Jul 302013

Although the NT type is, by most estimates, the smallest percentage of the population, of the four temperaments; I strongly suspect they comprise the greatest percentage of regular participants in this blog.  Amiable left this telling comment recently:

As an INTJ, I’m interested in how I present myself to others, and how i’m perceived by them. Only a few years ago did this begin to translate into an interest in style. And really only a year ago did the interest in style become an interest in fashion. And I suspect the interest in fashion is fading, and returning to an interest in style as I learn about what I like and dislike irregardless of fashion :)

Based on whether or not they care about style and/or fashion, The Conceptualizer (aka Rational) will tend to dress completely carelessly or for effect.  Sometimes what that looks like is a very cultivated look, such as that worn by the hero’s former boss who looked like a 60s businessman on workdays and a biker on weekends.  Another example is a guy who dressed like a gangster (suit, tie, trench coat, and hat) for church.

Why do you suppose it is so much easier to see these tendencies in what the boys wear? Or is it just easier to explain? 😉

  5 Responses to “MBTI Style: The Conceptualizer (NT)”

  1. I have no idea which type I am – always comes out different. But I have an idea why it is easier to see things in male attire. Recently read something where a guy opines that men have definite rules for dress – and are judged by this: what is appropriate when, how things are supposed to be worn, on an on. But that rules like this don’t exist for women because glamor trumps all. 😀 IOW, women are free to dress for effect and when men push against their conventional rules, for effect, it is an extremely strong statement.

    See this article for how they assign meaning to every little aspect of men’s casual dress. Very accurate, too, I would say.

    Even the sleeve rolling decoding is hilarious.

  2. That’s interesting . . . my husband (INTJ) definitely dresses for effect (however, it’s taken him to his 30s to get there) and conveys a unique and definite look. (Right now it’s a subtle Victorian/steampunk look with vests, bowties, hats, slightly longer hair and sideburns, and a pocketwatch, something that looks unique and yet fits within the dress code for court appearances.)

    I (ENTP) have yet to succeed in coming up with a consistent effect I want to convey. Or figured out how to convey it. Or something. My sister (INTP) goes happily for ubergeek: jeans (or cargo shorts), tshirt with geeky slogan, long-sleeved button down if needed for warmth. The trouble is, I want something a bit more feminine than that but I hate girly.

  3. LOL! I am INTJ too. Not a surprise that I love your blog, then.

  4. Vildy, that’s hilarious! Reminds me of the people, men and women, who tuck their t-shirts into their elastic-waist shorts for step aerobics. Not cool, but – hey! At least they are exercising 😉

    Your Majesty – thanks for your comments, they are really helpful to me. LOVE the steampunk influence for what your husband is doing! :). I wish you and I could hang out and/or go shopping; talking thru what you might want to do would help me alot. 🙂

  5. Yes – well stated. I dress for effect. It’s interesting to study the effects of what people wear and how they get treated. To me, at least. 🙂

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