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    Default Types and Smiling

    Which types smile genuinely a lot, and which types smile more often out of politeness? Which types are least likely to smile frequently?

    Any thoughts?

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    I am almost always absentmindedly smiling in reverie, and I *do* think it's type related.

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    I'm not sure I've ever met an ENFP that didn't smile big. I had depression for a long chunk of my life, and I had typed myself as an INTP. When it broke, my face started hurting from smiling so much.

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    I am guessing that smiling would be associated with EF types. INTJs aren't renowned for beiong natural smilers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kullervo View Post
    I am guessing that smiling would be associated with EF types. INTJs aren't renowned for beiong natural smilers...
    Mhm, EF types probably smile the most on average, with IT types being the opposite.

    It's not really "out of politeness" though. I think, for many EFs, smiling and having a warm/inviting exterior is just built into our system. Of course some might do this - there are definitely EFs who now how to cheese it up for the crowd - but I'd theorize that it's more IFJs who do this. Fe in IFJs feels a lot more cool, polite, and guarded than Fe in EFJs.

    People have also theorized about instinct variants and facial expressions. From what I remember it went like this:

    sx/so - intense expression directed outward
    so/sx - bright, smiley, intense expression
    so/sp - smiley, calm expression
    sp/so - withdrawn, soft expression
    sp/sx - withdrawn, self-absorbed, calm expression
    sx/sp - intense, self-absorbed expression

    I kind of buy it and I kind of don't. so/sx definitely rings true for all the so/sxs I know, both on this forum and IRL.
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    @Chanaynay

    I agree that so/sx can look very warm, sx-first can look intense, and sp-first can look guarded. Beyond that I'm not sure if there are any hard and fast rules re: smiley-ness.

    Some potential ones I can think of off the top of my head (just based on what makes intuitive sense to me):

    - Extroverts seem more smiley than introverts
    - Feelers seem more smiley than thinkers
    - People who refuse to smile in photos seem most frequently to be IxTx
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    i have heard so many times "why are you always smiling?"

    opposite of resting bitch face i guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by five sounds View Post
    i have heard so many times "why are you always smiling?"

    opposite of resting bitch face i guess.
    Yeah, I get that a lot as well.
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    I agree, EF types probably smile the most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJCC View Post

    - Extroverts seem more smiley than introverts
    - Feelers seem more smiley than thinkers
    - People who refuse to smile in photos seem most frequently to be IxTx
    So. Accurate. I would even take it a step further and say INTx.
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