When it comes to sitcoms, there is quite nothing like the fandom of the supremely popular ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S’, just as there is nothing quite like its immense likability and re-watchability even after fifteen years since the six eponymous friends went out of a purple door with a yellow frame to get coffee. In fact, there is a very astute, important observation one encounters when looking at the very genesis of the fanatical popularity of this show that just refuses to die down. Not only was the humour fresh and spot on, it was the immensely well sketched out characters, with each of their distinct quips, and how relatable their struggles, successes, friendship, laughter, lows and highs felt that the show actually moved to acquire its status as an icon in pop culture from being just a regular sitcom.
For me, when it comes to sitcoms, it usually boils down to a battle between ‘The Office’ and ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S’, both holding a very special place within myself. Having recently done the Myers Briggs Personality Test for a host of ‘The Office’ characters that proved to be a rather fun exercise, I decided that it was prudent for me to do it for these absolutely dynamic big apple personalities as well. So, without further ado, here is my take on what kind of personalities the characters from ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S’ have.
Rachel Green, ESFP
The only other friend among the six to exactly share a personality type with another, Rachel and Joey are far more alike compared to any other pair in the group, and even further more than what is revealed in the initial seasons. Their relationship and dynamic clearly blossoms in the second half of the show’s run. Rachel and Ross might have been each other’s lobsters, and don’t get me wrong, a couple I was pining for as well, but in an alternate reality where Joey would have been written to end up with Rachel, the two would have been a match made in the high heavens.
Comparisons aside and bringing Rachel back into the spotlight, just as she likes it, the extroverted part of her personality is a no-brainer. She is extremely sociable and outgoing: something that she puts to good use when she finally finds her calling in life in the fashion industry. On the other hand, it is not so much as an abundance of the ‘sensing’ nature rather than a complete dearth of an ‘intuitive’ one that defines her second Myers Briggs identity type: she is definitely more dreamy than practical, and makes decisions based on gut rather than completely weighed in logical assessment. It took her a while to find her calling in life once she was introduced to the real world by Monica, but once she was, there was little that was going to stop her from achieving it, which is what strains out her and Ross’ relationship in the first place.
However, the ‘feeling’ part of her personality is truly put on display in the definitive segment when she doesn’t get on the flight to Paris to pursue her dream job, instead choosing to stay back for Ross and Emma. Undoubtedly a life of the party kind of personality, but a deeper person once you get to know her, Rachel Green may not be as textbook ESFP as Joey, but is a pretty solid embodiment nonetheless.