Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Nerdy Thing I Do with Characters: Sorting by MBTI

Have you ever heard of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator? It's a personality test that sorts you according to your preference re: attitudes (introversion/extroversion), functions (intuition/sensing, thinking/feeling), and lifestyle (judging/perceiving). I first discovered this test in my junior year. After I'd decided that pre-med was not the path for me, I was feeling pretty lost and sad; I had no idea what the future would hold. Then I took this test at the Career Development Office, and the career report based on my personality type clarified why I'd made that decision, what sort of career difficulties I'll likely face (i.e. you may not network enough; you may fail to convince others of your passion for a project, though you only take on projects you're passionate about, etc.), and what sort of careers people with my personality type have enjoyed. It's not a 100% thing, but it was useful, and it came up again during my training as a residential adviser/RA. Our bosses emphasized that knowing our type and that of others meant that we could tailor our ways of communicating with each other and our residents based on what style they preferred. You can deduce what type others are based on a variety of things, such as their actions, your relationships with them (aka what "pair" your type forms with them), etc. That's not definitive either, but nothing about this is. It's mostly a guide and what you make of it.

Suffice it to say, knowing my MBTI type has proven to be more than a little useful, and I still love the test and reading about it. Now sometimes I like to think of characters in terms of the test. I mean, have you seen these pictures:


  



One of my favorite things is to look at these charts and wonder whether they've categorized the characters correctly. I feel like this test is a good way to check whether you know enough about a character - do you have a good idea of what type that person fits but aren't 100% certain (because no one acts like her type 100% of the time)? After all, just because you're one type doesn't mean that you embody characteristics of only that personality. Everyone's multi-faceted. Even looking at some of these types -- I'm an INFP (occasional INFJ) and according to these charts, I'm Luke / Frodo / Luna. Wouldn't you say that all three come across in different ways? If you're curious about what type you are, you can look through this chart or take this test.

Anyway, maybe one day I'll actually make a chart full of predictions for my favorite series, but for now I'll just sort according to popular characters. (Beware of spoilers if you have not the series in question!)

**Bella Swan as ISFP/J or The Artist or Protector (series: Twilight).
-Bella is definitely introverted and likes spending time with a smaller crowd. She's "S" or sensing because she focuses on her immediate reality - i.e. the way Edward looks, smells, feels - to the point where Edward decides to use this against her by advocating celibacy. She's not thinking about future possibilities (as an N would) so much as how to be with Edward. Her decisions point to her "feeling," F, nature since she values personal consideration over more "rational" things, i.e. risking her life to be with Edward, saving Renesmee though she and the baby could die. What I can't decide is whether she's P or J, or maybe in between the two. She's definitely impulsive, which the events in New Moon prove, but Breaking Dawn reveals her as willing to do anything for Renesmee and a "shield," a protector in the way of ISFJs. Thoughts, anyone?

**Edward Cullen as INTJ or The Strategist (series: Twilight).
-Like Bella, Edward is an introvert. I've marked him as an N because of his ability to keep up with his vegetarian lifestyle, and because he sees the "bigger picture" and avoids Bella when he knows of a potential future in which he either kills her or she becomes a vampire with him. He's a T because he's able to follow through with that plan, despite liking Bella and human blood, and only breaks down when jealousy, something he's unfamiliar with since he's so logic-oriented, intervenes. He's a J, because have you read Midnight Sun? Boy is judging everyone and likes to have a set course for the day. Part of his efforts in Eclipse include ways to convince Bella to marry him. He's also the one who everyone turns to for the plan against the Volturi. Strategist/INTJ, hmm?

**Katniss Everdeen as ISTJ or The Guardian (series: The Hunger Games).
-Katniss is definitely an introvert and I'd say she's also an S, focusing on her immediate reality and senses as a hunter and provider for the family. She does not focus on the future with regard to the berry scene, but instead on how to get her and Peeta out of there alive. She has a very logic-oriented, practical, sensible mindset when it comes to the games and her PoV. Though her decision to volunteer for her sister may be viewed as one pointing toward her feeling nature, I'd think of it more like this: Katniss sees it as her duty to protect Prim; it is only logical that she volunteer in place of her sister. And she's definitely a J because she's constantly planning out where to get food, where to get water, etc. during the games and beyond. Thus she is the guardian of her family and in a sense, the guardian of the fragile society that is born after the rebellion.

