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Your personality type, and which Game of Thrones character you are

To see which Game of Thrones character you most match up with, try this Internet-based, probably totally inaccurate variant on the Myers-Briggs style personality test.

This is a popular way of judging personality types, assigning one of two traits each in four different categories to your personality: Introversion (preferring solitude and small groups of people) or Extroversion (preferring socializing); iNtuition (gathering information through the mental and abstract) or Sensing (gathering information through the concrete and physical); Feeling (making decisions based on empathy and emotion) or Thinking (making decisions based on detached rationality); and Perception (showing the outside world your intuition or sensing side) or Judgment (showing the outside world your feeling or thinking side). Thus, there are 16 personality types, such as ISTJ.

David Keirsey has his own descriptions of these roles (with four types each in four different broader categories). I used these for guidance, even though they apparently use different methodology! Yay for meaningless Internet articles like this one!

ESTJ: Robb Stark

Keirsey says ESTJ’s “like to take charge of groups and are comfortable issuing orders. Rank, they believe, has its obligations, but it also has its privileges… Even as children they are industrious, and they usually respect their parents as authority figures… Their industry and perseverance only become more important to them as they grow into adulthood and take on the responsibilities of job and family.” Robb grows from a dutiful son into a confident, focused leader over the course of the season.

 

ISTJ: Eddard “Ned” Stark

According to Keirsey, ISTJ’s are “are extraordinarily persevering and dutiful… In their quiet way, Inspectors see to it that rules are followed, laws are respected, and standards are upheld… Their words tend to be plain and down-to-earth, not showy or high-flown.” Ned fits the mold of the “inspector” category to a tee, methodically seeking out concrete information about the plot against Robert, and holding strictly to his values. Keirsey’s description even says people of this type are often accused of “having ice in their veins” despite their good intentions.

 

ESFJ: Cersei Lannister (aka Baratheon)

This type supposedly “are the great nurturers of social institutions such as schools, churches, social clubs, and civic groups… friendly social service is a key to their nature.” Alright, nevermind. There is no one like that in Game of Thrones, so let’s just say that Cersei Lannister is what you get when you mix an ESFJ with a sociopath. She is comfortable in social situations (E), more direct than abstract in her thinking (S), driven by her love for her brother and children and hatred of others (F), and presents the image of a devoted matriarch (J). Too bad we can’t add a (B) for batshit crazy.

 

ISFJ: Catelyn Stark

Keirsey refers to ISFJ’s as “protectors”. “Their primary interest is in the safety and security of those they care about… [They] have an extraordinary sense of loyalty and responsibility in their makeup, and seem fulfilled in the degree they can shield others from the dirt and dangers of the world… Their reserve ought really to be seen as an expression of their sincerity and seriousness of purpose.” Catelyn is constantly concerned for her husband and children, trying to keep them safe despite the dangers coming from all directions.

 

ESTP: Jaime Lannister

Keirsey says that ESTP’s “…will take tremendous risks to get what they want, and seem exhilarated by walking close to the edge of disaster… these smooth operators are usually something of a mystery to others. While they live in the moment and lend excitement – and unpredictability – to all their relationships, they rarely let anyone get really close to them.” Jaime is impulsive (throwing Bran out the window) and fearless (taunting Catelyn to kill him). He is handsome and popular, but only one person knows him very well… you know who I mean. Late in the series, Jaime says “There are no men like me… only me.” Well Jaime, according to Keirsey’s stats, about 10% of the population is like you, although hopefully not when it comes to the incest and attempted murder.

 

ISTP: Arya Stark

ISTP’s “love action, and know instinctively that their activities are more enjoyable, and more effective, if done impulsively, spontaneously, subject to no schedules or standards but their own… they can be fiercely insubordinate to those in authority, seeing rules and regulations as unnecessarily confining… [they] want to be free to do their own thing, and they are proud of their ability to do it with an artist’s skill.” Arya certainly wants to learn to use Needle like an artist. She chafes at the strict female role thrust upon her, and wishes to chart her own way in the world, doing what she loves.

