INFPs and neoteny

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This is a discussion on INFPs and neoteny within the Myers Briggs Forum forums, part of the Personality Type Forums category; I've heard some say (I know it sounds like phrenology or something) that INFPs tend to have baby-faces, and wide-eyed ...

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    INFP - The Idealists

    INFPs and neoteny

    I've heard some say (I know it sounds like phrenology or something) that INFPs tend to have baby-faces, and wide-eyed expressions. There was even a chart of average faces by MBTI type and the INFP type looked less sort of adult than say ESTJ lol. ESTJ women were portrayed as somewhat masculine looking, but I don't take that that seriously though...I'm wondering if it is possible that there is correlation between 'neoteny' or 'neotenous' (childlike) characteristics and personality type? Do INFPs tend to LOOK young for their age, and also have childlike personalities? Like daydreaming and having an imagination, or lack of order or being organised is sometimes seen as an INFP trait. Or lack of ability to concentrate. Interesting to ponder.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Hmm. I can see why one thinks that INFPs tend to be childlike in personality and looks. But...
    One of my good friends types as an INFP. I wouldn't call her face a "baby-face," but she is pretty cute. She has a pleasant voice and her body is pretty healthy, though a bit on the rotund side. Personality-wise, while she isn't childlike, she is bright, charming, and a bit sassy at times, though in a funny way. She's really nice to have around, and I'm glad to have her as a friend. But to answer your question, I don't associate her looks or personality with childishness.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    I'm an INFP, and I wouldn't call my face super young-looking. I've got large eyes, but other than that, my face is pretty oval-y. Sometimes I can look like a mean old nun. Other times, like when I'm being silly or getting excited, I think I can look and act pretty child-like. Overall, though, my face is pretty normal.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    I'm INFP and people always think I'm younger than I am (now I'm 30 and people use to say I look 22-23).
    I'm mature for most things but I'm also childlike in some way (being imaginative, doing silly things, watching cartoons...).

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    Unknown Personality

    But who was genetic recombination .....


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