Here’s the Mythical Creature You’d Be, Based On Your Myers-Briggs® Personality Type

I’ve always loved exploring stories from the past. From Celtic legends to Greek mythology, creatures and deities fill our imaginations with stories of bravery, wonder, and power. As a bit of fun, I decided to come up with a list of 16 mythical creatures and their corresponding Myers-Briggs® personality types. Let’s get started!

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The Mythical Creature You’d Be, Based On Your Myers-Briggs® Personality Type

ENFP – Mermaid or Merman

ENFP mythical creature is the mermaid or merman #ENFP

“I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.” – Anais Nin

Romantic and imaginative, mermaids throughout fairy tales and legends have been uncompromising beacons of freedom. They are seen as symbols of limitless potential, offering the possibility of a life full of exploration and adventure. Much like ENFPs, mermaids are free-spirited and carefree, living their lives by their own set of rules. They crave the freedom of the sea and refuse to conform to outside pressures and agendas. And like ENFPs, they hold to their values and will bend them for no one.

Discover more about the ENFP: 24 Signs That You’re an ENFP, The Visionary Personality Type

ENTP – Anansi the Spider

ENTP mythical creature is Anansi the Spider #ENTP

“Death has never caught Anansi the Spider. That is why there are Anansi stories to this day. When you see spider webs on the ceiling it belongs to Anansi. He is still trying to get away from Death.” – Ghanaian folktale

Anansi the Spider is an important creature from Akan folklore. In fact, he is one of the most important characters in West African and West Indian mythology. Clever and cunning, Anansi outsmarts his opponents and makes his way out of difficult situations with logic and quick wit. Anansi the spider eventually became an iconic symbol of slave resistance, inspiring slaves who wanted to escape their captors. The stories of Anansi the spider were passed down from Africans to their children, as a way of maintaining a connection to African culture and inspiring them to be strong. I chose Anansi the spider for ENTPs because, like Anansi, ENTPs are creative and cunning. In chaotic situations where others’ might lose their heads, ENTPs can usually be counted upon to come up with creative solutions and ingenious ideas. They don’t mind a bit of chaos and they can keep their wits about them when life gets unpredictable.

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INFP – Pegasus

INFP mythical creature is Pegasus #INFP

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Pegasus is an iconic symbol of freedom, courage, strength, and beauty. Born from Poseidon’s neck and the blood of Medusa, Pegasus was a maginficent white horse with wings that allowed him to fly. He could travel to great heights and came to symbolize divine inspiration or the journey to heaven. Noble-hearted and gentle, Pegasus helped those in peril and used his strength and courage to save lives. Like Pegasus, INFPs are gentle creatures with big hearts and courageous spirits. Their imagination knows no limits, and they often take off on flights of fancy with their passionate minds. They are inspired by beauty and kindness, and seek to create a more beautiful world through their creative spirits.

Find Out More About INFPs: 24 Signs That You’re an INFP, the Dreamer Personality Type

INTP – Cecaelia

INTP mythical creature, Cecaelia #INTP
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“There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you.” – T.H. White

If any a mythical creature embodied curiosity it would be the Cecaelia. Half-human and half-octopus, these creatures were known to have an insatiable thirst for knowledge and a deep fascination with the unknown. Cecaelia hail from Asian and Native American folklore, and symbolize the desire for exploration and knowledge. They are often depicted as being wise and mysterious, spending time in their underwater homes pondering the secrets of the universe. Much like INTPs, Cecaelia use logic and reason to make sense of their world. While they may be quiet and unassuming, their intellectual prowess and natural curiosity is often unmatched.