**Peeta Mellark as INFP or the Idealist (series: The Hunger Games).
-Not sure about whether Peeta's an introvert or extrovert; I think introvert only because he doesn't seem to surround himself with people. I marked him as an N because he sees the bigger picture around the games - that the other tributes are not the real enemy; the Capitol is and he doesn't want to lose his humanity by killing the others. I also chose F because a lot of Peeta's reactions in regard to Katniss seem to indicate he makes decisions according to feeling. He remembers Katniss from when she was much younger; he sees the potential in her even as they play the Games. If that doesn't point toward idealism and thinking of future possibilities for Katniss and the Capitol, well think of how he manipulates the Capitol crowd in Catching Fire before the Quarter Quell (playing off their feelings - something he would value) and think of the present he gives to Katniss. Peeta also seems more like a P than J to me because he likes to keep his options open and mostly follows the plans that Katniss comes up with. (I can also see Peeta as an ENFP or the Inspirer, especially the way he gets the Capitol people to sort of realize their barbarianism.)

**Gale Hawthorne as INFP or the Idealist (series: The Hunger Games).
-Whaaat? Peeta and Gale are the same personality type? I don't know - this one was the hardest for me. I think he's introverted, but I can't be certain simply because we don't get to know a lot about him. He works with coal and talks to his co-workers (and the same during the rebellion), but spends his free time hunting with Katniss and alone (I assume?). Unlike Katniss, in Catching Fire, Gale sees the "bigger picture" of the mockingjay and the revolts in other districts and chooses to act based on future possibilities than the immediate reality. Katniss refers to him as a "fire," right? This is his "feeling" nature showing in his passion and determination to overthrow the Capitol. He knows to save and take care of Katniss's family while she's away too. Between a P and a J, I chose the P because I thought Gale was more of an idealist than a counselor (INFJ). He also does not see the immediate consequences of his actions, hence why he was involved with that sad affair in Mockingjay and did not think it would affect Katniss. Plus what he did in Catching Fire that got him punished strikes me as a P and impulsive maneuver. (Like with Peeta, however, I could also see him as ENFP or the Inspirer, especially given his talk about the dissatisfaction in the mines.)

If you agree with me that they're both Idealists or Inspirers or just similar in personality type, makes sense that there was a love triangle then, eh?

**Beatrice Prior as INTP/J or the Philosopher or the Strategist (series: Divergent).
-Having grown up in Abnegation, Tris seems uncomfortable with a lot of public displays and more introverted. I marked her as N because of her ability to see the bigger picture across the series (particularly re: that cliffhanger in Insurgent) and because her comments on human nature point toward an abstract way of thinking. She seems more logical oriented than feeling oriented, focusing on the duty and honor she owes to her parents and what they would have her do rather than the crippling grief and love for everything they have done for her. Her actions in Insurgent seem to contradict these claims, but her decisions also fell in line with her internal set of logic as Katniss's did. Plus, is she a counselor (INFJ) or a strategist (INTJ)? To me, it seems more likely that she's an INTJ, and reading her actions in that light makes sense especially given her drier, more practical point of view. It's tempting to mark her as a P because of her last minute choice to join Dauntless, but I'd read that as Tris already knowing that she would but feeling guilty that she would not fulfill familial duty and join Abnegation. The idea that she is a P is also somewhat negated by the fact that she experiences initial turmoil over having so many options for factions; if she was a P, she would like to have more options for the future. Yet she also seems impulsive like a P and her being a philosopher fits her comments on human nature, so I'd say she's somewhere between a P and J. Also, her friends refer to her Erudite nature as justification for consulting her on plans of action, but they're likely sensing and reacting to the strategist in her.

