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    Coupling was a popular UK TV show. I have some ideas about the types of the characters. I picked out snippets from character bios, and I added snippets about the characters from the point of view of the writer and the actors who play the characters.

    Steve Taylor

    • At times is an insufferable prat.
    • A hapless character who has the uncanny knack of digging himself into all sorts of trouble.
    • He will constantly think before he speaks and make himself look very foolish.
    • Skilled at saying the wrong thing at the wrong time.
    • His inability to handle pressure often leads to humorous and hugely inappropriate responses.
    • Becomes observably nervous when he tries to relax.
    • Despite this, Steve has some common sense and often refutes the seemingly ridiculous things that Jeff and Patrick come up with.
    • He means well but always seems to lose control of the situation.
    • Tries to be the voice of reason while talking to his mates over a pint, but more often than not he stumbles into more complex and ridiculous situations than any of them.
    • At least once per series, Steve goes off on a long rant explaining a difference of perspective between the sexes, which can be embarrassing for Susan.

    Writer: “At the same time he tells Patrick off for being ruthless with women, and yet the evidence shows that Steve himself is a bit of a bastard. For example he asks Susan out on a date while he's having sex with Jane. He is quite typical of having all the same lusts and appetites as Patrick while also having the nervousness of Jeff and the new character Oliver. He forms a compromise of a politically correct weasel, which helps him to believe that he's a decent chap. Actually he's really too frightened of Susan to misbehave!”

    Actor: “In many ways Steve doesn't change, but the relationship certainly has. He's still frequently at a loss for words and continues to despair at his own towering ineptitude. He takes a situation, digs himself a big pit of humiliation and shame, climbs into it - and just keeps digging. But he is completely without malice, which is fun to play. Steve's good at getting to the heart - in a funny way - of a little boy that will not entirely disappear in every grown man.”

    Susan Walker
    • Can have an explosive, emotionally charged temper.
    • Prides herself in being a great cook.
    • Likes to hold and cater dinner parties.
    • Frequently tidies up or rearrange Steve’s flat.
    • Can be insecure and often takes this out on Steve.
    • Very confident young woman with a very open attitude to life.
    • Very little seems to phase her and she seems to be very grounded and confident in her sexuality.
    • Takes her work life as an accountant seriously.
    • Usually very sensible and organized. Implied that she likes to make lists.
    • Susan finds Steve hard work at times but she still loves him.

    Writer: “The others in the group perceive Susan as the super-confident one, although this isn't really the case. Similar to Patrick, she is fairly non-complex, and yet she is also strong, bright and clever. She may well have actually preferred to have found herself an Alpha man, got married and become a mother. Despite the fact that she's a successful career woman, she would never power-dress and really rather enjoys the fact that she's a fun-loving, perfectly happy girly-girl.”

    Actress: “My character is very grounded, sorted and confident in her sexuality. Her comedy comes from her directness, which means she sometimes puts her foot in it, but you always know where you are with her. She's a good-time girl who enjoys her life and her man. I've certainly learned a few lessons from her about self-belief, but we also catch glimpses of her being slightly insecure, out of her depth, which is very funny. Mind you, Susan is very tolerant…”

    Sally Harper
    • Fears death and aging, which she consciously combats as a beautician.
    • Fears dying alone.
    • Insecure and obsessed about her appearance and health.
    • Inept at relationships due to frequent paranoia, which tends to make her out as a very mean spirited person.
    • She is highly opinionated and is quick to give her opinion about others to others.
    • Most insecure and resentful of the group.

    Writer: “Emotionally ravenous, desperately insecure and very needy, Sally is so aware of her own insecurities and weaknesses that she's inadvertently cruel to the people around her. She assumes things won't work out for her, so she takes a pessimistic view on all the good things that happen to her. She's very quick to assume she's about to get hurt, and therefore gets upset in advance. In fact, she has a fairly good time throughout the series, but she never actually notices!”

