4 Inspectors in the Green Room

Let’s dissect the cast of characters that wedge themselves into our memories. Their similarities to each other, and to us.

If you put the following characters in a room together, you could depend on them to sprinkle the air with facts and details, and perhaps they’d share a bit about a grudge they bear. Ordered minds filling a tidy space.

In attendance:

  • Carson, Downton Abbey
  • Marilla Cuthbert, Anne of Green Gables
  • Hermione, Harry Potter
  • Spock, Star Trek

Overheard:

  • “The business of life is the acquisition of memories. In the end, that’s all there is.” -Carson
  • “And as for Christian virtue: making a little wine for a refreshment is far less sinful than meddling in other people’s affairs!” -Marilla
  • “I’m hoping to do some good in the world!” -Hermione
  • “Precisely.” -Spock

Can you name additional book or movie characters that exude practicality, dependability, logic, and loyalty? Do you see yourself in any of these ISTJ characters?

5 thoughts on “4 Inspectors in the Green Room

  1. I am Spock. My late mother-in-law had me pegged at our first meeting.

    Another character? How about Steve Maryk, the fisherman-turned-Naval Reserve officer and XO of the USS Caine, from “The Caine Mutiny”?

    He was loyal to the chain of command, and thereby to the neurotic Captain Queeg, but his character was undercut by the machinations of Tom Keefer, a cynical fellow officer and erstwhile novelist. During a typhoon, influenced by Keefer, he relieves Queeg of command, an action which is not fully justified, and which ruins his potential career in the Regular Navy.

  2. Great to see you here Andrew. Your mother-in-law pegged you at your first meeting? And you kept coming around? :-)
    Thank you for adding another character, and showing how he demonstrated his personality by the choices he made.
    Have you taken the Myers-Briggs test?
    If you watch Downton Abbey, do you think the writers do a good job of portraying Carson’s strengths and weaknesses?
    If I, as a writer, were to build a character with your personality traits, what positive attributes would you want me to highlight? How could I aggravate you? (I hope you’re not offended by my plethora of questions.)

    • Nice to be here. You have a way with words, and some great ideas!

      I did take the M-B test, but don’t recall the results. They weren’t a surprise.

      I’ve seen Downton Abbey a couple of times but could never warm up to it; I’ve read a lot of English ‘modern’ history, and the Downton Abbey world doesn’t square with what I know. The atmosphere’s wrong, for me. So I don’t know about Carson!

      If you were to build a character around me…hmm. No one’s ever considered anything like that before!

      In terms of positive qualities, logic and lack of susceptibility to emotional influence come to mind; they go hand in hand with a largely uncomplaining nature, and the willingness to work from where I am, under the prevailing conditions, rather than bemoaning them.

      I’m also loyal, and consider service to others a duty.

      These become negatives when taken to extreme. Coolness is often mistaken for coldness, and composure with indifference.

      Acceptance of prevailing conditions can cause problems, as well. I’m dealing with a life-threatening illness that is very painful, and have decided to discontinue pain medication partly because it was changing my personality and outlook. I exercise instead, to develop natural endorphins. The more it hurts (severe upper-abdominal pain), the harder I push myself. It seems like masochism to most, and is almost impossible to explain. It looks, from the outside, like a negative.

      In reading over the negatives, I see a bit of what may seem self-justification; saying that what is negative merely seems negative; but they really are negatives, because they have been taken far enough to intrude on the sensibilities and perceptions of others. They have become discourtesies, imposed in my somewhat blinkered view of what is right and appropriate.

      Does this help you? Is there more you need, or would like to know?

  3. Thanks for your kind words.

    I’m so intrigued by the things you’ve shared about yourself because a male character in my story has the ISTJ personality type also. Even though he’s not the POV character, I want to better understand his inner life so I can represent him well. I’ll email you on FB with some more questions.

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