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    Quote Originally Posted by brainheart View Post
    Crap, here it comes again...

    Could I be an ISTP? (I'm a female, by the way. That's why I'm bringing it up on this thread.)

    Potential evidence:

    1. Would purposely ride my bike at full speed into ditches as a kid, just to see what would happen.
    2. Used to free climb because I didn't want to 'deal' with all the ropes.
    3. Used to want to be a professional snowboarder. Love pointing full speed off cornices.
    4. I am quite analytical. I like to research. I feel the need to be an expert in whatever I am dealing with.
    5. The other day our neighbor noticed a hawk in our backyard. My first inclination was to be skeptical: "probably a turkey vulture. she doesn't know the proper name for anything. she's always calling hornets 'bees'." But then I asked her specific descriptive questions, instantly said. "probably a sharp-shinned hawk. Potentially a juvenile." I proceeded to head out with my bird guide. Turns out I was right.
    6. I love taking things apart, solving problems, the 'MacGyver moments'. Not one to be a shoulder to cry on. But if I can think of a way to help you, I will.
    7. I am typically not a touchy-feely person. (Unless I'm drunk and punching you in the shoulder.)
    8. I am ridiculously competitive.
    9. Very dry, potentially abrasive sense of humor. Live for one-liners.
    10. Have been called the 'male' in my relationship by therapists, due to I guess my emotional distance, and immense need for 'space'.

    But...

    1. I love art, music, literature.
    2. I have a completely irrational love for nature. If someone steps on a bug I want to punch that person in the stomach.
    3. I get very emotional when moved by something aesthetically-pleasing.
    4. I could care less about most sports, especially football. (I enjoy watching baseball, tennis, and soccer sometimes- but typically, not interested.)
    5. I suck at math and lose interest in anything overly technical.

    Don't know. Any insight would be helpful.
    haha...this sounds very similar to myself including the highlighted part. My ENFP friend was talking on the phone outside once and was just randomly smashing ants while talking. Not really paying attention. I was like, "Stop! That's not fair. They're outside. Where they're supposed to be. Leave them alone." In fact, I relate to all your "BUT" items. I'd much rather play a sport than watch it but I like football a lot. Can't stand soccer tho...but being American, I think that might be genetically encoded in my DNA.

    Base jumping boggles my mind. Sorry. That's too much for me!

    I think INTP and ISTP and INTJ are very close. I know I can relate to all of them very well in different arenas. I'd say INTJ more than INTP. I don't care that much about theory or debate - unless it's something I'm passionate about and even then, I'm not trying to change anyone's mind. I just state my facts/opinion and if they keep going it's a "we'll have to agree to disagree" thing. I do know HOW to think abstractly (low S) but it has to back up something that makes a difference. If that makes sense. I understand why some of your friends think you might be J. But when something isn't right. It isn't right and something either needs to be said or fixed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brainheart View Post
    But...

    1. I love art, music, literature.
    2. I have a completely irrational love for nature. If someone steps on a bug I want to punch that person in the stomach.
    3. I get very emotional when moved by something aesthetically-pleasing.
    Kingfisher is an ISTP, and he is also deeply moved by nature, art, and music. He listens to music for hours, just sitting and listening and not doing anything else. He gets very passionate sometimes when he talks about art or music. And if he feels like the person he is talking to doesn't share his enthusiasm he gets upset. It's cute.
    Brainheart, a lot of your post sounds like Kingfisher, who is an ISTP. But I don't confess to know much about MBTI....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jixmixfix View Post
    It's pretty rational to not want to do something like that.
    Nah, its just fear not wanting to do that. Doesnt have anything to do with rational. Rational is understanding what your doing. People can pull of things certain types consider stupid or crazy because they can. This is pretty much the motto I live by. I dont not do it because I fear the consquences. I do it because I can, if I fail, then you just gotta step back, analyze and try again. Pain is nothing to fear, I am still alive, havnt broken a bone yet, I must be doing something right.

    Know your limits, only then can you safely push them further.

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    Thanks for all the insight- more would be appreciated as well, if anyone has any.

    I started reading Understanding Yourself and Others by Linda Berens yesterday. The descriptions of the functions are helpful, although I still, for some reason, view the distinctions between Ti and Fi as somewhat nebulous. Example- Ti evaluates according to principles, Fi according to values. Huh? Look in the dictionary- values are defined as " a set of principles". Also, I think because they are both such unconscious functions it is incredibly difficult for me to delineate between the two. I think how I think, whatever that is.

    At least I know for sure about the Se now, though. I can definitely relate to this component of Se: "An active seeking of more and more input to get the whole picture may occur until all sources of input have been exhausted or something else captures our attention." I am ridiculous like this. It gets profoundly irritating sometimes, but it's also why I know as much as I do.

