Joey Tribbiani: ESFP

Extraverted Sensing (Se): Joey lives in a world of sensory pleasures. When Phoebe asks whether he would rather live without food or sex, he is unable to decide, as he loves them both equally (“I want girls on bread!”). He spends hours detailing his love for various foods, such as sandwiches, pizza and jam, and when a car backfires and he thinks he is in danger, Joey’s first thought is to try and protect his meatball sub (The One with the Ride Along, 5x20). He loves having fun with the things in his immediate environment – when he and Rachel live together, they spend a day throwing handfuls of wet paper at the wall (The One Where Ross Dates a Student, 6x18), and when he and Chandler live together, they spend several days enjoying the sensation of lying in their new barcaloungers and watching television (The One Where Ross and Rachel…You Know, 2x15). The others might see these things as unproductive and boring, but for Joey, the pure delight of interacting with the external world is enough to keep him entertained. Joey tends not to worry too much about the future, and is more comfortable making things up as he goes along. He likes acting because it is hands-on and keeps his options open, but is often late for auditions because he is too engaged with the present moment (which usually involves eating pizza, having sex or watching television). Unlike Ross, who prepares a speech in written form so that he presents it perfectly at his palaeontology conference, Joey is happy to improvise his way though work.  This can result in either excellent or disastrous consequences – on one occasion, he turns up late to an audition and tries to perform well on a full bladder, which gains him a successful callback (The One with the Mugging, 9x15); on another, he lies about being a highly trained dancer on his resume, and ends up creating an abysmal dance routine (The One with all the Jealousy, 3x12). Despite his lack of smarts, Joey can be quite resourceful. He is quick to use things from his immediate environment to achieve his own ends, such as employing Carl to be his identical twin in a study to make some extra cash (The One with Unagi, 6x17), or trying to convince his “hand twin” to join him in a quest to become rich and famous (The One in Vegas: Part 2, 5x24). His actions are usually impulsive, and are made without much thought of future consequence, such telling an interviewer he wrote his own lines on Days of Our Lives, which resulted in his firing from the show (The One Where Dr. Ramoray Dies, 2x18), buying an extravagant collection of art sculptures to decorate his new apartment, despite not being able to afford them in the near future (“It was an impulse buy! Near the checkout!”), or building an entertainment unit that partially barricaded the doors to his and Chandler’s rooms (The One with Frank Jr, 3x05). Joey is open to trying new things, such as wearing a handbag suggested by Rachel for his audition (The One with Joey’s Bag, 5x11). He is also an appreciator of material possessions, and often uses lavish gifts to express his appreciation for others, such as redecorating his and Chandler’s apartment with a top-of-the-range furniture collection (The One Where Ross and Rachel…You Know, 2x15).

Introverted Feeling (Fi): Behind his playboy exterior, Joey is a highly sensitive person. He is deeply upset when he learns Beth dies in Little Women (The One Where Monica and Richard Are Just Friends, 3x13) and cries anytime someone mentions the film Titanic (The One where Chandler Can’t Cry, 6x14). Joey cares deeply about his friends, especially Chandler, and is willing to do just about anything for them. He stops seeing Ursula because he doesn’t want to destroy his friendship with Phoebe (The One with Two Parts, 1x17), and keeps his feelings for Rachel private because he doesn’t want to hurt Ross’s feelings (The One with the Secret Closet, 8x14). He is thoughtful and kind, and allows his love for his friends to be expressed through actions (Se), such as buying Chandler a bracelet to celebrate their friendship (The One with the Prom Video, 2x14), or inviting Chandler to his movie premiere as a thank you for the help with his acting career (The One Where Rachel is Late, 8x22). Joey is quick to notice when people are bring mean or cold – he can’t understand why Chandler can’t cry at Bambi (The One Where Chandler Can’t Cry, 6x14), and is upset when Chandler calls him a woman for his interest in arranging flowers, saying “that’s just mean!” (The One with Ross’s Teeth, 6x08). Joey creates strong emotional ties with animals and objects as well as people – he takes his parenting duties with the chick and the duck very seriously, sleeps with a “bedtime penguin pal” named Hugsy and names his barcalounger Rosita in honour of how much she means to him. He has strong values informed by his internal feelings, and isn’t afraid to call people out when he believes they have crossed a line. For example, he is mad at Ross for kissing Chandler’s mother, believing this goes against the friendship code (“you can kiss a sister, maybe a hot aunt, but not a mum!”), and is even more furious at Chandler when he kisses Kathy, seeing this as a complete betrayal of friendship (The One Where Chandler Crosses the Line, 4x07). Joey has strong ideas about what is honourable and what is not. He is disturbed to find Monica and Chandler having sex when babysitting Emma (“you can’t have S-E-X when you’re taking care of a B-A-B-I-E!”), and proposes to both Phoebe and Rachel when he believes they are pregnant because he believes it is “the right thing to do” (The One with the Red Sweater, 8x02).

Extraverted Thinking (Te): Though by no means his dominant function, Joey frequently relies on a straightforward, no-nonsense approach (Te) to attain sensory pleasures such as sex (Se). He has a list of practical strategies that get right to the point – on dates, he has a bottle of wine sent to the table from a fan, and later puts on lip balm to get a kiss out of the woman he’s with (The One Where Joey Dates Rachel, 8x12).  He’s unimpressed by approaches that beat around the bush, seeing them as inefficient – for example, he doesn’t see the point in kissing unless it leads to sex (The One with the Sonogram at the End, 1x02), and is initially confused about Rachel’s dating techniques via deep and meaningful conversation because he can’t see where it’s going (The One Where Joey Dates Rachel, 8x12). He has a specific goal in mind when it comes to sex, and he wants to achieve it though the most pragmatic, time-efficient technique possible. Joey is often the one to tell it like it is when it comes to sex and relationships – he can’t see why Ross and Chandler are so prone to anxiety or put so much emphasis on their feelings. He is frustrated by Ross’s depression about his divorce, believing the obvious answer is visiting a strip club (The Pilot, 1x01), and cannot understand why Chandler is so upset by Monica manipulating him into having sex, saying, “So? You got to have sex!” (“The One with Phoebe’s Birthday Dinner, 9x05). To Joey, these solutions are obvious because they are a means to attain a desirable sensory goal (Se) through pragmatic action (Te).

Introverted Intuition (Ni): Foresight is not Joey’s strong suit. He has known from a young age that he wants to be an actor, but his plans for the future rarely reach further than this. He is happy jumping from job to job, and is satisfied with Estelle’s efforts to find him paid employment here and there. Joey is wary of embracing the future – he is concerned about growing old, and breaks down saying “why, God, why!” when he, Chandler and Rachel turn thirty (The One Where They All Turn Thirty, 7x14). He is upset when Chandler and Monica invest in the future of their married life by buying a house outside the city, and can’t see why things shouldn’t stay as they are in the present.

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