The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator or MBTI, is a self-report questionnaire that indicates people’s various psychological preferences in how they see the world and make decisions. Developed by Katharine Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers, this personality inventory originated from Carl Jung‘s type theory. The founder of Analytical Psychology speculated that a person experiences the world using four principal psychological functions (sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking) and only one of them is dominant. MBTI has gained popularity up to recent times. People love learning about themselves and others through understanding personality types. They also get to find the right friend, partner, or associate for them in doing so. If you’re curious, read on to find out the MBTI type you’ll get along well with most.
There are four categories in MBTI: Introversion/Extraversion, Sensing/Intuition, Thinking/Feeling, and Judging/Perception. Introversion (I) refers to focusing inward while Extraversion (E) is shifting your attention outward. For instance, introverts get energy by spending time alone whereas extroverts do so by being with others; Sensing (S) is taking immediate information through the five senses while Intuition (N) is understanding by processing information; Thinking (T) involves preference for objective reasoning in decision-making; Feeling (F) is relying on emotions to make a decision; and Judging (J) refers to facing situations in a careful, structured way, while Perception is the opposite–spontaneous. Each person is said to have one preferred quality from each category, producing 16 unique types.
If you don’t know your personality type yet, you can look for someone who has the license and experience to administer the test to you, or you can take the test on legitimate websites online.
People can get on with each other regardless of what personality they have. However, every MBTI type has their own match which can help them have a real connection more than other types.
ISTJ & ESTP
These two are organized problem-solvers who enjoy engaging with others. ISTJ (The Inspector) helps ESTP set and achieve goals while ESTP (The Persuader) helps ISTJ adapt to unexpected circumstances. ISTJs and ESTPs are both Sensing and Thinking personalities, meaning they focus more on the present and base decisions on logical thinking.
INTP & INTJ
Both independent and focused on the future, they make decisions logically and delight in highly conceptual work. They love exploring new theories and ideas. With their honesty, INTPs (The Scientist) and INTJs (The Visionary) can rely on each other. The dynamic they have makes them a strong team that’s truly capable of achieving goals.
ENFP & INFJ
They process things emotionally and tend to look at the bigger picture. Their excellent communication skills enable them to adjust well not just to each other, but to those around them. Deeply caring, ENFP (The Advocate) and INFJ (The Counselor) thrive in service-oriented roles where they can also use their creativity. They always bring empathy and commitment wherever they are.
ENTJ & ISTP
Often excelling in the corporate world, they are both strong, capable leaders. Their critical thinking skills make them good at planning and problem-solving. In a relationship, ISTPs (The Craftsman) trust ENTJs who give them enough space and freedom to pursue new experiences while ENTJs (The Chief) trust ISTPs who can clearly and directly communicate their needs.
ISFP & ESFP
Two natural nurturers. They are loyal, flexible, and highly sympathetic, which is ideal both in the workplace and outside. An ISFP (The Artist) can also help an ESFP become a better listener while an ESFP (The Performer) can help an ISFP share their thoughts openly. They are attracted to their own straightforward nature and to their contrasting energy levels.
ENTP & ENFJ
When you join these two extroverts on a team, they get things done. Born leaders, they work well in a group. They are great communicators. An ENTP (The Inventor) brings a lot of energy and an ENFJ (The Teacher) possesses charisma. In private, they thrive by addressing issues gently, and through encouraging affirmations and thoughtful discussions.
ISFJ & INFP
Both have a warm personality despite being reserved emotional processors. They resolve conflicts when they remain calm and empathetic toward each other. As colleagues, ISFJ (The Defender) takes care of the details with their thoroughness and strictness, while INFP (The Dreamer)’s written communication skills, curiosity, and creativity carry out the vision.
ESFJ & ESTJ
ESFJs and ESTJs thrive on interaction. They love meeting the needs of others. Though ESTJs prefer logical thinking and ESFJs usually process situations based on emotions, an ESTJ (The Overseer) individual serves as a strong backup to an ESFJ (The Provider) because of their assertiveness. All in all, they make things work when they are able to balance reason and emotion.
Although there’s nothing wrong with using MBTI for social reasons, you should not base potential relationships entirely on it. No matter how accurate the personality inventory may be, you still have to make an effort in getting to know someone. Aside from psychological tests, you can learn about a person through proper communication and spending time together. Once you both have become comfortable enough, don’t be afraid to ask questions as long as those questions don’t cross the line. Knowing one’s MBTI personality type is a good first step. The rest requires further understanding and patience. We humans are interesting creatures with unique identities after all.
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