Real People Interviews
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Bru (written interview)
Smith (video interview)
Campe (video interview)
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Jaffe (She was Jung's personal secretary in his later years, shaped one
of the more famous autobiographies, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, and
wrote essays that looked closely at Jung and at the essence of Jungian analysis.)
Roosevelt, First Lady
Perkins; Max Perkins: Editor of Genius
(a telling remark
here, although I'm wondering lately whether he properly belongs in the INFP
Satir (although a typologist who knew her in person suggested ENFJ was probably her type pattern)
J. Leonard (well at first I thought INFJ, but subsequently I suspect ISTP)
Mahatma Gandhi (Whoops, just lost him to the
Briggs (mother of Isabel)
(author in the Type community)
Cady Stanton, Susan B.
Anthony (I've always suspected Susan B. might be INTJ)
Author Judith Martin
(Miss Manners) (?)
Author Bill Bryson
(?) (I keep losing him to the INFPs and taking him back again.
Someday I'll knuckle down and decide.) (Whoops! Think I just lost him
to the INTPs -- no wonder I couldn't decide.)
decide about Po
Beebe says Charlie Chaplin, but I don't think I agree :-(
Michael Warden, life coach
Christina Merkley, the SHIFT-IT coach
McFadden, deceased 2005. Frances was a lowly apartment complex manager in
Hollywood I knew personally. She was in her 70's when she passed
away. A long time ago I dubbed her the "High Priestess."
Frances didn't know what INFJ was, much less what it meant about her, so
she was not self-conscious about her use of the processes. She was a
confidant and supportive figure during a very stressful time in my life, and
recognizing she had INFJ preferences was a terrific gift to me at the perfect
time. I got to look at how she chose to live her life and see where her
preferences served her and where they led her astray (as they often did).
Her life was instructive to mine, and I shall always be grateful to her. You
were the jewel in adversity, Frances, you always were.
Jefferson [probably INTJ])
Jung [probably INTJ, yes really -- think about it])
(NOT [extraverted] Oprah Winfrey)
not Joan of Arc, who sounds ESTP on The History Channel)
been no Idealist Presidents. Why this should be so is open to many
explanations, of which the most likely concerns the matter of power. The
political arena is above all a place of power, and Idealists find the pursuit of
power inimical to what they see as their mission in life: personal
fulfillment and the fulfillment of persons. When they see power, they do
not covet it, when they have the opportunity they do not seek it, when it is
offered them they will not accept it.
Choiniere & David Keirsey, pg. 493.
this definition of "politics" contributes to the problem:
is when people choose their words and actions based on how they want others to
react rather than based on what they really think.
Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni
sound very "authentic," does it?
And yes, I
know perfectly well that Clinton is rumored to have taken the MBTI and gotten
results for ENFP. I'm not convinced by it. If I had a nickel for every ESFP who
mis-tested as ENFP, I could retire rich and laughing. I
met Clinton once, and he was the sexiest thing I ever encountered in human
The experience was visceral! And when somebody's impact on me is that immediate and
intense, it's usually a sign I've just met an SP. (Keirsey joked that
"SP" stands for "sensuous punk."). My hunch is that
Clinton would pick Improviser in a heartbeat if anybody gave him a Temperament
assessment. I wish I could bet money on it. And oh yeah --
Improvisers often gravitate toward power positions.
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