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    Default MBTI and the Ages

    I was thinking about dividing history by arstistic-intelectual periods rather than economic ones, and got this idea: define the type/role that was the dominant in each historic period.
    For example, the Enlightenment Age is clearly NTJ, with a rational and functional view over both politics, philosophy and sciences, breaking with the conventional statements and seeking the most functional and free way to see the world. It's possible also to see the two principal characters of this age: the Scientist-Philosopher (INTJ) and the Enlightened Despot(ENTJ).

    I've made a quick list of periods, based on the Art Periods*(starting from Middle Ages for more precise description, but not limited to):
    Middle Ages: SFJ (guardian with feeling rather than thinking)
    Renaissance: NTx (I'd say NTP for both the "Davincian Genius"(INTP) and the Artist-Engineer(ENTP)
    "Colonial": ?
    Enlightenment: NTJ
    Victorian or Romantic: NFx?
    Industrial or Realist: STJ
    Modern I(1900-1950?): NFx?
    Modern II(1950-nowadays?): STP (the tipical heros from most modern novel books are always rule-breaking SPs, while the villains are SJs)

    Comments and Ideas?

    *: Each language and country has its own way to divide the art' ages, so my division may be a little tendentious or strange... please help me adapting it to have a more "global" feel.

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    Couldn't you call Vicotorian SJ too?
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    Arthur Custance, a linguist, anthropologist, and biblical scholar, had an interesting theory of personality and culture that can be found here.

    It's a bit long, (15 pages), but thought provoking.

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    Howe and Strauss have a theory about generational archetypes:

    Strauss and Howe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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    Uhn, interesting texts!

    mippus: Uhn, I tried NF because there is both the Romantic(INFP) and the Dreamer(INFJ), and I always heard about the heroic and idealistic archetypes from Victorian Ages. As I said in the first post, in portuguese we have just the Romantism, but I've related the Victorian Age to correspond it to the anglophones.

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    Strauss and Howe's four archetypes can probably be classified into:

    Prophet- STJ
    Nomad- SxP
    Hero- SFJ
    Artist- Nxx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trovador View Post
    Uhn, interesting texts!

    mippus: Uhn, I tried NF because there is both the Romantic(INFP) and the Dreamer(INFJ), and I always heard about the heroic and idealistic archetypes from Victorian Ages. As I said in the first post, in portuguese we have just the Romantism, but I've related the Victorian Age to correspond it to the anglophones.
    That is why you did well in splitting them up. Your description suits Romantics, I agree on that, but Victorian Age lasts a great deal longer and in time, it also covers Realism and Naturalism, which seem SJ and SJ/NT to me...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jae Rae View Post
    Howe and Strauss have a theory about generational archetypes:

    Strauss and Howe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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    That's one seriously interesting theory! *reads avidly*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badlands View Post
    Strauss and Howe's four archetypes can probably be classified into:

    Prophet- STJ
    Nomad- SxP
    Hero- SFJ
    Artist- Nxx
    Here's what I see:

    Prophet: NF
    Hero: NT
    Nomads and Artists do a major flip-flop in midlife:
    Artists from SJ to SP
    Nomads from SP to SJ

    Anyone trying to get a generational type on the Recessive Generations had better take the midlife U-turn into account or they'll be off half the time.

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    Ancient Greece- ENTP (people perceived the world as filled with incessant possibility and often engaged in philosophical discourse to build ideas off of the other and craft a concrete, rational explanation for the world before them).

    Roman Empire- ENTJ (excessive focus was placed upon social structure and efficiency, albeit interest in possibilities was also evident through inclination toward philosophy and the humanities).

    Middle Ages: ISFJ (people were often apprehensive in expressing creative or intellectual thought or indulging on their whims, in addition to being relatively subservient to the values of their religion).

    Renaissance: INFJ (people were consumed by the newly emerging humanistic values and often tried to incorporate elements from late antiquity into modern day to better improve society's living conditions and get in better touch with their emotional core. Emphasis was placed upon personal growth and societal development, contrasted with the intellectual decline and social inhibition that had characterized the middle ages).

    Colonial: ISFJ

    Enlightenment: INTJ (people exhibited a heightened sense of intuition and often tried to adapt their newfound ideas into the social mold, in order to logically be able to construe in society through deductive reasoning).

    Industrial Revolution- ISTP (practical inventions were continuously devised and produced by people to increase the efficiency of task completion, which ultimately revolutionized the world and would eventually spark a technological era).

    Romantic Era: INFP (people were highly attuned to their emotional core and inclined to expressing their innermost values through the arts and literature, idealizing the world before them as something grand and perceiving it through an optimistic lens of curiosity and awe).

    Victorian Era- ISFJ (once more, people became increasingly conservative and inhibited, with a strong emphasis upon dutifulness and adhering to the social norm, which led to self-restraint and sexual repression in the individual).

    The 1910s- ISTJ (at the height of a new world war, people were consumed by a sense of honor and dutifulness to their national while trying to efficiently resolve the international conflict).

    The Roaring 20s- ESFP (people were blithe, free-spirited, and nonchalant as they partied, savored the present moment, and frivolously savored a newfound abundance of wealth, with little restraint or moderation in their actions).

    The 1930s- ISTJ (people were focused on resolving the world's sudden economic crisis practically and efficiently, often enduring extensive days of labor and duty to sustain for themselves in the face of poverty, while experiencing a harsh encounter with reality after having indulged their every whim in the previous decade).

    World War II- ENTJ (excessive concern was placed upon individuals in enhancing the grandeur of their lands and ambitiously transcending above their rivals, in addition to the emergence of governmental philosophies that impacted the world for the worse).

    The 1950s- ESFJ (society was rigidly structured according to a code of ethics and proper etiquette as America became immersed within a fictitious view of an "idealized, upright" society following the previous war, causing people to place themselves within traditional roles in order to satisfy social expectations and maintain the peace found throughout the time period).

    The 1960s- ENFP (America was revolutionized by social rebellion and a desire for innovation and change in people, who were particularly focused on asserting their individuality and asserting their personal rights at whichever cost).

    The 1970s- ESTP

    The 1980s- unhealthy ENFJ (people attempted to project a false illusion of sophistication and refinement as they superficially focused upon appearances and materialism, yet manipulatively strove to outsmart others that fake appearances in order to ambitiously transcend above them all).

    The 1990s- ISFP (society was relatively laidback, casual, and unperturbed, with particular focus on day-to-day life and the present, in addition to the surfacing of the golden age of entertainment).

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