You know what I’m talking about. You’ve seen them around. There are one of these MBTI character grids for just about any show. They look like this:
And they’re all terrible! Please, stop making these, internet!
Let me tell you why these things are terrible and useless and never accurate.
The creator has only a passing familiarity with MBTI.
Creators of these memes are at the stage where they’ve taken an online test, gotten a type (probably also inaccurate), thought it was cool, started trying to type everyone they know based on their limited knowledge of typology, and finally decided to make MBTI character grid memes for their favorite show. There is little to no competence in actual MBTI theory and it shows. Characters who clearly prefer sensing are typed as intuitives. Hard line, tough-minded thinkers get typed as feelers. Strong introverts get classified as extroverts. Leave the typing to the experts, please. Or better yet, try developing a comprehensive understanding of the typology before typing anyone.
The creator has to find one character for each of the 16 types.
Except, in real life, personality distribution doesn’t work that way! In real life, you may have 3 ESFPs in an office and no ENFJs or INTPs. But when a creator makes one of these stupid things, they HAVE to pigeonhole one character for each type even though, in that particular show, there may not be any INFJs or ENTPs. Just like in real life!
The other problem is that, if you are going to do this, it works best with a fictional world with a lot of characters. That means your meme will be pulling from a lot of side characters in order to fill the grid. But no, you need the popular main characters that everyone can identify with. Of course you do. No wonder your grid will turn out so horribly inaccurate.
Also, consider that writers at times intend to give the main character little personality or depth so that you can place yourself in that character and identify with them easier. Sometimes characters are written with little personality or have so little screen time we don’t really know them. How can you possibly type that?
There’s always debate on the proper type of any given character or celebrity.
The reason for this is that we have a limited amount of data to go off of. We only see the character in limited contexts, and we only see a portion of the overall personality they would have in real life. How can we possibly know what someone’s underlying cognitive functions are just from watching them in a few scenes for 20 minutes a day? We can get some ideas, but the internet never seems to agree on a type.
If everyone understood the typology well AND we knew enough about the personality of the person we are collectively trying to type, it stands to reason we would all come to agree on the same type. But we don’t, which can only point to two possible causes. Either:
1. We have too little information on the person we are trying to type, or
2. Whoever’s doing the typing is clearly uneducated about the typology they are trying to work within.
Learn the parts. Learn the whole. Learn how the parts interact with and create a meaningful whole.
Until you can do this, you cannot type others accurately. Until you understand the parts and the whole (the dichotomies and personality dimensions as well as the cognitive functions that become the type) you cannot type others accurately. Until you understand what makes sensing meaningfully different from intuition or thinking different from feeling and so on, you cannot type others accurately. Until you have studied and analyzed and observed others long enough to know what behavior reflects which function and how it looks in the wild and in different contexts, how can you possibly know an ISFP from an ENTP? You can’t, because you don’t know why they are that way or what the difference is!
So stop making these stupid MBTI character grid memes! They’re all garbage!