Jeffster, posts like these are why I you!!!
Why do people say "believe it or not" so much? I mean, why wouldn't I believe it? What kind of stupid question is that?
Anyway, I was driving home from San Antonio today and just taking everything in from my view in the driver's seat like I usually do, when it occurred to me why learning about this personality type stuff has been so cool to me.
I've often had conversations with people that start with something like "you know how when you're driving and you see the clouds and it's like they're looking down on the road and smiling and the sun and the wind are just dancing and shaking parts of themselves down all over the place forming this montage of images and smells and feelings?"
And then the other person gives me that look which says "no, I have no idea what you're talking about, please return to your home planet soon"
Those kinda things used to depress me, because I had this kinda "nobody gets it, I'm the only one" attitude, and what reading about the personalities and temperaments has done is make me realize that everybody feels that same way sometimes and I'm really not as alone as I think I am. Now, I'm not trying to go all Stuart Smalley on you, don't worry, but I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it..get the outta my way, I'm trying to drive here!
Actually, one of my most common thoughts in my head is hurry up! Especially while driving. Or at the grocery store. Or..well, most places. I did all of those things today. I was at an intersection and I figure out I'm not going to be able to turn left for awhile, there's no light, it's a stop sign and there's cars coming from both ways. So I said screw this, I'm turning right, then left at the next light then back right and then I'm on my way. So I do it and as I finished turning around in the parking lot and turn right onto the street...
NT friend in the car with me: "this took longer than if you had just waited and turned left."
Me: "You don't get it, man. I can't just sit there waiting, I've got to make something happen."
NT: "That makes no sense, you didn't make anything happen, you just look a longer route to the same destination."
Me: "Nah, sitting there would have felt longer, trust me."
Me: Yeah. Hey hurry up! Get out of my way!
(this conversation has been brought to you by Snickers. It really satisfies.)
So, wait, what was I talking about?
Oh yeah, stimulating the senses. It's what I live for. And I'm more of an audio guy. Music, voices, sounds of all kinds really radiate in me. I'm pretty clumsy, and I bruise and scrape myself on a regular basis (my little brother calls me The Oaf.) When i cut myself, musical notes come out in my blood. Now I never really learned to play an instrument, I've never been good at the technical side of music at all. To me, music is all about the flow and the feeling, and the way the sounds come together and make the ears tell every other part of the body to start shaking and feeling and shivering and sweating. I was listening to "Hold On" by Sarah McLachlan last night. I've heard the ISTP type referred to as "the Crafter." "Hold On" is a perfectly crafted song. But it makes me feel. I'm sweating when it's over because how can you hear that song and not get into it. It starts slow and builds the tension and emotion and power throughout to where every sensation ripples through my body and makes my heart pound, pushing the blood everywhere until it's over suddenly and then I've got let the air around me cool me off.
Here ya go...
Happy Sensing, and Good night.