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    Pollyanna is a novel about an orphan girl who plays this game she calls "Glad Game"...and that made me curious about what her type might be...

    "The title character is named Pollyanna Whittier, a young orphan who goes to live in Beldingsville, Vermont, with her wealthy but stern Aunt Polly. Pollyanna's philosophy of life centers on what she calls "The Glad Game", an optimistic attitude she learned from her father. The game consists of finding something to be glad about in every situation. It originated in an incident one Christmas when Pollyanna, who was hoping for a doll in the missionary barrel, found only a pair of crutches inside. Making the game up on the spot, Pollyanna's father taught her to look at the good side of things—in this case, to be glad about the crutches because "we didn't need to use them!""

    So, what do you think her type might be?

    How the circumstances of her upbringing might have affected her demeanor?

    Can we use those circumstances to reverse-engineer how certain environmental conditions in childhood may divert people to certain coping strategies or certain MBTI functions?

    How would the "Glad Game" do you think relate to MBTI functions?

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    Some ExFJ. Probably ENFJ...

    The "Glad Game" is more about her upbringing (as her father taught it to her) then CFs, IMO...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aleria View Post
    Some ExFJ. Probably ENFJ...

    The "Glad Game" is more about her upbringing (as her father taught it to her) then CFs, IMO...
    Changing perspective and using imagination seems to be connected to N function...though Polyanna'a core motivation seems to be escaping from feeling bad IMO...

    And the glad game thing, she was able to learn and adapt it...Not everyone can adapt such a game...someone too realist or pragmatic for instance...

    Why ENFJ specifically?

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    It's a long time since I read the book, but I remember a nearly overwhelming concern about other's needs and welfare in her personality, and the importance of some societal values to her (sorry for not being more specific, but my memories about the book are a bit clouded). It resembles Fe-dom a lot...

    I remember seeing Fe all over the place while I was reading. If you read it recently you'll be more able to analyse it (agreeing, or disagreeing!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aleria View Post
    It's a long time since I read the book, but I remember a nearly overwhelming concern about other's needs and welfare in her personality, and the importance of some societal values to her (sorry for not being more specific, but my memories about the book are a bit clouded). It resembles Fe-dom a lot...

    I remember seeing Fe all over the place while I was reading. If you read it recently you'll be more able to analyse it (agreeing, or disagreeing!).
    It's been long for me as well...I think the perspective shifting would require Ne though...so a Ne-dom trying to find alternative perspectives to be happy? An ENFP?

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    Isn't there a resemblance?


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    I always figured ENFx.
    03/23 06:06:58 EcK: lex
    03/23 06:06:59 EcK: lex
    03/23 06:21:34 Nancynobullets: LEXXX *sacrifices a first born*
    03/23 06:21:53 Nancynobullets: We summon yooouuu
    03/23 06:29:07 Lexicon: I was sleeping!



    04/25 04:20:35 Patches: Don't listen to lex. She wants to birth a litter of kittens. She doesnt get to decide whats creepy

    02/16 23:49:38 ygolo: Lex is afk
    02/16 23:49:45 Cimarron: she's doing drugs with Jack

    03/05 19:27:41 Time: You can't make chat morbid. Lex does it naturally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lexicon View Post
    I always figured ENFx.
    How specifically?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeghor View Post
    How specifically?
    I'd say the "x" indicates fairly nonspecifically overall, hah.
    03/23 06:06:58 EcK: lex
    03/23 06:06:59 EcK: lex
    03/23 06:21:34 Nancynobullets: LEXXX *sacrifices a first born*
    03/23 06:21:53 Nancynobullets: We summon yooouuu
    03/23 06:29:07 Lexicon: I was sleeping!



    04/25 04:20:35 Patches: Don't listen to lex. She wants to birth a litter of kittens. She doesnt get to decide whats creepy

    02/16 23:49:38 ygolo: Lex is afk
    02/16 23:49:45 Cimarron: she's doing drugs with Jack

    03/05 19:27:41 Time: You can't make chat morbid. Lex does it naturally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lexicon View Post
    I'd say the "x" indicates fairly nonspecifically overall, hah.
    You got a point there...

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