I’ve been wanting to do this for some time now, and finally, finally, I’ve put all the pieces together and gotten it done. What am I talking about, exactly?
Why, assigning Myers-Briggs Personality Types to my Dragon Calling characters, of course!
For those who are unfamiliar, the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is an introspective system of Personality Types based on psychologist Carl Jung’s theory of cognitive perceptions in how people view the world around them and make decisions. The are sixteen Types in the system, comprised of a 4-letter combination from eight possible choices of cognitive preferences:
Introvert (I) or Extrovert (E)
Sensor (S) or Intuitive (N)
Feeler (F) or Thinker (T)
Judger (J) or Perceiver (P)
Now I know that “personality typing” is not an 100% accurate discipline, but the Myers-Briggs is one of the more involved systems, and, I think, the most fascinating to research.
Not only are there the eight preferences, but there are also eight cognitive functions further developed and categorized based on whether they are predominantly extraverted or introverted, judging or perceiving.
And then there’s the whole theory of shadow functions. But let’s not get side-tracked!
Here’s what the eight cognitive functions look like:
Introverted Sensing (Si)
Introverted Intuition (Ni)
Introverted Thinking (Ti)
Introverted Feeling (Fi)
Extraverted Sensing (Se)
Extraverted Intuition (Ne)
Extraverted Thinking (Te)
Extraverted Feeling (Fe)
And here they are, divided into Introverted, Extraverted, Judging & Perceiving:
Introverted Functions (Si, Ni, Ti, Fi)
Extraverted Functions (Se, Ne, Te, Fe)
Judging Functions (Ti, Te, Fi, Fe)
Perceiving Functions (Si, Se, Ni, Ne)
Is your mind scrambled yet? Haha! Don’t worry; I’ve been doing research for weeks now, and I’m still having difficulty wrapping my mind around it all.
I won’t prattle on and on about it, so if you’re curious you can click on any of the links I’ve provided and check out more in-depth descriptions and examples of what Myers-Briggs is all about. Also, have a look at K. M. Weiland’s post on how to use Myers-Briggs for fictional characters. She explains things in a much clearer and absorbing way than I.
At any rate, suffice to say I am very interested in Myers-Briggs. Especially when it comes to working out the different Types for fictional characters! Hence why I have spent the last couple of weeks working on figuring out what Types my Dragon Calling characters are.
There are a lot of characters in the Dragon Calling series, so naturally I haven’t finished Typing them all. But I’ve discovered a character for each of the sixteen types, and created a special MBTI chart for you to check out.
What do you think of Myers-Briggs? Have you worked out your Type before? (You don’t need to let a random quiz decide for you; just find some websites with in-depth breakdowns and descriptions of the different types and work it out by dissecting the different functions for yourself).
If you already know your type, which Dragon Calling character are you aligned with?
Feel free to send me your thoughts in the comments below.
P.S In case you were wondering, I’m an INFJ. 🙂