That’s Good!

“You are who you are!  From the time you were born, and I don’t think it changes. It never did for me.”

“I don’t know what it is..

I don’t know..”

Yes, Larry, I know you don’t know: it’s called Temperament

“When you are working hard, and focused.  You don’t think about it.  You just do it.” — Larry

“If it is funny to me…”

yada, yada, yada…

Charlie Rose: “SO you are a guy that can’t say no.  But you want to say no.  You made a character that can say no, because you can’t say no.”

Larry David: “THAT’S GOOD!


You are a good, Charlie.

That’s the best therapy I ever had.”

Charlie Rose: Who is Larry David?

Larry David: Who do the hell knows!  I don’t know!

Lawrence GeneLarryDavid, Composer Artisan, (born July 2, 1947) is an American comedian, writer, actor, and television producer. He was the co-creator, with Jerry Seinfeld, of the television series Seinfeld, and was its head writer and executive producer from 1989 to 1996. David has subsequently gained further recognition for the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm, also created by David, in which he stars as a semi-fictionalized version of himself.

David’s work won him a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1993. Formerly a standup comedian, David went into television comedy, writing and starring in ABC’s Fridays, as well as writing briefly for Saturday Night Live. He has won two Primetime Emmy Awards as well as being voted by fellow comedians and comedy insiders as number 23 of the greatest comedy stars ever in a British poll to select The Comedian’s Comedian. [Wikipedia, revised]

Yep, Larry David is brilliant and successful, but not particularly introspective.  But very observant and FUNNY!  But he doesn’t know how or why.  IT’S JUST FUNNY.

More than the other Artisans, Composers are in tune with their senses, and so have a sure grasp of what belongs, and what doesn’t belong, in all kinds of works of art. While the other Artisans are skilled with people, tools, and entertainment, Composers have an exceptional ability-seemingly inborn-to work with subtle differences in color, tone, texture, aroma, and flavor.

Although Composers often put long, lonely hours into their artistry, they are just as impulsive as the other Artisans. They do not wait to consider their moves; rather, they act in the here and now, with little or no planning or preparation. Composers are seized by the act of artistic composition, as if caught up in a whirlwind. The act is their master, not the reverse. Composers paint or sculpt, they dance or skate, they write melodies or make recipes-or whatever-simply because they must. They climb the mountain because it is there. [Please Understand Me II]

“That’s perfect.”

Except Charlie Rose, an Idealist, and Larry David, an Artisan, do not know Temperament.  Too bad, but maybe it’s better for both of them.  Charlie wouldn’t be probe for authenticity as much, and Larry wouldn’t be as spontaneous and funny with more self-reflection.

Other examples of Composer Artisans include: Bill CunninghamDaniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg, Carole King, Marvin Hamlisch, Nora Ephron, Dr. Seuss, Meryl Streep, Cher, and Bob Dylan.

4 thoughts on “That’s Good!

  1. Bernie Brightman August 31, 2015 / 8:30 pm

    Watch his shows; Larry is surely an INTJ, like I am. So many of the things he does in his show I have done in real life.
    Charlie is most likely an ENTP. He is fascinated with talking to others and has a very rational approach, not feeling-based at all, even though he has many NFs on his show, which proves my point even more actually.


  2. LD September 19, 2015 / 12:20 pm

    There is simply no way Larry David is an ISFP, sorry. He is *clearly* an NT rational. I think NTP is more likely than NTJ (I would type him INTP Architect – a fitting label seeing as the character he inspired in Seinfeld, George Costanza, always claimed to be an architect), but ISFP is just ridiculous. Watch Curb Your Enthusiasm. The man is far, far removed from an SP artisan – he has absolutely no practical or sensory ability whatsoever; he can’t even change a tire and he knows or cares nothing about aesthetics or style. I find it just plain bizarre that you listed a bunch of ISFP Composer traits that do not fit him in the slightest and then said “that’s perfect.” It is far, far, far from perfect. Larry David is eccentric, comes up with all sorts of introspective musings that only make sense to him, and his head is totally in the clouds. And his rigid clinging to (logical) principle, frank insensitivity, difficulty understanding people, and disregard for social convention also makes his NTness clear. If he *was* an Artisan he would be ISTP Crafter, not ISFP Composer, but I strongly disagree with the idea that he is an Artisan at all.


    • David Keirsey September 20, 2015 / 1:31 pm

      He might be not a Myersian ISFP by your criteria, but the best fit is a KTT Composer Artisan (yes, possibly a Crafter Artisan). One of the important distinctions in Keirsey Temperament Theory between the Rationals and Artisans is the Rationals are more introspective (they watch themselves) whereas the Artisans are more observant (they watch the environment). Larry David does not introspect on himself much (whereas Charlie Rose, an Idealist (also introspective) must point things out to Larry about himself). Larry David is not very self-aware — he is very smart about human interactions, but at a gut level. It just feels right to him. He works best spontaneously.

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      • Bernie Brightman September 20, 2015 / 11:00 pm

        Are not INTJs very private people? I suggest that LD knows an awful lot about himself, but no way is he going to reveal that kind of information in an interview. He doesn’t want to appear uncooperative of course so he dummies up. As to Charlie, knowing about others is his job, but he must be an E to want to talk to so very many people all the time.


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