Gilderoy Lockhart: ENFP

Guest Post by Andrew, ENTJ

Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling

Dominant Extroverted Thinking (Ne): Lockhart presents himself as an expert on everything, whether duelling, defeating dark creatures, getting rid of household pests, or the game of Quidditch. He is a prolific author, and always seems to have a new book out, usually about one of his supposed exploits. He relates his stories in fanciful ways, with digressions concerning his personal preferences (favorite color, etc.). Lockhart lives his life in a spontaneous fashion, doing things that many people don’t expect (like taking a teaching job at Hogwarts). He originally has an idealized view of what the experience of teaching is like, and he quickly revises his teaching style after publicly making a fool of himself. All of the things Lockhart says are about trying to maintain and enhance his reputation rather than necessarily doing anything useful, making him appear (with much justification) out of touch with reality.

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Homer Hickam: ENFP

Guest Post by Jessica Prescott, INFJ

October Sky

Dominant Extroverted Intuition (Ne): Homer Hickam is nothing if not a dreamer. He loves new ideas, hates to be cooped up in a small mining town, and, more than anything, longs for a glimpse of the “outside world.” His original (and strongest) motivation to carry out his rocketry project is not a desire to understand how rocket science works, but simply a romantic fascination with the mere idea of rocketry—the idea that human beings can be capable of sending objects up into space. He isn’t shy about sharing his dreams with others, either, but is perfectly willing to blurt out his latest plan at the breakfast table: “I’m gonna build a rocket.” One of Homer’s greatest assets is his optimism—his ability to see possibilities where others see only obstacles. Even though no student from Coalwood has ever won the science fair before, Homer is firmly convinced that he and his friends can pull it off—and he manages to convince them to believe it, too.

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Eames – Inception: ENFP

Guest Post by E. J., INTJ

Inception

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Dominant Ne: Eames thinks of himself as a creative person, and he provides many of the ideas that allow Cobb’s team eventually uses in their mission. His flexibility is important as the plan goes forward. Although he does not usually allow himself to become angry with others, Eames finds less creative people difficult to understand. As a result, he tends to introduce ideas in his preferred way–leaving the details to the imagination–despite the confusion this sometimes causes in other people.

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Auxiliary Fi: Eames is not overly concerned with other people’s opinions. He knows that Arthur gets annoyed with him at times, but he is not upset: in fact, he often finds Arthur’s frustration humorous. His lifestyle is very unconventional. Even when he is not working at his (illegal) profession, he tends to pass the time doing things that many people would consider unethical or, at least, unwise. Eames understands his own emotions well, and his understanding of his own feelings helps him know how to appeal to Fisher’s, despite their differing personalities.

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Tertiary Te: Although Eames is better at coming up with new ideas than carrying them out, he does care about basing his ideas on empirical evidence. Eames’s analysis of his own previous, failed attempt at inception helps put Cobb’s plans on solid footing. Eames can be very blunt on some occasions–in particular, if he is angry. After finding out that Cobb had not been completely honest about the mission, Eames directly confronts him, grilling Cobb about his behavior.

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Inferior Si: As Arthur points out, specificity can be a weakness for Eames. He has a tendency to introduce new ideas without fully considering the details necessary to carry them out. Eames prefers to think in terms of future possibilities, but he is willing to learn from his mistakes. His earlier attempt at inception did not dissuade him from believing that inception was possible. He did, however, carefully consider what happened, how it went wrong, and how to prevent a similar occurrence. Eames uses his experience to help Cobb from making the same errors.

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

Alaska Young: ENFP

Guest post by Occam’s Chainsaw, INTJ

Looking For Alaska, John Green

Ne: Alaska was a girl who was restless when it came to trying out new things. She was in for the experience, and came up with several ideas that she wanted to do to make her presence in the academy memorable, to make sure everyone in the next generations will know that once a girl named Alaska studied there. Alaska was very unpredictable and wild, and an independent spirit who lived in the world of possibilities, which is also the reason why she and Miles developed such a strong connection with each other after clicking instantly; Miles caught up to all of her ideas, and talked to her about her idea of The Labyrinth of Misery, and how she wanted to find a solution to it. She enjoyed the thrills of everything that was forbidden and was a bit reckless at times. Continue reading

John Keating: ENFP

Guest post by Occam’s Chainsaw, INTJ

Dead Poet’s Society

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Ne: ‘Carpe diem’—the most important thing Keating taught his students. He encouraged them to seize the day by taking every opportunity that came their way. He was forever telling them to think in a unique way, and to look at things from various perspectives. He told them not to follow the rules the books set, but instead to be creative and come up with their way of doing things. He firmly believed that words have the power to change the world—he said, “no one is very tired; you are exhausted“, or “instead of very sad, use morose.” Keating not only talked about different perspectives, but also demonstrated them, for example through his out-of-the-box teaching style, like standing on his desk. Continue reading

