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  • INTP

    74 18.09%
  • INTJ

    121 29.58%
  • INFP

    2 0.49%
  • INFJ

    2 0.49%
  • ISTP

    4 0.98%
  • ISTJ

    4 0.98%
  • ISFP

    2 0.49%
  • ISFJ

    5 1.22%
  • ESFJ

    6 1.47%
  • ESFP

    5 1.22%
  • ESTJ

    3 0.73%
  • ESTP

    1 0.24%
  • ENFJ

    1 0.24%
  • ENFP

    1 0.24%
  • ENTJ

    25 6.11%
  • ENTP

    153 37.41%
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  1. #431
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xander View Post
    You think?

    I've seen few INTJs argue the toss. they state the answer and are prepared to walk away. The INTP strives for truth even when it's irrelevant, inconsequential or otherwise a waste of time.

    I've always seen INTJs as more the pragmatists and Houses approach to medical "care" seems harshly "pragmatic".
    Pragmatic to finding the truth. Like the NTPs do. Not to getting work done.

    Besides, pragmatism is relative. On top of that, House is only staunchly pragmatic once it becomes a REAL mystery. Up until that point, he incessantly launches games and competitions, often deliberately disrupting the order (a non Te, and way Ne thing to do) sometimes doing so for that exclusive exclusive purpose.

    An ENTP who's got a half-way decent Thinking faculty will turn pragmatic once they see that the games are getting in the way, but will otherwise allow themselves to play.

    This is an exact counter-example of what the INTJ does. Refusal to cooperate in any game (we see this a lot in Foreman, who is obviously an INTJ) until everything is taken care of and settled.

    See the first episode where Foreman comes back after quitting in the new season. The one with the guy who steals personality.

    Once the case is solved, Foreman has the idea for a game. House started off with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGuffin View Post
    Refute the plane episode and the season opener then.
    Any type under duress can revert to using their inferior functions, and I think in a moment of extreme tension maybe he went off kilter a bit. I don't buy the plane episode as the deciding factor. Almost every other episode has House portraying very typical INTJ behaviors.

    1. Disregard for authority
    2. Implementing critical decisions without consent of the group
    3. Extremely confident in work situations where he "knows what he knows", but interpersonal relationships take him under.
    4. Seen as cold, aloof and calculating (or "arrogant to the less decisive"?)
    5. Doesn't like to take the lead, but allows others to be in control until they demonstrate that they cannot do it.
    6. Gives 'credit' to others on the team (although given with sarcasm a lot)
    7. Remains calm in crisis

    His character is practically plucked from the scattered INTJ descriptions across the net, and I think the writers use this personality every time they write his scenes. The theme for each eposide of the show could be the sum of our overall description - "He's a strategist, willing to entertain any idea, no matter how far-fetched if he thinks it can work, and needs only a vague inclination that he is correct to continue surely on his way."


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    Quote Originally Posted by RunnDMC View Post
    And I think his E and I are close either way. I'd lean towards I just from the simple fact that he has one friend. I can see that he's loud, and the opposite of shy but he does tend to hole himself up. Like I said I think it could really go either way but I'd lean towards I since the show always tries to make a big deal about the fact he doesn't like anyone and chooses to stay in reclusion.
    I think people are getting confused about what it means to be introverted or extroverted. An Introvert can be 'loud' and an Extrovert can be low-key. Its how you 'recouperate' or refill the tank so to speak that determines the I or E.

    I'm an extremely friendly and outgoing Introvert, and people would probably peg me as an extrovert... but they don't realize that being so drains me to the core. If I don't find quiet time to myself to recharge, I turn nasty quick, and get really moody and start pushing people away from me.

    House is like this in my opinion.

    When he needs to think and get away from everything, he isn't going to parties and hanging out in large groups, he's alone somewhere, playing guitar or just sitting on something thinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Misty_Mountain_Rose View Post
    Any type under duress can revert to using their inferior functions, and I think in a moment of extreme tension maybe he went off kilter a bit. I don't buy the plane episode as the deciding factor. Almost every other episode has House portraying very typical INTJ behaviors.

    1. Disregard for authority
    2. Implementing critical decisions without consent of the group
    3. Extremely confident in work situations where he "knows what he knows", but interpersonal relationships take him under.
    4. Seen as cold, aloof and calculating (or "arrogant to the less decisive"?)
    5. Doesn't like to take the lead, but allows others to be in control until they demonstrate that they cannot do it.
    6. Gives 'credit' to others on the team (although given with sarcasm a lot)
    7. Remains calm in crisis
    The interesting thing about every single one of your (borrowed) rubric is that they're consistent with intuitive dominant thinkers. Not just INTJs.

