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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3 weeks ago
I mean I realized I did not create this test but I have to say, I can not see Mr. Darcy as an ISTJ. I have an ISTJ sister and they are nothing alike. Definitely see him as an INTJ.
3 weeks ago
I disagree with the evidence listed for Mr. Darcy's observant trait. I would take him an intuitive type. In Pride and Prejudice, the reason for his cautioning towards Mr. Bingley's pursuit of Jane was not solely because of his reputation and propriety at stake; rather, it was because he "observed them most carefully and realized his attachment was far deeper than hers." His interest in Mr. Bingley was considerate in terms of their emotions towards each other. Additionally, it was later revealed in Elizabeth's confrontation that Mr. Darcy's interference with Mr. Wickham was all for her--not in the expense of his own reputation. Although he is "painfully aware that everyone in his life expects him to choose a wife whose social standing matches his," he was convinced to marry Elizabeth based on her values regardless of Lady Catherine's indignation and Miss. Bingley's envy over the Bennet family's lower reputation.
3 weeks ago
Yes!!!!
3 weeks ago
Was literally going to comment this entire thing a few days ago. My past says thanks
1 week ago
You are very welcome. It's reassuring to know that I wasn't the only one who had this assumption.
3 weeks ago
thank you! i needed this!!!!
3 weeks ago
Wow, this really validates me with my relationship with my husband who is also an INTJ-T. I thought it was crazy that an ENFP-A would be with her exact opposite and how did I ever fall for him? But I saw Logisticians as basically robots. It really helps to see this type as Mr. Darcy. The courtship of Elizabeth and Darcy is very entertaining, but how long would their married life last before they were so frustrated with one another they couldn't see straight?
3 weeks ago
Totally had him pegged as an INTJ-A! interesting!
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