“What?!? You??? An INTROVERT?” is the common response I get whenever I reveal my Myers-Briggs type. According to the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator), I’m an INTJ. INTJ means Introversion, Intuition, Thinking and Judgment. It’s not that unbelievable, trust me. Although I may seem extremely comfortable in social situations, it does take me a long time warm up to people. And, if I spot a few close friends at a party, chances are I usually just stick to them rather than go up and introduce myself to new people.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is designed to measure how people perceive the world and make decisions. The MBTI is often used in team building, career counselling, leadership training, and even marriage counselling. I was first given the MBTI to take when I was in JC and my teachers realised I needed to see a counsellor to help me deal with peer-related issues with my classmates. When I got my result, even I was pretty surprised that I had a tendency toward Introversion than Extroversion. But anyway … enough about me.
To find out what your Myers-Briggs type is, there are several free tests you can take. But to get an accurate reading, experts do advise most people go to a qualified practitioner to get it done. Still, an approximation can be obtained at sites like this one or this one. The MBTI would reveal where your personality falls within these 4 dichotomies:
I – Introversion vs E – Extroversion
N – INtution vs S – Sensing
T – Thinking vs F – Feeling
J – Judgement vs P – Perception
Altogether there are 16 possible results.
The Material World founders are extremely entertained by the MBTI. Mostly because we have discovered that we are all Introverts, in varying degrees. Denise is an INFP, Lili is an ISFP, and Vanessa is an ISFJ. The MBTI isn’t a new thing but recently, a lot of people have been creating memes using characters in popular young adult fiction series, for example, Harry Potter. Since The Hunger Games is the rage this weekend with the release of Catching Fire, we at Material World decided to waste no time and have created one based on Suzanne Collins’ phenomenal trilogy of a strong-willed heroine named Katniss Everdeen. So who are you in the universe of The Hunger Games? Read below to find out:
[Warning: Spoilers ahead]
Explaining our MBTI chart for The Hunger Games universe:
The Champion – ENFP
A possible ENFP, Johanna is vivacious, enthusiastic, and not afraid to speak up. She is easily frustrated and disappointed when things don’t go her way. She is clearly someone who champions causes rather than individuals, and when the cause is actually the individual Katniss Everdeen, she steps up and does her job.
The Counselor – INFJ
As a likely INFJ, Rue is intensely interested in the well-being of others, specifically Katniss’. Although she is guarded at first after forming an alliance with Katniss, she gradually opens up to the older girl and establishes a close relationship with her. Her creative solution to using mockingjays to communicate with Katniss is another sign of her INFJ-ness.
The Healer – INFP
Loyal to people, INFPs are dominated by intense feelings and deeply held ethics. Mags’ willingness to sacrifice herself so Finnick, Katniss and Peeta have a chance at escaping the poison fog makes her a likely INFP. INFPs typically withhold judgement, preferring to keep their options open.
The Teacher – ENFJ
Charming, considerate, ENFJs are responsive towards the needs of others. Cinna – Katniss’ stylist – is possibly an ENFJ because he is drawn to symbolic actions (cue the bridal-gown stunt) and spontaneity. ENFJs, it should be noted, do not take action unless they have thought through the logic and details.
The Composer – ISFP
ISFPs are easy-going, peaceful people who prefer to “live and let live”. Strange to use Seneca Crane (gamemaker in the first movie)? Actually, no. Seneca’s seeming willingness to let Katniss and Peeta manipulate the outcome of the Games is a sign of his highly developed sense of empathy and his being conscious of what would appeal to the audience and keep them hooked to the games.
The Crafter – ISTP
ISTPs are naturally quiet people although they are often capable of making humorously insightful observations Peeta is likely an ISTP because he is highly adaptable and open to new information and approaches. ISTPs are often a source of frustration to their friends as they often act without regards for their own safety.
The Performer – ESFP
Focused on completing a task with maximum fun and minimum discord, ESFPs are also keen observers of the human behavior (remember Finnick’s preference for secrets over money?). ESFPs dislike structure and routine, and are “fun” to be around, desiring to “go with the flow”.
The Promoter – ESTP
ESPTs are able to improvise to bring about desired results. Ceasar Flickerman is a clear ESTP for the Capitol values his ability to bring out the best in the Tributes during his talkshow. Adept at influencing people, dramatic and debonair, their goal in life is to sell themselves and their ideas to others.
The Inspector – ISTJ
Typically reserved and serious individuals, ISTJs are extremely dependable. They are capable of shutting out distractions in order to take a logical, practical approach to their endeavors. Gale is likely an ISTJ as he will later show his single-minded determination to bring the Capitol down, to the extent of sacrificing his relationship with Katniss.
The Protector – ISFJ
ISFJs are most concerned with taking care of people by keeping them safe and secure. Although they are compassionate people, their reluctance to open up to strangers can lead others to see them as standoffish (yep, Katniss is definitely an ISFJ in this respect). ISFJs are serious people with strong work ethics and are not inclined to self-indulgence.
The Provider – ESFJ
ESFJs project warmth through their genuine interest in the wellbeing of others. They are serious about their responsibilities and are generally proficient at detailed tasks, that make life easier for others. Generous and kind, ESFJs are sensitive to the physical needs of others by offering pratical care. As you’ll see, Primrose grows up to become a capable doctor, helping with the medical needs of the District 13 rebels.
The Supervisor – ESTJ
Effie – the escort of District 12’s Tributes – shines as an ESTJ. As outgoing people, ESTJs do not hesitate to communicate their opinions and expectations to others (note her constant need to dole out instructions to Katniss and Peeta). ESTJs dedicate themselves to maintaining institutions behind a smooth-running society.
The Architect – INTP
Preferring to work alone, INTPs have little regard for titles and are impatient with bureaucracy and hierarchy. Often perceived as aloof, and even rebellious, INTPs also come across as oblivious. They can be charming because they have a quick wit and a way with words (Haymitch sells the idea of having two winners to Seneca, after all).
The Fieldmarshal – ENTJ
ENTJs either possess the charm of a world leader or the insensitivity of a cult leader, and no one fits this bill better than President Snow. ENTJs can overwhelm others with the desire to order the world according to their vision and as a result, they are often seen as controlling, arrogant, and aloof.
The Inventor – ENTP
Quick to see the complex relationships between people, things, and ideas, ENTPs possess an intelligence that is highly prized. Plutarch Heavensbee – the Gamemaker of the Quarter Quell – shows he is a typical ENTP with his amazing ability to size up situations in the arena. With his innovative solutions to difficult problems, it’s no wonder he manages to fool even President Snow.
The Mastermind – INTJ
Always prepared to lead if no one else seems up to the task, INTJs have a low tolerance for emotionalism. Although they like to assume leadership, INTJs do not readily accept authority based on tradition, rank or title. A typical INTJ, Alma Coin, leader of the District 13 rebels, shows how determined she is to execute her vision in the third book – going to the extent of slaughtering the innocent to make President Snow look bad.
Do you agree with our analysis? If not, tell us who should be what, explaining why as well.
Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor!
About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, and Suits. The sullen INTJ in her believes she is in a relationship with an ESTJ who cannot stop talking! Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.
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