 

ESFP: Tyrion Lannister

This category of people is “exciting and full of fun, and their great social interest lies in stimulating those around them to take a break from work and worry, to lighten up and enjoy life… [they] are smooth, talkative, and witty; they always seem to know the latest jokes and stories, and are quick with wisecracks and wordplay–nothing is so serious or sacred that it can’t be made fun of. Performers also like to live in the fast lane…” I don’t know if Westeros has fast lanes (horse drawn carts can’t move very quickly), but the equivalent is probably all the wine and prostitutes Tyrion is fond of.

 

ISFP: Daenerys Targaryen

Keirsey’s description of this personality type largely centers on its tendency toward artisitic pursuits, but he also notes that they “are especially sensitive to the pain and suffering of others, and they sympathize freely with the sufferer.” Daenerys goes to personal risk to free mistreated slaves, and she suffers deeply when Khal Drogo does. She may not be “seized by the act of artistic composition, as if caught up in a whirlwind”, but she does seem to impulsively draw many actions from within herself, such as developing the ritual that hatches her dragon eggs.

Actually, maybe she is an artist. Some sort of weird modern performance artist.

 

ENFJ: Syrio Forel

This one’s easy, as it’s called “the teacher”. ENFJ’s “ability to fire the imagination can amount to a kind of genius which other types find hard to emulate… [they] will voice their passions with dramatic flourish… [they] like things settled and organized.” I have to say, I am totally uncoordinated, but if someone tossed me a sword, said “Next time you will catch it,” then spouted out awesome lines about saying “Not today” to the god of death… I bet I could learn to fight.

 

INFJ: Varys “the Spider”

Keirsey calls INFJ “the counselor”. They “prefer to work intensely with those close to them, especially on a one-to-one basis, quietly exerting their influence behind the scenes. [They] value their integrity a great deal, but they have mysterious, intricately woven personalities which sometimes puzzle even them.” Remember Varys’s conversations with Ned in his cell? He managed to control Ned, to get him to admit his treason through a strong understanding of Ned’s motivations (the safety of his daughter), but he did it for what he considered to be his own sense of honor in valuing the peace of the realm.

 

ENFP: Robert Baratheon

Robert at the beginning of the show has certainly declined, but in his youth he exhibited the best qualities of an ENFP. He saw “life as an exciting drama, pregnant with possibilities for both good and evil” and was “vivacious and inspiring… Fiercely individualistic, [striving] toward a kind of personal authenticity, and this intention always to be [himself was] quite attractive to others.” He certainly inspired an army to rebel in his name, got the devoted loyalty of Ned and others, and commanded the infatuation of plenty of women, until drunkenness and debauchery got to him. So let that be a lesson to you ENFP’s.

 

INFP: Jon Snow

These individuals “have a profound sense of idealism that comes from a strong personal sense of right and wrong. They conceive of the world as an ethical, honorable place… Set off from the rest of humanity by their privacy and scarcity, Healers can often feel even more isolated in the purity of their idealism. [they] might well feel a sense of separation because of their often misunderstood childhood… [they] begin to believe they are bad to be so fanciful, so dreamy, and can come to see themselves as ugly ducklings.” Pushed to the side because of his bastard birth, Jon tries to retain his father’s honor, and sees the world in idealistic terms. He had grand dreams of the honorable life of the Night’s Watch on the Wall, and is shocked by the harsh reality. Eventually he must confront difficult questions about what is right (helping his old family or his new brothers), as his clear cut morality comes into conflict with reality.

Also, INFP's have their mouths gaping open all the damn time.

 

ENTJ: Tywin Lannister

According to Keirsey, ENTJ’s “are bound to lead others, and from an early age they can be observed taking command of groups… they have a strong natural urge to give structure and direction wherever they are–to harness people in the field and to direct them to achieve distant goals…more than any other type [they] desire (and generally have the ability) to visualize where the organization is going.” Tywin runs his family and his realm like an organization, trying to guide Jaime and later Tyrion toward his own ends. He takes the long view, hoping that if the Lannisters make the right choices they could “establish a dynasty that lasts a thousand years”.