**Tobias/Four Eaton as ISFJ or the Defender (series: Divergent).
-It's tempting to mark Four as an INFJ simply because he is Tris's counselor in Divergent, but I don't think that's actually his type. He is definitely an introvert, and I would put him as an "S" instead of an "N" because Tris makes some comment about how he is constantly aware of his surroundings. He is rooted in the world around him, watching the cameras and focusing on the present. In Free Four, you learn that he decides to stay in Dauntless because of Tris. This is a decision entirely motivated by feeling; is it practical for him to stay in a faction whose principles he is starting to dislike? No, but he sees the potential in her ("F"). This is like his decision to join Dauntless, entirely motivated by his past and his immediate reality (SF). When he also takes control over his father in Insurgent, it is a calculated move, a plan to regain the respect of his peers, hence me marking him as J. Plus he also seems to judge a lot of the initiates and has a very tense, almost paranoid focus on having everything set. He seems to dislike impulsive moves, though the series also forces him into those situations. One of his worries with regard to Tris in Allegiant is protecting her, which also fits with his defender role.

**Rose Hathaway as ESFP or the Performer (series: Vampire Academy).
-Rose seems like an extrovert, one of the bolder YA heroines and who, at least in the first book, does not oppose being with large groups of people. I've marked her as S because Guardian training seems to focus on making sure that dhampirs are well aware of their surroundings and in tune with their senses, lest Strigoi sneak up on them. Some of the plot twists also include other people showing Rose what the bigger picture is re: reform in the Moroi world and her own personal decisions and future. The plot of Blood Promise hinges on a very personal decision made by Rose that seems very feeling oriented. Plus Rose comes across as being very passionate, very fierce in the way of personal consideration ("F") as opposed to someone with a drier, more practical oriented mind. She's also known for being impulsive, again a hallmark of Ps.

**Dimitri Belikov as ISFJ or the Defender (series: Vampire Academy).
-Dimitri likes to read Western novels in his alone time and is more introverted. I marked him as "S" again because of Guardian training / being constantly alert and in the present, though he seems to see the bigger picture more than Rose does. Any thoughts on that? Is that more a result of his maturity and age than his personality type? I see him more as Defender than Counselor (INFJ). As for me marking him as an F - one of the first things Rose senses about Dimitri is the guilt he stills feels re: the Zeklos family, and the scene in which she guesses this also reveals how his decisions hinge a lot on personal feeling and consideration. His dutiful and stoic attitude also points to his nature as a defender of the Moroi society. As a J, Dimitri likes having plans and is the one who points out to Rose, whose impulsiveness he doesn't seem to share, how their relationship would change his entire set of priorities and his plan in the face of attack.

(Side note: is it a coincidence that people tend to say that both Four and Dimitri are of the strong and silent type? I think not ;D).

**Sydney Sage as ISTJ or the Examiner (series: Bloodlines).
-No question about Sydney being an introvert (or a J). She's also highly detail oriented (S) and focused on her immediate reality and projects. Her practical, logical T oriented way of thinking is what allows her to analyze and examine each scene with a rational eye and understand the future in the way that I've been saying Ns do as well. Her ST nature is what makes her seem slightly socially awkward -- because she's so detailed and logical in a way that I imagine not as many people her age are. She's also very "J" because she's very goal-oriented, likes having plans and staying organized in her attempts to follow through with all her tasks.

**Adrian Ivashkov as INFP or the Idealist (series: Bloodlines).
-INFPs are alternately known as "Healers" in the Keirsey Temperament sorter, so it seems like the two most infamous spirit users, Adrian and Lissa, both have INFP personality types. Plus INFPs are also known as the "starving artist" types, which seems to fit Adrian and his personality type as shown in The Fiery Heart. Anyway, when you first meet Adrian, it seems like he's this famous, extroverted party boy, but Bloodlines shows how often he spends time alone, hence me marking him as introverted. Another thing you learn about Adrian is that he has an abstract way of thinking and sometimes falls into spells caused by spirit, which point toward his "N" or intuition oriented view of the world. Even when he's not smoking or drinking to dull the spirit, he sees people in abstract ways, like Sydney with her molten eyes and how he then sees all of her and her beauty. He's often known for his passion and extreme shows of feeling, and decides to stay with Rose and Sydney and help with some of the more dangerous schemes despite the scandals and probably because of his feeling nature. He's impulsive, adaptable, flexible, very "P" oriented.

Something I think is interesting to think about re: Adrian and Lissa being INFPs (if you agree with me) is that Adrian is a HUGE fan favorite across the blogosphere, winning the YA Crush Tournament, while Lissa is sometimes pushed to the side. I don't know that I've seen Lissa's strength in leadership and prevailing against spirit's darkness as recognized as Adrian's bravery and sexiness. Is this something pointing toward how we view male and female characters? Does this personality type "look" better on a male?

