How do you other ISTPs deal with intense stress in your lives? I usually handle it very well, but unfortunately my current living situation this past month leaves me helpless without my "alone time", and up until now I've always lived alone.
"ISTPs like and need to spend time alone, because this is when they can sort things out in their minds most clearly. They absorb large quantities of impersonal facts from the external world, and sort through those facts, making judgments, when they are alone. ...
...An ISTP who is over-stressed may exhibit rash emotional outbursts of anger, or on the other extreme may be overwhelmed by emotions and feelings which they feel compelled to share with people (often inappropriately). An ISTP who is down on themself will foray into the world of value judgments - a place which is not natural for the ISTP - and judge themself by their inability to perform some task. They will then approach the task in a grim emotional state, expecting the worst"
That pretty much sums up my current mind set. I feel absolutely crippled when I don't have that time and/or place when I can be completely alone. It's so frustrating! Part of me starts feeling insecure about how people feel about me, second-guessing myself, having that 8th function "introverted feeling" going on, and the rational, cool and collected part of me can't help but roll her eyes and think: "Jeez... None of these little tiny things would have phased me if I just had time to retreat and sort my thoughts."
So yes.. I feel "compelled to share with people" (hopefully not inappropriately :P) not so much my personal thoughts, but really I just want to know what y'all think on the subject. Basically, when I don't have that time to myself, I feel like I lose my ability to objectify things. And that is almost key for us ISTPs, eh? What do y'all think?
To make a little bit more light of the subject... in regard to the "judge themself by their inability to perform some task".. it was so intense the other day that I was playing Brick Breaker on my blackberry like I usually do to zone out the world and I lost two lives in a row... My play-by-play thought process: "Sigh... I'm so worthless...*Pause*... shut up you pansy it's just a game. *Pinches arm*"