MBTI: the Independent ISTP

MBTI: the Independent ISTP


Hello, everyone!

I am back and in action after last week’s unfortunate events… for those not in the know, I had to forego my weekend retreat due to my paternal grandmother suddenly passing away. (Which I previously wrote a poem about– I’m taking it a lot better than my youngest ESTP brother and my ISTJ Dad, both who were very close to her. She was ISTJ too, in case you were wondering. 😉 Very traditional, stubborn, quiet and hardworking, my grandma!) But anyways, onwards to this weekend’s type!

I don’t know a lot about ISTPs, save for that they’re commonly used in fiction, particularly in YA fiction (to which Steve will come after me if I say anything further on that matter, so we will save that discussion for another time… 😉 ). I do know *maybe* two of them in real life (the maybe being that I’m uncertain if they really are confirmed ISTPs…), a work friend of my ISFP mother’s (explaining why they get on well!) and one of my closest, best friends, who is a PK (Pastor’s Kid), a definite adventurer, and a bit of a natural rebel, as per ISTP standards.

Unlike their INTP cousins, ISTPs may be logical, but tend to favor the physical and kinesthetic over the theoretical. Like ESTPs, they are more live-in-the-moment (that Se again!) brilliant adventurers who love to, as one character put it, “Take chances! Make mistakes! And get messy!” They live in the HEAT of the moment, and often thrive if given the chance to work under pressure– one reason they make good protagonists for stories, particularly high-stakes stories. They like following rules and theoretical knowledge only if it agrees with their sense of logic and is practical, and are fond of marching to the beat of their own drummer, unlike the traditional ISTJ.

Very independent, and possessing a high drive for action and adventure, this is one type that can bore relatively quickly if they have nothing to do. They like to analyze, to take things apart– whether it be an argument, or, more likely, something physical they can touch– to see how it works, and what its practical application is. They analyze best when they are alone to reflect, being natural introverts.

Ultimate blunt realists, they are unafraid to tell it how it is, regardless if it may hurt someone unintentionally, in the moment. They are tough, often no-nonsense (in a way); my PK ISTP bestie is actually going to school for criminal justice, to be an officer someday– a field this action-and-justice-oriented type would surely excel at.

ISTP Cognitive Functional Stack-up:

Ti (Introverted Thinking)– Subconscious/ unconscious. Used to objectively analyze whatever person, theory, problem, or physical object in front of them, and try to figure out not only how they/it work(s), but WHY they/it work(s). This function often manifests itself well with Se, making ISTPs usually gifted with technology and mechanics.

Se (Extraverted Sensing)– Conscious. The more impulsive and adventurous side of the ISTP that simply can’t sit still, that has to be doing, has to be going, has to be at least productive– some way, some how. ISTPs may have difficulty sitting still in a classroom or at work, unless it is at an intensive computer with a complex program that needs worked on.

Ni (Introverted iNtuition)–Subconscious/unconscious. Ni manifests itself as an independent, naturally guarded cynic who highly values their free will and sense of expression–and is naturally wary of authority figures, particularly any such figures who would attempt to suppress or put limits on such an independent will. Woe to those who might dare… Woe…

Fe (Extraverted Feeling)– Conscious. They can seem like sarcastic, anti-social lone wolves at times, but this is usually due to the fact that they feel they lack the typical social graces that Feelers normally possess (without being sarcastic, etc.). That being said, the Inferior Fe is a rarer, softer, kinder side expressed in usually an abnormal, understanding/considerate, protective or playful way–similar to their INTP cousins.


Examples of famous/historical ISTPs: Sally Ride, Earnest Hemingway, Amelia Earhart, Steve Jobs, Bruce Lee, Harrison Ford, Michael Jordan,Lance Armstrong, Katherine Hepburn


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Down to Bed, Up to Heaven

Down to Bed, Up to Heaven

Now I lay me

Down to bed,

Closing mine eyes, I

Rest my weary head.

If breath doth fail

Before I awaken,

I do presume, then

My soul to be


Away from the


And life’s woes,

No longer worrying

O’er mere earthly foes.