Wow, am I wrong about the introverted/extroverted part or are there a lot fewer popular extrovert characters? I mean I know it's a stereotype that a lot of writers are INFPs and create characters similar to them but still. Also, I was going to sort more characters, but since this post is already pretty long, best stop now, no?

Do you agree with my predictions? If not, what would you change? Do you think of MBTI sometimes too? Which characters fit your personality type? Got a bone to pick with those other charts on HP/LoTR/Star Wars?

(PS - what would you say if I started mentioning MBTI in my reviews? When talking about romantic interests & the protagonist?)

40 comments:

  1. I pretty much knew I was going to love this post as soon as I saw the title. I freaking LOVE that you do this!! I have a habit of sorting characters into D&D alignments (and sometimes Hogwarts houses). It's a fun game I like to play with my husband on road trips!

    As for the MBTI types, I have to agree: we probably all fall into multiple types a little bit at least. I'm INTJ but I don't think I'm exactly like Draco Malfoy! I do agree with you -- mostly -- about Edward Cullen being an INTJ, but I still think that he might lean a bit more toward INFJ just because his feelings are overpowering his brain when it comes to Bella, no?

    Peeta is definitely an Idealist! And I think he's definitely introverted, but one of those who is capable of being charming around other people (unlike me, lol). I think you're right on with Tris and Tobias, too! I love this post!! :D

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    1. Oh gosh, I thought I'd replied to these comments! AAAAAAh.

      YAY!!! I'm not the only one :D. I don't know what the D&D alignments are, but re: Hogwarts houses, Gillian of Writer of Wrongs did an entire post on that with heroines from various YA novels. It is fun and I imagine that makes for great road trip material too :).

      Yes, I agree. His entire struggle is whether he's taking the T/F mindset. But I figured aside from Bella, he's mostly the T type because of the whole vegetarian and vigilante bits from him. So he's definitely a multiple type kind of guy!

      Yay!! Thanks! And true - just because you're introverted doesn't mean you can't be charming or expend energy to be charming around others :)

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  2. That's super interesting! I did the Harry Potter one and I was ISTJ/Snape and I brushed it off saying it had to of been wrong but it really does make quite a lot of sense. lol I think it would be interesting to see in your reviews. Would be a different sort of breakdown of the character and would give you a different sort of way to think about them and their motives. And possibly more of an understanding.

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    1. Lol. It makes a lot of sense as a type or because you see yourself in Snape? Not entirely sure I follow you there ;) but I'm glad it worked out for you. Ha, including this in my reviews... If I REMEMBER!! to. Lol sometimes I want to include reviews from other bloggers, and I don't even remember to do that o.o.

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  3. This was so cool to look through!! I'm an INFP/ENFP (I think it's funny that when I look at the charts I'm always excited to be the same type as one character and always much less excited about the other hahaha)

    On Peeta/Gale I think I'd mark Peeta as an ENFP - only because in the second book he's the one who goes out and hangs out with all the other victors and in general is much more at ease being in the spotlight (I only know this because I LITERALLY reread this series last week. More on my Hunger Games obsession some other day hahaha)

    But seriously, this post was awesome!

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    1. True, true. I always look at INFJ too, along with INFP, and get a little discouraged looking at INFPs sometimes so I know what you mean!

      Well Peeta does that because he has to, not necessarily because he wants to get to know the other victors. Being an introvert doesn't mean he wouldn't talk to other people if needed :P. :) But I don't know. I see your point, even if I'm teasing about it, but I also feel like maybe he's a multiple MBTI type? Like he's majority INFP and occasionally becomes ENFP when needed.

      Thanks, Elizabeth!!!

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  4. I'm an INFP too! I haven't read Divergent and Bloodlines, so I can't comment on the character-MBTI match-up, but I do agree with you on the dominance of introverted characters in books. I think that the strong-lone-wolf and the insecure-but-special types of characters are favored right now, and those tend to be introverts, so that might be part of the reason? And this is such an interesting analysis - I've always had a hard time trying to categorize book characters into the MBTI framework, so it's nice to see how you reasoned out their personalities. :)

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    1. Yes! There's a HUGE dominance of introverted characters in books, potentially because well... the writer is introverted or you just need characters to be introverted, to have those moments to themselves for 'self-discovery.' Insecure-but-special is DEFINITELY favored too. And the Strong-but-silent as a love interest. I agree with you completely! And thank you :)!

