Every individual possesses distinct personality traits. Discover the 16 unique types of personality, and an easy way to find out what yours is!
Have you ever wondered why people behave differently when they face similar situations? This happens because every individual possesses distinct types of personality that distinguish one from another. There are unique traits and characteristics that everyone develops in their lifetime. And the combination of these factors forms a personality type that justifies one’s character.
Identifying personality types helps in smooth communication and understanding the actions of each other, be it your family, colleagues, or friends. If you understand your personality type and learn the distinct characteristics you own, it will help you identify unique strengths and weaknesses and boost self-confidence. It can also give you the space to improve yourself and structure your life accordingly.
There are several tools and tests to assess different types of personality. But one that truly stands out as an effective tool is the Myers Briggs type indicator (MBTi) assessment tool. This tool evaluates 100 questions answered by the subject. And the answers result in combining 4 dominant personality traits and forms a personality type. This is a trait-based assessment that describes every personality type based on the traits of the subject. However, we have made your task easier by creating 4 simple ways to identify unique traits, a combination of which defines your personality type.
Categories of Personality Traits
Here’s a simple test to find out about your dominant personality traits that make your distinct personality type. We suggest you make notes on what personality trait you relate more with and then check your personality type in the next category.
1. Introvert (I) or Extrovert (E)
The major difference between introverts and extroverts is how comfortable they are socializing in their surroundings. An introvert will most likely prefer to avoid socializing with others, while extroverts will spend their entire day socializing with people. If you love to be alone and prefer to spend time all by yourself, then you are most likely an introvert. But if having fun means catching up with your friends and spending time outdoors, then you are most likely an extrovert. Introverts derive energy from solitude and being in a group or party exhausts them. Whereas extroverts derive energy by communicating with others.
2. Sensing (S) or Intuitive (N)
People with dominant sensing traits base their decisions on practical and realistic scenarios. While individuals with dominant intuitive traits base their decision on their instinct, or “gut feeling” and try to see what the future scenario could be. Sensing individuals are very practical, realist, and focus on the present or the past. But intuitive individuals are somewhat a forecaster. They visualize the bigger picture and focus on future possibilities and hidden patterns.
3. Thinking (T) or Feeling (F)
A simple way to find out which out of these traits is more dominant in your personality, is by asking yourself, “Do you follow your mind or heart?’. If you have the thinking trait, your decisions have logic and proper reasoning because you use your mind. This is because thinkers are very logical, analytical, and rational while making decisions. Facts and proofs are the basis of your decision making. But, in case of feeling, you prioritize your feelings over logic because your decisions rely on the sensitivity of the matter and maintaining social harmony. Individuals with the feeling trait are emotionally expressive and follow their heart over mind.
4. Judging (J) or Perceiving (P)
Are you a rule-breaker or do you abide by the rules? A person with a judging trait will never/most likely break any rules. They are responsible, fair, and have a high moral ground. But if you have broken many rules in life and enjoy being called a rule-breaker, then you have the perceiving trait because other things matter more to you than following rules.
16 Types of Personality based on the Combination of Traits
ISTJ – The Inspector
This personality type results from the combination of an introvert, sensing, thinking, and judging. People with this set of traits are responsible, serious, formal, and patient. They believe in fairness and act according to the rules and regulations. They have high moral ground and support ethical practices. You will mostly find these people take charge and become prefects in a social group. These people turn out to be law-abiding citizens and do well in managerial roles in jobs but not as entrepreneurs.
ISTP – The Crafter
This is one of the interesting types of personality which includes the traits of introvert, sensing, thinking, and perceiving. The carriers of this personality type are usually logical and sensible with thoughts but do not mind being spontaneous on occasions. They can be easily misunderstood as a serious person, but they can be fun when required. They are great at deriving solutions and are very knowledgeable of their surroundings. These individuals can seem mysterious, as they prefer to hide their traits. Make sure you spend a lot of time with them and give them enough time to freely socialize with them.
ISFJ – The Protector
The warmest and nurturing nature, ISFJ includes traits of an introvert, sensing, feeling, and judging. They have the most positive influence on people by always encouraging and influencing them. They care about their surroundings and the people they love and always reciprocate with kindness and generosity. Some great examples of ISFJ personality types are activists, philanthropists, environmentalists, etc. ISFJ always brings the best in people. They are known to be very supportive friends.
ISFP – The Artist
This personality type is moderately introverted, highly sensible, fluid with their feelings, and has great perceiving skills. ISFP individuals are very composed and joyful who also appreciate surrounding themselves with nature. They are very spontaneous and are splendid companions to hang out with. They are full of life and inspire everyone around them with their enthusiasm. Unlike other introverts, ISFP types love to socialize and make new friends. To have the best time with them, take them to new places, and make the most fun out of the day.
INFJ – The Advocate
INFJ is one of the rarest types of personality in the world. Easily misunderstood and can seem like odd people to hang out or have a conversation with. This personality type is a combination of an introvert, intuitive, feeling, and judging traits. They are the most introverted people among others. And have brilliant listening skills and decide only after considering all the points in the discussion. They have a profound way of looking at the world that makes them unique from others. INFJ is the best choice for individuals who will empathize with your problems. They are the least judgmental beings you can find anywhere.
INFP – The Idealist
As the title suggests, INFP includes idealists and visionaries. The combination of an introvert, intuitive, feeling, and perceiving, helps them become a natural developer of creative ideas. They are highly ambitious and take a big leap with the ideas they produce. They have exceptional leadership skills and are highly encouraging individuals. Mind you, these individuals are day-dreamers and are often found lost in thoughts. They use their intuitive skills while deciding. Listening to their ideas can be a real treat to your ears.
