Guest Post by E. J., INTJ
Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
Dominant Te: Boromir is eager to lead other people. When Faramir wanted to go to Rivendell to learn the meaning of a strange dream (which Faramir had dreamed frequently, but Boromir had only dreamed once), Boromir insisted that he was more capable of making the journey than Faramir. Given that both of them were mature war leaders, the more likely explanation is that Boromir simply wanted to take charge of the situation. Faramir suspects that a rivalry would have sprung up between Aragorn and Boromir if Boromir had lived longer: regardless of whether Boromir claimed to accept Aragorn’s right to the throne, learning to defer to another man would have been difficult for him. Boromir can be very blunt, and he does not mind interrupting other people–even Gandalf–if he disagrees with them or thinks they are misrepresenting the facts. Boromir prefers to make his decisions using strictly empirical evidence, which sometimes brings him into conflict with the Ti-based choices of Gandalf and Aragorn.
Auxiliary Si: As soon as Boromir is allowed to make a speech at the Council of Elrond, he begins talking about Gondor’s role in upholding the traditions of Númenor, as well as his own memories of fighting to uphold those traditions. Unlike his Ne-using brother Faramir, however, he does not look far enough into the past to realize that Gondor’s current traditions under Denathor’s leadership are not entirely traditional. He defines the traditions of Númenor according to his own experiences and what his father has taught him. Boromir is unwilling to admit (despite abundant evidence to the contrary) that Gondor is weakening. His tendency to be more confident in his city than the circumstances warrant is the reason he wants to take the Ring to Gondor as soon as he learns of its discovery.
Tertiary Ne: Boromir can be receptive to new ideas–at least, if those ideas will protect Gondor and its traditions. As a result, he is willing to use the Ring, despite warnings from Gandalf and Elrond about its corrupting nature. He can occasionally suggest explanations that surprise others with weaker Ne. For instance, Boromir guesses that the mountain snow is due to Sauron’s interference in the weather, and the more knowledgeable Gandalf confirms that Boromir’s speculation actually has some validity.
Inferior Fi: Boromir has a tendency to let practical considerations override moral questions. He usually thinks more in terms of what needs to be done rather than what ought to be done. Boromir’s relatively weak moral code leaves him overly dependent on his father’s opinions, but he pays little attention to the opinions of other people, even those demonstrably wiser than his father. Boromir is less concerned with preserving harmony than with convincing others to do what he considers best. Nevertheless, he does care about the lives of his relatives and companions. Despite their father’s favoritism toward Boromir and dislike of Faramir, Boromir consistently protects his younger brother, and a good relationship exists between them. Boromir ultimately sacrifices his life to save Merry and Pippin, although they are not of central importance to the quest.
Guest post by Andrew, ENTJ
Introverted Sensing (Si): Padme is a traditionalist, and avoids unnecessary change. She seeks to preserve the customary principles of pacifism and democratic governance in both her home planet of Naboo and in the wider Galactic Republic. Even when Palpatine transforms the Republic into the Empire, Padme urges her colleagues in the Senate to feign complicity with the new regime, and to continue all resistance underground. Padme conducts herself in a way that is consistent with her station in life, and expects others to do the same; she refuses more protection than the average senator even when attempts are made on her life, and she initially rejects Anakin’s romantic advances because it is considered improper for him to make the Continue reading
Guest Post by Elizabeth Travis, ISTJ
Dominant Introverted Sensing (Si): Zoe prefers to live in a way she is accustomed to, working with the Captain that she served with during the war. During the war Zoe took her orders from Malcolm Reynolds and continues to do so onboard Serenity, serving as his second-in-command. She is the only one of the crew to regularly call Captains Reynolds ‘Sir’. Even though the war has been over for six years, it is still fresh in Zoe’s mind and affects her on a regular basis, like cutting up an apple instead of biting into it because she once saw another soldier blown up by biting into an apple which had been rigged. She does not mind routine and prefers to follow methods that have worked before. Continue reading
Guest Post by Andrew, ENTJ
Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling
Introverted Thinking (Ti): Viktor speaks little and chooses his words carefully. Although he is widely beloved across the wizarding world, he is largely indifferent to, say, the favoritism he receives from his headmaster, or the constant swooning of fangirls. His method of rescuing Hermione in the second Triwizard task is not so straightforward, but it does have some theoretical sense. When Viktor suspects a more-than-friendly relationship between Harry and Hermione, he questions Harry in private in order to inform himself; in doing this, he not only puts more stock in words than empirical evidence, but he also shows obliviousness to the social implications of talking to Harry under these circumstances (because he is from a Dark Arts-oriented school, Durmstrang). As a Seeker in Quidditch matches, Viktor largely operates alone, leaving teamwork to the other players. Continue reading
Guest Post by Andrew, ENTJ
Dune series, Frank Herbert
Extroverted Feeling (Fe): Leto is blessed with charisma, and is very popular among the noble families of the empire – so much so that even the emperor himself is afraid of his influence. Even though he realizes the necessity of waging war against the Harkonnens, he hates actually doing it, because it requires the killing of people who just happen to be in the way. Leto is someone who cares very much about others: not only his family, but also lowly people he doesn’t know, and the lengths he goes to in order to help people out can win over even those who expected the worst of him. When he is assigned to govern Arrakis, he would rather work with the native Fremen than work against them. Continue reading
First of all, thank you to all of you who have been kind and respectful, and ultimately, all those who have successfully torn down the language barrier between us.
I speak multiple languages and am more than familiar with the struggle of trying to communicate with native speakers of languages that I am not perfect at. I am also very familiar with the difficulties of trying to communicate with non-native speakers of my own native language (English). Now, being well versed in the problems of both sides of this struggle, I would like to address a few things that have caused disagreements on this blog in the past.
Bottom Line: Meaning will always be Lost in Translation Continue reading
Guest Post by Sylver, ISTP
Doctor Who/The Sarah Jane Adventures
Introverted Sensing (Si): Sarah Jane is first and foremost concerned with how things have been. She is the first to notice changes in time (ex. ‘That book was closed when I set it down’). She remembers in great detail – and with very little effort – the details of things that happened to her in her childhood, including the exact story that her aunt told her about the day her parents died. Every alien she’s ever met, she remembers, no matter how long it’s been since she saw it, and she will use whatever method worked in the past to defeat them. She is also very sentimental, and remembers the story behind each one of the mementos artifacts she hoards keeps. Continue reading