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ISTP – The Mechanic

Quiet and reserved, interested in how and why things work. Excellent skills with mechanical things. Risk-takers who they live for the moment. Usually interested in and talented at extreme sports. Uncomplicated in their desires. Loyal to their peers and to their internal value systems, but not overly concerned with respecting laws and rules if they get in the way of getting something done. Detached and analytical, they excel at finding solutions to practical problems.

You scored a total of  60


The Boundary concept was developed by Dr. Ernest Hartmann, of Tufts University, and can be a useful way of looking at personality differences and understanding why one person may develop a chronic illness that is distinctly different than a chronic illness that someone else develops.

Boundaries are more than a measure of introversion or extroversion, openness or closed-mindedness, agreeableness or hostility, or any other personality trait. Boundaries are a way to assess the characteristic way a person views her/himself and the way s/he operates in the world based on how that person handles the energy of feelings. To what extent are stimuli let in or kept out? How are a person’s feelings processed internally? Boundaries are a fresh and unique way of evaluating how we function.

According to Dr. Hartmann, “There are people who strike us as very solid and well organized; they keep everything in its place. They are well defended. They seem rigid, even armored; we sometimes speak of them as “thick-skinned.” Such people, in my view, have very thick boundaries. At the other extreme are people who are especially sensitive, open, or vulnerable. In their minds, things are relatively fluid. Such people have particularly thin boundaries.”

Based upon your answers to this quiz, you appear to have thin boundaries.

Evidence suggests that thin boundary people are highly sensitive in a variety of ways and from an early age:

  • React more strongly than do other individuals to sensory stimuli and can become agitated due to bright lights, loud sounds, particular aromas, tastes or textures.
  • Respond more strongly to physical and emotional pain in themselves as well as in others.
  • Become stressed or fatigued due to an overload of sensory or emotional input.
  • Be more allergic and their immune systems are seemingly more reactive.
  • Be more deeply affected — or recall being more deeply affected — by events during childhood.

In a nutshell, highly thin boundary people are like walking antennae, whose entire bodies and brains seem primed to notice what’s going on in their environment and internalize it. The chronic illnesses they develop will reflect this “hyper” style of feeling.

The Loyal Friend

Others see you as sensible, cautious, careful & practical. They see you as clever, gifted, or talented, but modest. Not a person who makes friends too quickly or easily, but someone who’s extremely loyal to friends you do make and who expects the same loyalty in return. Those who really get to know you realize it takes a lot to shake your trust in your friends, but equally that it takes you a long time to get over if that trust is ever broken.

you are just as sassy and fierce as Minnie Mouse!

You are colorful and witty and when you put your mind to something you always achieve it. People know not to mess with you, and you always stand up for what you think is right. But you also have a softer side, and people love to be around you because just like Minnie Mouse you know exactly how to make people laugh.


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