The 16 Personality Types
Our donors have completed a personality test based on the work of Isabel Briggs Myers, Katherine Cook Briggs and originator of the system, Carl Jung.
The test measures preferences for:
(E)= Extrovert vs. (I) = Introvert
(S) = Sensing vs. (N) = iNtuitive
(T) =Thinking vs. (F) = Feeling
(J) = Judging vs. (P) = Perceiving
ESFPs have an Extraverted, Observant, Feeling and Perceiving personality, and are commonly seen as Entertainers. Born to be in front of others and to capture the stage, the ESFP personality type loves the spotlight. ESFPs are thoughtful explorers who love learning and sharing what they learn with others. ESFPs are “people people” with strong interpersonal skills. They are lively and fun, and enjoy being the center of attention. They are warm, generous, and friendly, sympathetic and concerned for other people’s well-being.
Though it does not always seem to be the case, ESFPs know that it’s not all about them. They are empathetic to others and care deeply about family and friends. They naturally seem to rely on luck or opportunity over planning, and are likely to simply ask for help from others when they need it.
Strong interpersonal skills and enjoys being the center of attention
Warm, generous, sympathetic, and concerned for other
Lives in the here-and-now and loves excitement
Natural ability to understand the facts and realities of the world
Talent for entertaining those around them
Practical aptitude for common sense
Has a detailed approach to life and appreciation for the world around them
ENFPs have an Extraverted, Intuitive, Feeling and Perceiving personality. The ENFP personality type is highly individualistic and Champions strive toward creating their own methods, looks, actions, habits, and ideas — they do not like cookie cutter people and hate when they are forced to live inside a box. The ENFP personality likes to be around other people and have a strong intuitive nature when it comes to themselves and others. They operate from their feelings most of the time, and they are highly perceptive and thoughtful.
ENFPs are lucky in that they’re good at quite a lot of different things. An ENFP can generally achieve a good degree of success at anything that interests them. However, ENFPs get bored rather easily and are not naturally good at following things through to completion. Accordingly, they should avoid jobs which require performing a lot of detailed, routine-oriented tasks. They will do best in professions which allow them to creatively generate new ideas and deal closely with people. They will not be happy in positions which are confining and regimented.
Warm and genuinely interested in people
Enjoys being around people
Able to relate with others and feel and thinks as they do
Dislikes performing boring, mundane, or routine tasks
Resists being controlled and directed by others
Usually able to grasp difficult concepts and theories with ease
Future-oriented and focused on the long term goals over sort term goals
ENFJs are people-focused individuals. They are extroverted, idealistic, charismatic, outspoken, highly principled and ethical, and usually know how to connect with others no matter their background or personality. Mainly relying on intuition and feelings, they tend to live in their imagination rather than in the real world. Instead of focusing on living in the “now” and what is currently happening, the ENFJ personality type tends to concentrate on the abstract and what could possibly happen in the future.
ENFJs tend to be influential without even trying. Their influence stems from their authenticity and altruism, and people around them don’t question their motivations. ENFJs are loyal, reliable, and genuinely kind for no other reason than wanting something better for themselves and for others.
Influential, loyal, reliable, and genuinely kind
Passionate and firm in ideals and principles
Highly intuitive and reflective
Warm, caring, generous, and people-focused
Extremely organized with difficulty dealing with uncertainties
Open-minded, and highly accepting of others
ESTPs have an Extraverted, Sensing, Thinking, and Perceptive personality. ESTPs are governed by the need for social interaction, feelings and emotions, logical processes and reasoning, along with a need for freedom. Theory and abstracts don’t keep ESTP’s interested for long. People with the ESTP personality type leap before they look, fixing their mistakes as they go, rather than sitting idle or preparing contingency plans.
An ESTP’s spontaneous approach to life makes school, certain work environments, and other highly organized situations challenging for them. This is not because they are unintelligent or not cut out for work and education, but because they are opposed to highly structured and regulated environments.
Strong flair for drama and style
Fast-moving and fast-talking with an appreciation for finer things in life
Uncanny ability to perceive people’s attitudes and motivations
Lives in the present moment and likes to see immediate results
Loves to have fun and be the center of attention
Attracted to adventure ad risk
Excellent people skills
People with the ESFJ personality type are the stereotypical extroverts. They are social butterflies, and their need to interact with others and make people happy usually ends up making them popular. The ESFJ usually tends to be the cheerleader or sports hero in high school and college. Later on in life, they continue to revel in the spotlight, and are primarily focused on organizing social events for their families, friends and communities. ESFJ is a common personality type and one that is liked by many people.
ESFJs are the life of the party. They like being the center of attention but they also like listening to what other people have to say. More than just sharing a chat and a laugh, ESFJs like hearing about their friends’ relationships and activities. They remember little details that their loved ones tell them, and they are always ready to listen with warmth and genuine sensitivity. If there is discord among members of their group, ESFJs do whatever they can to restore harmony.
