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Recently, I've had a lot of shit I've wanted to say here, but none of it really warrants it's very own thread.

So think of this as a 'ISTPs spouting random bull' thread, say one, say twenty. All types are welcome.

*Ahem*

1) When I was younger (and still quite a bit now) I would deal with my constant sense of loneliness by escaping to my own fantasy world, most things were the same but whatever need I had was filled in some weird, analogous way. I still don't know if that's me channeling my inner INTP's Ne or if it's because I'm one sandwich short of a picnic.

2) I find replying to facebook events almost impossible. I don't know... there's something constricting about committing to something in a way in which other people can see... eurgh.

3) Sometimes I think my only friend in the world is my pet bird; at least, he's the only thing which is reliably happy to see me. Animals > people. Period.

4) I envy some other ISTPs ability to tell people what they really think of them; I guess I also envy most other ISTPs that have better Se than me.

5) My favorite time of day is the night, namely when everyone else has gone to bed and I'm still awake. I love the silence, it really helps me to focus. I also like scuba diving for much the same reason.

6) Sometimes I wonder if I'm missing a point by not really bothering with finding someone to be in a relationship with... idk, I just look at people in relationships and wonder if feigning interest in someone I know I wouldn't have any long term potential with in exchange for intimate companionship is worth it. I wonder until I realize that in order to find someone to be in a relationship with that would mean having to get up and talk to people... back to screwing around on personality forums making asinine threads then.
 

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Right on, sister. I like how you put the relationship thing in #6. It's so befuddling to see people in halfhearted relationships. I can't "just date" someone if I don't have real feelings for them. Silly humans.

In the spirit of random posting: does anyone have tips/ideas for a gap year? Trying to decide between a music or travel oriented year; not sure how to combine the two. All input welcome.
 

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Hate poetry, love Robert Frost.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
BY ROBERT FROST

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
 

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1. I used focus on how a real god would act if one does exist, as well as in my frustration with all the social pressures of high-school demanding I get in a relationship when I simply didn't see anyone as interesting, then later giving into the social pressure and failing miserably. That combined with near constant derision from a certain asshole lead me to hate myself and all of humanity for the longest time. The only thing that kept me going was fantasizing (and in one case dreaming) of getting revenge. That is definitely a time period that I'm NOT proud of.

2. Now I've moved on to the pointlessness of existence whether or not there is an afterlife, since in the end it would always result in the elimination of your concept of "self" since if you die and there is nothing, that's it, and if you die and there is an afterlife then after a supposed infinite amount of time all traces of your individuality would eventually be eradicated. It's an interesting concept, and lead me to the conclusion to do whatever I can right now since that's all that will ever matter, even if it really doesn't in the grand scope of things.

3. I've been considering the possibility of switching my major from mechanical engineering to electrical/computer engineering (they're combined for some reason, even though my university has an electrical engineering path and a computer engineering path in the same major). I'm not sure which would allow me more versatility for going into robotics.

4. I've been questioning my type a lot recently, and have decided to try to get input from others who either know little or nothing of cognitive functions, so that I can avoid bias.

5. Recently, I was screamed at by a bunch of pro-lifers about how evil abortion is and how everyone should vote against Obama for this reason alone, and I almost got into an argument with one of them about how it is relevant in any way to our current situation, and why they think screaming at random people who are in college is going to convince people to join their side (abortion would actually be favored in college I think, because a baby just be extra responsibility).
 

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Hate poetry, love Robert Frost.
This is entirely off-topic, but I read that as "Hate Poetry", like a poem in which you just bitch about everything, and that it was signed with love by Robert Frost. I read the poem with that in mind and was thoroughly confused.

I just thought you should know that. :tongue:
 

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Ditto to @Falling Leaves

#1: I used to ride my bicycle around in circles in our cul-de-sac, imagining fantasy adventures for hours on end...just going in circles. Though...my fantasy adventures were more like Star Trek or Conan...so not having anything to do with my real life.

#2: Yeah...I can never bring myself to respond to those events even if I am definitely planning to go/not go.

#3: This was true with my cat...until I had a baby....nothing is better than having my 15 month old run up to mesaying "Daddy" as soon as he notices me start walking up to our house.

#4: Sometimes, I wish I cared enough to have more conflicts with people due to the adventure of it...but then I think how much it must suck to be angry all the time.

#5: Mega ditto's on this one. Sometimes, I just have to stay up most of the night even though I'm going to be tired for a few days just because I need to recharge.


On a side note, I think this could have gone in the "You know you're an ISTP when..." thread, though I do like the addition to a random thread to the forum.
 

