My incredible friend Ely posted her answers to this Book Personality Challenge a few days back. I have not been able to stop thinking about it. In particular, I am someone who gets mixed responses when I do the Myers/Briggs business. Naturally, I thought of participating in the challenge to bring in a different perspective. Plus, what’s a Wednesday morning without an identity crisis?
Book Personality Challenge Question #1. what is your mbti personality type?
I tend to oscillate between INFP and INFJ. In more recent years, I have been getting more INFJ results when I contemplate my MBTI.
“The Counselor has a unique ability to intuit others’ emotions and motivations, and will often know how someone else is feeling before that person knows it himself. They trust their insights about others and have strong faith in their ability to read people. Although they are sensitive, they are also reserved; the INFJ is a private sort, and is selective about sharing intimate thoughts and feelings.” (Truity)
While this is not 100% accurate, it is a better fit than INFP, I admit.
Book Personality Challenge Question #2: if you were a character in a book, what would be some of your character strengths and flaws?
Here are some of the strength that INFJ’s typically have:
- able to see the big picture
Before my ego soars to new heights, let’s squash it through a list of INFJ weakness that is way too accurate.
- put the needs of others before their own
- struggle to reveal their true identity; “chameleon-like”
- reliant on others’ approval
- see the best in others
Let’s move on. My ears are warming up with embarrassment.
The Book Personality Challenge Question #3: do any authors share your personality type?
Bookriot included a list of INFJ authors (and all other MBTI personality types). Here is my group. A lot of them are really dramatic people, which sounds highly appropriate.
INFJ writers include Plato, Mary Wollstonecraft, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Dante Alighieri, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Agatha Christie, Charlotte Brontë, J.K. Rowling, Carl Jung, and Leo Tolstoy.
Book Personality Challenge Question #4 which fictional characters share your personality type?
Listen, before I start listing characters, I want you to know that I genuinely think that Elend Venture from the Mistborn series is an INFJ. Seriously.
Okay, now I can tell you what I found. Many of these characters I do not know, but I have heard that some of them are scary. Sigh.
Bookriot, again, has this list. Check it out:
INFJ characters include Sonmi-451 (Cloud Atlas), Will Graham (Red Dragon), Sayuri (Memoirs of a Geisha), Theodore Lawrence (Little Women), Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird), Andy Sachs (The Devil Wears Prada), Lord Varys (Game of Thrones), Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia), Remus Lupin (Harry Potter), Hercule Poirot (Hercule Poirot Mysteries), Georgiana Darcy (Death Comes to Pemberley), and Galadrial (The Lord of the Rings).
On that note: Andy shouldn’t have gone back to that jerk boyfriend of hers.
Book Personality Challenge Question #5. if you were a character in a book, what job would you have?
My main thing is that I’d probably be some sort of advisor. ZipRecruiter explores similar options that also sound good. The ones that sing to me are being part of a non-profit or an advocate. Another one, naturally, is writing-based. What I’d be in a book would involve writing, researching, and advocating for some sort of peaceful goal. I will always be heartbroken by my failed teaching run.
Book Personality Challenge Question #6. what personality type would complete your otp?
For me, an OTP would have to be friendship-based. I am aro ace, so…not my thing. Anyway, Personality Page lists ENTP and ENFP as my best partners.
7. who are some fictional characters that would complete your otp?
Let’s look this up.
ENTP: known as the Inventors. Bookriot calls them, “Easy Going • Open • Disorganized • Adventurous • Insensitive.”
Dude. The insensitive thing would probably break my heart. Gosh, dang it. Here are some of my (better) options–courtesy of Bookriot: Augustus Waters (The Fault in Our Stars), Dumbledore, Fred and George Weasley (Harry Potter), Henry Tinley (Northanger Abbey).
Then, there’s the ENFP people. Known as the Champions.
*Cue: We Are the Champions by Queen*
Ahem. Back to the peeps: (via Bookriot)
“Fictional ENFPs include Natasha Rostova (War and Peace), Jonathan Strange (Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell), Willy Wonka (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Horace Slughorn and Nymphadora Tonks (Harry Potter), Josephine March (Little Women), Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing), Marianne Dashwood, and John Willoughby (Sense and Sensibility).”