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    Quote Originally Posted by ANECDOTAL
    "My father worked in the same general group as Sterling did in 1944. He told me that Serling was more interested in discussing philosophy and human nature at bars than carousing with the rest of the gang. Was quiet but didn't seem shy."

    SOURCE: Was Rod Serling an INTJ? - MBTI and Personality Theories - INTJ Forum
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    Personally, I see an Intuitive type with some Fi.

    Possibly the same or similar type to Roddenberry (ENFP?)

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    Overall gives as Alex said a Fi vibe. I would say INTJ as I detect some Ni-Fiish themes through his work with morals coming through in the forms of allegorys. ISFP is another possibility but he gives far too much Te vibes to be inferior.

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    ^^ right, also in the way morals are conveyed in the Twilight Zone, it is more vague and seems personalized from episode to episode, if that makes sense. Usually characters either rebel against the grain of society and/or (try to) "do the right thing" or get their comeuppance in some roundabout way that feels like the universe is serving justice when society's values or justice systems (Fe) have failed us....that bolded part strikes me as an especially Fi sentiment; it really makes a lot of sense that Serling and Roddenberry both developed their shows in the wake of McCarthyism and a 50s/early 60s American Culture that praised conformity and "normalcy" whilst punishing the rebels and misfits of society or pushing them to the fringes.

    I could also see NTP but I am leaning toward Fi user (likely NFP or NTJ). He seemed to be more interested in metaphorically handling current/topical issues, which suggests Ne > Ni to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anaximander View Post
    ^^ right, also in the way morals are conveyed in the Twilight Zone, it is more vague and seems personalized from episode to episode, if that makes sense. Usually characters either rebel against the grain of society and/or (try to) "do the right thing" or get their comeuppance in some roundabout way that feels like the universe is serving justice when society's values or justice systems (Fe) have failed us....that bolded part strikes me as an especially Fi sentiment; it really makes a lot of sense that Serling and Roddenberry both developed their shows in the wake of McCarthyism and a 50s/early 60s American Culture that praised conformity and "normalcy" whilst punishing the rebels and misfits of society or pushing them to the fringes.

    I could also see NTP but I am leaning toward Fi user (likely NFP or NTJ). He seemed to be more interested in metaphorically handling current/topical issues, which suggests Ne > Ni to me.
    His work seems to be a big fuck you against Si-Fe values to me personally which could mean a xNTP who uses Ti/Ne to critique Si/Fe values as unlike a NTJ they would have an understanding of said values but he shows clear Fi so that makes NTP less likely as they would be more likely to suggest alternative social morals (Ne-Fe) than go against the grain . I do see many similarities between Serling and Rodenberry but to me it seems that personally that Serlings metaphorical themes are more "internal" and less jumpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brain in a Jar View Post
    His work seems to be a big fuck you against Si-Fe values to me personally which could mean a xNTP who uses Ti/Ne to critique Si/Fe values as unlike a NTJ they would have an understanding of said values but he shows clear Fi so that makes NTP less likely as they would be more likely to suggest alternative social morals (Ne-Fe) than go against the grain . I do see many similarities between Serling and Rodenberry but to me it seems that personally that Serlings metaphorical themes are more "internal" and less jumpy.
    I think Roddenberry is a clear-cut ENFP. However my second guesses for him would be ENFJ and ESFP. Roddenberry seemed more overtly "preachy" in conveying messages and ideas on the original Trek.

    I think Serling is either ENFP or INTJ, but I won't rule out NTP yet. He was also more hands-on than Roddenberry, writing over half of the Twilight Zone episodes himself, whereas Roddenberry was happy to outline the world, lay out a few unbreakable guidelines, write an episode here and there, then pass it off to other, better writers to do the bulk of the storytelling. Serling's producing style just seemed more INJ than ENP. ENxPs are happy to outline the idea, then leave the day-to-day grind of management to underlings while they go off to pursue some new idea or business endeavour--seems Roddenberry's style. However, I don't think Serling was a natural TV producer either, as he burned out after doing it too long. He was a writer who executive produced his show so others wouldn't fuck up his vision. I voted ENFP but now I think Serling was an INTJ who was very protective of his vision, whereas once Roddenberry felt his vision was being cancelled or fucked up, he basically abandoned the sinking ship in season 3 and was already looking to new projects.
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    Submitted for your consideration, the portrait of a man who brought bad dreams to an entire generation, and yet through such dark and shifting psychic seas, and in the face of the ever uneasy vibe of the unknown left hope as well as horror in his wake. A cautionary tale of what might be one of the greatest story tellers of our modern age. A little Lovecraft, a little Mr. Rogers, Rod Sterling, that ever questioning guide of strange in the suit, that curator or creepy from the night gallery; strikes me as an ENFP and one who I would enjoy having as my neighbor in that little burg of uncertainty permeating all of time and space...known only as...the Twilight Zone...
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    Zero chance he's a Fi user. Massive Ti and Ne with weaker Si and Fe. The sheer volume of novel ideas on a systems level that he came up with is beyond the scope of Ne Te, and what he romantasizes the most are generalized states of feeling and morality "that which is known to man," which is highly indicative of weak Fe. He's either ENTP, INTP, or ISTP- and well balanced in either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vasilisa View Post
    I'm a big fan, very familiar with his work, and have read his biography.

    All indications are of a strong intuitive extrovert with amazing Fi, so I conclude ENFP.
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