Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Character Creation

Last year, I posted about my personality type, analysing it in detail.  I am an INTJ type personality according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.  What’s interesting is how incredibly popular that post is recently.  It’s the most popular post most days so far this year.  So, I thought I’d revisit the topic.  It’s given me an idea.

When creating characters for fiction, it’s important to know their personality.  The MBTI is a useful tool for that, and can help you keep your character’s personality consistent.  There are 16 personality types, each with their own quirks and behaviours.

Click to view the full sized image.  It's quite large.  Source: Wikipedia user Jake Beech.
Click to view the full sized image. It’s quite large. Source: Wikipedia user Jake Beech.

One thing I’m going to do is test each of my main characters and see what kind of personalities they have.  It’ll be interesting, but also useful.

What I also plan to do is write posts about each personality type, describing what kind of person they are, as well as mentioning any famous people who are that type.

Head on over to this page and you can take a simplified version of the test to check out your own personality type.  But also, think about how your main character thinks.  So, in addition to yourself, answer the questions as if you were your main character.  See what kind of personality he or she has.  I’d love to see everyone’s results. Share your and your character’s personality types in the comments below. This should be fun.


20 thoughts on “Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Character Creation”

  1. While I’m an INTJ, it appears that one of my main characters, Paolo Fernandes, is an ENTJ. Not so different than me. Not intentional, though. He does have quite a different personality than me.

  2. It says I’m INTJ, but with only a 1% preference for thinking over feeling.

    I had actually tried to classify my characters this way more informally, but it was one of the few things I actually lost when when I had to replace my computer and I don’t remember what I said.
    But anyway, Ertiada, one of my main characters, is ESFJ (but the S is another 1%)

    1. For me, my intuitive is just a small amount greater than sensing. I guess I’m pretty balanced there. I see the big picture, as well as the smaller details. Best of both worlds.

  3. One of the things I’ve always feared is analyzing my characters before they’ve fully developed on their own and forcing them to be a certain way and coming out cardboard. To this day, I won’t do this type of thing before I know my characters in and out because I’m just not the kind of person that says, “Oh, well, X is this way, he’d react by doing Y.”

    1. I posted a response to this as a blog post 🙂 But I see what you mean. I just don’t think I’ll take the test results seriously. For me, it’s just interesting.

  4. “When creating characters for fiction, it’s important to know their personality.”

    I never though of using MBTI insights this way, but it makes a lot of sense. I guess the fact that 95% of my writing is nonfiction left me in the dark as to this application. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

    1. No problem. It was brought to my attention by someone else who was evaluating literary and movie characters. I thought it was an interesting idea to do it for my characters.

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