What are the personality traits of the 16 personalities? Every MBTI personality type is defined out of four possible dichotomies or combinations of eight personality traits. You can be an Introvert or an Extrovert, an iNtuitive or a Sensory type, a Feeling or Thinking type, and finally, a Judging or Perceiving personality type.
Firstly, Introversion is a measure of how reserved, inward-oriented and self-assured you are as a person. The most introverted personality type is the INTP. This type defines their worldview based on purely logical standards that they have reached through self-reflection. The least introverted personality type is the ESFJ. When you are very introverted, you may say that you need more alone time, and time to process and reflect on your own thoughts.
The Extroverts are people that are more interpersonally and socially inclined. You value the group, cooperation, and joint discussions about tasks and projects. You prefer to discuss ideas with other people and feel at your best when you have people around you. Extroverted Judging types are most extroverted. These types often have active and busy lifestyles and need less time for self-reflection.
A large group of personality types are ambiverts. For example, ENTPs and ENFPs are personality types that tend to be equally introverted and extroverted. These types will say they need a mix of alone time and friendships. You value one-on-one interactions and smaller groups more and can also enjoy times of silence in conversations. You may daydream or drift away sometimes in conversations.
- Preferring to be alone or in your own head
- Holding back your enthusiasm or energy
- Being more sensitive
- Waiting and seeing how something turns out
- Preferring to be out or learning something new
- Showing higher energy and enthusiasm
- Having thicker skin
- Showing initiative
- Taking a theoretical approach to problem solving
- Being less social or community oriented
- Not conforming to social norms or conventions
- Finding unusual ways to solve problems
- Taking a practical approach to life
- Connecting more easily to other people
- Being more disciplined
- Preferring to respond directly
Which one of these did you identify with the most?
- Responding with more affection or emotion
- Showing higher sensitivity
- Being more diplomatic or friendly
- Having more dreams or fantasies
- Talking more rationally or impersonally
- Being more rough and critical
- Using systems or tools to solve problems
- Being more realistic
I know you want to relate to all of them, but most people have a preference. Some people find it hard to admit to weaknesses. Some people are too critical of themselves. Try to be objective about who you are. Consider asking other people for help.
- Thinking more short-term or in the moment
- Being more open to adjust your course
- Showing more openness to other viewpoints
- Being more creative
- Being more future oriented & long-term
- Having more discipline & self-control
- Sticking to one idea or viewpoint
- Having more organisation
Circle the traits or statements that you agree with the most. It’s okay to only agree with some or parts of one personality types. A preference for Judging can be manifested differently in different types. Some Judging types are more organised, and some Judging types relate more to being more long-term or futuristic.
The Personality Traits in the Flow Code
Luckily, you can change your personality traits and behaviour to fit the situation. Some situations demand a more long-term solution and some require you to be more adaptable and open to improvise. To change your behaviour is also to change your mood, and long-term changes in behaviour may affect your emotional state.
If you are an introvert, and you are too outgoing, you will feel more anxious. If you are a Judging type, you will feel more stressed than a Perceiving type in a chaotic environment. Use the flow-chart below to reflect on how you are affected by different situations. Think about what you like and dislike because it helps you find out who you are at the best and at your worst.
What personality traits do you relate more to and what is your personality type?