Each one of us is the protagonist of our own story and one of the important aspects of story is good character development. Characters at the beginning of a story are incomplete in some way that events of the story will serve to resolve or make whole. In real life, each MBTI type has its own figurative dragons to slay by virtue of their inferior function struggles and the quest to integrate and cultivate healthy use of their cognitive functions. Here is what the story arc for each Myers Briggs type development looks like.
ISTP starts out as someone who is a master of some tool or trade. They have some type of insecurity that hinders their social life and they are highly self-reliant and antisocial. At some point, a crisis or opportunity arises that either causes ISTP to be outcast or celebrated by some group. The story plot may force ISTP to ally themselves with some group or pit them against a group or former alliance. The story goal involves undertaking an action-packed quest full of obstacles and opponents that ISTP must defeat using their tactical skills and physical abilities. ISTP must figure out who they can trust and be wary of deceptive and two-faced spies. In the end, success or failure will depend on ISTP’s ability to make the correct choices to prevent a tragic prophecy or premonition from coming true.
The ISFP starts off as a free spirit in pursuit of freedom and stimulating experiences. This desire is impeded however, by some controlling force under which ISFP is beholden to. They feel encumbered by the system that binds them and would like to break away if they could find the means or opportunity. ISFP has some personal ideal or dream that they would like to achieve but in order to make it a reality, they will have to engage in tactics and methodology that they are not accustomed to. ISFP learns to utilize schemes and effective plans in tandem with their sensory instincts in order to accomplish their goal. In the end, ISFP must focus on a specific course of action to achieve the outcome that they truly desire.
In the beginning, ESTP is an overconfident individual who is a slick talker and enterprising individual who plays all the right moves to get what they want. They are like MacGyver in their ability to get themselves in and out of trouble. ESTP encounters a problem or opportunity that seems too good to pass up but has unintended consequences that ESTP cannot easily fix. The story forces ESTP to start thinking ahead and calculate their moves carefully to avoid an undesirable outcome. ESTP will require the help of an oracle or visionary mentor who will guide ESTP in the right direction. In the end, success or failure will depend on ESTP’s ability to unite or gain the support of an important group that will provide the key to victory.
ESFP starts out as someone who just wants to have fun and is without a strong sense of purpose or direction in their life. They don’t take life too seriously and don’t worry about the future. However, their reckless behavior catches up to them when they experience negative consequences to their actions. They make a series of bad decisions that forces them to reassess their values and priorities. ESFP is forced into a situation where they must discover what they truly care about and discover their passion and purpose. In the process, they may become obsessive and become overzealous which leads to a number of pitfalls, mistakes and learning pains along the way. In the end, ESFP’s success or failure will depend on their ability to master self-discipline and devise and execute a winning strategy.
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