MBTI: NT, The Rationals

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The standout feature of the Rationals is their innate problem-solving ability.  These analytical, logical thinkers seek to understand the world around them, and then make improvements to make the world turn more smoothly. Let’s take a closer look at each one:

ENTJ–The Fieldmarshal 

Gifted at organization and strategy, ENTJs are born leaders. They have a natural ability to bring order and structure wherever they go, but they may crush weaker personalities in their Sherman’s march toward their goal. River Song from Doctor Who is a good example of an ENTJ. She exhibits the distinctive “take charge” attitude of an ENTJ in the episode “Silence in the Library”. When the Vashta Nerada attacked, she whipped both her archeological group and the Doctor and Donna into shape, forcing her whining boss to shut up and work together with the Doctor to get out of danger. RiverCome to think of it, she even got the Doctor to shut up (any Whovian knows that this is quite the accomplishment)!

Harrison Ford and Jim Carrey are two real-life examples of the ENTJ, and Magento (The X-Men)  is another fictional example.

Meara, one of our minor characters from Poisoned, is very much an ENTJ. Like River, she exhibits her take-charge attitude in the moment of crisis. Singlehandedly, she stops a terrible battle which could have destroyed her whole world, and forces two angry and belligerent kings to get along and work toward a common goal.

INTJ–The Mastermind [Suzanne’s type]

While ENTJs are often seen at the forefront of a conflict bellowing orders, the INTJ prefers to work in the background, as long as they are secure in their leader’s competency to lead. They are unimpressed by rules and regulations, often choosing their own set of rules to follow based on their ideas of morality. They disregard anything illogical to them–often this includes emotions–and can be quite manipulative if they so choose. For these reasons, INTJs are often the antagonist or villain in many stories, including Sauron, Emperor Palpatine, Professor Moriarty, Hannibal Lecter, and many others. Not all INTJs are bad guys though…the wizard Gandalf from Lord of the Rings is a classic example of an INTJ.

GandalfGandalf holds the INTJ’s signature disdain for small talk (as seen from his conversation with Bilbo at the beginning of The Hobbit) and inefficiency (notice how the Fellowship kinda fell apart after he died?). He is content to stay out of the limelight of leadership, leaving that to Saruman, the head of his order, until Saruman proves himself to be unfit for leadership. He is able to manipulate people into carrying out his plans to defeat Sauron and exposing their true loyalties in the war. He also forces many Feeler characters (most notably Frodo and Pippin) to brush aside their emotions and use their heads to solve problems and do what needs to be done.

C.S. Lewis and Jane Austen are two famous INTJ writers (who also happen to be some of my favorites!) and Fitzwilliam Darcy (Pride and Prejudice) is another fictional “good guy” example of the INTJ.

Daemond is the only INTJ in our books for the current series. Finding himself in a position of leadership, Daemond quickly forms and enacts a plan to free his people from tyranny once and for all, recruiting many “minions” along the way to carry out his plans.

ENTP–The Inventor

ENTPs have earned their nickname of the Inventors. They are constantly looking for better ways to do things. Ingenious and clever, they only need a rough sketch of an idea before they can run with it to build something great. They are great conversationalists and skilled debaters. One of my favorite ENTP characters is Calvin from Bill Watterson’s comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. A highly imaginative 6-year-old boy, Calvin only needs the slightest provocation before he takes off with an idea. CalvinWith the help and encouragement of his sarcastic stuffed tiger Hobbes, Calvin explores the full possibilities of any idea he comes across (often at the expense of his homework or chores).

Thomas Edison and Alfred Hitchcock are two famous examples of the ENTP; The Joker (The Dark Knight) and Henry Tilney (Northanger Abbey) are two more fictional examples of the ENTP.

INTP–The Architect

The INTP is much more laid-back than the other Rationals, preferring to ponder and discuss their theories about the world instead of taking action. They are quick to point out inconsistencies and errors, and may easily become bored with the outside world and retreat to their much more interesting inner world. Because of this, they can seem childlike to those around them. Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation is a good example of an INTP. Though a logical being (of course he would be…he’s an android), he possesses a childlike wonder of the world around him, especially concerning his shipmates’ emotions (which he sometimes tries to emulate with varying success). DataHe is ingenious and quite the problem solver, and remains calm when faced with such threats as Q or the Borg. When asked for his opinion, he is sometimes reluctant to answer because he is constantly adding information which could reform his ideas about the subject.

Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein are two famous examples of the INTP; Elinor Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility) and Sherlock Holmes (from the original stories, BBC’s Sherlock is more of an ISTP) are two more fictional examples of the INTP.

Well, that’s the end of our Myers-Briggs series! Even though this was only a quick overview of the 16 types, I hope it was helpful to you. If you want to learn more about MBTI, there are plenty of good sites out there (here and here, for example). Anyway, next week we are back to our regularly scheduled blogging…

~Suzanne~

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MBTI: NF, the Idealists

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Last week, Suzanne gave an overview of the MBTI SJs, and this week I’ll be discussing the NFs–ENFJ, INFJ, ENFP, INFP.  NFs are imaginative and altruistic.  They have a strong sense of self, basing their actions on their internal values and feelings.

ENFJ–The Teacher

ENFJs are charismatic and influential, easily able to communicate their thoughts and feelings onto a listening audience.  They know how to use their words and actions to get a desired reaction from people, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but it can be used to manipulate people.  They are also intuitive, which means they understand what people are thinking/feeling and are able to pander to the other people’s desires.  They are generally popular and naturally make good leaders.  They may have a tendency to be too idealistic (which is definitely the combination of the NF traits), which could make them a little naive when it comes to reality and things not always going their way.

BilboPresident Lincoln and President Reagan are two famous examples of the ENFJ; Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings) and Edmund Bertram (Mansfield Park) are two fictional examples of the ENFJ.

Keegan is more of a secondary character that will be introduced in Poisoned.  We are still developing his character, but as I was writing the above description of the ENFJ, I kept thinking how perfect of a description it was for him.

INFJ–The Counselor

INFJs are one of the rarest types, making up less than one percent of the population.  They can also be one of the most extroverted introvert types.  I think this is because when their inner ideals line up with a cause, there is nothing stopping them from pursing that goal.  They are very passionate about their causes, inspiring others to follow and help them.  However, they are still introverts, and they do need down time, lest they burn out, which is not good for them or their causes.   They are also very private, probably more willing to talk about their current cause than themselves.  Again, they are idealistic, which could lead to their being a perfectionist (though, everyone is a perfectionist about something, right?).

ElphabaTom Selleck and Carrie Fisher are two famous examples of the INFJ; Elphaba Thropp (Wicked the Musical) and Jean Valjean (Les Misérables) are two fictional examples of the INFJ.

Eirwen is more of a secondary character in Poisoned, though she will be having a bigger part later on in Thíortha.  She is very introverted and sheltered, but once she latches onto her cause there will be no turning back!

ENFP–The Champion

ENFPs are fun-loving and friendly people.  They are open minded and relate easily to others. They are driven by their emotions, which could cause them to over-think situations and stress out.  They observe every thing in from their surroundings–people, nature, or otherwise.  Their observations sometimes distract them from important things (i.e. pretty much anytime Calvin [Calvin and Hobbes] was in Miss Wormwood’s class). They are curious and creative, not really afraid to try new things.  They are highly independent, hating being tied down by rules or regulations, which does not necessarily work well with school and a job.   They can be hard workers if they put their mind to it, but they know how to put the stress from work or school behind them to relax and have fun.

PippinSandra Bullock and Robin Williams are two famous examples of the ENFP; Peregrin Took (The Lord of the Rings) and Emma Woodhouse (Emma) are two fictional examples of the ENFP.

Lana is (again) a secondary character in Poisoned.  She got hurt by someone and reacted rashly.  She regretted her actions and was unable to return to the life she had known for so long.

INFP–The Healer [Marie’s type]

We INFPs are very private people, only letting ourselves have a small number of close friends.  We can be quiet and shy, unless you get us talking about something we’re passionate about (for me, one of those things would be books) because then we will not shut up.  We may disconnect from reality for a while, going into the fantasy world inside our mind (people are nice there and there is no small talk).  Unfortunately, that happens at inopportune times, so when we do eventually snap back to the conversation, we’ve missed about five topics.  We ABHOR conflict and do everything in our power to avoid arguments, looking for a more diplomatic way to absolve the disagreement.  We do not take criticism well–none of the NFs do–and usually we view it as a personal attack, and we could react accordingly (this does not apply to all of us, I’m just speaking generally).

AnneJ.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling are two famous examples of the INFP; Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables) and Eragon Shadeslayer (The Inheritance Cycle) are two fictional examples of the INFP.

There are no prominent INFPs in Poisoned, but eventually there will be two main characters who are INFPs.  I am obviously excited to get to them, but they have to wait their turn to appear in our books.

