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:
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. Come 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.
Gandalf 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.
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. With 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.
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). He 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…