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Game of Thrones through the lens of the Myers-Briggs test

I know, I KNOW. Myers-Briggs is basically like astrology, only with more science-y trappings. But (a) it’s fun; and (b) it seems to fit lots of people pretty well,* so hey.

This is a Book Riot post: Your guide to Game of Thrones Myers-Briggs personality types

I’m not that familiar with all the characters in Game of Thrones. I read the first three or four books, stopped, never started again, and haven’t watched any of the TV series. Nevertheless, here we go. I’m INTJ, so let’s just see who that is supposed to be. …

INTJ – THE MASTERMIND: PETYR BAELISH

INTJs are known for being self-sufficient, preferring to work on their own toward whatever their goals are. And who is more self-sufficient than Petyr Baelish, the man who attempted to play everyone in Westeros in order to get his way? And while Littlefinger’s plans didn’t always pan out the way he wanted them to, the fact that the man was so dedicated to forming plans and playing out life like a game of chess makes him a perfect example of an INTJ Meyers-Briggs personality type.

Okay, the post is making a plausible case, I suppose. I don’t actually remember meeting this character. Was he around in the first three or four books? Let me go look for characters I do remember. For example, Jaime. Ah, here we go:

ESTP – THE DOER: JAIME LANNISTER

Much like their nickname would suggest, ESTPs don’t think, they do. Certainly this makes Jaime Lannister, a man of action, a great example of an ESTP. Look, when Bran caught Jaime with Cersei in the tower, Jaime didn’t think; he just tossed the boy out of a window. ESTPs live for the moment and want to see immediate results; as such, they can be a little spontaneous, not considering what consequences their actions might have further down the line. ESTPs aren’t total dummies, however; they’re great at talking to people and getting what they want from others. And like Jaime, ESTPs tend to be seen as stylish and attractive.

Spontaneous. Uh huh. That’s certainly the term that springs to mind for someone who tosses a little kid out of a high window in order to hide his incestuous relationship with his sister. Spontaneous.

I actually stopped reading the Game of Thrones series because it seemed to me that Martin was trying to rehabilitate Jaime in the eyes of the reader, and I wasn’t having it. I understand Jaime was presented as not quite as evil in the tv series (although still pretty much evil).

Okay, as a plus, having read this post, I know now who wound up as high king. Hmm. Not who I picked for Most Likely To Become High King when I was actually still reading the series. (I picked Tyrion).

*I know, the same could be said of astrology.

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1 Comment Game of Thrones through the lens of the Myers-Briggs test

  1. Maria

    Yes, Petyr Baelish was a major villain since book one. Not a flashy one, conspires in the background a lot.

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