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10 Things Only Spouses of Engineers Will Understand

engineer personality traits

engineer personality traitsEngineers are a unique breed. They are rational and smart. They are highly-educated, often handy around the house, and dedicated to solving all problems.

But living with an engineer can be frustrating. Despite all their awesomeness, they can be opinionated, socially awkward at times, and have a hard time seeing things outside of their perspective.

If you struggle with your engineer wife or husband, know that you’re not alone.

10 common occurrences you can relate to if you live with an engineer

  1. Their longest phone calls usually involve them serving as tech support for friends and family.
  2. The latest tech gadgets appear in your house, unannounced, as though their purchase was a given.
  3. “Formal attire” is the nicer of the obscure t-shirts with trite sayings that only one or two of your friends understand.
  4. They don’t need an instruction manual to put this thing together. Who’s the idiot who wrote those instructions anyways?
  5. There’s a pile of TV remotes sitting next to the couch. Or there’s one really amazing remote that confounds all but one person in the house.
  6. You now have to use your phone to adjust the thermostat.
  7. You keep them away from your less smart friends, for the sake of everyone involved.
  8. You are either a Mac house or a PC house, and your children will understand the difference.
  9. You’ve learned to look interested when you accidentally stumble into the Linux conversation again.
  10. You try to make their appearance at the party quick, or you just leave them at home.

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