The battle was fought,

The battle was won–

My Lord greets me,

“Dear Friend–

Well Done.”



In loving memory of Jane Moore, mother, grandmother, sister and mother-in-law. Passed away the eve of Sept. 25th, 2018, EST. Age: 87.


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Olivia’s Fictional “NT List”

Olivia’s Fictional “NT List”


OK, I know I’ve talked about this numerous times on social media, and even a bit here. So I figured it’s high-time to grab the bull by the horns, so as to speak, and cut to the chase on that list.

But, before we do, some may ask, “What the heck IS an “NT”?”

Oh, I am so glad you asked. (Refer back to my MBTI posts for more refs, especially my INTJ and INTP posts) NTs are one of the four Meyers-Briggs Personality groups, each with four separate sub-groups. To make this simpler:






NT types tend to be theoretical, highly intelligent, argumentative/”devil’s advocate”, sometimes neurotic, witty, very sarcastic, but generally pretty loyal at their core, and ultimately idealists and truth-seekers. I tend to be attracted the most to these types more than any other MBTI types, and have the tendency to blame my INFJ-ness on that. I noticed a particular pattern of attractions, whether healthy or unhealthy, in YA fiction, and, upon further investigation, realized it was all within the same MBTI group. And more specifically, there was a VERY large crowd of INTJs (that seems to be popular in YA fantasy and sci-fi. You’ll see why momentarily). So, initially, it was the “xNTJ List,” thanks to a certain indie publishing master who helped coin the phrase for me, 😉  (Why not, “INTJ List”? Casimir, an ENTJ, of course made it.).

But then, stuff happened. And I was made to add a couple of ENTPs (who are quite attractive, btw) to the Precious. Thus making me throw my hands up into the stagnant air of my “cave dwelling” (read: my bedroom, which I seldom leave), and yell, “TO HECK WITH IT,” at my ceiling stickered with wall-puttied plastic glow-in-the-dark celestial bits. And thus, the OFFICIAL “Fictional NT Guys L4G Likes in Most Any Way” was birthed. It was a difficult, trying, but nonetheless beautiful birth.

And now it is here for you to peruse at your leisure, to your enjoyment, to your amusement, or perhaps, to your enrage-ment. I do not pretend to share everyone’s fancies of the ideally-typed mate (I know many prefer Elias… Cough… NF type… Cough…Not that there’s anything WRONG with that, being INFJ myself 😉 Just more into NTs) , nor do I pretend that I’d WANT to actually date many of these characters on this list (or that THEY would want to date ME, for that matter… Just ask their authors. LOL.). This is simply a cataloging of personal favorites, and why I like them so much.

And, as per usual, they WILL be somewhat categorized (me being the J-type planner that I am), but they will be listed in no certain order, i.e., from, “least liked to most liked,” etc. Just a regular listing. 🙂





  1. Casimir


Series: The Star-Fae Trilogy by Sarah Delena White, including Halayda, and soon-to-be-released Rothana. 

Why He Made the Cut: I can empathize with him, even though we would likely clash IRL. I’m genuinely curious about his past. What happened to him that made him want to change his destiny–along with everyone else’s– so bad? Did he see his, and it was so horrid he became determined to change it? According to his author, he is willing to pursue his ideal and objectives for the betterment of everyone (in his eyes), even while sacrificing his own happiness to achieve it. This makes me saddened, and I want him to have at least some sort of happiness in his life. Even if it be Diza 😉 . Plus, he’s got the very cool, “combine magic with alchemy” thing going on, so there’s that, too. This antag’s got the full support of his favorite minion all the way!