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  5. Is it terrible that this is the first I've ever seen of this? I feel like it's terrible, anyway. So, obviously I've never used this method to sort characters before, but I could see the value in doing so. And I can absolutely see you doing this in every book. I think I may have to try it out myself, though I'm afraid seeing all the characters in this light might make me less inclined to like some of them and hence, may decrease my enjoyment of the books I find them in. Do you find that to be true?

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    1. No! Definitely not terrible. I hadn't heard of it until not that recently either ;). Oh yes, I don't do this with every book. I definitely don't even do this all the time. I only do if I don't know why I dislike a particular character, or why I'm feeling uncomfortable with a character (like Lena in Delirium - I think part of my discomfort is because she has the same personality type and might be considered a kindred spirit). Nooooo way do I do this every time I read -- that would definitely suck some of the enjoyment!

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  6. I'm a psychology major, and I try to figure out everyone's personality types in books and real life! Thanks for this awesome post!

    - I think Adrian is so popular because the YA genre is really dominated by female readers, and I think Adrian is popular because he's a guy! I think Lissa is an INFJ rather than INFP. She's responsible, dutiful, organized, and thinks before she acts. She's soft-spoken, but *semi-spoiler alert* the election in Book 7 wouldn't have happened that way if she didn't have the strong leadership skills so characteristics of INFJ's.
    - Like Kelley, I lean towards Edward being an INFJ rather than an INTJ. Also, he's really into expressing his affections, being super aware of the feelings of those around him, takes personally others' expression of affection, makes decisions about Bella based on how he feels ('I can't live in a world without you') rather than duty ('It's my duty to protect you' or whatever).
    -I think of Sydney as a model ISTJ, very pure, no sitting on the fence on any of the letters, even extreme. Of this entire list, she was the easiest for me to type.
    - Are we sure Adrian is not an extrovert? He enjoy parties and says whatever he feels whether it's appropriate or not (rather than being shy, thinking before speaking, etc. like Lissa). He is very comfortable around people, is comfortable teasing and sleeping with strangers (that time Sydney had to drive to another city to retrieve 'Jet'.)

    This was great fun. Thanks for posting!

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    1. Thank YOU for stopping by.

      True! Well, INFPs can still be leaders. But I did put Lissa as INFJ in my most recent post with the Vampire Academy cast on an MBTI chart. And I don't think Adrian is an extrovert -- most of those times when he is partying, he's drunk, right? Loosens inhibitions. I can get extroverted too in that circumstance - INFPs, I think it said somewhere, "could put on ESFP" pants or something like that when needed. Introverted is not the same as shy. I still think Adrian thinks before he speaks - not always, but his witty humor wouldn't come so naturally without that. He's probably something more like an ambivert, but I'd still mark him as INFP (the idealist/dreamer) over ENFP (the inspirer) for sure.

      But he did make a decision about Bella based on duty. The second book is entirely about putting her life and humanity above his own feelings. In the end his logic doesn't work out and they both nearly die for it, but... *shrug* I think with Bella he's very feeling oriented because that's half his struggle - T vs. F with her. But maybe he alternates between the two types?

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  7. I am a huge MBTI fan, so thanks for taking the time to think this through!

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  8. Very interesting. I did the test a while ago and I have to agree with my type (INFJ) I've actually never thought about using this for characters. Despite the fact that I LOVE some characters, I don't feel compelled enough to give them a certain 'label'. From all the characters, I think I agree the most with Katniss. Practical, smart and willing to sacrifice her life for duty, sounds like a real Guardian to me.

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    1. Oh yes, I don't give every character a label or anything. I think a lot of people find it fun just to see which character they're like, and no character fits into one personality type. No one in this world is just one type - no label with this many factors would ever be so black and white. Yay! Glad I got at least Katniss right :).

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  9. You have no idea how much I'm excited to hear that! I didn't think anyone did that other than me! I'm INTJ so I'm a bit weirded out by the fact that you think Palpatine from Star Wars is an INTJ, but I can see why you'd think that. I guess I need to watch out for my inner desire to take over the world. lol! Nice post, it was really interesting!

