Personality Cafe banner
1 - 20 of 43 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
83 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hi there,

Sooooooo I'm back here after a long hiatus and randomly got interested in personality types again (you know how it goes :) ) I'd like to know if there are actually ISTP's here who aren't naturally drawn to crafting, mechanics, or fixing things manually?

Last week the screen of my smartphone broke and I put together a new one because i don't trust another earthling with it, even though I don't have a degree in it (I'm a psychologist/scientist). But I figured: meh I can do this myself through Youtube and it turned out alright. but I'm kinda neutral about it. I don't really enjoy this as much as you guys it seems. When I was occupied with it I got really into it though, like everything mostly (typical ISTP trait I think).

When I was a kid though I always opened up my computer to fix things or install something, but I lost interest in this, mainly because I had more interest in other stuff (sports, outdoors, girls, going out, and got really interested in self-improvement).

'm about 90% sure now I'm an ISTP through the opinion of a well known MBTI specialist in my country but have been wrong many times before, a brief history, don't laugh:

ESTP -> ENTP -> ENFP -> INFP -> ISTP

My counselor in college typed me as ESTP so that was kinda close. Maybe because I was very social and enthusiastic back then, still have a lot of friends (+ the seek for adventure) but then it went completely apeshit in my head overanalysing everything got into some kind of quarter life crisis, thinking about what I really wanted to do with my life etc etc: Behold ENTP-ENFP-INFP period!

I only have brief knowledge about MBTI but could it be that ISTP's in "crisis" resort to there inferior dimensions while trying to look for possible solutions? Maybe I was even looking for problems where there weren't any, and trying to fix it. Could it be an ISTP doesn't necessarily need to fix things with his hands but it's also possible on a mental level?

The "expert" who typed me as an ISTP said it happens a lot that ISTP's think they're actually N because of their resourcefulness but then the picture doesn't fit anymore. I got into reading a lot about the ISTP type and had an intense AHA moment: when I'm really honest about myself this is just me! For some reason I feel much better now knowing this in my interaction with other people, like I got my mojo back or something and I lost touch with who I was before.

Still interested in your opinions though, always critical, maybe too much :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
29 Posts
I'm an ISTP and not interested in mechanics. Like engines. I think ISTPs are going to always be interested in something technical. The interested in mechanics type of thing is just a stereotype. It's really about how you prefer to think than those stereotypes. I am interested in computers. Photography, and watercolor painting. And I have an art degree.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
687 Posts
 
  • Like
Reactions: Aluminum Frost

·
Registered
Joined
·
83 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
You type too much for an ISTP.
haha ok, good to know! And I actually tried to keep it short and simple. Isn't writing a skill of the ISTP though or more N related?

edit: kinda boring day at the office, so that's probably the reason ;)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,261 Posts
i guarantee if you are an ISTP you think like a mechanic in regards to most things.

Most ISTPs who don't find the inner parts of a car even slightly interesting seem a bit odd to me. That's not to say that the fact they aren't interested in cars and their parts is weird, but as a Ti-Se the concept of a car and all it's parts working together in a big beautiful system is intoxicating and fascinating to the mind of an ISTP, even if they are not into cars.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
83 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
I'm just fucking with you man.

You looking for meaning in anything. You are N.
Yeah, thing is i'm not really into "theory"; if things get too abstract or I can't relate to it on a personal, experienced level I lose interest. I'm also very much "in the moment" and Se just seems right to me though my love for sports, outdoors, music, motorcycles, etc.

Just looked into INTP, although there's a lot of stuff recognizable the entire picture isn't quite right. Is it just me or are INTP's regarded as more asocial than ISTP's? Seems to me ISTP's love going out sometimes to recharge later, but INTP's just love being alone thinking about everything. I obviously could be wrong.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
83 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 ·
i guarantee if you are an ISTP you think like a mechanic in regards to most things.

Most ISTPs who don't find the inner parts of a car even slightly interesting seem a bit odd to me. That's not to say that the fact they aren't interested in cars and their parts is weird, but as a Ti-Se the concept of a car and all it's parts working together in a big beautiful system is intoxicating and fascinating to the mind of an ISTP, even if they are not into cars.
Nope, not really into that. But for instance, I am very much interested in human physiology and how it all works together. I can imagine a car being run through a motor giving force to wheels etc. and it's interesting, but not as interesting as the workings of the human body for instance. I also feel like I just don't have the knowledge to get into car mechanics. I even drive a motorcycle but drop it off if something needs to be done. I'm more interested in doing stuff in nature or with people, although I'm very much an introvert.

Hmm so is it possible someone doesn't really fit into 1 type? Or do we just have to think harder :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
26 Posts
I see being a "mechanic" or having interest in how cars work as a complete stereotype. When I first took an MBTI test and read that description it came off to me like someone that didn't quite know the right words to use and thus reverted to an analogy. I totally agree that our minds work mechanically however. When I'm confronted with a problem of any kind I try to get the big picture of how it should function and then dissect it from there. Usually ticking off options in my head as I go.

