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I'm not very well-practiced and would like to be. I just observe and look for clues in their speech and mannerisms. Sometimes I can do it intuitively, other times I try to determine what functions they are using. I have gotten to where I think I can identify an INTP within minutes, but I happen to be one and know several of them. STPs and NTPs can look a lot alike, however. The difference is that the STP is more "earthy" while the NTP is "airy." A lot of help that is, right?

You want specific identifiers and strategies. Learn the functions used by each type if you haven't already. I sometimes refer to the lists here: Jungian cognitive functions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Perceiving functions:
Se: is interested in what's going on and having experiences. Grounded in reality.
Ne: may manifest as randomness in thought or behavior, metaphorical.
Si: is interested in the past, rules, recall of factual details
Ni: completely mystifying to me

Judging functions:
Ti: problem-solving logic
Te: organizational logic
Fe: overt concern for others' feelings. May seem to demand compliance with social "rules" or walk on eggshells not to offend.
Fi: more subdued than Fe. I don't understand Fi well.

If you can determine even one function that is dominant or auxiliary then you can narrow down your choices to a few types. Determining whether they are introvert or extrovert is usually not too difficult.

Sometimes, especially in a work environment, people manifest their tertiary/inferior functions more than their core personality if the job requires it. For example, an ESFP (Se>Fi>Te>Ni) is not innately well-organized, but may have a well-developed Te if she is a manager. Sometimes if you're not sure of the dominant/auxiliary functions, you can find them indirectly by observing the tertiary and/or inferior functions.
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