Mozart in the Jungle is finally back in production, which means its fourth season might actually hit Amazon later this year. Personally, the teaser images are driving me crazy. It’s kind of cruel to just dangle my favorite Mozart in the Jungle characters in front of my eyeballs without giving me any episodes. But it’s okay. I already know it’s going to be worth the wait. (And if I’m being super honest, I just jumped on the bandwagon like two weeks ago).
The good news is, we still have each other! I’ve worked hard to bring you this new coping mechanism: an analysis of the key Mozart in the Jungle characters and their personality types. No, I’m not Amazon and cannot give you new episodes. But I can give you this, which I hope is of your liking:
Myers-Briggs Personality Types (MBTI): Mozart in the Jungle Characters Edition
Disclaimer: I am not a psychologist. I just do these MBTI posts for fun. Discussion is welcome, but don’t crucify me! I could’ve 100% gotten these wrong.
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Campbell – INFP “The Mediator”
Lizzie is the kind of best friend we should all have. She’s a good listener, genuinely understands you, and supports you no matter what. She owes a lot of that to her INFP personality. She has a solid grip on herself and the values she believes in, which helps her help you. She’s inventive (check out that bar!) and uses that creativity to help you get out of tough situations. As the mediator, Lizzie is there to bridge the gap between mortal enemies. To slay your fears and deliver you closer to your dreams. Lizzie should be president is all I’m saying.
Union Bob – ENFJ “The Protagonist”
ENFJs are good-hearted people. They believe the best in others (like Bob does Cynthia) and are always trying to empathize with those they can’t understand. However, their extraverted nature keeps them from taking a good look at themselves in the mirror, causing them to know others better than they know themselves.
Of course, there’s a limit to how emotionally intelligent you can be when you don’t understand your own emotions. Still, ENFJs are the kinds of people you love to bits, and surrounded by the right people (as the Symphony tends to be), ENFJs can learn to understand themselves through their understanding of others. I propose the movement #GetUnionBobANiceGirl2017. He deserves it.
Gloria Windsor – ENFJ “The Protagonist”
Like Bob the Union, Gloria is an ENFJ. Her love for the Symphony is undeniable, and she does work hard to keep it afloat. Yet, Gloria has a hard time understanding what the band members need, and an even harder time truthfully befriending. Granted, it is tough to be friends with your employees, especially when they desperately need you to be their boss.
At first, Gloria is perceived as an antagonist. We’re unsure of where her loyalties lie, and once we know she’s devoted to the symphony members, are skeptical of her ability to defend them from the board. In essence, Gloria is a great person, but she’s not necessarily a good leader. At least not by nature. But Gloria has been developing some impressive skills, and given the right character development, our closeted singer could surprise us even more.
Cynthia Taylor – INFJ “The Advocate”
Cynth is through and through an INFJ. As the title suggests, Cynthia is the Symphony’s advocate. Even before she takes on the role as representative, Cynthia was already used to bridging the gap between composer and musicians. Of course, with Thomas it was more intimate, and Hailey does take on many of her responsibilities with Rodrigo. That being said, Cynthia still remains a leader and a champion for her colleagues.
Her introversion, coupled with her intuitive and feeling nature, helps her read people well. She’s a true friend of her friends and rarely hurts someone without meaning to. But of course, nobody’s perfect. Cynthia’s emotional intelligence tends to backfire, making her withdraw from people and not seek help when she needs it. Always a lone wolf, Cynthia makes it hard for others to read her, setting her up for failure with interpersonal relationships at times.
Thomas Pembridge – ISTP “The Virtuoso”
The former maestro has all the makings of a composer. Although he appears extroverted, in reality Thomas Pembridge is not a man who enjoys others’ company. Instead, he needs his alone time, preferably with his unfinished score. Now, ISTPs might be introspective, but they’re also bold. Thomas steps out of his comfort zone constantly, like that time he jumped into a crowd of drunk youths at a club.
