If you want to get technical, characters are just layers upon layers of intense psychology. As a writer, you have to consider what kind of character would stand up and fight and which one would flee? You have to figure out what each character’s weakness is and what motivates them. More importantly, you have to come up with a good backstory that would explain why and how each character has all these personality traits. That’s why any good author has a deep understanding of psychology. I think it’s fairly obvious that I consider psychology important (I’ve seriously considering majoring in it; if I don’t, I definitely will minor in it). But before you can evaluate anyone else’s personality, you have to be familiar with your own. I hate to sound like a bad cliche, but you’ve got to be self aware. The easiest (and most fun) way to get self-awareness? I’d say it’s the personality quiz. Briggs Myer’s 16 Personality Type Quiz is the ultimate personality quiz. It’s a type indicator which tells you you about your attitude (whether you’re introverted or extroverted), whether you’re more objective or intutive, whether you rely more on thinking or feeling and whether you make judgements or rely on your perception. This test is eerily accurate. I took the Type Indicator and found out that I have and INTP personality…the architect personality. Basically, I am introverted intutive and I rely more on thinking and perception. That actually makes a lot of sense. I wish I could ignore some parts of my test, but unfortunately I can’t. On the other hand, I’m absurdly pleased with some of my results. I think I’ve gotten a deeper sense of who I am and my strengths and weaknesses. So in case you want to find out what kind of personality you have, you can take it for free here- www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test. If you want a second opinion, you can try www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp. You could also use one of the types as a model for one of the characters.
Happy personality testing. Disclaimer: As always the pictures aren’t mine