Keirsey talks about the Guardians and Idealists being cooperative and the Rationals and Artisans being utilitarian. Probably the easiest way to spot an Artisan in my opinion is the utilitarian function. I tend to be pretty confrontational and straightforward but realize most people don't relish such an approach so I tone it down quite a bit (except online in the INTP discussion forum where I am almost always being an abrasive prick but hey notice how nice and sweet I am when I'm here with you guys). I always know when I'm talking to an Artisan is because when I get a little provocative/combative they always immediately start to "exchange blows" so to speak. I know they probably aren't Gaurdians or Idealists. Not that those two temperaments can't be argumentative or confrontational but they don't do it the same way the Artisans and Rationals do.
So anyway my beautiful guiding principle is being destroyed by an ENFP I know. I was sure he was an ESTP "Doer" as they are called but he claims to be ENFP. He is very ambitious. He sets high goals and just goes after them with no real planning or depth of thought. His ideas are not realistic and he tries to make them realities in a non-linear, non-nonsensical, non-organized way which I thought must be the impulsive, hedonistic, in the moment, sensing, man of action qualities of the Artisan (in a very immature way of course in spite of the fact he is almost 25).
Nevertheless, he claims to be Idealist. I can see the idealism because his goals are pretty lofty/grand/magnificent/etc. To me his approach is not well thought out or efficient but perhaps he is going with this intuitions? He often comments how random, metaphorical, and non-linear his thought patterns are. Sounds like intuition. Um...But yeah I dunno he's very break-all-the-rules-and-get-things-done oriented in my view so I was sure he had to be an Artisan. (Though I despise this way of life and perhaps I am overly sensitive to it.) Can extroverted Idealists be like that? Aren't they a little more mellow? I know INFJ's and INFP's and they are not like that. INFJ's for sure. INFP's can be spontaneous and crazy when they want but I know a few of them and I can't imagine them ever acting like this guy does. Not on a regular basis. They're more caring/people oriented/poetic/drifters etc.
Do you think he is taking the test and scoring himself more intuitive than sensing by mistake? Is that likely to happen? Or can extroverted Idealists resemble Artisans at times?
P.S. Come to think of it my childhood friend I always thought was an ESFJ but I now realize he was most certainly an ENFJ. No doubt in my mind. He was similar to the ENFP I'm thinking of. He'd be kinda crazy and rebellious but he'd always apologize and make sure no one's feelings were hurt...and I think that's beyond just being an F. I've known F Artisans and he's gotta be an F Idealist. So seeing the ENFP I'm talking about is a P and not a J on top of this makes me think he really could be an idealist...
P.S.S. His goals are very spiritual, humanitarian, etc. and his methods of solving them are abstract I suppose. His whole thing is he thinks he can create this invention using magnets and electricity to improve agriculture in east Asia. Unbelievably stupid but it's not a concrete solution. He's devoted his whole life to this. "All in." Very passionate. Aren't the Idealists supposed to be passionate as well as intuitive, abstract, idealistic, interpersonal, etc.?
P.S.S.S. I am an INTP and one thing about me is I sometimes cannot stop generating new ideas in my mind that "need" to be added to my hypothesis/theory/whatever and it is a disgusting obsession that wastes huge amounts of time so I am writing this to force myself to stop.