The 16 Personality Types: Why It's Important to Know Your Type | better help (2023)

There are 16 personality types that people exhibit. Through our interactions, they create the social dynamics of the world we live in. Whether these relationships are fleeting or lasting, the outcome has a lot to do with the personalities of the people involved.

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Let's take an in-depth look at how knowing your personality type will benefit you. But before we start, it's good to understand what we mean by "personality". We follow this definition with an analysis of the 16 personality types suggested byMyers-Briggs-Typenindikator (MBTI)personality test.


Personality is unique to the individual and represents a composite of all the characteristics that each person possesses. One can think of personality as growing out of these traits and becoming something greater than the sum of its parts. This entity (your personality) makes you different. In reality, then, there are as many personality types as there are people. However, grouping them into the 16 personality types makes the broad concept of personality much easier to explore and understand.

The idea is skilfully executed in theAmerican Psychological AssociationDefinition of personality and how it is studied:

Personality refers to individual differences in characteristic patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving. Personality research focuses on two main areas: First, understanding individual differences in certain personality traits, such as sociability or irritability. The other is to understand how the different parts of a person come together as a whole.

Theory behind the 16 personality types

The mother-daughter team of Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers created the MBTI based on their review of the work of Carl Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst considered the father of analytical psychology. Jung often used personas or archetypes to describe personalities. Because of this, individual MBTI scores are sometimes referred to as generic characters, for example, B. The Architect and the Inspirer.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for determining personality type consists of four pairs of factors that influence personality.

Extroversion (E) - Introversion (I)

Sensation (S) - Intuition (N)

Thinking (T) - Feeling (F)

Perception (P) - Judgment (J)

Extroversion refers to a person who is more objective and action-oriented, who enjoys frequent contact with others, and who thrives primarily on interpersonal interactions. Introversion, on the other hand, applies to a person who is more subjective. You may be known as a thinker. They may enjoy meaningful contact with others, but they mostly grow through time alone.

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Sensing (sometimes called sensing) applies to people who like to rely heavily on using their physical senses. They prefer facts and details that they have witnessed themselves. Intuition, on the other hand, is used for people who prefer abstract information. They look for patterns and theories to help them understand and are much more likely to trust a gut feeling about something.

People who tend to think more like to step back and judge situations based on established facts and rules. For those more emotionally oriented, making decisions often means putting yourself in the other person's shoes and considering how the outcome of your decision will affect everyone involved.

Perception talks about how people prefer to collect, interpret and understand information about the world around them. Judgment refers to the way people make decisions after receiving information using their perceptual and intuitive functions.

The 16 MBTI personality types

ISTJ - Introverted, Sensitive, Thoughtful, and Critical

People with the ISTJ personality type come across to others as cool and collected, formal and correct, serious and a little intimidating. They are often referred to as “the inspector” and “the logistics expert” who pay attention to detail, prefer to do things by the book, and can be trusted to complete any task assigned to them. Tradition and hard work mean a lot to ISTJs and they have a great sense of responsibility in all areas of their lives. They take time to consider all aspects before forming an opinion. Therefore, their conclusions are generally well thought out.

ISTP: Introverted, Sensitive, Thoughtful, and Empathetic

People with the ISTP personality type are often described as difficult to read. On the one hand, they are quiet, reserved and withdrawn. But when a problem or crisis arises, they spring into action, often taking the initiative to resolve the issue to find a quick and effective solution. Once the solution is reached, they merge into the shadows. ISTPs are drawn to discovering how and why things work (cause and effect). Their problem-solving skills and the fact that they are good with their hands are often compared to Handyman, Mechanic, and Craftsman character types.

ESTJ - Extroverted, sensitive, thoughtful and critical

These hardworking traditionalists like to do things now. They have little patience for wasting time on niceties and may ignore other people's feelings. ESTJ traits include being logical, realistic, engaging, honest, responsible, and efficient. Other people are likely to see and appreciate how good ESTJs are at organizing people in the most effective ways to accomplish goals. Consequently, they are considered "The Manager" and "The Manager". ESTJs have a tendency to remember milestones like birthdays and anniversaries. They usually have an extensive network of contacts.

