Character development is vital when writing a strong story. Weak characters make for weak stories.
That is they should have personalities if they are in a book or a movie. We expect a lot from characters now a days. There was a time when characters could be much less rounded and still be a character. This is where we get our valiant hero, an ENFJ; our beautiful damsel-in-distress, an ISFP; and our dastardly villain, an INTJ.
Now, I am sure that the words that I just wrote in that last sentence were perfectly comprehensible, but what about the strange series of letters following some of the words?
That is the strange language of Myers-Briggs Personality Types. There are eight different letters that can be put together into sixteen different personalities.
First comes an I or an E. The I stands for Introvert which basically means that you get your energy from being by yourself. The E stands for Extrovert and that means that you get your energy from being with people.
Then comes an S or an N. The S stands for Sensing which means that you pay attention to the little details. The N stands for iNtuitive that means that you focus on the big picture.
Second to last, comes an F or a T. The F stands for Feeling and means that you tend to let your heart lead in your decisions. The T stands for Thinking which means that you tend to let your brain lead in making decisions.
Lastly, comes a J or a P. The J stands for Judging which means that you like to plan ahead. The P stands for Perceiving that means that you tend to be more spontaneous in your decisions.
Now, of course, this is not scientific, but it is a good way to learn more about yourself and your characters.
This tests does not only work for people it also works for literary characters. In fact, it is an amazing way to develop a character, and one that I use regularly. Knowing a character’s Myers-Briggs Personality type is a helpful resource in making a character.
And not only your characters can be typed using this, but the characters of other books. It is always fun to know what characters share your and your family’s Myers-Briggs Personality type.
If you would like to find out more about Myers-Briggs Personality types this is a good place to start. Also if you are interested in finding out what your own Myers-Briggs Personality type this is a good test.
I plan on posting on each of the Myers-Briggs Personality types in the next few weeks.