True extrovert and social butterfly
Sensitive, energetic, helpful, and sociable
Popular and well-liked
Compassionate and empathetic
Extremely organized with difficulty dealing with uncertainty
Always ready to listen with warmth and genuine sensitivity
Prefers to live in the real world rather than in own imagination
People with the ESTJ personality type are organized, honest, dedicated, dignified, traditional, and are great believers of doing what they believe is right and socially acceptable. Though the paths towards “good” and “right” are difficult, they are glad to take their place as the leaders of the pack. They are the epitome of good citizenry.
People look to ESTJs for guidance and counsel, and ESTJs are always happy that they are approached for help. ESTJs love being role models and organizing community events that bring groups and families together, especially if the occasion calls for upholding tradition and values.
Dignified, strong-willed and principled
Extremely loyal to the group, whether it be family, community, or country
Great strategist and outstanding ‘game’ player
Highly ethical, hardworking, dedicated, and honest
Focuses on what is practical, preferring tradition and order
Extremely organized and has difficulty dealing with uncertainties
Responsible and would rather pan and strategize before acting
Those with the ENTP personality are some of the rarest in the world, which is completely understandable. Although they are extroverts, they don’t enjoy small talk and may not thrive in many social situations, especially those that involve people who are too different from the ENTP. ENTPs are intelligent and knowledgeable need to be constantly mentally stimulated. They have the ability to discuss theories and facts in extensive detail. They are logical, rational, and objective in their approach to information and arguments.
ENTPs derive great pleasure from engaging in intellectual discussions such as debates. ENTPs are not afraid to question everything, and will dismiss other people’s thoughts or ideas if they cannot be justified with reason and logic.
Creative, smart, and charming
Likes to create ideas and theorize
Doesn’t like to be controlled
Competent and highly knowledgeable
Innovative and ingenious at problem-solving
Good social skills
An ENTJ’s primary mode of living focuses on external aspects and all things are dealt with rationally and logically. Their secondary mode of operation is internal, where intuition and reasoning take effect. ENTJs are natural born leaders and like being in charge. They live in a world of possibilities and they often see challenges and obstacles as great opportunities to push themselves. The ENTJ personality seems to have a natural gift for leadership, making decisions, and considering options and ideas quickly yet carefully. They are “take charge” people who do not like to sit still.
Being extroverts, people of this personality type like to be with people and need connections and contact with others, but they can find it challenging to get really close to someone or to truly understand what other people are thinking or feeling. ENTJs can have difficulty seeing things from outside their own perspective.
Natural born leader and likes being in charge
Lives in a world of possibilities
Project-oriented and focused on the task at hand
Logical and thoughtful before taking action
Can be a bit of a perfectionist
Well-developed communication skills
Self-confident and sure of themselves and their abilities
INFPs, like most introverts, are quiet and reserved. They prefer not to talk about themselves, especially in the first encounter with a new person. They like spending time alone in quiet places where they can make sense of what is happening around them. People with the INFP Personality Type love analyzing signs and symbols, and consider them to be metaphors that have deeper meanings related to life. They are lost in their imagination and daydreams, always drowned in the depth of their thoughts, fantasies, and ideas.
An INFP’s main goals are to discover their life’s meaning and to serve humanity. They are idealists and perfectionists who drive themselves hard to achieve these goals. They are highly intuitive about people, and rely heavily on their intuitions to guide them.
Loves life and all the good that comes with it
Spontaneous and quick to adapt, but hard on themselves over perceived failures
Loves to be around people; naturally warm and compassionate
Highly intuitive and perceptive; good at making people feel comfortable
Strives to make the world a better place
Avoids hurting people’s feelings but can sometimes be too controlling
Are good mediators and avoid conflicts
INTJs, as introverts, are quiet, reserved, and comfortable being alone. They are usually self-sufficient and would rather work alone than in a group. Socializing drains an introvert’s energy, causing them to need to recharge.
INTJs are interested in ideas and theories. When observing the world they are always questioning why things happen the way they do. They excel at developing plans and strategies, and don’t like uncertainty. They are insightful and quick to understand new ideas. They value intelligence, knowledge, and competence.
Able to absorb extremely complex theoretical material
Supreme strategists who are logical, rational and future-oriented
Strong insights and intuitions can easily see the big picture
Extremely logical and values knowledge and efficiency
Very high standards for performance, which they apply to themselves most strongly
Reserved and detached from others, but values close relationships
Bored with mundane routine tasks, small talk, and surface-level thinking
INTPs are well known in the community and in day to day life for their brilliant theories and unrelenting logic, which makes sense since they are arguably the most logical minded of all the personality types. They love patterns, have a keen eye for picking up on discrepancies, and a good ability to read people, making it a bad idea to lie to or to try to deceive an INTP. People of this personality type aren’t interested in practical, day-to-day activities and maintenance, but when they find an environment where their creative genius and potential can be expressed, there is no limit to the time and energy INTPs will expend in developing an insightful and unbiased solution.
