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This is a discussion on Is Sherlock (BBC) an INTJ? within the INTJ Forum - The Scientists forums, part of the NT's Temperament Forum- The Intellects category; I really like the BBC show Sherlock and I actually identify a lot with him. Being myself, I looked up ...

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    Is Sherlock (BBC) an INTJ?

    I really like the BBC show Sherlock and I actually identify a lot with him. Being myself, I looked up what type most people tough he is. Some said INTJ, others ISTJ, and a lot of other variations. What is your opinion?
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    INTJ - The Scientists


    I don't think he's really anything.

    He has traits that are INTJ, ISTJ INTP, but more importantly he seems to have a photographic memory. My memory sucks unless it's salient to what I deem important.

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    Quote Originally Posted by bethdeth View Post
    I don't think he's really anything.

    He has traits that are INTJ, ISTJ INTP, but more importantly he seems to have a photographic memory. My memory sucks unless it's salient to what I deem important.
    I do have photographic memory, but I really suck with strings of numbers unless I think them as a mere picture. Also photographic memory can be selective too, and requires you to be in "recording mode" level of focus to really catch all the detail, the media caricature concept of photographic memory is like some nonstop video film which may be how it is to some freaks of nature but definitely not how photographic memory works with a mind not riddled with a malfunction.

    I don't think Sherlock on the BBC TV series is anything else than fictional individual not in line with any established psychological type as it is not written by geniuses dedicated to full personality simulation.
    Last edited by Sanskrit; 05-20-2013 at 04:47 AM.
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    INTJ - The Scientists

    I've always thought that he was an INTJ, and the friends I have that also watch Sherlock and know about MBTI have agreed with me. Certainly not ISTJ. He doesn't have any introverted sensing function. I also really don't think he is a perceiver. You always see him alone and thinking by himself and he needs the time to sort out his thoughts. Very organized. He uses Te (and maybe some Ti) to solve all the cases. Definitely not an extrovert or a feeler.

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    ENTP - The Visionaries

    I'm with those that don't think he has an easily definable personality type. But then he was written to be exceptional.(both the literary and the BBC version).

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    Ofcourse he is not an ISTJ. He comes up with the answer, through some irrational process (Ni), which only he seems to be able to figure out and which he eventually manages to organize into a rational explanation (Te) in the end of the episode. That's totally INTJ.

    This blog explains it even better:
    Sherlock Holmes - MBTI in Fiction

    The character Gregory House in the series House is based on Sherlock Holmes ( "House's name itself is meant as "a subtle homage" to Holmes.[8][19] House's building number is 221B, a direct reference to Holmes's street address." from WikiPedia.). The MBTI type of House is also INTJ. (though some people also question that idea.)

    It's not difficult to see. It's not a self fulfilling theory of INTJ's because:

    1) INTJ's in general couldn't care less.
    2) As much as Sherlock Holmes is very good at solving mysteries, he's also a total @sshole socially. Even for most INTJ's this goes way too far.


    This idea that he is not a specific type,.... totally dumb because it's almost impossible to create a character that isn't an MBTI type. Certain types of behavior are associated to certain types of personality. Creating a character that changes personality all the time won't get appreciated very much. Our brains have certain expectations (regardless of knowing the MBTI or not) and when someone is not matching those expectations, the character isn't believable. (for example, a super introverted character that's also a social butterfly,.. just doesn't make sense. It will seem fake.)
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    INTP - The Thinkers

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter View Post
    Ofcourse he is not an ISTJ. He comes up with the answer, through some irrational process (Ni), which only he seems to be able to figure out and which he eventually manages to organize into a rational explanation (Te) in the end of the episode. That's totally INTJ.

    This blog explains it even better:
    Sherlock Holmes - MBTI in Fiction

    The character Gregory House in the series House is based on Sherlock Holmes ( "House's name itself is meant as "a subtle homage" to Holmes.[8][19] House's building number is 221B, a direct reference to Holmes's street address." from WikiPedia.). The MBTI type of House is also INTJ. (though some people also question that idea.)

    It's not difficult to see. It's not a self fulfilling theory of INTJ's because:

    1) INTJ's in general couldn't care less.
    2) As much as Sherlock Holmes is very good at solving mysteries, he's also a total @sshole socially. Even for most INTJ's this goes way too far.


    This idea that he is not a specific type,.... totally dumb because it's almost impossible to create a character that isn't an MBTI type. Certain types of behavior are associated to certain types of personality. Creating a character that changes personality all the time won't get appreciated very much. Our brains have certain expectations (regardless of knowing the MBTI or not) and when someone is not matching those expectations, the character isn't believable. (for example, a super introverted character that's also a social butterfly,.. just doesn't make sense. It will seem fake.)
    I agree heartily with this. At least the BBC Sherlock is an INTJ, the other interpretations may be different types, like say, the Elementary Sherlock doesn't strike me as an INTJ.

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    If it was a last question before someone killing me I'd say INTJ, because:
    1/ He must be an N to be able to understand and link stuff extremely fast
    2/ He DEFINITELY is a T (even a five year old can point that out)
    3/ Possibility of being an I (also a chance of not being a total I by having less than 50% E side)
    4/ Possibility of being a J

    But sadly i'm not contributing in a dramatic scenario with M16s pointed at me, so this topic should be well discussed with a pro psy.

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    ISFJ - The Nurturers

    i believe the very character of sherlock holmes in the books is INTJ and watson ISFJ, this is seen very clearly in both the BBC sherlock and the american Elementary. Its amazing really, i wonder what was the inspiration originally for these characters.

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    INTJ - The Scientists


    Quote Originally Posted by Mendi the ISFJ View Post
    i believe the very character of sherlock holmes in the books is INTJ and watson ISFJ, this is seen very clearly in both the BBC sherlock and the american Elementary. Its amazing really, i wonder what was the inspiration originally for these characters.
    Dr Joseph Bell was Conan Doyle's inspiration.
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