Why INTJs Are So Attractive: What Your MBTI Says About You

By Sarah Fader |Updated June 21, 2022
CheckedMedically Reviewed By Nicole Gaines, LPC

What Is The Meyers Briggs Personality Type Indicator?

The Meyers Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality assessment that attempts to determine your personality type. The MBTI may help people discover which of the 16 personality types best describes them. The results of these assessments may highlight an individual’s strengths and deficits and can help them have a better understanding of specific personality traits they may have. The Myers Briggs is a free personality test that anyone can find easily online, though the full and original version does typically cost money.

Isabelle Meyers developed the MBTI with her mother, Katherine Briggs. The MBTI is centered around the work of these women, along with Carl Jung's theory of personality types. Today, the MBTI is used across the globe as an assessment of individual personalities. It's often used as a psychological tool that informs people about themselves, how they relate to the world, and what careers may best suit them. Some workplaces use them to help determine which people would work best together in teams.

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What Is The MBTI?

According to the MBTI, there are 16 different personality types, with each type containing its own spectrum and nuances. Thus, the assessment helps people learn more about their personality. This assessment may help an individual discover things like what they enjoy, what they don't enjoy, their strengths and deficits, if they're more introverted or extroverted, what kind of workplace or career they function the best in, if they are a sensitive person, and how compatible they may be with other personality types. One thing that's important to note about the MBTI is that it's not about one personality type being "better" or "worse" than the other; there's no way to answer this test “correctly” because there are no right or wrong answers. Just answer as honestly as you can and you’ll get the right result for yourself.

There are numerous kinds of people in the world with differing personalities, and they all have different strengths and traits. The MBTI exists partially to inform people that it is perfectly okay to have a different personality from others. This personality test highlights the differences people have from each other and shows how these unique traits are emblematic of how they represent themselves to the world. Having self-awareness on who you really are may help you in nearly every aspect of your life, which is part of why the MBTI is so popular and so useful.

Four Scales In MBTI

There are four scales used in the MBTI that determine your results:

Extroversion Or Introversion (E Or I)

The dichotomy between extroversion and introversion on the MBTI scale stems from Carl Jung. In Jung's theory of personality types, he focused on how human beings respond and interact with those around them. You may have heard of the terms extrovert and introvert, but in the MBTI as well as Jung's theory, they might present differently than you'd imagine. Extroverts are people who believe in taking action - it's not only that they like to be around others and enjoy going places where they can socialize, but also that they feel energetic after spending time with others. Their energy levels are often boosted by spending time with other people. In a combination of intuition and confidence, extroverts often find ways to involve themselves in social situations.

Introverts are often more thoughtful, and while they like to be engaged in meaningful social interactions, they don't necessarily enjoy socializing with anonymous people. They may often need time alone to recharge by themselves. Both introverts and extroverts can need alone time, but it's especially important for introverts; they may require it to recuperate, and in this time alone, they can feel energized. In being alone, an introvert who is powerful and independent can sometimes gain enough energy to act with an extroverted personality around others. However, unlike extroverts, they often cannot maintain a highly social personality for long and will eventually feel drained and need to recuperate in a less energetic setting.

Sensing Or Intuition (S Or N)

In the sensing and intuition scale of Myers Briggs, the assessment differentiates how people obtain information in the world. When it comes to differentiating these two qualities determined by the MBTI, people are either sensing or intuitive. If you get a result with N as the second letter (ENFP, for example), the N indicates that you're more intuitive. People who are on the intuitive side of the spectrum tend to focus more on their intuition. They focus on patterns they see, what possible things could happen, and they prefer an abstract theory of possibilities as opposed to a definite or concrete, black-and-white reality.

People who get the S, or the "sensing," result are much more likely to observe things in terms of more concrete aspects like data, and think about how practical things are. A sensing individual will often focus on the physical reality, following their five senses — touch, taste, smell, hearing, and sight. They tend to be more concerned with what is actually happening in the present moment and use experience as a guide.

Thinking And Feeling (T Or F)

The thinking and feeling scale of MBTI focuses on whether an individual is  more logical and fact oriented or if they focus more on how they feel about something. It's the sense of if logic or emotion tend to drive an individual more. You might be more on the "thinking" end or more on the "feeling" end, but as with all of the MBTI scales, they're just that: scales, which have different degrees of each trait depending on the individual. Typically, people have some elements of both but may lean toward one end of the spectrum.

Individuals who are “thinkers” tend to be more analytical and like to find basic truths and principles when making decisions. Individuals who are “feelers” tend to make decisions based on feelings and emotions. They may weigh other peoples’ feelings or points of view in a situation before making a decision, as well as their own. They may like to keep peace and harmony in their relationships.

Judging And Perceiving (J Or P)

The last scale, judging and perceiving, of the MBTI involves how an individual may orient themselves in their outer world, including how they like to live in their outside world and what others tend to see in them. 

Judging, not to be confused with being judgmental, involves an individual who tends to like order and control in their decision making. “Judging” individuals may seem organized and that they have an orderly way of life. A “perceiving” individual may seem adaptable and more spontaneous in their outer world. They may be flexible and open to new experiences and information.

