The INTJ’s Depression Battle Plan

H Janeway asked: “How does an INTJ know what she needs? I am a bit disconnected from my emotions because of depression, depression medication and being an INTJ. How do I know what I need so that I can make a plan/schedule and hopefully get better?”

I hope the best for you in your journey.

I don’t have depression, but as someone with PTSD, I can speak to your experience of struggling to figure out what you need to do to heal.

Before I was fully aware that I had PTSD, I was very confused, and very, very concerned with how I was supposed to figure out this “trap” that had caught me. At the time, many factors combined to make it so that I was not in a position to seek help. As a result, I had to figure things out on my own.

Here is what I have learned the hard way: Continue reading

Samwell Tarly: INFP

Guest post by Sam Peters, INFP

A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin

Samwell Tarly INFP | Song of Ice and Fire #MBTP #INFP

Fi: Sam Tarly is a very sensitive and emotional guy, and he’s about as unassertive as they come.  He lives in fear of Te-doms that have basically dominated his life.  Nonetheless, he is extremely loyal to his friends and always does what he thinks is right according to his internal moral value system.  He can become uncharacteristically outspoken when someone he is very attached to is in danger, and he can even find it in him to defy authority if he needs to do something for the greater good.  After Jon is elected the new lord commander, Sam is somewhat appalle Continue reading

Alice – Alice in Wonderland: ENFP

Guest post by Zoey, INFJ

Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carol

Alice ENFP | Alice in Wonderland #MBTI #ENFP

Dominant Ne: Alice thinks very little of seeing a rabbit with a clock running. She has a wild imagination. In fact, the entire book is about Alice’s non-tiring imagination. She is quick to learn. She is also easily bored, and doesn’t like doing the same things again and again. Also, she would prefer to have pictures in a book rather than conversation. When her sister reads she looks with distaste at the book because it has no pictures. Alice sees everything as being connected to each other. After she learns that Queen sentences nearly everyone to death, she asks how are there still people living in the city. She is often blinded by curiosity, and she is very vocal about the things which make her curious. Continue reading

Polly Plummer: ESTJ

Guest Post by E. J., INTJ

The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis

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Dominant Te: Polly has strong opinions and usually is very direct about expressing them. When she first meets Digory, she immediately tells him that he has a funny name and, when he insults her name in return, points out that he needs to clean his face. Polly is not a controlling person, but she does enjoy planning the activities that she and Digory share. Brave (though not foolhardy), Polly does not hesitate to bluntly contradict Jadis’s beliefs about morality, despite Jadis’s greater strength and m Continue reading

Pursuing Goals: Ni vs Ne

Guest post by whatisfreethen, INTP

Ni may be able to follow a single idea to completion, it wouldn’t be fair to say that Ne’s can’t. It’s just that Ne ideas tend to be either more short term or fantastical than Ni. Also if an Ne can’t immediately execute an idea, it tends to get overcrowded by a flood of new ideas and never gets reconsidered. Or it tends to build up and become even more implausible than it was.

INTJ friend: So, what have you thought about writing that book together?

Me: How about one of us leans an animating software, and one learns sound effects, get some voice actors, and instead we make an animated movie?

Him: Maybe I’ll just write it myself. Continue reading

Kaneki Ken: ISFJ

Guest post by Zoey, INFJ

Tokyo Ghoul

Kaneki Ken ISFJ | Tokyo Ghoul #MBTI #ISFJ

Si: Kaneki highly regards his past, and is even plagued by it. He reads books, because his late father was an avid reader, and Kankei feels he could connect to his father in this way. When he was being brutally tortured by Yamori in the basement, it was his past, that his mother always left him alone and worked so hard that she passed away. It was this pain from his past that pushed him to fight back against Yamori. Kaneki also believed that all ghouls are evil\bad, until he turns into a half-ghouls himself, just because that is what was often broadcasted. He isn’t open to new perspectives, and resists strongly when he realised that he became a half-ghoul. He even tried to eat human food, which was indigestible by ghouls. Continue reading

The INFJ Male Stereotype

Kathryn asked: I definitely would type myself as an INFJ, and I relate the best to that type. My problem is, almost all INFJs, as portrayed by movies, are male, and none of them ever get married. Why are INFJs always portrayed as single guys when really INFJs are mostly female and extremely relational? – also, What movies portray an INFJ female?

