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Question #1246172601Sunday, 28-Jun-2009
Category: Enneagram Typing Appearance
I knew an ESTp, or maybe an ESFp who dressed in a completely different way from everyone else and really stood out, which made me think he was enneagram type 4. However, apperently this combination is almost unheard of.... If it doesn't mean he wants to be an individual, what does it mean? -- Simon the INFp
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A1 ESps, dressing and expressing individuality, that's a thought-provoking topic... looks like you’re going to get a whole analysis Well if you’re interested, here it is: ESps believe that everyone has the right to be different. Although much was written about ESps thinking of people as of mere pieces on the chessboard and it's partly true – when an ESp needs to get something done and they themselves don‘t know how, the first thing they do is they remember people who could be asked to do it – but they always treat everyone as an individual. They never think of people in terms of "fifty tourists", "thirty students" or "another boring client". It's their Se that sees all objects specifically, seperated one from another. So they usually don’t condemn anyone who looks differently – if everyone looked the same, they’d be bored - and have no hindrances coming to the conclusion that they might try to look very specifically themselves. That's the first, Se aspect. The second aspect differs according to the types. If your acquaintance is an ESTp, his style might mean he considers this type of clothes most comfortable or suiting his social role or identity (Ti-Fe), like an ESTp belly dancer might wear Eastern style clothes on the street, an ESTp pastor might be wearing an old-fashioned pastor cloak and hat even though the rules of his church don't demand it; or an African ESTp living in Europe might be wearing African clothes because he's proud of his identity. If he's an ESFp, the same as with ESTps applies, plus it could also mean he wants to express his individuality (at least it is quite common with educated ESFps at the Faculty of Arts where I work). It's our Fi, making us either develop our sense of aesthetics and wear the style that, in our opinion, suits our figure most, even if it's unusual, or become fond of some exotic style and let it influence our closet. But we only use elements of the style that are comfortable and can be accepted by our Fi. And Fi is unpredictable, usually you can't tell in advance what it accepts. And as we are extroverts, we like to show what we like. It’s more like presenting something on you because you have a good relationhsip with it and it creates your individuality and identity. (All this applies to some ENFps and ESFjs, too.) We ESFps also want very much not to be treated just as a number (a trait shared by all Eps), and so all this makes for the probability that we’ll wear something unusual. But unlike some Ns, especially some NFs, and that’s probably what you meant when you mentioned the enneagram, we don’t choose clothes to reflex our view of the world and the state of our mind. We have both, but we don’t consider it very important. It’s all simply more about choosing specific pieces of clothes and the make-up that you like and you don’t care much whether it‘s conventional or eye-catching or whatever. – Another note: I’ve noticed that we ESPs aren‘t always able to match the pieces of our outfit perfectly, as if already bought to match both in style and in colour; this is something INFjs are great at. – Well I hope it’s understandable and that it helps... -- Ezis (ESFp)
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A2 Ah. I was going to add that 'he dresses like a punk, but I never see punks anywhere anymore' so that explains that, lol. Thanks for your time! -- Simon the INFp
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