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It's a very tough one.

ISFP, INFP, ENFP, ENTP are my posibilities. I lean more to a wannabe badass INFP (deep down they know they aren't xD).

But let's see what you got for him ;)
 

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He is very difficult to type indeed, I've seen some interviews, read Post Office and some of his poetry. Probably unhealthy ENTP. I do see betting on horses more of a Se activity though and he also disliked most people. I'm thinking very low use of Fe, perhaps ISTP. Enneagram type possibly type 6w5. I don't see an INFP being that cynical, like ever.
 

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ISTP or INTP.

His writing style is simplistic with little abstraction, but his lack of interest in materialism suggests Ne over Se.
 

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I think Charles Bukowski isn't abstract. He's realist and take the posture "I don't give a sh*t" for everything and everyone.
But he does sound like a feeler in many poems.

So my guess would be ISFP.

Bluebird


Charles Bukowski

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I'm not going
to let anybody see
you.
there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
he's
in there.

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say,
stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the
works?
you want to blow my book sales in
Europe?
there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody's asleep.
I say, I know that you're there,
so don't be
sad.
then I put him back,
but he's singing a little
in there, I haven't quite let him
die
and we sleep together like
that
with our
secret pact
and it's nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don't
weep, do
you?
 

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I think Charles Bukowski isn't abstract. He's realist and take the posture "I don't give a sh*t" for everything and everyone.
But he does sound like a feeler in many poems.

So my guess would be ISFP.

Bluebird


Charles Bukowski

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I'm not going
to let anybody see
you.
there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
he's
in there.

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say,
stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the
works?
you want to blow my book sales in
Europe?
there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody's asleep.
I say, I know that you're there,
so don't be
sad.
then I put him back,
but he's singing a little
in there, I haven't quite let him
die
and we sleep together like
that
with our
secret pact
and it's nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don't
weep, do
you?

Bluebird seems to be very ISTPish. The thick skin, the need to look like a badass, the repressed Fe.
 

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I could see ISFP in a lot of his writing. I remember that one scene in Barfly where one of the characters says something like "engineer, doctor, janitor, it's a world that forces you to be something, I don't want to be anything." I don't remember the exact words, but it definitely had that "fuck all of these societal mores that go against my grain" quality about it.
 

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@Another Lost Cause Apparently Barfly was pretty off the target though, terribly inaccurate and he didn't care for it at all but that sounds exactly like something he'd say.

I could def see him as an F. Because of the rough upbringing he had and pressure from society to fit in as well as having a mother who was far from nurturing, he had to grow a tough skin just to survive. He seemed to struggle with his own emotions and said in one of his poems that he doesn't weep but he did. It was almost like he was a volcano on the inside with all these feelings - anger, sadness, depression, not feeling wanted or good enough bubbling up. And you also have to take into account that he had a mental illness that he treated with alcohol, otherwise it went unchecked. It's no wonder why his writing was so dark.

From an ISFP description: "May be extremely sensitive to any kind of criticism" he completely walked away from an interviewer who insinuated he didn't represent women well in his writing and told him he didn't know where he was getting his information but (basically) he was crazy so this fits like a glove.
 
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