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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Can you guess a person's personality type just by looking?

    I've been thinking how certain personality types have certain looks to them and believe that a person reasonably well versed in MBTI can sufficiently guess a person's personality type just by looking. This gets better with practice. Therefore, I would like to know how many of you feel you can guess a person's personality type just by looking at the face in a real interaction, or from picture or statues. All this will help people understand one another better and allow for better communication while decreasing chances of misunderstanding.
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    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).

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Thank you for the response. It's interesting that he found no correlation. Maybe some of the people in photos were mistyped? I tend to see a correlation in real life, and believe it becomes easier with practice.

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    ENTJ - The Executives

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky View Post
    I've been thinking how certain personality types have certain looks to them and believe that a person reasonably well versed in MBTI can sufficiently guess a person's personality type just by looking. This gets better with practice. Therefore, I would like to know how many of you feel you can guess a person's personality type just by looking at the face in a real interaction, or from picture or statues. All this will help people understand one another better and allow for better communication while decreasing chances of misunderstanding.

    The physical appearance a person has is driven by their genetic code, environmental and other external factors. I do not believe a person can just view an image/picture/see (whatever) another person and know what their personality type is. Now, if you watch them and note the way they dress, the way they move, the body language they use in conversations, watch how close they get to other people, note the volume of their speech, etc... then you might be able to do a pretty good guessing job... but you aren't just looking at a single image of that person, that is you, using deductive and inductive reasoning about the way they behave and how it may correlate to their personality type.

    Anyone who says, oh, you can notice an ENTJ because they have a big wide mouth and squinty eyes is a fool in my book and will likely get me throwing a book at them :)

    Otherwise, I wish you luck.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Of course it's hard to describe the difference, but with practice, I believe it becomes easier to see. People who haven't practiced identifying people's types by looking or believe such things can't see it of course. This may be controversial, but I don't think it's impossible, though it may take a few tries at first.
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    INFJ

    Based on a person's demeanor and body language and vocals, etc., I can get a general idea of what I think their type might be, but I usually don't trust my judgment. I wouldn't put anything into that...
    But Jinxies is right, by just seeing an image of a person, and nothing else, I don't believe it's possible.
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    ENTJ - The Executives

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky View Post
    Of course it's hard to describe the difference, but with practice, I believe it becomes easier to see. People who haven't practiced identifying people's types by looking or believe such things can't see it of course. This may be controversial, but I don't think it's impossible, though it may take a few tries at first.
    You say it's possible. I say it's nearly impossible to have a rational, logical and scientific method to base an MBTI type just on a single image of a person.

    So let's get more information from you. The criteria is that you look at a person you do not hear their voice, observe them doing anything, see any facial expressions tied to conversation, you just see them at one glance.

    What are you looking at? THeir hair color? length? Style? What about eye color? What about eyebrows? Do bushy eyebrows mean your extroverted while no eyebrows means you are a seriously in need of fashion assistance introvert? Do brown eyes mean a thinker while a blue-eyed person is a feeler? What if I have a zit? Does that make me an I instead of an E because I don't want people to notice it? What about lipstick?

    One day I can look very business professional with muted colors and styled hair. Then two hours later I'm wearing flashy pink glitter, my hair is totally bed headed out and I'm wearing hot pink cleavage shirt to draw the eye when I go out.

    I'll wear a business suit and under my work pants are green and white striped socks with multi-colored polka dots... no one can see it... but it reflects my quirkiness and creativity... do you have super special powers that allow you to see under my pant legs to gather that tidbit of my personality?

    What type am I if I haven't polished my shoes yet and they are looking a little scuffed?

    Please share with us the list of guidelines used for determining someone's type just from looking at them with no other source of personality information (ie no talking, no body language, etc)
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    You don't look at anything specific on a person, but in general you can get an idea about the person's personality type. There may be a couple of personalities that fit the look if you don't come into contact with the type often, but you can at least cross off several personality types that don't fit. It takes practice and some deal of experience to be able to match a person's look with type, but it is possible.

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    ENTJ - The Executives

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky View Post
    You don't look at anything specific on a person, but in general you can get an idea about the person's personality type. There may be a couple of personalities that fit the look if you don't come into contact with the type often, but you can at least cross off several personality types that don't fit. It takes practice and some deal of experience to be able to match a person's look with type, but it is possible.

    So provide us with some examples. Fluff is nothing but a waste of space. Give me something concrete to work with... or...oh wait, are you doing it by ... sensing their personal auras? Therefore, there is absolutely nothing you are basing your suggestion upon other than a "feeling" you have? I have a feeling you are a "feeling" type of person and not a rational, logical one... how close am I? I didn't even have to see your picture!!!

    I'm psychic... I'm calling up Ms. Warwick to join her friends hotline.
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    ENTJ - The Executives


    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.
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