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View Poll Results: What was Severus Snape's MBTI type?

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  • INTP

    11 10.89%
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  • ISFJ

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  • ENTP

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  • ENTJ

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  • ENFP

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This is a discussion on Severus Snape within the Guess the type forums, part of the What's my personality type? category; He's an INTJ written by an INFP. I've always identified with him very strongly. Whoever said his spells didn't have ...

  1. #11
    INTJ - The Scientists

    He's an INTJ written by an INFP.
    I've always identified with him very strongly.

    Whoever said his spells didn't have a purpose obviously didn't understand the environment Snape grew up in. Muffliato, great for making sure you aren't heard. Sectumsempra, something to really hurt the other person fighting you. Various potion changes, made to increase their efficacy and efficiency. Learning how to fly without a broom, pretty handy when you need to fly and don't have a broom.

    Another clue that he uses Ni fairly regularly is his tendency to quickly draw conclusions. It's Ni pattern recognition. A Ne user would not be so quick to draw a conclusion.

    He sees things from his own perspective and isn't really interested in anyone else's.

    I actually see him more as a type 4w5 INTJ.

    inspired originality
    self-aware intuition
    subtle humanity

    symbolic drama
    withdrawn melancholy
    self-indulgent disdain

    desolate confusion
    guilt-ridden torment
    suicidal despair
    Some 4/5s place little attention on appearance, beyond a kind of casual style. Black clothing is common, loosely worn and maybe not very well-fitted. By contrast, there are other 4/5s who are careful to dress well whenever possible. Well-dressed 4/5s seem to have a way of looking elegant but understated. Whether or not they dress and groom themselves carefully, average to unbalanced 4/5s often feel they are unattractive in some way.
    Unbalanced 4/5 can move into the extreme withdrawal of depression, then, with still further disintegration, into a sort of dark impulsiveness. Deeply troubled by feelings of utter worthlessness and extreme isolation, unhealthy 4/5 may look for opportunities to perform degrading, menial tasks, rationalizing that such a fate is deserved. Servility and self-abasement provide a kind of barely-adequate, very temporary relief from the constant torment of self-hatred.

    As life becomes less and less tolerable, suicide becomes increasingly likely, and if it happens it may be done in some unusually gruesome way. Extremely dark, horrifying inner imaginings are welcomed and encouraged. The whole world, both inner and outer, is seen as grotesquely diseased and utterly without redeeming qualities. 4/5 Hell is a place of unimaginable ugliness, populated by those deformed, psychotic monsters, the human race. Psychotic 4/5 revels in hopelessness and despair.

  2. #12
    INFP - The Idealists

    He's an INFP. He doesn't act like a "failed" INTJ.

    His irrational dislike of Harry stems from his inferior Si. Harry invokes those horrible memories he has of James. He's stuck in a Fi-Si loop in the story, a common INFP problem.

  3. #13
    ISTJ - The Duty Fulfillers

    Quote Originally Posted by Elyasis View Post
    He's an INTJ written by an INFP.
    I've always identified with him very strongly.

    Whoever said his spells didn't have a purpose obviously didn't understand the environment Snape grew up in. Muffliato, great for making sure you aren't heard. Sectumsempra, something to really hurt the other person fighting you. Various potion changes, made to increase their efficacy and efficiency. Learning how to fly without a broom, pretty handy when you need to fly and don't have a broom.

    Another clue that he uses Ni fairly regularly is his tendency to quickly draw conclusions. It's Ni pattern recognition. A Ne user would not be so quick to draw a conclusion.

    He sees things from his own perspective and isn't really interested in anyone else's.

    I actually see him more as a type 4w5 INTJ.
    Very good point about his spells having a purpose, although I don't think it eliminates Ne. There were a lot of changes having been done in the book, many revisions and things being crossed out.

    Please give me some examples of him being quick to draw conclusions.

    The biggest clue to Snape not being an INTJ is his strong Si usage. He's able to tell what's wrong with a potion, simply by sensing it, without any appearant difficulty.


    @MyNameIsTooLon, Snape is obviously a T.

  4. #14
    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by Solired View Post

    @MyNameIsTooLon, Snape is obviously a T.
    Most of his choices and decisions comes from how he feels about things so I would have to disagree. Unless you can show examples of how he's a Ti-dom, I'm not buying it. INFP's and INTP's can look quite similar.