(Yes, IK that is LOTR, but roll with me here– the Star-Fae Trilogy sadly has few, very few, fandom artists…)

2. The Darkling


Series: Both the Shadow and Bone Trilogy and the short story, When Water Sang Fire from The Language of Thorns, by the notorious Leigh Bardugo. Hopefully, more to come… 😉

Why He Made the Cut: Even the author herself has seriously questioned numerous fangirls’ defenses of this guy. My guess on THEIR reasoning is, they like how hot he is, how physically seductive he is. While this played a MINOR factor in my judgement of him, I was seriously impressed by two things– his intellect and his complexity/humanness. Despite him regarding emotions and wanting as weakness (we ALL know that infamous line, c’mon!), as an xNTJ type– we all know he actually has a well-guarded soft side for the Grisha, his people, and for underdogs. He doesn’t open up and show that tertiary Fi too often, but he often takes a personal interest in Alina, her habits, her past, how her day was, if people are picking on her, etc. He personally relates to her, and is shown to respect (even if he sometimes disagrees with) her view in several instances. He even shows a gentler, more sympathetic if defensive/protective side to her, to Genya in The Tailor, and to Sylvi and even Annika in Demon in the Wood. I think, if he hadn’t been driven pride-, ambition-, and power-mad, he genuinely would have been a good person. We see those glimpses of goodness in him– he just doesn’t want to be alone.


3. Sorek 


Series: The Purification Era Series by Angie Grigaliunas

Why He Made the Cut: OK, initially, with this guy– I was not planning on letting him onto this list. No way, no how. I viewed him as a total BLEEP who deserved to go to you-know-where with what he fake-tried to do to Rab (though I can understand why he did it). But the more I got to know him, the more I thought, “Hey, he’s like a more complex version of Nikolai!” And guess what? It’s true. He may not be a pirate or royalty, but he knows how to chameleon very well, to blend in and act with all of his “peers” at the time– something Bardugo only touches on a few times, and that Angie delves into deeply. His complexity is seriously impressive, and his snarkiness, particularly with his crush Rab, made Nik’s actually look fairly tame– all while having me howling and rolling on the floor, clutching my stomach. He is also secretly VERY compassionate, and goes out of his way to help others if they genuinely need it.


4. Hideo Tanaka


Series: Warcross duology by Marie Lu

Why He Made the Cut: Ok, I swear Lu’s been peeking at Bardugo’s notes for Darky. Hot, mysterious, high-profile leader/boss guy with shrouded past? Check. Intense, innovative, idealistic intellect that he could use to take over countries with? Double check. Carefully but casually selected a seemingly nobody girl with special abilities and potential, ends up falling for her, hard, and flirts with her in a very coy, subtle, and VERY INTJ way? Triple check. Oh, and let’s not forget the mental and emotional link Darky and Alina had sounds remarkably similar to LINK WITH HIDEO? But, I’m not here to discuss character similarities. All that to say, Hideo is a complex, protective, guarded individual and 21 yo company head honcho who is basically a well-meaning-genius-who-goes-wrong-temporarily, and does everything he can for the sake of his family, his loved ones (including Emika, who he tries to protect numerous times, as well– and she, him. They are adorable, I’ll admit it. INTJ-INTP pairing, right there. Sigh….). Sold.


4. Nikolai Lantsov

MBTI Type: ENTP (100% certain)

Series: The Shadow and Bone Trilogy, Crooked Kingdom, and, soon, King of Scars, by Leigh Bardugo

Why He Made the Cut: Pirate… err, Privateer. Snarkiest man alive on the high seas, matey, and the most charismatic, too. He gives great, fairly sound advice, especially on politics. I think the only ones he’s failed to fully and successfully charm are Alina and the Darkling, who, on two different accounts, find him either somewhat annoying, or very annoying/a threat. Unlike his childish, perv father, and horrid half-brother, he actually cares about his country and its inhabitants, and is extremely loyal to them and his friends. Oh, and did I mention he’s an undercover Prince/now-King in disguise? I didn’t? Oh, well, there’s this, too…

“”Not bad looking?” said another voice. “He’s damnably handsome.”

Luchenko scowled. “Since when–“

“Brave in battle, smart as a whip.” Now the voice seemed to be coming from above us. Luchenko craned his neck, peering into the trees. “An excellent dancer,” said the voice. “Oh, and an even better shot.”

“Who–” Luchenko never got to finish. A blast rang out, and a tiny black hole appeared between his eyes.

I gasped. “Imposs-“

“Don’t say it,” muttered Mal.

Then chaos erupted. ” (excerpt from  Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo, pg. 119.)