    You and Xander ought to come up with some criteria that distinguish ENTP and INTJ, rather than these roundabout/vague methods.

    The plane episode MacGuffin keeps mentioning is certainly not the only example. Consistently writing notes on the board is a symptom of extraversion.

    Additionally, House's ability to keep track of several games and ideas bouncing back and forth between them is Ne. Ni can't do that. Ni is willing to see more than one angle, but it doesn't involve the same multitasking Ne does.

    Watch for telltale multitasking.
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    Having argued with an INTJ and an ENTP at length I'd have to say that the stoic resistance to exterior thinking is more indicative of an INTJ then an ENTP.

    With ENTPs the only thing which I've seen evidence of is them claiming not to care what other's think but responding to it anyhow where as the INTJs usually don't even care to explain let alone care whether you can follow the explanaition.

    The INTJ who I was arguing with could not see what I was on about until I'd actually walked him to the answer using his own arguments. The ENTP refused to see this even after I'd walked him to it, instead looking for another reason why he was right and I was wrong.

    Based on these and other "hanging" points in addition to a general impression of the character, ficticious as it is, I remain of the opinion that he's more likely an INTJ than an ENTP.

    Each are entitled to their own opinion..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xander View Post
    With ENTPs the only thing which I've seen evidence of is them claiming not to care what other's think but responding to it anyhow where as the INTJs usually don't even care to explain let alone care whether you can follow the explanaition.
    Does this not sound Housey to you? It does to me! Hell, he assembles a team basically for the purpose of brainstorming with them, and then he berates them for having stupid ideas, but follows through on the good ones anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xander View Post
    Having argued with an INTJ and an ENTP at length I'd have to say that the stoic resistance to exterior thinking is more indicative of an INTJ then an ENTP.

    With ENTPs the only thing which I've seen evidence of is them claiming not to care what other's think but responding to it anyhow where as the INTJs usually don't even care to explain let alone care whether you can follow the explanaition.
    How...

    The INTJ who I was arguing with could not see what I was on about until I'd actually walked him to the answer using his own arguments.[/quote] You must be watching the wrong show if you think that sounds like House.
    The ENTP refused to see this even after I'd walked him to it, instead looking for another reason why he was right and I was wrong.
    You must be watching the wrong show if you think that doesn't sound like House.
    Based on these and other "hanging" points in addition to a general impression of the character, ficticious as it is, I remain of the opinion that he's more likely an INTJ than an ENTP.

    Each are entitled to their own opinion..
    Again, none of this is inherently INTJ.
    There ARE exclusive behaviors, believe it or not.

    Type doesn't work by tendency. There's always an outlier right?
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    I've just watched some clips and I do not get NTJ at all from House - it wouldn't surprise me if there was a storyline involving an (NT)J romantic interest to balance him out.

    The cynicism/sarcasm --> immaturity screen screams P.

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    I've always got the ENTP vibe from him. His sense of humor/sarcasm seems extroverted to me. He just seems to be too much of a self-promoter to be introverted in my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    Does this not sound Housey to you? It does to me! Hell, he assembles a team basically for the purpose of brainstorming with them, and then he berates them for having stupid ideas, but follows through on the good ones anyway.
    There's a world of difference between being played with as an experiment by an ENTP until you reveal your thinking and then they decide on whether or not to accept it and the more INTJ style where you can prove it or not at your discretion but until you do, it's worthless.

    This part does support the ENTP side. What doesn't is when he instructs his followers (and they are that, no more a team than a tea boy to an MD) to do as he commands despite their objections because he is sure that he is right. No NP "oo maybe I'm wrong". No NTP "I can see 5,000 solutions but I think that this is the right one". Just "accept my decision and do it... now", which to me is NTJ.

    As my father put it
    Dad "There's only one way to do things and that's the right way."
    Son "Would that one way also be your way by any chance?"
    Dad "of course."

    As for the sense of humour, a direct parallel to House's humour, though ina serious sense, would be the fiasco of power tools and my father. Apparently I wouldn't know how to use one until I'd used one. I then offerd to try so I could learn. I was told "No. These are my tools, get your own."

    At the end of the day the character is most certainly NT and then seemingly diverges. Like Sherlock Holmes the character is larger than life and beyond normal description by preferences because they change to suit the needs of the story. There are those who'd argue that Holmes is other than INTP. I'd agree that he's not an INTP... but that INTP is the best fit for his most commonly displayed preferences.
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