A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Fred Rogers [INFJ 9w1]

Functional Order: Ni-Fe-Ti-Se

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Intuition (Ni) / Extroverted Sensing (Se)

When asked why he chose children’s programming, Fred admits he saw it as a way to cultivate young minds. He understands how to appeal to children on a level they can comprehend, and often provides insights into the mind that are strange enough it gives others pause – that having a child, and learning once more to see the world through their eyes, is your chance at a second understanding of childhood. He talks about how important it is to stop and think about “all the love that created you being here” (your parents’ love, the love of former generations, each one bringing you into being in an unbroken chain). He has a single vision for each episode, and writes all the songs, lyrics, and dialogue to revolve around themes. He uses his sensing function primarily to engage in the outer world in limited ways, through daily swimming and piano playing.

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Feeling (Fe) / Introverted Thinking (Ti)

Fred thinks so much about others, he successfully turns every single conversation around onto the interviewer. He is far more interested in knowing more about others than in talking about himself. He is compassionate, giving, and tender toward children, endlessly patient, and also thinking about how to influence society through them, by training them up in self-confidence, and aware that they are perfectly okay, being just who they are. He’s insightful into others’ emotions, and wants to prompt them to talk about things, stating that we need to be able to discuss our feelings. The emphasis is all on “we” rather than on himself, as an individual. He’s a thoughtful, contemplative man who wholeheartedly believes in whatever he says.

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He has the passiveness of the 9, choosing to find “healthy outlets” for his anger in non-offensive ways; teaching others not to hurt or humiliate, but to bang on the piano keys or hit a punching bag. Fred has a non-judgmental, open-minded attitude toward everyone he meets; his employer says “he likes everyone.” Where no one else wants to be interviewed by this particular journalist, Fred reads all his expose pieces and then compliantly agrees. He is fully present wherever he is, and goes at life at a much slower, measured pace. He sometimes drives his camera crew crazy, because he’s an hour behind schedule. Fred simply wants to maintain an unhurried state of mind that makes him feel comfortable. Anything he doesn’t like, or that feels too invasive, he uses deflection methods for, changing the subject or getting out his puppets (self-soothing). His 1 wing is hardworking, diligent, and modest, earnestly not thinking of himself as a celebrity.