    Patrick Maitland

    • He believes that he lacks a subconscious.
    • Has a habit of saying things without thinking that give the impression that he is rather dense.
    • Not the most intellectual of men.
    • Successful businessman and very competitive with others in the same business.
    • Has a vague sense of loyalty for his friends.
    • Something of a playboy living a playboy lifestyle. He is great at picking up women.
    • Has a one-track mind: sex.
    • Enjoys fast cars and beautiful women and has a very simple view of the world.
    • Doesn’t believe in being complicated and likes to be direct.
    • Generally sees women as objects and not human beings.
    • Enjoys filming himself having sex with women and keeps the tapes in a cupboard.
    • Never breaks things gently to women and dumps them bluntly without cushioning the blow.

    Writer: “Patrick lacks complexity at any level. He's straightforward and doesn't understand why other people don't view the world the way he does. He's wrongly thought of as a bastard, yet he's actually fairly honest with the others. He's a fan of cars and women and enjoys living well - just like most men do - yet he's completely unapologetic about it. Nevertheless, being the kind of guy he is, he manages to simply fall in love. Unlike Steve, he doesn't make a big fuss about it - for example, he'll realise Sally's the girl for him and then that's that. Patrick's fun because he's always that little bit simpler than the others and he just doesn't worry about things.”

    Jeff Murdock
    • Has a rather eccentric, perverted personality that is largely tolerated by the others.
    • Gets nervous around women and usually ends up doing stupid things around them and scaring them off.
    • Terrible at talking to women, often stumbling and unintentionally making up lie upon lie in an attempt to avoid looking stupid.
    • Obsessed with naked women and dirty magazines.
    • His constant sexual frustration, ridiculous stories and fantasies about women and sex make up a major part of the comedy.
    • Frequently gives out sexual advice despite lack of experience.
    • Often talks about unspoken sexual rules, theories, terms, and jargon.
    • Behaves like a hormonal teenager at times with his obsession with breasts and arses.
    • It’s almost as if when Jeff got to adolescence his body grew and matured but his brain got left behind.

    Jane Christie
    • Self-centered and the center of her own little world.
    • Despite being selfish, vain, manipulative, and extremely irritating she knows a thing or two about men and how to satisfy them in bed.
    • Her character is not too bright. She has incorrect understandings of many terms (i.e. homosexual or vegetarian).
    • Very possessive and frequently has trouble letting go.
    • Has a direct and sometimes blunt approach to people.
    • She often comes on much too strong and appearing desperate or rude to others in her pursuit of a man.
    • Her very narrow minded personality soon put most men off her.
    • She claims to be bisexual to entice men, but Oliver challenges the validity of this claim.

    Writer: “Jane's a fairly needy, lonely character, mostly concerned about her age and the fact she hasn't got a boyfriend. Desperately seeking attention, Jane constantly makes things up, telling more than just little white lies. She lives a fantasy life, but she doesn't live up to any of the fantasies she creates. Instead, she's a woman who'd really rather prefer to be married - perhaps to someone like Steve - but pretends to be OK with the single life.”

    Actress: “Kooky, every man's worst nightmare. She has no filters, which is great fun to play. She's a real live-wire, self-obsessed, oblivious to the feelings of others and supremely manipulative. She has her own unique set of principles, which are usually completely politically incorrect, which makes for great comedy. We also see her loneliness - she seems supremely self-confident and tactless, but that masks a lot of insecurity, which is compounded by her being such an attention seeker! She loves being part of the group and the friendships are much more cemented now, offering Jane a real stability. But she is looking for a serious relationship so has decided to join a dating agency - which is how she meets Oliver.”

    Oliver Morris

    • What you might call the ultimate geek.
    • Has very little experience with women and acts nervously around them.
    • Often has a very cynical outlook.
    • He is prone to accidents, often making a fool of himself in the process.
    • Believes himself to be a ladies man.
    • Tendency to use the word ‘craziness’ frequently in conversations, usually as an attempt to alleviate tension when he starts blabbering.
    • Sometimes shown gearing himself up to meet women and have sex by thinking to himself aloud.

