Jim Carrey (Analysis)

Like many an actor before him, Jim Carrey appears to have turned one of his innate mannerism into a successful career asset. I am referring of course to the parodying tendency typical of Ne users and most prevalent in the Ne-lead. Indeed, while this behavior may be circumstantial and not restricted to a function, a variety of individuals with Ne as a process rely on it to a significant extent. This in turn allows them to communicate some of their associative imagination by way of a second-degree performance. Even though his persona is certainly less exaggerated outside the set, Jim Carrey best represents this development, which one can refer overall, and most literally in this case, as the “comedian” shade of the NeTi/Malee

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Figure 1 : Jim Carrey is making impressions through grimace and voice, notably when transposing scenes from the past (starting with the disclaimer “I was like…”)

Putting aside the arrangements of Hollywood photography and looking directly at the man by the mean of interviews, the observer may immediately notice two significant signals : buoyancy and naive eyes. Not a maniac by any mean, Jim Carrey seems nevertheless to manifest a consistently proactive attitude in appropriating his setting, making its excitation felt. And while the expressive range of the actor certainly allows him to occasionally perform somewhat menacing stares, more so in promotional pictures, his most natural expression is one of softness, which we could be tempted to describe as “childlike”.

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Figure 2 : Jim Carrey’s unfocused energy and “naive”, “childlike” look

A more detailed and systematic approach may be able to distinguish an oscillation between the two leading functions of the Ne-lead, proactive abstract perception, also abbreviated as Ne, and reactive concrete perception, or Si. Beside its continual momentum akin to restlessness, Ne is most apparent through a smooth toggling of the eyes, which emphasizes their brightness. On the other hand, this is complemented by a fixated stare, notably in the instances of recall.

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Figure 3 : Oscillation between eye-toggling and fixation during the reenactement of a complex memory

Whereas the former movement may be easily directed upward, the latter may drift downward and to the side, in a manner similar to a Si-lead, but certainly to a lesser length. When the recall process proves demanding, it can be accompanied by a typical scowl, which bears a similar appearance to a confused expression.

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Figure 4 : Jim Carrey’s scowl during precise recalls

Given the accentuation of extraversion in this development, the secondary oscillation is mostly apparent through a subsidiary proactive ethical judgement (Fe). A very meticulous recorder may notice, in spite of the lack of clear pausing and rigid neutralization, a certain jerkiness in expression. However, reactive logical judgement (Ti) prevalence can be discerned by proxy in the placid and somewhat monotonous Fe smile. Not only does it lack the central tension of Fi, but contrary to more prevalent Fe users, there is seemingly not much tension either in the zygomatici muscles. In any case, perhaps assisted by his professional training, Jim Carrey appears quite adept at modulating his voice tone in accordance to the reaction he wishes to elicit.

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Figure 5 : Jim Carrey’s relaxed and inviting smile

The content of the interview itself could hint us toward the mental considerations that accompany the typical outward expressions of the NeTi/Maleer “comedian”. During his 2014 appearance on morning television show TODAY, Jim Carrey mentioned an exhaustive inclination for experimentation and improvisation commonly saw among Ne-lead.

Matt Lauer : It has been said that […] you tend to always think that there is a better, bigger laugh in the next take.
Jim Carrey : I’ll go until they won’t let me anymore. You know, basically that’s my thing. […] I’ll try one more and something completely spontaneous happens. Maybe one or two times out of ten, it’s something really brillant.

On a previous instance, during the promotion of 2011’s movie Mr Popper’s Penguins, he described to BlackTreeTv his way of making his prospective imagination come true through opportunities, while demonstrating a reliance on past experiences.

Jamaal Finkley : Did you dreamed it big or did it just kind of happened ?
Jim Carrey : No, I dreamed it. I really did. I had a teacher in second grade […] who said “whenever I want something, I pray to the Virgin Mary […] and I get whatever I want”. […] I have been operating my life like that ever since, and Hollywood was the same thing, it was a creation of my mind to begin with. But then, what you do is you put it there like it already exists, you feel it as if it already exists, and then when the doors open up you walk through them.

In the end, one should be careful not to reduce the individual to its most whimsical presentation. A variety of additional interviews have put forward the tension between an optimistic, self-expressive impulse and a depressive tendency, but also an interest in drama as well as a trustful exploration of spirituality.

If you are searching for another similarly developped NeTi/Maleer from a different country, you can take a look at French comedian Gad Elmaleh. Again, a fruitful comparison could be made with the neighboring NeFi/Medaer type, for example through the personality of comedian Robin Williams.

Sources :
Brian Linehan’s City Lights- Jim Carrey 1983
Jim Carrey Interview for MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS on BlackTreeTv
Jim Carrey Interview: ‘Dumb And Dumber To’ So Much Fun | TODAY
Jim Carrey Interview for 60 minutes

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