The INTP is usually very independent, unconventional, and original. They are not likely to place much value on traditional goals such as popularity and security. They usually have complex characters, and may tend to be restless and temperamental. They are strongly ingenious, and have unconventional thought patterns which allow them to analyze ideas in new ways.
The most logical-minded of all the personality types
Usually very independent, unconventional, and original
Not likely to place much value on traditional goals such as popularity
Highly values intelligence and knowledge
Loves new ideas and is excited about theories
Not well-equipped to meet emotional needs of others
Generally laid-back and easy-going
ISFJs are philanthropists and they are always ready to give back and return generosity with even more generosity. The people and things they believe in will be upheld and supported with enthusiasm and unselfishness. ISFJs are warm and kind-hearted. They value harmony and cooperation, and are likely to be very sensitive to other people’s feelings. People value the ISFJ personality type for their consideration and awareness, and their ability to bring out the best in others.
ISFJs have a natural tendency to be hard workers and are often meticulous to the point of perfectionism. ISFJs take personal interest in responsibility for their work, goals and obligations, consistently going above and beyond, doing everything that they can to not just meet but to exceed all expectations.
Kind and considerate, and highly aware of people’s feelings
Stable, practical, and down-to-earth
Dislikes theory and abstract thought
Enjoys creating structure and values security
Extremely uncomfortable with conflict and confrontation
Can be depended on to follow things through to completion
At first glance, ISTJs are intimidating. They appear serious, formal, and proper. They also love traditions and old-school values that uphold patience, hard work, honor, and social and cultural responsibility. They are reserved, calm, quiet, and upright. These traits result from the combination of I, S, T, and J, a personality type that is often misunderstood.
ISTJs are bright, logical, and wise individuals who are very direct – for them, truth and facts are the most important. With their love of facts, they tend to accumulate a lot of information in their memory. Their focus on concrete facts and data makes them excellent analysts in many different environments. ISTJs are respected for their exceptional loyalty to their duty. Their accuracy, patience and ability to concentrate make them ideal employees in many professions.
Physically and mentally organized
Excellent panning skills and highly intellectual
Calm and clear-headed during tense situations
Serious and committed in relationships
Believes in traditions and strives to follow them
Well-respected in the community
Love to memorize details and facts
ISFPs are introverts that do not seem like introverts. It is because even if they have difficulties connecting to other people at first, they become warm, approachable, and friendly eventually. They are fun to be with and very spontaneous, which makes them the perfect friend to tag along in whatever activity, regardless if planned or unplanned. People with the ISFP personality type want to live their life to the fullest and embrace the present, so they make sure they are always out to explore new things and discover new experiences. It is in experience that they find wisdom, so they do see more value in meeting new people than other introverts.
ISFPs are active, goal-driven, and creative. They make others feel better with their warmth and enthusiastic, often positive, disposition.
Loves facts and figures, not theories and ideas
Dislikes uncertainties in life but can adapt well to change
Serious and disciplined on the inside, but appears highly spontaneous on the outside
Loves adventure, craves thrilling activities, and is free-spirited
Tactful and always considerate of how people feel
Would love to try new experiences and gets bored easily with routines
ISTPs are mysterious people who are usually very rational and logical, but also quite spontaneous and enthusiastic. They are often capable of humorously insightful observations about the world around them. Their personality traits are less easily recognizable than those of other types, and even people who know them well can’t always anticipate their reactions. Deep down, people with the ISTP personality type are spontaneous, unpredictable individuals, but they hide those traits from the outside world, often very successfully.
ISTPs are optimistic and generous, and they believe that fairness and equality are important. They have a strong drive to understand the way things work. They’re good at logical analysis, are action-oriented, and enjoy practical application. They are adaptable and usually have good technical skills. ISTPs have a compelling drive to understand the way things work. They’re good at logical analysis, and like to use it on practical concerns. They like to take things apart and see the way they work.
Constantly gathers facts about the environment and stores them away for later
A risk taker who loves variety and new experiences
Highly practical, realistic, results-oriented
Excellent trouble-shooters who are easily able to find solutions to practical problems
Usually laid back and easygoing with people
Independent and determined
Focused on living in the present, rather than the future
INFJs are visionaries and idealists who ooze creative imagination and brilliant ideas. They have a different, and usually more profound, way of looking at the world. They have a substance and depth in the way they think, never taking anything at surface level or accepting things the way they are. Others may sometimes perceive people with the INFJ personality type as weird or amusing because of their different outlook on life.
INFJs are gentle, caring, complex, and highly intuitive individuals. Artistic and creative, they live in a world of hidden meanings and possibilities. While they place great importance on order, they can also be spontaneous because they intuitively understand things without being able to pinpoint why. This makes INFJs less systematic and orderly than other Judging types.
Passionate about ideas and dreams
Warm, caring and approachable
Tactful, helpful, sensitive and cautious
Can read and understand other people
Trusts gut feelings
Likes organizing and creating systems
Are visionaries and who always try to make sense of life