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I love the night, and I have found myself recently wondering if that is an ISTP trait, for I have heard a loooooooooot say it on this forum.

While I love alone time, I have come to hate being home by myself. I always feel stuck here, and it never fails that when I'm home alone I fall into a mini Ti-Ni loop.

I blame it on my job, being forced to talk a lot has made me want to talk, while still hating it.

And the Robert Frost poem reminded me of "A Song of Fire and Ice," I can't remember who wrote it though. I want say Blake. Something Blake.

EDIT: I'm an idiot. It's just "Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost.probably why Robert Frost reminded me of it. :dry:
 

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Typical, I find this thread on the one day where there's not some random unthreadworthy thought floating around in my head. I'm sure I'll be posting here often as this is very unusual.
 

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1. This is such an excellent thread idea. It really should be stickied. It's so perfectly ISTP.

2. When I was in high school my friend called me "Switzerland" because I was always in the middle of the drama and always neutral toward it. I never took sides.

3. This weekend I saw Switzerland for the first time. I didn't go there, but I saw it from the top of a French mountain.

4. Speaking of silence, I spent this weekend at a monastery in the Alps in nearly complete silence.

5. I'm seriously considering becoming a monk. There's nothing preventing me.
 

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I think the reason animals are always happy to see us, and people often aren't or are indifferent is because we don't worry ourselves with considering how they feel around us. We see them as higher, cognitive beings who should be completely capable of controlling their own emotions.

While animals are animals, and work on a primal level. A level which is easy for an ISTP to understand. It's easy for us to cater to their needs with little effort or thought. They build a sense of attachment and love through touch, and we love to touch things. Especially if they're furry. They love the source of their food, we like food too. Food is good. They build attachment through play. And playing is something an ISTP just does.

People? People need shit like affirmations, gestures, gifts, etc. They need to be told how you feel. Their emotions need to be considered around every corner. You can't just feed, pet and play with them, then be rewarded with their unwavering love. You could say a single. fucking. word. and have them turn on you in a second.

This is why ISTPs are so solitary.
 

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Grrr... I'm so close to 100 posts. It's kinda like I have to reach it now...challenge: accepted.

I'm also thinking about how screwed up the school system is. It's like of you don't start preparing to get into Harbard or Yale
by the time you are in middle school, you are fresh out of luck. Not that I want to go to Harvard or Yale, but I'd like to know I'd be capable of doing it without explicitly preparing to get in to that college for eight years of my life. So stupid. Screw it, I'm gonna become a air conditioner repair-woman.

(edit:...Actually, that seems like a pretty good job. You figure out the problem, you find it, and you fix it. Pay's not bad either...)
 

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Well charismatic male waiters/bar staff are now going on my list of pet peeves.

...just serve me my drink and shut the hell up.
Along those same lines, chatty hair cutters. Like, I understand that it's part of their job to be friendly, but I know they don't actually care what school I go to and what I'm majoring in. -__- I would really love to one day go "Hey, do you mind if we just don't talk?" But I'm too quiet, I don't think I'd have the guts. Still, you think they'd get the hint after ten minutes of me responding entirely with one-word answers. :rolleyes:
 

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Along those same lines, chatty hair cutters. Like, I understand that it's part of their job to be friendly, but I know they don't actually care what school I go to and what I'm majoring in. -__- I would really love to one day go "Hey, do you mind if we just don't talk?" But I'm too quiet, I don't think I'd have the guts. Still, you think they'd get the hint after ten minutes of me responding entirely with one-word answers. :rolleyes:
I go to hair cutters who don't speak much English. Problem solved. On the other hand, my hair style is consequently highly variable.
 

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Along those same lines, chatty hair cutters. Like, I understand that it's part of their job to be friendly, but I know they don't actually care what school I go to and what I'm majoring in. -__- I would really love to one day go "Hey, do you mind if we just don't talk?" But I'm too quiet, I don't think I'd have the guts. Still, you think they'd get the hint after ten minutes of me responding entirely with one-word answers. :rolleyes:
Ugh, the worst part of that is that you're stuck sitting there trying to make awkward conversation them until they've finally finished poofing around with your hair. I hate it when hairdressers spend ages styling your hair only for it to look fucking stupid without all that maintenance.

My old (very chatty) hairdresser asked me the same set of questions every time :dry: Then when convo ran dry he went on about my much more charismatic ENFP sister :dry: :dry: He also had a weird obsession with cutting my fringe off (even though anything above my chin does not suit me even slightly) :dry: :dry: :dry:

I now go to my hairdresser uncle. He's just as chatty, but that way my mum comes with me and does all the talking for me :tongue:
 
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