Mike Hammer

[© 2017]

Explain Dominant Color Explain Auxiliary Color

The Yellow in this spiritual portrait represents Hammer's dominant trait, his pragmatism. In Introverts, the dominant is directed inwardly, and spiritual portraits use a long horizontal line to represent this. He demonstrates this trait in his materialism: his fancy car, the nice apartment with its high-tech answering machine - even his cherished secretary is a bit of an object.

The Green in this spiritual portrait represents Hammer's auxiliary trait, his rationality. In Introverts, the auxiliary is directed outwardly, and spiritual portraits use a vertical line to represent this, because it is more evident than the dominant function. He demonstrates this trait in his willingness to start throwing punches with very little provocation.

PI in the Film Kiss Me, Deadly

Although traditionally the term hard-boiled applies equally to fictional ....

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Mike Hammer:
The Story

You can sense Hammer's ruthlessness in his spiritual portrait. The ample quantity and forceful strength of the green show this is not a man you want to mess with!

Who's More Hard-Boiled?

Although traditionally the term hard-boiled applies equally to fictional PIs like Mike Hammer and Philip Marlowe, I suspect Mike is more the hard one, while Philip would be more boiled.

It's extremely important to realize the four pairs of opposites these images portray do not incorporate any tendencies morality or psycohpathy.

This is why it's interesting to contrast this image with the one of Mr. Spock. Although the images of the two are very similar, and we would do well to not mess with either one, it is difficult to imagine Spock exhibiting the same sort of sometimes sadistic ruthlessness Hammer is capable of.


About This Portrait

This portrait is based on the excellent film Kiss Me Deadly. I highly recommend this film to everyone!