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    Question ISTP's: intensive?

    "?" wrote down in some thread about his intensity. That comment made me wonder about ISTP's and the intensity in them.

    Would intensity be a best way to describe it when ISTP's focus their attention to something/somebody?
    Would it be a good way to describe the way they look at things?

    I've been wondering what it is in ISTP's that make such a strong impact on me and what it is that I sense in them because it's not emotional nor intuitive connection. It's something I cannot put my finger on. Maybe it's ISTP's intensity, that they focus their attention to something and when they focus it on something they see the "target" plainly as it/he/she is, not as they were or should be or might be?

    I've noticed that the ISTP's intensity (or whatever it is) scare some people but on the other hand it facinates other people. I've seen also how many people misinterpret this trait. I might do that too. But I'm the kind of person who is plainly facinated by the this "strongness"/intensity/whatever I sense in ISTP's

    But is intensity something that is typical for ISTP's in your opinion?

    Edit: I used both intesive and intensity in this post. I'm not which is the better way to put it or maybe I used the words wrongly, but I can do that as a non-native-English-speaking-writing person.

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    Intense in what sense? I think I might know what you're getting at, but how do you perceive it or how does it affect you?

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    I don't feel very intense, and I can't recall ever being called intense. *shrugs*

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    Quote Originally Posted by alcea rosea View Post
    "?" wrote down in some thread about his intensity. That comment made me wonder about ISTP's and the intensity in them.

    Would intensity be a best way to describe it when ISTP's focus their attention to something/somebody?
    Would it be a good way to describe the way they look at things?
    Maybe they tend to look at things in general with more intensity than non-Se types, but you only become aware of this when their attention is directed at you. An ISTP has been doing some work on our house recently- he has a gaze that I experience as being intense because he tends to look you straight in the eye, and not look away very often. It made me uncomfortable when I first met him, but after I realized what type he is, I just returned his gaze, and he seemed entirely OK with that. It's kind of cool, actually. INFJ's can be intense, too, when we are intrigued by someone. ISTP intensity+ INFJ intensity= ???

    I've been wondering what it is in ISTP's that make such a strong impact on me and what it is that I sense in them because it's not emotional nor intuitive connection. It's something I cannot put my finger on. Maybe it's ISTP's intensity, that they focus their attention to something and when they focus it on something they see the "target" plainly as it/he/she is, not as they were or should be or might be?
    I think that their ability to see the "target" for what it/he/she is, plus a gift for being fully grounded in reality and highly observant leads them to give off strong sincerity/truthfulness vibes. That sincerity gets them past some of the psychological walls I have up from the get-go, because I trust them. They also have a level of alertness that you just don't see in non-sensors. These traits can make them very admirable from an NF point of view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alcea rosea View Post
    "?" wrote down in some thread about his intensity. That comment made me wonder about ISTP's and the intensity in them.

    Would intensity be a best way to describe it when ISTP's focus their attention to something/somebody?
    Would it be a good way to describe the way they look at things?

    I've been wondering what it is in ISTP's that make such a strong impact on me and what it is that I sense in them because it's not emotional nor intuitive connection. It's something I cannot put my finger on. Maybe it's ISTP's intensity, that they focus their attention to something and when they focus it on something they see the "target" plainly as it/he/she is, not as they were or should be or might be?

    I've noticed that the ISTP's intensity (or whatever it is) scare some people but on the other hand it facinates other people. I've seen also how many people misinterpret this trait. I might do that too. But I'm the kind of person who is plainly facinated by the this "strongness"/intensity/whatever I sense in ISTP's

    But is intensity something that is typical for ISTP's in your opinion?

    Edit: I used both intesive and intensity in this post. I'm not which is the better way to put it or maybe I used the words wrongly, but I can do that as a non-native-English-speaking-writing person.
    I'm actually kinda dorky for an ISTP my S is very weak like 50-50..I don't skydive or anything crazy...but I enjoy powerful music anything with a serious tone. I like serious topics of discussion like politics and philosophy, and my humour is pretty dry and sadistic :P I train and fight martial arts...and I notice I'm just usually on the edge, If I don't get active I become very restless, and I dont know what to do with my energy. Alot of people think I'm a quite and reserved guy when they first get to know me but I'm actually really playful and funny, especially to people I enjoy being around. You can say ISTPS are intense, but it's actually a controlled agression imo. They take calculated risks. ISFPS tend to be alot more emotional from what I notice, and can be alot more sensitive.

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    They give intensive focus to the particular areas they feel deserve it.

    But as Ps they're often fairly dormant when they don't have a current pet project or interest to be working on.

    Occasionally they'll spring to life and go full force at working out every detail of something; it can actually be kind of surprising the first time they do it. ("Wow, I didn't think he had it in him!")
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    Quote Originally Posted by phoenity View Post
    Intense in what sense? I think I might know what you're getting at, but how do you perceive it or how does it affect you?
    I've been married to ISTP for soon 10 years now and we have been a couple for many years more. So, I've observed ISTP behavior for long time and his impact on me and to other people.

    I've described this trait "intensive" before as their mental strongness, it's the kind of power that could knock you mentally down. It's like "aura" of being strong and it's kind of evasive when he walks into a room even if he didn't speak anything. It's very strong presence somehow.

    Another example at work. This one guy, I was wondering about his type. He reminds me of my husband, the behavior, the coolness, lol, and the reservened style when with strangers. When I spoke to him some work stuff at the first time one-to-one, I was totally amazed once again. I got the ISTP attention and felt excactly the same strange strongness or whatever it is. It really impacts me and it's very interesting and captivating to me.

    But going back to the way I've observed other personality types take male ISTP's intensity (or whatever it is), it's strange. Other men escpecially (not all men but some, I'm not sure if it is a type thing) are offended by it and are even a bit scared or challenged. I haven't observed my husband in a company of male NT but especially F-males seem to be on their toes with him. I don't know why, because personally, I am not offended by their strongness, intensity or willpower. I can take it even if it affects me.

    I've seen some females are really drawn by it .

    Intricate Mystic - Thanks for a good answer about your observations. We seem to perceive ISTP's in similar way. Maybe it is NF thing this perception on intensity in ISTP's?

    Jixmixfix - I've seen the playfullness, it never stops.

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    simulatedworld - I agree: areas they feel deserve it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simulatedworld View Post
    They give intensive focus to the particular areas they feel deserve it.

    But as Ps they're often fairly dormant when they don't have a current pet project or interest to be working on.

    Occasionally they'll spring to life and go full force at working out every detail of something; it can actually be kind of surprising the first time they do it. ("Wow, I didn't think he had it in him!")
    i think this is very true. ISTPs are intense about things that deeply interest us, but we aren't always obvious about it. a lot of times we wait for the right moment or inspiration, and then become very active. i think that is why some ISTPs say they are not active or intense people, because sometimes we are "dormant" and reserving our energy to let it all out later. but i think we are always very aware, and maybe other types interpret our behavior as intense.

    i have the feeling that a lot of ISTPs would not describe themselves as intense. i have been called intense, but i do not think i am.

    anyway, i do think that ISTPs have a lot of traits which, when combined, make us pretty interesting people. and you are right, alcea rosea, the ladies love us.

    Quote Originally Posted by PinkPiranha View Post
    ISTPs don't blink. Their eyes are lubricated by consciously allowing Awesome to seep through their membranes.
    yeah, we are pretty awesome. sometimes we have so much awesome we just throw a bunch away, and don't even miss it.

    oh, i also agree with the eye contact. i almost never break eye contact when i am talking to/engaging someone. i like it when other people do the same, but it isn't really that important.

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    I read: ISTP: insensitive

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