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Sherlock Holmes

MBTI enneagram type of Sherlock Holmes Realm:

Literature (Book), Movie and TV Show Characters

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Sherlock, BBC


INTP - 86 vote(s)
INTJ - 44 vote(s)
ISTP - 38 vote(s)
ENTP - 2 vote(s)
ESTP - 2 vote(s)

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5W6 - 33 vote(s)
5W4 - 5 vote(s)
7W6 - 1 vote(s)
7W8 - 1 vote(s)

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  • Posted on: 2018-03-01 10:31:54


    Gonna quote myself from other entry:

    Sherlock in the books is ISTP.
    Art of deduction = Ti
    Speed reading of visual cues = Se

    He is also known to hate "trivial knowledge" that doesn't pertain to his investigation (very anti-Ne).

    Not to mention Doyles (the author) is (was?) ESTP, so it's only logical.

    • Posted on: 2018-03-01 10:34:11



      But we all can argue about each interpretation from the series and movies.  Sherlock from the movies (Guy Ritchie one) is ENTP btw.

    • Posted on: 2018-03-01 11:47:28



      I wouldn't call the fact taht he didn't know about some basic knowledge about the earth (I don't remmeber what it was) anti Ne.
      I think that's very INTP in fact, not knowing the most obvious but having particular knowledge about something else.

      At best I think it would be anti-Te.

    • Posted on: 2018-03-01 11:49:29



      I'm enfp and when I focused in something I can relate that I very selective, objective and I try to evits a lot trival things. 

    • Posted on: 2018-03-01 11:58:27



      Okay, maybe not anti-Ne.  But I don't think  an INTP will have that limited range of knowledge.  An INTP at least should be interested to talk about the recent scientific discovery (Copernicus's laws) at that time, as watson has mentioned (since Watson is a known ISFJ , so Ne user, albeit inferior one) in stead of flatout denying the interests in it completely, that part is very Ne-like about him for me.

    • Posted on: 2018-03-01 12:06:29



      There are also very Ni-Se ways when he talks about how he uses the art of deduction and visual reading.  I remember (in the books) when Watson asks him how did he know that a random guy on the street was from the Marine, he answered that it's much easier for him to see and just "know" it than to explain the process of it.  The data comes to him almost simutaenously from observing someone in a few seconds.  He also looks for something like a gap between what is presented instead of looking at what is presented  in the environment, like a white line in the tan wrist, a missing ring, etc.  That is such an Ni thing, coupling with powerful Se of course.

    • Posted on: 2018-03-01 12:06:35



      "an intp at least should be interested to talk about the recent scientific discovery"?do we need special requirements to be certain types now?

    • Posted on: 2018-03-01 12:13:33



      when I said "should" I mean "more likely".  

    • Posted on: 2018-03-01 12:14:12



      when I said "should" I mean "more likely".  

  • Posted on: 2018-01-10 02:00:18



    From the little I know about him he's the same kind of annoying know-it-all INTP as Dr. House.

    • Posted on: 2018-01-10 04:10:02



      Where is his Si?

    • Posted on: 2018-01-10 12:57:41



      He literally has a map of London in his mind 

  • Posted on: 2018-01-10 01:14:49



    I don't know. I think Sherlok Holmes being a 5 is sort of a cliché.  I got a 7w8 or 8w7 impression. Not every smart person is a 5.

    • Posted on: 2018-01-10 01:33:46



      He's not out there to have fun. He enjoys his work, sure, but ultimately it's that he can't stand not knowing and has to prove himself all the time.

      There is something vaguely 8w7 about this, but I don't think he's out there trying to dominate the world. I think he's trying to solve the puzzle and prove that he can solve anything he puts his mind to. Which are stereotypical enneatype 5 anxieties and motivations.

      Plus, in my own experiene, I find certain enneagrams (8, 7, 2) to be extraverted and others (5, 1, 4) to be introverted.

    • Posted on: 2018-01-10 09:19:28



      Maybe I don't remeber it correctly but - at least in the series with Benedict Cumberbatch - doesn't he mainly solve puzzles to entertain and challenge himself because he gets bored otherwise? That's very 7w8 / 8w7.  He also has a pretty confident and blunt personality.


    • Posted on: 2018-01-10 09:27:12



      his line that he doesn't know that the earth revolves around the sun, because he only keeps stuff in his head that is useful for him in his work, which is particularly unlike type 5. He is an intelligent man but his intelligence is just an instrument for him and he uses it for his work. His primary drive is not to understand the world (while keeping it at a distance) in order to avoid being overwhelmed like type 5. His primary drive is to entertain and challenge / prove himself.

    • Posted on: 2018-01-10 11:02:48

      Teru Mikami


      Typing everyone who's blunt, funny or confident as a 7 or 8 is cliché too. On a superficial level he says he wants to solve puzzles because he "gets bored" but he's obviously very adamant on appearing smart, shooting a hole in a wall won't make him a 7. Everything he does is to prove himself intellectually, the show makes it pretty obvious that he's interpersonally retarded and that when he's talking to someone he only ever tries to look smart, seriously, how can you say he only uses his intelligence for his work? He's an intellectual show-off in every way, you could say that proving his intelligence is his main drive and his puzzles are the means by which he does it, and how do you see him "interacting with the world" in any other way than by solving a case? If he's so much of an achiever or pure thrill seeker, why does he shy away from public attention or even national news coverage?

