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V.I.
 
V.I. (Visual Identification) is the fastest and most reliable method of Type identification of today. It works on the principle that an inner process will always manifest itself through its outer boundaries - a sack with a brick will have a different shape than a sack with a football (Fig.1).

Analogously, mental processes inside the human head will have their manifestation through the face, the eyes and the appearance of an individual. Since the major part of one's mental activity is carried out according to their Type, there is a significant correlation between the type and the look of a person. In other words, people of the same Type look similar.

In the same way people can tell women from men by their looks, it is also possible to distinguish between the Psychological Types of people. Each Type has peculiar features in their appearance and it is possible to recognise and identify those features. There are groups of people within the same Type that share similar looks. This leads to a number of different looks that can be associated with the same Type.

The looks have to be memorised and they often include behavioural peculiarities as well as facial features. The ability to recognise the look often depends on personal qualities, meaning that some people are better at V.I. than others. If the looks have been associated with wrong types, it may cause problems with correct Type identification in the future. Here are some examples:

Malcolm McDowell
Type #1
Sting
Type #2
  
William Sadler
Type #3
Everett McGill
Type #4

Type #1 shares a common look with Type #2 in the same way as Type #3 shares it with Type #4. Although Types #1 and #2 look different from Types #3 and #4, they all share looks peculiar to the Logical-Sensory Introvert - ISTj. The "Types and celebrities" page also contains several good examples of how people of the same Type can share similar looks.

People of the same Type with similar looks very rarely look very similar. Because of this, every newly memorised face contains a "key" quality that has potential to "unlock" several other unknown faces. Here are some examples:

Terence Stamp
Type #5
Jack Palance
Type #6

Type #5 has some similarities with Types #1, #2, #3 and #4, whereas Type #6 has these similarities only with Types #3 and #4.

In conclusion, V.I. is most effective when used in conjunction with proper functional analysis, but as any other methods of Type identification, V.I. is also not infallible. As mentioned before, it is very important to make the right associations Type => Face on the earlier stages of working with V.I. and correct functional analysis can help to do so.

You may also want to check this link for more clarification on V.I.
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