Character Personality Types

I’m kind of obsessed with personality types.  I don’t know if you knew that or not…so I figured I would write an article about personality types!  [cue “Hooray” from followers]   Writing is actually what got me interested in Myer’s Brigg Personality, since personality types can be a great way to characterize your characters (not to mention a fun way, if you’re a geek like me)!  Of course, it’s also fascinating to try to figure out what personality types your friends and family are.

For a long time I couldn’t figure my personality type out.  Every time I took a test the results didn’t seem quite right.  But I think I finally did figure it out.  I’m an extroverted introvert (or an ambivert), and I’m a mix between an INFP and an ENFP.  The tests didn’t work for me, so I read the personality type descriptions, and I figured it out. 😉

 

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So when you’re deciding your protagonist’s personality type (for characterization purposes, of course), don’t just take a personality type test as if you are that character.  It didn’t work for my characters.  Choose his/her personality type based on what you know about your character.  For example, with my main character (MC), Alvin, I didn’t take the test as if I were him.  I chose his personality type.  Using the image above, I figured out that he is an extrovert (E), a sensor (S), a thinker (T), and a perceiver (P).  Therefore, my character is an ESTP, the “Activist” personality type, and the descriptions from the images below seem to fit him.   If you’re having trouble with this, try using the images above and below.  They might help you.

Descriptions of the personality types to help you figure out which personality type your character is…or what personality type you are. 🙂

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Descriptions of the sixteen personality types and the percentage of the population each type is…

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But here’s the real question: why use personality types for characterization?  Answer: knowing your character’s personality type can help you better get to know your character.  If you read about your character’s personality type, you can figure out your character’s strengths and weaknesses.  To read up on the personality types, go to this website.  Perhaps your MC’s weaknesses are that he or she is extremely shy and sensitive.  Or perhaps your MC is overly confident.  Personality types can help you figure out important information about your characters.

And, just for fun and a bit of perspective, personality types for characters from some awesome books and movies…

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Harry Potter Characters…if you didn’t figure that out on your own. 😉  So my MC Alvin is like Sirius, and I’m a mix of Luna and Tonks.  Hmm…interesting.

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Alvin is like Han Solo, and I’m between Luke Skywalker and Qui-Gon Jinn.  Yes!  I love Qui-Gon. 😛

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Alvin is Gimli, and I’m either Frodo or Arwen.  Yay!  Both awesome characters.

So…what’s your personality type?  What’s your MC’s personality type and how did you decide what it was?  Did the images above help you decide?  Comment below!

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Book Review: To Kill A Mockingbird

{Note: I try to keep this review mostly spoiler-free.  However, there are a few in the  “What I liked” section of this review.}

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What It’s About:
Here’s a summary of To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee from Good Reads (here):

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior—to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

Here’s a bit more about the plot from Barnes and Nobles (here):

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep South—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred [sic]

One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father—a crusading local lawyer—risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

What I liked:

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of my all-time favorite books.  It’s not called an American classic for nothing!  To Kill A Mockingbird is about racial prejudices in the South in the 1930’s.  This book will make you laugh, cry, and want to punch something (or someone).

One area that Harper Lee really excels in is characterization.  All her characters are very real, and they all are unique in their personalities.  For example, Scout, the main character, is an innocent, naïve young girl, who’s a tomboy and is always getting into trouble.  Jem, her brother, acts tough for his little sister, but he genuinely cares about her.  Dill, Jem and Scout’s best friend, is small for his age but acts tough and thinks he’s smart.  Atticus, Jem and Scout’s father, is a lawyer, who cares about doing what he believes is right and doesn’t back down even in the face of impossible odds.  All these characters have their own unique personalities, one element that makes this book truly a worth-while read.

The story centers around a court case in which Atticus is defending a black man accused of raping a white girl.  The black man (Tom Robinson), as you find out in the story, did not really rape the white girl, and Atticus believes Tom.  This is unheard of in the South in the 1930’s.  While most defense lawyers would not defend Tom Robinson fairly because he is black, Atticus defends Tom to the best of his ability.

Scout, the main character, develops throughout the course of the novel and learns that the world is not as innocent as she once thought it was.  She’s made fun of in school because her father is defending Tom.  But she has to learn to stand strong through all the mayhem and evil of the world.  This book is unbelievably moving, and the story conceals truths and morals that are still relevant today.

What I didn’t like:

There really isn’t anything I would change about this book.  I love everything about it (except the cussing).  However, once you get past the cussing, you’ll realize the true genius of this book.  Please do yourself a favor and read it, if you haven’t already.

Who I would recommend this book for:

This book contains PG-13 material, including rape and some cuss words.  The book does not show the rape scene but talks about it often, since there is a lawsuit about it, which is the main plot of the book.  Therefore, I wouldn’t recommend this book for anyone 10 and under.  I said this above, but let me say it again.  Once you get past the cussing and yucky stuff, you find a story containing wonderful truths and messages.  Believe me, you don’t know what you’re missing if you haven’t read it (or maybe now you do since I just told you what you’re missing 😉 ).

Underlying themes and messages:

Messages and themes include (source):

  • Justice–Tom Robinson is innocent.
  • Courage–Atticus’s courage standing up for what is right.
  • Social classes–All men are created equal.
  • Racism–Discrimination against African-Americans.
  • Heroism

Rating (Barnes and Nobles):

Barnes and Nobles give this book a 4.5 out of 5 star rating.

My rating:

I would give this book a 4.5 out of 5 star rating, as well.

To Kill A Mockingbird movie:

The movie was well-done but, of course, not as good as the book.  If you want to see the movie (which I would never recommend watching before reading the book), simply Google “To Kill A Mockingbird movie,” and you’ll find it.

Have you read To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee?  Did you like it?  Tell me what you think in the comments!