Fictional Character Analysis: INFJ

SUBMITTED by anonymous

Needless to say, the INFJ type is one that raises the a lot interest in MBTI culture … who am I kidding? They raise THE most interest in MBTI culture, but the same can’t be said for fictional portrayals of the type, which tend to be lukewarm at best. Almost never the central characters of their work and usually relegated to distant supporting character filled with tired stereotypes such as the prescient guide who supplies valuable information to the more Se-keen protagonist about their destiny and such. On the one hand I think they are much more versatile and complex than that, while on the other hand I usually fight off these “mystical” attributes constantly assigned to them and prefer to see your everyday INFJ as a very responsible, duty-bound citizen with a strong penchant for healing, philosophy and sometimes science.

Introverted Intuition (Ni): As I mentioned in the INTJ entry, Ni is a function that is practically impossible to pin down in fiction and we have to rely on the more superficial definition of it. Just as we type a ISxJ character based on the fact that they like routine, so do we type INFJs based on the fact they they know the villain’s devious plans and will guide the reluctant hero to defeat him. This doesn’t mean the character is mistyped, simply it’s a default typing of a Ni-dom. A more realistic portrayal of a Ni-Dom would be someone who constantly retreats in their head to figure out underlying implications of current matters, but again, I understand that this is hard to portray so your typical INFJ will  have to take the cliché “I sense great power in you” route.

Extroverted Feeling (Fe): I sorta blame Fe for leaving fictional INFJ characters bound to the “guide” archetype. Because that’s strong Fe in a nutshell “I live to help others.” Admirable quality in real life, kinda boring in a movie. This is why the INFJ villain tends to be infinitely more interesting because they will have messed up Fe. You just have to be careful not to confuse them with their much more frequent INTJ counterparts. An INFJ villain usually has a messiah complex. They want to be recognized for changing the way people think or will think in the future, unlike the INTJ villains who just pride themselves on outsmarting people and may want to feed their selfish Fi ego. The INFJ villain can be more manipulative but usually thinks that way down the line their actions will help humanity, but for now… many people are going to have to die.

Introverted Thinking (Ti): Like all J types, the lower functions are what make the INFJs more interesting and break the “uptight/responsible” mold. Whereas the INTJ character carries a plan to motion, the INFJ characters dissects things. A combination of Ni/Ti is usually why the INFJ is often seen as the most scientifically-inclined F type. For instance Lisa Simpsons’ idealistic views often being put in the back burner in favor in academic and scientific curiosity. It’s also this function that often allows both the fictional and real-life INFJ to be independent or lone wolves despite having Fe need to connect with people. 

Extroverted Sensing (Se): And just like fictional INTJs, Inferior Se is the reason why main INFJ protagonists are really hard to come by. People want to watch a main characters who are active and kicks ass, not someone who contemplates from their lair for hours on end. But it’s especially bad for the INFJ because their Fe focuses on other characters as well, making sure their their being in the middle of the spotlight is practically impossible. Fortunately, not all works of fiction are a Michael Bay-esque guns and explosion fests, so it is possible to catch a decent and more central INFJ performance every now and then if you look for it. 

“Kate, chelsy and cressida recived a lot of hate based just on speculations. None of them has really talk so when bloggers say kate said this and that they are just speculating, no proof. Meghan, otherwise, has done plenty of intetviews, in many she sounds like she thinks so high of herself. The how to be both interview was about praising herself and the vanity fair interview? “Personally i love a great love story” who talk like that? People dislike meghan based on her own words.“ - Submitted by Anonymous

My best friend and I went to the same middle school, but to rival high schools after. We talk to each other at least once a week, and spill secrets about our bands to each other. Both of us anonymously submit those to our band directors. No one has figured it out yet, and it certainly spices up field season!
—  Anonymous