I rest my case.


(In honor of King of Scars, and the King of witty Scarcasm. Hope I’ve made ya proud, Leigh. 😉 )

5. AIDAN (Artificial Intelligence Defense Analytics System) 


Series: The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

Why He/It Made the Cut:  AIDAN is technically a machine, a program, so as far as the story is concerned, and is one of those characters that I think was extremely well written, and well-developed, but at the same time, just because I like a character doesn’t mean I have to naturally agree with their worldview, and I definitely heavily disagree with the majority of AIDAN’s. Kristoff, the primary writer of AIDAN in particular, seems to have a natural knack for getting you to root for all the charmingly beasty AIs who’re seriously crushing on their human girl heroines (no, I’m not joking here). Even though it’s crazy and weird and kinda sorta unnatural. Just kinda sorta. (Read: <ERROR> I was so <ERROR> distraught when <ERROR> AIDAN did not get to <ERROR> confess his/it love <ERROR> to Kady that first time… <ERROR><ERROR>) He/it is just this… mechanized, artificial version of a classic INTJ. 90% logical, 10% emotional. A tough exoskeleton on the outside, softer wires and a heart-chip ready and willing to be broken (for Kady’s sake) on the inside. Never mind that he/it is a terror and a genius at getting people killed in a “merciful” way, if it means preserving Kady– and as much of his/its fleet– as possible. He/It will do anything he/it can to protect them, even if only by the most extreme means. He/It narrates much of the story, when it’s not in text/documented format, and shows a more artistic, very poetical side to him/it, and even referring to Kady as his/its “queen,” in a chess-sense, at one point. He/it tends to be a subtle romantic, but ultimately discloses his/its feelings for her at the end. T.T #WhyMustYouAuthorsBreakMyHeart


6. Lord Masrekah


Series: The Purification Era Series by Angie Grigaliunas

Why He Made the Cut: For a while, like Sorek, I didn’t with this guy. I just didn’t. He wasn’t quite as brutal with Rab as Sorek had been when he tested her fealty to rebellion, but I still got a vibe from him I wasn’t sure about. Turns out, again, we have another Darky-ish dude running around town square– albeit a blonder, more militarized version. 😉 His softer side does poke its head out with Ari, though, and we learn he genuinely regrets being a total BLEEP to Rab, but due to male-esque pride, won’t up and apologize to her for it (not that she’d believe him, anyways. LOL.). He’s clearly affectionate towards Ari, Rab’s younger sister (something Rab is not pleased about), but is well-meaning and respectful, as well as extremely protective of her (love that feature about INTJ dudes… SO LOYAL AND FREAKING PROTECTIVE, LIKE, “I DON’T WANT MY LOVED ONES AND MY SMOL CINNAMON ROLL BABIES TO GET HURT HERE BUT NEVER GONNA SAY THAT OUT LOUD K BYE” xD). Mas also, just like the Darkling, has something of a soft spot for animals, judging on his connection with his horse, Scourge. 🙂


7. Prince Zephryn Nightstalker


Series: The Ironfire Legacy Series by Janeen Ippolito (aka, “Janeen the Snark Queen” 😉 )

Why He Made the Cut: Evil genius-evil=Genius. MAJOR bookworm and recluse, yet caring and protective in his own dragonish, INTJ way. Love his bluntness, and willingness to stand up for Kesia, even when she’s the one cutting herself down. Definitely a brainiac and a constant knowledge-seeker; there’s no problem a book can’t help fix/advise on!



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Cobalt Dragon







Trigger Finger (previously entitled, “Trigger’d”)

Trigger Finger (previously entitled, “Trigger’d”)


Is all I see

Reflecting off the comments,

Right back at me.

My heart revs like a

Car doing seventy

In a thirty; my

Hands quake, as though

Naught could


My nerves’ anxiety.


The words, so



Weren’t they out

Of angst, anger, or some

Other injustice, even


Pierc’d my vessel

Straight to my


Making my skin

Flush more crimson

Than hot coals;

My shaky hands, I try

To control


If I do


Then my



And Nature

Is subject

To the



I swallow, I weep,

I breathe, then





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MBTI: The INTP Inventors

MBTI: The INTP Inventors

Hey, guys!

