Scout Finch: ENFP

Atticus Finch ENFP | To Kill a Mockingbird #MBTI #ENFP

Extroverted Intuition (Ne): Scout has an avid imagination. She loves all the differing stories she hears about Boo Radley and is distraught when she finds out that she will no longer be able to read stories with Atticus before bed. She’s quite intelligent for such a young child, and draws wild connections between impossibly unconnected information. She’s able to figure out all sorts of things that she probably shouldn’t be able to (like, who Boo Radley is etc.). She has instincts for understanding people and people-situations that serve to save her Dad loads of trouble.


Introverted Feeling (Fi): Scout is strong willed and independent. She dislikes wearing a dress, going to school and needing to behave like the other children. Scout as a profound need to stand up for what’s important to her…and in her mind, standing up for something often translates to violence. She genuinely wants to show love towards everyone, and that includes some of the stranger folk in the neighbourhood (Boo Radley, for example).

Atticus Finch INTJ | To Kill a Mockingbird #MBTI #INTJ

Extroverted Thinking (Te): She talks often to complete strangers and states the facts quite honestly. She can reach reasonable conclusions based on the connections that she makes, and listens avidly to her father as he reasons with her to view morality in certain ways. Younger, she has a hard time not allowing her emotions to overwhelm her, but in time, her reasoning becomes more balanced and she’s able to control her behaviour to a greater extent.

Atticus Finch ENFP | To Kill a Mockingbird #MBTI #ENFP

Introverted Sensing (Si): Scout is embarrassed enough by the prospect of walking home without her dress that she’s willing to wear a silly costume to cover up. She’s sentimental about the past, asks loads of questions about her mother and any object that has a connection to a person or time in the past. She has a good memory for detail.

Note: Scout is canonically accepted as an INFP. However, Scout is more extraverted than introverted. Plenty of people recognise this, but still accept her as an INFP simply because they “heard she was based off of Harper Lee.” Regardless of whether she exhibits the same Jungian functions as the author of the book, she shows them in a different hierarchal order.

10 thoughts on “Scout Finch: ENFP

  1. I would imagine that knowing the consequences is both a blessing and a curse. And thank you for your compliment on my previous observation.


    • It is very often both. It’s a curse in that it causes disillusionment when it’s clear that negative consequences are in store, but a life saving blessing when it comes to planning ahead and making good decisions.


  2. Scout has a very developed thought process for a child in general. Looking back now after reading the book, I feel that Atticus’s parenting style (especially the discussions he would have with Scout about morality) is largely responsible for this. He was the one who made her NeFi so strong. It seems that dominant Ne can be made stronger by an outside dominant Ni influence.


      • Your comment has summed up how my dad (INTJ) has to deal with me (ISFJ) and my mom (ESTJ) in one sentence. He just knows the consequences of life decisions.


        • Yet there is nothing more effective at inspiring a jaded Ni soul than the hope, enthusiasm, and wonder Ne types offer. Of course I’m speaking personally – I just wanted to point out the way that Ne pushes Ni to try and try, try again! I can’t count the number of times a xNFP made me feel again or an xNTP piqued my curiosity in intellectual pursuits. Most recently, an ENTP professor reminded me of my love for mathematics when he recounted the history of cryptography in such a colorful, moving way.


        • I have an ISFP and an ENFP that help me to feel. My INTP Dad is also quite good at recognising when I need to stop working and feel things.


        • In regards to your comment A I’m glad to hear that INTJs indeed suffer from disillusionment. I was worried that my question about this a while back would have roused disgust in you from what you would see as Fi weakness. This ties in with my response to Eryn in that Ni can be so adept at spotting patterns and foreseeing the outcomes of one’s actions that it can be very difficult to not give up in account of the ‘futility’ of it all. This is of course until you find others that believe we can make a difference and fight back against the status quo (usually NPs in my experience, haven’t gotten to know an INJ close enough to see that side of them yet).

          I don’t know if this ever happens to INJ’s since Ni is their dominant function, but I know from other’s experience and my own that this can happen to Ni in other positions. Quite often for tertiary Ni.


        • Yep, it happens quite severely in INxJs. INTJs do have the advantage of a Te function that often insists we keep moving forward despite the disillusionment, so we’re fortunate as far as that goes, but it doesn’t remove the disillusionment itself.



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