On a post at Hope’s, David Foster suggested that an “interesting literary exercise would be to attempt to write characters with an awareness of their types.”
I am not claiming the creators of Sex and the City used Myers-Briggs, but you can clearly map the four female characters to Myers-Briggs archetypes.
NF – Carrie Bradshaw
She was the narrator of each episode. Her profession as a writer and romantic outlook match best with the NF style. What sub-type she might be is less clear. She is possibly an INFJ, or maybe an INFP. Given her constant social life, you could just as easily make the case for her as an extraverted type. I will stick with the introverted type though, most likely an INFJ.
SP – Samantha Jones
Ran her own public relations business. She was confident and independent. If you wanted a caricature of the ESxP woman, she would be it. Although she sometimes seemed cool regarding her various lovers, I suspect she was a feeling type. I will put her down as an ESFP (party, party).
SJ – Charlotte York
She ran an art gallery and had a very New England upbringing. She was the sensible one that wanted to find traditional romantic love. She seemed to have the least taste for the more hedonistic pursuits of the others, and was most shocked at the frankness of Samantha. Probably an ESFJ, but could have been ISFJ.
NT – Miranda Hobbes
A corporate lawyer, need more be said? If Roissy’s bete noir were to come to life, this would be it. She was very career oriented and very cynical about love and any men in her life. She was the logical half compared to Carrie’s romanticism. She was probably an ENTJ, but possibly INTJ. I doubt she was an xNTP.
[As an interesting note, the guy she ended up with could well be, as I am, an INTP (or an INFP). That thought makes me shudder.]
You may wonder how a guy knows so much about SATC. The answer is that the archetypes are so strongly demarked that it is obvious after watching one or two episodes. The may not have used Myers-Briggs specifically, but I am sure they considered archetypes when drawing up the characters. To put your mind at rest I did have to look up the characters to be certain of names and backgrounds. The typing, however, jumped out at me. It also seemed that they believed in opposites attract: the fluffy and romantic Carrie ended up with the wooden and serious Mr. Big; the bossy Miranda ended up with relatively gentle and mild Steve; the other two also seemed end up with those different, if not opposite, to them.
Perhaps Roissy did have a role in creating the character of Miranda Hobbes, he is a good writer, and who knows what he does in real life. Just a thought.