Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI): Parks and Recreation
November 26, 2021
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) identifies a person’s personality type, strength and preference. Ever wondered which of the 16 personality types the characters of Parks and Recreation fall under? Although it is widely believed that all the characters are “judgers”, most of them couldn’t be judgers if their lives depended on it.
Leslie Knope – The Caregiver: ESFJ (Extraversion + Sensing + Feeling + Judging)
Leslie is definitely an extrovert, given the way that she thrives in group settings. Her endless amount of organized and detailed binders mark her as a sensor and a judger. Her being a feeler is far-fetched since she tends to make decisions based on her morals and values, like when she fought to stay with Ben. ESFJs are also known to be caregivers and which Leslie certainly is, seeing the way she looks after Anne, Ron, and the rest of her department and community.
Anne Perkins – The Protector: ISFJ (Introversion + Sensing + Feeling + Judging)
Thoroughness is required to be a nurse and since Anne is a nurse, it would make sense for her to be a sensor. She is definitely a feeler and yes, she too is a judger. The best proof of this is when she wanted a child. The choice was made from her emotions and the process was organized. She held interviews and curated a list of potential sperm donors. She is also slightly awkward and introverts tend to be more awkward than extroverts.
Ron Swanson – The Crafter: ISTP (Introversion + Sensing + Thinking + Perceiving)
Judging by the way Ron despises being around people, it is safe to say that he is an introvert. He won the award for making a chair and sensors are typically better with tools than intuition. This also fits with the notion of ISTPs being crafters. His decision-making does not involve his values, but rather the hard facts and statistics. This makes sense seeing that he hates the government. He is definitely not a judger, if he was he would likely have more control of the Parks and Recreation Department instead of leaving most of the work to Leslie.
Tom Haverford – The Performer: ESFP (Extraversion + Sensing + Feeling + Perceiving)
Tom is not only a performer, but he is an entrepreneur with ideas based on reality, making him a sensor rather than someone with more intuition. Tom is not a thinker or judger as his logical decision-making and poor organization skills resulted in his company, Entertainment720, going bankrupt. Not to mention, he tends to go with the flow, making him a perceiver. This is not a bad thing because his suit rental business would not have existed if he did not go along with the idea. As for being an extrovert, not much of a surprise since he loves to be around people and has a ton of energy.
Andy Dwyer – the Champion: ENFP (Extraversion + Intuition + Feeling + Perceiving)
Andy is definitely intuitive, judging by the way that he thinks about the future and is always overthinking. His quote from season 2, episode 11, “I’m gonna say that there is at least a chance that I didn’t think this through completely,” proves that he is a perceiver rather than a judger. He is definitely an extrovert since he enjoys interacting with people rather than being alone with his thoughts. When it comes to making decisions, logic goes out of the window as Andy relies on his emotions.
April Ludgate – The Architect: INTJ (Introversion + Intuition + Thinking + Judging)
April does not rely on her five senses but she does notice patterns and abstract ideas, making her intuitive. She also hates people and prefers to be alone, which are introvert qualities. She does not have the same organizational methods as Leslie, but she is a judger. For example, she was able to craft a presentation about why Lot 48 (The Pit in the first season) should be a dog park. When she makes decisions, she does not think about her values or how it affects other people, so she is not a feeler.
Ben Wyatt – The Inspector: ISTJ (Introversion + Sensing + Thinking + Judging)
Ben is detail-oriented and organized. All these traits are required in order to be a good campaign manager and usually pertain to sensors and judgers. His role as the budget cutter when he first appeared on the show fits with him being an ISTJ and gives him the inspector title. This also fits thinkers, who are less focused on how their decisions affect others.
Chris Traeger – The Giver: ENFJ (Extraversion + Intuition + Feeling + Judging)
Chris tends to look ahead at the future a lot and that is an intuition trait. He is also incredibly organized with his exercise routine and although this did calm down a bit in season 5, it is still present. ENFJs are also known as givers. It was revealed in the first season that he was paired with Ben because if Chris tried to cut budgets, nothing would get done. The amount of energy that this man has makes him an extrovert (and people around him tired).
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