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Most ISTPs mistype as Rationals. I use Ti-Ni to a much higher degree, yet I'm too here-and-now, hyperactive, and definitely not curious enough. I don't use my Se often at all, but I gain a lot of information and often have epiphanies because of my experiences.

I don't know if I just lived in a very SJ/NF environment, or if I was too much of a loner, but before I discovered I was an ISTP, I never thought there was a soul out there like me. I'm still always surprised when I read ISTP Wiki or read comments on this forum because it seems like I wrote them myself. I love philosophizing, exploration/discovery, reading, writing, and sharing my ideas, and I do these things on a regular basis, but I never belonged in the stereotypical "nerd" or Rational category. Unless something pertains to a subject I care about, or it's useful and relevant, I won't stick around to listen.


Which brings me to my question: Are we really all that common? Why have I never met anyone like myself? Am I just a weird breed of ISTP?

Side note: I've never really liked Math and Science all that much. I'm not sure if it's because no one else ever piqued my interest in it, or because I don't find it useful. Rationals tend to be curious about everything regardless of stimulation, no?
 

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My daughter is an NT and I notice this about her -- she's endlessy fascinated by everything, but I have to really care about something first before I'll spend any energy on it.

Math and science are boring if you don't have an interest in it.

I don't know any other women like me IRL, definitely. But part of our problem is that we don't socialize. You would never find me at a party. (Unless there is a lot of alcohol and I'm trolling for someone who can answer an electrical wiring problem that I'm having. Not that I've done that...)
 

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One of my male friends is ISTP. He's a computer coding god. I just emailed him today when I blew up my website and he was fixing it...

it's like talking to myself. loads of fun, he fixed my code and I told him how to fix his porcelain bathtub. Then we don't talk again for a while.

He even said "ok i'll fix your shit today when I'm bored with my other work" - and I was like "of course"

we even dated when we were high schoolers. We didn't really have physical chemistry so we were better off friends.

I *think* I know one other woman who might be ISTP, but she works the night shift as an EMT, and when she's off work she's bike racing. So I never see her.
 

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Is it possible that the curiosity can be knocked out of an NT? Or is it an unalterable part of their being, just like fun and excitement is for the ISTP?

I feel like if someone forced me to live in ignorance, I'd rebel and have an undying thirst and appreciation for knowledge (even the non-useful things). Maybe I'm just sick of school and hate being forced to learn from bad teachers?
 

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I might have met other ISTPs before. We either "acknowledge" each other as in being casual acquaintances or just not talk to each other at all. Other ISTPs are never close friends with me. We're much too alike. I'm not a fan of BORING.
 

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Besides my father, I don't remember any ISTPs in my life besides a passing figure here and there. There was one classmate that I suspected was ISTP but I just, I don't know. Just never came around him.

I always wonder how I would react to having an exact replica of my personalty/mind in another female body.
I am pretty sure we'd have a love/hate relationship. We would either be correcting each other constantly - "You're being a bitch." or "You look/sound stupid." or "You're just wrong." OR we'd completely be on the same page and just cause hell for everybody else.

^^ I have an ISFP friend who basically does that with me, but it's less intense interactions. If I were to butt heads with myself, someone's skull would be cracked.

No, I don't think we're that common.
 
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Well think about it were anti social , only places were going to find other ISTP's is either at work, or if we have some other activity away from where we live that forces us to interact with other people. So obviously we wont think where that common cause we don't really bother to socialise to begin with.
 

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I think my foreman at work is an ISTP, he's such a cool-headed guy, real chill and so damn knowledgeable. He's probably fifty something but we still laugh and joke all day. He's fairly reserved, doesn't say much about his personal life, but I recently found out he had a race car for some time, cool sob. lol His truck is full of nearly every tool known to man and they're all well worn. It's real comfortable working with him, we have the same work style, if there wasn't such an age difference we'd probably be good friends. He's more of a mentor, I imagine I'll be somewhat like him when I'm in my fifties and that may be quite nice.

I don't think I know any ISTPs my age...what a bummer.
 

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I know absolutely zero ISTPs. I thought my co-worker was ISTP but she seems more ISTJ. I think two ISTPs would be like passing ships if they didn't meet under a common interest.

So, honestly, I don't really know if I'm an odd one out. ISTPs seem very chameleon to me. They seem to just meld in with their surroundings. Tough to spot easily.
 
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I think one of my friends is an ISTP. We were in youth group together and he was always doing dangerous, fun things. I always joined him in his activities so we were pretty close for a while. I've moved away now and you know how ISTPs don't keep in touch. But when I go back home I'll talk to him and he always has a new, random thing that he's doing. Last time he was training himself to juggle knives for the Renaissance fair. :) Such a fun guy.
 
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Do you guys also find it really difficult to relate to people if they don't share any common beliefs/experiences with you? It's like I actually have to go through what they're talking about and then analyze it to relate.
 

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^Yes. Embarrassingly, I often tune them out. Most of the people I'm surrounded by drone on incessantly about their empty lives, to the point where I want to shoot myself in the head. Probably the reason I'm so Ni-heavy as I rely on the function to suffocate the banality of conversation.
 

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^Yes. Embarrassingly, I often tune them out. Most of the people I'm surrounded by drone on incessantly about their empty lives, to the point where I want to shoot myself in the head. Probably the reason I'm so Ni-heavy as I rely on the function to suffocate the banality of conversation.
There is a ESFJ "team mom" I work with. It is awful. She can drone on about her kids' sports forEVER and I waNt tO DiE ...
 

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I met an ISTP girl today. It was a remarkable experience. She didn't annoy me at all... she didn't talk my ear off and bore me senseless like women normally do. She was naturally good-looking but also tough, not girly or slutty. We had tons in common and we didn't need a lot of words to discuss anything, since we agreed on everything anyway. Wow she was great.

I wish it was easier to meet ISTPs in real life, but the fact is, the best ones are hard to find. They're out there, doing their own thing, in their own world. You only meet them by accident, if you're lucky.
 
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