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    Could you help me, please, and tell me what you think the characters' types might be? I love this film. Thanks!
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    The Robin Williams character--the teacher--is definitely an extrovert.

    But thinker, or feeler? I'm inclined to say T rather than F, and P rather than J, but both of those are judgment calls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    The Robin Williams character--the teacher--is definitely an extrovert.

    But thinker, or feeler? I'm inclined to say T rather than F, and P rather than J, but both of those are judgment calls.
    Without doing a real analysis, I would say ENFJ.

    Encouraging, passionate, keeps some privacy of his own life (i.e., protecting his own inner world).

    One key scene: He suspects that Neil is lying about his dad but has too much compassion and tact to openly challenge him (and call him a liar, basically)... then feels horribly let down when he realizes Neil had lied, although he's fully cognizant of the fact he sort of already knew it.

    Doesn't blame the boys at all for letting him take the fall, but also allows them to stand up for him at the end.

    [Maybe PP wants to log in, and state whether she feels a kinship to him?]

    Neil: ENFP (passionate, catalytic, a flame leaping from one thing to the next... but can't stand up for himself against J mentality and is emotionally devastated
    Todd: INxP (a more detached INFP, or a 5w4 sort of INTP)
    Cameron: ISFJ (typical extreme male ISFJ)
    Meeks: ISxx (kind, more engaging)
    Pitts: ISTJ (impersonal, techie, but kind)
    Knox: ISxP
    Charlie: ESTP (always buck the system; won't be told what to do; exploit what can be)
    mr. nolan: ESTJ (?)
    mr. Perry: IxTJ
    Mrs. Perry: ISFJ
    McAllister: IxTx
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Todd: INxP (a more detached INFP, or a 5w4 sort of INTP)
    He seems very INFP to me. He's shy and definitely has that "tragic" sort of theme going on with him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orangey View Post
    He seems very INFP to me. He's shy and definitely has that "tragic" sort of theme going on with him.
    The problem is that he doesn't know what he wants -- he remains detached from his own needs -- and judges personal things from an impersonal and detached vantage, even with his closest friends. And even with his friends, he preferred to remain aloof, rather than fully engaging.

    This is far more typical of a T who instinctively tries to evaluate F-style expression and feelings through the impersonal filter.

    I could hear Todd being much more likely to say, "That's stupid" or "That's unfair" rather than "That's mean" or "That isn't right."

    Which is why he doesn't know what to do with his deskset either. (For example.) Logically, he should be fine with it; but he's sensing he's really hurt over it; but he doesn't know why, and doesn't know what to do about it either; because technically his parents didn't do anything wrong.

    (Neil helps him put it in perspective.)

    he's very VERY detached from any inner Fi sense. Not the sort of thing you'd expect from someone with an Fi primary... but totally in lines with a Ti primary.
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    I see what you mean. I suppose if he had developed Fi he wouldn't have had any problems writing his poem either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    mr. Perry: IxTJ
    I'm thinking ISTJ, if only because of the traditionalist (for his time) kind of opinions that he was supporting (get a decent job, always listen to father, respect your mother, stay out of trouble, etc.). I'm not positive though, as his character wasn't developped enough. Te is definitely a given though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aerithria View Post
    I'm thinking ISTJ, if only because of the traditionalist (for his time) kind of opinions that he was supporting (get a decent job, always listen to father, respect your mother, stay out of trouble, etc.). I'm not positive though, as his character wasn't developped enough. Te is definitely a given though.
    Oh, definitely Te.

    You're right, though; he was more a caricature / force acting on Neil than a real character per se, although Kurtwood played the role well enough that it was easy to understand why Neil could not stand up to him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orangey View Post
    He seems very INFP to me. He's shy and definitely has that "tragic" sort of theme going on with him.
    agreed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    (Neil helps him put it in perspective.)
    Neil sucks.

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