Catelyn Stark (Game of Thrones): ISFJ


Dominant Introverted Sensing [Si]: The past constantly influences Catelyn in the present. It’s difficult for her to let go, and she takes out her frustrations about Ned impregnating another woman while at war on Jon, who is clearly not to blame. However, he is a constant reminder of her husband’s infidelity, and she is unable to show him a shred of decency or kindness. Her ties to her past are so strong, that even after spending years in the North, she has a hard time truly feeling like a Northerner, because it isn’t where she was raised, though being a Stark instills her with a strong sense of pride and duty. Her roots and her background are very important to her and shape who she is. Catelyn is very good at noticing past behaviors and using them to come to conclusions. Bran always looks at his feet before he lies. Catelyn adheres to the values and traditions of her people, and she takes her role as a Lady and as a mother very seriously. Catelyn’s past experiences shape every decision she makes. She makes decisions about who to ask for help and who to trust based on her previous interactions with them. She’ll speak with Lord Walder alone. She’s known him since she was a child, he would never hurt her! Ned leaving with Robert in the present brings up her painful feelings from the past, because the last time he did that, he returned with a bastard. Catelyn is mindful of details and cautious. When in her right mind and not overcome with emotion, she is able to take the right precautions in order to do what is necessary in any given situation. When Catelyn believes that Tyrion is guilty of attempting to have Bran killed, she uses the past and a sense of house loyalty in order to convince the men around her to restrain him and bring him in to answer for his crimes when she happens upon him on the road. She fears that if Robb loses the war, her family will receive the same fate as the Targaryen children.
If Tywin had them all slaughtered once, he’d undoubtedly do so again!

Auxiliary Extroverted Feeling [Fe]: Catelyn is very open with her feelings and acts on them regularly, which often gets her into trouble. Her family is very important to her and there is nothing she won’t do to keep them safe. Catelyn is typically warm and friendly, and tries to make Cersei feel comfortable while visiting the Starks in the north. She attempts to relate to her by reminiscing about how scared she was when Ned brought her to the north for the first time, and imagines Cersei must find it rather grim compared to King’s Landing, in an effort to put her at ease and establish some common ground. However, when provoked, she can become vicious, protective, and fierce, which is evidenced after she comes to believe that the Lannisters were responsible for Bran’s fall from the window. She refuses to leave Bran’s bedside, even though there’s nothing she can do because he needs her and she has to be there for him! In addition to playing upon loyalty when she attempts to have the men around her capture Tyrion, she also flatters their houses in an effort to have the men seize him and bring him to justice.

Tertiary Introverted Thinking [Ti]: Although she can’t help but treat him poorly due to the circumstances, Catelyn knows it’s irrational to hate Jon for something that wasn’t his fault. She shouldn’t blame him for being born. It was Ned’s indiscretion. Because Catelyn is ruled by her emotions and her love for her family, she can sometimes struggle to do what is logical or necessary in her moments of grief and despair. None of that matters while she’s got a child fighting for his life and a husband who’s leaving home! Catelyn sometimes doesn’t think things all the way through and she can become so consumed by her emotions that she doesn’t fully see reason. If Tyrion had sent the assassin, would he really be foolish enough to arm the man with his own personal dagger? She is able to think strategically, knowing that their best tactic is to win the war is by defeating the opposing army in the field.

Inferior Extroverted Intuition [Ne]: Because of her attention to detail, Catelyn searches the room where Bran fell from, and comes upon a long, blonde hair, which leads her to the correct conclusion that people had been in there at the time of Bran’s accident, causing her to believe that he was pushed. She astutely assumes that Bran witnessed something he wasn’t meant to see. However, she understandably believes that Bran being pushed and the assassin sent to kill him were both staged by the Lannisters without considering that the incidents were separate. Before even reading Sansa’s letter, she is immediately able to deduce that the words in it were Cersei’s, not her daughter’s. Catelyn is able to figure out what’s really going on around her, though, her inferior function typically causes her distress, because she tends to imagine all of the ways something can go wrong. The last time Ned left Winterfell with Robert, he came back with another woman’s son!

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