MBTI: Daenerys Targaryen- INFJ
Spoilers! You’ve been warned!
Even in a fictional world, the only one left of the Targaryen empire and the only one who can command (Sort of) the last dragons would be INFJ.
Daenerys’ role in the story is an interesting one, as she (similar to Jon Snow) is on the outskirts of the majority of the rest of the characters yet seems to be playing a part that could change everything in Westeros. You don’t silently build an army and not even attempt to get back your family’s throne, c’mon. That’s Fantasy War 101.When we’re first introduced to Daenerys’, we’re shown a meek and timid girl that’s lets her older, bully of a brother not only push her around, but torture her. There doesn’t seem like there’s much she can do against him and she even seems to be used to it.
But once she was sold to the Dothraki, we’re able to see the transition from a near cowardly girl to who eventually becomes known as “Mother of Dragons,” “Slayer of Lies,” and “Bride of Fire.” You don’t get those names without earning them.
It becomes pretty clear early on that Ni is Daenerys’ lead function. While is quiet and seems willing to take whatever crap her brother would give her, we see her budding plan to…do something, though we’re not sure what it is at first. Her interest in the three dragon eggs she has in her possession seem to be a source of encouragement for her until the point where she literally walks into the pyre flames with them and seems reborn, with a mission to reclaim the throne.
INFJs aren’t known for walking through fire or dragon eggs, but if Artisans place emphasis on today, the Idealist time is tomorrow, as all four NFs look to the future in their primary mode of operating. Daenerys can take the torture today because she looks to what things will be like in the coming days. Everything she does is all a part of her plan to take back her family birthright.
Daenerys’ second function is Fe, which becomes clear in the way she goes about gathering her army and subjects. She frees them from their chains and allows them to make their own choices; she cares for all of them without necessarily knowing them. It’s become as much of a goal for her to make her followers’ lives as much a priority as her own, such as when she chains two out of three of her “children” in the catacombs after one of them kills a little girl by happenstance. She doesn’t make excuses or hope it doesn’t happen again, but does the only she really can do to make sure it doesn’t happen again, much to her own sadness.
The negative side of Fe is being unsure of your own thoughts and principles at times since you relate so much to others. The more positive aspect is really seeing the point of view of others without even having experienced it for yourself firsthand. Daenerys has no children, but it doesn’t take a palm reader to know how horrible it would be to lose a kid to a wild animal owned by your superiors. Unlike, say, an INTJ ruler would be, it’s as much a part of the plan to be a benevolent queen as it is to be the queen at all.
It’s not that a Te-heavy leader is bound to be cruel, but they’re more likely to attempt betterment by way of systems, rather than diplomacy the way an INFJ is. People aren’t just a part of the end goal, they are the goal. While Daenerys’ father was vile and vicious, Daenerys displays none of those qualities save for her punishment of the slave masters.
It’s here we see Daenerys’ and the INFJ’s weak point. While good intentions are a must, INFJs can often be accused of shutting anyone out that doesn’t share their ideas, dismissing anyone without actually hearing them out. This happens at times to her advantage, as well as her disadvantage.
Her tendency to believe in only what she deems right also saw the crucifixion of a man that supposedly spoke out against the crime she decided to punish. A bit more of an investigation might have avoided this, but deciding to act from this deliberate viewpoint has had her make her share of mistakes.