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    Question Physical appearance's influence on typological preferences

    Hey there,

    I've been wondering about this since forever. It might be the stupidest idea, but do you think that one's physical appearance has an influence on one's typological preference?

    Let me give an example:
    Would a physically attractive young girl care more about what is outward and perceptible by the senses and tend to reach out for the S? And since her beauty draws people to her easily, she wouldn't care as much about the complex labyrinths of human interactions? She would embrace the playful SP character and care about fun more than anything?

    I know it sounds like a dumb generalisation and it is, but would it have some influence on us? I feel I have observed real life manifestations of this.

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    I wouldn't pretend that it has no impact. A big chunk of what makes us who we are are our experiences. I certainly didn't inherit my type from my parents, so it had to come from somewhere or something. That said, I don't think physical appearance is the deciding factor either. I've had my ugly duckling and swan stages, and other than a little more extroversion during some of my childhood years, appearance hasn't made much difference to my personality.

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    No.

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    You are assuming personality shows up after looks.

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    It might. But it also might not. I guess it depends on the individual and what they consider important. I mean that, following your example about the attractive girl, it might be easier to just reach out for the S and play an SP if that's what she believes is important to her. And maybe some people who are in that kind of situation succumb to taking the easy way and follow a pattern that seems to bring them happiness because they place importance on finding it through easy solutions.

    I can also see that happening with introversion/extraversion. Self-esteem being influenced by physical appearance, either negatively or positively. I don't think that it would really change someone's typological preference but it could cause frustration or boost up their self-esteem that influences the behaviour in such a way that they would appear introverted/extraverted when they're not. Learned behaviour.

    However, wouldn't that be suppressing your "true" self? It might work for a while (for some, a lifetime) but some day the realization hits that you've been faking it all along and it hasn't brought you satisfaction.

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    Everyone knows the ENFP's are the best looking, is that the point of this thread?

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    After some thought, what you might be noticing in SP women is that they may pay more attention to their appearance in terms of fashion, beauty treatments, trends with hair and make-up, etc. It's not that any particular type is inherently better looking, it's that some types are supposedly more well-groomed, and SPs are stereotypically known for their attention to looks because of Se.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marmalade.sunrise View Post
    After some thought, what you might be noticing in SP women is that they may pay more attention to their appearance in terms of fashion, beauty treatments, trends with hair and make-up, etc. It's not that any particular type is inherently better looking, it's that some types are supposedly more well-groomed, and SPs are stereotypically known for their attention to looks because of Se.
    I am aware that good looks are a choice to a certain level. You can choose to look "sexy" and focus on appearance or choose to look plain like me.
    Also, there are plenty of definitions to "beauty."

    I remember reading an interview where a film director talked about casting two ugly young men for a film. He wanted ugly guys because that was the point, but he found that the ugliest ones felt unsure and uncomfortable, while the attractive ones who showed up for the audition had more assurance and were better actors. He said how difficult it was for him to find ugly actors with enough confidence to play the part.

    I agree with the E / I effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elaur View Post
    You are assuming personality shows up after looks.
    I think it might have some effect.

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    errrrr, I think I was born an ENFP, true muthafuckin' story.

    Sure there were some environmental factors, but I shit you not, by age three, if some MBTI expert were to see me interacting with my peers, and talk to my teachers, they would probably see me as an ENFP, and by primary school, my ENFP-ness was in full effect.

    Um, regarding looks, hmm, I don't know what to say, we are more or less born with our physical appearance, and yes, people do treat you differently depending on how you look, which is a sad fact about human nature.

    I don't even recall looking much in the mirror until I hit about age 12.

    I was basically an androgynous tomboy until I was 12, (I always had my secret boy crushes, though :blushing

    And, even post-12, I was still pretty tom-boyish, i don't know if this is an ENFP-chick thing, but I've heard that this happens with a lot with us.

    So, there.

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