Why People Mistype Characters

(Gif: Kenzi, Lost Girl. ENFP.)

I mistype sometimes. It happens. When I discover it, I own it. And I’m going to tell you why… and maybe cast some light on why other mistypes happen.

Sensor Bias: Sensors can become adept typists, but they must first learn the details of typology and then access their intuition, in order to recognize the bigger picture in addition to the details. Sensors sometimes mistype characters by focusing too much on minor details that are inconsistent with the big picture.

Intuitive Bias: Intuitives can become adept typists, but they must first learn the theory of typology in detail, rather than skim-read a handful of descriptions and then use their “intuition” to assume they know theory better than they do; often, intuitives rush to start typing characters, but lack the study / knowledge to be accurate. The Ni’s “fill in the gaps” with their OWN theories on typology (or their impression of the functions), and neglect information that counter-acts their wrong perception (low Se); Ne’s can lose touch with their knowledge, or fill in the blanks with abstraction projections that are not realistic to the character (low Si). They neglect the details.

Some things that cause character mistypes:

Preconceptions: You find what you are looking for. If you go in looking for an intuitive, you can read intuition where it does not exist. This is how a lot of ESFP characters wind up mistyped as ENFPs. What you seek, you shall find.

Rapid First Impressions: You see a character, they act a certain way, you assume they are a type other than they are, and ignore subsequent evidence to the contrary, since you’re viewing them through a type lens and ignoring any contradictory evidence. This perception may even be based on a stereotype: oh, they are flighty and fall in love with two men at once and buck the system and say they don’t care what people think! ESFP! … and yet she goes on to talk in depth about her feelings to everyone and isn’t really that radical with the environment (Se) so much as she pursues external ideas (Ne). ESFJ. Oops.

Carried Over Assumptions: Or as I fondly call it, sheer laziness. This character was an ENTJ in the original, he’s an ENTJ here! Except he’s an ESFP this time, since the writers are new and reinvented him. Woops!

Typing From Memory: This works for sensors with a sharp memory for details and a complete knowledge of typology; for high Ne’s? Nope. Bad idea. Your detail retention is BAD. Your intuition is HIGH. You will not remember the character accurately, you will read into their motives, you will twist them to suit the type, instead of basing the type on the character. (Learned this the hard way. Boo. Hiss.) Wanna get it right? Revisit the character. Reread the book. Watch the movie. Hit the strongest episodes. Forget the type you assumed they were. Go in with an open mind.

Assuming They’re an Intuitive: If you are typing every single character an intuitive, or five out of seven characters an intuitive, you’re probably mistyping a lot of characters. Learn the value of sensors. Learn how sensors work. Look for sensors. In fact, assume everyone is a sensor until their intuition slaps you so hard across the face, your neck cracks.

Lack of Comparisons: Establish a solid baseline character for each type that you use for comparisons. When you are stuck, ask yourself, does this character think in the same way as the baseline character? If not, try a different type. Do a different comparison.

Own It: You were wrong. That’s life. The fact that you changed your mind means you’ve learned more than you knew before. You’re better this time. Don’t dismiss people’s arguments out of hand; listen to them. Learn from them. They see something you do not. They may be wrong. They may be right. But read every contradictory argument. Debate type. Consult others you respect if you’re stuck. This is a learning experience. And it takes time.

Be cool, peeps.

- ENFP Mod

saikolikesdrawing  asked:

Hi Charity! I remember in a past post you said that mediocrity is death for Ne-doms. Well, I'm a ENFP (7w6) and I'm in full "I will never be good enough in anything" mode. Like, I feel like I will be a person with nothing special for all of my life. So I was wandering if you could delve more into the topic, as I always find your posts about Ne and ENFPs super useful (and relatable :P). Love your blog!

(Gif: Kenzi from Lost Girl. ENFP.)

Mediocrity is death because mediocrity means… normal. Nothing unusual to see here. Ne prides itself on its ideas. It defines itself by perspectives and ideas. If Ne cannot be unique, cannot bring a different perspective, cannot find some way to distinguish itself from everyone else, it is mediocre. Mainstream. God help me! I cannot have that!! If I have nothing to say, why speak at all? If I can spark no change, no thoughts, no challenge to others, I’d rather be silent than mainstream… or mediocre… or uninspired.

Just because people say nothing to you, does not mean you are ordinary.

Almost all the time, I scream into a void and no one answers me. My ideas are ignored. My thoughts go out to people who absorb them and give nothing back. I get zero feedback or discussion, 98% of the time. And I don’t like it. But that doesn’t mean people aren’t listening. They are just not responding – to me. That does not mean my ideas have no value, or other people are not bandying them about in conversation among their friends, or that I’m boring.

If you feel like people are ignoring your ideas (and that means you’re mediocre) – they aren’t. That’s not the reason for their silence. There are many reasons.

But let’s talk about Ne and unrealistic expectations of reality for a minute.

Inferior Si-detachment from reality makes ENFPs unaware of the actual impact they have on people. They tend to take their Ne for granted and may not feel “connected” to their audience enough to realize the true impact it has. Since Ne’s have such a low boredom threshold, you are bored with yourself / your life / your interests long before anyone else is bored with you. And you are way harder on yourself for BEING “mediocre” or “not-special” than you need to be.

The purpose of Ne, and what it excels at, is to see beyond what exists to the object in a more idealized state. To see a better version of… this person, this idea, this situation; to re-interpret it either to improve on it, or lament it does not live up to its potential. Since Ne is naturally inclined to this, it focuses on itself, and thinks: wow, I could be doing better. I could be making way more of a difference in the world! I could be AMAZING.

Ne isn’t realistic. It’s idealistic. So your expectations about what it takes to be “good enough” or “special enough” are… abstract.

When you have abstract goals, there’s no way to achieve them.

How special is special enough? What does special MEAN to you? What are some tangible things that “special” can be, that you can achieve?

What IS “good enough”? What does that look like? How do you measure success? By what standard? How do you measure self-worth? By… what? Books you sell? Friends you have? People who listen to you?

I have an unreasonable Ne-goal of “perfection.” I want my creativity perfect. Except… perfection does not exist. Why? Because everyone’s IDEA of what perfect looks like is different. “Perfect” is an abstract concept that just means “something you have not attained yet, even though you don’t know what the hell it even is!” Perfect means: without flaw.

Well, what’s a flaw? What constitutes a flaw? What I think is a flaw, someone else might not think is a flaw, so which one of us is right?

As an Enneagram 7, it’s possible your inferior Si is craving for you to slow down and become truly good at a specific thing. This hunger you have to be unique might be inferior Si screaming, “Do you EVER stick with anything long enough to get amazing at it?!” Ne-doms tend to try everything and “master nothing,” because they do not take the time (a thousand hours) to truly master a craft.

Slow down. Take more time with something you love. MASTER IT. That’s why Si is for. It’s what it does. Let it engage and help you learn the building blocks and skills necessary to use your natural talents for whatever it is you want to do.

Ne makes you funny. Deep. Quirky. What do you want to DO with it? What do you have TO SAY? HOW can you say it in a Ne-way?

Another thing: it’s okay to BE Ne. The very fact that you are, that you have this incredible gift and ability to see the world in idealistic or funny ways, to inspire others to attain greatness, to change your mind (often) makes you special. Look around. How many other people are you? No one.

- ENFP Mod