The Aesthete (ESI – Ethical Sensory Introvert)

The Aesthete is a person of deep emotion and a good eye for aesthetics. Not uncommonly, they are and consider themselves to be artists in the craft of their preference. Most famous musicians, fashion designers, makeup artists, dancers, and photographers are of that type. Many times, the Aesthete effortlessly develops a personal style as they grow up. The best dressed people are often Aesthetes. They can be quite immaculate; or on the flip side, ignore their appearance in sake for loftier or more practical goals.

The Aesthete bears a particular kind of sensitivity which onlookers rarely get to see initially. They can be unforgiving and hold grudges or be surprisingly harsh – mostly when someone has hurt their feelings or impeached on something they consider of personal significance. Their boundaries to others are typically clear set. Some Aesthetes are more forgiving and have slightly weaker boundaries, but nevertheless there is always a point when they will cut the ties and move on. They can be very critical of who they let into their inner circle; it is not uncommon for the other person having to prove themselves as someone trustworthy first.

Many things can move an Aesthete emotionally; a piece of music, a painting, an image, a word, an action. In the hall of their feelings, there is a lot of resonance. But again, the depth of their internal emotionality is commonly not obvious; in that way, the Aesthete can paradoxically appear to be quite unemotional and unaffected by outside influence. On the rare occasion they communicate their feelings in an intimate setting, it is rather common for the Aesthete to keep a straight face. They prefer to express the depth of their emotion through indirect means; instead of laughing out loud or giving an emotional speech, the Aesthete is more likely going to write and sing a song, a letter, draw a painting, or similar. Even so, when an Aesthete feels as if they are surrounded by people of their inner circle or of value, they can be humorous or more lighthearted.

The Aesthete often feels the need to appear more logical and rational as a counterbalance to their internal emotionality. People may scold them for being too irrational and not making any logical sense; as a response, the Aesthete will try to learn theoretical knowledge and similar, but they do not like to delve too deeply into the mechanics of theories and systems; it becomes rather apparent it is not their strong suit and they do not truly care for it. They much prefer factual knowledge which is of a more practical nature and has stronger ties to observable reality. They usually like to rely on other individuals who seem competent at the area of their interest, rather than learning the details of the theories themselves.

In that manner, the Aesthete admires people who are organized and knowledgable on a wide range of topics, who are enterprising and influential, who are more practical and efficient than them, and who have a vision for the future. The Aesthete is commonly intrigued by means to observe a future or how to manage their time more properly; employing those means often becomes a hobby or pastime activity for the Aesthete. Many Aesthetes are spiritual or believe in a god; they like to feel as if their life has greater meaning.

Despite their lack of strong logic, the Aesthete manages to be influential on a more visceral level. They find ways to obtain a higher or estimated rank in social groups of their choosing. It is not clear how exactly the Aesthete accomplishes this; people cannot help but feel like the Aesthete has an influence over them and is of value. They act similarly in the romantic or sexual domain; very subtly they are able to make suitors they already have an eye on pursue them, or to have a hand on the direction of the relationship’s development. Once someone has entered their inner circle or won their heart, they are often very direct and clear about what they like, want, and so forth. Also, what they lack in practical know-how, they can compensate by being relentlessly pursuing their goals or developing a strong work ethic. They are capable at protecting and pushing forward their interests.

It can be incredibly challenging to convince an Aesthete of alternative possibilities or meanings when they do not fit into the feelings an Aesthete has about the situation or topic. Aesthetes can be extremely resistant to change, especially when it occurs in the outside world. Often times, Aesthetes are quite set in their ways and react quite negatively if someone tries to make them change their ways. It is not uncommon for an Aesthete to stay in the same mindset for many years, or to meet an Aesthete many years later and not much will have changed about them at all. Aesthetes are usually more mature from rather early on, and this maturity carries on to the years to come; this is why typically people take them more seriously than other types. Aesthetes are amongst the people who will change the least in their lives; and that can both be a blessing and a curse. Both positive traits and negative issues are most likely going to remain, unless a major life event will force them to change their perspective.


There are specific variations of the Aesthete.

Those variations can be grouped into Fi subtype and Se subtype.

Fi subtype Aesthetes share one or several of those traits:
Stereotypically introverted; more invested in spiritual, mystical, or abstractly creative endeavors or interests; more in need of practical help and guidance; more sensitive and touchy.

Se subtype Aesthetes share one or several of those traits:
”Ambiverted“ (can be mistaken for an extrovert); more visibly pushy or even ”bossy“; more impulsive; more into sports and forming their body into an impressive physique; more logical/less emotional (can be mistaken for a Logical type).

An Aesthete who falls into both categories more or less is mostly likely the No subtype kind.

Besides the above, other variations are:
More moody and abstract (Type 4); more on edge and/or energetic (Type 6); more appeasing and easygoing (Type 9).


The Ego of the Aesthete/ESI:

  1. Introverted Feeling
  2. Extroverted Sensing

The Super-IdIntroverted Intuition and Extroverted Thinking

The weakest: Extroverted Thinking and Extroverted Intuition

The strongest: Introverted Feeling and Introverted Sensing

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