You’ve Got Mail: Frank Navasky [INFP 6w5]

Function Order: Fi-Ne-Si-Te

Frank is “that nut from the Observer,” who likes to rail against the machine and write what personally appeals to him – in such abstract terms that Patricia admits she doesn’t know what he’s talking about at all, really. He chooses highly abstract topics for all of his articles, and has devoted himself to his career as a editorialist. Frank has strong opinions, but also a level of self-absorption; when he finds Kathleen confronting Joe Fox at a dinner party, he asks him how he feels about being a “city-destroyer” (anti-capitalism stance) and how he sleeps at night, but then immediately becomes excited to find out Patricia thinks he’s a genius. He turns the conversation around on himself, how he writes all this stuff, and nobody responds to it, and he assumes then that no one cares, oblivious to how upset Kathleen is in the background. He is also somewhat unaware of other people and their signals – such as when he reassures Kathleen that a woman coming on to him on television is nothing, but later finds out he’s drawn to her, and needs to be in a relationship with her. Frank is forever drawing parallels between her situation and other, random things – calling her a “lone reed waving in the corrupt sands of commerce,” and mobilizing people to her cause by writing a rant against capitalism. But he also shows a lot of tert-Si – he hates anything new, he thinks computers are going to turn against them, and he prefers his typewriters so much that he has three of them. He can be quite blunt and confrontational at times, by asserting his true feelings, although he doesn’t want to hurt Kathleen. He has a list of traits for people that he “can’t be with” because it would violate his beliefs.

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Frank has a reputation for being peculiar and eccentric; he is anti-modernist and goes against the popular culture, writing an entire column about how much he loves his typewriter and won’t move forward. He has strong political views (but finds it amusing that he seems capable of dating someone despite them – “I can’t help myself”) that he wants others to share. His line to 3 comes out whenever he finds anyone who approves of his stuff or flatters him – he’s desperate to have someone listen to him, talk to him about what he writes, and find him intelligent. He prefers to minimize his lifestyle rather than expand it (leaning into the technology he has, rather than what’s possible) and is suspicious of the motivations of big business.