The Sixteen Personality Types

The combination of these four scales makes up a possibility of 16 different personality types.

INFJ

INFJs focus on ideas and shared visions. They’re often passionate about understanding peoples’ motivations. They can be extremely moral and have a clear sense of what their values are. They may have a vision and want to serve humanity. They're highly decisive and want to implement their vision clearly. Their moral compass and understanding of others may contribute to them as a sensitive person who cares about the people around them.

ISTJ

An ISTJ tends to be more reserved, traditional, and systematic. They're highly practical and realistic. They may rely on logic to make decisions and can focus regardless of those who are disorganized around them. They may come across as independent thinkers who come up with solutions that are more practical than fantastical. They can often come across as impersonal or rigid.

ISFJ

ISFJ individuals are often patient, dependable, and loyal. They keep their commitments, and they want to be in an environment that's free of discord. They often enjoy a sense of belonging and serving others. ISFJ’s tend to not be very assertive and can be overly cautious in their decision making.

INTJ

INTJ individuals are often strategic and innovative. Those with an INTJ personality type have highly original ideas and are naturally skeptical. They can see patterns in the world, and INTJ individuals may be highly creative in addition to being very organized. They may be able to make a plan and follow through on that plan with seemingly little difficulty. Those with an INTJ personality may come off as cold or distant when focused.

ISFP

Individuals with an ISFP personality are often attentive and highly sensitive. They tend to be on the shy side, and they like to have personal space and freedom. They can be very adaptable and cooperative, and tend to not like conflict or pushing their views on other people.

INFP

INFPs can be highly idealistic. They may understand how they feel about things on a very intuitive level. They want to live a life that honors the way that they feel morally. They want to understand those around them, and they're highly adaptable unless they feel that a moral corruption is threatening them. INFP, INTJ, and INFJs all are similar regarding their passion for living a life that is true to them.

INTP

Individuals with INTP personalities tend to be those that need logical explanations for different things and are highly analytical. INTPs tend to be quiet and adaptable. They have the ability to hyper-focus and can be great problem solvers. This is a great personality type for situations that call for a focus on analysis as well as adapting to different situations on a moment’s notice. They can also be independent and detached.

ESTP

ESTP individuals are often highly pragmatic by nature, enthusiastic, and outgoing. They may be results-oriented and may not need to hear an entire explanation for a problem and would rather deal with what's in front of them. They tend to want to act and fix problems and enjoy taking risks. They are often independent thinkers who derive solutions to problems without lengthy explanations.

ESFP

ESFP individuals tend to be highly outgoing, social, and exuberant. They have common sense but can also be fun and spontaneous. They like to learn from others. People who score as an ESFP on the Myers Briggs personality test or are enthusiastic and acknowledge the things that they enjoy in life. People tend to enjoy being around the ESFP individual as they are often entertaining.

ENFP

ENFPs tend to have a warm personality and can often make connections fast. They like to get information from people, and they appreciate others. They're typically spontaneous and can improvise at the drop of a hat. They're also likely to be highly articulate. An ENFP is often a free spirit who prides themselves in communication, and they are very enthusiastic and motivated as individuals.

ENTP

ENTP individuals can be highly stimulating, outspoken, and resourceful. They may be good at understanding and reading people. They typically do not like routine, and often like to look at different possibilities in a situation. ENTPs love debate and enjoy solving problems creatively. They can be challenging to some individuals due to their outspoken nature.

ESTJ

ESTJs are often logical and organized. They may tend to be decisive and like to pay attention to detail. They can be forceful if they feel as though they need to plan something. ESTJs are often seen as fair and decisive in interpersonal relationships.

ESFJ

ESFJs are compassionate and like to get along with others, making them good team players. Their personality type leads them to being loyal and liking details. They may want to be appreciated, and feel as though one of the best ways to be appreciated is when people are outward with that affection. They often like to have harmonious a work and home life.

ENFJ

ENFJs are often highly empathetic, supportive, and motivational. They understand the needs of others as well as their motivations and usually work well in collaborations. They like to be praised, but they understand constructive criticism. They're often good group leaders. While not the rarest personality, ENFJs are greatly appreciated for projects that need a good and reliable leader.

ENTJ

ENTJs are often driven and organized, and they prefer to be leaders. They're often good at pointing out things that are illogical and are skilled in pointing out flaws in organization. They enjoy planning and like to determine if things will or won't work. ENTJs tend to like structure and can be very decisive. 

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Conclusion

If you’re curious to learn more about yourself, discovering your Myers Briggs Personality Type can be incredibly helpful. Having a deeper understanding of your personality can help you learn about your strengths, trait characteristics, potential areas of development, and which career path may be best for you. Gaining greater self-awareness into yourself and learning ways to improve your emotional and mental health can be incredibly beneficial to help yourself on the path to a better you.

If you’d like to dig more deeply into who you are, ReGain is an online mental health platform that can match you with a licensed mental health professional. They can offer tools and guidance to help you develop further tools and strategies for learning about, improving, and staying true to yourself. Reach out to someone today.

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