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Just Artists?

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Looking through ISFP descriptions and discussions, it seems that everyone agrees on being artsy. The ISFPs I've met, however, have all been science people. I know one majoring in Chemistry, and another majoring in Physics!

Stereotypically speaking, these would seem more like ISTP-ish pursuits. The Physics major, especially, struck me as ISTP-ish at first, but he tests as an ISFP, and as I've looked into it, it would seem to make sense in terms of cognitive functions.

Can any of you relate to being more technical rather than artsy? Or breaking the mold otherwise, somehow? Why is it that everyone seems to accept ISFPs as being purely artistic and ISTPs as being purely mechanical? Can it not be the other way around?

I know that it's common for INFPs to be interested in the sciences, but I've never heard anything about their sensing counterparts.
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I majored in Biology, and did very well, but I don't think I used a lot of T compared to others.

I liked learning how real things work, especially animals in plants since I have strong feelings for them. It was fascinating and I could picture everything. Biology was like pouring all this interesting information into my brain, where I could think about it.

The abstract and overtechnical parts lost me, though. I could never pursue vet school. Dissection was gross and made me sad. Also, I could look at two samples that were supposed to be the same body part and they looked completely different to me, or they were different and I couldn't see the difference.

I have a completely visual style of learning, and I have to relate to things to really remember.

In Science if you have a new opinion that can't be tested, you have to be very objective about it or no one else will take it seriously. Expression is pretty limited unless you can back it up with facts.

So for learning real things, I love science, but for expressing my feelings it's pretty lame. At least for me.

I was going to work at a zoo or nature center. Field research seemed ideal for a while too. But the job market sucks, so I am going back for a more creative degree this time around.
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An "S" Approach to Art

The art that I do make is usually very realistic (modern art just makes me go..."huh"?)

I don't notice details right away; I notice how things make me feel right away. Some S's notice more details than me.

But in my art I focus on detailing and enveloping the viewer in something as close to reality as possible. I need photos and models to look at while I work.

Even when I leave details out, what you see is what it is.

If I draw a picture of a cat, it is a picture of a cat. It is supposed to evoke how the cat makes me feel in terms of reality.

It is not an extended metaphor for something unrelated to cats. Not usually anyway, but I am developing my N.
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