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    Do you find that it's easy to start relationships but hard to keep them going long term? If so, can you envision a scenario in which you go from relationship to relationship through the years and end up never getting married?

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    My life is kind of like the movie "Ground Hog Day."

    6:00 am rolls around and there's a different person sleeping next to me, or just a pet.

    Loosing interest in a relationship has been the biggest obstacle for me. My fiance died years ago, and just haven't come across someone where the trust level has let the love level go deep enough to make it through the in-between days.

    How I feel about someone or something seems to either flat line, or change from day to day. But once I love someone that never changes, still waters run deep.

    Yes, I can see the possibility of life just continuing to move along like that. But things have a way of changing when we least expect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Intricate Mystic View Post
    Do you find that it's easy to start relationships but hard to keep them going long term? If so, can you envision a scenario in which you go from relationship to relationship through the years and end up never getting married?
    Long term is hard to think about when a relationship is either nonexistant or just starting. I have to take it day by day and then the time just adds up and I don't even notice.

    I've thought about it quite a bit and I think I'm ok with not ever getting married. Sure, I'd like to share my life and experiences with someone, maybe even have kids...but if it doesn't happen, well, life goes on. I'm sure good things will come with or without a spouse.
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    I never really put too much into the future.. I figured if I found somebody I would want to get married to then great! If not.. oh well.. I am perfectly fine on my own.. true I do get lonely sometimes.. but in a way I enjoy being able to control when I'm around people or not.

    Before the one I'm in now.. I never been able to stay in relationships too long because I would become bored, or want my space.. or just decide I don't like them anymore.. (??)
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    Quote Originally Posted by sLiPpY View Post
    My life is kind of like the movie "Ground Hog Day."

    6:00 am rolls around and there's a different person sleeping next to me, or just a pet.

    Loosing interest in a relationship has been the biggest obstacle for me. My fiance died years ago, and just haven't come across someone where the trust level has let the love level go deep enough to make it through the in-between days.
    I'm sorry that you lost your fiance, even though it was years ago.

    In saying that there's a different person sleeping next to you often, are you talking about one-night stands?

    Quote Originally Posted by syckkz View Post
    I never really put too much into the future.. I figured if I found somebody I would want to get married to then great! If not.. oh well.. I am perfectly fine on my own.. true I do get lonely sometimes.. but in a way I enjoy being able to control when I'm around people or not.

    Before the one I'm in now.. I never been able to stay in relationships too long because I would become bored, or want my space.. or just decide I don't like them anymore.. (??)
    I admire the ability to be perfectly fine on your own that ISTPs have. I wish I could be like that. I didn't like being single because it just took too much effort to go out and be around other people. I realized that I really need the companionship of marriage. My husband is an ISTP, which works well, because I understand his need for space- I have the same need sometimes.

    I posed the thread question, however, due to curiosity about an ISTP male friend. He is middle-aged, single, clearly likes women, is devoted to his artistic hobby which he makes a living from, has girlfriends here and there, but has never gotten married. He is very smart, attractive, sexy, very talented, etc., so it amazes me that out of all of those years of living he hasn't found anyone that he wants to be committed to! Maybe he's at the extreme end of the spectrum of ISTPs who value independence? Or perhaps he fell in love with someone years ago who hurt him so badly that he will never allow himself to fall in love again? Or maybe he was about to marry someone who got killed in a car crash and never got over it? Maybe he's a serial killer and his apartment is filled with pickled body parts? My imagination just runs wild, as you can see.

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    LMFAO! Man.. I LOVE how INFJ's think.. morbid.. in a weird caring way tho.. (??)
    My girlfriend of 4 years is INFJ too.. the only one who was able to hold onto me through all my craziness. I understand that need to be in relationships not liking to be lonely.. she is the same exact way.. but like you she is able to give me my space too which I value

    Yea I think that he just hasn't found a reason to settle down.. sometimes freedom and space is more valuable to us than having relationships.
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    For me, it's like on the one hand I think having a significant other will probably be beneficial for me and let me live life to the fullest, on the other hand though, all my life I have always counted on having a home I can hermit it up in. To get married would likely mean I have to give up this last sanctuary, and I don't know about other ISTPs but if there is one thing I'm fear of, it's probably this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by syckkz View Post
    LMFAO! Man.. I LOVE how INFJ's think.. morbid.. in a weird caring way tho.. (??)


    My girlfriend of 4 years is INFJ too.. the only one who was able to hold onto me through all my craziness. I understand that need to be in relationships not liking to be lonely.. she is the same exact way.. but like you she is able to give me my space too which I value

    Yea I think that he just hasn't found a reason to settle down.. sometimes freedom and space is more valuable to us than having relationships.
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    Not really been in one, to be honest. People start sucking way too fast for me to even make the mistake.

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    No, not really, but I haven't been dating that long, relatively speaking.

    edit: I've been dating my current bf for 1.5ish years, which I guess is reasonably long for someone in their early-mid twenties.
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