Adding character depth with personality types

Our characters are the soul of our story. There are many routes we can take to adding flesh to our character’s bare bones, but I find personality type to be a fascinating option, which can add a ‘real’ dimension.

Whether you already have a personality type in mind, or you want to find one that fits your character, the following can help to pick out the traits you want.

Summary of personality types with percentage of population:

ENTP: (3%) The debtor / The Visionary. Mental sparing. Loves a challenge. The devils advocate. Straight talking. Gets the the heart of the matter. Gregarious. Cannot resist an intellectual challenge. Friendly and charming.

ENTJ: (2%) The Commander/ The Executive.  Born leader, with charisma and confidence. Ruthless, determination and drive. Unwavering self belief in achieving their goals. Bold, strong willed. Naturally take charge.

ENFP: (8%) The Campaigner / The Champion. Charming and independent. Loves connecting with people. Energetic, warm, passionate. Always finds a reason to smile. Free-spirit. Loves to talk about people.

ENFJ: (3%) The Teacher / The Giver. Politicians, teachers, and inspirers. Lead by inspiring. Genuine, radiate authenticity. Mesmerise their followers.

ESTP: (4%) The Entrepreneur / The Dynamo. The centre of attention. Risk takers. Energetic thrill-seeker. Metaphorical fire-fighters. Life of the party. Live in the moment. Live on the edge. Love to chat and joke. Playful.

ESTJ: (9%) The Guardian / The Supervisor. Hardworking and traditional. Strong sense of right and wrong. Community organiser. Love to organise things and people to a purpose. Conventional and factual.

ESFP: (9%) The Entertainer / The Performer. Born entertainer. Love the spotlight. Stylish. Spontaneous, fun-loving, and engaging. Contagious enthusiasm for life. Soul of the party. Involves others in having fun.

ESFJ: (12%) The Caregiver / The Provider. Popular and social. Conscientious helpers and generous with their time. Love to gossip and play host. Practical. Caring and eager to help. Social organisers.

INTP: (3%) The thinker/ The Architect. Inventive and creative, with a unique perspective and vigorous intellect. The philosopher, the architect, or the dreamy professor. Finds discrepancies in statements. Passionate innovators.

INTJ: (2%) The Mastermind / The Scientist . Imaginative yet decisive, ambitious yet private, and amazingly curious. Logical. Analytical problem solvers. Confident. Thirst for knowledge. Reserved, serious, strategic thinkers.

INFP: (4%) The Idealist / The healer. Calm, reserved, shy. Seek to find the good in the worst people. Kind. Imaginative idealist. Non-judgemental. Artistic/ Poetic. Reflective, spiritual, and constantly seeking a deeper understanding of life.

INFJ: (2%) The Advocate / The Protector. Morally astute. Soft spoken. Use warm, sensitive language. Creative. Insightful about others. Reserved. Quiet and mystical. Listen attentively. Highly perceptive.

ISTP: (5%) The Craftsman / The Mechanic. Practical problem solvers. Love to build or create. Explore with their hands. Trial and error approach. Mechanics and engineers. Bold and practical experimenters. May appear reserved.

ISTJ: (12%) The duty fulfiller / The Inspector. Practical logic. Dedication to duty. Enforce order. No-nonsense. Upholder of the law. Hard working and persistent. Fact minded and reliable. Serious and conservative.

ISFP: (8%) The Adventurer / The Artist. Live in a colourful, sensual world. Non-traditional. Seek out beauty. Enjoy life, and go with the flow. Unconventional. Quiet and unassuming. Flexible and charming. Enjoy new experiences. May appear distant or aloof.

ISFJ: (14%) The Defender / The Nurturer. Industrious, practical and compassionate careers. Meet kindness with kindness. Humble and unassuming. Sincere. Social, but don’t want the spot light. Offer assistance with modesty.

Personality Profiles for Books & TV Shows

Some ingenious souls out there have profiled the characters from famous Books / TV Shows, and very funny it is too. Links below.

I suffer a bit of an obsession with personality profiles, but given I share my personality profile with people like Carl Jung, and sit pretty close to the fence with Isabel Briggs-Myers, this is probably not much of a surprise.

Myers-Briggs

Most of my traits are pretty extreme, i.e. I have very strong tendencies for all except the Perceiving/ Judging, and definitely sit on the fence with that. I have done the test a few times, and I always come out Judging, but never much more than 10%.

I particularly like the turbulent feature. I did a different test for work purposes, but instead of Turbulent / Assertive it used the term Stable / Unstable!  I was highly animated when I read this – I may have made a few worried / emotional outbursts in the office on discovering this, such as OMG I’M NOT UNSTABLE! and WHAT DOES THIS MEAN! Thus demonstrating the accuracy of the score 😉

If you don’t know what your profile is, here is a great link to a free test. http://www.16personalities.com

So, enough of the serious stuff. I really want to find someone who matched their personality type with Jar Jar Binks! 😉 Come on, share if you do.

It’s OK I share with Jon Snow – who apparently knows nothing 😉

Game-of-Thrones-Myers-Briggs

Source article OrgangeDrink.net http://www.orangedrink.net/which-game-of-thrones-character-are-you-myers-briggs/

LOTR-Personality-Chart

Source Article http://churchm.ag/lord-of-the-rings-personality-types/

star_wars_mbti

Source Article http://www.geekinheels.com/2013/10/23/star-wars-mbti-chart.html

Walking Dead Personality Profile

Source Article http://www.fanpup.me/blog/profile-of-a-survivor-the-walking-dead-mbti1

myers_briggs_star_trek_edition

Source Article http://loqutor.deviantart.com/art/Myers-Briggs-Star-Trek-Edition-172197476