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    Default Martin Luther King Jr.: ENFJ or ENFP?

    Those are the types I most often see listed for the great civil rights leader. CelebrityTypes and other websites designate him an ENFJ, while Keirsey had him pegged as an ENFP. What do you think? If anyone's read biographies or personal accounts from people who knew or spoke with Dr. King, do you think he displayed more the spontaneity of a Perceiver or the focused advance-planning of a Judger?

    I remember reading one art history professor's recollection of the night he met King. He came to his house for dinner. His first impression was of his relaxed demeanor, devoid of any apparent shyness, cracking a joke almost at the outset to lighten the mood. He then proceeded to sit right next to the author (then just a student) and ask him "Tell me about your major? Why did you choose art history? It's something I know very little about...perhaps you could teach me?" and then listened with intent. He didn't spend the night talking about his own work at the center of the civil rights movement; rather, he instinctively put the focus on the other people in the room to bring them out to talk about what interested them.

    Does this sound like a tendency common to both types? As an ENFP, I know I can all-too-often fall into the habit of talking about myself too much rather than being a good listener...but that might just be me

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