Personality tests like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) have grown in popularity in recent years as people seek to better understand themselves, their thoughts, and their actions. And while there is no exact science to determine a person’s personality, many people are fascinated by the process. Personality tests are even slipping into pop culture territory as various fandoms debate the MBTI of their favorite characters. So let’s take a look Gilmore Girls – The Gilmore family is clearly made up of diverse personalities, but what would the Myers-Briggs test say?
Richard Gilmore: ISTJ
Of the 16 MBTI types, Richard Gilmore (Edward Herrmann) seems to display the traits of an ISTJ the most. According to the Myers & Briggs Foundation, an ISTJ is “quiet, serious, practical, no-nonsense, and responsible.” They are very focused and motivated and want everything in their life to be as organized as possible. Additionally, an ISTJ values ”traditions and loyalty.”
That describes Richard to the core. While he has a humorous side, Richard often maintains a serious nature. When a situation arises, he quickly jumps into action to formulate a plan. For example, when Rory (Alexis Bledel) is about to leave Yale, Richard immediately responds to Lorelai (Lauren Graham) without distractions or strong emotions.
Then again, as one fan pointed out on Reddit, Richard lacks the introverted side of an ISTJ. During his brief retirement, he seeks human connection with others, especially Emily, and feels bored alone. Also, he makes some decisions based on his feelings, such as quitting his job if he feels they don’t respect him. This could bring Richard closer to being an ESFJ.
Emily Gilmore: ENTJ
If there’s one word to describe Emily Gilmore (Kelly Bishop), it’s “Leader”. She displays qualities of an ENT practitioner — like her husband, she’s “outspoken and assertive,” but she’s a little “more powerful at presenting ideas.” An ENTJ can see where a policy or procedure doesn’t make sense and will not be afraid to push for a better solution. They are also long-term planners. As Myers-Briggs notes, they are “well informed, well read, enjoy expanding their knowledge and sharing it with others.”
Emily takes charge whenever she can, whether it’s at a Daughters of the American Revolution event or in her daughter’s life. However, she can be so critical and forceful in her ideas that it creates tension, especially with Lorelai. She is also very social with those in her circle and keeps up to date with the latest news and often keeps others informed.
Something Gilmore Girls Fans have labeled Emily as an ESTJ personality because of her traditional senses — an example of which is her insistence that Rory needs to grow up with a mother and father. Their personality similar to Richard’s could explain why they are such a good match.
Lorelai Gilmore: ENFP
An ENFP often has a wild imagination and an enthusiastic nature. They “see life as full of possibilities,” as Myers-Briggs notes. In addition, they often seek validation from those around them and offer support whenever possible. Other important ENFP characteristics are their spontaneity and flexibility.
Lorelai Gilmore is certainly spontaneous. There, she sometimes gets in conflict with Rory, as Rory is much more plan-oriented. (See: her trip to Boston, when Rory wants to use a map and plan her trip, while Lorelai wants to see where the road has taken her.) She is also very supportive of her loved ones, and Lorelai’s many Gilmore-isms prove that she is a has active imagination.
On the other hand, some fans see Lorelai as an ESFP. As one person wrote on Reddit, she doesn’t seem quite as “free-spirited” as an ENFP, and she tends to let others validate her decisions.
Rory Gilmore: ISFJ
Rory is one of the most difficult personalities to pin down Gilmore Girls because it has changed over the years. Some fans have categorized her as an ISFJ: someone who works hard, is responsible and is very loyal to others. They are also very concerned about the feelings of others.
Rory is definitely very caring, especially with Lorelai. An example of this would be how guilty Rory feels for missing Lorelai’s graduation knowing how much it hurt her mother. She is also undoubtedly dedicated to maintaining a good work ethic.
However, other fans see Rory more as an INFP or INTP depending on whether she makes decisions based on feelings or thoughts. On the one hand, she is very analytical (hence these pros and cons lists). But she also tends to conflict because of her feelings.
The beauty of the MBTI is that it’s not entirely uniform. Humans can exhibit traits of several types. And when it comes to fictional characters who didn’t pass the test, it’s hard to pin down one type. But hey, fan debates are always fun.
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