 

INTJ: Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish

Keirsey calls the INTJ “the mastermind”. They “are head and shoulders above all the rest in contingency planning… In their careers, Masterminds usually rise to positions of responsibility, for they work long and hard and are dedicated in their pursuit of goals… Masterminds do not feel bound by established rules and procedures, and traditional authority does not impress them.” Littlefinger, born into a humble family, planned and manipulated his way above so many of the highborn lords around him. He is a rational thinker, but with deeply held public and private ambitions (get power, get Catelyn, respectively).

 

INTP: Samwell Tarly

INTP’s “will learn in any manner and degree they can. They will listen to amateurs if their ideas are useful, and will ignore the experts if theirs are not… They are inclined to be shy except with close friends…” No one fit much else about this category, so… congratulations, INTP. You’re Sam.

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  • Suzie November 21, 2011, 9:47 am

    Im Tyrion!!!!

  • Nick December 5, 2011, 4:57 am

    I have to disagree. If you’d actually read the books you’d be able to look beyond face value and realize that Tyrion is a Rational – probably an ENTP or an INTJ. Daenerys is probably an INFJ, though it may be hard to tell from the first series, it becomes clear in later books. I’m not sure what type Jon Snow is, but I’m pretty sure he’s not an INFP. In later books we see he has good leadership skills and comes across more of a judger than a perciever. also he seems more like a thinker and we see later that he’s good at strategy when the wall get’s attacked… No he seems like a Rational to me, but I’m not sure which. Tywin may be an INTJ but ENTJ works well too. Petyr seems like an INTJ but maybe he’s an ENTP. Good point with Samwell though, I couldn’t figure him out, maybe he’s a feeler though. also he doesnt seem particually scholarly or philosophical like an INTP would be though, but maybe you are right, I’m not sure. I score INTP, but apart from Samwell (who may not even be an INTP) I think of anyone whos an INTP. Maybe Rhaegar was an INTP (Viserys’ and Daenerys’ deceased older brother who was killed by Robert at the Battle of the Trident).

    • Skyler December 5, 2011, 7:08 am

      I have read the books. Three times each for the first three.

      I agree some of the characters aren’t exact fits, though. It’s not easy when you’re trying to assign one, and no more than one, to each type. ;) I based it more on Keirsey’s descriptions than the Myers-Briggs types. I’d be interested if anyone has an alternate list. With Tyrion I can see an argument for artisan or rational, because he does exhibit aspects of both categories.

      As far as Jon goes though, I definitely think he’s closer to an idealist than a rational. I didn’t really concern myself with abilities (like strategy), but more with motivation. Most of Jon’s decision making process seems to be him wrestling with his instinct for morality and honor versus efficacy, and book five to me is mostly about his valuing innocent lives over the political situation on the Wall.

      But yes, INTP was definitely the hardest… I do think Samwell is scholarly (fascinated by all the old texts in the Watch’s library), but maybe not philosophical. I tried to limit myself to characters who’ve appeared in the series, but otherwise Rhaegar is a good choice.

  • jojo January 4, 2012, 11:19 am

    In my opinion, Daenerys is definitely a J, not a P and very strongly so. Her sense of personal morality is extremely black and white – she is not particularly sympathetic to people who violate that morality. Yes, she’s empathetic towards others, but only when they fit into particular well-defined categories (e.g. victim/slave/oppressed class). This is a very J way of seeing the world. I’d also say she’s more of an N than a S as well, though that could go either way. She’s quite an internal character and often abstract, though she has times when she is very grounded in the here and now (though I’d say mostly from necessity).

    I’d name her INFJ or ISFJ.

  • gerda_gray February 1, 2012, 9:15 am

    Im Danaerys! Oh yeah!

  • Irial Ever Müller February 6, 2012, 4:30 pm

    I’m Jon Nieve! He’s my favourite character so I’m very pleased with my personality test! Kss

  • Daenerys February 8, 2012, 5:17 am

    I think Daenerys may be an INFP; and Jon is a clear TJ (I´m not sure about the other two). Jon clearly puts duty over feelings, ever. Dany is the opposity case. And Dany is imporvisation (see her way on conquering cities; Jon is planning and strategy).