Behind the Scenes: Crafting Delilah’s Personality Type

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Let’s start at the top. Is Delilah Boaz an Extrovert or Introvert?

As I review my inspirational list of Strong Women of history, it seems likely that many were extroverts. Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, Queen Elizabeth I, Indira Gandhi, and Mata Hari all exhibit traits associated with extroverted personalities. They were known for their ability to influence others, their fearlessness in male-dominated domains, their diplomatic skills, and their bold actions in the public sphere, all of which resonate with an extroverted personality.

The biblical characters Esther, Jezebel, and Delilah are also known for their assertive and influential nature, and their ability to navigate complex social dynamics, again consistent with being an extrovert.

Delilah Boaz is an Extrovert (E).

I will need my creative freedom to choose the next few dichotomies.

Sensing (S) / Intuition (N)?

Cleopatra was known for her strategic mind and her ability to charm and influence powerful people. This suggests a strong intuitive nature. Her decisions and relationships with figures like Julius Caesar and Mark Antony indicate a deep understanding of the bigger picture and the ability to foresee outcomes.

Joan of Arc’s determination to lead French troops to victory, despite the male-dominated military environment, points to a visionary and intuitive mindset. Her conviction and leadership skills align with the intuitive trait of seeing beyond the present circumstances.

Queen Elizabeth I’s diplomatic skills and impact on the geopolitical landscape demonstrate an intuitive grasp of complex political dynamics and foresight.

Esther used her influence for a significant purpose, which likely required insight and understanding of a complex situation.

I choose Intuition (N) for Delilah.

Thinking (T) or Feeling (F)?

Cleopatra was known for her charm and ability to influence powerful people. Her liaisons and relationships suggest an understanding of and emphasis on personal values and emotions. Cleopatra likely had strong Feeling traits.

Rosa Parks’ act of defiance and the emotional resonance it carried aligns with the Feeling function. Her decision was based on personal values and had a significant emotional impact.

Harriet Tubman’s bravery and personal connection to her mission of leading slaves to freedom demonstrates a strong Feeling orientation, focusing on personal values and the well-being of others.

Esther used her influence for a larger purpose. Her courage to save her people points towards a strong Feeling orientation, focused on values and empathy.

Biblical Delilah’s motivations are open to interpretation. If viewed as a tragic figure caught between her feelings for Samson and her loyalty to her people, this would align her with the Feeling preference.

I choose Feeling for Delilah Boaz, emphasizing personal values, emotional understanding, and the importance of interpersonal relationships.

Judging (J) or Perceiving (P)?

Queen Elizabeth I was known for her strategic mind and strong leadership. Her ability to impact the geopolitical and cultural landscape of the world suggests a structured and decisive approach. Queen Elizabeth I likely had a judging trait.

Indira Gandhi displayed strong leadership and political savvy, often indicative of a Judging preference.

Esther showed a planned approach in using her position to save her people from genocide. Esther might have aligned with the Judging trait.

I choose Judging for Delilah Boaz, demonstrating organization, planning, and a methodical approach to her actions and decisions.

Myers-Briggs Type ENFJ

Put this all together, Delilah Boaz is Myers-Briggs Type ENFJ:
Extraversion, Intuition, Feeling, and Judging.

ENFJ personality type is often described as a “Protagonist” or “Giver.” They are typically empathetic, reliable, and possess strong leadership qualities. They are attuned to the needs and emotions of others. ENFJs are passionate and charismatic and can inspire and persuade others, making them effective leaders and communicators.

Delilah’s ENFJ personality type works well for the Path Series™. Here is her emerging role.

Leadership and Influence: Delilah is a compelling and influential figure in the stories on the Path Series™. She is a natural leader who can inspire and motivate those around them. She navigates complex scenarios and impacts the lives of other characters and the lives of the readers.

Empathy and Moral Complexity: Delilah’s empathetic nature allows her to deeply connect with others, understanding their emotions and motivations. This is crucial for her character development and the relational dynamics within the series.

Charismatic Communication: Delilah excels in expressing herself and engaging with others, which creates deep connections and advances the plot.

Struggle with Personal Values: Delilah is guided by strong personal values. She grapples with moral choices and her use of her talents. Her internal and external conflicts drive her personal growth and the storylines on the Path Series™

Delilah is becoming a deep, multifaceted character who resonates with Path Series™ readers and drives the narrative forward.

I like Deliah Boaz.

Next up: Creating Delilah’s Depth

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