Thursday, 7 August 2014

Writing - Personality Test for Patrick A Steele

When constructing a character for a story we are trying to create a real person albeit with unique and varied skill sets. Naturally, as we write, we give our hero/heroine behaviours, likes and dislikes, attitudes and a plethora of other aspects of being human that go together to make a person.

I decided to assess Patrick A Steele's personality using the above test and the results are below.

Steele's Personality is ISTJ

He is one of the Sentinels - a reliable and dedicated individual who respects traditions and prizes responsibility. He is known for directness, attention to detail and quiet dedication.

 Defining characteristics - integrity, practical logic and tireless dedication.

Other Famous ISTJs:

George Washington, Andrew Johnson, Benjamin Harrison, Herbert Hoover, Angela Merkel, “Hermione Granger” from Harry Potter series, “Adrian Monk” from Monk, “Dana Scully” from X-Files.


Few personality types are as practical and dedicated as ISTJs. Known for their reliability and hard work, ISTJs are good at creating and maintaining a secure and stable environment. ISTJs can be easily tripped up in areas where their practical and methodical approach are more of a liability than an asset.

So that is what the above test came up with for my hero. Obviously the results are more extensive than the extracts that I've published here but it gives clues to me, as the creator, of the direction in which I may adjust my characters behaviours to make him an even more complete human being.

This was an interesting exercise and didn't take long. It gives a range of behaviours against which you can test your creations and I would advise anyone who writes characters into their work to try it out.

God Bless