So, remember how a little while ago I promised that Steve and I would do a double-whammy of posts this week into a little bit of next week? About to happen right now, my friends.

Tonight, we’re actually giving you the lowdown on Steve’s MBTI type, actually– the INTPs. They’re very similar to INTJs in many ways– generally very objective-minded, blunt, brilliant, sarcastic, loyal to friends and family, and like many Intuitives in general,  highly theoretical. Like most NTs, they are unafraid to objectively debate and argue to test out novel ideas (though perhaps not quite to the extent of their Extraverted cousin, ENTP), and are constantly working on generating new theories and ideas (often getting excited about these theories and ideas in the process). They are the classic, “absent-minded professor,” but don’t let that fool you– once you have them on a theoretical roll, it can be pretty tough to try to stop that avalanche!

Here’s how the INTP stacks up:

INTP Cognitive Functionary Stack-up:

Introverted Thinking (Ti)– Unconscious/subconscious function. Rather than JUST looking at solid, concrete facts, Ti has the tendency to look more into the internal MEANING behind those facts, the actual ideas/theories themselves, although INTPs are still highly logical people. Bringing order and meaning to their inner worlds, and based on this worldview, they are inclined to view many things as personal goals or challenges– perhaps one of the biggest reasons they like to debate in an intellectually stimulating way. While they can impose rules/standards upon themselves, they are inclined to break them due to their disruptive Ne copilot. They often find it easier to use Ti to uncover what is UNTRUE rather than what IS true.

Extraverted iNtuition (Ne)– Conscious function, akin and similar to outwardly brainstorming. They may not often always have a point, while outwardly expressing Ne, but consciously works to gather data; however, unlike Se, it continuously chooses to test the data, scanning for connected relationships to other facts or consistent patterns. It helps them to remain open-minded, and grasp as many possibilities as possible. We’ll see how that comes into play in just a bit. 😉

Introverted Sensing (Si)– Unconscious/subconscious function. Uses past experience to notify the brainy Ti, while the ever-curious Ne immediately brainstorms a good solution on the spot. But more commonly, it is used to establish some sort of familiarity and routine; INTPs are more of the type to “eat to live,” rather than their “live to eat” Se cousins. However, it can work in conjunction with Ti to look even beyond the bodily senses, to something deeper within the body’s state of being.

Extraverted Feeling (Fe)– Conscious function, seldom used. Because it is the Inferior function, this makes INTPs particularly uncomfortable and hesitant in emotional situations, such as funerals. Because of the Fe’s concern of maintaining outward group harmony, they may not express their feelings to avoid general, unnecessary conflict, although they are often viewed as “artificial peacekeepers,” since it is the Inferior function, and not normally too high on their list of priorities. But in positive terms, this is sometimes how an INTP shows affection, whether platonic (as Steve does with me) or romantic– by playfully teasing in using Fe. They will often playfully call you a nickname, like “Goober,” “Dork,” etc. to show they care about you, though this can seem counter-intuitive at the time.

I know several officially untyped INTPs (namely secular authors), and 2-3 officially confirmed INTPs, two professor friends/acquaintances (surprise, surprise… “absent-minded professor,” literally, here. 😉 ), my male college Engineer buddy, and Steve. So yes, there WILL be a few(albeit relevant) examples in this post.

If they are healthy, well-functioning INTPs, they will frequently utilize a “trial and error” kind of approach in dealing with facts, theories, and ideas– this helps them root out the true from the false. They start out with their Dominant brainy Ti, then use the Auxiliary Ne to idea-seek/sort through all the various possibilities. Additionally, they’ll sometimes employ their Si if they need to see if any past experiences or past gained knowledge will affect any of said possibilities, or may even offer un-thought-of ones.

