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MBTI Typing: Eric Foreman (House MD) - ISTJ

The last three that I am going to do in this series, Foreman, Cameron and Chase, were a bit more difficult than the previous three. Which is surprising, because I got the feeling that we see them more than either Cuddy or Wilson. So I am going to be going form the easiest one of the three to the hardest one. But that also means that I am less and less certain in my typings. So lets start with Foreman.

Eric Foreman

Looking at my notes for Foreman, I was quite convinced that he is using the Te-Fi and the Si-Ne combination. The efficiency of going against the House when he think is right indicates that he is changing the outside structure (Te) based on the inner morality (Fi). He goes quite along with the rules and the procedures and he is usually more annoyed at going against what he thinks would be the efficient way to deal with the patient's problems. On the other hand, he does not seem like the type to use the social harmony and ties (Fe) in order to bring forth the logical order (Ti).

He is the extroverted judger, though this is the harder one to articulate way. I would say that it is because the decision that he makes are based on how the outside world will react or change. Though it is usually based on the hierarchical order (Te), than the social one (Fe). So it is one of the upper one, with extroverted judging being stronger than introverted judging. This makes him a xxTJ.

He is also a much more connected to his past than to his present. This is well seen when compared to House or Wilson. He actually feels the effect the past had on his life, which is why he was not happy that his record helped get him a job. He is also much better in generating the possibilities (Ne) than he is in getting the right answer (Ni). So that means that he is using a Si-Ne combination. Which, together with the use of Te makes him a xSTJ.

Now, he could be either a ISTJ or a ESTJ. The question is whenever the Te is stronger than Si and whenever the Fi is stronger than Ne. I have a hard time deciding whenever the Te or Si is stronger, but I think I could make a good case of Fi being stronger than Ne. Which might be why the description of the ISTJ fits a bit more than a description of ESTJ.

Surprisingly, there were just two types that other people typed Foreman with. One is ISTJ and the other is INTJ. Just looking at the temperament, Foreman seems more like the logistic, dependable person (SJ) than a person constantly perusing the truth (NT). But looking at the descriptions of the functions, he is much more likely to have actions guided by verifying (Si) than by knowing the things (Ni). So ISTJ.

Now, on the final check, he is more likely to take action than to look for options (J). He is much more likely to deal with the concrete situation than with concepts (S). He is more concerned with the use than with meaning (T). He first check inward, then outward (I). So still an ISTJ.