Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen: ESTP

Guest post by Andrew, ENTJ

Dune Series, Frank Herbert

Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen ISTP | Dune #MBTI #ISTP

Extroverted Sensing (Se): Feyd-Rautha is entirely given over to physical pleasures. He enjoys food and the company of women, but his first love is gladiatorial combat. He fights to the death for the thrill of battle and the adoration of fans, and he cheats every time to ensure that he will always win. Feyd-Rautha is extremely impatient; even though he is aware of his uncle’s plan to give him power eventually, he tries to assassinate the baron before the plan can come to fruition. However, he is also very adaptable, and doesn’t need his actions to be premeditated.

Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen ISTP | Dune #MBTI #ISTP

Introverted Thinking (Ti): Feyd-Rautha is a big talker, but he doesn’t feel the need to verbalize everything he thinks. This serves to enhance his charisma, as it gives him the tact to avoid insulting people whom he needs on his side, even when he would otherwise be blunt (Ti-Fe). Feyd-Rautha is very intelligent, and he will analyze the people around him to discern who is truly loyal to his family, who is just pretending, and who is just going with the flow. He is a master of Harkonnen-style cruelty, which incorporates a large measure of subtlety.

Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen ISTP | Dune #MBTI #ISTP

Extroverted Feeling (Fe): Although Feyd-Rautha thinks only with his head, he always remembers to win the hearts of others. It is not for nothing that Vladimir Harkonnen wants to tout Feyd-Rautha as the savior of Arrakis after the outright brutality of his kinsman, Glossu Rabban; only he has the charm to win back the trust of the desert planet’s people. Feyd-Rautha will sometimes play to the crowd in his gladiatorial fights, using different methods of cheating to make the combat more exciting for spectators.

Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen ISTP | Dune #MBTI #ISTP

Introverted Intuition (Ni): Feyd-Rautha has a great deal of difficulty reading in between the lines. He is annoyed with Count Fenring’s constant humming, not realizing that he is actually communicating with his wife in a secret language. He is only aware that Thufir Hawat is playing him against his uncle after his attempt on the baron’s life, and only then does he adopt a wait-and-see strategy in dealing with Hawat.


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