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Star Trek And Myers-Briggs

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Before I write this, I want it to be known that this thread is NOT for debating the merits of the Myers-Briggs system. I am aware that the "Big 5" or "Ocean" quiz is used more widely by psychologists, but an advantage of Myers-Briggs is that there are definite "types" with concrete descriptions. This thread is for determining the Personality Types of characters from Star Trek.

If you don't know about the Myers-Briggs system, check it out here: http://www.geocities.com/lifexplore/ <- of the websites I have encountered, this one seems to be the most accurate. Finding out your own personality type is easy, and it's a great way to help understand people. If you fit into an "N" type, as I do, then Myers-Briggs is an extremely helpful way to help understand others. It's also extremely fun to know your own type, as it helps you to understand yourself much better. My personality type is ENTP (or, Extroverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, Perceiving). You can read about that type here: http://www.geocities.com/lifexplore/entp

There are some characters in the show which are written so well, that they are very clearly a distinct type. Here are some examples:

INTJ - (Introverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, Judging)

Example: Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy)

Picard is the most easily defined character in the entire franchise. He is the most INTJ INTJ to have ever been an INTJ. Mr. Spock (as portrayed by Leonard Nimoy, and not Zachary Quinto) is definitely an INTJ.

http://www.geocities.com/lifexplore/intj

ENTP - (Extroverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, Perceiving)

Examples: Emergency Medical Holograms (both Mark 1 and Mark 2), Q, Garak, Scotty (New Movie)

This is my type. ENTPs are the easiest to spot, and are actually over-represented on TV (and especially Star Trek). One wonders why any computer programmer would ever model an EMH after an ENTP, but I think Lewis Zimmerman was one as well. :P Scotty from the new JJ-universe Star Trek Movie is an ENTP, but Scotty from the original series is harder to classify.

http://www.geocities.com/lifexplore/entp

ESTP - (Extroverted, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving)

Example: Captain Kirk (New Movie), Mr. Worf

Extremely competitive. Very honourable. Mr. Worf is somewhat harder to classify, as he isn't human, but all Klingons seem to be merely exaggerated ESTPs. Kirk from the new movie is an ESTP, however Shatner's Kirk seems to fluctuate from episode to episode, sometimes written as an ENTP, ENFP, ENTJ and ESTP.

http://www.geocities.com/lifexplore/estp

INFJ - (Introverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, Judging)

Example: Guinan, Captain Benjamin Sisko

INFJs are the "wise-man" type... with a wealth of experience and a very calming voice. Gandalf is an example from another franchise.

http://www.geocities.com/lifexplore/infj

INTP - (Introverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, Perceiving)

Example: Young Spock, Chekov, Data, Dr. Phlox

Zachary Quinto's Spock is not entirely like Leonard Nimoy's portrayal. He is less in control of his emotions, and acts far more like an INTP. Chekov is an INTP in both universes, though moreso in the new movie. Mr. Data is a machine, and I had trouble classifying him, as he does not entirely fit anywhere. He is closest to the INTP however.

http://www.geocities.com/lifexplore/intp

OTHER EXAMPLES

ENFP: Dr. Beverly Crusher

ENFJ: Lwaxana Troi

ENTJ: Quark (Debatable, though most Ferengi seem to be exaggerated ENTJs)

NON-CLASSIFIABLE CHARACTERS

These characters do not remain the same from episode to episode, or are just so flawless as to not fit into any type at all. In that sense, they are unrealistic, which makes for entertaining adventures, but flat characters. It helps, when creating a character, to assign them a type instead of just a couple traits. For example, with Commander Riker, "good with poker" seems to be his primary character trait... the producers/writers just tacked on traits to him as the show continued (such as "can play the trombone").

Examples: Captain Janeway, Commander Riker, Tom Paris (who was intended to be the "rebel", but was hardly ever written as such), Harry Kim.

A perfect example is Lee Adama from the new Battlestar Galactica... the closest type is INFJ, but it seems that some of the writers didn't know how to write his character.

