INFJ: How I Write

Guest post by annesophie, INFJ

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As a budding novelist, I spend a lot of time thinking about my characters’ minds and how they work. It seems fitting that I also take the time to look at my own mind and ask myself, with regard to the cognitive functions, how it goes about creating stories. This is my take on how being an INFJ influences my writing.

Being an INFJ, I find that my preferred method of communication (for my sake and for everyone else’s) is of the written sort. Give me a pencil, paper, and some time and I can organize my thoughts in an eloquent fashion, and even perhaps at a rapid pace. Ask me to speak in front of more than two people and…well, results may vary.

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J.K. Rowling: INFJ

Guest post by Danielle, INTJ

Factors to Keep in Mind: Clinical Depression

J.K. Rowling INFJ | Harry Potter #MBTI #INFJ

Ni: With a passion for folklore and imagination, Rowling aspired to be a writer since she was 5 or 6 years old. She has scores of stories in mind, willing to wait years to write all of them. She mentions that once an idea pops into her head it floods her mind. In her account of creating Harry Potter while on a train, she described it as “an explosion of color, and… could see lots of detail about the world.” She hates small talk, preferring to learn about others’ differing opinions and fee Continue reading

Doctor Julia Ogden: ISFP

Guest Post by Fanta, INTJ

Murdoch Mysteries

Doctor Julia Ogden ISFP | Murdoch Mysteries #MBTI #ISFP

Dominant Fi: Doctor Julia Ogden is a progressive Victorian woman who dislikes the privileged society’s conventions and rigid values when it comes to women’s status. Her desire for independence and freedom of expression is a long-lasting source of conflict between her and her rational father. She often feels personally slighted when people don’t adopt her views of what’s right (e.g. she chastises Murdoch for not defending her in front of his superior). The causes she so vehemently defend (abortion, women’s suffrage) are closely tied to her personal experiences a Continue reading

Finn – Star Wars: ISFP

Guest Post by Jessica Prescott, INFJ

Star Wars:  The Force Awakens

Finn ISFP | Star Wars #MBTI #ISFP

Introverted Feeling (Fi):  Finn bases all his decisions on his personal, interior feelings about morality, rather than what he’s been taught.  He’s been raised since birth to be a Stormtrooper; but when his Stormtrooper training conflicts with what he personally feels to be right, he has absolutely no qualms about “kicking over the traces” and severing all connection with the First Order—even though it means leaving everything he’s ever known and having his former comrades call him a traitor.  Because he feels he has a duty to rescue Rey from Starkiller Base, he sees nothing wrong with blatantly lying to Leia and the other rebels in order to gain permission to do so.  Finn has strong emotions and knows exactly what he wants—for example, he develops a crush on Rey within five minutes of meeting her—but it’s not always as easy for him to gauge what she’s feeling.  For example, in the “Stop taking my hand!” scene, he doesn’t immediately stop when asked, because he hasn’t quite caught on yet that Rey wants her space. Continue reading

Professor Samuel Oak: INTP

Guest Post by Andrew, ENTJ

Pokemon Anime Franchise

Professor Samuel Oak INTP | Pokemon #MBTI #INTP

Introverted Thinking (Ti): As one of the foremost researchers into Pokemon, Professor Oak is naturally intrigued with the whys and hows of everything Pokemon-related.  He pours his entire being into finding answers to his questions even in his old age, looking into Pokemon evolutionary theory, behavior, social interactions, and everything else under the sun.  He thinks that individual exploration of logical questions is best; he once broke up an argument about the best training style between Ash and Gary by saying that both boys’ training styles were acceptable; neither one was “wrong,” regardless of the end product.  Professor Oak has also broken rules for Ash; he gave Ash a Pikachu as his first Pokemon when he would normally give out Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle in this capacity; plus, the reason for giving Ash such an unorthodox starter Pokemon was that Ash had arrived at his lab late, after the usual starter Pokemon had been taken. Continue reading

Spencer Reid: INTP

Guest Post by Occam’s Chainsaw, INTJ —http://systematicthinker.wordpress.com

Criminal Minds

Spencer Reid INTP | Criminal Minds #MBTI #INTP

Ti: Reid has a seemingly never-ending thirst for knowledge. He sucks up as many facts as he possibly can about anything he finds interesting. His intelligence cannot be questioned, and although he isn’t loud about his brains, he asserts his reputation as the smartest one in the room pretty quickly, even without intending to. Hotchner said about Reid, “Reid’s intellect is a shield, which protects him from his emotions”. Reid will find the irrationality in whatever he comes across—e.g. when Prentiss tells him the story of the star puzzle, Reid’s first reaction is, “That doesn’t make any sense”. When Prentiss angrily snaps, “What do you mean?” Reid sets off into an explanation how one cannot possibly catch a shooting star, because it burns up in the atmosphere. When Prentiss fights back with, “But it’s a fable”, Reid simply says, “But there’s no moral. Fables have morals”. He’s constantly stating facts, oblivious to other people’s possible discomfort with them. Reid always thinks fast and in silence, only sharing the result of his thought process instead of opting to engage himself in a brainstorming session. Continue reading

Dawn – Pokemon: INFP

Guest Post by Andrew, ENTJ

Pokemon Anime Franchise

Dawn INFP| Pokemon #MBTI #INFP

Introverted Feeling (Fi): More than anything, Dawn feels the need to stay true to herself.  She cares little for what others tell her to do, always brushing off her mother’s words of caution with a cheerful “No need to worry!”  Dawn can take minor slights personally; when Paul doesn’t remember her when they cross paths for the second time, she is highly insulted.  It can take time for Dawn to warm up to people (especially her rivals and the crass Paul), but once she understands them and gets to know them better, she will hear them out when they voice opinions contrary to her own, and will be more gentle in her criticisms of them.  However, she immediately befriends Ash and Brock, whose morals align closely with her own, upon meeting them. Continue reading