Genius: Maxwell Perkins [ISTJ]

OFFICIAL TYPING by Charity / the Mod

Introverted Sensing (Si): Max has an incredible ability to sense the root potential in others, beneath their absurdities; he has such profound knowledge of the craft of writing, and is such an excellent line by line editor that he sees the bare bones potential in Thomas Wolfe, after every other editor and publisher rejects his bloated first manuscript. Max handles the tedium of shaving 90 thousand words off that book with dedication, attentiveness to detail, and ruthless scrutiny… and then spends two years wrestling with Wolfe over the word count on his next novel. He develops more than just business relationships; he tries to foster intimate relationships with his clients, and he stands with them through the good times and bad.

Extroverted Thinking (Te): He can be a workaholic, and sometimes neglects his family in the process; his wife accuses him of living too much in novels, when “the real world needs you.” But Max is one of the best editors in the business; under his detached, logical precision, the greatest works of the modern age (Wolfe, Fitzgerald, Hemingway) take shape, and many of them land on the bestseller list. His mantra is, if it distracts from the meaning the author wants to convey, it has to go – even if it’s beautiful. Max is detached enough, however, to confess that sometimes he wonders if editors destroy the work they strive to hone into perfection; if it was ideal, how it was… but the truth is, he doesn’t just strip a novel, he crafts it. Max can be frank and confrontational, but only when pushed to it and for a purpose…

Introverted Feeling (Fi): … he feels will build Wolfe’s character. He forces the author to stop his rant against Fitzgerald’s laziness by pointing out that Wolfe has written 5 thousand words today, and Fitzgerald is fortunate to write 100… on a good day, due to his financial problems, his unstable wife, and his self-doubt after Gatsby bombed. Max has such strong personal feelings about certain books that he prioritizes them above all, and gives it his all. Fitzgerald observes of him that his greatest genius is not his literary accomplishments, but his “genius for friendship.” Max is loyal to his friends, and always there for them when they need him, even if it means parting with some cash to keep them from starving, off the record, of course.

Extroverted Intuition (Ne): He sees through all the purple prose and metaphors to the greatness of Wolfe’s first novel, and what it could become, in a more idealized state… but he has little patience for ideas that detract from the main scope of the novel. He complains that Wolfe keeps going off topic and inventing new stories (high Ne) when Max is trying to get him to PARE DOWN.

Parks and Recreation: Ann Perkins [ISFJ]


Introverted Sensing (Si):  Ann is pragmatic and down to earth.  She can be hesitant to try new things, like taking a new job with City Hall or starting a new relationship.  Leslie tires to push her to try new things and says sometimes “[Ann] ends up standing still” (S3e13).  She is loyal to her friends.  Her experiences and memories are important to her.

Extroverted Feeling (Fe): Ann is eager to please and cares about what people think about her.  She seeks others approval for her decisions.  It bothers her that April doesn’t like her, so she tries various approaches to get her to talk to her.  She sometimes (especially towards the beginning of the series) adopts the personalities of the men she dates.  She is a good friend and goes out of her way to make sure the people around her are happy.  She is a nurse which is important to her because she likes to take care of people.  She is usually polite and can read others.

Introverted Thinking (Ti): The main difference between Leslie and Ann is their tertiary functions.  Ann is often encouraging Leslie to slow down and look at things logically, while Leslie encourages Ann to think bigger and embrace new ideas.  When presented with new information, Ann breaks down the ideas to try to understand them.  She asks lots of questions and points out others logical inconsistencies. 

Extroverted Intuition (Ne): Ann is open to multiple possible futures for herself and others, but sometimes this makes her fearful for the future and hesitant to change.  She gets along well with Leslie, because Leslie helps her see new possibilities and work towards them.