I've been perusing the forums quite a bit, and it seems like the overall opinion of ISTPs is that we are very well-liked. I'm still quite new, and a bit unclear about how exactly all of these personalities line up and such, but this is one point that I somehow understand, but it confuses me to no end.
In life I'm often called all sorts of nasty things (cold-hearted, selfish, cynical, anti-social, and bitchy among them, often by my friends and even my mom). I really don't like people (as an overall group. I find most people I meet to be downright stupid and boring, and not worth my time) and very rarely find people I'm fond of. I have one person who I tell "everything" to (an ESTJ), and that's still only 95% of myself. I don't enjoy going out and I don't enjoy spending time with more than 2 or 3 people at a time. I've never had an SO, because those who tend to show interest are among the many, many people I dislike. Looking at this list, and my own experiences, I was under the impression that we're not a particularly well-liked group. And yet there's one thing I can't figure out...
People have a tendency to think that I'm their friend.
Usually people who I really don't like.
And I can never seem to shake them, no matter what I do without being completely direct and saying "I hate you. Leave me alone."
To fellow ISTPs, I'm curious if you find yourselves in similar situations. If you can relate, how do you deal with it? If not (or if you think I may be crazy ), what's different?
To everyone else... Why do you like us so much? What specifically is it? (and do you find that ISTPs tend NOT to be like me?)