely. It's impossible to tell someone my hobbies/favorite things/etc because they change so often.

    I'm also going through something similar. I'm used to spending a lot of time alone but I'm discovering that I don't need it. Start by talking to people more?

    I don't think it's a problem per say, just how we function. (I wonder if it's an SP thing?)

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    INFP - The Idealists


    I'm quite a consistent person, I wouldn't say it applies to me, but it may apply to more SP's.

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    ISTP - The Mechanics

    I always listened to the same music and watched the same shoes but I've jumped from so many different things. I once got obsessed with paintball and one day just up and stopped, did the same thing with comics for awhile and even sports. I find a lot of things really interesting and stick with them for months even years but I have these weird phases when I get super into something only to drop it two weeks later.
    Last edited by Shemp; 04-21-2011 at 03:03 AM.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    Interesting, because I was just thinking about this... my ISTP behaves quite differently depending on who he's with. Not black and white different, but like a color: being against a different background brings out a richer shade of some aspect of his personality, like a chameleon.

    As far as his interests, he definitely has flavors of the day -- though he always has his old favorites as standbys -- but that could be a Perceiver thing. I myself go through interests as quickly as my mood changes.

    He SEEMS fickle (at times cold, inattentive, distracted, careless), but there's a big old Reset button too that gets pushed every morning, and I like to believe that that person is who he really is (warm, receptive, loving, committed). In large part, that Reset button is why we're still together, despite some NF-ST turbulence.

    In other words, I think his true opinion (i.e. his default settings), once formed on something (for instance, on our relationship), stays very, very, very consistent and is unlikely to be modified greatly unless some paradigm-shift occurs (highly unlikely).
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    INTJ - The Scientists

    I think we bounce around because we have a constant need to learn, to understand how things work. Once we've learned or understand it, we become restless and begin looking for new adventure. I'm sure that's part of the reason why I hate routines so much. But I've come to realize in some ways routines are a necessarily evil.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    good to know that I'm not the only one. I made the first post at like 3:30 in the morning where I live, and when I get tired, my judgement lets up a bit, and i didn't feel as whiny posting that, aside from apologizing at the end.
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    ISTP - The Mechanics

    Quote Originally Posted by Seamaid View Post
    Interesting, because I was just thinking about this... my ISTP behaves quite differently depending on who he's with. Not black and white different, but like a color: being against a different background brings out a richer shade of some aspect of his personality, like a chameleon.

    As far as his interests, he definitely has flavors of the day -- though he always has his old favorites as standbys -- but that could be a Perceiver thing. I myself go through interests as quickly as my mood changes.

    He SEEMS fickle (at times cold, inattentive, distracted, careless), but there's a big old Reset button too that gets pushed every morning, and I like to believe that that person is who he really is (warm, receptive, loving, committed). In large part, that Reset button is why we're still together, despite some NF-ST turbulence.

    In other words, I think his true opinion (i.e. his default settings), once formed on something (for instance, on our relationship), stays very, very, very consistent and is unlikely to be modified greatly unless some paradigm-shift occurs (highly unlikely).
    I love that...."reset button".... that's so true! Sometimes I get so frustrated with my NF husband because he doesn't seem to get that even though I want him to leave me alone right NOW....tomorrow everything will be totally back to normal!
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    ISTP - The Mechanics

    The reset button is a curse and a blessing. It doesn't carry over anything to the next day, which is great if you been down, angry, upset, or plainly demotived / depressed the day before. Likewise however it also kills all happiness, fun, empathy, courage etc. we may have had prior to going to bed.

    Though, I take it for what it is, and given that my natural state of mind isn't made of sunshine, rainbows and unicorns it's a good thing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapunzel View Post
    It's impossible to tell someone my hobbies/favorite things/etc because they change so often.
    I'm the same way. There's so many things to enjoy, so why limit myself to just one? I get bored if I stick with the same thing for too long. I don't see it as a problem, either, just a way to keep myself enthusiastic about whatever I'm doing.


     
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