MBTI Spotlight: ISFP (Taka One OK Rock/ Takahiro Moriuchi)

ISFPs, also known as The Artists among all MBTI types, have a unique way of looking at life: from the core of their hearts. What they believe in, what they value, and what they see in a literal sense make up their perception. An example of a well-developed ISFP would be Takahiro Moriuchi, the lead singer of One OK Rock.

Fi — Taka’s actions and the things he says during interviews (and even his lyrics) circle around his feelings and beliefs. He often talks about how being in One OK Rock makes him feel, and how his belief in music as a saving device drives him in life. He has said before that he sings for his love of music, and to stand up for those who have been looked down upon as he has once been looked down upon through his songs. He is also known to force security guards to let him see his fans, as he always professed to love them so much. He seems to be private about his emotions, yet they always burst through the surface through his actions and, occasionally, him crying onstage and getting emotional over things (which he’s pretty well-known for).

Se — It has been mentioned in interviews that as a teen, Taka was rebellious and impulsive. He impulsively dropped out of school, quit a boyband, and jumped straight into the world of rock music without looking back. However, as the years went by, he has since developed his Se. His Se is now manifested in the form of his sense of style (his taste in fashion, his frequent habit of dyeing his hair and trying new hairstyles), his love of new challenges such as writing songs in English, his love for art and aesthetics, his habit of jumping onstage (and, uh, falling), his energy onstage, and his love for partying, as frequently displayed on social media.

Ni — Without Taka’s use of this function, the band wouldn’t have gone international. On interviews, Taka often talks about how he plans to break through the barriers of international music, how he plans to write more songs in English (and improve his English, ha) and sing them onstage to reach a larger audience. He wouldn’t stop at being in the biggest band in Japan – he’s always wanted more than that.

Te — At times, Taka can be blunt to the core and hardworking. He’s also been a good leader to the band (thus the nickname “the Emperor”), but other than that he doesn’t show any further use of this function.

(It was hard to type Taka as his lyrics shout Fi-Si and his vision seems Fi-Ne at a glance, yet his interviews show a strong use of Fi-Ni and his social media accounts scream Fi-Se to us. We ultimately decided on ISFP instead of INFP for Taka, as sometimes the art doesn’t necessarily represent the artist’s personality).

— Admin ENTJ

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