ENFP—The Motivator

ENFP, The Champion.

Most optimistic

7% of U.S. population

Traits: Dynamic, enthusiastic; affirming; highly skilled with people; craves affirmation; near psychic awareness; charismatic; lots of ideas without follow-through; sociable; desires to please; highly intuitive; seductive; excellent “shape-shifter” who can easily “become” others (step into their shoes); all life is a party; follows enthusiasm until totally exhausted, then collapses; hypersensitive to criticism; people pleaser; everything (including work) must be fun/play; strongly impacts others; negatively interprets others’ “hidden motive” usually inaccurately; optimistic; ingenious; imaginative; creative; charming; adaptive; impulsive; dramatic

Occupations: Salesperson, advertising/P.R. executive, politician, actor

Examples: Snoopy, Robin Williams


ENTJ—The Mobilizer

ENTJ, The Commander.

Most authoritarian

4% of U.S. population

Traits: Hardy, argumentative, robust, arrogant, “king of the mountain”; impatient; strong ego; clear in thought and speech; needs to control; schedules relaxation; direct; abrasive; quick-witted; competitive; leader; commander; dislikes inefficiency; devoted to job; “take charge” persona; “leader of leaders”

Occupations: Lawyer, manager, administrator, mortgage broker

Examples: Douglas McArthur, Eleanor Roosevelt, Frank Lloyd Wright

ISFP—The Artist

ISFP, The Composer.

Most artistic, kind, and gentle

8% of U.S. population

Traits: Loves and is sensitive to others, serene; sympathetic; appreciates life; in touch with self and nature; non-imposing; often invisible; creative; artsy; sells self short; quiet; subtle; expresses self through art; in tune with beauty and harmony of the senses (color, texture, etc.); generous; trusting; receptive; least visible/understood of the types; expresses self through action not speech; looses self in action/art

Occupations: Nurse, social worker, veterinarian, hair stylist, makeup artist, composer, painter, dancer, fine artist, chef, decorator, animal rights activist

Examples: St. Francis of Assisi, Beethoven, Rembrandt, Frodo

ISTJ—The Inspector

ISTJ, The Inspector.

Most private and critical

9% of U.S. population

Traits: Responsible, dependable, reliable, “bottom line” mindset, demanding, dutiful, “should”-driven, “macho” type, efficient, no-nonsense, schedule-oriented, traditional, honorable, strong integrity, “the rock”, actions speak louder than words, fiercely loyal, decisive in practical affairs, quiet, serious, thorough, just/fair, practical, stable, respectable

Occupations: Administrator, manager, policeperson, military/soldier, accountant, auditor

Examples: Henry Ford, Calvin Coolidge, Johnny Carson, George Washington, George H.W. Bush

INFP—The Healer

INFP, The Healer.

Most nondirective

3% of U.S. population

Traits: Idealistic, noble service to aid society; defender of the people/causes; easygoing; gentle; congenial (until their ideal/ethics/rights or those of others are breeched, then very assertive); reflective; gentle exterior masking an assertive interior; needs to please and avoid conflict; sensitive; deep capacity for caring; strong sense of integrity; concerned for others; self-critical; perfectionistic; calm; pleasant outside/passionate inside; profound sense of honor; deep commitment to the positive and the good; moral; ethical; loyal to and protector of family values and ideals; empathic; benevolent; authentic

Occupations: Psychologist/therapist, psychiatrist, social worker, teacher, nonprofit staff worker

Examples: Joan of Arc, Sir Galahad, Don Quixote, Isabel Briggs Myers, Carl Rogers (psychologist), Princess Diana, Counselor Troi (Star Trek)

ESFP—The Entertainer

ESFP, The Performer.

Most generous and whimsical

11% of U.S. population

Traits: Lives for the present; most in touch with the here and now; “live and let live”; focuses on the positive, denies the negative; ignores problems; needs action, people pleaser; “dizzy blonde”; avoids conflict; warm; supportive; easygoing; optimistic; popular with both adults and kids; enjoys life; “life is a party” attitude; loves luxury; exciting; unpredictable; impulsive; self-indulgent; sociable; playful; fun-loving; lively; witty; pleasure-loving

Occupations: Teacher (especially elementary school), actor, athlete, PR person, nurse, social worker, salesperson/ performing artists

Examples: Edith Bunker, Richard Branson, Hugh Hefner

INTJ—The Mastermind

INTJ, The Mastermind.

Most independent

2% of U.S. population

Traits: Drive toward constant improvement of everything; “big picture” person who sees both the forest and the trees; learns by arguing; appears aloof and unfriendly to others; dreams and visions are form of relaxation; work is the laboratory in which blueprints become reality; builder of systems; natural brainstormer; good at generalizing, classifying, summarizing, proving, and demonstrating information; pragmatic; future-oriented; high achiever; loyal to organizations (employment); unemotional; strong need for privacy; skeptical; reality is malleable to ideas; easy decisionmaker; nonexpressive, but deeply emotional

Occupations: Teacher/professor, researcher, inventor, program analyst, architect, engineer

Examples: Thomas Edison, Katharine Hepburn, Vulcans