Why are we lazy? What can we do to be less lazy? How can we feel better about our own laziness?

In today’s article we talk about what personality types struggle the most with laziness.

First, let’s define laziness as lacking in energy or motivation towards an activity. Laziness can be manifested as postponing or delaying action or doing an action more slowly or without conscious energy or interest. Laziness can fuel an autopilot like state or can manifest itself as non-responsiveness to your environment.

What personality types are the most lazy?

Flow Extroverted SensingESTPESFPESFJESTJ
Dominant Extroverted SensingESTPESFP
Stress Extroverted SensingINFJINTJINTPINFP
Inferior Extroverted SensingINFJINTJ

Those with flow Extroverted Sensing are some of the most active, busy of all personality types. Those with stress Extroverted Sensing tend to be some of thee most lethargic and lazy of all personality types.

When Extroverted Sensing is the dominant function, that means we assert it to the world, we talk about how active and busy we are and how much we are always getting done.

When Extroverted Sensing is the inferior function, we feel constantly annoyed by how lazy or low on energy we are. That means INFJs and INTJs are the personality types that feel the most guilty for putting in a lack of effort or attention to work and life.

The source of laziness

Introverted iNtuitives direct their energy and attention towards figuring out and speculating on theories and the future. That means their mind is rarely directed to the present. When forced to deal with present tasks, introverted intuitive types tend to lose energy and attention quickly.

INFJs and INTJs are the personality types that are the most characteristically described by their fight against their own laziness. They are constantly pushing themselves to be more active and to do something with their life and feel guilty for not being able to make their theories become a reality.

People around INFJs and INTJs may find these types lazy, slow-moving, or sluggish. Their tendency to delay action or to wait is a symptom of their laziness. If they are to do something, they need time to reframe and recharge before they can commit to a project. After a project is complete, they may become non-responsive or apathetic to their environment.

Flow TypeIntroverted iNtuition (Ni)Extroverted Sensing (Se)
ESFP32,5%67,5%
ESTP32,5%67,5%
INFJ65%35%
INTJ70%30%

INFPs and INTPs also share similar struggles as INFJs and INTJs, but as you can see, INTPs and INFPs have slightly less problems with these functions. It is not their worst cognitive function in the set, and so, they feel less insecure about it. They do however have similar issues with motivation and can benefit from developing this cognitive function.

Flow TypeIntroverted iNtuition (Ni)Extroverted Sensing (Se)
ESFJ42,5%57,5%
ESFP32,5%67,5%
ESTJ42,5%57,5%
ESTP32,5%67,5%
INFJ65%35%
INFP60%40%
INTJ70%30%
INTP60%40%

Tips for developing Extroverted Sensing

  • Be realistic about how much energy you can put into a project
  • Focus your attention and energy into projects that matter to you
  • Don’t feel too guilty about not being able to do everything or not being able to be everywhere at once
  • Give yourself time to recharge in between activities
  • Make the time you spend recharging “self-care” time and try to enjoy it
  • Find healthy ways to recharge by doing things that fuel your Introverted iNtuition
  • Give yourself mini-breaks or timeouts during activities
  • Don’t spread yourself too thin
  • Let go of things that you don’t have the energy or attention for
  • Push yourself to give your all into activities if they matter to you

I hope this advice was of help to you.

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