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16 Jungian Types

Below are brief descriptions of the 16 Jungian Types, also known as the Meyers Briggs types. The Jungian Preferences page has descriptions of the qualities associated with the letters used in these types (E/I, N/S, T/F, P/J).

ESFJ's are warm, outgoing, and empathetic and are always looking for ways to be helpful. They are generous, often to a fault, sometimes putting the needs and concerns of others above their own. They are expressive and like people to show their appreciation of them as well. They have a strong sense of loyalty and responsibility, and like to be of service. They enjoy talking, socializing, and creating group events, especially around family and community.

ISFJ's are kind, conscientious and loyal, and give freely of themselves to others. They are dependable and practical, and can be counted on to follow through and keep their word. They are quiet and reluctant to ask for help or express their needs, and as a result they may take on too much and feel burdened by their responsibilities. They are perceptive observers of people and have a well-developed inner emotional world. They value stability and security.

ESTJ's are practical, assertive, and have clear ideas about the right way to do things. They are hard-working and capable, and like to take a leadership role in organizing and running activities. They are outgoing and tend to be active, often enjoying athletic pursuits. Their blunt straightforward style and strong sense of what’s right may lead them to speak out against things with which they don’t agree. They tend to value tradition and seek security and the status quo.

ISTJ's are responsible, hard-working and determined, and good at accomplishing whatever goals they set for themselves. They are practical and extremely thorough, and expect a great deal from themselves and others. They are serious and loyal, and dedicated to supporting the institutions and people they believe in. They can be resolute in their commitments to the point of being uncompromising at times. They are quiet and seek out calm, ordered environments.

ESFP's are warm, energetic and fun-loving, and happy to share their enthusiasms with others. They are affectionate and caring, and good at being of service. They find enjoyment easily and bring their own special kind of sparkle to situations. They love new experiences and being in the moment, though sometimes they may seem scattered or hyperactive. They can be practical and commonsensical, but are not interested in planning, follow through, or theoretical analysis.

ISFP's are open-minded, gentle and helpful, and interested in peaceful relationships and situations. They demonstrate their caring and loyalty by quietly serving others. They are very sensitive to aesthetics. They can be original and creative with a finely tuned appreciation for beauty and serenity. They tend to focus on the present moment. They are modest, adaptable, and trusting, and may not speak up or assert themselves. They prefer to find ways to avoid or smooth over conflicts.

ESTP's are outgoing, adventurous, and constantly on the go. Charming and friendly with great people skills, they relish being the center of attention. Their time horizon is the here and now, and they seek to make as much of it as possible. They can be impulsive and restless risk-takers, and impatient with anything or anyone that limits them.  They do not like authority or rules, but are faithful to their friends and family.

ISTP's are realistic and reserved, preferring to focus on things they can do with their hands. They are interested in how things work and finding practical solutions to problems. They are adventurous risk-takers, and enjoy living in the moment and physical pursuits. They like challenges and are independently minded, willing to go around the rules to get things done. They can be emotionally detached and socially indifferent, but loyal to the people they care about.

ENFJ's are responsible, energetic types who like being helpful. They have great people skills and enjoy the company of others. They see the world in terms of people and relationships, and they can be particularly effective working with groups. They value loyalty and commitment, and may blame themselves or become resentful of others when there is a conflict. They express their appreciation, and they do best when they are acknowledged for their own good deeds as well.

INFJ's are responsible, persevering types who value their ideals and doing the right thing. They are intuitive about people and sensitive to their feelings. They tend to be original and individualistic and need lots of solitude to recharge. They value harmony with others, sometimes to the point of not asserting themselves or their feelings strongly. In this case they may feel misunderstood or hurt and withdraw. They seek understanding and appreciation for pursuing their ideals.

ENTJ's are confident and assertive with a strong desire to be in charge. They have the ability to comprehend complex problems and to forge practical and innovative solutions. They value knowledge and being effective, and they can be quick to criticize what they perceive as inefficiencies and incompetence. Their direct and decisive style can be an asset in some situations, but it may seem confrontational and controlling in others.

INTJ's are analytical and independent, and focus on deeply understanding what interests them. They are good at long range thinking and making the connection between theories and practical application and plans. They value knowledge and competence, and can be demanding of themselves and critical of others who are less capable. They are emotionally sensitive, but rarely show it and often appear reserved or detached. They need lots of time alone for processing their emotions and thoughts.

ENFP's are enthusiasts who enjoy pursuing a wide range of interests and activities. They are spontaneous, fun-loving, and always interested in what’s new and exciting. They are very open-minded and focus on the positive, sometimes underestimating limits or potential problems. They are dynamic individuals with great people skills, but may become so absorbed in others such that they neglect themselves. They are creative and idealistic, and seek to live life on their own terms.

INFP's are quietly idealistic and interested in being of service to others. They are creative, have quick minds, and are able to see possibilities. They are contemplative and have a well-developed set of principles by which they live. They are loyal and compassionate, but need lots of time alone. They are modest to the point of being self-critical and are sensitive to feeling rejected. They do well when they are acknowledged for their depth of feelings and ideas.

ENTP's are gregarious, creative, and mentally curious, finding excitement in new ideas and projects. They love mental challenges, understanding complex situations, and using logic to find solutions. They like independence, freedom, and taking risks, and can be competitive. They seek out lively conversation and stimulating environments and gatherings, and may be outspoken and quarrelsome at times. Details and routine matters are of less interest to them, and they may have issues being organized and following through.

INTP's are logical, capable, and creative thinkers who revel in the world of ideas. They develop a deep knowledge about a topic sometimes leading to original or new understandings. They are highly individualistic and reserved, and may retreat into their own world for long periods. While general socializing has little appeal to them, they may enjoy talking to others about what they know. They may varyingly appear as passionate, argumentative, knowledgeable, and arrogant.

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