Fred Astaire: ISFP

Fred Astaire ISFP | The Book Addict's Guide to MBTI #ISFP

Fi: Fred was a romantic who loved to partner dance. Once his sister got married, he was free to choreograph romantic dances. At the same time, he was reluctant to embrace the romantic approach because he didn’t like to scream his feelings to the world. Fred was a resolved individual, dedicated to his craft like no other. Constantly being told at auditions that he couldn’t sing, dance or act only further motivated him to work harder, until he eventually rose to fame. After his sister got married, he was reluctant to join other dance teams because he wanted to be known as his own man. Astaire had high standards, for is personal life and for his dancing life.

Fred Astaire ISFP | The Book Addict's Guide to MBTI #ISFP

Se: Fred was an incredibly talented dancer. He not only practiced hard, but he dancing came naturally to him. As a kid, despite not having as many years of dance lessons, he surpassed his elder sister Adele’s dancing abilities and quickly came to outshine the rest of the family. Fred choreographed his family’s dancing acts while his sister added humour. Refused dance lessons initially, but learned by imitating his sister (i.e. autodidact). He was eventually convinced against his anti-team dancing resolve when told that Ginger Rogers raised his sex appeal. Fred loved dancing so much that he didn’t really retire from it.

Fred Astaire ISFP | The Book Addict's Guide to MBTI #ISFP

Ni: By age 14, Fred was the brains of his family’s dancing act. He actively sought out new ideas and had taken on the role of musician in the group. Fred was constituently striving to widen his repertoire. He was precocious at most things he did, especially dancing, and learned primarily by trial and error. Fred based his dancing styles not only by watching his sister, but by picking out icons and imitating them. Astaire is credited with multiple innovations in musical films.

Fred Astaire ISFP | The Book Addict's Guide to MBTI #ISFP

Te: Fred was an organizer. Though not the oldest in his family’s dancing group, he became their primary organizer. He was good at negotiating with film makers and the like in order to get his innovations into films. He insisted that music and dance be incorporated to move plot along chronologically rather than to interrupt it.


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