ESTP - Extroverted, Sensitive, Thoughtful, and Empathetic

Often referred to as "The Dynamo" and "The Achiever", people with the ESTP personality type can also be considered achievers. They seem to be constantly on the move and can think quickly, analyzing people and situations quickly before acting on their conclusions. Being the life of the party comes naturally to ESTPs who enjoy being the center of attention. They like to be in the moment and are typically athletic and spontaneous, with a tendency to extreme feats for the excitement and attention they generate.

ISFJ: Introverted, Sensitive, Sensitive, and Critical

ISFJs in general can appear shy and reserved to others. However, they are also people-focused people and give their all to the cause, group or system they belong to. They are often identified as "The Creator" and "The Caretaker" within a group. You are serious about achieving the group's goals and prefer that others in the group feel and act the same way. As another dimension of their personality, ISFJs are naturally good at remembering names and faces, which corresponds to being more methodical in gathering information.

ISFP: Introverted, Sensitive, Sensitive, and Empathetic

You are unlikely to envision someone with the ISFP personality type and take responsibility for a situation. However, they are widely considered to be easy going, trustworthy and reliable friends, willing to offer support to friends in need. The initial perception that an ISFP is an introvert tends to fade among those who have the opportunity to get to know them very well, but few do. ISFPs are spontaneous and like to live in the here and now. This, along with their strong sense of aesthetics and inclination towards the arts, often results in people with the ISPF personality type being called "The Artist" and "The Composer".

ESFJ - Extroverted, Feeling, Perceiving and Judging

As “The Caretaker” and “The Provider”, ESFJs are committed and embrace their responsibilities with enthusiasm. They are warm and outgoing people who tend to be in tune with the emotions and needs of others. They will do whatever it takes to meet those needs. People identified by the ESFJ are also very aware of how other people see them. They are well organized and excel at getting all the necessary facts before jumping to any conclusions. They are also known for their ability to devise effective strategies.

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ESFP - Extroverted, Feeling, Feeling and Perceiving

"The Performer" and "The Entertainer" are the labels most commonly assigned to ESFPs. They are lively, popular, and enjoy all the attention they get. ESFPs relish the opportunity to embark on a new adventure and have new and exciting experiences. They deal with life realistically and practically. When not fully focused, they are easily distracted by a tendency to be overly indulgent. For these extroverts, it's natural to devote time and energy to encouraging others and spending time with family and friends. ESFPs demonstrate a strong aesthetic sense with a great appreciation for style and fashion.

INTJ - Introverted, Intuitive, Thoughtful, and Critical

INTJs are often seen as intelligent, quiet, and reserved. They are good leaders when needed, but they thrive without much interpersonal contact. Their intuitive and thoughtful nature makes INTJs independent thinkers with strong personal opinions. INTJs generally possess an inquisitive nature and good problem-solving skills when it comes to complex concepts. However, they tend to overlook fundamental approaches and are more attracted to solving complex problems. Their strong analytical skills often earn them the titles of architect, scientist, and mastermind.

INTP: Introverted, Intuitive, Thoughtful, and Empathetic

INTPs are logical, rational thinkers who pride themselves on their intellectual abilities. They are motivated to explore and build knowledge. In the company of others, they can appear withdrawn, impersonal, and lost in thought. However, when the subject interests them, INTPs are very enthusiastic and encouraged. Referred to as "The Logician" and "The Thinker", INTPs love patterns, blueprints, and finding common threads within complex theories or concepts. They are neither leaders nor followers, preferring to figure things out and find their own way.

ENTJ: Extroverted, Intuitive, Thinking and Judging

People with the ENTJ personality type, commonly referred to as "The Commander" and "The Leader", often appear larger than life to those around them. They are strategic leaders, able to organize others and delegate functions to effect change and achieve goals. Those around ENTJs appreciate their "take over" attitude, as it is usually followed by tangible results. Getting your job done quickly and efficiently is your main focus. At the same time, ENTJs tend to pay little attention to the finer points of interpersonal relationships, such as thanking and praising.

