Have you ever noticed how different people exude different types of energy? Some individuals appear open and ready for anything, while others have a commanding, dominating aura. Today we’re going to take a look at the different energy styles of each of the 16 Myers-Briggs types. The background research for my article comes from the work of leading type theorist Linda Berens, Ph.D., She founded the Temperament Research Institute and has discovered numerous links between interaction styles and personality type. You can find out more about Linda Berens (and take one of her certification programs) here.

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The Unique Energy of Every Myers-Briggs® Personality Type

INFJs, INTJs, ISTJs and ISTPs – Focused Energy

There’s a very concentrated, observant energy surrounding these four personality types. Their minds always appear to be zoomed-in on something that only they can see. They calculate or envision the most likely course something will take and plan accordingly. They think situations and plans out well in advance and work carefully to achieve the desired results. They help to anticipate or circumvent problems and avoid wasted work or energy. These types tend to have a quiet, analytical demeanor and a deep need for alone time. They dislike a lot of noise, bright lights, or chaos in their environment (ISTPs have more tolerance for it but don’t prefer it). These four types also need a lot of personal space and tend to be bothered by individuals who are overly touchy or overbearing physically. They explain things in detail, hate to be rushed, and tend to be brief but assuring. Their focus is primarily on the goal or directive, although the nature of those goals or directives can be different depending on the type. People of this interaction style tend to dislike small talk and interruptions.

Unique Differences and Skills Among These Types:

INFJs – Skill in foresight. These types have a gift for predicting and strategizing, foreseeing specific outcomes and how to attain them. They are typically the warmest of these four personality types, and focus on developing and guiding individuals toward their potential. They help people stay on track by encouraging them, counseling them, and seeing and promoting their strengths. Linda Berens calls these types the “Foreseer Developers.”

INTJs – Skill in strategy. These types conceive new ways of thinking about things, and can direct others to make progress in turn. They are insightful and original, often seeing underlying meanings or patterns that bypass other types. They maximize efficiency and are often called upon when a complex, long range objective needs to be achieved and planned out. Linda Berens calls these types the “Conceptualizer Directors.”

ISTJs – Skill in logistics. These types have a knack for creating detailed, sequential plans so that a goal can be achieved in an efficient, timely manner. They are good at organizing people, delegating, and leading in a calm, no-nonsense way. They foresee potential problems and focus their energy on avoiding negative effects. Their well-laid out plans and their quiet yet confident nature inspires trust in people. Linda Berens calls these types the “Planner Inspectors.”

ISTPs – Skill in tactics. These are the people you need in an immediate crisis when a quick, smart solution is essential. They can solve problems rapidly without getting panicky. They use their focused energy to find resources, tools, and materials to circumvent problems and improve situations. Linda Berens calls these types the “Analyzer Operators.”

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ISTP Personality Profile

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INFPs, ISFPs, INTPs, ISFJs – Open Energy

These four personality types have an easy-going, insightful energy about them. They appear to be absorbing more and more data, remaining open for as long as possible. They believe that the more information they integrate the more likely they will be to get the best result.  These types like a calm environment and hate to be rushed or interrupted. They need time for reflection and appreciate being asked for their opinion about things. They appreciate people who let them finish their sentences and who practice active listening. They prefer a gentle, thoughtful approach in all their conversations.

Unique Differences and Skills Among These Types:

INFPs – Skill in clarifying values. People of this personality type take individuals and organizations to the heart of who they are and what they stand for. They are often the ethical backbone of an organization or family, unifying and harmonizing divergent values and respecting individuality. INFPs keep people focused on what really matters in the long run. They are gifted at guiding others with gentle affirmation, imagination, and encouragement. Linda Berens calls these types the “Harmonizer Clarifiers.”

ISFPs – Skill in creation. People of this personality type are introspective and creative. They want to integrate resources, information, and materials into a composition that means something to them. They are creators of everything from music to food, stories to artwork, and more. They need freedom and variety and aim to make an impact by integrating values and perspectives from a variety of different worlds. They have a colorful yet tranquil style. Linda Berens calls these types the “Composer Producers.”

INTPs – Skill in developing theories. People of this type have an inner focus on logical analysis and precision. They work to create precise, refined systems of categorization, aiming to get to the essence of something by merging theories into a complete picture. These types bring clarity to complex situations by sharing new approaches, methods, and unconventional perspectives. They cut through denial and present ingenious explanations or conclusions without getting emotionally attached to them. Linda Berens calls these types the “Designer Theorizers.”

ISFJs – Skill in supporting. ISFJs notice what people need and alert them to precautions they should take. They absorb details like a sponge, often going the extra mile to make sure that their loved ones are safe and protected. Like Samwise Gamgee in Lord of the Rings, ISFJs are deeply loyal to their friends and use common sense and consistent support to motivate and encourage. They protect valued traditions and remind people of what “home” really means. Linda Berens calls these types the “Protector Supporter.”