INTJ – The Architect
Introverts at the core, INTJ personality also includes the traits of intuitive, thinking, and judging. The architects are also called masterminds. They are lonely souls, who channel most of their energy by being on their own, developing master ideas and innovative solutions. Architects are very inquisitive, always asking the right questions. One drawback of the personality is that they dislike socializing. If you want to interact with them, bring on some great ideas for conversation. They have a smaller friend circle and prefer to be left alone with their own thoughts.
INTP – The Thinker
Thinkers are brilliant theorists and have a wider knowledge of the world. With their personality traits – introvert, intuitive, thinking, and perceiving, one can’t fool them easily. They use logic for everything and analyze their surroundings to get a better understanding of things. They like to spend less time outdoors and more time indoors doing activities that improve their cognitive skills. Taking their advice for solving an issue will be helpful in situations. One tip, if you find them zone out in conversations, give them a break to finish their thought or else, it might irritate them.
ESTP – The Persuader
ESTP is one of the remarkable types of personality with amazing persuasion skills. This personality type is a combination of extrovert, sensing, thinking, and perceiving. They have superb communication skills and are always ready to try new things. They are adventurous and love their freedom more than anything. If they have a will to try something, they make it happen. It is difficult to demotivate a Persuader as they always transfer positive vibes in their surroundings. Every lazy person should have an ESTP friend in their life.
ESTJ – The Director
Another one of the interesting types of personality, ESTJ, values traditions, and customs. They have fascinating traits of extrovert, sensing, thinking, and judging. They have a powerful belief system, which is tough to shake. The directors supervise individuals into following rules and norms and are the epitome of good citizenry. As an extrovert, they are very opinionated and outspoken about their views. It’s difficult to argue their ideologies, as they can be stubborn. So, try to avoid challenging them for a debate, as it can get very messy.
ESFP – The Performer
The entertainers of the group, if you give a chance to ESFP to take the stage, they definitely will. This is because of the exquisite combination of extrovert, sensing, feeling, and perceiving traits. ESFP is one of the types of personality that has the liveliest nature among others and will make your day with their charming personality. They like to be the center of attention and will make you smile on any chance they get. The performers also have profound interpersonal skills and generosity for others. It is very easy to make friends with the ESFP type. Never try to silent their enthusiasm, because it is a big turnoff for this personality type.
ESFJ – The Caretaker
The caretakers are very emotional to others’ needs. They possess the traits of extrovert, sensing, feeling, and judging. They are always available for everyone and sympathize with any difficult situation. The caretakers are always willing to help people in need, which makes them likable and popular. They have a cheerleading spirit and will always lend their shoulders to rely on. Never be rude or offensive to a caretaker because of their sensitive nature. They will forgive you, but it can hamper your relationship with them.
ENFP – The Champion
There’s no one more confident than an ENFP personality type. The combination of extrovert, intuitive, feeling, and perceiving makes them highly individualistic. They are challenging and achievers in every aspect of their life. They do not follow anyone because they have their own ways of doing things. ENFP can be selective while making friends, but only because they communicate better with people like them. The champions are also highly perceptive and thoughtful. They let their emotions guide them in life. ENFP is also one of the most misunderstood personality types because they can seem arrogant. But with a given time, they can develop a great interest in people and prove to be nicer than expected.
ENFJ – The Giver
The ENFJ type is one of the nicest types of personality. They rely more on their intuitive and feeling traits, but also use their extrovert and judging traits for socializing. As the name suggests, the givers are always willing to help. They always lookout for the potential of others and encourage personal growth. These individuals dislike living in the present, rather lookout for future possibilities.
ENTP – The Debater
This personality type has the unique ability to win arguments and make remarkable conversations with anyone and anywhere. They are very extroverted and have additional intuitive, thinking, and perceiving traits that make them influential speakers. They are very knowledgeable and opinionated and have a strong desire to bring a change in the world. Do not expect to have a small talk with ENTP type, because they always extend a small conversation into a thought-provoking agenda. Some people have difficulty in making friends with the debaters, but they can change your perception of the world with their visionary thoughts.
ENTJ – The Commander
ENTJ personality type includes born leaders who use their set of intuitive, thinking, and judging personality traits to command and discipline. They are difficult to communicate with because they are very challenging and dominating. They relish on opportunities to take charge and drive their actions with rules. Spontaneity is least expected from them. But their leadership qualities can help in achieving goals and winning competitions. To make friends with ENTJ type, be direct with your feelings, and try to break fewer rules around them.
Understanding distinct types of personality can help in understanding ourselves and our friends better. Our nature can get less confusing for us, and it will promote self-confidence and self-love. Many use the Myers Briggs type indicator tool to assess distinct personality types, but we cannot completely rely on it. Some of you might have a mix of these personality types. There’s nothing wrong with it. Instead, we at Shilpa Ahuja believe that every individual is unique and has a mind of their own, which makes them their own best version. So, cherish your personality and make the best out of yourselves.
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Neelima Nayak is a Fashion Journalist Intern at Shilpa Ahuja. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Communication at National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Bhubaneswar. Her interest in fashion grew at a very young age through movies and magazines. Since her high school years, she has been devoted to pursue a career in fashion.
She has worked on multiple college projects on branding, forecasting and new media. She is also working on her own website Dolce and Shabana to showcase her research work and blog about fashion. Apart from blogging, Neelima spends most of her time reading and watching movies, hobbies she has developed since the age of 5.
Having grown up in the city of temples, Bhubaneswar, rich in culture and heritage, she loves to read about history, sociology and mythology. She has been an animal activist and slow fashion enthusiast for a couple of years. Her personal style is very simple and minimal. Her go to look is mostly a tank top, ripped denim jeans, smokey eye and her constant BFF, Maybelline mauve lip crayon.