Do you read books whose authors or subjects relate to your MBTI type?

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Do you read books whose authors or subjects relate to your MBTI type?

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1zenomax
Maio 27, 2008, 3:54 pm

I think many of the authors whose work I most respect may be the same type as me.

Does anyone else have the same feeling about their core authors and books?

Or am I exhibiting the symptoms of a previous thread, i.e. trying to assign my type to those with admirable traits?

2vpfluke
Maio 27, 2008, 11:17 pm

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Could you give any examples of authors that you think might share your type?

I have wondered with two Oulipo works: Exercises in Style of Raymond Queneau, and Life: A User's manual of Georges Perec, that ther is some psychological type connection. I am an ENTP, and these books are definitely TP, with their endless puzzle character. But they might be more S than N, and they could be more I than E.

3zenomax
Editado: Maio 30, 2008, 5:30 am

Well I think books with imagination, a myriad of characters (Socionics: INTp types which generally equate to a MBTI INTJ, are known as Balzac types because they have imagination to people the world with a myriad of characters, each lifelike and believable), and a view of the world which is confusing to some (I guess Sensing types in particular) because it is not literal but more surreal, yet still contains some insights into how the world really might be.

I am thinking of Italo Calvino, Kafka, Garcia Marquez, and perhaps a number of the surrealists and dadaists of the 1920s?

I would like to claim George Orwell as an INTJ, but sadly I think not. He does not seem to be an intuitive.

My shameful secret is that I do not only read weighty literature, I also read the Patrick O'Brian Aubrey-Maturin novels. The strength of these books is the relationship between the two main characters - Aubrey is something like an ESFP/ESTP, Maturin is , or is near to his opposite - an INTJ or possibly INTP.

I favour INTJ, and believe that O'Brian was also INTJ.

Again he flavours his books with myriad characters, and although minor and often only appearing once, you feel you know each character as each is drawn with particular idiosyncracies to mark them out as individuals.

O'Brian does have a problem with female characters - they trend to be more one dimensional.

Sorry, very rambling, stream of consciousness writing today.

By the way the Perec book is very enjoyable - again a lot of characters. But it is not INTJ in character, I can't explain why, it just seems written from a different perspective.