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This is a discussion on Can you guess a person's personality type just by looking? within the Myers Briggs Forum forums, part of the Personality Type Forums category; Originally Posted by TurranMC Of course I can tell personality type just by looking. For instance, if I see someone ...

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    ENTJ - The Executives

    Quote Originally Posted by TurranMC View Post
    Of course I can tell personality type just by looking. For instance, if I see someone is black I know they're a dirty gangster and my girlfriend should keep her purse close so he doesn't try to snatch it.

    Ooo you are a spicy meatball.... tasty
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    It's near impossible to describe looks, and a picture is indeed worth a thousand words here. For example, you can begin practicing by noting the personality types of your parents and close relatives or friends, then using that association you can try to look for personality types in others. Hope that helps.

  3. #13
    INFJ - The Protectors

    Sparky, I've seen what you're talking about in Socionics.

    Visual identification

    This method is based on the principle that people of the same Psychological Type have similar body structures, facial expressions, facial structures and eyes. Socionics experts use the visual method of personality identification as a main method (wherever possible) and all other methods for assistance. More on this method later.

    Advantages of the method: instant identification; the quickest and most reliable of all known methods; no need for personal involvement; allows remote identification and identification by photographs;

    Disadvantages of the method: practical application requires a great deal of experience and training; the identification process can be complicated by racial differences.

    Methods of Psychological Type identification
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  5. #14
    INFJ - The Protectors

    Thank you for the information, Linus. I find Socionics to be more complex than MBTI, and believe MBTI may be just as good in finding personality types in people by observation from a photo or statue. Of course as you mentioned, this takes practice depending on the variety of people you meet or how much experience you have. There also seems to be a lack of research in this area. However, I don't see it being complicated by racial differences as it is by masculinity.

  6. #15
    ISFP - The Artists

    Hi All. This is my first post and it's actually this topic I'd like to see discussed more. I began with MBTI but then transitioned to Socionics. Both are based on similar foundations but those of Socionics are more stable thus allowing for far better and deeper analysis. (Sorry if I offend any die-hard MBTI users. My purpose is to keep this thread on Visual Identification and in order to do so you'll have to relate. Thanks.)

    @Linus : Good catch on the link. Sergei does a fair job of promoting Socionics but Visual Identification is not considered the Main Method by all Socionics users. It's actually never been researched as thoroughly as I'd wish to see.

    @Sparky : Thanks for posting this thread topic. In my observations I've noticed two individuals with the same type but different race have many features that are similar. I don't agree, however, with MBTI's efficacy in typing as well as Socionics. Also Soconics is not that hard. The Russians did a wonderful job in this field : )

    @Jinxies : You made a fine point on the bit about making analysis on Auras. The limited research in the Socionics area does make a discrepancy that clears up this argument. Using Visual Identification requires the need to isolate Static vs Dynamic (facial & physical features). In practice I've compared the Static facial and body structures of ENTjs like yourself (against pictures of verified ENTjs) with the Dynamic features of many ENTj friends and acquaintances I've had experience with. Dynamic includes facial twitches, eye direction, body stance, etc. -- and these are done on a consistent basis.

    please let me continue on the next post....
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  7. #16
    ISFJ - The Nurturers

    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeAppled View Post
    Someone on TypoC was putting together a gallery of types, and the one thing it emphasized to me is that there is no correlation between appearance & type.

    I do think you can observe a person from a distance & get a general idea of their type from their behavior & demeanor. That won't replace interacting with them, but sometimes the closer you get to a person, the harder they are to type anyway (as you start seeing all their sides & layers, it's harder to fit them in a category).

    I agree with the above.

    I can recognise extraverts (E), introverts (I), and emotional types (S,F) that’s it. Still learning about other types.
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  8. #17
    ISFP - The Artists

    Blah, that sucks. I just wrote a beautiful additional post with proper links to material I've used BUT I don't have 10 posts and can't post a link just yet. Another time then.

    @Amyrose : the links I wish to provide in the future will have better analyzed and verified types. Also, I suggest studying the Mechanics of each function. E/I, S/N, F/T etc.

    @OrangeAppled : You have to observe both Static AND Dynamic features of a person. After a while it becomes easier... -- I haven't yet looked at the person's collection but I'm guessing it's kind of loosely guessed then yayed or nayed? As I wrote above I'd like to provide some links to more concrete material I've collected and used. I hope it will be more enlightening.

  9. #18
    ISFJ - The Nurturers

    Thanks. I’ll look out for that.

  10. #19
    INFJ - The Protectors

    Thank you jezroue for the respones. What is that link you were about to post? I think you are able now.

  11. #20
    ISFP - The Artists

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky View Post
    Thank you jezroue for the respones. What is that link you were about to post? I think you are able now.
    Hi, yes. It's been a while. You can always rely on an INFJ to never forget : )

    Note: Visual Identification (VI) is not promoted by the Socionics community in general. But I find that the platform is stable enough to actually see similarities of certain types.

    1. Visual identification - Wikisocion (Please Read this first. It will clear up a lot of misconceptions and allow for a standard to begin with)

    2. SOCIONICS: Functions, Types, Tests (Very practical and interesting. There's a note that the original researcher did not have any intention of promoting VI. Pictures were taken AFTER her diagnosis. I use these pictures frequently)

    3. Socionic Types of Famous People (Rick has an interesting view on how he types people. I don't, however, agree with all of his types)

    4. The site ₪₪₪ Socionics - The New Psychology ₪₪₪ has a lot of information for the beginner but I don't enjoy their VI list. Quantity over Quality.

    These name conversions should help a lot:

    Alpha Quadra:
    ILE - Intuitive Logical Extratim - ENTp
    SEI - Sensing Ethical Introtim - ISFp
    ESE - Ethical Sensing Extratim - ESFj
    LII - Logical Intuitive Introtim - INTj

    Beta Quadra:
    IEI - Intuitive Ethical Introtim - INFp
    SLE - Sensing Logical Entrotim - ISTj
    EIE - Ethical Intuitive Extratim - ENFj
    LSI - Logical Sensing Introtim - ISTj

    Gamma Quadra:
    ILI - Intuitive Logical Introtim - INTp
    SEE - Sensing Ethical Extratim - ESFp
    ESI - Ethical Sensing Introtim - ISFj
    LIE - Logical Intuitive Extratim - ENTJ

    Delta Quadra:
    IEE - Intuitive Ethical Extratim - ENFp
    SLI - Sensing Logical Introtim - ISTp
    EII - Ethical Intuitive Introtim - INFj
    LSE - Logical Sensing Extratim - ESTj
    Last edited by jezroue; 02-11-2011 at 08:03 AM.

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