16 Personality Types

The four polar dimensions are then combined to create sixteen personalities. The personalities contain four different letters, one from each dimension.

16pf Personalities


ISTJ

ISTJs are hard workers. They prefer to work in a structured environment with defined rules. They respect authority and focus on their personal and professional development.

An ISTJ would excel in the following job types:

  • Lawyer
  • Police Officer
  • Auditor
  • Business Administrator
  • Government employee

Below is a list of some of the strengths and weaknesses ISTJs possess.

Strengths

  • Honest
  • Strong-Willed
  • Very Responsible 
  • Organized

Weaknesses

  • Stubborn 
  • Too Rigid 
  • Judgmental
  • Needs to Be Right

ISFJ

ISFJs are dedicated and hard workers who believe in good service. They enjoy finding resolutions to day-to-day challenges.

An ISFJ would excel in the following job types:

  • Managerial Roles
  • Nurse
  • Teacher
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Interior Designer

Below is a list of some of the strengths and weaknesses ISFJs possess.

Strengths

  • Supportive
  • Enthusiastic
  • Hard-Working
  • Good Practical Skills

Weaknesses

  • Humble and Shy
  • Overload Themselves
  • Reluctant to Change
  • Too Altruistic

INFJ

INFJs need to express their creativity and insight. They must find meaning in their work, in order to know they are helping and connecting with people.

An INFJ would excel in the following job types:

  • Writer
  • HR Diversity Manager
  • Customer Relations Manager
  • Doctor
  • Social Worker

Below is a list of some of the strengths and weaknesses INFJs possess.

Strengths

  • Creative
  • Inspiring
  • Decisive
  • Determined

Weaknesses

  • Sensitive
  • Private
  • Perfectionistic
  • Easily Bored

INTJ

INTJs prefer to work alone, or in small groups. They need to be in an environment with minimal interference. They are creative perfectionists who like to do things their way.

An INTJ would excel in the following job types:

  • Mechanic
  • Software Engineer
  • Lawyer
  • Project Manager
  • Economist

Below is a list of some of the strengths and weaknesses INTJs possess.

Strengths

  • Strategic Mind 
  • Independent 
  • Hard-Working
  • Open-Minded

Weaknesses

  • Judgmental
  • Overly Analytical
  • Arrogant
  • Insensitive

ISTP

ISTPs often need a sense of unpredictability and excitement. They enjoy working with little space and a hands-on problem to solve.

An ISTP would excel in the following job types:

  • Firefighter
  • Police Officer
  • Mechanic
  • Graphic Designer
  • Economist

Below is a list of some of the strengths and weaknesses ISTPs possess.

Strengths

  • Optimistic & Energetic 
  • Creative & Practical 
  • Know How to Prioritize 
  • Relaxed

Weaknesses

  • Stubborn 
  • Insensitive 
  • Easily Bored 
  • Commitment 

 

ISFP

ISFPs seek positions where they can do things their own way. They want the ability to express their natural qualities and pursue creative freedom.

An ISFP would excel in the following job types:

  • Artist
  • Designer
  • Photographer
  • Storekeeper
  • Fashion Designer

Below is a list of some of the strengths and weaknesses ISFPs possess.

Strengths

  • Charming 
  • Sensitive to Others
  • Curious 
  • Artistic

Weaknesses

  • Unpredictable 
  • Easily Stressed
  • Overly Competitive 
  • Self-Esteem 

INFP

INFPs prefer to work in a face-to-face type of job. They do not do well in stressful environments.

An INFP would excel in the following job types:

  • HR Development Trainer
  • Social Work
  • Graphic Designer
  • Psychologist/Therapist
  • Writer/Editor

Below is a list of some of the strengths and weaknesses INFPs possess.

Strengths

  • Flexible 
  • Very Creative 
  • Passionate
  • Hard-Working

Weaknesses

  • Too Idealistic
  • Too Altruistic 
  • Impractical
  • Dealing with Data

INTP

INTPs prefer to work alone. They need to intellectual stimulation, and they are self-driven and good problem solvers.

An INTP would excel in the following job types:

  • Mechanic
  • Data Analyst
  • Architect
  • University Professor
  • Economist

Below is a list of some of the strengths and weaknesses INTPs possess.

Strengths

  • Great Analysts
  • Open-Minded
  • Enthusiastic
  • Objective

Weaknesses

  • Very Private
  • Insensitive
  • Absent-Minded
  • Condescending 

ESTP

ESTPs crave immediate results for their efforts. They are curious, energetic people who like action.

An ESTP would excel in the following job types:

  • Banker
  • Police Officer
  • Athlete
  • Military
  • Coach

Below is a list of some of the strengths and weaknesses ESTPs possess.

Strengths

  • Flexible
  • Tolerant
  • Direct 
  • Sociable 

Weaknesses

  • Impatient 
  • Risk-Prone 
  • Unstructured 
  • Defiant 

ESFP

ESFPs like to make the workplace a friendly and enjoyable place. They have a social and relaxed attitude but need to be in an environment with others.

An ESFP would excel in the following job types:

  • Nurse
  • Interior Designer
  • Photographer
  • Sales Representative
  • Event Planner

Below is a list of some of the strengths and weaknesses ESFPs possess.