Maybe I'm slightly differently wired because I'm a girl, who knows. I haven't started looking into the differences of istp men vs women. But I'm certainly not going to say you're odd because you're not into mechanics. Why does that box have to fit everyone?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
83 Posts
Discussion Starter · #12 ·
There's no inherent love for mechanics like cars or computers as an ISTP. The 'mechanic' title means you like to tear stuff up to see how it works, physical or mental.
Thanks for your input. Fortunately since I have a love for physiology I don't like to tear up bodies ;) But I was always really interested in anatomy class seeing real (dead obviously) bodies in parts and study them.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
26 Posts
Thanks for your input. Fortunately since I have a love for physiology I don't like to tear up bodies ;) But I was always really interested in anatomy class seeing real (dead obviously) bodies in parts and study them.
When I was in high school anatomy I felt exactly the same way. The study of the body was fascinating to me. I had originally thought I would be a doctor but that didn't happen because of... life and money mainly. Dissecting cats and visiting the morgue was the highlight of my junior year. I was the only one not freaked out at the morgue lol.
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
1,330 Posts
I personally don't think you have to inherently like tearing apart car engines or phones perse but I believe having a particular interest in how something works within the realm of reality might. Things that are tangible like how to Play a Sport, Self-Defense, Driving a Car, Directing a Movie, Playing an Instrument, Performing Magic Tricks, Human Biology or Psychology, and hell even Video Games. Also there are a few notable ISTP actors out there, crazy right? I know for a fact I have very little interest in taking a car or computer apart just for fun, I'd rather just operate them or just get someone else to do it since I can be a lazy bum. The only time I might tune something of my own accord is if I just want to get it out of the way without fuss. I'm damn good at it with the right resources but its not enjoyable for me by any means. I'd rather be "doing" than dismantling.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,089 Posts
Thanks for your input. Fortunately since I have a love for physiology I don't like to tear up bodies ;) But I was always really interested in anatomy class seeing real (dead obviously) bodies in parts and study them.
Psychology is breaking down the workings of the mind. It counts.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
420 Posts
The "mechanic" is simply a title conferred upon us by the MBTI system- an easy description of the aggregate of characteristics that we share not some destiny that we must live up to. It is the mentality of the mechanic that we are defined by, the person who wants to understand how things work for the possibility that a solution must be improvised, or the potential that we envision to be reached.

If you're interested in understanding yourself properly, you should look into understanding the Jungian functions as it forms the foundation upon which the MBTI system was built. Most MBTI descriptions just look at ISTPs as a whole without breaking the type down into its functions. It makes more sense when you realise that all types use T, F, S and N in some capacity- just to different levels of mastery and comfort.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10,421 Posts
There's no inherent love for mechanics like cars or computers as an ISTP. The 'mechanic' title means you like to tear stuff up to see how it works, physical or mental.

Yeah I am seconding this as its what I was going to say but she said anyways!

Uh yeah I am not per se an auto mechanic for example at all. Being 'The Mechanic' doesn't mean one loves repairing a vehicle or instantly knows how. Its about the process in how we like to improvise, solve, use solutions.

This could be likened to many aspects in life. I was definitely the mechanic with people at my last job for instance, it was basically my expertise to see the problem and fix it (it just happened to be with people and tasks as far as procedure and who what where). That was not related to any sort of typical auto mechanic position, but the delving in dissecting and finding solution with resources etc was the same type of reference.

This is like saying why arent all ENTJs executives, or why arent all ISFPs artists.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
83 Posts
Discussion Starter · #19 ·
I personally don't think you have to inherently like tearing apart car engines or phones perse but I believe having a particular interest in how something works within the realm of reality might. Things that are tangible like how to Play a Sport, Self-Defense, Driving a Car, Directing a Movie, Playing an Instrument, Performing Magic Tricks, Human Biology or Psychology, and hell even Video Games. Also there are a few notable ISTP actors out there, crazy right? I know for a fact I have very little interest in taking a car or computer apart just for fun, I'd rather just operate them or just get someone else to do it since I can be a lazy bum. The only time I might tune something of my own accord is if I just want to get it out of the way without fuss. I'm damn good at it with the right resources but its not enjoyable for me by any means. I'd rather be "doing" than dismantling.
This is exactly how I feel!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
83 Posts
Discussion Starter · #20 ·
If you're interested in understanding yourself properly, you should look into understanding the Jungian functions as it forms the foundation upon which the MBTI system was built. Most MBTI descriptions just look at ISTPs as a whole without breaking the type down into its functions. It makes more sense when you realise that all types use T, F, S and N in some capacity- just to different levels of mastery and comfort.
You mean Ti - Se - Ni - Fe for ISTP?

Do I regard the non dominant functions as something I have to "work" on or are these also a strength but not as explicit as the dominant function?

Do you know a good source where I can read up on this? Thanks!
 
1 - 20 of 43 Posts
Top