Allan Ginsberg: ENFP

Kill Your Darlings

Allan Ginsberg ENFP | Kill Your Darlings #MBTI #ENFP

Extraverted Intuition (Ne): Ginsberg was all about taking ordinary situations and making them new. Because he was full of ideas, he wrote prolifically, cranking out a large quantity of very long poems in short amounts of time. Even up to the last decade of his life, Ginsberg was putting out quick, vast amounts of poetry. Ginsberg was an open-minded, energetic individual who embraced tolerance and genuinely inspired others to do likewise, not only through his poetry, but through his energetic involvement in counter-cultures. In fact, Ginsberg is attributed to have coined the infamous “flower power” phrase of the 1960s Vietnam era as he encouraged war protestors to engage in peaceful rejection of violence.  Continue reading

Jem Finch: ENFP

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

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Dominant Extroverted Intuition (Ne): Jem has an intuitive understanding of what is going on behind the lines. He recognises danger without evidence and tries his best to stop it from going too far (he knows he and his sister are going to get jumped in the woods, and that Atticus might be in danger from the townspeople). He loves to explore new things and devises out-of-the-box methods for evading Atticus’s rules. He jumps into new situations quickly, often impulsively. Continue reading

Scout Finch: ENFP

Atticus Finch ENFP | To Kill a Mockingbird #MBTI #ENFP

Extroverted Intuition (Ne): Scout has an avid imagination. She loves all the differing stories she hears about Boo Radley and is distraught when she finds out that she will no longer be able to read stories with Atticus before bed. She’s quite intelligent for such a young child, and draws wild connections between impossibly unconnected information. She’s able to figure out all sorts of things that she probably shouldn’t be able to (like, who Boo Radley is etc.). She has instincts for understanding people and people-situations that serve to save her Dad loads of trouble. Continue reading

Amanda Palmer: ENFP

Amanda Palmer ENFP | The Book Addict's Guide to MBTI #ENFP

Extraverted Intuition (Ne): Amanda Palmer doesn’t like to exclude possibilities when she gives explanations and she tends to be accepting of most every type of art she comes across. She sees potential in most everyone and doesn’t believe in tearing other people down with hate or words. She places strong value on maintaining a positive attitude and enjoying the art she creates. She believes Continue reading

Bruno – The Boy in the Stripped Pajammas: ENFP

The Boy in the Stripped Pajammas, John Boyne

Ne: Bruno loves to explore. He loves reading adventure books and prefers fiction to any other type of reading. He’s distracted in his tutoring lessons, and doesn’t pay attention much to anything that seems boring to him. Bruno, though naive and young, can usually tell when there’s something that his parents don’t want him to know about or do Continue reading

Molly Hooper: ENFP

Sherlock

Molly Hooper #INFJ | Sherlock #MBTI #INFJ

Extraverted Intuition (Ne): Molly can typically read behind the lines where other people are oblivious. She picks up on subtleties in people’s behaviour that most people miss and comes to conclusions about their inner states of being. Molly relies primarily on intuition to figure things out even though she doesn’t always put two and two together logically. Continue reading

Gwen Cooper: ENFP

Torchwood

Gwen Cooper ENFP | Torchwood #MBTI #ENFP

Extraverted Intuition (Ne): After being dosed with Retcon, Gwen is still able to recall her encounters with Torchwood because she’s able to piece together bits of information and thereby connect the dots in her memory. Gwen is able to connect seemingly random pieces of information to figure out how to solve the problems Torchwood faces. Gwen has an intuitive Continue reading

ENFPs and Trauma

Meredith asked: “I have a friend who’s was a total ENFP but then he went through a traumatic experience and now he doesn’t seem like an ENFP at all. Could he have changed to an introverted type?”

Probably not, although, yes, if the trauma you’re referring to was physical head trauma, a stroke or anything that could cause brain damage and literal personality changes. However, I’m going to assume that you’re talking about something that was psychologically traumatizing.

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Jo March: ENFP

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

Jo March ENFP | Little Women MBTI

Dominant Extraverted Intuition (Ne): Jo has a big imagination and loves to pretend and tell stories. She uses unconventional methods to help support her family, not only by selling stories, but by creating enjoyable activities to entertain her siblings. These activities are out of the box and creative, the types of games that homeschoolers play.  Continue reading