Strengths

  • Original 
  • Practical 
  • Observant 
  • Excellent People Skills

Weaknesses

  • Sensitive 
  • Easily Bored 
  • Long-Term Planning
  • Unfocused 

ENFP

ENFPs seek a change to explore new ideas and enjoy working with others who share their interests. They have good people skills and need to be in a career where they can push boundaries.

An ENFP would excel in the following job types:

  • Teacher
  • Event Planner
  • Engineer
  • Consultant
  • Journalist


Below is a list of some of the strengths and weaknesses ENFPs possess.

Strengths

  • Curious 
  • Observant
  • Energetic
  • Communicative

Weaknesses

  • Poor Practical Skills
  • Difficulty Focusing
  • Overthink Things
  • Get Stressed Easily

ENTP

ENTPs are excellent communicators. People who are ENTPs expect to be heard and need to apply themselves fully to understand and solve the problems that interest them. 

An ENTP would excel in the following job types:

  • Engineer
  • Lawyer
  • Sales Representative
  • Photographer
  • Marking Director

Below is a list of some of the strengths and weaknesses ENTPs possess.

Strengths

  • Knowledgeable 
  • Quick Thinkers
  • Brainstormers
  • Energetic 

Weaknesses

  • Argumentative
  • Intolerant 
  • Poor Follow-Up Skills
  • Easily Bored

ESTJ

ESTJs show clear and consistent tendencies. They create order and follow rules and they makes sure that work is completed to a high standard

An ESTJ would excel in the following job types:

  • Sales Representative
  • Auditor
  • Project Manager
  • Lawyer
  • Managerial Roles

Below is a list of some of the strengths and weaknesses ESTJs possess.

Strengths

  • Dedicated
  • Loyal
  • Enjoy Creating Order
  • Excellent Organizers

Weaknesses

  • Stubborn
  • Judgmental
  • Difficult to Relax
  • Expressing Emotion

ESFJ

ESFJs are well-organized and enjoy bringing order and structure to their workplaces. They often work best in environments with clear, predictable hierarchies and tasks.

An ESFJ would excel in the following job types:

  • Accountant
  • Teacher
  • Social Work
  • Nurse
  • Sales Representative

Below is a list of some of the strengths and weaknesses ESFJs possess.

Strengths

  • Practical Skills
  • Sense of Duty
  • Loyal
  • Connecting with Others

Weaknesses

  • Inflexible
  • Vulnerable to Criticism
  • Often Too Needy
  • Too Selfless

ENFJ

ENFJs are intelligent, warm, creative and social. They enjoy helping others, take an interest in other people and tend to pick up what others want.

An ENFJ would excel in the following job types:

  • Sale Representative
  • HR Administrator
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Teacher
  • Corporate Coach/Trainer

Below is a list of some of the strengths and weaknesses ENFJ possess.

Strengths

  • Tolerant
  • Reliable
  • Communicative
  • Natural Leaders

Weaknesses

  • Too Selfless
  • Too Sensitive
  • Self-Esteem
  • Making Decisions

ENTJ

ENTJs prefer to be in a workplace, surrounded by others. They are able to be clear and concise, and they enjoy leadership and responsibility.

An ENTJ would excel in the following job types:

  • Business Administrator
  • Leadership Roles
  • University Professor
  • Management Consultant
  • Lawyer

Below is a list of some of the strengths and weaknesses ENTJs possess.

Strengths

  • Efficient
  • Energetic 
  • Self-Confident
  • Strong-Willed 

Weaknesses

  • Stubborn
  • Intolerant 
  • Impatient 
  • Arrogant

Four Basic Personalities

The MBTI personality test helps you identify four basic areas of your personality.

  1. Interaction with the world
  2. Absorption of information
  3. Decision-making
  4. Organization

These four areas each have a polar dimension.

  1. Extroversion vs. Introversion (E vs. I)
  2. Sensing vs. Intuition (S vs. N)
  3. Thinking vs. Feeling (T vs. F)
  4. Judging vs. Perceiving (J vs. P)

E vs. I

  • Extroversion describes a person who is energized by others, enjoys a variety of tasks, a quick pace, and is good at multitasking.
  • Introversion describes a person who often likes working alone or in small groups, prefers a more deliberate pace, and likes to focus on one task at a time.

S vs. N

  • Sensing describes are person who is realistic and likes to focus on the facts and details. Such a person would apply common sense and past experience to come up with practical solutions to problems.
  • Intuition type people prefer to focus on possibilities and the big picture. They can easily see patterns, value innovation and seek creative solutions to problems.

T vs. F

  • Thinking type people tend to make decisions using logical analysis, know how to objectively weigh pros and cons, and value honesty, consistency, and fairness.
  • Feeling describes people who tend to be sensitive and cooperative. They base their decisions on their own personal values and how others will be affected by their actions.

J vs. P

  • Judging describes a person who tends to be organized and prepared, likes to make and stick to plans, and is comfortable following most rules.
  • Perceiving type people prefer to keep their options open, like to be able to act spontaneously, and like to be flexible with making plans.

It is important to keep in mind that each dimension reveals how a person is most comfortable operating, but it does not mean they will necessarily always possess their assumed dimension.


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