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.
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.
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.
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.
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.