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.”
13 thoughts on “Rey – Star Wars: ISTJ”
I think you got the functions right but perhaps in the wrong order. To me she is a very mature INFP (another reason why she plays so well opposite the Kylo Ren character who is a strong INTJ with an underdeveloped Fi) The chemistry between powerful INFP/INTJs can be extremely violent – both good and bad.
I agree she definitely has a strong Si/Te which is why I can see how you would want to type her as an ISTJ, however this, from my perspective, is a result of an INFP that has been forced to go through difficult challenges and had to rely on herself for survival. This leaves her Fi/Ne as being guarded or controlled and not out in the open as many INFPs can behave.
She is definitely an intuitive-feeler dominate though. She relies on her feelings to make her most important decisions and her intuition to guide this process.
I’m waiting for the real typing Kylo Ren. (I hope you also agree that it is a INFP and not IxFJ)
Dude, I . . . I have no idea what Kylo Ren’s type is. He’s so messed-up I’ve never been able to figure him out.
Now that you bring it up, though, INFP does make more sense, intuitively, than the ISFJ typings I’ve seen. He’s all about ME and MY FEELINGS and MY PROBLEMS–to the complete exclusion of everybody else–which does sound like an immature/unhealthy Fi-dom. And his obsession with trying to be just like his grandfather, Darth Vader, could be a sign of low-order Si.
A while back, I did a post about Finn being an ISFP:
Force Awakens MBTI- Finn ISFP – MBTI MANIA
I love hearing different opinions on his type so please please comment! 🙂
Loved your post! I put a comment :-)
Excellent post. Would you say Finn is an ISFP?
Ummmmmmmmmm . . . well, y’see, I submitted a typing for Finn around the same time as I submitted this one for Rey, and I don’t want to “spoil” my answer :-)
I would suspect that Finn is an xSFP, though I’m not entirely sure if he has dominant Fi or auxiliary Fi. Most likely the former, IMO.
Well, now, they do say great minds think alike ;-)
I have to say, I wasn’t expecting that type. Now that you’ve laid it out, though, I see it. Nice job!
Thank you, Kerissa!
I wasn’t expect in her to be an istj either, it now that I think about it, her and Leia act kind of similar.
Awesome post, by the way.
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