That title in a nutshell is what I’m talking about in this larger political and cultural sense.
It all started with the personal computer. The personal computer (any computer really) is the INTP type made manifest via a machine.
This all started around the time of Microsoft and Bill Gates (INTP) ascendancy into your life with the personal computer ubiquitous OS of Windows.
But, before Bill Gates it was generally the time of the computer coming. He just happened to be the one that is most responsible and successful at bringing it into everyone’s home. Everyone has a PC. It started with business applications like Excel.
The thing was the computers were mainly associated in culture with geeks ie INTP type.
But, the ENFP is the main type responsible for making the geek cool. Remember (if you are in a position to), it didn’t used to be like that.
And it is primarily the social component of the internet and by extension social media that the ENFP is most interested in.
Arguably, the ENFP type is the most social of all types and the most socially savvy of all types via things like social networking, marketing, and in general, just making things look cool and trendy.
I think the birth of portable communications devices like smart phones and the social media networks have been the ENFP form of Utopia.
Somewhere in the main gist of all this enters Steve Jobs, the main cultural figure in the form of an entrepreneur that is most responsible for the creation of the modern day figure known as the hipster.
You see, now I get it. I look at types collectively, not just personally and individually. In culture and society (and politics inescapably) certain types come into ascendancy, which changes the social, cultural, and political climate around us. It changes the context.
For example, I have written about the role of ENFP in the sixties, but, this was not in an INTP context, and hence, has them looking quite different from the ENFP of today.
You can read my article on ENFP (Hippies, Hipsters, and Hypocrites) to understand my take on them in that 60’s context, which, was really an INFJ context more than anything.
A lot of these ENFPs that made the sixties popular and cool (mainstream) eventually sold out and became the yuppies and then espoused the opposite ideals of commercialism, marketing, corporatism, and so on. They were still liberals though, more or less.
So, the new generation of liberals (which I assign to ENFP temp) are again young and idealistic, except this time instead of operating in an INFJ context of art, ideas, revolution etc. they are in the context of the personal computer age with the internet coming into ascendancy in the late 90’s in everyone’s home, just like the PC had started to do maybe a decade earlier. They’re in an INTP context.
Which I think has led to ENFPs morphing (they’re really good at this apparently I’m finding out) into this receptacle and context so that they can reflect the new look, the new cool.
You see, I was confused before and it’s all because of the ENFP temperament. I was looking for those ENFPs of the sixties who look more like INFJs.
The new ENFPs look more like INTPs. They have adopted the INTP look and of course as per their main motivation of being cool and hip have made it cool and hip to be a geek.
This type of new look came on my radar in the late 90’s. I covered some of this in my Donald Trump Lightning Dream article. I’m pretty much referring to the new ENFP type when I talk about new liberals/hipsters.
In the sixties, they were hippies, in the new millennium, they’re hipsters. That is the primary difference between the new and old ENFPs in two words. Both of them are hypocrites, but, well, they just can’t avoid being hip I guess.
INFJs were the beatniks rather than hippies. And INTPs…well, they were always just true geeks rather than cool geeks or hipsters.
So, I don’t know if any of you remember, but, I do. It was around the turn of the millennium that this new ENFP/liberal started to come into its ascendancy.
I remember it particularly and firstly with this kind of appropriation of the grunge look of the early 90’s, but, instead of the true grunge look, which wasn’t even a look because people from that place genuinely dress in flannel and are unkempt because they live in an economically depressed area of the country and work in blue collar professions such as logging.
Anyway, I started to see the carefully coiffed bed head look. That was the first thing I started to notice. These were the first hipsters. I don’t remember there being a name for this at the time (late 90’s/early 2000’s), but, upon retrospection, there was this new look coming in that was like a slick grunge look.
O, yes, and most of these slick grungy kids with the carefully crafted disarray were skinny whiteboy teenagers to twenty-somethings.
Also, it was the grunge movement in music that was the last true rebellion against…well, these very ideals that these ENFP hipsters hold dear.
You see, the ENFP is a difficult type because it is an Idealistic type (NF) but it is the mutinous member of that category.
And they LOOK LIKE the epitome of whatever true rebellion is going on at the time. Like, they bring whatever movement is going on into its full flowering and ascendancy and they inevitably end up fucking that movement up because they have superficialized it and made it decadent. This is exactly what they did in the 60’s. What is most known about the 60’s to most people? What the ENFPs did with the 60’s – peace, love, flowers in your hair, free love etc. That’s the image of the 60’s in popular consciousness now. ENFP did that.
