MBTI: Obi-Wan Kenobi- ENFJ
I wasn’t going to type another Star Wars character for a while, seeing as how I just did one and I’ve gotta keep things real u no? But I don’t want to leave out any Idealist Jedi and there’s only one missing so here goes.
Of all the types and Idealists, the ones that seem to be almost factory made for teaching and leading simultaneously is the ENFJ. Their solid people skills along with their genuine nature to care about the people in their lives is a great combination for a leader and in the right circumstances, a great follower as well. Obi-Wan represents these traits well.
It seems that all Jedi are inherently going to receive the typing of INFJ due to their natural taste for the spiritual side of things, their desire to protect humanity (in whatever form), and the willingness to trust their feelings. So it’s a bit more understandable than some characters that get typed as INFJ, yet what’s described above could describe any Idealists.
A big reason Obi-Wan is typed as an introvert it seems is that he’s been living in the desert for about twenty years by himself, more or less, to watch over Luke. Let’s get something straight- being by yourself doesn’t make you an introvert. It just doesn’t. Spending long amounts of time by yourself doesn’t either. Everybody is a bit of an extravert and introvert and Obi-Wan isn’t even really given a choice as to where he’s going to go and he’s in hiding. It’s not as though he landed on Tattoine and was ecstatic to be in the middle of nowhere for twenty years.
Lars also describes him as a “crazy old man” which gives the impression (aside from possibly just lying to Luke) that Obi-Wan does come off as a wacko, something that an introvert could showcase…or an extravert that’s been mostly by himself for two decades.
It’s unclear to me how often he really was by himself though, as the end of episode III reveals that Qui-Gon has been able to communicate as a force ghost and Obi-Wan may be able to speak to him with some practice.
But enough chit-chat! ENFJs are known to follow the rules even when the people who made them aren’t, if they appreciate the bigger principle behind it. Kenobi’s master was a bit more standoffish with the Jedi Council while Kenobi was generally respectful of them even when he disagreed. He was also another Jedi that was against the training of Anakin, yet didn’t mind carrying out Qui-Gon’s dying wish that the lil’ loser be trained. Nobody else wanted him trained, including Obi-Wan himself but he understood the bigger picture of it. This could be considered his auxiliary Ni, seeing something positive down the line.
While Obi-Wan is never shown to be a pushover, Fe, especially leading Fe, can have a user unsure of the right choice to make when it comes to two disagreeing parties. They want to appease both sides even while knowing that both sides can’t be right but they’ll ultimately choose what would be more beneficial in the long run in their eyes, due to Ni.
On Wookiepedia, Obi-Wan is described as being an old soul, wise beyond his years and losing his youthful audaciousness especially when training Anakin later on, with their personalities being much the opposite. ENFJs are often looked at this way not in the sense that they’re not fun but that they’re value systems become so refined that they can’t help but come across as older than they are, even if they don’t appear as an old man/woman.
He’s also described as displaying the traits of the old Jedi order- steadfast, selfless and modest. Idealists themselves will generally carry these qualities as do Guardians, thought the ENFJ and their Sensor cousin, the ESFJ, have the most obvious similarities between each other; both thought to be exemplary in terms of people skills and especially selflessness. Obi-Wan’s life becomes an entire act of selflessness when he takes Anakin on as he didn’t want to train him in the first place.
And as all good Jedi Masters, Obi-Wan was much more strategic in his action; rising to General during the Clone Wars, he fought alongside his Rational cousin, Mace Windu, and as the story goes, won many battles, often due to Kenobi’s ability to speak when necessary and fight when the time would come. Not bad for a guy that prefers diplomacy over the other intellects-
For the record: SJ- logistics, SP- tactics, NF- diplomacy, NT- strategy.
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