Theory of Everything
Ni: Stephen Hawking is a problem solver who’s goal is “complete understanding of the universe.” He also likes to describe himself as “master of the universe.” Many of his arguments contain intuitive leaps that are only followable because he provides the Te evidence necessary to prove them (I say prove…nothing can really be proved. All you can do is disprove). Hawking is good at visualizing the universe –it’s been said his brain is like a giant virtual map. Hawking is known for zoning out of the physical world while he problem solved. He always theorizes and fully works through his ideas before voicing them.
Te: Hawking is a logical reasoner, who bases his arguments off of empirical evidence. He has coped with his ALS by cultivating his mind constantly. As a college student, Hawking got lazy when his mind wasn’t stimulated enough. He didn’t study much in school, but got straight As. He was known for being the kid who sat at the back of the lecture hall and asked uncomfortable questions. He didn’t always pay close enough attention to people’s feelings, which ended up in a peaceful divorce with his first wife (they’re still good friends, but they both agreed his first love was science).
Fi: Stephen’s parents were oxford scholars who wanted Stephen to become a doctor, but Stephen had his own plan (go to Cambridge and become a cosmologist). He wanted to discover something authentically original. Hawking has contemplated religion throughout his life, changing his mind over time as to whether he believes or doubts God. It took him a while to learn to accept other people’s help for his ALS.
Se: While at Cambridge, Stephen loved to dance and was part of the rowing team. On the rowing team, Stephen was known for taking risks that ended up ruining boats.
I watched soooo many documentaries to type Stephen, in addition to reading some of his excellent books, of course. Some people type him as an INTP, but they do it because he didn’t hole up and hide in a cave while he was in college.
Some geniuses even type him as an ESFP based on the fact that he liked to dance. Fun fact…I’m an INTJ. I like to dance. I spend every weekend at swing dance parties.
What we have to remember is that interests do not determine type. Neither do stereotypes.