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In Real Life

INFJ Real People Interviews
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Bru (written interview)

Walter Smith (video interview)

Julie Campe (video interview)

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Aniela 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.)

Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady

Maxwell Perkins; Max Perkins: Editor of Genius (a telling remark here, although I'm wondering lately whether he properly belongs in the INFP camp)

Virginia Satir (although a typologist who knew her in person suggested ENFJ was probably her type pattern)

Thomas J. Leonard (well at first I thought INFJ, but subsequently I suspect ISTP)

Mahatma Gandhi (Whoops, just lost him to the INFPs.)

Charlotte Bronte

Katharine Briggs (mother of Isabel)

Jane Kise (author in the Type community)

Elizabeth 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.)

I can't decide about Po Bronson...?

Dr. John Beebe says Charlie Chaplin, but I don't think I agree :-(

Michael Warden, life coach

Christina Merkley, the SHIFT-IT coach

Frances 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.

(NOT Mother Teresa [ISFJ])

(NOT Thomas Jefferson [probably INTJ])

(NOT Carl Jung [probably INTJ, yes really -- think about it])

(NOT [extraverted] Oprah Winfrey)

(NOT Hitler [probably ISTJ])

(probably not Joan of Arc, who sounds ESTP on The History Channel)

And then...

There have 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.

-Excerpted from Presidential Temperament,
by Ray Choiniere & David Keirsey
, pg. 493.

Perhaps this definition of "politics" contributes to the problem:

Politics is when people choose their words and actions based on how they want others to react rather than based on what they really think.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni

Doesn't 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 form.  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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