Film Noir

A typical Private Investigator (PI) needs to be open to details so that he can find clues and use logic to put them together and figure out who committed the crime. If he works alone, it would definitely help him to be well-rounded.

So if PIs have a psychological mold in the sense that they conform to a certain four-letter type, they would want to notice details and thus be more Sensing, and use logic (Thinking) to deduce how these facts point to the guilty party. And if the PI is a loner, then it would be helpful for these preferences to be mild rather than strong.

And indeed, three of the four images in this gallery conform to this xSTx mold, and each of these PIs has some support in the form of a partner, or at the very least a receptionist. The one exception, Philip Marlowe (INFP), is also the only true loner, and his preferences are extremely mild, just barely over 50%.

Once upon a time, I went into the Tattered Cover in Lodo to buy a technical book — something having to do with C++ or ssh, as I recall.

While browsing, I came across a book entitled Film Noir Reader. This turned out to be another life-altering experience! Reading about the significance of these early films led to a life-long interest in the genre.

It can be difficult to determine even the central character's personality profile from just one film. Whether other characters in the world of Film Noir might conform to this mold remains to be seen.

One thing for sure is, temptation, tragedy, and ambiguous morality can happen to anyone — regardless of personality type — and that sort of it could happen to me is one of the reasons I love film noir!

I plan to post more images of unforgettable characters from other films noir soon.

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Sam Spade

PI in the Film The Maltese Falcon

Sam Spade's spiritual portrait is colorful, showing he is versatile. The Yellow shows he has a keen eye for clues and the Green shows he can logically figure out who the guilty party is. Click on the image to learn more! .... [More] [Less]

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Philip Marlowe

PI in the novel The Big Sleep

Philip Marlowe's colorful spiritual portrait shows his preferences are very slight and he can be very versatile. The Blue shows he has his own ideals, his own sense of right and wrong, and the Red shows he can be more compassionate than the typical PI. Click on the image to learn more! .... [More] [Less]

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Jake J. Gittes

PI in the Film Chinatown

Jake Gittes' spiritual portrait has quite a bit of Green, showing he is logical. The Yellow shows he can find the clues he needs and logically deduce 'whodunnit.' Click on the image to learn more! .... [More] [Less]

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Cody Jarrett

Criminal Mastermind and Mama's Boy in the Film White Heat

Cody Jarrett's spiritual portrait has plenty of Green, showing he is cold and logical. It also has plenty of Blue, showing he prefers his own inner reality to facts. Click on the image to learn more! .... [More] [Less]

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Mike Hammer

PI in the Film Kiss Me, Deadly

Mike Hammer's spiritual portrait is full of Green, showing he is extremely logical, to the point of being stubborn. The Yellow shows he is very realistic. Click on the image to learn more! .... [More] [Less]

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