Mr. Darcy’s Personality Type Revealed

Now that we’ve revealed Elizabeth Bennet’s personality type, you might find yourself wondering: But what is Mr. Darcy’s personality type?

Well, fair reader, we at 16Personalities have been pondering that very question. After all, it’s the interplay between Elizabeth’s and Darcy’s personalities that makes Pride and Prejudice such a delight to read.

Mr. Darcy Personality Type

Our determination? Mr. Darcy is an example of the Assertive Logistician (ISTJ-A) personality type.

Here’s how we came to that conclusion.

Introverted (I)

Over the centuries, Mr. Darcy has earned a reputation as something of a heartthrob, but that doesn’t make him a social butterfly. He finds himself drained by the gatherings and grand balls that Elizabeth so enjoys, and conversing with strangers feels uncomfortable to him.

This doesn’t mean that Darcy is antisocial, however. In typical Introvert fashion, he simply reserves his social energy for the few people he allows into his inner circle, such as his friend Bingley and his sister Georgiana.

Observant (S)

Like many Observant personality types, Mr. Darcy is highly sensitive to tradition and social expectations. Whereas an Intuitive type might not worry about marrying below his “station,” Darcy is painfully aware that everyone in his life expects him to choose a wife whose social standing matches his.

In this vein, he also devotes himself to helping his friends and loved ones maintain their own reputations and propriety. This is why he initially advises his friend Bingley not to marry Jane, why he opposes his sister’s relationship with the fortune-hunting Mr. Wickham, and why he endeavors to restore the reputation of Elizabeth’s sister Lydia.

Thinking (T)

The first time Darcy proposes to Elizabeth, he says, “In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

Hang on, you might be thinking, that sounds like a Feeling personality type!

But as Mr. Darcy reveals, he has been trying – in typical Thinking-type fashion – to reason his way out of his love for Elizabeth. In fact, he ends his proposal by explaining all of the rational reasons why he shouldn’t love her. (Needless to say, this doesn’t go over well.)

Judging (J)

One of the pleasures of reading Pride and Prejudice is seeing how Darcy and Elizabeth move beyond their initial (not-altogether-positive) impressions of each other. Both of these characters are Judging personalities, with firmly held opinions. In fact, early in the novel, Darcy boasts to Elizabeth, “My good opinion once lost is lost for ever.”

Fortunately, like many Judging types, Darcy and Elizabeth eventually discover that some opinions are meant to evolve and grow. This progression is why their love story continues to resonate with readers – even though we no longer attend balls or drive around in carriages.

Assertive (A)

Mr. Darcy rarely doubts himself. As we’ve discussed, his first proposal to Elizabeth is kind of a disaster. He tells her, for example, that he has found it “impossible to conquer” his love for her “in spite of all his endeavours.” He also insults her family and her social standing.

Despite these (rather obvious) missteps, Darcy seems totally confident that Elizabeth will accept his proposal: “she could easily see that he had no doubt of a favourable answer. He spoke of apprehension and anxiety, but his countenance expressed real security.” It’s only once Darcy recognizes that he must earn Elizabeth’s affections that he is successful in doing so.

Conclusions

For these reasons, we consider Mr. Darcy to be an Assertive Logistician. But what do you think, fair reader? Do you agree, or do you think that Mr. Darcy might be a different personality type? Let us know in the comments below!

Further Reading

Well, That’s Awkward: Social Clumsiness and Personality Type

Romantic Jealousy by Personality Type

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1 week ago
Such a fun topic! So my husband is an INTJ and my dad is an ISTJ. It's too bad we don't know what kind of job Mr. Darcy might have had if he had to work! That might be helpful. My dad is a computer guy/engineer and is interested in systems from the bottom up (details first), my husband is into statistics and looking at systems from the top down (patterns first). Both of them tend to roll their eyes at what they see as foolish (silly extroverted type) behavior in others, both are not into dancing (although I think my INTJ hates it more), they both have a small social net and care deeply about their inner circle. ISTJs seem much more concerned with the practical side of life, taking care of all of the things that must be done around the house, show their feelings for others by taking care of things that are very reality based etc. My INTJ definitely can have that classic INTJ "resting b-face" and is generally much more scornful of others and refined (snobby) and incredibly private. This could probably be true of any type, but he can get himself into trouble in his relationships with his hubris and not always seeing things from other's perspectives as easily, but is incredibly reflective and responsive to rebuffs and is willing to take responsibility for having made an interpersonal error. Based on these thoughts and the excellent points made previously I'm still in the INTJ camp, but this has definitely given me some good food for thought!
Kim
2 weeks ago
I have to agree with everyone who says he is an INTJ. He always seemed to feel a little superior to others for me. That's more an INTJ thing. Also in the end he did marry Elizabeth without caring about social status. Also if he did care so much about social status he'd try to be more popular with the people around him. And his love of art and music and seemingly also his expertise in these fields strike me very much as INTJ. Even with his friends he seems to believe that he knows better- like advising Mr Bingley not to marry Jane. Although both loved each other he was convinced she didn't like him because he couldn't see any obvious signs of affection. And he was so sure in his judgement that he told Bingley not to marry her. Also he seems to have Introverted Intuition for me, he does have some good insight into people.
2 weeks ago
I've always imagining him as INTJ-A
2 weeks ago
I have to say, I find him way more likely to be an INTJ-A. All the evidences made to conclude he is an observer are not right.
Frodo Baggins
3 weeks ago
I thought about him and came to the conclusion that Mr. Darcy was likely to be an ISTJ-A. This further secured my theory! I'm glad I got it right!
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