Personality types are useless to learn about yourself, your partner, or even how you'll be in a relationship. There are four categories that show differences with where people prefer to focus their energy (introversion or extraversion), how people prefer to take in information (sensing or intuition), how people make decisions (thinking or feeling) and how people deal with the outer world (judging or perceiving). The categories come together to create a 4-letter combination that represents a type. Maybe it's INTP relationships or maybe you're an ESTJ but your partner is an INFJ, whatever the case, see if you can identify with one of these 16 personality types and learn more about yourself and those around you.
1. ISTJ – the Duty Fulfiller
ISTJs are practical, realistic, and responsible. They go to great lengths to do what is necessary, but when something seems pointless, they make a fuss. If ISTJs aren’t appreciated for what they have to offer, they may find it hard to delegate and trust others to get the job done right. When stressed out, ISTJs tend to freak out and think of the worst possibilities for themselves and others. Overall, ISTJs are loyal, logical, concrete and dependable individuals that are great at achieving their goals.
2. ISFJ – the Nurturer
ISFJs are considerate, dependable, concrete, observant and very cooperative. They figure out the needs of others and find a way to fulfill them! ISFJs take family relationships seriously and have a strong sense of responsibility. It’s really hard for ISFJs to say «no» and they could become overwhelmed when asked to do something. ISFJs get discouraged when they face negative criticism, and sometimes become depressed. They need to remember to give themselves some credit, and nurture themselves just as they do to others.
3. INTP- Introverted INtuitive Thinking Perceiving
INTPs are logical, rational, and like to focus on things internally rather than externally. INTPs rely heavily on intuition and look at things in how they could improve and the minds of INTPs are constantly running! INTPs relationships might be at risk since they don't waste their time on feelings so they don't usually cater to the way others feel when it comes to things. They are independent, restless, temperamental, but also genius.
4. ESTP – the Doer
ESTPs are energetic, observant, analytical and straightforward. Many view them as talkative, spontaneous, and adventurous! They are impatient with theories, because they like to do rather than to sit around and think. Because of this, they may become bored and have a hard time in higher education where theory is more of the focus. Overall, ESTPs are fun people to be around and, if they use their gifts, they’ll achieve wonderful and exciting things!
5. ESFP – the Performer
People who identify as ESFPs enjoy people and life! They are warm, supportive, optimistic, sympathetic and tactful! ESFPs are great at helping people get through problems. They love to be the center of attention, because to them, the world is their stage. ESFPs have a hard time with structure; they like to adapt to what ever happens and live in the moment. They know how to have fun, and overall, life is great for them, but they need to watch out for the dangers of constantly living in the moment.
6. INTJ – the Scientist
Out of the 16 personality types this is my favorite! Yep, you guessed it! This is my personality type! INTJs are very insightful, rational, and long-range thinkers. They value knowledge and organization, and expect competence from themselves and others. INTJs need closure so they seek to find conclusions about everything. INTJs are natural leaders, but unless they find a need for their leadership, they stay in the background. When stressed, they may become obsessed with sensate activities such as Facebook games or over-drinking. They are logical, thoughtful, and amazing at seeing the big picture of ideas, but they need to remember to acknowledge details and not hold everyone to the same standard as they hold themselves.
7. INFJ – the Protector
INFJs are committed and stand firm in what they believe. They are organized and decisive. INFJs are also considerate of others’ feelings and try their hardest not to hurt them. They are very sensitive to conflict, and cannot tolerate it very well. INFJs can be very stubborn and trust their own instincts above anyone else’s, because they are so intuitive. Overall, INFJs are great listeners, warm and affirming, and they take their commitments very seriously.
8. ENTP – the Visionary
ENTPs are creative and very clever! They are also very insightful, outspoken, adaptable and enthusiastic! ENTPs have no problem figuring out systems and maneuvering through them to reach their goals! ENTPs are fluent conversationalists, mentally quick, and they love to debate issues. They are big risk-takers and big spenders, but they’re not usually good at managing money. ENTPs can be very charming, laid-back, and flexible. ENTPs are usually easy to get along with, but they could be viewed as argument starters because they love to debate so much!
