Hi! I'm the one who first proposed he's an INFJ, and I still stand by my decision because I am super stubborn. :tongue:
But in all seriousness, I did not just base his introversion on his love of libraries. I pegged him for an introvert even prior to that interview! I've seen the PBS q&a you speak of, and to me it was clear that he looked downright exhausted. Yeah, he acted energetic but since the fans were there to see him I don't really think he had a choice. That's what an actor's job is, after all. I recently came across a little blurb from someone who sort of knew him in college, saying that when he would go to parties he would usually just hang out in the kitchen talking to a few fellow actors about his craft and he wasn't much for small talk. I could give you countless more examples too.
I actually typed him as INFJ even before I even knew about cognitive functions. I just had this gut feeling that he was an introvert, a feeler, and used intuition. The main thing that made me believe he was a Judger instead of a Perceiver was how he extensively researches his roles, as well as his constant caring and talking to others and how extremely polite he is to everyone. He's also said something along the lines of taking advantage of his celebrity status in order to do things for the greater good.
Now that I do know about cognitive functions, I agree that he is clearly a Fe user. It is ALL over that super-expressive face of his! All three suggestions were NF, but ENFP and INFP both use Fi- so that leaves us with ENFJ. With ENFJ the dominant function is Fe while in INFJ it's Ni. That would mean that an ENFJ is more likely to make emotion-based decisions than an INFJ, correct? And you stated that you don't think he does that.
Therefore, INFJ was the only logical choice.
Actually that's not entirely true. We have to think of functions and how they work together. Te is fueled by Fi which is extremely emotional. This is why a Te argument seems to be much more emotionally charged than a Ti argument.Fe tends to be much more emotionally expressive than Te.
Fi is introverted feeling, Fe is extraverted feeling. Both Fi and Fe can be emotional but Fe being an extraverted function would probably show that to the external world more. Te and Ti are logic functions and are quite detached. Both arguments can seem emotionally charged depending on the subject and person. Fi-Te users are typically harder to read though.Actually that's not entirely true. We have to think of functions and how they work together. Te is fueled by Fi which is extremely emotional. This is why a Te argument seems to be much more emotionally charged than a Ti argument.
But it's easy to confuse if you don't know exactly what you're looking at. =)
Fi is introverted feeling, Fe is extraverted feeling. Both Fi and Fe can be emotional but Fe being an extraverted function would probably show that to the external world more. Te and Ti are logic functions and are quite detached. Both arguments can seem emotionally charged depending on the subject and person. Fi-Te users are typically harder to read though.
Hmm I see, that sounds interesting.Yes of course! But an Fi user is not less expressive than a Fe user, they are just expressive in a different way. Introvert feeling merely means where the judging happens. The way the face is engaged is key here. Everyone is expressive in some manner. But your "feeling" function shows up in more than how much you emote. For instance, i know many a Te user ( my father included) that when engaged in pleasent conversation is very expressive and his face is doing all kinds of things, but it is a much different kind of expressive than my brother a dom Fe user and my cousin who is INFJ.
So it isn't to say he isn't at all expressive, it is just a different type of expressive.
Sorry but this is the strangest way I've seen the functions described. I personally don't see how someone can be judged based solely by how their face is expressed, or how their voice sounds. And I've never, ever heard of Se and Te being seen in facial expressions. But surely their actions, what they say, and how they look at the world are more important than superficial qualities?This is a really interesting argument to me. I believe you are half right. He is most certainly and Ni/Se user. So let's explore the possibilities. INFJ vs INTJ.
Cumberbatch is not an Fe user if he were his voice would not be so soft. Fi makes your voice soft, Fe makes your voice easily loud. Like those people that seem they can raise their voices with not even trying. Next, look at his eyes, his eyebrows move when he talks but again not in a fluid way. His actual eyes never look happy. Fe= happy looking eyes even when you're not smiling. This is not to say Fi is sad, just as an introverted (internal) function it is not plastered on someone's face. Fe also engages the ENTIRE face not just the mouth and brow muscles. Watch closely, we are seeing only mouth and brow muscles in excited Cumberbatch interviews.
What about nervousness? He is a nervous person in public situations, he has said so. Fe is at ease with people.
What about the fact that he gives to charity and is humble about it? Fi is the most deeply moved of all the types ( get this intjs, that means function wise you should be the most affected most moved most passonate of the NT). Fi is moved to do something like give to charity. Yet this is not the dom Fi of an INFP because there is decesive action behind it. So it would be difficult for his Te to be dead last on his totempole.
A mature INTJ is both giving and friendly and they do smile. Fi smiles in many ways as does Te.
Wait... What about the pauses in speech? Ti give away? Not actaully. Ni/Fi will pause and speak in a broken way and in a rush (Te) when the thoughts are readily available in the form of words.
Lastly, expressive face. This is Te. You see everything on a Te face, but it isn't realted to Fe. What you're seeing isn't instant emotion it is what Te does with Fi emotion. Te and nicely developed Se will play with your face.