Men who are feeling, are frequently associated with femininity, and our modern societies look down on femininity. As a result, boys get taught at a young age that they should not express their feelings and that it’s shameful to do so (I think this problem is actually bigger in America than it is in the UK because a lot of Americans have commented to me that they think British men are more in touch with their “feminine sides,” however that’s another issue for another day). Continue reading

Roy Lee: ESTP

Guest Post by Jessica Prescott, INFJ

October Sky

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Extroverted Sensing (Se): Roy Lee is pretty much the epitome of a Se-dom: self-confident, carefree, active, adventurous, down-to-earth. He lives in the moment, without worrying much about either the past or the future, and is concerned above all with simply having a good time: “Let ‘em have outer space. We got rock n’ roll.” At times, Roy Lee finds Homer’s Ne-dom insistence on the million exciting possibilities of the future to be bewildering and even frustrating, since it seems so disconnected from reality: “Got bad news for you, Homer. We ARE hillbillies.” Of the four Rocket Boys, Roy Lee is definitely the most apt to notice attractive girls and, in fact, considers himself something of a ladies’ man. In general, he’s highly aware of his environment—far more so than his friend Homer is—and occasionally exploits this advantage to play pranks on him.   Continue reading

Pokemon – Cyrus: INTJ

Guest post by Andrew, ENTJ

Pokemon Anime Franchise

Cyrus INTJ | Pokemon #MBTI #INTJ

Introverted Intuition (Ni): Cyrus’ entire focus is on creating his ideal world, not being content to live with the flaws of the existing one. He knows exactly what he wants to accomplish, and takes actions specifically for this purpose. For Cyrus, there are no defeats; when he and his underlings lose, it is only a temporary setback, and his eye is still on his ultimate prize. Cyrus is not an impulsive man; he would rather take the slow and steady route to success than the quick and uncertain one. He believes very much in human potential, and aims to maximize it in his new universe. Continue reading

Jack Skellington: ENTP

Guest Post by Anne-Sophie Olsen, INFJ —http://socraticmbti.wordpress.com

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Jack Skellington ENTP | The Nightmare Before Christmas #MBTI #ENTP

Ne: Jack is enthralled by new ideas and possibilities to the point of becoming incredibly unhappy when he is barred from them (he laments the “same routine” that is his role every year in Halloween). When he discovers Christmas Town, he is excited not merely by the sights, sounds, and smells but by the freshness of the concept of Christmas. He tries to relay his excitement to the residents of H Continue reading

Patrick Jane: ENTP

Guest post by whatisfreethen, INTP

The Mentalist

Patrick Jane ENTP | The Mentalist #MBTI #ENTP

Ne: Patrick is an unconventional detective who is not afraid to break the rules a bit if it means he can get his way. Often mistaken as a psychic for his great mentalist skills, he has admitted that it involves making use of his intuition and making guesses based on his experience with people. He tends to use an experimental approach while dealing with dilemmas, like convincing people that there has been a virus Continue reading

Mace Windu: ISTJ

Guest post by Andrew, ENTJ

Star Wars

Mace Windu ISTJ | Star Wars #MBTI #ISTJ

Introverted Sensing (Si): Mace believes that keeping to established precedents is the best thing for the Jedi Order. In his mind, nobody is exempt from the rules for who may and who may not be trained as a Jedi, not even Anakin Skywalker, allegedly the “Chosen One” who is destined to bring balance to the Force. Mace needs to have all the information before he reaches any conclusion, from the alleged return of the Sith to the identity of the mysterious Darth Sidious, and he devotes a great deal of time, energy, and resources toward gathering information. Mace is most comfortable working within the system of the Jedi Order and the Republic, and he is thus blinded to the eventual use of this system to destroy the Jedi.

