Tony Soprano

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The Green in this spiritual portrait represents Tony Soprano's dominant trait, his rationality. In Extraverts, the dominant trait is directed outwardly, and spiritual portraits use a long vertical line to represent this, because it is the side of their personality that is most evident. He demonstrates this trait in the unsentimental way he treats his family.

The Yellow in this spiritual portrait represents Tony Soprano's auxiliary trait, his pragmatism. In Extraverts, the auxiliary trait is directed inwardly, and spiritual portraits use a horizontal line to represent this. He demonstrates this trait in the way he gives making money a priority without regard to how it's being made.

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A preference for logical decision making — the Green Thinking in the four-letter-type parlance used here — is important in ....

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Tony Soprano:
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A preference for logical decision making — the Green Thinking in the four-letter-type parlance used here — is important in a leader.

Impartiality is expected, and one of the keys to being respected. Start to play favorites with people, and all your decisions come into question.

And in Tony's line of work, the importance of keeping a cool head in tough situations cannot be stressed highly enough. Indeed, the ability to maintain focus while under fire — whether the fire is literal or figurative — can mean the difference between life and death.

The downside to having this preference is that relationships suffer. One can, for the most part, spend time with only one family at a time. Tony's pursuit of this work-life balance — to the extent that he does seek compromise — is one of the things that gives this show its appeal.

Another source of the show's appeal is Tony's penchant for direct communications. For example, one of my favorite lines from Tony comes in response to his protege Christopher Moltisanti's complaint that he hasn't been feeling well:

I wipe my nose with your feelings!

If you want to work for a logical pragmatist like Tony, you need to know when to keep quiet and just get the job done.

As an INFP, I am the opposite type from Tony. It's difficult for me to relate to him in general, and almost impossible to imagine saying something like this in particular. But I can certainly appreciate his motivations when he says it, and I would not want to be in a position where I might hear it.

With my particular skill set, I don't really want to be a boss. But if I ever find myself in a position where I need to take on that role, thanks to The Sopranos, I have an excellent role model to use!