MBTI: SPs, The Creators


Last week, Suzanne gave an overview of the Myers-Briggs Temperament Indicator (MBTI), and this week I’ll be discussing the SPs–ESTP, ISTP, ESFP, ISFP.  SPs are active and spontaneous, trying to get as much as they can out of the moment.  They do not concern themselves with the past or the future.  They think fast on their feet, as opposed to planning their actions.

ESTP–The Promoter

ESTPs are spontaneous and bold individuals, living for the moment and enjoying every minute of it.  They do not give much thought to the past or the future.  Rules are more like guidelines for them, and they enjoy the adrenaline rush that comes with the risks they take.  They are able to detect the smallest change in body language, facial expressions, or habits.  They use this ability to relate others.   They love being active, and because of this, they tend to have trouble in school, unless the teacher uses a hands-on and interactive approach in the lesson.  ESTPs don’t care about things that are not rational or practical, so they don’t place much importance on the feelings of themselves or others.

Eddie Murphy and Bruce Willis are two famous examples of the ESTP; Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean) and the Genie (Aladdin) are two fictional examples of the ESTP.

We have one ESTP in our books, but unfortunately she won’t show up until the fourth book. However, both Suzanne and I are looking forward to introducing her when the time comes.  She is going to be enjoyable to write.

ISTP–the Crafter

ISTPs are more private people, though they don’t seem to care as much about their personal “bubble” as some other introverts do.  They combine their spontaneity and practicality, making them very flexible.  Because of this, they are not exactly huge on commitments, for they also like to live in the present as opposed to planning for the future.  They go about life relaxed, not concerned about anything.  They know how to conserve their energy, so that they can use it only when they see fit.  They can seem insensitive, saying things without factoring in other people’s feelings.  They also have a very short attention span and have a tendency to get bored quickly.

President Taylor and Clint Eastwood are two famous examples of the ISTP; Han Solo (Star Wars) and Merida (Brave) are two fictional examples of the ISTP.

Carlisle, who is more of a secondary character in our first book Poisoned, makes decisions based on circumstances that are going on presently, failing to see how they will affect the future.  He is private, though he loves his family dearly.  He is effective in a crisis, applying logic and praticality to the situation.

ESFP–The Performer

ESFPs live very much in the moment for the “party” that is their life.  They are the world’s entertainers, thriving on the attention of people around them, and their boldness and out-goingness helps them achieve the attention they want.  They have great people skills, and will talk about anything and everything (as long as the conversation doesn’t stray to theories and philosophies).   They can be sensitive, sometimes overly so, because of this they struggle dealing with criticisms and critiques.  They can become very emotional, and are driven by their feelings, though this is not always a bad thing, but when their emotions go unchecked, it will cause problems.

Steve Irwin (The Crocodile Hunter) and Marilyn Monroe are two famous examples of the ESFP; Lydia Bennet (Pride and Prejudice) and Meriadoc Brandybuck (The Lord of the Rings) are two fictional examples of the ESFP.

Konan, one of the main characters in our first book Poisoned, is very out-going.  He enjoys being around people and doesn’t mind being the center of attention, which is good, because he is a crown prince.  He acts before thinking, lives for the excitement, and finds it difficult to be patient.  (Because Suzanne and I are NT and NF, we had a difficult time figuring out how to write Konan until we discovered MBTI.)

ISFP–The Composer

ISFPs are free-spirited, considering rules and guidelines to be boring and confining for their creative and imaginative mind.   They are open-minded and progressive, and have a high level of tolerance when it comes to interacting with people.   They are curious enough and willing to try out new things.  They are artistic people, usually expressing themselves through their chosen art (music, cooking, painting, etc.).   They value freedom, independence, and originality, which could cause problems in school or work.  They could have low self-esteem, which–I think–comes with their artistic tendencies (people with artistic personalities are often seen as lesser individuals, compared to the more academic personalities).  If they have low self-esteem, this would increase the stress in their lives, which would cause an emotional reaction from them.

President Grant and Elizabeth Taylor are two famous examples of the ISFP; Arwen (The Lord of the Rings) and Rory Williams (Doctor Who) are two fictional examples of the ISFP.

Richmond, who is also more of an secondary character in our first book Poisoned, focuses on the present, and not the circumstances that lead to the results.  When pushed, he acts accordingly, but without the prompting he would have done nothing.

Next week, Suzanne will be giving you an in-depth look at the SJs.



2 thoughts on “MBTI: SPs, The Creators

  1. I haven’t written an SP character yet. I’d say the majority of my characters are all intuitive-thinker types (makes sense, since I’m one and understand the thought process), with a few ESTJs thrown in for good measure.

    • Like we said above, we had a REALLY hard time identifying with and writing our one main SP character for Poisoned, at least at first. He was a lot easier to work with on the third draft, after we had studied MBTI for a while. Come to think of it, it’s probably because we’re both very much Ns, and the S mindset doesn’t really jive with how we think. Our parents are ISTJ and ISFJ, and our extreme N-ness clashes with them sometimes.

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