16. ENFJ or “the Protagonist”:
And finally, the ENFJ, or “the Protagonist,” runs with the dominant function of Extraverted Feeling (Fe) and the auxiliary function of Introverted Intuition (Ni). The ENFJ is stereotypically branded as the “psychologist” type (and I definitely have fun playing into that stereotype on my channel). This is because they run with Fe, a people-focused function that values harmony and peace within the tribe, supported by Ni, which enjoys diving into the deeper meaning behind things.
ENFJs care deeply about the emotional state and wellbeing of others, but this is ultimately driven by a desire to change the world. They want to see people work on themselves because they believe that people are the solution to creating a better world. ENFJs want to validate everyone’s feelings and personal experiences, but this can sometimes be at the expense of their own emotional state, and more often than not at the expense of absolute truth. They are amongst the best listeners, are great planners, and make incredibly inspiring leaders.
So there you have it! A brief introduction to the Myers-Briggs-Type Indicator and the Jungian cognitive functions behind it. As you can see, the theory is more complex than a lot of people know it to be at surface level.
If you’d like a more thorough description of the cognitive functions, make sure to head on over to my channel and check out the “Explaining All 8 Cognitive Functions” video. I hope that in reading this, you have been able to gain a little glimpse into why I find MBTI to be so helpful, and perhaps have felt inspired to dive into it yourselves.
The system has been immensely fruitful in my personal life for understanding the different ways in which people operate, which has, in turn, allowed me to respect their specific needs and the ways in which they feel loved and appreciated. The MBTI ought not to be used as an excuse for behavior, but rather as a tool for understanding and self-growth. The best of luck to all who choose to use it!