Jannelle67 asked: I often meet people claim to be INTJs who really aren’t when you get to know them (as opposed to people who seem more like INTJs once you get to know them). Which types are most likely to be INTJ posers like this?
Really, any type could try to pose as an INTJ, and could probably convince themselves they were an INTJ if they ignored the evidence well enough. The gal who writes funkymbtifiction did this for years (and then moved on to consecutively convince herself that she was every other type as well). Continue reading
Guest Post by Kerrissa
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
Fi: When Jane knows that if she stays as a mistress to Rochester he’d eventually abandon her, she doesn’t use that information to convince him to let her go, but: ‘did not give utterance to this conviction: it was enough to feel it.’ When St John tells her it’s right to urge suitable people to be missionaries, she responds with, “If they are really qualified for the task, will not their own hearts be the first to inform them of it?” She places a strong emphasis on how she feels about a decision to choose her path, such as when St John urges her to join him as a missionary, she says, “Nothing speaks or stirs in me while you talk.” She then asks for time alone to figure out what she will do about his proposal. She asks herself, ‘…can I let him… go through the wedding ceremony… and know that the spirit was quite absent?’ and answers, ‘No: such a martyrdom would be monstrous. I will never undergo it.’ When he asks her again to marry him, she responds inside, ‘…my sense, such as it was, directed me only to the fact that we did not love each other as man and wife should: and therefore it inferred we ought not to marry.’ She frequently dwells, a paragraph or more, on how she felt at a particular moment. Continue reading
Guest post by Andrew, ENTJ
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
Guest Post by Fanta, INTJ
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
Guest Post by Jessica Prescott, INFJ
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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
Guest post by Kerissa, INFJ
Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
Fi: Although Oliver was often taunted by Noah Claypole while both were in the undertaker’s service, he never retaliated until Claypole insulted his mother. When Oliver first meets Fagin, he believes he’s a good man because he seems to value hard work, which is in line with Oliver’s personal values. When he wakes at Mr. Brownlow’s and at the Maylies’, he desperately wants to show his gratitude and is in emotional agony until he becomes strong enough to do so. When with the thieves, he never tries to convince them they’re wrong. Instead, he focuses on keeping himself in line with his own morals, refusing to join them despite the fact he has nowhere else to go. He quickly comes to conclusions about people he meets, such as disliking Grimwig for his eccentric behavior despite the fact he’s Brownlow’s friend. He cares deeply for his friends and displays no interest in meeting people beyond them. His emotions (combined with mistreatment) can send him into faints and fevers with their intensity. Continue reading
ComradeJocasta asked: Is it possible that upper-Se users might be more likely to gesture a lot when they speak?
I haven’t actually found much research on this topic. However, I’ve given it a bit of thought, and I’d like to hear everyone else’s thoughts as well.
My ESFP brother definitely is NOT a hand talker. However, he does have a strong need for touch and physical contact with people he’s comfortable around. Same goes for my ISFP room-mate.
Out of anyone in my family or friend group, I’m actually the one who talks most via my hands. However, I don’t necessarily attribute this to my Se function so much as to the fact that I’m relatively fluent in Sign Language. Before I learned Sign Language, I didn’t gesture at all when I spoke, but now talking and gesturing practically go hand in hand for me (wow, that was a terrible pun).
It’s the same with any language. As soon as you’re fluent in more than one language, and especially if you know more than two, it’s hard to force yourself not to blend the elements of each. At the same time, you also keep many elements very separate as well (for instance, I swear a lot more in German than I do in English).
Upper Se-users. Now is your time to talk! I’m interested to hear whether you talk with your hands.