Thursday, November 4, 2010

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Characters - Personality Types

One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest is a novel by Ken Kesey that was also adapted into a film directed by Miloš Forman.

The novel was published in 1962 and is rated an all-time classic, as is the film which won 5 Academy Awards in 1975.

The story is about the inhabitants at an Oregon mental asylum which is run by the cold, tyrannical Nurse Ratched and her staff and focuses on the character of R.P McMurphy, a criminal doing time for statutory rape, who faked insanity to serve out the rest of his sentence in a mental institution, who rebels against the system in place.

Here’s my Myers-Briggs analysis of the main characters:

R.P. or Randle McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) – INFJ

A lot of people type him as ESTP which is a common misconception that I discussed in a previous blog post.

McMurphy definitely a directive (J) and with an Ni agenda and Fe persuasion/charm much higher up than tertiary and inferior – I think his Ni agenda is above Fe charm.

Anti-authoritarian’s and rebel’s are more often than not Ni-dom’s as they have an Ni worldview highest in their psyche of how things should be and take action to make that happen with their extroverted directive function in this case Fe.

Nicholson is also an INFJ which is why he plays the role so very well in the movie.

Nurse Mildred Ratched (Louise Fletcher) – INTJ

A cold, passive-agressive, strict disciplinarian that runs the show her way – comes across as an INTJ moreso than an ISTJ IMO.

Dale Harding (William Redfield) – INTJ

Previously leader amongst the patients- intellectual, highly strung, strongly opinionated and – INTJ seems most likely.

Billie Bibbit (Brad Dourif) – INFP

Comes across as an introverted, adaptive (P) and values orientated (F) – most likely either INFP or ISFP.

Martini (Danny DeVito) - INFP

See Billie (above).

Chief Bromden (Will Sampson) - INFJ

Very much a detached observer of all that is going on around him, which makes me think Ni dom is likely with the focus on collective values (Fe).

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