Like some FJ types, many INTPs like to teach and gift the world with their expansive knowledge on the things they know best– but that can be a hair problematic with expressing direct judgements at times. They often prefer doing so with the brainstorming-on-the-fly Ne than their Inferior Fe rabbit trails. Because of Ne, they often expect pupils to catch on to concepts fast, like they do, and to make intelligent but well-informed, accurate decisions in the classroom and in life. I saw this VERY clearly in my particular Political Science Professor Who Shall Remain Unnamed (but for you fellow G alumni, and students of that school– you KNOW who I mean!), when he taught. Some people didn’t like him because he graded very hard, and often challenged common ways of thinking in the classroom; very commonly portraying himself as– almost literally at one point–“the devil’s advocate”(causing me to initially mistype him as an ENTP, but outside his classroom he is actually quite socially awkward, and prefers solitude in his office). He is open-minded enough to give students’ political or financial theories the benefit of the doubt, and is very willing and capable to test them to see if they would actually work. He seemed to have respect for those who could toe-to-toe challenge him in return, and think on the fly a bit, and expresses his Inferior Fe in trying to be playful and pick on every single person in the room for some kind of answer or example, so no one gets left out, but also knows where to draw the line if he goes a bit far.

Speaking of the Inferior Fe, as mentioned before, many INTPs express this in a kind of light-hearted banter and teasing. My bud Steve often expresses friendship in playful jest or banter with me, and my college friend Hunter liked snarking with close friends, or playfully sneaking up on then “jumping” me if he saw me walking around nearby. But Hunter’s Fe is particularly strong, even as a brilliant INTP; he is openly kind and chivalrous to many of his gal pals, the kind of dude who’d open doors for girls or walk them back to their homes at night so they didn’t have to go out by themselves. He is as much a good sport as he is good with objective advice. Steve, too, is great with advice and is very considerate and understanding in that objective INTP way.

However, as is the case with all types, not everything comes up roses with INTPs (as many would probably tell you, themselves– it would be illogical to think otherwise, after all 😉 ). Like INTJs, the “cold logic” side of them that often smacks people first can appear as aloof, stand-offish, insensitive or rude, when they are simply stating the facts as bluntly as possible (aka, one of the reasons I get on with them fairly well. LOL.). This can rub peacemaking types the wrong way, especially since this is a type that likes to test the waters of their own ideas before deciding to set sail in them– even if that means debating the crap out of said ideas and theories in order to test them. They like to make sure things are true before committing, and are very reluctant to lie or sugarcoat, if at all. They are usually not in-tune with emotions as well as Feeler types, and this can easily lead to some miscommunication and injured feelings between the types, if not handled properly. Being Thinkers with Inferior Fe, INTPs can easily override and almost completely detach from Fe altogether, acting as though they didn’t exist (and somewhat fulfilling the “cold robot” stereotype), this may be to help cope in certain circumstances, such as tragedy or loss, and help them to  bounce back quicker. This can obviously seem insensitive to Feelers, who may still openly be in mourning over the event.

Famous/Historical INTPs: Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Kierkegaard, Abraham Lincoln, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, Rene Descartes








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MBTI: The ESFP Entertainers

MBTI: The ESFP Entertainers

Hey guys, so this week we’re doing things a bit differently. I know I said we’d be doing Mon.-Tues. nights, but something came up, so this week’ll be Tues.-Wed. night, instead. Additionally, we’ll be hitting the next MBTI post up on Saturday or Sunday, rather than next week, and will try to post more on weekends instead of the previously agreed Mon.-Tues. evenings. We apologize for any confusion.

So, we’ve been discussing the deeper or more serious side of MBTI so far– INTJ, ISTJ, and even ENFP (as fun-loving as the latters usually are) can be deep-thinking people who tend to ponder the consequences of their actions a bit more…

Well, tonight we are about to take a one-way plane ticket nose-dive straight into Se-Land. Yes, that’s right– the infamous Se. So far, we’ve done Ni-Dominant, Si-Dominant, and Ne-Dominant– and we’ve talked more than enough about the “YOLO” Se on the side. So why the heck not?

