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Pixar ESTP - Riley Andersen by MountainLygon
Pixar ESTP - Riley Andersen
Today's MBTI discussion will be about the other Se dominant personality type, the ESTP.  Featuring Riley Anderson of Disney-Pixar's Inside Out.  Now, there have been many ESTP protagonists in Disney and Pixar films, including Lightning McQueen (yes, he is an extrovert).  But I've chosen to focus on Riley today because she is an example of a personality type fully emerging as a child approaches puberty.

Dominant Se - Extroverted sensing.  Most of our childhood is spent developing our dominant cognitive function.  And while Riley's lead emotion, Joy, is an Ne dominant herself, she makes sure Riley spends most of her time living fully in the moment.  Thus it becomes pretty clear early on that Riley is an Se dominant.  Riley's world is highly sensory.  She knows precisely what she likes and dislikes (thanks to Disgust), and she knows how to get what she wants when she wants it (thanks to Anger).  Riley is a go-getter, and is hardly embarrassed by minor slip ups.  Se, like Ne, is a happy-go-lucky function, but unlike Ne prefers to be happy in the moment, rather than focusing on a variety of what-ifs.  And while we do get a tour through Riley's imagination, the fact that she does not rely heavily on her imagination once she reaches age 11, instead relying on what she sees in front of her, demonstrates Ne's gradual sink down to the very bottom of her function stack.  Not that Riley will one day be unable to imagine anything, but it will no longer be one of her go-to functions.

Auxiliary Ti - Introverted thinking.  Riley is approaching puberty, and with it comes the development of a new function.  After developing her Se, Riley switched between Fi and Ti until finally settling on the latter.  She will spend the remainder of her adolescence developing this secondary function.  While Fi was the function that likely resulted in Honesty Island, it is Ti that Riley uses to maintain it.  Ti is logical, analytical and objective, and so is truth.  When she lies, steals and runs away from home, Riley firmly shuts down the use of Ti and Fi.  It is Ti that manifests when she comes to her senses, causing her to realize how irrational she is being, and allowing her to return.  As this function develops, it will work with Se to make Riley an increasingly competitive, determined, loyal young woman.  And as Ti simply loves to snark, those curse words Anger is so excited about are liable to get plenty of use and cause lots of epic burns.

Tertiary Fe - Extroverted feeling.  Empathy is the name of the game for Fe, and as it is Sadness' auxiliary function, she will be the one responsible for helping Riley develop this function as her tertiary.  Fe acts as the balance to the analytical and snarky Ti, helping it to recognize when it has gone too far and done more harm than good.  Riley will show shades of this as she gets older, especially when using the "friendly arguments" section of Friendship Island.  Like Ti, Fe actually prefers emotional stability, so Joy need not worry about losing her position as lead emotion, even if she has learned to work with her own complement, the INFJ Sadness.  As Riley's Fe really develops toward the end of her adolescence, she will learn to demonstrate an important aspect of loyalty toward her friends; being there to listen to them as they work through their problems, and to fiercely defend them when needed.

Inferior Ni - Introverted intuition.  This is the gut instinct and singular focus function, and in Riley it manifests on the ice.  As it is her inferior function, it is very underdeveloped in her at 11, and will not truly begin to develop until she is well into adulthood.  Until then, she will display Ni's weaknesses far more often than its strengths.  While she is perfectly able to focus, Riley lives almost entirely in the present, and gives precious little thought to the consequences of her actions, despite the efforts of Fear to teach her (though Fear himself is an INTP, and as such uses Ne rather than Ni).  Riley only ever relies on her gut instinct during a hockey game, and even then it sometimes fails her.  As an adult, she will struggle with learning to rely on her gut, but if she becomes a parent, learning to trust her gut will come much easier to her than she expected.
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Fictional ESFP - Valerie Frizzle by MountainLygon
Fictional ESFP - Valerie Frizzle

Your random dose of MBTI.  Today’s feature: Ms. Valerie Frizzle of the Magic School Bus.

Mentor type characters tend to get typed as xNFJ, due to that type’s common name being the Mentor or Counselor.  So it can be tempting to just automatically slap that label on any character who fills the role of Team Mentor.  And it happens mainly due to a lack of understanding of how cognitive functions work.

Enter Valerie Frizzle, the eccentric third grade teacher from Walkerville Elementary.  As the only first tier character in the show to be old enough to display a fully developed MBTI type, I’ll be focusing solely on her for this analysis.  The other kids will probably come up in a future analysis of dominant functions and their potential for development.  Anyway, the Friz is one of those beloved characters who may be subjected to mistyping due to her role as the mentor to a posse of prepubescent protagonists.  But she really doesn’t demonstrate much use of the functions associated with an ENFJ.  True, she is an extrovert, and she can be very decisive when need be, and she is most definitely a Feeler.  But consider the functions:

Dominant Se - Extroverted sensing.  Ms. Frizzle’s Se can be summed up in her most famous motto: “Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!”  She demonstrates acute awareness of everything around her, and lives by the credo, “Carpe diem.”  This is the source of her love for science and exploration, as well as her preference for the hands-on approach to same.  She resides almost fully in the here and now, rarely focusing on the past or future, except when it’s relevant to the lesson at hand.