ENTP: extroverted, intuitive, thoughtful and empathic

Standing up for what they believe in is one of the hallmarks of ENTPs. They aren't afraid to challenge the status quo and provide insatiable arguments to back up their argument. You are also curious and innovative, with an intrinsic motivation to solve problems and challenge yourself and others. For all these reasons, ENTPs are known as The Debater, The Visionary, and The Advocate. You are a mixture of skepticism and optimism, while being open to all possibilities. ENTPs develop ideas and enthusiastically share them with others.

INFJ: Introverted, Intuitive, Sensitive, and Critical

INFJs are thoughtful motivators focused on realizing their vision of harmony for humanity. Though reserved, they are good listeners and supportive. INFJs self-identify as sensitive to others' emotions, with the ability to read people and situations very well. Their genuine warmth and depth of care is very evident to those close to them. When they step away from the spotlight, INFJs work tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure everything runs smoothly. On the other hand, it's fascinating how aINFJ in loveHe is usually cautious at first, but later goes all out when he feels a unique connection.

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INFP: Introverted, Intuitive, Sensitive, and Empathetic

People with the INFP personality type are imaginative idealists with a knack for creative problem solving. Normally calm and sensitive, INFPs take their values ​​very seriously and will become energetic and enthusiastic in supporting them. They are often described as idealistic perfectionists who believe their solutions are good for everyone. They are genuine in the care they show for others and it's easy to see that in the people around them. INFPs tend to set themselves very high goals and can be relentlessly hard on themselves when they don't reach them. They are known among us as "The Mediator", "The Healer" and "The Idealist".

ENFJ - Open minded, intuitive, sensitive and critical

"The Master", "Theprotagonist's personality' and 'The Giver' are the most common descriptions associated with these born leaders who thrive on inspiring others. ENFJs are people-oriented, often with fully developed interpersonal skills. They are confident and charismatic, which makes others feel attracted to them and look to them for advice and guidance. ENFJs can worry and become overly involved in other people's problems. They need some downtime to be alone, but they risk spending it judging themselves harshly and thinking they should be doing more.

ENFP - Extraverted, Intuitive, Sensing and Perceiving

People who identify as ENFPs of all 16 personality types are generally seen as "The Champion", "The Activist", and "The Inspirer". They are project-oriented and bring a wide range of well-developed skills and talents to the group they belong to. ENFPs are really warmhearted. You have an innate appreciation for the value that interpersonal relationships add to an individual's growth. These free-spirited people bring positive energy to the party with their charming and friendly personality. ENFPs also possess a natural curiosity and are always looking for deeper meaning in life's complexities.

You know your strengths and weaknesses

Regardless of which of the 16 personality test results applies to you, it is important that you identify and understand yourself. The MBTI is an exercise in self-discovery. You can use it to better understand your potential strengths and weaknesses. In this way, you will be able to better direct your energies in the right directions for personal development. You know when and where to perform at your best and which areas to focus on to improve.

At work, as in other areas of life, you will be better able to recognize situations in which your strengths can have a positive effect. Likewise, you'll easily recognize when a task presents an opportunity to strengthen one or more of your weaknesses, or is simply out of reach.

You recognize your likes and dislikes

Your preferences for certain situations or ways of doing things could be down to your personality type. You may experience severe irritation when you see that the toothpaste tube is not tightened from bottom to top. Maybe you like the euphoria after solving a cryptic crossword puzzle. Your personality type can explain these feelings. Knowing your personality type can also help you better identify and manage your stressors. This allows you to understand why you react the way you do to certain situations. You will also become more aware of why you are attracted to certain things and certain types of people. This knowledge can greatly influence different areas of your life, such as your career choices.

You are better able to choose a fulfilling career

Your job can be one of the most rewarding aspects of your life. However, this is not the case for many people, as they seem stuck in jobs that don't fit their personality. They have no sense of satisfaction from this discrepancy. Knowing your personality type, your strengths, your weaknesses, and your likes and dislikes can influence every decision. Or, if you're already in a career you enjoy, you'll be better equipped to choose from the career development opportunities that present themselves.

