PERSONALITY TYPE ASSIGNMENT – PORTRAIT OF AN ENFJ

I posted the assignment here: https://authoramiegibbons.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/hey-baby-whats-your-personality-type-writers-hub-assignment/

And then I took the test myself for my main character in The Gods Defense, and I was shocked to find out what she was.  Cassandra’s an ENFJ, the Teacher or Mentor… or the Busybody if you take a joke version that insults your personality type (that one’s funny and only a little… er, okay, a lot cruel).  I had a friend in law school whom I had take the test and she was an ENFJ and Cassandra’s nothing like her, but after I read through the description, I could see it.

These people tend to focus on others before themselves, trying to bring out the best in others and even lead them.  They want to change the world for the better, and make it that way one person helped at a time.  The entire story turns on the fact that Cassandra would do anything for her mom, including sell her soul.  This also fits Cassandra’s tendency to take people letting her down so hard, and her original career choice of Prosecutor along with her thrill at being able to help design a new legal system for the Greek Gods in the modern era.

Some parts of Cassandra’s personality that haven’t come out in the story yet (since she’s mainly been dealing with a potential lover who has done nothing but let her down and manipulate her in the past) are Cassandra’s undying loyalty to her friends and her overall idealism and optimism.  As she asks her friends for help with the gods’ plans, and starts meddling in their lives despite how much she has going on in hers, this part of her personality will show more.

I’m planning on having Cassadra’s friends meet her to talk about helping out with the gods’ plans and them being attacked.  The scene where they’re talking and then the attack is what I’m working on now and what I’m planning on being my next post, to show the character traits of the ENFJ.

So everyone who read the Assignment linked at the top, here’s the next step, explore your character’s personality type by a basic description, such as the one here, and then, write it into a scene.  I’d say good luck, but writers don’t need luck, we just need coffee!

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5 thoughts on “PERSONALITY TYPE ASSIGNMENT – PORTRAIT OF AN ENFJ

  1. The trouble with being an ENFJ is the social chameleon aspect: people have expectations for you, so you meet them. It can leave you feeling like a flat character, as if nobody really knows you.
    Thinking as a writer, though, it could lead Cassandra to do or say things that in retrospect she regrets. Good for a story, IMHO.

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  2. Ohhh, I like it! Thanks for the insight. The trouble with being an INTJ is we have a hard time figuring out how others see things or what types of problems they would face based on how they see things 😀

    Seriously though, you just gave me two fantastic points I could play with in the story more. Cassandra being upset at Apollo not just because of her past with him but because she hates being upset with anyone and she really doesn’t like that, and her seriously regretting sacrificing her freedom for her mom’s health and questioning it throughout the book, only to feel guilty for thinking something so selfish.

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