As I watched my brother pull out his b4.1 RC at the family gathering this weekend, I knew it might be a bad idea. But did I stop him? Absolutely not. As he raced it around 10 different cars and throughout the yard and road, I couldn’t help but crack a smile as I saw my 80 year old Grandma’s reaction and my mom yelling at him to stop. Then I looked the other way to see my brother in law and his family members saying things like “awesome!”, or “that thing is sweet!”.
What I concluded from this experience is the RC hobby is for those of us with a certain personality. Those with a need for speed, a carefree attitude, and a special place in our hearts for some risk taking. It is not for the faint of heart! I know a little bit about psychology and personality types, and I wanted to write about why some humans enjoy some things, and some don’t (and why we can’t look down on them for not liking our awesome hobby )
Extraverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving Personality
In the world of psychology, there are a lot of different kinds of personality types. The one that applies most to me and I think a lot of other people who enjoy the RC hobby is ESTP or Extraverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving. In short, that explains those of us that are “doers”. We focus on things externally with our five senses – so our need for speed and risk taking is expressed by participating in hobbies like RC bashing and racing.
ESTPs are outgoing, enthusiastic and excitable people who live in the world of action. They are blunt, straight-forward risk-takers, and are willing to plunge right into things and get their hands dirty! They live in the here-and-now and can look at the facts of a situation, quickly decide what should be done, execute the action, and move on to the next thing.
Does that sound like you? It definitely sounds like me. Some parts of the personality type don’t apply to me, and I look to others to explain the rest.
Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging
Here’s another personality type – ISTJ. This type would describe my grandmother – “Serious and quiet, interested in security and peaceful living”. Those with this personality are usually more serious, reserved, and introverted.
To me, bashing an RC does not fall under the category of “peaceful living”, “serious”, or “quiet”. When I think of it that way, it helps me to understand why some people like hobbies like ours, and why some others might like a more quiet hobby like scrap-booking or beading for example. To each their own, right!?
So the next time you think about tearing up your parents yard, or building a track in their finished basement, remind yourself that not everyone thinks the way you or I might or enjoys the same things. We want others to respect our hobby just the way respect theirs, right?