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 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.
Generation War / Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter
Fi: Viktor is willing to sacrifice himself to save others, though he usually gets away unscathed. He is kind and gentle towards other people, and he often plays with insects that he finds on his journeys. Most of his emotions remain unspoken, and he doesn’t usually let many other people in on his inner life. Viktor’s sense of right and wrong differs not only from his parents’ but from the general Jewish population. He tends to disagree with any belief that stands merely because it has been societally accepted.
Kill Your Darlings
Introverted Feeling (Fi): Lucien Carr was a rebellious, anti-establishment youth who detested commonality and tradition. Oft times, he was rebellious just for the sake of being differing from the norm, but also to make a statement against living a life that wasn’t your own. “Lu” Carr, as he was known, had a profound influence on everyone with whom he associated, among them, Allan Ginsberg, whom he taught all manner of crass vocabulary. Continue reading
Guest post by Andrew, ENTJ
Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling
Introverted Feeling (Fi): Hagrid takes a liking to everyone he meets, unless they give him some reason to be unlikeable. He is immediately accepting of Ron and Hermione when Harry brings them over for tea, but he can’t stand Draco Malfoy, who is notorious as a bully and a bigot. His compassion even extends to dangerous monsters (his pets have included dragons, giant man-eating spiders, and vicious three-headed dogs), and he often labors under the delusion that even the most bloodthirsty creatures in existence are, in fact, harmless. Hagrid has an unshakable loyalty to Albus Dumbledore, and will physically attack anyone who dares to insult him, but that doesn’t stop him from criticizing Dumbledore to his face when he believes the Hogwarts headmaster is making a mistake. Hagrid is very emotional, but he doesn’t like to show his feelings to anyone else; when he is found to be a descendant of giants, he retreats to his cabin for several weeks, brooding on his shame and embarrassment alone. Hagrid takes it personally when Harry, Ron, and Hermione discontinue taking Care of Magical Creatures in their sixth year, and the three of them have to convince him that they are not actually snubbing him. Continue reading
Guest post by Andrew, ENTJ
Pokemon Anime Franchise
Introverted Feeling (Fi): Tracey lives life his own way. When he meets Ash and Misty, he is following his passion of watching and drawing wild Pokemon. He is very emotional and caring toward those he cares about, but is often oblivious of others’ emotions; he once made an indiscreet comment suggesting that Ash and Misty were in love, provoking an angry response from both of them. He cares very much about Professor Oak’s opinion of his work, owing to the respect he has for the veteran researcher; he cannot contain his nerves when the famed Pokemon Professor reviews his drawings for the first time. Continue reading
Introverted Feeling (Fi): Elly is private about her personal life and lives a completely different lifestyle at home than she does on stage. She often flatly refuses to answer personal questions and says that La Roux is a character that is very different from herself. Her tendency to internalise stress leaves her with physical health problems such as the throat paralysis that caused her lengthy hiatus. Elly’s more recent work is honest and personal.
Dominant Introverted Feeling (Fi): Mickey has an independent streak that drives him to want to be useful. He has a strong desire to help other people and stays with Rose even as he watches her fall away from him. Even as Rose and the Doctor grow closer and Rose farther from Mickey, he doesn’t hate them or even express much anger towards them. Instead, he tags along and tries to help out. He even encourages them. Though he’s quiet about his feelings, he’s deeply sensitive and hurt when other people reject him. Mickey acts according to whatever feels right to him and determines right and wrong for himself rather than differing to other people’s opinions. Continue reading
Ender’s Saga, Orsen Scott Card
Dominant Introverted Feeling (Fi): Jane desperately needs to feel loved and accepted by the few people that she befriends. Though she doesn’t like to let it show, she is deeply hurt when Ender withdraws to be with his wife. When she leaves the filotic web to enter a human body, she is overwhelmed by the emotions she feels and has little control over them. Jane is introspective and likes to personalise her behaviour to meet the needs of the people she interacts with. She doesn’t have many friends, but and she is incredibly selective about whom she choses to reveal herself to. Even then, she doesn’t really reveal her whole self to anyone but Ender and Miro.
Auxiliary Extraverted Sensing (Se): She loves to get reactions out of people and enjoys putting on a show. Her thought process moves quickly and focuses mainly on action. At times, Jane can be very annoying and attention needing, but her swiftness to do the impossible makes her a useful ally. Though most of Jane’s life is not spent in a human body, Jane pays a great deal of attention to physical details in the human world. When she experiences them for the first time herself, she is ecstatic, but also overwhelmed.
Tertiary Introverted Intuition (Ni): Jane is more than aware of the larger implications of her existence (that people would fear a sentient computer) so she is hesitant to reveal herself to the human race. She often obsesses over individual people and concepts (Ender, for instance) and has a hard time accepting that humans don’t always operate on the vast theoretical scale that she does.
Inferior Extraverted Thinking (Te): She is a task-oriented being who knows how to organise people and technology to accomplish impossible things. She is highly intelligent and able to argue complex logic with millions of people at once. Jane communicates bluntly, through facts, and tends to reject emotional communication despite being quite emotional herself (she denies this).
Guest post by Andrew, ENTJ
Pokemon Anime Franchise
Introverted Feeling (Fi): James is deeply emotional, but is not particularly good at expressing his emotions. When he developed a crush on a girl as a child, he told her how he felt in a letter instead of to her face. Later, when her micromanaging behavior became too much for him to handle, he ran away from home instead of talking through his issues with her. Although a member of Team Rocket, he strives to balance his own Continue reading
Guest Post by Debaparna Das, INTP
Dominant Introverted Feeling (Fi): Cobb represses much of his feeling function so that he can focus more on his professional life using his sensing and thinking functions. He struggles constantly with his feelings of regret, guilt, and grief for Mal, and feels uncomfortable talking about it to others, brushing off Arthur and opening up to Ariadne only when she correctly intuits a good part of his motivations on her own. He resorts to Continue reading