Next week, Suzanne will be giving you an in-depth look at the NTs and concluding our MBTI series.

~Marie~

MBTI: SJs, The Guardians

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Like their nickname suggests, the Guardians consider themselves to be the caretakers and preservers of all that is right and good, whether that be people or principles. They are responsible, dependable, hard-working, traditional, and just.

ESTJ–The Supervisor

With an ESTJ, what you see is what you get. They put most of their energy into doing what they know to be right. Princess Leia Organa-Solo from the Star Wars film and book franchise is often thought to be an ESTJ. Unlike her brother Luke, Leia isn’t constantly looking for new ways to do things: she sticks to what she knows will work. She is a staunch traditionalist, and after the Empire is overthrown in Episode VI, she works with Mon Mothma to recreate the Old Republic like it was before the Empire days. She is also an extremely hard worker: even though she is a high-ranking official in the Galactic Alliance, she is often found doing routine repair work and other such odd jobs.

Boromir (The Lord of the Rings) is another example of a fictional ESTJ, and General Douglas McArthur and Emma Watson are two real-life examples of ESTJs.  Our little (well, since he’s 6’4”, we can’t exactly call him little anymore) brother is also an ESTJ. He has been, is, and always will be concerned with doing what is right. Even as a small child, he was always standing up to bullies and defending younger kids.

ISTJ–The Inspector

Like their ESTJ cousins, ISTJs are a hard-working lot. They are ultra-dependable: if you need something done, you can trust that an ISTJ will personally make sure the task gets carried out to the letter. Javert from Les Misérables is a nearly textbook example of an ISTJ. He carries out the law of the land without question, even if the said law(s) are morally questionable. He places his trust in the institution of the French government and spends his life trying to protect it. Ultimately, it is the conflict of his two most closely-held values (honoring the man who saved his life or arresting him because of his breaking the law) that causes him to take his own life—he would rather die than choose to break the law or the code of honor.  

Hermione Granger (Harry Potter) is often thought to be an ISTJ, as well as George Washington and Natalie Portman.  Marie and I have a special place in our hearts for ISTJs, because our dad is one. He is the most dependable person I know…if he says he’ll do something, you can bet money on it, because he WILL do it.

ESFJ–The Provider

ESFJs are all about nurturing others and helping them succeed. They make great hosts, as they will always see that their guests are well cared for. One fictional example of an ESFJ would be Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy of the Star Trek franchise. His occupation suits his personality well: he spends his days patching up the Enterprise’s inhabitants after their adventures. He also balances out Spock’s somewhat cold logic by encouraging Kirk to use his feelings to make decisions (not always a wise plan, I might add!).  

Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman are two famous examples of  ESFJs, and Dorothy Gale (Wizard of Oz) is another fictional example.  We have one ESFJ in Poisoned, King Riaghán of Mellark. The nurturing nature of the ESFJ exhibits itself in Riaghan’s individual tutoring of each of his children. Although a gracious and usually wise king, sometimes he lets his emotions get the better of him.

ISFJ–The Protector 

While the ESFJ concerns himself with helping others reach their full potential, the ISFJ is concerned mostly with the safety and security of those they hold most dear. This is illustrated both with Samwise Gamgee (The Lord of the Rings) and Saphira (The Inheritance Cycle). Both characters are paired with INFPs (Frodo and Eragon) who have a knack for getting themselves into trouble. One of the most iconic lines in the LOTR series is in the final chapters, when Frodo collapses on the slopes of Mount Doom. “’Come Mr. Frodo!’ he cried. ‘I can’t carry it for you, but I can carry you and it as well.’” This quote, to me, epitomizes what it is to be an ISFJ. Sam was the only one of the original Nine who stuck with Frodo until the end—through darkness, torture, betrayal—and even when Frodo himself gave into the power of the Ring, Sam never stopped trying to save him.

We do have one ISFJ in our books so far…but he doesn’t become a major player until later in the series, so we can’t tell you much about him yet. As well as the fictional examples given, Robert E. Lee and Mother Teresa are some famous real-life examples of ISFJs. Our mom, also an ISFJ, exhibits their protective nature in how she taught me to pace myself at college. She taught me when and how to say no to things so that I didn’t stretch myself too thin.

Do you know of any Guardians in your life or in fiction? As always, feel free to comment below.

Next week, Marie will be giving you an in-depth look at the NFs.

~Suzanne~