What are the MBTI 16 Personalities and what is your MBTI?

What is the MBTI 16 Personalities model and how do you find out your personality type in the MBTI? The MBTI or 16Personalities system in popular tongue is a system that describes 16 personality types based on finding out your unique mix of personality traits.

Most people tend to have relatively consistent hobbies and interests throughout life and few ‘change’ their personality type in an extreme or dramatic way. This makes personality psychology an attractive field to study, as it can help you predict human behaviour and better understand human needs and values. 

My addition to the field of personality psychology is flow psychology. I have come to study personality psychology based on how people are in a positive state of flow, when they feel more motivated, energetic, and emotionally stable. That means my model is less useful for understanding extremely unhealthy or emotionally unstable individuals. 

The Sixteen Personalities in Flow

FlowExtroverted, iNtuitive, Feeling & Perceiving
StressIntroverted, Sensing, Thinking & Judging
Big5Outgoing, Open, Agreeable, Non-Conscientious
NeedsExploration, Reform, Support & Freedom

At their best, curious, free-spirited types that open new paths. These types are often advocates for new ideas and change. At their worst, bitter, unforgiving, harsh and stuck in the past.

FlowExtroverted, iNtuitive, Feeling & Perceiving
StressExtroverted, Sensing, Thinking & Judging
Big5Reserved, Open, Agreeable, Non-Conscientious
NeedsOriginality, Reform, Support & Freedom

Ideally, introspective, unique individuals with fun new ideas and a creative approach to life. Under stress, easily overwhelmed and feel easily pressured, they can develop a tunnel vision and become unusually closed to new ideas.

FlowIntroverted, iNtuitive, Feeling & Judging
StressExtroverted, Sensing, Thinking & Perceiving
Big 5Reserved, Open, Agreeable, Conscientious
NeedsOriginality, Reform, Support & Control

At their best, philosophical, speculative types with strong ideals and vision. At their worst, scattered, overworked and easily overwhelmed by the world and problems around them.

FlowExtroverted, iNtuitive, Feeling & Judging
StressIntroverted, Sensing, Thinking & Perceiving
Big 5Outgoing, Open, Agreeable, Conscientious
NeedsExploration, Reform, Support & Control

Broad-minded, idealistic and big-picture. This type is at their best enthusiastic and highly caring for others. At their worst, overly critical of others, never pleased with anything, and become too scattered.

FlowExtroverted, iNtuitive, Thinking & Perceiving
StressIntroverted, Sensing, Feeling & Judging
Big5Outgoing, Open, Disagreeable, Non-Conscientious
NeedsExploration, Reform, Knowledge & Freedom

At their best, known to be the most creative type. They bring forward new ideas and make new discoveries in research. Under stress, they may make martyrs of themselves, giving up their needs and identity completely.

FlowIntroverted, iNtuitive, Thinking & Perceiving
StressExtroverted, Sensing, Feeling & Judging
Big5Reserved, Open, Disagreeable, Non-Conscientious
NeedsOriginality, Reform, Knowledge & Freedom

In a flow state, this type is full of ideas to improve their situation. They prefer to learn new skills and try out new things. At their worst, they may feel persecuted by the tribe.

FlowIntroverted, iNtuitive, Thinking & Judging
StressExtroverted, Sensing, Feeling & Perceiving
Big 5Reserved, Open, Disagreeable, Conscientious
NeedsOriginality, Reform, Knowledge & Control

Ideally, this type has a vision and plan for the future as well as some good ideas and the intelligence to put them together. At their worst, these types may feel that everyone is against them.

FlowExtroverted, iNtuitive, Thinking & Judging
StressIntroverted, Sensing, Feeling & Perceiving
Big 5Outgoing, Open, Disagreeable, Conscientious
NeedsExploration, Reform, Knowledge & Control

Broad-minded, innovative, and enterprising. The ENTJ personality type in flow is full of ideas and ambitions. Under stress, however, this type can act like a victim or seek sympathy.

FlowExtroverted, Sensing, Thinking & Perceiving
StressIntroverted, Intuition, Feeling & Judging
Big5Outgoing, Traditional, Disagreeable, Non-Conscientious
NeedsAdventure, Belonging, Knowledge & Freedom

The ESTP in a state of flow is energetic, hard-working and entrepreneurial. The ESTP under stress, on the other hand, gives up before even trying, and is prone to always expecting the worst in everyone.