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You can improve your decision-making skills

Perhaps one of the biggest surprises when learning about the 16 personality types is that there are inherently different mechanisms behind people's decision-making. Decision making is an important part of who we are. He determines our paths and helps shape our lives. Knowing how you make decisions (often subconsciously) can help you make more balanced decisions. This is especially important when those decisions will have life-changing consequences. This can include changing jobs, moving to a new city or country, introducing intimacy into a relationship, getting married, and having children.

They appreciate the diversity of personalities

It doesn't matter what kind of personality you are, as you get to know them better, you'll really start to realize that not everyone is like you. The diversity of the 16 personality types creates much of the energy found in group environments. While interpersonal differences can always cause conflict, there is also the possibility that everyone can stand out for their personality traits and the different skills they bring to the group. When you are well aware of your personality type and how it differs from others, you will appreciate the positive contributions that everyone can make to the group dynamic.

You gain a better understanding of other people

As you delve into facets of your personality type, you will almost certainly learn a lot about others as well. Those insightful “Aha!” What you experience about yourself and why you act the way you do are accompanied by a similar sudden clarity about the actions of others. You may end up developing a certain tolerance for personalities that would normally annoy you.

You become aware of how to improve your relationships

The wonderful thing about personalities is that even if we classify them into 16 personality types, no two are alike. This creates interesting interactions within relationships. Sometimes personality differences and similarities can naturally and effortlessly lead to strong bonds of lasting and fulfilling relationships. At other times, however, they require more work from those involved. If you know your personality type, you can consciously try to strengthen the relationship. This could mean that you're toning down your naturally bubbly nature or ready to come out of your shell a little more than usual.

You can actively look for people you are compatible with

It's never easy to see what makes two people click. Compatibility can occur both between very similar people and between very different people. You will never be 100% sure who you will connect with. But when you're armed with the knowledge of your personality traits, you'll be better able to spot traits in other people that might be a good match for you. One benefit of having a professionally administered MBTI personality test is that you will often receive this type of advice after completing the test.

You will become better at conflict resolution

Conflicts often arise from the different points of view that people have. This can create a feeling of intimidation. Knowing your personality type will help you understand how you act in conflict situations and how people react to your actions. You will be better able to consciously choose responses that reduce tension in the situation.

Over the years,somequestioned the scientific or psychological value of the MBTI. But you should know that while psychological theories and frameworks can develop a life of their own, the methods psychologists use to treat patients are supported by proven academic research. If you have personality questions, you can consult a licensed psychologist on an online platform like BetterHelp. online therapyhas been tested several timesto get the same results as personal care for most conditions.

By choosing a BetterHelp licensed online counselor, you can schedule and attend therapy sessions from the comfort of your home. Your counselor will be able to address your concerns about your personality and, if you wish, help you to get to know yourself better. Read what others are saying about their time with BetterHelp therapists below.

"Victoria has become my anchor in these crazy times! As she can count on her for any problem I encounter, she knows how to handle my big personality and how to put my mind at ease. She is also doing a great job of holding me accountable! ”

"When I came to BetterHelp I was very skeptical... I had been in therapy before and the therapist, while a nice person, didn't have the tools or advice that worked for me... I basically stayed because it made me." He liked being able to vent to someone who wasn't biased. But when I met Jamie, he was really nice! He had real feedback and offered me real advice and tools to help me deal with my anxiety. I love being able to message between my video sessions and still get the support I need. I would recommend BetterHelp and Jamie to everyone. I know everyone has a personality type that they can relate to, but Jamie is the perfect match for me."

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Understanding the 16 personality types can be seen as a stepping stone to understanding yourself and building a better version of yourself. Reading articles like this one can go a long way toward helping you in your initial discovery of the diversity of personalities and how they can be both intrinsically similar and very different. He mustseek professional help, however, if you want to accurately identify the personality type that's right for you and receive guidance on how to best use your personality strengths and overcome your weaknesses.


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