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    1. Hahaha, I didn't make the Star Wars chart - I just found it online. I would say that he is an INTJ - that definitely doesn't mean you're Palpatine though :PP. Hahaha yes, watch out for those overlord tendencies now!

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  10. Hi! I'm so obsessed with MBTI, I type everyone I can and typing fictional character is so fun! What do you think about the characters from Delirium? The only one I'm pretty sure of is Hana, I think she's an ENFP cause she's so much like me!

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    1. I think Lena is an INFP. She's definitely introverted. I'd say N because Lauren Oliver has those great passages from Lena about time moving, and the greater picture of things - seeing how Grace (I think that was her name, right? The little sister figure who's actually her cousin?) copes rather than how everyone else sees her: this mute, dumb girl. I'd say feeling because nearly everything Lena does is based on her feelings - her first evaluation she screws up because she starts to feel flustered about everything and nervous and then rebelling because of love and the like. P because she seems a tad spontaneous, what with the way she begins to act around Alex - though it seems like that is also Oliver's way of categorizing love, the way it makes people erratic, so it might not be necessarily indicative of Lena... Though I'm more inclined to think of her as an Idealist than a Counselor. And the entire novel sort of feels like a tribute to the idealistic power of love. (That sounds more negative than I mean - it's beautiful of course, but also seems idealistic.).

      Alex might be another INFP or maybe an INFJ, since he's the one with the plans between the two of them. It's hard categorizing the people in Delirium because after the cure, they're all about duty and the like and it seems like they'd all be T oriented. And it's harder to distinguish what's them vs. what's the cure vs. their individual personalities.

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  11. J does not mean that you follow rules. It just means that you are bothered by open ended things. We like to make choices. I'm an INTJ and INTJ's hate following rules. We tend to be a little haughty and believe that they don't apply to us. Never met one that likes to follow the rules, which is why so many bad guys are INTJs. They are rather emotionless, calculating, and rule breaking. We know the rules and consciously choose to ignore them.

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  12. can you do the hunger games please?

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  13. Nice try but typing by letters doesn't really work and neither do the online tests, they're about as accurate as any heavy stereotyping. It's all about the cognitive functions which is why no one is between INFP/J for example. Those types don't share any functions. Everyone interested in MBTI should learn the actual theory.

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  14. Hi, you are perfectly free to disagree with how I made my MBTI charts and characterized characters, but it is NOT okay to come comment on my blog and disrespect me in my personal space.

    "no one is between INFP/J for example." - You make it sound as if no one can change. You are the type of person I would hope to avoid in making these charts. Any and every characterization of personalities are fluid, just like people are.



    I took the ACTUAL MBTI test, not online tests, and got both INFP and INFJ at different points in my life. I don't know where you're coming from in insinuating that I wouldn't know my own personality. And I really dislike your tone in that last sentence, so please don't comment again on this blog.

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  15. I didn't do the Harry Potter MBTI. I've only made the Divergent and Vampire Academy MBTI charts you see above.

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  16. Maybe someday. I hope to make more of these charts in the future...

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  17. I am ISTJ and I totally agree with ISTJ for Katniss. When I read The Hunger Games, I found it so hard to separate own thoughts from Katniss's and eventually realised her personality is remarkably similar to my own in a way I haven't seen with any other character.

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  18. That's cool! Sounds like Katniss is your character kin spirit :).

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  19. I agree though. I sometimes got in between INTJ and ISTJ but is it possible to get more than just two?

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  20. Oh gosh, I thought I'd replied to these comments! AAAAAAh.

    YAY!!! I'm not the only one :D. I don't know what the D&D alignments are, but re: Hogwarts houses, Gillian of Writer of Wrongs did an entire post on that with heroines from various YA novels. It is fun and I imagine that makes for great road trip material too :).

    Yes, I agree. His entire struggle is whether he's taking the T/F mindset. But I figured aside from Bella, he's mostly the T type because of the whole vegetarian and vigilante bits from him. So he's definitely a multiple type kind of guy!

