Dominant Ni: Jane Austen was a future, big-picture oriented person. Her focus was on writing, and did not allow anything to remove her from that path. At one point she considered marriage, but considering the consequences of her decisions, decided not to. It was a choice between poverty in marriage to a man she loved and wealth in marriage to one she didn’t love. Neither choice suited her long-term goals, so Jane decided to stay single. She had a rapt understanding of people and even though she wasn’t particularly social herself, she understood the social lives of the people around her.
Auxiliary Te: Jane Austen was perfectly capable of keeping to deadlines, as it was her writing that supported her family. She wasn’t impulsive and tended to put her emotions out of the picture when making decisions. She was logical enough to both consider marriage to a man she didn’t love in exchange for wealth, and logical enough to decide against it in the knowledge that she would not be happy in such a marriage. She tended to be casually confrontational (for a woman) when it came to conversation, and often challenged people on their facts.
Tertiary Fi: Jane Austen’s novels supported her mother and family. She continued to pay for their survival despite her mother’s constant disapproval of her “unladylike” behaviours and lack of romantic life. Jane wanted her work to be meaningful to the people she knew and even agreed to mentor her niece. Despite all her logic, Jane Austen was motivated by her personal beliefs and inner-most feelings. She didn’t care what society thought so much as whether her actions lined up with what she personally believed to be right.
Inferior Se: Jane wasn’t one for tradition, and wasn’t hesitant to interrupt a men’s game of croquette to show them how it ought to be done. At times, she was overwhelmed by parties and liked to keep to herself at her little writing desk (seriously, though, I don’t know how she fit a piece of paper on that thing). Jane Austen had an appreciation for nature, and like Miss Elizabeth Bennett, set aside time in her days for long walks in the countryside.
Funny enough, as an INTJ myself, I only half like her writing…I have to be in the right mood.