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Before I write this, I want it to be known that this thread is NOT for debating the merits of the Myers-Briggs system. I am aware that the "Big 5" or "Ocean" quiz is used more widely by psychologists, but an advantage of Myers-Briggs is that there are definite "types" with concrete descriptions. This thread is for determining the Personality Types of characters from Star Trek.

If you don't know about the Myers-Briggs system, check it out here: http://www.geocities.com/lifexplore/ <- of the websites I have encountered, this one seems to be the most accurate. Finding out your own personality type is easy, and it's a great way to help understand people. If you fit into an "N" type, as I do, then Myers-Briggs is an extremely helpful way to help understand others. It's also extremely fun to know your own type, as it helps you to understand yourself much better. My personality type is ENTP (or, Extroverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, Perceiving). You can read about that type here: http://www.geocities.com/lifexplore/entp

There are some characters in the show which are written so well, that they are very clearly a distinct type. Here are some examples:

INTJ - (Introverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, Judging)

Example: Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy)

Picard is the most easily defined character in the entire franchise. He is the most INTJ INTJ to have ever been an INTJ. Mr. Spock (as portrayed by Leonard Nimoy, and not Zachary Quinto) is definitely an INTJ.

http://www.geocities.com/lifexplore/intj

ENTP - (Extroverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, Perceiving)

Examples: Emergency Medical Holograms (both Mark 1 and Mark 2), Q, Garak, Scotty (New Movie)

This is my type. ENTPs are the easiest to spot, and are actually over-represented on TV (and especially Star Trek). One wonders why any computer programmer would ever model an EMH after an ENTP, but I think Lewis Zimmerman was one as well. :P Scotty from the new JJ-universe Star Trek Movie is an ENTP, but Scotty from the original series is harder to classify.

http://www.geocities.com/lifexplore/entp

ESTP - (Extroverted, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving)

Example: Captain Kirk (New Movie), Mr. Worf

Extremely competitive. Very honourable. Mr. Worf is somewhat harder to classify, as he isn't human, but all Klingons seem to be merely exaggerated ESTPs. Kirk from the new movie is an ESTP, however Shatner's Kirk seems to fluctuate from episode to episode, sometimes written as an ENTP, ENFP, ENTJ and ESTP.

http://www.geocities.com/lifexplore/estp

INFJ - (Introverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, Judging)

Example: Guinan, Captain Benjamin Sisko

INFJs are the "wise-man" type... with a wealth of experience and a very calming voice. Gandalf is an example from another franchise.

http://www.geocities.com/lifexplore/infj

INTP - (Introverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, Perceiving)

Example: Young Spock, Chekov, Data, Dr. Phlox

Zachary Quinto's Spock is not entirely like Leonard Nimoy's portrayal. He is less in control of his emotions, and acts far more like an INTP. Chekov is an INTP in both universes, though moreso in the new movie. Mr. Data is a machine, and I had trouble classifying him, as he does not entirely fit anywhere. He is closest to the INTP however.

http://www.geocities.com/lifexplore/intp

OTHER EXAMPLES

ENFP: Dr. Beverly Crusher

ENFJ: Lwaxana Troi

ENTJ: Quark (Debatable, though most Ferengi seem to be exaggerated ENTJs)

NON-CLASSIFIABLE CHARACTERS

These characters do not remain the same from episode to episode, or are just so flawless as to not fit into any type at all. In that sense, they are unrealistic, which makes for entertaining adventures, but flat characters. It helps, when creating a character, to assign them a type instead of just a couple traits. For example, with Commander Riker, "good with poker" seems to be his primary character trait... the producers/writers just tacked on traits to him as the show continued (such as "can play the trombone").

Examples: Captain Janeway, Commander Riker, Tom Paris (who was intended to be the "rebel", but was hardly ever written as such), Harry Kim.

A perfect example is Lee Adama from the new Battlestar Galactica... the closest type is INFJ, but it seems that some of the writers didn't know how to write his character.

Interesting, particularly because the characters whose personalities are most similar to mine happen to be the characters I like the most.

--Captain Sisko

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Oh no doubt. I think people sometimes find characters interesting because they remind them so much of themselves. Either that, or they are so much of an enigma.

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