Please Stop Abusing the MBTI Theory (particularly INTJs):

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Often, the belief out there is that INTJs with hard lives must be like Dr. House. The belief is that an INTJ, going through a hard time will necessarily become more hardened, more cruel, and more anti-social. And yes, the ones that don’t mature as a result of their struggles are like Dr. House.

However (as I have written before), it is Continue reading

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Minerva McGonagall: ESTJ

Guest post by Andrew, ENTJ

Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling

Minerva McGonagall ESTJ | Harry Potter #MBTI #ESTJ

Extroverted Thinking (Te): Professor McGonagall is a strict teacher who has high standards, both in work and in general discipline, for her students. She sets plenty of rules and boundaries, and doesn’t fail to punish students who step out of line. As Deputy Headmistress of Hogwarts, it is Professor McGonagall, rather than Professor Dumbledore, who sends out admission letters and book lists, possibly because she is a great deal more organized than her boss is. In Dumbledore’s abs Continue reading

Let’s be Real: One INFJ to the Rest of Mankind

Guest post by Heather, INFJ

I’d like not only to dispel some of the myth and mist surrounding the INFJ legend today, but to cast some light and provide some entertainment as well. There are some frequently repeated assumptions (aka stereotypes) regarding INFJs that have been circulating internet-land for years. These legends affect non-INFJs, it’s true, but they also have a tendency to inform INFJs’ opinions of themselves. It’s the power of suggestion. Particularly when there is a grain of truth to a stereotype, it is both easy and agreeable to say, “oh yes, that’s me,” so long as the stereotype is positive or comical or gives us an excuse for our bad habits.

One of these assumptions that INFJs love to claim for their own is being psychic, otherworldly narwhalicorns. It’s kind of an attractive idea to have about oneself. Particularly when one has felt like something of an alien amongst other humans for most of one’s life, and when one is actually quite clever at reading people. So, let’s be real: INFJs very often know a substantial amount of information about you that they don’t let on to, because first and foremost, they want you to be comfortable with them. No one feels very comfortable if they think you’re aware of their motivations and inner life. So then, where did this mysterious cache of information come from, you may ask. First, INFJs are simply very attuned to people in general. Se is our inferior function, but it is still a function. Because we are sort of ‘set’ to the people wavelength, that is the information we tend to pick up a lot of. This information is fed into our Ni (dominant function), which recognizes patterns and themes and can extrapolate accurate readings based on very little data. Add to this that I at least (sorry guys, I don’t know any INFJs in real life besides myself) amuse myself by studying personality theory, graphology, and Chinese face reading so that I can know even more about every specimen that crosses my path unsuspectingly. Continue reading

Delia Ketchum: ISFJ

Guest Post by Andrew, ENTJ

Pokemon Anime Franchise

Delia Ketchum ISFJ | Pokemon #ISFJ #MBTI

Introverted Sensing (Si): Delia seems satisfied in her role as a conventional mother in a small town, tending the garden, cleaning the place, and cooking for her son and his friends when he’s home.  She sometimes compares Ash to his father at whatever point he is at in his journey; she is impressed that Ash reached Viridian City in only one day, while it had taken his father four days!  When Delia watches Ash compete in Pokemon Leagues, she brings along a camera, hoping to record his battles for posterity.  When she catches Ash staying up late the night before he is due to begin his journey, she allows him to stay up, but only if he watches an educational program to inform his choice of a Pokemon the following morning. Continue reading

Ginny Weasley: ESTP

Guest post by Andrew, ENTJ

Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling

Ginny Weasley ESTP | Harry Potter #MBTI #ESTP

Extroverted Sensing (Se): Ginny likes physical activities.  She practices Quidditch in secret even though her brothers never let her play with them, and she would go to the Yule Ball with any boy for the opportunity to dance.  Ginny is quick to act, lax about following rules, and adept at coming up with plausible lies on the spot when she has to cover her tracks.  She doesn’t back down from a fight even when she’s badly injured or sure to lose, and she will jinx people who annoy her without hesitation.  Ginny favors instant gratification; when she tries to win Harry’s affections, Hermione has to persuade her to choose a strategy that will take some time. Continue reading

Qui-Gon Jinn: ISFP

Guest post by Andrew, ENTJ

Star Wars

Qui-Gon Jinn ISFP | Star Wars #MBTI #ISFP

Introverted Feeling (Fi): Although he is a respected Jedi Master, Qui-Gon is regarded as somewhat of a rebel, as he tends to follow his own agenda rather than the Jedi Council’s. He has his own morality that he holds as sacrosanct, even above the Jedi Code, and he doesn’t mind violating others’ wishes, secretly or not, to do what he thinks is right. Qui-Gon sees goodness and worth in nearly everyone he meets; this turns out to be a tragic flaw due to his dealings with Anakin, a Continue reading

Giovanni – Pokemon: INTJ

Guest Post by Andrew, ENTJ

Pokemon Anime Franchise

Giovanni INTJ | Pokemon #MBTI #INTJ

Introverted Intuition (Ni): Giovanni is nothing if not farsighted in his plans.  He always has some scheme in mind, whether to give out cruise tickets to trainers in order to steal their Pokemon, the backing of a long-lasting science project to clone the legendary Pokemon Mew, or plotting to gain control of three other legendary Pokemon: Landorus, Tornadus, and Thunderus.  Even when he dismissively sends Jessie, James, and Meowth on some special mission, he is not merely keeping them out of the way; he is also having them (unwittingly) perform some needed task for him, such as spying on Team Magma and Team Aqua in Hoenn, or on Team Galactic in Sinnoh.  He realizes whenever one of his plans is foiled, and cuts his losses when he has to. Continue reading