Aleksandar of Hohenburg: ISTJ

Leviathan, F. Scott Westerfeld

Introverted Sensing (Si): Alek lives in the past and future simultaneously. He is always comparing his present situations to past experiences and as a result, he has no problem learning from his mistakes. He finds it difficult to move past traumatic events in his past (his parent’s murder), but is also constantly thinking of the goals he has for the future. He has a very specific vision of what he wants to do with his life, and he views this as a “destiny” that he is obligated to fulfill. When it comes to accepting fact, Alek needs the details to be explained in depth, for without evidence, he is reluctant to accept anything as truth. He likes life to be predictable and gets discouraged when things don’t go as planned, or when surprises (such as finding out that Deryn is a girl) enter his life. He is very cautious in his approach to life and consequently, is hesitant to try new things.

Extroverted Thinking (Te): Alek is very focused on taking action to make his goals a reality. He spends quite a large amount of time visualizing what he wants to accomplish politically, and despite his hesitation to try new things, he has the ability to recognize what needs to be done and take necessary action. He has no difficulty in setting aside whims and momentary desires when he can see that more pressing things need to be done. Alek is a planner, and does not waver in his steps from point A to B. As soon as he completes his goal of stopping Tesla etc. Alek immediately sets out to develop further plans (does he want to continue his political career? or stay with Deryn?).

Introverted Feeling (Fi): Alek is deeply emotional, and his mood does not change relative to other people or situations. He does not like to talk about his feelings, although he will confide in carefully selected individuals. Deryn knows what it’s like to have a parent die, and so Alek is more comfortable opening up to her than anyone else. His care in choosing a confident is also a major reason for his anger towards Deryn when he finds out that she has lied to him. When he does share his emotions, he is more comfortable doing so when the person he is confiding in has shared personal experiences. Alek puts a great deal of energy into the activities that are important to him, and he has a strong desire to help others. He has a strong sense of morality and actively considers his beliefs about right and wrong in his decisions.

Extraverted Intuition (Ne): Alek enjoys taking things apart and building them. He is quick to learn how to build and operate machinery and draw connections between seemingly unrelated concepts. Alek has good instincts and often goes on hunches that letter prove to be correct. He is full of ideas and possibilities and it is because of this that he is able to ally with the Darwinists. He focuses on the big-picture when it comes to decision making, asking, “What do I want long-term?” rather than “What do I want now?”


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