Mace Windu ISTJ | Star Wars #MBTI #ISTJ

Extroverted Thinking (Te): Mace prefers acting with others to acting alone, and he generally feels a need to take charge when something needs to be done. He can organize people toward specific goals, but is often oblivious to how anyone will react emotionally to his decisions, as the only matters that he takes into account when assigning duties are competence and usefulness. Mace looks for empirical evidence to inform his decisions; he runs a series of tests on Anakin to gauge his aptitude for using the Force, and he encourages a confrontation between Qui-Gon and Darth Maul to ascertain whether Darth Maul is, in fact, a Sith Lord. Mace keeps his communication direct, making his point of view clear from the get-go.

Mace Windu ISTJ | Star Wars #MBTI #ISTJ

Introverted Feeling (Fi): When push comes to shove, Mace will sometimes abandon the niceties of the Jedi Code and try doing things his own way. He is ready and willing to kill Palpatine after the latter is disarmed and apparently helpless. Mace generally represses his emotions, and doesn’t factor them into his decision-making process. Additionally, he doesn’t consider that others are more driven by their feelings than he is by his own; he even shuts down Obi-Wan when he brings up Anakin’s love for Padme as a stumbling block for his mission as a Jedi.

Mace Windu ISTJ | Star Wars #MBTI #ISTJ

Extroverted Intuition (Ne): Mace has devised a new style for fighting with a lightsaber; it is all his own and based mainly on unpredictability. He can have trouble viewing the big picture (his view of the Sith menace is hazy at best), and when he gets a glimpse behind the scenes, he will take actions that are ill-judged and impulsive (he moves against Palpatine immediately upon hearing that the Supreme Chancellor is Darth Sidious).

Mr. Ollivander: INTP

Guest Post by Andrew, ENTJ

Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling

Mr. Ollivander INTP | Harry Potter #MBTI #INTP

Introverted Thinking (Ti): Mr. Ollivander doesn’t mainly produce and sell wands for profit; he does it for the pleasure of doing it, because he likes the mental exercise. He doesn’t want to make a quick sale by rushing Harry out of his shop with just any wand, and he even seems to enjoy the process of picking the best wan Continue reading

Cyrano de Bergerac: INFP

Guest post by annesophie, INFJ —http://socraticmbti.wordpress.com

Cyrano de Bergerac, Edmond Rostand

Cyrano de Bergerac INFP | Cyrano de Bergerac #MBTI #INFP

Fi: Cyrano doesn’t adopt the morality of the people around him but instead has his own ideas of right and wrong. He is absolutely sure that the unconventional combination of his poetry and Christian’s voice is the way to go when Christian wants to pursue Roxane. When the theater crowd wants Montfleury to perform, he disagrees vehemently and has no problem making his opinion known. Cyrano is unapologetically true to self, valuing authenticity to the point of takin Continue reading

Percy Weasley: ESTJ

Guest Post by Andrew, ENTJ

Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling

Percy Weasley ESTJ | Harry Potter #MBTI #ESTJ

Extroverted Thinking (Te): Percy consistently puts himself in situations where he is the boss: he supervises his younger siblings, he is a prefect and eventually Head Boy at Hogwarts, and he quickly rises to leadership positions when he starts working at the Ministry of Magic.  He places paramount value on achievement, and hates it when anyone drags him down when he’s aiming for the top.  Once Percy starts going to work, he puts in long hours, takes work home, and talks about little but his job.  Of the Weasley children, only Percy puts effort into making sure they all leave on time for the Hogwarts Express.  Percy likes order, and he goes to great pains to enforce it using his leadership positions at Hogwarts, always trying to shut down any disturbance as soon as it starts. Continue reading