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The Contest Official Post ~CLOSED. NO EXCEPTIONS~This is the ~Official~ Journal Entry for my little design contest. In a nutshell you have 6 months from today (6-4-2014) to post the design/drawing of a non-fanart original character that you think deserves an added dimension. The third dimension.The Contest Official Post ~CLOSED. NO EXCEPTIONS~ by VIIStar
That means, you draw something and if I like it over all the other entries I'll sculpt it and ship it to you.
I am looking for strong design skills, excellent movement, expression, emotion, balance, color, and an overall sense of 'holy shit this thing needs to fucking exist'.
PPL, I've wanted to do this since forever, let's make something awesome! OoO
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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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