September 2017 Spotlight: My Obsession with Personality Types
Like many before me (and many who shall come after), I love classifying myself and others by the MBTI personality types. The basic idea is that every human being on earth can be classified loosely into one of the sixteen types.
These types are defined by a combination of three letters. My type, for instance, is probably ISTP (introverted, sensing, thinking, perceiving) although some of my traits point more towards INTJ (introverted, intuitive, thinking, judging).
Crazy as it sounds, almost everyone who looks into these sixteen types will find one that (loosely) describes them! Isn’t that amazing? Well, I certainly think so!
How do you figure which personality type you most resemble?
Basically, you can be …
Introverted or Extroverted
Intuitive or Sensing
Thinking or Feeling
Judging or Perceiving
Introverted and Extroverted basically define where you get your energy – from being alone or from being with people.
Intuitive and Sensing is basically Dreamer vs. Realist.
Thinking and Feeling is just what it sounds like; whether you make your decisions based on logic or your emotions.
Judging and Perceiving is basically Ruler-Breaker vs. Rule-Follower.
These are all very rough descriptions, of course, but I hope it’ll give you a basis to start from. Just in case you have no idea what any of this stuff is.
Why Am I Obsessed?
I JUST AM, JACK!
(which is your new name …)
I can be obsessed with anything I want to be obsessed with! Like, y’all is obsessed with anime and Hamilton and other things I don’t like enough to actually watch/listen to (#ignorancespeaking).
And you may not care about MBTI types, and that’s okay.
But I do care.
And I have no further explanation except that I love this and I will never stop or listen to common sense about how my constant research on personality types is wasting away my life so don’t even try.
Ignore all that. I’m a normal human being. Really.
And … what’s the point of this post again?
Okay, so, basically, I’ve spent the last week or so figuring out the personality types of most of my characters from the Rubyverse
(I’m not going to explain that right now) and so … now I’m going to show off all my amazing personality-defining skills.
And … this isn’t all necessarily perfect, but I did my best to figure out the type of each of my characters. Or at the least the ones I chose to show here.
Without further ado, here are some characters from The Dressmaker’s Secret, Ivy Introspective, At Her Fingertips, and Once a Stratton and their personality types!
NOTE: many of these have changed as I write their stories, so it’s not entirely accurate.
For that reason, I have put a star next to the characters whose personalities will never change (see below).
Okay, so, some of you may not know my characters, sooooo …
Intros to My Characters
Kirk – Alice’s friend from TDS & potential love interest in AFOP (At Her Fingertips).
Clayton – This guy hasn’t shown up in a book that’s been published, and I haven’t officially written about him yet, either. However, he’s from Once a Stratton and is the husband of Lilli (MC)’s best friend.*
Philip – a character in The Dressmaker’s Secret who acts as a sort of father figure to Alice (SPOILERS FOR TDS) partially because he is her father. (END OF SPOILERS) (I’m reasonably sure he’s not ENFP now.)
Amorette – Alice’s French friend whom she meets at boarding school in The Dressmaker’s Secret.*
Nettie – Claire Chattoway’s dearest friend and Alice’s nanny-turned-governess from The Dressmaker’s Secret.
Alice – We all know Alice, main character of TDS and AFOP. I … honestly don’t feel that I have to introduce her?*
Ivy – The main character of Ivy Introspective and soon-to-be Beyond Her Calling. Alice’s twin sister.*
Peter – A character in At Her Fingertips. He’s simply the best. OHMYWORD THAT DEDICATION I CAN’T EVEN. (Sorry … we’re All Fangirling Over Peter™ here …)*
Christina – Claire Chattoway’s younger sister in The Dressmaker’s Secret and Ivy Introspective.
Steven – This is Philip’s first cousin.
Caleb – Alice and Ivy’s younger brother. I just added him in because I felt bad about all the ESTPs being “bad guys.”
Gibson – One of Alice’s suitors from At Her Fingertips.
Hazel – Philip’s wife from The Dressmaker’s Secret.*
Lizzy – Kirk’s baby sister.*
Claire – Alice and Ivy’s mother who shares the spotlight with Alice in TDS.*
Isobel – The headmistress of Miss Selle’s Boarding School for Girls. Gets a bit of a storyline in IvIn. (More ISTJ)
Chris – Lilli’s husband from Once a Stratton.*
Madeline – Clayton’s wife and Lilli’s dear friend.*
Riley – Peter Strauss’s dearest friend & cousin and Lilli’s nephew.
Henrietta – Isobel’s wild-and-uncontrollable little sister.
Charles – the older brother of Claire and Christina.
Violet – a patient/student/mostly patient at McCale House where Ivy goes in Ivy Introspective.
Jordy – Dr. McCale’s protegee/assistant in IvIn.*
Lilli – the main character of Once a Stratton. However, she oftentimes seems more Intuitive than Sensing. (More ENFP)
Colin, SR. – Lilli’s brother-in-law in Once a Stratton.
Cassie – Alice’s best friend. Later will star in her own novel (currently titled Sail Away).
Cynthia – Charles, Claire, and Christina’s mother. (See a pattern?)
Georgiana – Lilli’s older sister in Once a Stratton.*
I just realized I never defined Lois Elton, but oh well. She’s probably ENFP although I hate wedging her in with Philip. She’s just like a talkative Philip, though. 😉
And … that’s all for today! Sorry for the horrendous lateness. Posting may be spotty for a couple weeks here. #life #adulting #dontgrowupitsatrap
Do you find the MBTI types intriguing? Have I inspired a new obsession or made you moan and roll your eyes? What’s your current obsession (if you’re not a balanced person)? Did you enjoy this spotlight? Any suggestions for next month’s?