Tuesday, September 10, 2013

More Replies to Google Searches, Which Have Not Increased Much in Normality

It’s time again to reply to some Google searches!

“isfj self centered”: While this type is not necessarily identified with this trait, I would have to say ISFJs are self-centered, just the same as every other type if you go down deep enough.

“isfj not loud enough”: I get this all the time, as if not talking incessantly were a bad thing. Apparently many people’s idea of a good conversation starter is “So you’re quiet/shy?” (“Oh, of course, and obviously I would like nothing more than to talk about that fact. And so you’re outgoing? Dear me. Let’s discuss that flaw next.”)

“isfj appearance”: Sorry, dear Googler, but you’re never going to find hard-and-fast information on what all ISFJs look like. We vary greatly. And no, you probably can’t tell people’s types just by looking at them. Unless you’re very clever and have perfected some sort of Sherlock Scan for types. This blog, however, is not yet on that level.

“istj ballet dancers”: No idea, dear Googler. I don’t think I actually know of any outside of Noel Streatfeild’s (fictional) “Shoes” books.

“isfj persuasion”: So either you’re looking for an ISFJ in Jane Austen’s Persuasion or trying to learn how to persuade ISFJs. In the case of the former, Anne Elliot is an ISFJ, and in the case of the latter, it’s actually fairly easy. We’re unfortunately a type that has a hard time saying no, especially if it’s to a plea for help.

“intj cold”: Um, yes, they can be. But not necessarily always. INTJs don’t lack feelings; they just tend not to place great importance on them and don’t express them easily.

“isfj shadow”: As in the concept of shadow cognitive functions? A very complicated subject. Let us assume you already understand how all that works. In that case, an ISFJ’s shadow functions are, in order, Extroverted Sensing, Introverted Feeling, Extroverted Thinking, and Introverted iNtuition. But if you meant literal shadow, I don’t know how to answer you. ISFJs (oddly enough) are human beings and cast shadows just the same as everybody else. Not much significance in it.

“great expectations versus jane eyre”: Ooh, book battle! Jane Eyre all the way!

“joe in little women infp ?”: Well, since there’s no one by that name in Little Women, he can be any type you like, I guess. However, Jo in Little Women is probably not an INFP, more like an ISTP.

“british monarchs mbti personality”: Whoever you are, dear Googler, bless you for looking this up. We may be the only two who are interested in the subject. Just the two of us against the rest of the world!

“mrs abernathy great expectations”: You have stumped me. I have no clue how these two items go together. There is no such character as Mrs. Abernathy in Great Expectations. But if you meant actual, literal great expectations connected with a Mrs. Abernathy, then this is not where you need to be looking for information.

“sense and sensibility wickham isfj”: Yikes, dear Googler, you have committed so many inaccuracies that it’s hard to know where to start with setting you straight. For one thing, Wickham is a character in Pride and Prejudice, not Sense and Sensibility (which features a similar character called Willoughby—is that who you meant?). And there is not much of an argument for Wickham or Willoughby as ISFJs. We have our faults, but we don’t tend to be charming cads.

“ellen dashwood intj”: Come on, people, do. your. research. Unless you don’t mean the heroine of Sense and Sensibility, it’s Elinor Dashwood, who is more likely ISTJ.

“isfj enfp”: ENFP is my youngest sister’s type. We get along very well. The relationship of ISFJ and ENFP (according to http://typelogic.com/pairs.html and http://mbtitruths.blogspot.com/2012/12/type-interactions-in-relationship.html) is Cohort, which means our reversed dominant and inferior functions ensure that one’s routine is the other’s adventure.

“agnes wickfield infj”: I had thought ISFJ, but this is something to consider next time I reread David Copperfield. Thanks for the idea, and for reminding me to always consider all options before jumping to a conclusion. This is a common mistake: seeing a few traits identified with one type and assuming that someone is that type, even though those traits could also indicate something quite different. For instance, yes, ISFJs are quiet, helpful, affectionate, and have trouble asserting themselves, but these are qualities of all the IxF types. This does not automatically indicate ISFJ any more than, say, “coldness” and impatience for stupidity necessarily indicate INTJ (this could apply to almost any Thinking type, and especially all the NTs).

Continue to Google away, everyone, and feel free to comment. Not sure exactly what upcoming posts will be, but I would eventually like to overhaul the type conclusions for the Oz characters and the Psmith series (including other characters besides the two leads). And maybe I should do an informative post reviewing what the four dichotomies (E v. I, S v. N, etc.) mean and explaining the cognitive functions, which is a relatively new discovery for me but has given one a deeper perspective on how types work. Anyway, we’ll see. Can’t guarantee anything.

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