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    Welcome to the forum Steph. To answer your question, I would say that ISTPs are more notorious for limiting their experiences not based on Se, but as Ti dominant ITPs in general tend to do what they feel comforable with. The greater the Ti, the less Ne/Se (novelty/variety).

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    Hmmm. Trying new things is definetly a worthwhile experience. However, I like to have a balance of both in my life. Majority of the time I like consistent activities, and I enjoy just being comfortable.

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    I love trying new things, but let's say I am going to my favorite Mexican place -- I will always order the same thing. It's not because I am afraid of new dishes, it's because I don't wanna MISS my favorite thing there.

    ISFPs (or at least this one) seem to have a major penchant for pleasure and enjoying things, so sometimes sticking with the same things as far as what they prefer to do and eat and how to spend their time is a way to guarantee that fun and enjoyment.

    But ask them to go travel to a new place, or try a new activity, and typically they're totally into it!

    Also, I've noticed as some ISFPs get older, they get even more immersed in their habits, maybe to avoid strenuousness in having to search for a good time. My ISFP dad always golfs on Saturday and plays basketball three times a week. If he misses it, he feels he's missing out on his FUN. It's not that he wants to keep a tight schedule, it is that his proven source of fun is easily realized through his habits; it takes no effort to find the fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheAdaptableUser View Post
    Hmmm. Trying new things is definetly a worthwhile experience. However, I like to have a balance of both in my life. Majority of the time I like consistent activities, and I enjoy just being comfortable.
    Agreed. I would not try something new just for it's own sake unless it appealed to me. Interestingly it goes for food as well. When at a new restaurant, I generally go with something that I have a taste for (which usually means something that I eat generally). I have a plethora of things that I would probabaly experience if I had the time and spare income.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SolitaryPenguin View Post
    I tend to get a new interest, then learn every possible thing I can about it until I am comfortable with it, then move on to the next interest. I have no real desire to specialize in one thing. I want to be decent at everything, not really good at one or two things.

    Experiences fuel my flux capacitor.
    I am the same. Some years ago it was photography, now it is this MBTi thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullitt View Post
    I am the same. Some years ago it was photography, now it is this MBTi thing
    I think that is indicative of any extraverted type, especially extraverted perceiving types. The problem is that most EPs don't stick around long enough to see the true rewards.
    Quote Originally Posted by StephMC939 View Post
    I'm an ISTP, but I -love- new experiences. So I kind of marked that up as SPs being "the experiencer." Then I realized.. I know plenty of SPs and they -do- tend to like to stick to the familiar.... ESTPs and ESFPs in particular seem to be this way. ISFPs seem in between. What do y'all think? Maybe I'm more an IXTP? Hm.
    Many test questions can be ambivalent. I donít see STPs enjoying new experiences any less than their NTP counterparts. Sometimes questions should state the obvious for S/N purposes. STPs donít like change for itís own sake, whereas NTPs do. As agreed by most here, making changes because you can makes no sense, but seeking new experiences is possible. I am curious about something, and the fact that you have not returned to respond to this thread may confirm my thoughts, is your E/I close? As I stated, the Ti dominance of ISTPs will most likely limit the experiences for this type. Hence Marina Margaret Heissí comment from the typelogic description,
    Like their fellow SPs, ISTPs are fundamentally Performers (note the capital 'P' :-)), butÖ..unlike most ESPs they do not present an impression of constant activity. On the contrary, they lie dormant, saving their energy until a project or an adventure worthy of their time comes along--and then they launch themselves at it.

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    Sorry, I was forced to study for all my midterms these past week or so (I have to learn all the material at the last minute because I suck about going to class ). But yeah, I suppose my E/I are close. I can be social when I want to be, but it's not always comfortable to me, and by no means comes naturally. And if I don't get my alone time, I'm miserable and moody. But that last quote probably describes my entire outlook on life. If I could make a living from spending time on all my interests (travel, drawing, reading, etc)... I would. But as a college student, I can't. Thus I'm lazy.

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    Am I open to new experiences? Certainly. In the past two weeks (randomly selected time period), have I really done anything new? From one perspective...not really.

    Pretty much all of the activities I have done in the past two weeks, whether work, recreation, or those other times, have been variations of what is essentially the same thing.

    Gone to the bookstore/cafe, read books, studied, trail running, biking, garage time, job 1, job 2, job 3, hanging out, occasional movie, target practice. That's about it.

    I've developed some new interests I suppose, but the amount of "new" things I've done lately, as I would describe them above, is somewhat limited.

    However, my view is that every time I do one of those activities, it's different. It's the little changes that make each "repetition" unique and interesting. It hasn't been boring.

    Four conclusions:
    - What's "new" is hard to define.
    - An openness to new activities doesn't equal participation in new activities.
    - "Repeating" an old activity doesn't actually happen. Every time you do it it's different and you are as well.
    - I need to stir things up. Why not.

    So, have YOU done anything new in the last two weeks?
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    I am somewhat open to new experiences...on my terms. When I want to do something, I'll go right out and start doing/trying whatever new thing is of interest to me. However, I'm not one who will "do anything once", just to try it.
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