ENFPs simultaneously make things cool and IN and destroy the true ideals of them. It’s not rebellion, but, the look of rebellion that’s important to them. It’s not true radicalism and change that’s important to them, but, the sound of radical talk and the talk of change. Believe me, all they’re going to do is nothing except walk around and talk around and spread it via networks.
ENFPs are genius marketers. I think that is their quintessential claim to fame.
They could take anything and make it cool.
Shit, look what they did to the geeks. These motherfucking ENFPs actually made geeks the IN thing. It’s fucking amazing to me.
Dude, geeks used to be the very opposite of cool. They were the dorks, the nerds, the math heads, the one’s that made computers, the ones that programmed computers, the ones that wore those thick black-rimmed spectacles (which ENFPs have appropriated big time in their new look). They were socially retarded and hung out with each other in math and Dungeons and Dragons clubs.
Man, ENFPs have done these INTP geeks a huge favor.
And somehow this all takes me up to present day with the recent winning of the presidential election by Donald Trump. It’s all ending, this ENFP domination of culture and politics via INTP context.
It reached its height with the winning of the 2008 election by Obama and has been getting crazier and crazier with each passing year.
All this outrage we are seeing from the liberals right now is a result of this extreme ENFP death gasp.
And again, it was the ENFP type (collectively, as a collective type) that has caused and planted the seeds for their own death.
Though, the question remains in mind if the collective ENFP has done a favor to the INTP type or not. By popularizing ideals, they inevitably sell them out. In the case of the INTP, I don’t know that this matters. And perhaps, they are indifferent to it. Not as true in the INFJ case, I don’t think.
Also, one has to take into account the natural relationship that exists between the ENFP and the INTP type. Again, this is not usually done in the Myers-Briggs form of Jung’s work. It is done in Socionics, another branch of Jung’s work on Psychological Types.
So, basically, the ENFP type looks up to the INTP type. The INTP is the natural father/superego (positive version of superego) to the ENFP. I think ENFPs generally wish to impress the INTP type. One of the ways they do this is by taking on more of the traits of the INTP (or trying to).
The trait I’m thinking of that many of these modern ENFPs have tried to take on is introverted thinking in the INTP mode ie computer thinking.
And I think this has made ENFP virtually unrecognizable.
You see, an ENFP can take any mode or function and try to emulate it and try it on. So, if you were expecting to see the ENFP that had that Sixties look of the more intuitive and feeling hippy type, you will be looking in vain.
They now look like INTPs.
Look for thick black spectacles, a calm detachment, and a very subdued and reasonable demeanor. They tend towards thinness, many of them have smart phones (iPhones mostly because they are into brands like Apple and Steve Jobs is their religious leader), some of them I noticed have started to hold their phones at eye level to their face while they are walking in public places. This is basically the ENFP equivalent of telling you to go fuck yourself (wow, how rebellious). Look for a snide, snarky, yet, reasonable demeanor. They are being careful in this age of the INTP to not appear too emotional and irrational.
And so this might be why I can’t type Obama as I revealed in last post (audio recording).
You see, Obama might just be one of this new breed of ENFP.
Also, see my response to a comment on that post that kind of sums this all up in a way (scroll down past Lunar’s comments to see my response to original commenter Kevin K.) (no offense lunar, I love your comments:laughing:).
I will be very curious to see what the ENFP collectively does in this new and coming age of Trump.
Because when Bush came along after Clinton, the liberals (ENFP) couldn’t appropriate him, so, they had to make fun of him. Another thing ENFPs are good at is satirizing the living hell out of famous figures.
But, Trump presents a bit of a wild card that way (I would say). Yes, he’s Republican and yes they have been satirizing the living hell out of him up until the election, but, I think there is something interesting in store for this ENFP collective type.
It’s almost like a confusion for them in a way. Since they like to be on the side that is winning if that is at all possible without sacrificing being cool and hip and free to do as they please.
I mean, Trump is like The Fool archetype (from Tarot) that already has built-in self-satirization. So, the ENFP primary weapon of making people they don’t like look like idiots has failed and I think will continue to fail because Trump is already outside that scope. His victory and continued efficacy does not depend on that.
As a matter of fact, one of the primary reasons he won is because of the very reason that people are sick of this whole ENFP hyper-liberal empty protest type thing.
ENFPs have run out of gas and need to find another type to appropriate.
Alright, I’m starting to feel crazy, so, I’ll stop here and leave it open to consideration.