    Writer: “Jane calls Oliver a cross between a puppy and an idiot, which is only partly fair. His ex-girlfriend calls him a cross between brother and sister, which is mostly cruel. He's been in a relationship for seven years and he's badly out of practice with women. But he still thinks he sort of knows his way around them. He swings between misplaced confidence and raptures of apology over his latest blunder. But underneath all his seeming sweetness and haplessness, he's angry at being dumped, angry at being on his own and, as Jane finds out, quite capable of turning on you if you push him far enough.”
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    Steve Taylor - This character seems quite reserved to me. I thought maybe ISFp but that seems ridiculous. If it wasn't for Jeff, I might think Steve was an ENTp himself.
    Susan Walker - I thought about her type before, and I just could not think of anything. I suppose ESFj could work.
    Sally Harper - I think she's quite clearly an ISFj.
    Patrick Maitland - seems quite clearly to be Se dominant...ESTp.
    Jeff Murdock - ENTp is the type that comes readily to mind...but I'm not sure I can see him with a Fi-PoLR. He can be quite reserved like Steve, but Jeff is an intuitive type while I think Steve is a sensing type.
    Jane Christie - EXFx...maybe ENFj
    Oliver Morris - don't particularly care\have much of an opinion

    I am sorry I am so hopeless.

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    Oh Jeffrey!
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    Quote Originally Posted by munenori2 View Post
    Oh Jeffrey!
    Apparently.

    Steve Taylor: LII. He is fairly reserved unless within the company of close friends, but even then, he typically acts as the voice of reason. His problem occurs from his nervousness and constant back-peddling with clarifying clauses when in a bind. His inability to handle pressure, confrontation, or comfortably relax make me think that he has weak Se and Si.
    Susan Walker: ESE > EIE.
    Sally Harper: EIE. I am not entirely certain about her, but having her as a negativist with an Si-PoLR, a flair for dramatics, and strong ethics fits with EIE.
    Patrick Maitland: SLE > LSI. At times he is a bit reserved or takes a back seat to the conversations between Steve and Jeff, but Se-leading and an Fi-PoLR makes sense for Patrick.
    Jeff Murdock: IEE > ILE. I am more inclined to think that Jeff is a highly awkward and perverted IEE, since as you say, an Fi PoLR for Jeff does not entirely make sense. He actually somewhat reminds me of my old IEE roommate. Some of his atypical IEE behavior may be attributed to his unhealthy and oppressive relationship with his mother.
    Jane Christie: IEI or SEI. I am largely undecided about her.
    Oliver Morris: ILE.
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    Hmm, I didn't think LII was likely for Steve in that kind of TV show, and I thought some of Jack Davenport's personality had probably made Steve quite complicated to type. But I think it's a good suggestion.

    After my post yesterday, I wondered why I had said ILE for Jeff, and not IEE for example (considering he's obviously a negativist and that he doesn't appear to have a clear Fi-PoLR).

    I still think ESI for Sally

    Thinking about Jane some more...EIE doesn't seem so probable to me now. She's obviously completely neurotic and histrionic and in a world of her own, and I remember now that she's quite impulsive (not that EIEs cannot at least seem to be that way). I think your suggestions are certainly possible.

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    I am still considering ESI for Sally.
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    I've just started watching this...

    Patrick - really dumb SLE, seems to care nothing for relationships
    Steve - I'd say ILE - he always has no idea why people are upset. I guess LII is possible, except for the rants - they remind me of my ILE friend when he's confused about relationships
    Susan - I have no idea, she's supposed to be sensible with a party-girl past, and I can't tell which is the real one... ESE seems likely enough.
    Jane - I think EIE. She says whatever's on her mind, she manipulates Steve consciously and easily, how she likes to make an impact on almost-strangers (the 'third dress', haha), the way she always draws the focus to herself and her problems - all seems more EIE than any other type.
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    [QUOTE=Logos;523277[/QUOTE]

    I love that show. I relate to Steve. Poor sot. Hate Sally and Jane, and all the rest, except Susan.

    Great show for the guys.
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