ESFPs tend to be friendly, sociable, popular and well-liked, much like their Ne-Dom cousins, but are definitely even more “live for the moment,” people, thanks to Se, causing them to be quite spontaneous and adaptable. The combo of Se and Aux Fi can make them quite competitive (more on that in a bit), but thanks to that Aux Fi, they are also caring, on a more personal level. They are generally outgoing and love having fun, love hanging out with others; often comical, throwing parties, or providing cheery support to friends and family. They adore being the front and center of attention, and often love performing, whether it be comedy, sports, musically, acting, etc. This is a type that likes to live life to the fullest. They help teach us to live in the moment, make those moments count each day, and to stop and smell the roses every once in a while.

ESFP Cognitive Functional Stack-Up:

Se (Extraverted Sensing): Conscious function. Main contributer to the “YOLO,” outlook, this function focuses on experiencing the moment with your senses, whether it be touch, taste, smell, sight, or sound. They tend to prefer their surroundings in the here and now, than their inner worlds. They often have great aesthetic tastes because of this trait, in many different things.

Fi (Introverted Feeling): Unconscious/subconscious function. Makes decisions with the heart rather than the head, only on a personal level. Focuses on individual emotional wants, needs, morals, beliefs, likes and dislikes. If they meet someone with similar values and feelings, they often connect well and empathize deeply. ESFPs tend to make decisions based off of their own feelings and surrounding circumstances, although they tend to be people-pleasers and often crave personal appreciation/affirmation from others.

Te (Extraverted Thinking): Conscious function. While not used all too often (I would wager school is the biggest trigger in it for ESFPs who want to do well), ESFPs do have a practical, smart, concrete and down-to-earth side that comes out from time to time, especially if they need to be realistic about something.

Ni (Introverted iNtuition): Unconscious/subconscious function. This is the least used function in the ESFP’s stack-up. Since it’s not in a higher position, it makes using it a tad awkward at times for this outwardly-oriented type. ESFPs can access it, but usually through Te and logical means. They don’t care much for deep, abstract thoughts like their Ne cousins, and prefer the current (and very sensory) world around them.

Because they obviously rely heavily on Sensory experiences in the here and now, these types are great for spontaneously entertaining (think stand-up comedy or improvising on the spot with acting); they also often do well in the arts, thanks to a handy combination of Se (Sensory) and Fi (personal tastes and judgements). Many ESFPs are amazing athletes, like my younger cousin (who happens to be in several different sports, including volleyball, basketball, softball…), because Se helps them make split-second decisions in the moment to help them win the gold. To an Intuitive or a Dominant/Aux Si-user, this can seem a little absurd, but when Te tag teams with Se, it can help them make those split-second decisions a bit more logically.

However, ESFPs also unfortunately have a bit of a reputation for being shallow, pleasure-seeking people– most likely due to a more unhealthy combination of Se and Fi, sometimes leading to less-than-wise decisions (and thus causing the later hard-hitting Te to face-palm). However, this is probably due in part to the Auxiliary Fi’s personal moral integrity, and not wishing to upset anyone (or themselves– as Feelers, they can be quite sensitive), and would rather not discuss anything negative. They are often more optimistic and fun-loving to balance this trait out.


Historical ESFPs: Pablo Picasso, Marilyn Monroe, Ronald Reagan, Elvis Presley, Judy Garland


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MBTI: The Effervescent ENFPs

MBTI: The Effervescent ENFPs

Hi, everyone!

So we’re going to shake things up a little. From now on, we’ll be taking Mon.-Tues. nights to work on these articles, and get them up by hopefully Tuesday evenings (if not Wednesday mornings), rather than weekends, so you can give yourself an interesting little reading break in the middle of a work week.

That being said, the type we’re going to delve into tonight is a very interesting one: ENFPs. Like their ESFP, more sensory cousins, they are often energetic, fun-loving, and somewhat if not rather popular among peers or coworkers; however, being Ne dominant, they also retain a more deeply reflective side. In a sense, they can be introverted extraverts at times, but are usually inclined to be more outgoing with family and friends. We’ll see how this plays out in their official functional stack-up:

ENFP Cognitive Functional Stack-Up:

Ne (Extraverted iNtuition)– more conscious, “brainstorming aloud,” gathers information and can use it either perceptively or expressively; seeks “outer novelty”. Absorbs sensory data, but more actively analyzes what it MEANS. Helps them to seek a proper judgement/opinion on something by viewing many different opinions/ options. Combined with Fi, this often makes the ENFP highly empathetic towards others.