  5. #15
    ENTP - The Visionaries


    Quote Originally Posted by MyNameIsTooLon View Post
    Most of his choices and decisions comes from how he feels about things so I would have to disagree. Unless you can prove how he's a Ti-dom.
    Not a Ti-Dom. Ni-Te. Te is definitely present, and so is Fi. INTJ seems pretty clear to me... I guess I can see INFP, but he's simply too cold.
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  6. #16
    INTJ - The Scientists

    Quote Originally Posted by Solired View Post
    Please give me some examples of him being quick to draw conclusions.
    The Shrieking Shack incident comes to mind. He was unwilling to hear that someone besides Sirius was responsible. Especially someone presumed dead.

    And again at basically every point when Harry got into trouble it was clear what conclusions he drew about Harry even past the point of it being obvious Harry wasn't trying to be a glory seeker. In Snape's mind Harry was actually just reincarnated James Potter, there to torment him some more and win all the respect that Snape felt he deserved.

    He drew the conclusion that Harry and James would be no different from the moment he saw Harry in the Great Hall. He gave Harry absolutely no time to prove him wrong.

    Classic Ni-Fi action there.
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  7. #17
    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by Debaser View Post
    Not a Ti-Dom. Ni-Te. Te is definitely present, and so is Fi. INTJ seems pretty clear to me... I guess I can see INFP, but he's simply too cold.
    He's neither and INTJ nor INTP.

    Behavior is not indicative of personality type. Feelers can appear quite cold and unfeeling if they're not Fe-doms. The way that he lashes out at Harry irrationally, tends to point towards inferior Te which would match with being an INFP not Te-aux.

  8. #18
    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by Elyasis View Post
    The Shrieking Shack incident comes to mind. He was unwilling to hear that someone besides Sirius was responsible. Especially someone presumed dead.

    And again at basically every point when Harry got into trouble it was clear what conclusions he drew about Harry even past the point of it being obvious Harry wasn't trying to be a glory seeker. In Snape's mind Harry was actually just reincarnated James Potter, there to torment him some more and win all the respect that Snape felt he deserved.

    He drew the conclusion that Harry and James would be no different from the moment he saw Harry in the Great Hall. He gave Harry absolutely no time to prove him wrong.

    Classic Ni-Fi action there.
    That's seems more like unhealthy inferior Si to me. Unable to let go of the past and his old feelings.

  9. #19
    INTJ - The Scientists

    Quote Originally Posted by MyNameIsTooLon View Post
    That's seems more like unhealthy inferior Si to me. Unable to let go of the past and his old feelings.
    You best be trolling. Snape is not a Ne dom.


    He's seeing James and Harry as being of this bully, glory seeker archetype (Ni) Mainly due to his personal feelings (Fi) about James and an idea that after all the apple rarely falls far from the tree (Ni again).

    I will agree with you that he does let his past cloud his judgment but that's not a quality reserved for people with Si. It's his inner feeling judgments that obscure his normally rational Te outlook. He has a child like use of Fi. He's still uses it mostly to his own detriment and let's it throw tantrums. He thinks that all these judgments can only be rational because his ego isn't Fi dom or Ne dom, it's Ni and Te.

    I'd be more willing to hear the argument that he is ENTJ with Fi inferior.
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  10. #20
    INTP - The Thinkers

    Quote Originally Posted by Solired View Post
    Very good point about his spells having a purpose, although I don't think it eliminates Ne. There were a lot of changes having been done in the book, many revisions and things being crossed out.
    That sounds more like Te to me. He was trying to perfect potions making. I really don't think that Ne would have the staying power to focus on tweaking a system that works.

    Please give me some examples of him being quick to draw conclusions.
    Elyasis gave some great examples, but I think it's worth noting that in The Prince's Tale, Dumbledore does say to Snape about Harry, "You see what you expect to see, Severus."

    The biggest clue to Snape not being an INTJ is his strong Si usage. He's able to tell what's wrong with a potion, simply by sensing it, without any appearant difficulty.
    Or that could just be years of practice. He has been teaching the subject for around 10 years by book one. He clearly put a lot of time into the subject when he was a student too, so I don't think the fact that he knows potions in and out is necessarily indicative of Si.

    Quote Originally Posted by MyNameIsTooLon View Post
    That's seems more like unhealthy inferior Si to me. Unable to let go of the past and his old feelings.
    I think it sounds like Ni-Fi. It's just as plausible that his irrational dislike of Harry is because he assumes a like-father-like-son pattern as opposed to because he's remembering specifically how he felt about James.

    Also, if Snape were an INFP, then he'd have auxiliary Ne and I don't see any Ne in him. Ne's more flexible that Ni. He never considered that Harry might take after Lily rather than James in personality. He made his conclusion and blindly refused to see past it. I'm aware that people of the same type can have wildly different personalities, but Lupin and Luna are INFPs, and Snape is literally nothing like them. Lupin and Luna are different, but I can see the similarities between them. I just can't with Snape.
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