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    Default In praise of ISTP's

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    gee- I wish someone would start a thread praising ispts now!
    My best buddy is ISTP. Well, I have two best buddies*, one ISTJ and one ISTP. But I kinda like the ISTP more (don't tell Dave that). Even though he's not the best typist in the world either

    He's a grouchy, pedantic bastard, but somehow manages to pull it off in a way that makes you still like him, no matter what, and nothing's quite as much fun without him. He's great when he's drunk - all the stuff he keeps in his head normally just comes out, and it's great fun. And the next morning, he forgets everything after the second pint. He's always up for any adventure, and he's a superb photographer. He rescues my failed attempts at being handy with powertools. He's really smart and knows a lot of obscure information, but he's humble about it and doesn't wave it in people's faces.

    My step-dad is ISTP as well, and he's what's known in the UK as 'the salt of the earth' kind of guy. And he can take apart a car engine and put it back together again, which to me is totally awesome. And he puts up with my mom nagging him all the time, and yet still manages to maintain his dignity and independence where most other guys would've by now become hen-pecked wusses.

    So, c'mon people, let's give those ISTP's a bit of love and adoration. They'll probably take it a bit better than the INFP's at least!



    *actually I've probably got about 5 or 6, but for convenience let's keep it at 2 for now
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    thanks! I should quit typing after a nice evening out with friends!

    yeah- I've always talked a lot when drunk...

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    Well, I guess I like them well enough. They can be blunt, but that can be a good thing when it's something you need to hear. Also, they're some of the easiest SP's to get along with, as long as you remember not to take things they say personally. They also seem very good at bringing the discussion back into what's really possible from the purely theoretical realm where N's like to take it, while still being able to appreciate the applications of theories.

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    Ummm... they're good with tools?

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    Okay ISTP's, I started it - it was a good start, you gotta admit. But I'm not responsible for what follows... haha...

    Mind you, the INFP I was thinking about in the other thread finds the ISTP I mention in this thread quite scary. They get on really well, as long as I'm there, but I can't see them meeting each other independently... haha...

    No! No! No! This is supposed to be a GOOD thread about ISTP's, dammit!!!

    Let's just say they're the ultimate drinking buddy for a guy who wants to go out and drink to forget (as I frequently do) - they're a never ending supply of fascinating trivia and laughter, and real good drinkers!

    (so I can see why some women might not like them too much...!)
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    I married an ISTP and we have an ISTP son.
    I always say if it wasn't for my son, I'd never have any fun. There's never a dull moment with him around. He's known for asking questions such as, "Mom, can I have a hatchet?" and "Mom, can I ride my bike off the roof?"

    He was a bright effervescent little boy - always happy. It makes me smile just to think of it. He was always excited about something.

    As he entered his teens, he became more dangerous. I didn't dare leave him home alone for fear he would blow something up while I was gone.

    My husband turned out okay, so I'm sure my son will too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by INTJMom View Post
    As he entered his teens, he became more dangerous. I didn't dare leave him home alone for fear he would blow something up while I was gone.
    This is a valid concern. I... uhh... was good at that.

    (The hatchet, however, not so much. Me, I was into whips... indiana jones lenth, swinging whips. That was good times. Painful to learn though.)

    Also, if he asks for saltpeter, don't give it to him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptgatsby View Post
    Also, if he asks for saltpeter, don't give it to him.
    *thinks dreamily of saltpeter-and-sugar volcano projects*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    *thinks dreamily of saltpeter-and-sugar volcano projects*
    Uh huh... Good times

    Me, I thought about how large of a smoke bomb i could make with enough of it. It's large. Very.

    Oh, that reminds me. If he takes up painting, don't ever buy aluminum powder. I don't know if you still can, but at least saltpeter isn't dangerous. (well, not very dangerous)

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    hmmm... hatchets can be dangerous too. I liked to cut dead trees off when I was a kid with my hatchet- nearly got smashed a couple of times! (and no- I didn't ever learn that it was a dangerous thing!) And you should fear when he starts driving- I tried to see how fast I could get to school every morning (top speed reached on the only straight 2 mile stretch of road was 145 in my shitty old car!)
    He should survive and turn out to be a fun enough person though!

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