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    Can any Dexter fans offer an opinion as to his type?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Grey Badger View Post
    Can any Dexter fans offer an opinion as to his type?
    Likely INTP. Odd show. I don't have Showtime but did catch it on CBS a few weeks ago. Strangely fascinating and was unable to turn away.
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    Unless someone makes a case for the childhood trauma forcing Dexter into some sort of stressed/inferior function personality, I think INT is just about a given. I'm not completely caught up (still in season 1), but I have seen him beat himself up over process (Te), which he rigidly adheres to, but not over theory (Ti). He seems to have a more developed personal value system (Fi) than a desire to adhere to a societal norm (Fe)*, and Fi as a tertiary trait would fit this well (as he matures, he becomes comfortable with his personal value system of accepting killing as fine, so long as the victims meet a minimum standard of badness). I'm therefore going with INTJ, but you wouldn't have to twist my arm too hard to convert me to INTP.

    * Yes, I know there are vague, stereotypical views of these functions, but come on, we're talking about a lovable television serial killer; cut me some slack.

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    He's damaged so it's hard to say, but either way he is SO J. I originally thought INTJ, but somebody theorized INFJ which is an idea that intrigues me. He definitely has a people-oriented ethic and outlook. I can see it.
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    Intp. but deedee and mandark?

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    Quote Originally Posted by narticus View Post
    I'm therefore going with INTJ, but you wouldn't have to twist my arm too hard to convert me to INTP.
    Is this an autobiographical slant?

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    Just curious why you guys think INTP. He's so methodical and routine-oriented and locked into his rituals, he seems like a clear J to me. He's trying to organize the world in his "take out the trash" quest, and he adheres to his father's "code" over his own minute-to-minute thinking.
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    Seeing how Noel compared me to Dexter in the "How We (Really) Look" thread, I'd say INTJ, as well!

    But I haven't watched the show.

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    I've watched the first season and I'm waiting for the second to come out on DVD. He gets uncomfortable when he leaves his prescribed routine. I just don't see a scrap of P in the guy at all. He's almost a caricature of a J, in fact. (I guess he is one, being a fictional character and all.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Night View Post
    Is this an autobiographical slant?
    No, No, and I say it again: No. I'm to rigid to even think of giving up my J.

    Upon further reflection, I am more certain of Dexter's J. One reason that you wouldn't have to twist my arm to hard, though, is due to two strained tendons in my left shoulder. You'd have to twist my right arm pretty hard to get me to call him and INTP.

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