Outlander: Frank Randall [ISTJ 5w6]

Functional Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Sensing (Si) / Extroverted Intuition (Ne)

Frank has a heavy sense of appropriateness, within a cultural context; he doesn’t especially like sending his wife off on the train to war ahead of him (“I should be the one going to the front lines”). He finds it hard to accept something fantastical, and finds a rational explanation for Claire’s disappearance. Though she comes back pregnant with another man’s wife, Frank adheres to the duties of the day and stays with her, raising the child as his own. He eagerly studies history and accumulates vast amounts of knowledge. Frank tends to get wrapped up in his learning, and pays little attention to larger contexts.

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Thinking (Te) / Introverted Feeling (Fi)

Because people do not just fall back in time, Frank thinks Claire is lying about where she has been the last few years – he copes whatever way he can, which is to assume she has lost her mind and created a fantasy to cope with her trauma. Before her disappearance, he was a competent teacher and student of history. He is capable of detached decisions, but also principled enough to do the “right” thing – he stays with Claire and raises her child, even though he believes she cheated on him; however, he also conducts several affairs, since she isn’t able to give him the emotional intimacy he craves to accompany their physical relationship. He asks her, in a roundabout way, if she cheated on him during the war, and rationalizes it as being “acceptable” under extreme circumstances.

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Though Claire loves Frank very much, she does not always know how to reach him, or relate to him on an emotional level, because Frank holds back that part of himself. He is guarded, unemotional, and distant. He spends more time thinking about books, as a way to avoid the outside world, than he does courting his wife, though he’s also open to making love to her in unexpected places. He is detached enough to, in the first season, reassure her that if she cheated on him at the front lines, that he will forgive her; and somewhat unaware of his own emotional vulnerabilities later on, when he discovers that is not the case – he doesn’t like her attachment to another man, at all. His 6 wing is withdrawn, speculative, and distrustful. He is ultra-logical. Frank is aware of how things look to other people, willing to stay Claire’s husband to protect her reputation and to raise her child as his own, while also carving out time for his own needs.