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    Default Are all of you SPs good with your hands and have mechanical skills?

    I don't mean "good with your hands" in THAT way... keep that mind of yours in PG for now.

    Anyway, this is the only reason I know I'm an ENTP and not ESTP. (Of course, I know Ns that kick ass at building/fixing things, and Ss that suck ass at it. But let's generalize for the sake of simplicity.)

    I'm completely USELESS with my hands. I don't know any of the different components and parts/functions/arrangements of car engines. I've never built a model airplane. I even suck on those IQ test things where you have to fill in the pattern diagrams. :steam:

    It's not necessarily just because I'm female. My ISTP chick friend can fly a plane. My INFP male friend, however, is worse than I am. He barely knows what to do with a set of Legos. Have him screw a lightbulb, and he just sits there gawking at the lightbulb like he wants to cry. My INFP father is the same way.

    I didn't grow up with anyone who was good at that kind of thing. Were you SPs taught about mechanical things, or were you just BORN knowing how to change a tire?
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    I'm Ok with my hands in the sense that I can draw more than just stick figures and can cast a fishing rod well but not in a mechanical repairing and maintaining things sense. I have never been interested in how machines work, only what they can do.

    My mind doesn't work in that systematic kind of way, I definitely think its a Ti thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quinlan View Post
    My mind doesn't work in that systematic kind of way, I definitely think its a Ti thing.
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    I'm pretty sucky at mechanical, hands-on kind of stuff. Maybe slightly better than average, but definitely don't excel at it. I'm more technical, problem-solving oriented. This definitely varies between the ISTPs I've met, at least. I've never met any mechanical-type ESTPs or SFPs in person, but I've heard about a few from others
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    I'm good with my hands. I value being good with my hands really highly. I think that is interesting, sometimes people will say they aren't good at something because they value it so highly.

    I do enjoy how machines work. I do have good mechanical skills in areas I am knowledgeable. I don't know if I am mechanically minded, I can be. I like how things work, I kind of build from that. But I think that is an alternative approach for my mind. To stop and build a framework of how something works in my mind.

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    I hear you. I figure out what I need to, and am very happy when I am able to pull it off, but I do not live and die by mechanical competency.
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    My ISTP husband is mechanically inclined that it is his passion in life. It's his hobby and his job. However, it's the emergency problem-solving (fix it right there and now) that he enjoys the most.

    When it comes to fixing/renovating the house, that's another story! :steam:

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    I had some ISTP friends when I was younger and they seem naturally gifted in this area, one guy in particular had absolutely zero common sense but he was incredible when it came to mechanics.
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    I'm not good with my hands directly, not really interested in mechanical things so I never taught myself how to fix cars or whatnot, and was never taught. I tend to be better at the mental aspects of practical things.
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    I've never done much with machinery.
    But I'm good with my hands.
    I can draw and paint and crochet and do embroidery.
    My dad, who is hopeless with fixing or adjusting any kind of little machinery, always hands the stuff to me. He gives me the watches to adjust when we start or end daylight savings time. I adjust them. He says, "How did you do that?" I tell him. He has a blank look on his face after I tell him.
    I like taking stuff apart to see how it works. Now if only I could remember how to put it back together...
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