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ISFP Personality Profile

ISFJ Personality Profile

ENFJs, ESTJs, ENTJs, ESTPs – Determined Energy

These four personality types are focused on achieving a goal or getting someplace quickly. Efficiency is their aim and they hate wasting time or energy on extraneous, irrelevant matters. Linda Berens says, “If you think about how you walk when you are a little bit late and you are determined to get somewhere on time, then you know what determined energy feels like.” People in this group have a commanding presence and aim to get achievable results in a short amount of time. They are often energetic, results-focused, and intense. They have gifts in mentoring, executing, supervising, and mobilizing people or resources. Determined energy types appreciate direct eye contact and straightforward communication. They focus on goals and appreciate people who seem composed and ready for action.

Unique Differences and Skills Among These Types:

ENFJs – Skilled in mentoring. These types are highly motivated to lead people to their potential. They have insight into gifts and talents that other people do not see. As the only feeling types in this group, they exude warmth and are driven to give people a meaningful vision of what to work towards. They know how to empathize and connect with others and their own authenticity inspires people to trust them and follow their lead. Linda Berens calls these types the, “Envisioner Mentors.”

ESTJs – Skilled in management. These types have a gift for breaking down large tasks into sequential steps so that they can lead others easily and effectively. They take charge with logistical implementation and focus on using each moment of time to its best advantage. They organize objects, materials, and information so that everyone knows how to use them effectively. Their decisiveness, objectivity, and calm, competent manner instills confidence in the people around them. Linda Berens has named these types the “Implementor Supervisors”.

ENTJs – Skilled in planning/mobilizing. People of this type lead by developing strategies and motivating people to accomplish what’s needed to achieve far-reaching goals. They can break down large, complex programs into coordinated, smooth-running systems by placing people and resources in the right positions to get the job done. ENTJs are typically visionary and insightful, predicting roadblocks and circumventing them through quick, deliberate action. They feel a need to take charge of ineffective situations and improve them for the good of all. Linda Berens has labeled these types the “Strategist Mobilizers.”

ESTPs – Skilled in execution. Individuals of this type have quick tactical responses to immediate crises’ and problems. They believe in motivating and actively pursuing goals so that they can be achieved quickly and without wasted effort. They are highly attentive and use all the resources in their environment to circumvent obstacles and get fast results. They are typically friendly and influential, and lead by taking action and being an example. Linda Berens calls these types the “Promoter Executors.”

Find out more about these types here: Here’s What ENFJs, ENTJs, ESTJs and ESTPs Have in Common

ENFPs, ESFJs, ESFPs, and ENTPs – Engaging Energy

People in this group enjoy drawing people into conversations and new experiences. They have an upbeat, positive vibe and an electric magnetism that tends to draw people closer. They want to include people and be included, although that will mean different things to each of them. They feel that there’s an urgent need to be integrated into what’s happening around them, and they feel that each individual deserves a voice. They are strong negotiators, presenters, and persuaders. Communication with these types involves a lot of humor and curiosity, eye contact, hand gestures, and physical openness. Engaging types enjoy exploring options and making things fun.

Unique Differences and Skills Among These Types:

ENFPs – Skilled at envisioning and inspiring. ENFPs seem to know exactly what will motivate the people around them and how to propel them towards a goal. They connect with people in brilliant ways, often accurately perceiving their intentions and motivations. They tend to have a contagious enthusiasm and an upbeat energy that gets people excited about the future. They enjoy brainstorming options, hypothesizing new scenarios, and networking to get a variety of perspectives. Linda Berens calls these types the “Discoverer Advocates.”

ESFJs – Skilled at facilitating. People of this type are skilled at managing logistical details and ensuring everyone’s needs are met. They work to make projects manageable and easy for others to understand. They often take on a mentorship role because of their patience, attention to detail, and enthusiasm. They know how to bring a variety of people together to accomplish a goal and they are skilled at generating an atmosphere of comfort, well-being, and security. Linda Berens has named these types the “Facilitator Caretakers.”

ESFPs – Skilled at motivating. People of this type have a gregarious, enthusiastic energy that draws people in and creates buzz and excitement. They show people new experiences and enjoyments and strive to make each moment count. They are often talented at teaching by example and using real-life demonstrations to instruct. They go to great lengths to inspire people to get what they want and to achieve more in a short amount of time. They are typically quick thinkers who react calmly in make-or-break situations. Linda Berens calls these types the “Motivator Presenters.”

ENTPs – Skilled at innovating. ENTPs are the only thinking type in this group, so their energy will be more direct and focused on logic over relationships. These types discover new ways of seeing the world and enjoy creating outside-the-box strategies with others. They ask questions, challenge traditions, and get people to open their minds to unconventional ways of thinking. They enjoy emerging interactions that evolve and transform and bring out new information and solutions. They love working on ideas with people, debating theories, and getting everyone excited and motivated towards a future vision. Linda Berens calls these types the “Explorer Inventors.”

Find out more about these types here:
10 Things You’ll Relate to if You’re an ENFP

7 Ways That ESFPs Make an Impact

ENTP Personality Profile

10 Stress-Busting Tips for ESFJs

Want to learn more about these personality types and interaction styles?
Check out Linda Berens’s books:
Understanding Yourself and Others – An Introduction to Interaction Styles
Understanding Yourself and Others: An Introduction to the Four Temperaments
Interaction Essentials: 3 Proven Strategies to Remove Communication Barriers

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