The 16 MBTI Personality Types

mbti Personality Types

3. ISFJ or “the Defender”:

Our third type is the ISFJ, or “the Defender”. This type runs with the dominant function of Introverted Sensing (Si) and the auxiliary function of Extraverted Feeling (Fe). In ISFJs, you will see the same presence of black-and-white rules and traditions that are based on past memories and effectively proven systems.

However, because of their Extroverted Feeling function, they are much more people-focused. They will want to affirm and help people, and this will often present in “acts of service” giving in their tangible world. This is because they are so present-focused and wish to help others achieve a good quality of life and health. Because of their leading introverted function, they will present as a more behind-the-scenes type, as opposed to our fourth type, the ESFJ.

Related: 10 Signs You Have The ISFJ Personality Type

4. ESFJ or “the Consul”:

The ESFJ, or “the Consul”, runs with the dominant function of Extraverted Feeling and the auxiliary function of Introverted Sensing (Si). They will present similarly to ISFJs, however, their dominant Extraverted Feeling function will mean that they are likely far more outspoken and verbal in their affirmation of others.

ESFJs are stereotypically known as the “mum” type because of their tendency to be up on their feet helping others. Because they are prone to taking things at face value, they will often communicate their thoughts (which are regularly based on emotions and values) quite openly. They usually have a strong sense of what’s right or wrong and are always in tune with the overall feeling of the tribe.

Next on the list are the SPs (xSxPs), who all use Extraverted Sensing (Se) in their dominant or auxiliary slot. This is the function that values tangible experiences in the physical world and needs to physically experience things in order to understand them.

5. ISTP or “the Virtuoso”:

Our first type is the ISTP, or “the Virtuoso” who runs with the dominant function of Introverted Thinking (Ti) and the auxiliary function of Extraverted Sensing (Se). ISTPs present as stoic, chilled, go-with-the-flow type people who love to play around and experiment with their environment, specifically with physical tools that allow them to explore solutions to problems, which their dominant function (Ti) values.

ISTPs typically have a reputation for being the quietest of the types, because they exist in their Introverted Thinking world and explore the world physically rather than exploring their ideas verbally (which in my experience is the key difference between the ISTP and the INTP). Their “quietness” is what I would say differentiates them from their extroverted counterpart, the ESTP.

Related: 10 Signs You Have The ISTP Personality Type

6. ESTP or “the Entrepreneur”:

The ESTP, or “the Entrepreneur”, runs with the dominant function of Extraverted Sensing (Se) and the auxiliary function of Introverted Thinking (Ti). ESTPs are typically bold, daring, and love to experiment in the physical world. If there is something that they want to do, they will often just do it, because they don’t have a people-based or emotional-based function as their auxiliary.

They need to experience things in order to make sense of them, and they don’t have a natural tendency to think things through before they act. They are super easy to be around, often a lot of fun and their straight-down-the-line approach to life makes them very refreshing to communicate with. I usually differentiate an ESTP personality from an ISTP by how “extraverted”, in the traditional sense, ESTPs are, meaning that they are super comfortable and happy to be around people, even if they are often prone to being cynical about the state of the world and about the state of people.

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Kristin is a YouTuber who writes and uploads comedy sketches based on the 16 personalities on her channel “dear kristin”. She is an avid believer in the importance of self development and mental health, and aims to spread a healthy attitude toward the utilisation of MBTI. When she is not creating content, she works hard on strengthening her relationships, getting to know herself, deepening her Christian faith and encouraging her students to believe in themselves. Kristin hopes to create a positive online community in which MBTI is used to understand and encourage one another in each of our individual gifts.View Author posts