Fi (Introverted Feeling)– more unconscious, individualistic. Helps the ENFP build more of a personal outlook, but based more on personal tastes, i.e., likes and dislikes, and moral integrity. After exploring things a bit with Ne, the ENFP then uses their Fi to make more of a judgement call (as opposed to INFPs, who tend to make more snap judgements with Fi first, then ponder with Ne on whether or not to be open about it).

Te (Extraverted Thinking)– more conscious, “extraverting judgement”. When they do make judgements about others, instead of more brashly telling the person (as an ENTJ or INTJ would, since their Te is higher in the stack), the more sensitive ENFP will prefer keeping personal opinions to themselves via Fi. However, if given time to develop itself, tertiary Te can actually help the ENFP with things like standing up for themselves.

Si (Introverted Sensing)– more unconscious, relying on past experiences. Seldom used, as the Inferior Function normally is, it nevertheless plays a role in subconsciously promoting the values and wants of the ENFP– whereas the Dominant Ne is used to consciously convey their needs and values.

As stated, ENFPs are generally very warm and fun-loving like their more Sensory cousins, only on a deeper level. They can be enthusiastic, energetic, but also rather restless, scatter-brained, and distracted– and are sometimes diagnosed (or, possibly more so, misdiagnosed) with ADD or ADHD. More dominantly right-brained than left, these emotional people-lovers are usually creative and caring, valuing novelty and having a strong sense of adventure. Through their Ne, they want to live life to the fullest, experiencing as much of it as they possibly can. Though I don’t know many professionally typed ENFPs, the ones I do know have traveled at least once– my cousin’s wife has traversed out of country to either Greenland or Iceland with him for their honeymoon, and has since then travelled several states with close friends. Likewise, a fellow college student acquaintance of mine, another ENFP, as been to Germany, Austria, and a few other countries over in Europe this past spring with a group and some of our favorite professors.

In short, if you want to take a semi-organized but still pretty sporadic road trip adventure, and want to talk the deep thoughts of life on the way, this type’s your go-to partner-in-crime. This type is not one who just sits on their bum all day; they like doing things, and sometimes get easily bored.

Affection-wise, these types can be rather unintentionally flirty; but they’re usually just naturally friendly. They can be very sweet people, and normally like typical romantic gestures, including sweet texts, first thing in the morning, all throughout the day, and last thing in the evening. However, despite being a “flirty” type, they can sometimes have a tendency to hold onto negative relationships, similar to INFJs– I once knew an ENFP girl who had gone through a couple of different, break-ups because the guys were unhealthy for her, but initially found it difficult because of her attachment and remaining affection (granted, she isn’t the healthiest example of an ENFP, herself, so bear that in mind, too). This also plays into the more negative aspects of ENFPs– their great dislike of conflict (Fi) and respecting everyone else’s opinions (Ne). This can even lead to some more manipulative streaks, in unhealthier instances.

However, with Ne, they tend to be well-rounded and generally more open-minded to other perspectives in a healthier way. For instance, I saw this with the aforementioned college acquaintance– he and one other guy were the ONLY guys in our Women’s Literature class. Quite a few of us were, “strong women” minded, so I was surprised he wasn’t a bit intimidated. But he seemed to thrive in the class, respecting our POVs, while still offering a healthy and reasonable perspective of the “other side” of things. I found it quite fascinating, respected him for representing the smaller populace of the class, and gave him kudos for doing so well. 🙂

This being said, they are often quite intelligent, something some people don’t give them enough credit for (or tend to initially notice). They tend to use their Ne in conjunction with Te in know-how, and when combined with the notorious Fi, can be excellent writers, journalists, or connoisseurs of or partakers in art, music, drama, photography and other culture.

Famous/Historical ENFPs: Mark Twain, Dr. Seuss, Walt Disney, Robin Williams, Mandisa, Hollyn, Upton Sinclair, Charles Dickens


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