Guest Post by Jessica Prescott, INFJ
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Introverted Sensing (Si): The single most important influence on Rey’s thought processes and decision-making is her attachment to the past. She endures a comfortless existence on Jakku, sustained solely by the hope that the family who abandoned her there fifteen years earlier will one day return to find her. So tenaciously does she cling to this belief, in fact, that even after narrowly escaping from Jakku with her life, Rey’s first reaction is to insist on returning there as soon as possible: “I’ve been gone too long already.” Rey is also an avid collector of legends and lore about the old days of the Jedi, and she clearly respects Han Solo for the part he played in those stories (a respect which Se-user Finn does not share). She has an excellent memory for detail and can give Han an exact history of everything that has happened to the Millennium Falcon since it’s been on Jakku (including all the repairs/alterations it has undergone).
Extroverted Thinking (Te): Rey is a strong-willed, forceful individual—a natural “boss” type who elects herself commander-in-chief of the Jakku escape attempt with an assurance reminiscent of Leia Skywalker. While she certainly respects Han Solo, she never allows herself to be over-awed by him; on the contrary, she demands respect from him in return. Rey’s communication style is blunt and straightforward, and she tends to translate her thoughts directly into words, without much concern for their diplomatic appropriateness: “You’re a monster.” “That ship’s garbage.” “This droid says you stole him.” “This was a bad idea.” “None of your business.” “You will remove these restraints and leave this cell with the door open.”
Introverted Feeling (Fi): Rey’s feelings are strong, but they are also private. Marked displays of emotion or affection on her part are rare. She is reserved around others and expects them to give her plenty of space: “Stop taking my hand!” Like her friend (and fellow Fi-user) Finn, Rey has developed a personal, interior code of morality which is vastly different from that of the people around whom she has been raised—as we see, for instance, in the scene where she rescues BB-8 from the other scavenger: “He has no respect for anyone.”
Extroverted Intuition (Ne): Rey loves old Jedi stories and harbors secret dreams of one day becoming a Rebel pilot; but those dreams alone aren’t strong enough to pull her away from Jakku and the memories of her family (dominant Si). Rey’s Ne can also be seen in the occasional flashes of insight she experiences into other people’s motivations: “You’re . . . afraid . . . that you’ll never be as strong as Darth Vader.” She is not averse to using unconventional methods to solve problems; as, for instance, when she decided to try a mind-trick on the Stormtrooper guarding her cell. “And you will drop your weapon.” “And—I’ll drop my weapon.”