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A Guess Based on MBTI, Why Gregory House and James Wilson are Such a Good Combination

In this blog, I am going to try to set the hypothesis as to why these two create such a good relationship based on their MBTI types. I have already typed both of them before, and I decided that Gregory House is an ISTP and James Wilson is a INFJ type. I do apologize in advance if the blog is not that good, but I am not actually feeling confident writing it. But practice is practice, right?

Function Gregory House James Wilson
1. Ti Ni
2. Se Fe
3. Ni Ti
4. Fe Se
5. Te Ne
6. Si Fi
7. Ne Te
8. Fi Si

All of these function were connected with the archetypes by Bebee. The first four functions correspond to the archetypes of the hero, parent, child and anima, if I can use gross overgeneralization. But looking carefully at the first four functions in their stack, it can be seen that they both use the same four function, Ti, Fe, Ne and Se, and that there are some patterns in their combinations. They both the same first-third function combination and second-forth function combination.

Now the first function represents the hero. So it is the identity of the person and the one that they are most likely to use all the time. In the same time, the third function is a child, the function that is playful and the one that can be impressed by the hero of the same time. And we can see this a lot in the series. When they ask each other for advice, it is usually by appealing to each other hero function. Wilson asks House (or in his case, a lot of times House will simply do it without being asked), in a matters where there is needed a more analytical cause-and-affect approach. On the other hand, House goes to Wilson, when he needs a more analytical approach.

This is indicated in a couple of scenes. For example, the House cause-and-effect approach can be seen when he lays down on why Wilson left at his father funeral. It was a very linear kind of logic, which went from Wilson's predispositions, to the Amber death and how these two combined lead to Wilson's actions. The same can also be seen in example when House confronts Wilson about his extreme chemotherapy or when they discuss Danny right before Wilson sees him for the first time after years.

On the other hand, when House needs help, Wilson usually starts to talk about something completely different. But this is precisely the missing puzzle that House needed. It is just letting that feeling in trust in intuition lead the conversation. No wonder Wilson once said that he is no longer giving the advice, so House could distort it to suit him. Sadly, the only example that came to mind right now, are connected with the patients, like the time, when Wilson asked how House knew his blood type.

The relationship between these two function is kind of like mutual adoration, and at the same time the safe space to express themselves. They also forgive each other for the actions that were motivated by their function. Let it be how House pried too much into his life, when Wilson did not want to tell him about Danny, or House forgiving Wilson for Tritter fiasco, when it was what Ni was telling Wilson that House needed. He even apologized in that case. They both forgave each other long before they were passed this.

Now let us go to the second and forth function connection. The second function represents the parent, so it is a nurturing function. And the forth function represent the anima, so the weak function, that is part of the aspiration of what a person wants to be. The nurturing function can be seen quite some times. House Se is seen, when he makes sure that Wilson experience new things and have excitement, like having a chickens running around the hospitals, the constant betting, the monster trucks, and his giving the Wilson place to stay and a beer when he has problems, like the wife kicking his out of the house. On the other hand Wilson takes care of House in a way, that he makes sure that he does not have as many problems with other people has he would have otherwise, and to enable him, so he is able to do the things that other people would stop him from doing. It also helps with his humanity.

If the theory is to be believed, this is exactly what they need to be able to have the foundation on which to improve. They don't usually show that they are missing this. But it is clear that this is what they need. House admits that Wilson is smarter than him and that not listening to him, he almost killed a patient. Wilson also admits that he likes having the relationships where he does not need to be careful about his persona all the time, and he can just be himself. And that being with House is more fun than being without him.

This relationship works, because they give each other support for their weakest functions all the time. They give each other balance, that they otherwise would not have. There is something to be said, that without Wilson, House might have already self-destructed, and without House, Wilson might be just this nice persona, with no real character, loosing himself in a role. And that would be a waste.