      He has a childish need for approval, wants everyone to acknowledge his intellect and gets on people's nerves to make them feel stupid when they don't, maybe that's a 7 or 8-like trait but he still only does it to look smart and competent which is what most (if not all) of his motivations stem from, not being in control, avoiding weakness or deprivation or looking for entertainment. He's an overconfident 5.

    • Posted on: 2018-01-10 11:57:35



      point taken

  • Posted on: 2018-01-08 11:01:42



    ISTP obviously. Just because he is smart “herr durr must be INTP”

    • Posted on: 2018-01-08 11:49:52

      Teru Mikami


      liked by Boy1234556 and Girl123456, what a coincidence

    • Posted on: 2018-01-08 13:35:07



      Your point being?

    • Posted on: 2018-01-08 14:14:06

      Teru Mikami


      stop wasting time on alt accounts trying to seem right with no effort and explain yourself

    • Posted on: 2018-01-08 22:46:45



      Introverted Thinking (Ti): He thinks constantly, compiling, analyzing, and sorting through data to search for logical consistencies, to solve a crime by discerning the motives as well as what truly happened. Sherlock is far more interested in the intellectual side of sleuthing than in its financial benefits; he is so fast in sorting through information and discarding that which seems illogical that he casts aside theories that do not fit as soon as he has them. It is not enough for him to accept that a thing has happened; he must comprehend it on an intellectual level as well.

      Extroverted Sensing (Se): Sherlock can’t stand to be doing nothing; he is hyperactive, impulsive, thrill-seeking, and over-indulging in addictive stimulants. Whenever on a case, he is tireless, intensely aware of his immediate environment down to the smallest cat hair on a person’s leg, and reckless. He gathers the objective facts of his environment and draws conclusions from them, primarily through his keen observational skills. Whenever he is not on a case, he is accumulating knowledge to serve his detecting abilities and/or engaging in physical activities such as spearing pigs, beating corpses, etc.

      Introverted Intuition (Ni): Once he has all the physical details of a case, Sherlock can re-organize them in his head and come to an accurate conclusion and prediction about what the criminal may do next. He learns extremely quickly and catches on to concepts and ideals, but has no curiosity toward anything outside his very narrow field of interest (anything relating to criminology). He also struggles to believe in things that cannot be proven, or that are mystical in nature – like his inability to accept that the “glowing Hound” could be real.

      Extroverted Feeling (Fe): He is an attention-seeking show-off, who is happiest when everyone admits that he is the smartest person in the room. The approval and admiration of others seems to have an effect him. Sherlock is delighted when John praises his skills, and baffled and unsettled when his friend is upset with him. He is unpredictable, explosive in his unreliable temper, highly emotionally expressive whenever on a case, and passionate. He has the charm to win over people and manipulate them, but also fails to comprehend his own intense feelings. Sherlock cares more about people than he is comfortable admitting, and has had some very public meltdowns. Mycroft is forever worried about his propensity to “care more than he should.”

    • Posted on: 2018-01-08 23:51:17

      Teru Mikami


    • Posted on: 2018-01-08 23:59:58



      It was mostly to make the point, but thanks for linking it hopefully it spreads the message.

    • Posted on: 2018-01-09 23:45:53



      He is not ISTP. Being hyperactive and impulsive is not just Se indicator, but Ne's as well. Observation is not just Se, actually a user of Se would analyze the immediate superficial, would not go deeper and depend on his mental palace, which is more Si Sherlock opens up several possibilities and discards them for probabilities and rationalizes which is the most useful, he solves cases without leaving home, he trusts much in what comes in the mind to be sensory. He is a well-trained intp

    • Posted on: 2018-01-10 10:33:07

      Teru Mikami


      What message? There's a page on the same blog dedicated to typing him as an INTJ, and didn't I ask you to explain yourself?

    • Posted on: 2018-01-10 11:06:07



      The same post explains why he isnt an INTJ. Also who the fuck do you think you are Teru asking me to explain myself? Go fuck yourself.

    • Posted on: 2018-01-10 11:14:45

      Teru Mikami


      my dudie you made alt accounts to upvote yourself instead of providing an argument, then used someone elses work and pawned it off as your own when I asked you to give an explanation, if you're too lazy to explain where you stand or think for yourself then don't comment

  • Posted on: 2018-01-08 04:13:15



    Why does everyone think he's an INTP? he has no Ne that I can see.

    • Posted on: 2018-01-08 14:39:19



      He is quiet disorganised and chaotic which seems like a P type

    • Posted on: 2018-01-08 18:35:11



      Agreed with Cena. Holmes is an unpredictable mess of a person. He's only together when he's working a case. 

      Holmes is a very unique character but the reason he's most frequently typed as INTP is his thinking process is closest to Ti-Ne. Ne goes beyond what is there, it's seeing patterns, connecting dots. He thinks of possibility after possibility and distills with cool, hard logic (Ti) to reach a logical conclusion. I understand ISTP and INTJ and cases can be made for both but to me INTP fits the best.

    • Posted on: 2018-04-16 13:03:38



      The Si is there, a lot.

    • Posted on: 2018-04-16 14:33:16

      Teru Mikami


      I mean he does pretty much whatever's on the top of his mind like writing random blogs on how to recognize different forms of tobacco simply because it's interesting to him or constantly looking for patterns and inconsistencies to critique but yeah none of that's Ne whatsoever he's jumpy about it so he's Se