FlowExtroverted, Sensing, Thinking & Perceiving
StressExtroverted, Intuition, Feeling & Judging
Big5Reserved, Traditional, Agreeable, Non-Conscientious
NeedsStability, Belonging, Knowledge & Freedom

The ISTP in a flow state is able to manage most challenges or obstacles put in their way, and enjoy fixing things that aren’t working. In a state of stress, they can be prone to blaming other people for their issues in life.

FlowIntroverted, Sensing, Thinking & Judging
StressExtroverted, iNtuition, Feeling & Perceiving
Big 5Reserved, Traditional, Disagreeable, Conscientious
NeedsStability, Belonging, Knowledge & Control

In a flow state, this type is known for inspiring stability and trust. They can be pillars of their society. Under stress, they may act out to ‘shake off’ people who depend too much on them.

FlowExtroverted, Sensing, Thinking & Judging
StressIntroverted, iNtuition, Feeling & Perceiving
Big 5Outgoing, Traditional, Disagreeable, Conscientious
NeedsAdventure, Belonging, Knowledge & Control

In flow, this type is hard-working and dutiful, always giving things their best effort. Under stress, they can give up and worry about failure or loss.

FlowExtroverted, Sensing, Feeling & Perceiving
StressIntroverted, iNtuition, Thinking & Judging
Big5Outgoing, Traditional, Agreeable, Non-Conscientious
NeedsAdventure, Belonging, Support & Freedom

ESFPs tend to be passionate advocates for ethics, speaking out for their community and for everyone’s rights. But under stress, they can be cold and critical of others, refusing to listen to anyone else but themselves.

FlowExtroverted, Sensing, Feeling & Perceiving
StressExtroverted, iNtuition, Thinking & Judging
Big5Reserved, Traditional, Agreeable, Non-Conscientious
NeedsStability, Belonging, Support & Freedom

The ISFPs are in a positive state of flow, perceptive, and attentive listeners secure in themselves and who they are. At their worst, they can become bossy and aggressive as they try to stand up for themselves.

FlowIntroverted, Sensing, Feeling & Judging
StressExtroverted, iNtuition, Thinking & Perceiving
Big 5Reserved, Traditional, Agreeable, Conscientious
NeedsStability, Belonging, Support & Control

The ISFJ at their best tend to be patient, supportive and caring people. But at their worst, they can be be self-centred, projecting their own needs and opinions onto others, becoming controlling.

FlowExtroverted, Sensing, Feeling & Judging
StressIntroverted, iNtuition, Thinking & Perceiving
Big 5Outgoing, Traditional, Agreeable, Conscientious
NeedsAdventure, Belonging, Support & Control

ESFJs in a flow state are optimistic, and always believe the best in everyone. But under stress, they can struggle with feeling used or manipulated by others.


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What is your MBTI Type?

To know the answer to this case you have to understand first the dichotomies, and secondly, the cognitive functions. Finally, you can begin to understand how different cognitive functions interact inside an individual to form an identity, and finally how your personality changes depending on flow, stress, or a moment of inspiration.

The Dichotomies

Introversion/Extroversion (I/E)

The Introverted type is regarded as steady and reliable, an expert, a sage or philosopher. The Extroverted type is represented by the archetype of the Explorer who goes out to the world to gain understanding and insight.

iNtuition/Sensing (N/S)

The iNtuitive type is a Perfectionist or Reformer and the Sensing type is a community-oriented type, driven by a need ‘to belong’ or fit in.

Feeling/Thinking (F/T)

The Feeling type is a benevolent type, driven by a need to give or help those around them. The Thinking type is an inventor, entrepreneur, merchant, someone that makes ideas happen and seeks to understand and manipulate the laws of the universe.

Judging/Perceiving (J/P)

The Judging type is a person driven by a need to control and gain dominion in the world. The Perceiving type is a person who wants most of all freedom and a chance to release new potential in the world.

Reading advice: Frequently asked questions about the MBTI

16 Personalities FAQ – What is the science behind the MBTI?

Individual differences in the MBTI

Every individual is unique. The 16 personalities are grouped by whether they have a slight or significant tendency on one scale over the other. Inside a personality type there is a big spectrum of individual differences with more or less introverted people, with stronger or weaker intuition.

You can use a lowercase letter to mark a slight preference and an uppercase letter to mark a stronger preference. These are two common test results for an infJ and an eSfp respectively.





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