visual instinct

jetlaggedlily  asked:

Can you do a type contrast between ENFJ and ENTJ? I have difficulty telling the difference sometimes when I come across them in real life.

(Thank you, to the people who suggested this contrast.)

X-Men franchise. Magneto (ENTJ) and Charles Xavier (ENFJ).

Both aggressive in initiating things. Both driven to succeed. Two very different approaches and tactics.

Magneto is entirely driven to assert control through power. His inferior Fi gives him a major cause, that he deeply resonates with, due to his own personal experiences – his status as a Mutant and his torture and manipulation at the hands of the Nazis focus all of his energy toward protecting other Mutants from similar treatment. He is a natural leader, able to divorce himself from his feelings, for what he believes is the “greater objective good” (including, tragically, nearly sacrificing Charles at the same time). He is tough, no-nonsense, and driven for success. He views everything in terms of “how useful is this” – including people. When Mystique is no longer useful to him, and becomes merely human, he walks away from her.

Xavier’s entire focus is on humanitarian concerns, on brokering peace between humans and Mutants, in gently enforcing a greater moral law on others, but allowing them to make their own decisions – all very Fe. His first approach is emotional, to soothe, reassure, and placate. He knows what to say to make people trust him. He strives to understand everyone, no matter what their background, to make them feel at home, wanted, needed, part of a group. Magneto does this too, but toward a cause – a higher purpose. Xavier wants to accomplish much the same thing, but through group values, a sense of “belonging,” and assurances that being a Mutant is perfectly all right.

Both of them are long term visual thinkers, who instinctively “know” things about others, including their potential. Magneto is, unfortunately, unhealthy, so he often exploits these traits. A healthy ENTJ, however, is still focused toward organizing external reality, struggles to be much of a people person (their intense work ethic makes them inclined to look down on those who are not equally ambitious), is known for their blunt nature, and makes purely tactical decisions geared toward success. The healthy ENFJ is capable of accomplishing similar things, but often does it through people … appealing to them on an emotional level, making them feel a part of something bigger than themselves, embracing them as they are.

The two types have much in common (outgoing, spontaneous, quick to react, and epic-level plans) but the ENTJ will find the ENFJ too emotionally charged, while the ENFJ may find the ENTJ too blunt.