By contrast, an ENFJ is dominant in Fe (extroverted feeling).  Fe is a very empathetic and rarely dramatic function.  At no point in the series does the Friz demonstrate true empathy, and boy, can she ever be dramatic!

Auxiliary Fi - Introverted feeling.  It may seem like nothing about the Friz is truly introverted, but remember that it is impossible to be 100% introverted or extroverted.  Ms. Frizzle’s introversion manifests in her auxiliary function.  Fi is a highly sympathetic function, logging emotions away for future use, especially in relating to another person’s emotional experience.  As such, Fi allows its user to switch out emotions almost at will.  Fi users are the masters of Mood Whiplash, which is why they often write it into your favorite sci-fi/fantasy series.  When combined with Se, Fi can become very dramatic, playing up an experience to its fullest for the benefit of an audience.  Fi seeks an emotional reaction from its audience in order to assure that the experience had the intended impact on them.  This certainly describes Ms. Frizzle.  Calm when need be and melodramatic when desired, she knows just how to evoke her idea of the perfect reaction from her class.

Compare to Ni (introverted intuition), which is the ENFJ’s auxiliary function.  While Ms. Frizzle does use this function, it is her inferior function rather than her dominant.

Tertiary Te - Extroverted thinking.  This is the ambitious function, and in the Friz it manifests in her desire to see her class excel beyond societal norms.  Way beyond.  She takes great pride in their every accomplishment, and encourages them to develop skills needed for leadership.  Sometimes it seems as though Ms. Frizzle is trying to single-handedly raise up a generation of Einsteins.  Te is also one of the functions that heavily favors logic over emotion (the other being introverted thinking).  Thus it acts as a balance to Ms. Frizzle’s dramatic Fi.

Se is the tertiary function of the ENFJ.  Due to its position in the function stack, Se often serves to make the ENFJ rather laid back, instead of a relentless go-getter.  The ENFJ enjoys the pleasures of life, but is more likely to do so in moderation, preferring to wait for those pleasures to come to them, rather than go out and seek them.

Inferior Ni - Introverted intuition.  Never let it be said that the Friz does not possess the gut instinct for which Ni is famous.  She certainly demonstrates Ni in her ability to simply know what her class is up to, and even what they’re thinking, while at the same time being several million miles away from them.  And she can be very focused when she wants to be.  But Ni acts the inferior to a dominant Se, and this is demonstrated in Ms. Frizzle’s preference for focusing on the here and now, rather than worry about the future.  Like most people with inferior Ni, the consequences of her actions are almost never first and foremost on the Friz’s mind.  How else would she think she could get away with taking children across international borders through unconventional means, or leaving them unsupervised in the middle of an asteroid field?  One must wonder how she manages to maintain such perfect control.

The inferior function of the ENFJ is Ti.  Ms. Frizzle’s analysis is all external.  She doesn’t seem to demonstrate Ti at all.

She may be a mystery wrapped in an enigma, but as far as her personality goes, Ms. Frizzle is pretty easy to understand.  We don’t know where she comes from, or if she’s somehow hiding a second heart and a sonic screwdriver.  But that doesn’t mean she’s completely unknowable.  Especially if you know your ESFP, which I should.  My little sister is this type.

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Pinewood Rainbow Dash by MountainLygon
Pinewood Rainbow Dash
The car I made for my church's pinewood derby back in March.  Yep, I'm just now getting around to uploading it.
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If major American corporations treated their employees the way God commanded the ancient Israelites to treat their slaves, here's how it might look:
:bulletblue: Employees are hired as paid interns for seven years, receiving training in a specific trade.
:bulletblue: With each promotion, the employee gains more training and more responsibility, until they are familiar with all aspects of their trade.
:bulletblue: Health and life insurance through the company are automatically assured, and payment for same is taken out of the employee's paycheck, as per the norm.
:bulletblue: Housing and childcare is provided in certain situations, to be defined by the company.
:bulletblue: The company may discipline the employee, but may not fire them without legal cause (in other words, the employee has to grossly violate the terms of the employment contract, or break a law).
:bulletblue: After seven years, the employee is offered a choice.  They can be promoted to a management position and remain with the company for life, or they can receive a big, fat bonus and launched into the world to start their own business using the skills they've acquired with the company.
:bulletblue: If two employees of the same company wish to marry, the company will donate resources to their wedding under the condition that, should they have any children while either person is still employed with the company, they will see to it that their children maintain ties with the company for as long as both the company and said children remain in good legal standing.
:bulletblue: Holidays off are guaranteed for all interns, as is at least one full day per week, consistent.  Whether or not they are paid for holidays is left to the discretion of the company.
:bulletblue: Every 50 years of the company's existence, all employees are given one year of paid time off.  They are permitted to choose not to return to the company after their year is up.
:bulletblue: If a former employee fails in their own business, they have the option of returning to the company that trained them, acknowledging that they will have to spend seven more years at the intern stage.
:bulletblue: In the event of war, refugees from territories occupied by America may seek work with the company.  However, they are not interns and do not have the option of graduating from the company unless the company's policy grants them this right.  They may, however, move up in the ranks as the company sees fit.  In all other regards they are to be treated the same as citizen employees, including being granted one year's leave along with all the other employees every 50 years of the company's existence.

