Myers Briggs in Book Characters — What's Your Personality Type?Sunday, November 09, 2014
Friends, I have a new obsession. Personality types.
It's just so fun! The more I've studied Myers Briggs, the more I have learned about myself and others. I believe that taking these tests gives insight into our personalities and how we approach challenges or process information. It can highlight strengths we never noticed and illuminate weaknesses, too. If you haven't taken Myers Briggs, I strongly encourage you to do so! Most people can figure out a little bit about their personality type just by looking at the different categories, so I'll break it down for you.
There are 16 possible personality types that are grouped by strengths in how we find our energy, process the world, cope with emotions and approach challenge.
Belle - INTP The Architect
Logical, original and creative. Extremely capable and driven to apply theory into action. Often places strong value on knowledge, independence and competence. Tends to be quiet and reserved, difficult to get to know deeply, but is also less likely to actively pursue leadership.
Mr. Darcy - INTJ The Thinker
Independent, original, analytical and driven. Values competence, high performance and intelligence. Tends to be very structured and logical and has very high expectations for themselves. Natural leaders, but willing to follow if they trust others.
Jane Eyre - INFJ The Counselor
Softly confident, sensitive and peaceful. Works at something with diligence until the task is complete. Strongly intuitive and concerned about the feelings and personal lives of others. Respected for perseverance, individualism and high standards of right and wrong.
Snow White - INFP The Idealist
Creative, calm and usually optimistic. Interested in serving others before themselves and usually very humble. Has well-developed values and is extremely loyal. Main goal is understanding and helping others because of a strong desire to be relational.
Katniss Everdeen - ISTJ The Inspector
Serious, reserved and interested in establishing peace. Typically is responsible, dependable and diligent at work. Has an acute sense of focus and concentration and is well-organized and determined to reach a goal.
Dr. Watson - ISFJ The Protector
Conscientious, dependent and loyal. Good at following through with tasks. Extremely perceptive on the feelings of others and desires to be useful in serving. Stable, practical and follows traditional values.
(In case you're wondering, Sherlock would be either INTJ or INTP.)
Harry Potter - ISTP The Craftsman
Observant, attentive, action-oriented and usually interested in the mechanics behind why things work. Usually skilled at detail-oriented tasks and prone to be risk-takers who thrive off of adrenaline. Incredibly loyal and not interested in sticking to the rules if they happen to get in the way. Excels at finding solutions to problems.
Beth March - ISFP The Composer
Quiet, serious, sensitive and kind. Non-confrontational and goes to great lengths to avoid conflict. Has a strong appreciation for beauty and usually enjoys the arts. Lives in the moment and is not easily moved by stress or anxiety.
Scarlett O'Hara - ENTJ The Commander
Assertive, outspoken and driven to lead. Excellent ability to discern problems and create solutions. Intelligent and values performance, but usually has little patience for inefficiency. Strategic, well-spoken and quick-witted.
Augustus Waters - ENTP The Visionary
Creative, resourceful and witty. Good at many things and enjoys debating issues. Gets very excited about new projects and may often neglect the everyday routine of life. Outspoken and assertive, friendly and enjoys stimulating conversation. Strong ability to empathize and understand.
(Most of you probably know I feel about The Fault In Our Stars, which you can read about here, but he does make a great character profile!)
Jay Gatsby - ENFJ The Giver
Popular but sensitive, idealistic with keen social skills. Focused on values and ambitious vision and is usually concerned about the wellbeing of others. Effective at management but tends to view things from the perspective of those around them. Dislikes being alone and places the needs of others above their own.
Jo March - ENFP The Champion
Enthusiastic, idealistic and imaginative. Has an aptitude for a wide range of skills and strives to live in accordance with personal values. Easily inspired by new ideas. Open-minded and ambitious, but often competitive.
Hermione Granger - ESTJ The Supervisor
Practical, traditional, conservative and organized. Interested in theoretical ideas as long as there is a practical application. Has a clear vision of the way things ought to be and likes to be in charge. Incredibly capable in terms of leadership and strongly values organization.
Bilbo Baggins - ESFJ The Provider
Energetically dedicated to their work. Has a sense of harmony and cooperation and is eager to please and provide. Relationships are their top priority and they are generous with time and emotions. Tend to be practical and enjoy routine schedule.
Tom Sawyer - ESTP The Dynamo
Friendly, adaptable and energetic. Focused on immediate results rather than longterm goals. Lives a fast paced lifestyle full of adventure and often ignores structure. Often impatient, but extremely loyal with great people skills.
Peter Pan - ESFP The Performer
People-oriented, fun loving and joyful. Enjoys new experiences, spontaneity and living in the moment. Likely to be the center of attention and has a warm enthusiasm for life. They're often playful, funny and bring out the best in others.
In case you're wondering, I am a strong INTJ, which is actually the rarest female personality type. Yes, I realize that my character reference is Mr. Darcy...which is laughable. But knowing my personality type helps me pinpoint certain strengths, such as as determination and organization. But it also helps me be aware of areas of potential growth, such as living in the moment, being relaxed and not always having a calculated, systematic checklist for life.