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MBTI Typing: Gregory House (House MD) - ISTP

Next I am going to do the series of typings from the series House MD. I have to put up the disclaimer, that I have only watched the first season, but I think it would be interesting to see, if I ever watching it to the end, if my opinion of it will change.

The first person that I am going to type is Gregory House.

Gregory House from House MD

The first thing that I noticed is that he is using quite a lot of Se and Ni when he is figuring out the diagnosis. A lot of times he would see something and the connect it to the current patent. This difference is quite seen when comparing him to the Cameron. She is remembering the past cases when she is solving the current one. The only time I remember House referring to the past case was when he had that lecture. Instead he see something and this visual or other sensory cues help his use this spark. Like the time when he saw the twitching and noticed something was wrong. On when we was explaining the asthma kid's mother about steroids and realized how it could pertain to his current case.

He also has really good observation skills, he even notice the things that he is not really looking for. For example, that the lady in the kitchen is not that good with the hygiene. He is also using the table in order to have a visual sign about what is going on. There is also a stronger certainty about being right, that comes with the Se-Ni combination than Ne-Si combination.

I would say that his Se is stronger than his Ni. So, House is most probably a SP, or possibly a NJ type.

Then we are at the judging functions. When comparing Ti and Te, I actually see a bit more Ti than Te. I know a lot of people that type him as INTJ see him using Te, but I just don't see it. Sure, he is abrasive and authoritarian, but he actually allow his team a lot of leeway in how they do their work. The work of his team is not a pinnacle of efficiency and sometimes it seems that he is trying to destroy the efficiency that exist there.

On the other hand, there is some indication of Ti. The whole making hypothesis out of Se-like cues is very Ti like. It creates a hypothesis and if it works fine, if not, well... the patient dies. I think there was at least a couple of times that he actually says that exact phrase.

There is also the difference between Fe and Fi. At the first look, he does seems like he uses Fi, as he expresses his moral gospel, like 'that he does not lie', which by itself is a lie, like when he gave a person a candy instead of prescription or when he said to lie to parents so children get different treatments for the same illness. Sure, he does a lot of make sure that his patients are alright, but this, when looked closer also does not seems to be steaming from Fi.

Also, when he has to make a speech for Volger, he is not sure what is the right thing, so he is asking people question. He is using other people in order to make a choice. He is also much more interested in the emotional life of other people, with his asking them motivational questions and snark remarks, fishing for the reactions. On the other hand, he is not even sure what he is still feeling about his ex-girlfriend and he seems to be lost when it comes to his own emotions. Which means that he is much more likely to be Fe user than Fi user.

Well, I think that his Se is stronger than Ni, and his Ti is stronger than Fe. Which leave ESTP and ISTP. Since Ni is stronger than Fe, as his Fe is quite immature, while he has a good hold on the Ni at least in some situation, showing the kind of varied performance, that Beebe claimed is frequent with the third function. That would put Ni on the third position, and made his an ISTP type.

Beebe in his article also talked about the different descriptions of functions, where one word is used to describe each phase of the function. The first is how it appears on the surface, the second is the process and the third is the goal.

For Ti, the words are naming, defining and understanding. For Se, the words are engaging, experiencing and enjoying. I find it interesting that some characters accuse his that he is enjoining the puzzle. I think Wilson once said that he has a Rubik complex, the inability to let the puzzle unsolved.

I have seen House typed with a lot of different types. Beside ISTP, there are ENTP, INTJ, INTP, ENTJ, ISFP, INFJ, ESTP and ISTJ. That would mean that instead of Ti, he might be using Te, Fe or Fi and instead of Se, he might be using Ni, Si or Ne. Basically, he could be any type.

But the Beebe words don't really fit him better than the upper ones. Words for Te are regulating, planning and reinforcing, but I don't actually see him regulate anything. If anything, other characters, like Cuddy and Foreman have problems regulating and reinforcing him. And Vogler fiasco showed that he is not that good at planning. So no Te.

Fe words are validating, affirming and relating. Now, if we are talking about things, that I might be able to make a case of this, but Fe is usually related to people and he is not really good at validating the people, or affirming them. He is only relating to them in very limited domains. So Fe is out as well.

Fi words are judging, appraising and establishing the value. Sure, he is good fo judging people, when they make a mistake. But I don't see him doing much appraising of anything. Not to mention, I could not even tell what values would he be establishing. So not Fi either.

On the perceiving side, there is Si, which is implementing, verifying and accounting. He lest the implementation to his team, he prefers to start the treatment before verifying the diagnosis and he is really bad at even keeping the patients files. So not Si either.

Ne is entertaining, envisioning and enabling. I don't see him entertain anybody, except if somebody has a quite quirky sense of humor. I don't see him actually living much in the future or envisioning anything. I could maybe make a case of enabling, but not as his goal. So not Ne either.

The words for Ni are imaging, knowing and divining. Here I could make a case, that they are least partly fit House. But not as much as engaging, experiencing and enjoying do. So he has visible Ni, but not in the first two function.

The lat test is the one that I got from a little bit of personality. It is a quick test: Does he first look outward or inward? House, when getting the information, first think about it for at least a couple of seconds before having a reaction (I). Does it first do the action or seek opinions? House searches for opinions a lot, be it different diagnosis or opinion of other people about what to do. He always wants more options (P). Does he first concentrate on the experience or concepts? House usually gets his ideas from one experience and transport it to another experience. It starts with specific experience (S). And the last one is the meaning or use? Well, House is a lot more about the use of everything, from people to diagnosis, and he is not really that strong on the meaning (T).

So far all the things point to ISTP.