Take this blurb from the Myers-Briggs.org page:
ISTP: Tolerant and flexible, quiet observers until a problem appears, then act quickly to find workable solutions. Analyze what makes things work and readily get through large amounts of data to isolate the core of practical problems. Interested in cause and effect, organize facts using logical principles, value efficiency.
These traits are most evident when Thomas is training Hailey or when he’s fixing things for Gloria. Granted, it’s always harder to be efficient with one’s own personal problems. But even then, Thomas never really stressed anything too much (except his score/career) like his affair or his wife’s death.
Warren Boyd – ISFJ “The Defender”
Warren Boyd has made a lot of bad decisions, like faking his own mugging. However, these mistakes come from a relatively good place. For Warren, his family comes first. He understands that the Symphony is in monetary trouble, and does what he feels he needs to do in order to provide for his daughter. ISFJs are good to have around if they are loyal to you or if times are easy. But when things get hard? If you’re not on the ISFJ’s list of dependents, you’re likely to be collateral damage.
Bradford Sharpe – INTJ “The Architect”
Like Jughead Jones, Bradford Sharpe is committed to his art. He’s quick to come up with new plans to further his podcasting career and knows how to play the field. Just look at how he managed the interview with Thomas. The thing is, much like Jughead, Bradford is also a tad too sensitive and self-serving. Is there still a chance for him and Lizzie to have something beautiful?
Andrew Walsh – ESTP “The Entrepreneur”
Andrew Walsh is, for all intents and purposes, a one-man show. ESTPs like Ernest Hemingway and Jaime Lannister tend to think they’re in touch with their feelings. They’re smart, so why shouldn’t they be? However, their extraversion, paired with their thinking and perceiving tendencies, results in a character type that is incredibly susceptible to change.
But what does that mean, Gaby? It means that, because they’re open to new possibilities and have the stamina to act upon them, ESTPs are rarely the same person they were yesterday. Andrew Walsh isn’t per se a dick or self-centered. It’s more like he doesn’t have time to understand who he is as a person before he moves on to his newest iteration.
Alessandra “La Fiamma” – ESFP “The Entertainer”
La Fiamma is hard to pin down. In her youth, she was probably an ESFP (The Entertainer). However, life has brought her down since then, making her a definite introvert. Then again, perhaps the tension within her ESFP personality is precisely her inability to be extroverted anymore. For that reason, I’m keeping her as an ESFP.
Hailey Rutledge – INTJ “The Logistician”
Good ol’ Hailey is an INTJ to the T–and the J? Anyways, MyersBriggs.org lists the following words as defining of an INTJ personality: quietly systematic, factual, organized, logical, detailed, conscientious, analytical, responsible, pragmatic, critical, conversative, decisive, stable, concrete, and efficient. Is that not our Hailey?
Even though she’s the youngest member of the Symphony, Hailey is the most level-headed of the lot. When she starts out and realizes people have the wrong idea about her and Rodrigo, she chooses to leave his side. When her career is dangling by a thread, she’s at least aware of the gravity of her situation. In simpler terms: Hailey would’ve never left a wrist problem unattended… Looking at you, Cynth.
Rodrigo de Souza – ISFP “The Adventurer”
Many would be quick to say Mozart in the Jungle‘s Rodrigo de Souza is an ISTP. After all, this is a personality type associated with composers. However, there’s one big caveat with Rodrigo: he’s never good in a crisis and is definitely not a rational thinker.
For this reason, I’d “demote,” if you will, Rodrigo to ISFP. Rodrigo’s knack for choosing talent he can work with can come across as tolerance, but in reality, Rodrigo has a hard time adapting to things when they don’t go his way. He doesn’t spend too much time dwelling on them as he moves quickly to the next thing. But that doesn’t change the fact this his introspective nature only works in service of his own values and goals.
When it comes to fight-or-flight, Rodrigo always chooses flight. He doesn’t force his opinions onto others, but instead voices them and retreats. He would much rather be left alone with his art than waste time converting people into his school of thought with anything other than his music.