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So my ENTP brothas, how nerdy are you, would you consider yourself a nerd?

Nerd is a term that refers to a person who avidly pursues intellectual activities, technical or scientific endeavors, esoteric knowledge, or other obscure interests, rather than engaging in more social or conventional activities. It often carries a derogatory connotation or stereotype. The nerd may be awkward, shy and unattractive.[1] Therefore, a nerd is often excluded from physical activity and considered a loner by peers, or will tend to associate with like-minded people.
This definition could help you decide.:wink:
 

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That would be me.

But I am not awkward, shy, unattractive, excluded from physical activity (I just got back from a 10 mile hike), or considered a loner. However I do prefer the company of like minded people.
 

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We're not nerds in the traditional sense (think thick glasses, scrawny, and sits at the computer or reads the whole day).

We do understand the language and reasoning of other NTs except that we use that for things that catch our attention (curse and blessing).

Don Quixote is a good example.

At times, I think nerds hate me, especially those in my chemistry department. They always make these belittling comments that attack my "persistence."
 

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Yes, I am a nerd. And the description rather fits.

Except when I go to a "boring" lecture on some topic that most people think couldn't possibly matter to me, I usually meet attractive women and later have sex with them.

Oh, and I don't wear glasses.
 
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Reckon I'm more of a geek than a nerd. Here's what wikipedia has to say on geekery, and I've bolded a few bits:

The definition of geek has changed considerably over time, and there is no longer a definitive meaning. The terms nerd, gimp, dweeb, dork, and spod have similar meanings as geek, but many choose to identify different connotations amongst these terms, although the differences are disputed. In a 2007 interview on The Colbert Report, Richard Clarke said the difference between nerds and geeks is "geeks get it done."[3] Julie Smith defined a geek as "a bright young man turned inward, poorly socialized, who felt so little kinship with his own planet that he routinely traveled to the ones invented by his favorite authors, who thought of that secret, dreamy place his computer took him to as cyberspace—somewhere exciting, a place more real than his own life, a land he could conquer, not a drab teenager's room in his parents' house."[4] "Geeks in suits clothing" is a phrase which has been used for IT technical stars which also have knowledge about business needs.[citation needed]
Other definitions include:
A derogatory reference to a person obsessed with intellectual pursuits for their own sake, who is also deficient in most other human attributes so as to impair the person's smooth operation within society.
A person who is interested in technology, especially computing and new media. Geeks are adept with computers, and use the term hacker in a positive way, though not all are hackers themselves.
A person who relates academic subjects to the real world outside of academic studies; for example, using multivariate calculus to determine how they should correctly optimize the dimensions of a pan to bake a cake.
A person who has chosen concentration rather than conformity; one who passionately pursues skill (especially technical skill) and imagination, not mainstream social acceptance.
A person with a devotion to something in a way that places him or her outside the mainstream. This could be due to the intensity, depth, or subject of their interest. This definition is very broad but because many of these interests have mainstream endorsement and acceptance, the inclusion of some genres as "geeky" is heavily debated. Persons have been labeled as or chosen to identify as physics geeks, mathematics geeks, engineering geeks, sci-fi geeks, computer geeks, various science geeks, movie and film geeks (cinephile), comic book geeks, theater geeks, history geeks, music geeks, art geeks, philosophy geeks, literature geeks, historical reenactment geeks, 2012 geeks, video game geeks, and roleplay geeks.
A more recent school of thought sees nerd as being a derogatory phrase, whilst geek is simply a description[citation needed]. It is taken to be someone who is an enthusiast, often in things outside of the mainstream spectrum. It may also describe immersion in a particular mainstream interest to an extreme that is beyond normalcy (e.g. sports geek)[citation needed]. Of note is that in this definition, there is no reference to being socially inept in the slightest.[citation needed]
[edit]Reclamation and self-identification
 

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Reckon I'm more of a geek than a nerd.
Asserting the same for myself. I don't think it's a big deal, really. Everyone, even "normal" people, likes to seek out activities (including passive ones for some) that stimulate an important mental/emotional function. I think most people on the planet will agree that life is about finding out what makes you happy and doing that. For some people, it's crosswords. For others, it's giving butterfly kisses to puppies and babies. For still others, it's the euphoric thrill that comes of having just accomplished what one person promised couldn't be done. :)
 

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I'm smart and good at learning new things. I'm not a nerd though. I have excellent social skills and dress appropriately. I think this is why ENTPs feel detached from most people, since we have the social skills to get along with most people, but we're more intelligent than most people. Except the nerds, who are simply boring to talk to.
 

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I wouldn't describe the ENTP I know as a geek or nerd. He plays video games and is into anime but who isn't nowadays? There are lacrosse players down my hall who, at one time of the day, are dressed in their jerseys for war but then later down the day they seek out to play Guitar Hero with some of their teammates. I like what was said above about people just doing make them happy. The ENTP is very much his own person - uncomformist in the way he presents himself and how he goes about interacting with others. Of course he is stimulated by being around others but he's like me in a way where he literally has a style of speaking which he names as his own. So I don't think I would consider him a nerd. He's just a person who likes to try everything and hates being bored.
 

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Yep, I'm a nerd. Proud of it, too.

Although I think I speak for everyone here when I say I'm/we're not unattractive and shy.

Nerd power!!!
 
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