    Also, for anyone who is curious, ISxPs are supposed to be creative with Ni, so if you are a creative type, this is going to feel like a pretty prevalent function to you. And as far as the ISTP goes, extraverted feeling is supposed to be an Achilles' heel of sorts. We wish we were better at it but we often seem to mess it up and we can find ourselves obsessing sometimes over what others think about us and we can hate ourselves for it, because it seems so contradictory to our primary natures. Wait- did I just say 'we'? Hmm. I know this is a serious issue of mine, and I know that when I was younger I didn't understand romantic relationships at all. I'd be friends with a guy and then he'd start slobbering all over me, declare his affections, and all I could think was, "What the hell? You used to be cool. Now your emotions have gotten in the way and I can't even deal with being around you anymore. And I would cut the guy off, 100%. Never talk to him again. Eventually I had an experience where I was the one slobbering and then cut off and wow, was it devastating. And I still beat myself up over it, because I should have been more in control of my feelings. My feelings got in the way and screwed everything up. (Although I now have greater compassion for those slobberers of the past.)

    Maya, thanks for what you said. It was helpful. Two questions, you being an ISFP and all: what about how I described myself is markedly different than you? And what, if anything, is similar or the same?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDP2525 View Post
    haha...this sounds very similar to myself including the highlighted part. My ENFP friend was talking on the phone outside once and was just randomly smashing ants while talking. Not really paying attention. I was like, "Stop! That's not fair. They're outside. Where they're supposed to be. Leave them alone."
    Those bastard insect killers, especially when they are outside. :steam: It really, really pisses me off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brainheart View Post
    Those bastard insect killers, especially when they are outside. :steam: It really, really pisses me off.
    If bugs are inside and they do not bite I will pick them up and throw them in the grass. Its just something I have always done. Its not driven by concious feelings. Its just pointless to kill these bugs and there is no rational reason to kill them. Ants in the yard will bite so I kill them, rational. Spiders in the grass are fine because they usually run, by the front door I will kill them to keep them from getting in. If someone doesnt want me to kill the spider I will get a piece of paper and put it outside away from the door.

    To me this is Ti. Its all logic and rational.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poki View Post
    Nah, its just fear not wanting to do that. Doesnt have anything to do with rational. Rational is understanding what your doing. People can pull of things certain types consider stupid or crazy because they can. This is pretty much the motto I live by. I dont not do it because I fear the consquences. I do it because I can, if I fail, then you just gotta step back, analyze and try again. Pain is nothing to fear, I am still alive, havnt broken a bone yet, I must be doing something right.

    Know your limits, only then can you safely push them further.
    Dude that guy was like climbing a fucking mountain of rocks without any ropes LOL sounds nuts. It's pretty reasonable to think to yourself that doing something like that is fucking insanity. There are some things in this world that people do that are really irrational.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maya Cruz View Post
    Kingfisher is an ISTP, and he is also deeply moved by nature, art, and music. He listens to music for hours, just sitting and listening and not doing anything else. He gets very passionate sometimes when he talks about art or music. And if he feels like the person he is talking to doesn't share his enthusiasm he gets upset. It's cute.
    Brainheart, a lot of your post sounds like Kingfisher, who is an ISTP. But I don't confess to know much about MBTI....
    Consider me the third one as well. I love music, and art I played in 2 bands and I can play 3 instruments. So no worries..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jixmixfix View Post
    Dude that guy was like climbing a fucking mountain of rocks without any ropes LOL sounds nuts. It's pretty reasonable to think to yourself that doing something like that is fucking insanity. There are some things in this world that people do that are really irrational.
    The argument I have all the time with my wife "but if I can then why not." I went through this the other day explaining how fun hydroplaning is at 70MPH. When you do it over and over and over you know what your doing and can even handle the unexpected. I started to equate it to drifting in a straight line. As your car starts to veer you gotta ease the wheel into it. The loss of traction is also what keeps you from breaking into a crazy spin and your momentum straight. You also have to be prepared for when you gain traction that your tires are in the direction they need to be in. Like when he slipped, his grip is beyond what he needs and has no problem handling it. I can rationalize anything people eventually give up with me or just have to put there foot down and say NO because you cannot argue with what works all you can do is try to get them to fear the unexpected which doesnt work with me

    edit: getting me to fear the unexpected just gives me something else to watch out for and be prepared for when I do it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poki View Post
    If bugs are inside and they do not bite I will pick them up and throw them in the grass. Its just something I have always done. Its not driven by concious feelings. Its just pointless to kill these bugs and there is no rational reason to kill them. Ants in the yard will bite so I kill them, rational. Spiders in the grass are fine because they usually run, by the front door I will kill them to keep them from getting in. If someone doesnt want me to kill the spider I will get a piece of paper and put it outside away from the door.

    To me this is Ti. Its all logic and rational.
    Any non-biting insect in my home I will catch and release outside. Anything outside biting or non-biting I don't kill. It's where they are supposed to be. But inside my house? Dem spiders better run for the hills...
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