    Yay!! Thanks! And true - just because you're introverted doesn't mean you can't be charming or expend energy to be charming around others :)

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  21. I think Lena is an INFP. She's definitely introverted. I'd say N because Lauren Oliver has those great passages from Lena about time moving, and the greater picture of things - seeing how Grace (I think that was her name, right? The little sister figure who's actually her cousin?) copes rather than how everyone else sees her: this mute, dumb girl. I'd say feeling because nearly everything Lena does is based on her feelings - her first evaluation she screws up because she starts to feel flustered about everything and nervous and then rebelling because of love and the like. P because she seems a tad spontaneous, what with the way she begins to act around Alex - though it seems like that is also Oliver's way of categorizing love, the way it makes people erratic, so it might not be necessarily indicative of Lena... Though I'm more inclined to think of her as an Idealist than a Counselor. And the entire novel sort of feels like a tribute to the idealistic power of love. (That sounds more negative than I mean - it's beautiful of course, but also seems idealistic.).

    Alex might be another INFP or maybe an INFJ, since he's the one with the plans between the two of them. It's hard categorizing the people in Delirium because after the cure, they're all about duty and the like and it seems like they'd all be T oriented. And it's harder to distinguish what's them vs. what's the cure vs. their individual personalities.

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  22. True, true. I always look at INFJ too, along with INFP, and get a little discouraged looking at INFPs sometimes so I know what you mean!

    Well Peeta does that because he has to, not necessarily because he wants to get to know the other victors. Being an introvert doesn't mean he wouldn't talk to other people if needed :P. :) But I don't know. I see your point, even if I'm teasing about it, but I also feel like maybe he's a multiple MBTI type? Like he's majority INFP and occasionally becomes ENFP when needed.

    Thanks, Elizabeth!!!

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  23. Lol. It makes a lot of sense as a type or because you see yourself in Snape? Not entirely sure I follow you there ;) but I'm glad it worked out for you. Ha, including this in my reviews... If I REMEMBER!! to. Lol sometimes I want to include reviews from other bloggers, and I don't even remember to do that o.o.

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  24. Yes! There's a HUGE dominance of introverted characters in books, potentially because well... the writer is introverted or you just need characters to be introverted, to have those moments to themselves for 'self-discovery.' Insecure-but-special is DEFINITELY favored too. And the Strong-but-silent as a love interest. I agree with you completely! And thank you :)!

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  25. No! Definitely not terrible. I hadn't heard of it until not that recently either ;). Oh yes, I don't do this with every book. I definitely don't even do this all the time. I only do if I don't know why I dislike a particular character, or why I'm feeling uncomfortable with a character (like Lena in Delirium - I think part of my discomfort is because she has the same personality type and might be considered a kindred spirit). Nooooo way do I do this every time I read -- that would definitely suck some of the enjoyment!

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  26. Hahaha, I didn't make the Star Wars chart - I just found it online. I would say that he is an INTJ - that definitely doesn't mean you're Palpatine though :PP. Hahaha yes, watch out for those overlord tendencies now!

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  27. Oh yes, I don't give every character a label or anything. I think a lot of people find it fun just to see which character they're like, and no character fits into one personality type. No one in this world is just one type - no label with this many factors would ever be so black and white. Yay! Glad I got at least Katniss right :).

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  28. Thanks, Alyssa! Glad you enjoyed it!

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  29. Thank YOU for stopping by.

    True! Well, INFPs can still be leaders. But I did put Lissa as INFJ in my most recent post with the Vampire Academy cast on an MBTI chart. And I don't think Adrian is an extrovert -- most of those times when he is partying, he's drunk, right? Loosens inhibitions. I can get extroverted too in that circumstance - INFPs, I think it said somewhere, "could put on ESFP" pants or something like that when needed. Introverted is not the same as shy. I still think Adrian thinks before he speaks - not always, but his witty humor wouldn't come so naturally without that. He's probably something more like an ambivert, but I'd still mark him as INFP (the idealist/dreamer) over ENFP (the inspirer) for sure.

    But he did make a decision about Bella based on duty. The second book is entirely about putting her life and humanity above his own feelings. In the end his logic doesn't work out and they both nearly die for it, but... *shrug* I think with Bella he's very feeling oriented because that's half his struggle - T vs. F with her. But maybe he alternates between the two types?

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  30. I agree with mostly everyone for Harry Potter but I don't think Hermione is an INTP cause P's are not good with finishing things, planning, staying on schedule and they dislike following authority and any sort of rules unlike J's who are excellent at that.so I guess she would be an INTJ

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