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    What type do you think is the most likely to seem like another type? For the sake of clarity, I'm talking about from the point of view from other people who don't know the person being typed on the deepest levels.

    I think it's the ENTP.

    I'm asking you because I want to explore your ideas, but I also want to share some thoughts about ENTPs, which is how I got the idea for this thread in the first place.

    My number one reason for suggesting the ENTP is that I believe we are all very experimental in nature. We are big thinkers who get off on playing with our ideas. This is probably one of the most notable traits of the ENTP. Extroverted Intuition, the lead function, keeps the ENTP expansive, open-minded, and fluid. They are always reaching out and exploring, questing after whatever seems fun or whatever seems worthwhile.

    Since ENTPs are so experimental in nature, and since we have such a strong desire to test our ideas and actually use them, we could end up doing anything, at any time, in any way. (More than most types.) ENTPs love challenges and they are creative. So, an ENTP who decides that acting like a J makes more sense (Ti) can easily adopt J-like traits. An ENTP who thinks it will be fun to experiment with feelings (Ne) will find himself being more open to that kind of thing.

    I think they love trying new things, and more often than not, they are their own biggest experiment, so they don't place very many limits upon themselves. And when they change, or try something new, they don't feel like they are being fake. To them, to expand is the only way to be real.

    On the one hand, we can be very practical about some things, and will tend to seem more like sensors. I can seem like an S in the way that I do things. In the way that I think, and dream, I seem way more like an N.

    It's been discussed throughout this forum that ENTPs are one of the most, if not the most, introverted extroverts. All of those arguments apply to this one as well.

    ENTPs have the unique quality of being NP and ET at the same time. NP enough to be like INTPs and INFPs, but ET enough to be comfortable hanging with the ESTJs and ESTPs.

    When your foundation is Ne, I think it's hard for people to predict why you're doing a certain thing or acting in a certain way, and this makes the ENTP easy to mistype by other people.

    I'm sure I could ad more, but that's more than I planned on writing anyway.

    I'll pick another type so I can offer an unbiased opinion as well. ISTJ. They're not quite as dull as stereotypes say they are.

    And just for fun, which type is the easiest to type accurately?

    ESTJ. You can't miss the dominant Te with SJ motivations.
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    I think ENFJ. They're amazing at mirroring those around them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evan View Post
    I think ENFJ. They're amazing at mirroring those around them.
    Yeah, definitely.
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    I was going to guess Jack Flak.

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    I considered ENFJ, but then I decided it against it because of dominant Fe. A feeling and judging function is their dominant... I'd guess it would be noticeable. They mirror people? So you're saying that if an INTP talks to an ENFJ, the INTP will think that the ENFJ is an INTP too? I think that's a bit of a stretch! Still, not a bad choice though. I'd still say they are probably mistyped easier than other types.
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    a stereotypical INTP actaully seems like they would be the most obvious (im thinking like "Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas" INTP)

    you suggested ESTJ as the most obvious. However, I can sometimes see ESFJs as very similar to the ESTJ depending on the setting.


    Hardest to type if you DONT know them? INFJ.
    Hardest to type if you do know them? ENFJ.

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    I'm going to have to disagree with you. I think the best type to meld themselves into another type would be a balanced INTP. ENTPs typically have such a strong sense of personal identity, it's what makes them as gregarious and what makes them so good at projecting themselves into social situations. I may be biased because I am an INTP, but I've found I do mirror my company's personality when I am around them: take the form of what I believe I need to be to fit in to this social group.

    Here is an excerpt from an INTP profile...

    INTPs dislike making the first move and tend to mirror the emotional content of the other person. A jolly person will quickly bring the INTP out of his shell, as much as that is possible, while a serious person will find a serious INTP looking back at him. In this sense, INTPs preference for intuitive perception (rather than action) with respect to people results in them resembling a chameleon. The INTP can fit into many different modes of behaviour, even contradictory ones, in order to get into the mindset of the other person. The goal is to gain enough intuitive data to analyse and assess the person. In doing this, the INTP remains somewhat reserved, never wholly identifying himself with his surroundings. As chameleons, INTPs are therefore approachable and open, unless the Ne tells the INTP that the other person is a type he doesn't like, in which case the reserved attitude may become too obvious. The chameleon behaviour can be particularly strong when discussing something.
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    So while an ENTP may be very good at this, I believe their strong personal identity will leave traces of themselves in the emulated type, while the INTP can emulate anything he wants while being detached from his exhibited behavior.



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    I would probably have said INTP as well. I read somewhere (can't remember where though) a description of INTP as a chamelion - they just sort of blend in.

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    ^^

    Hehe...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Arilee View Post
    I would probably have said INTP as well. I read somewhere (can't remember where though) a description of INTP as a chamelion - they just sort of blend in.
    The folks over at INTPc often talk about a chameleon mode. Though, my sister that's an ESFJ, I often make fun of her, telling her she's a chameleon, because she always changes her personality to mirror who she's with.


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