I believe that should about cover it.  Wouldn't it be nice if major corporations really worked this way?
If American corporations had biblical structures
This is what God's instructions for slaveholding would likely look like in today's world.
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Madison's Rehab Center by MountainLygon
Madison's Rehab Center
Watermarked just to be on the safe side.  This is the logo for the raptor rehabilitation center where Madison and his brothers grew up.  Madison is one of the main protagonists in my story, The Apex Team.
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If major American corporations treated their employees the way God commanded the ancient Israelites to treat their slaves, here's how it might look:
:bulletblue: Employees are hired as paid interns for seven years, receiving training in a specific trade.
:bulletblue: With each promotion, the employee gains more training and more responsibility, until they are familiar with all aspects of their trade.
:bulletblue: Health and life insurance through the company are automatically assured, and payment for same is taken out of the employee's paycheck, as per the norm.
:bulletblue: Housing and childcare is provided in certain situations, to be defined by the company.
:bulletblue: The company may discipline the employee, but may not fire them without legal cause (in other words, the employee has to grossly violate the terms of the employment contract, or break a law).
:bulletblue: After seven years, the employee is offered a choice.  They can be promoted to a management position and remain with the company for life, or they can receive a big, fat bonus and launched into the world to start their own business using the skills they've acquired with the company.
:bulletblue: If two employees of the same company wish to marry, the company will donate resources to their wedding under the condition that, should they have any children while either person is still employed with the company, they will see to it that their children maintain ties with the company for as long as both the company and said children remain in good legal standing.
:bulletblue: Holidays off are guaranteed for all interns, as is at least one full day per week, consistent.  Whether or not they are paid for holidays is left to the discretion of the company.
:bulletblue: Every 50 years of the company's existence, all employees are given one year of paid time off.  They are permitted to choose not to return to the company after their year is up.
:bulletblue: If a former employee fails in their own business, they have the option of returning to the company that trained them, acknowledging that they will have to spend seven more years at the intern stage.
:bulletblue: In the event of war, refugees from territories occupied by America may seek work with the company.  However, they are not interns and do not have the option of graduating from the company unless the company's policy grants them this right.  They may, however, move up in the ranks as the company sees fit.  In all other regards they are to be treated the same as citizen employees, including being granted one year's leave along with all the other employees every 50 years of the company's existence.

I believe that should about cover it.  Wouldn't it be nice if major corporations really worked this way?

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Austria-Man Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
Here can you read it:
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MountainLygon Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
See, that wasn't so hard.  Just a few extra words in the description and the whole thing is much clearer.
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Austria-Man Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
Actually it was all the time here. You should read the blank meme before.
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MountainLygon Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Why?  I had no intention of filling it out because I had no idea who the actress was.  That was my whole problem with your filled meme.  We have no idea who she is, but we know she is NOT Korra OR Scootaloo.  At least, not in the language in which you presented the meme.  You can't just assume we know everything about the meme that you do.  If you want to share information, SHARE it!  Don't hide it away in a filing system that would make Melvil Dewey* want to beat his head against a brick wall.

Seriously, what is so hard about going back and editing your description to say, "This is the filled meme for my personal favorite roles for the German voice actress [insert whatever her name was here]?"  That way, when people say, "But Janet Varney is Korra," you can direct them back to the description and tell them that the adjective "German" implies that these are the characters from the German dub, not the English version.  Instead of leaving us to magically conclude that on our own with absolutely no logical way to make the connection.

My problem with your meme is your lack of communication.  You cannot expect me to infer what you refuse to say.  I flat out refuse to infer what you refuse to say.  That's not my job as the reader.  It is yours as the one giving the description.  I will not fill in the blanks on the message you send me.  I will only give you my response.  If you think my response doesn't match your message, give me a more complete message, instead of being all cryptic and then whining that I don't get your vague or obtuse references.  Communication basics: Use them.  You'll never get anywhere in this medium if you don't.

*The guy who came up with the Dewey Decimal Classification System, which is used to sort books in libraries.
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Hey There Just resubmitted  Korra - Chibi Faces with some small edits!  Go check it out! also i think your right but Varrick has all the best lines! 
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That Dragon in the comic Young Shining and Little Garble was this one Garble

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