OrangeAppled obviously does not see what I see in ESTp's.
ESTp's actually appear cold. Their outgoing nature and social charm, while friendly, is not warm like that an ENFj's or ESFj's. Their humor and flirting still has a cold flavor to it.
Inside ESTp's are, not just warm, but exceptionally warm people. Compassionate and caring, most definitely, but weak Fe and the defenses put up by Se causes that to not come across to everyone. But since INFp's do not rely on Fi to assess a person's inner state but Ni, that allows us to see the inner ESTp. Something that ESTp's have told me also is that doses of Fe from others, in a socially "safe" environment, will lower their defenses which also brings out their inner warmth. I have personally witnessed this as well.
Yes superficially, ESTp's will seem like meatheads. Your definition of N=cerebral is. . .how to put it nicely. . .WAY off the mark. I mean like WAY off . Yes they are sensors so they will place considerable emphasis on the physical world. But don't forget, ESTp's auxiliary function is Ti. They are thinkers. Not only that, their thinking is lightening quick. This is also something that I discovered only after working closely with an ESTp and also in retrospect about a past boss I had who I realized later was an ESTp.Originally Posted by OrangeAppled
Now, intellectual/cerebral in the sense of dreaming up ideas and philosophizing? Yes you are correct that you will not find this so much in the ESTp. ESTp's are doers. They put that impressive Ti to work in a wholly pragmatic way. The Ti is what mediates their social charm (reacting cleverly to people's reactions, instantaneously!) and their impressive oratorial talent. At work, give them a problem to solve and they will use their Ti brilliantly to find out the info they need, to get all their questions answered, all for the purpose of getting things done and reaching goals.
ESTp's also usually dont want you to KNOW about their Ti, whether it's because they're modest, or because it's one of their secret weapons (or both). So they will put on an act like they're brainless. Don't be fooled. (sorry ESTp's for outing you!)