9. ENFP – the Inspirer
People who identify with the ENFP personality type, are good at understanding people. They can be very persuasive, creative, friendly, and supportive. Others view them as personable and enthusiastic. They have an extreme dislike for criticism and conflict. Overall the ENFP brings out the best in others, they are great motivators, but they can sometimes be unrealistic in their enthusiasm.
10. ISTP – the Mechanic
ISTPs are practical, realistic, and logical problem solvers. They love variety and new experiences. Others view them as adaptable, confident, and independent. ISTPs aren’t at all threatened by criticism or conflict. Sometimes they can be very out of tune with other’s emotions, which may cause them to be insensitive. ISTPs are strong, intense, and exciting, and may stir things up to create excitement! An ISTP’s goal is to get the best quality result with the least amount of effort!
11. INTP – the Thinker
INTPs are theoretical and logical thinkers. They value knowledge above all else. INTPs are likely to have friends who share their interest. Since the INTP loves theories, ideas, and concepts, they are not likely to have much patience or understanding for people with the Sensing preference, who are not usually comfortable with abstract conceptualizing. INTPs work best when they can work on theories alone. When given an environment that supports their creativity and genius, INTPs can accomplish truly remarkable things.
12. ESFJ – the Caregiver
ESFJs are realistic, down-to-earth, decisive and thorough. They love people and take their responsibility to them very seriously. Since they feel pressure to adhere to that responsibility, they may sometimes turn their friendships into another task or duty. Usually, however, they get a lot of enjoyment from their friendships, and give back a lot of affirming warmth. ESFJs are energetic and draw people toward them, but they may also be overly conscience of how others view them.
13. ENFJ – the Giver
ENFJs are warm, compassionate, trustworthy, and persuasive. ENFJs have a strong need for close, intimate relationships, and will put forth a lot of effort in creating and maintaining these relationships. They're very loyal and trustworthy once involved in a relationship. They enjoy supporting and bringing out the best in others. They are energetic and fun to be around. Under stress, ENFJs may uncharacteristically develop critical and troubling thoughts about others, but they usually keep it to themselves.
14. ENTJ – the Executive
ENTJs are decisive, assertive, innovative, and direct. They are excellent at solving organizational problems, and prefer new obstacles. ETNJs fit into the corporate world very well; they are natural born leaders! They are extremely direct and straightforward, but they can sometimes get controlling and confrontational. When stressed, ENTJs can be overwhelmed with self-doubt and feelings of loneliness, and are unable to express their feelings to others.
15. ESTJ – the Guardian
ESTJs are systematic, self-confident, assertive, pragmatic, and have such a clear vision of the way that things should be. They naturally step into leadership roles. ESTJs can be picky at times, and sometimes inadvertently step on other’s toes. They seek life long relationships and are usually viewed as model citizens.
16. ISFP – the Artist
My husband is an ISFP, and though I love him dearly, our types are very different. ISFPs are trusting, kind, considerate, observant, and realistic. They tend to be quiet and reserved, which makes it a little difficult to get to know them. Sometimes ISFPs don’t give themselves enough credit for the things they do extremely well. Their strong value systems can lead them to be intensely perfectionist, and cause them to judge themselves with unnecessary harshness. They are usually optimistic and great listeners and they value their space and autonomy, and appreciate other's respect for that.
17. INFP – the Idealist
INFPs are sensitive, concerned, caring, and long-range visionaries. They usually strive for win-win situations, and are thoughtful and considerate, but if they don’t find a place where they can thrive, they tend to withdraw from people and situations. INFPs value authenticity and depth in their personal relationships. They are usually quite perceptive about other people's feelings and motives, and are easy to get along with, but they are very selective in choosing people to show their true selves. Under stress INFPs tend to blame themselves for problems, and doubt their own competence.
Personality profiles are so cool! I love comparing types with my friends and analyzing how accurate and inaccurate the type descriptions explain their personalities! The personality types aren’t meant to put people in boxes but rather to show their natural tendencies and preferences. Did you find a personality type with which you could identify? What’s your personality type? Do you think it helps to know your personality type when getting in a relationship?