Monday, July 21, 2008

notes towards an MBTI analysis of Lost

My obsession with Myers Briggs continues, only now it's intersecting with a renewed interest in Lost, thanks to my recent discovery of Lost and Gone Forever. That blogger can THINK!

So I really want to do an MBTI analysis of the main Lost characters, sort of along the lines of what Bea did for Harry Potter. I can barely focus on work. And I keep finding myself caught up in loopholes and exceptions and roadblocks.

I think Bea is either INFJ or ENFJ, and she has a great ability to see patterns and group things within a structure. As an ENFP, I think I'm a bit more concerned with the individual and I tend to jump into things without a plan or a structure. So when I attempt an analysis of Lost characters, I see a sea of individuals and I can't seem to group them together.

I'm also discovering a few assumptions that I'd like (you) to validate.

I suspect that extraverts might have more insight into people's motivations and consequently a bigger capacity for manipulation. Does that mean anyone who manipulates people, for whatever reason, cannot be introverted?

I also think NT's have way more capacity for deception than NF's. Does that mean anyone who willfully deceives people cannot be an F?

What do you think?

In the meantime, I'll keep working on my unstructured analysis...


Kyla said...

Can you tell me what I am based on my blog and what you know of me? I'm wondering what I come across as on the blog versus in person and have been toying with a little informal survey on my blog, seeing what people who know me one or both ways think. I tend to think of myself as an introvert, but I think I might be WRONG these days.

Beck said...

Oooh! Oooh! Guess what I am! That's awesome.

Breanne said...

I haven't posted a blog about the MBTI types of Lost characters, but I'm very interested in your analysis. I did write a post about how the show Lost appeals to all MBTI types.

Also, I write a weekly episode recap of Lost (when it's airing) that you might enjoy.

Bea said...

I think introverts spend more time in introspection than extraverts, so their understanding of human motivation tends to stem from their knowledge of their own motivations. That means a deeper understanding in some cases, but also a greater tendency towards narcissistic projection.

niobe said...

What Bea said. I (a pretty typical NT) understand my own motivations fairly well. The psyches of others are, often, absolutely impenetrable. I *know* that everyone in the world doesn't see things exactly the way I do. But, somehow, I tend to forget that.