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    Default Sensors' MBTI link recommendations

    Okay, so over the weekend I managed to sell MBTI to an ISTP. He actually requested links.

    In the past, I've linked people to PersonalityPage, but the feedback I have gotten from Sensors has not been encouraging, and I can't say that I blame them. The descriptions at PP are not only written iNtuitively but are also iNtuitive-biased.

    I am perfectly capable of digging up other links that I could give a try, however, I figure I might as well ask the Sensors here what links you'll recommend. This is for a guy who is quick-witted but whose patience with academic abstraction is close to zero.

    (iNtuitives, if you have personal experience with successfully introducing a Sensor to MBTI, I'll appreciate your links too.)

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    The description I find most accurate for me is this one:
    ISTP - Introverted Thinking with Sensing

    It's long and detailed, and mostly spot-on, unlike the personalitypage and typelogic ones, which only vaguely describe me. I especially like that it doesn't assume all ISTPs are interested in high-risk sports (I think doing anything that has a high risk of killing me is stupid) and fixing cars (doubt I'd fix it if I had one). I also like that it includes female ISTP traits, whereas other descriptions are mostly ISTP male-oriented (though most INTP descriptions are like this as well...probably INTJ too for that matter). I haven't read the other type descriptions there though, other than skimming through INTP briefly.

    I also like this one: ISTP because it's written from a first-person point of view, so it's easier to recognize the mindset. It is kinda vague though.
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    Thank you!

    I was already thinking of sending him the BestFitType link, actually, but I am glad to see that it was brought up independently. The other link I'll be sure to send him too.

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    The descriptions at Team Technology are among the best, too.

    Most people seem to think that intelligence and creativity are the same thing. The truth is there are intelligent people who aren't creative and creative people who aren't intelligent.

    Intuition measures only the preference for creative thinking rather than systematic. And it's been proven that IQ tests do not measure creativity. They also do not measure the preference to think abstractly, but the ability.

    IQ tests seem to only measure abstract thinking ability in an academic setting. But there are so many other things in life that require abstract thinking abilities -- such as using the imagination. There are a lot of imaginative people out there who seem to have extremely poor math skills.

    People who are slow learners can often be imaginative people. An imaginative person traditionally sees things differently from the norm, and they often have trouble in academic settings, but creativity and imagination are in the realm of Intuition, and it's entirely different from intellect.

    The thing is that there are people who just prefer not to think outside of the box, and so, if Sensing type descriptions are like that, I am less inclined to think the Sensor would be offended. But the Sensor can still be intellectually gifted. Likewise, the Intuitive can also be mentally retarded.

    EDIT: My brother, for example, I think is an ISTP. He's sort of nerdy and a math whiz, and he's really nitpicky about things, which clearly suggest a Ti dominant. But he's not really one who thinks outside of the box on a regular basis. He is by no means dull, and he's very inquisitive. He's also an avid reader. But he's very systematic and conventional in his thinking.

    (And I actually think the scientific method appeals more to the ISTP than the INTP -- the INTP would probably prefer inventing a new way.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randomnity View Post
    The description I find most accurate for me is this one:
    ISTP - Introverted Thinking with Sensing
    I like this one. I didn't find the best fit as helpful for myself. The key points at the bottom are pretty accurate, IMO.

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    I think that Life Explore puts Sensing types in good light, more or less (in the actual descriptions, I mean, the site's preference dichotomies are extremely biased, so I recommend standing clear from those).

    And I also like David Keirsey's descriptions of types much more in Please Understand Me than Please Understand Me II. In Please Understand Me II, it seems Keirsey gets in way over his head.

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    Christ, what an imagination I've got!

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    Quote Originally Posted by luridlemur View Post
    TypeLogic sucks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Randomnity View Post
    The description I find most accurate for me is this one:
    ISTP - Introverted Thinking with Sensing

    It's long and detailed, and mostly spot-on, unlike the personalitypage and typelogic ones, which only vaguely describe me. I especially like that it doesn't assume all ISTPs are interested in high-risk sports (I think doing anything that has a high risk of killing me is stupid) and fixing cars (doubt I'd fix it if I had one). I also like that it includes female ISTP traits, whereas other descriptions are mostly ISTP male-oriented (though most INTP descriptions are like this as well...probably INTJ too for that matter). I haven't read the other type descriptions there though, other than skimming through INTP briefly.

    I also like this one: ISTP because it's written from a first-person point of view, so it's easier to recognize the mindset. It is kinda vague though.
    That's my favorite ISTP description, all the others just spout the same crap about us being a bunch of adrenaline junkies.

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    I dunno if it's just me, but does anyone get the vibe in many type descriptions that Intuitives (even Intuitive Thinkers) are humanistic while Sensors are selfish? I know it doesn't make much sense, but it's something I noticed.

    Descriptions seem to imply that Intuitives, period, are on the lookout for the better of humanity. Couldn't an Intuitive just as easily be on the lookout for his/her own self interests? People associate Intuitives with having concern for the environment and global warming. Couldn't an Intuitive just as easily dismiss these concerns? Likewise, wouldn't a Sensor display concern for these problems?

    I just hate the way Intuitives are viewed in selfless light, and Sensors, while often not being described as selfish, are described in more neutral light.

    Also, Personality Page says about the ISTJ in the Personal Growth section that their dominant Si function leads them to have selfish, uncaring look-after-oneself tendencies, but none of the Intuitive types are described that way. Doesn't anyone think that Intuitive types can be just as selfish?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uberfuhrer View Post
    I dunno if it's just me, but does anyone get the vibe in many type descriptions that Intuitives (even Intuitive Thinkers) are humanistic while Sensors are selfish? I know it doesn't make much sense, but it's something I noticed.

    Descriptions seem to imply that Intuitives, period, are on the lookout for the better of humanity. Couldn't an Intuitive just as easily be on the lookout for his/her own self interests? People associate Intuitives with having concern for the environment and global warming. Couldn't an Intuitive just as easily dismiss these concerns? Likewise, wouldn't a Sensor display concern for these problems?

    I just hate the way Intuitives are viewed in selfless light, and Sensors, while often not being described as selfish, are described in more neutral light.

    Also, Personality Page says about the ISTJ in the Personal Growth section that their dominant Si function leads them to have selfish, uncaring look-after-oneself tendencies, but none of the Intuitive types are described that way. Doesn't anyone think that Intuitive types can be just as selfish?
    Yeah, all the descriptions for Ns are based on a best possible scenario where the S types are described as average slobs.

    INTP: brilliant physicist, mathematician, theoretical something or other with a rich mental world.

    ISTP: grease monkey who drives too fast.

    Type descriptions are bullshit.

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