MBTI: Mary Jane Watson- ISFP
It must be difficult living in a world where not only does your friend/boyfriend/husband/misc. fight crime on a regular basis, but he inadvertently puts you in danger because of it.
Yet Mary Jane not only maintains through quiet perseverance, she’s not one of those non-super powered characters (usually) you wish would die or “just go somewhere” else so the Spider-Man can get it on with somebody else, but she’s actually not too shabby.
Does anyone dislike the ISFP you know? Prolly not.
As mentioned with so many other characters, their temperaments seem to change depending on who’s writing them. And as with most of those same characters, there’s usually a constant in their personality that keeps them from being…untypeable.
Aside from red hair and huge boobs, of course.
When Mary Jane finally arrived in good ol’ Peter Parker’s life, she’s shown to be a bit on the shallow side; obsessed with being out with friends, having fun in a crowd. I’m not implying Mary Jane was an alcoholic or druggie anything, but this was the sixties and there was only so much you could show in comics.
Chances are, Peter wasn’t originally turned off by Mary Jane’s love of Pepsi and simply hanging out with friends.
Like all Artisans, ISFPs are in the moment, living for the day. And while that definitely doesn’t mean that ISFPs or other SPs don’t ever accomplish anything, they do enjoy the present moment like other types don’t understand the same way.
ISFPs are also often mistaken for Extraverts, quiet though they tend to be, generally because they’re so friendly. They hate conflict too so while ESFJ may be nice to people they don’t like, ISFPs are a bit more avoidant so they don’t have to be nice to that person should they come into contact with them. Difficult ones to type, ISFPs.
Se or Extraverted Sensing is in the top two functions for all Artisans and Mary Jane is a good example. It’s funny that throughout Mary Jane’s history, she’s goes from being party girl, to model, to actress. Modeling and acting isn’t strictly an Artisan thang, you’ll find that this is what Hollywood is mostly crowded with.
While ISFPs often appear lazy, they’re still highly prone to immediate results similar to Guardians, though without necessarily procuring long-term benefits. Their Se has them doing what’s exciting or profitable at the moment rather than always striving for long term goals. It’s also why there are so many overdoses and breakdowns in Hollywood.
“Okay, I just made five million dollars and everybody loves me. Guess I’ll do coke until my nasal cavities explode with blood!”
Artisans man, they just can’t help themselves. It’s not to say they can’t or don’t accomplish long term goals, it’s just that many of them choose not to. But school or planning for something further down the line is better suited for them when they look at what they need to do that day in accordance with their goal rather than what they hope to eventually accomplish. Easier pill to swallow for them.
Originally, Mary Jane wasn’t all that interested in Peter either (hehe). She would proclaim over and over again that she didn’t want to be tied down.
ISFPs not only need their personal space more than most types do, they can also be highly indecisive, either in relationships or just every day matters. Go out to eat with one and chances are, they ain’t ordering first.
And nor would MJ be….until the death of the Stacy girl.
At that point, Mary Jane’s maternal instincts kicked in and she and that Parker guy get a little closer as he weeps over his novia muerta…only to eventually turn him down and leave the city. As mentioned, ISFPs can have a tough time with commitment.
In comparison, an ESFJ may stay with someone out of pity for a bit, hoping to see the good in them; an ISFP however can only do this for so long before feeling like they’re going against their values by leading someone on, not to be true to oneself, yada yada yada.
ISFPs are also known for keeping much to themselves even when what’s on their mind causes great duress. The ESFJ may not say anything but their feelings are bursting at the seams, while the ISFP holds much in that only ones closest to them know…if even them.
A few ISFP friends over the years decided to share certain information with me only after I’d known them for a long period of time. Information, it seemed, they could have gone the rest of their lives without talking about. Mary Jane even revealed that she’d known Parker was Spider-Man long after she’d actually been with him. Of all the people he didn’t think had a clue, she would’ve been pretty high on the list.
Side note- I’m speaking of the comics. I have no interest in the terrible portrayal of Mary Jane in the Raimi movies by Kirsten “I’m just so bored with everything” Dunst.