Find Out More About INTPs: 24 Signs That You’re an INTP, the Prodigy Personality Type

ENFJ – Unicorn

ENFJ mythical creature, the Unicorn #ENFJ

“The stories of unicorns are buried under myth, legend and magic but did you know that they cannot survive in a place where Love, Truth and Freedom refuse to exist?” – Reena Doss

The Unicorn is perhaps the most romantic of all mythical creatures. These one-horned magical horses were seen as symbols of healing, innocence, and power in Ancient Greek mythology. They are gentle, kind, loyal, and fiercely protective of those they love. Unicorns have a deep connection to nature and the spiritual realm – they can sense danger and hidden truths and are often the voice of intuition in stories. Like Unicorns, ENFJs have a deep connection to the intuitive or abstract sides of life. They use their wisdom and insight into human nature to bring peace and harmony to those around them. In mythology, unicorns pushed mortals to achieve their ultimate objectives in life. ENFJs, often called “the mentors”, also help others to realize their potential and strive for their highest goals.

Find Out More About ENFJs: 24 Signs That You’re an ENFJ, the Mentor Personality Type

ENTJ – The Celtic Dragon

ENTJ mythical creature, the Celtic dragon. #ENTJ

“No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.” – R.A. Salvatore

These powerful creatures are revered and feared in equal measure. They represent the deep wisdom of the ancients and a connection to an ancient power, capable of both destruction and protection. Many believe that Celtic dragons represent wisdom, authority, triumph, and power. Like Celtic dragons, ENTJs are naturally ambitious and tend to seek power via climbing the corporate ladder or embarking on an entrepreneurial endeavor. They are motivated by success, progress and improvement. And like dragons, ENTJs can use their natural talents for good or bad. They may organize a non-profit to benefit the community or they may use their influence to further their own more selfish agendas. Either way, ENTJs are often a force to be reckoned with. And like the dragon, ENTJs long for wisdom and knowledge. As Intuitive-Thinkers, understanding the big picture concepts of life and being able to apply them practically are deeply satisfying goals.

Discover More About ENTJs: 10 Things You Should Never Say to an ENTJ

INFJ – Qilin

The INFJ mythical creature is the Qilin. #INFJ
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“Practice listening to your intuition, your inner voice; ask questions; be curious; see what you see; hear what you hear; and then act upon what you know to be true. These intuitive powers were given to your soul at birth.” – Clarissa Pinkola Estés

The Qilin, or Chinese unicorn, was believed to foretell the future. This friendly and perceptive creature had insight and intuition about how things would unfold, and even was believed to have foretold the death of Confucius. INFJs also share a strong connection with their intuition – they often trust it more than anything else. They notice patterns, spot ripple-effects, and can often sense how others’ are feeling without having to be expressly told. Like the Qilin, INFJs are known for their friendliness and warmth as well as their gentle disposition. They are often seen as the peacemakers and mediators, bringing harmony to situations. And while INFJs may appear as passive observers, they can be incredibly powerful – using their insight to bring understanding where it may have been lacking.

Find Out More About INFJs: 24 Signs You’re an INFJ, the Mystic Personality Type

INTJ – Chiron

The INTJ mythical creature is the Chiron #INTJ

“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” – Albert Einstein

While many centaurs were believed to be violent and rowdy, Chiron was the exception. He was known for his wisdom, knowledge, and healing powers. He used his experience and understanding to mentor many of Greek mythology’s most iconic figures – Hercules, Achilles, Jason and more. Chiron had a deep understanding of the world around him and saw from a big-picture perspective, something that INTJs also strive for. INTJs also have a natural ability to understand and process complex concepts deeply and quickly. At their best, they are seen as patient and wise sages – understanding how all of the pieces fit together, while others struggle to see the entire picture. Ultimately, INTJs can use their wisdom and intuition to help others around them reach their full potential.

Find Out More About INTJs: 24 Signs That You’re an INTJ, the Strategist Personality Type

ESFP – Pixie

The ESFP mythical creature is the Pixie

“When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.” – Shannon L. Alder

Pixies are known for their happy-go-lucky and playful attitudes. Woodland parties were their specialty – they’d stay up all night long, playing games, dancing and wrestling. Their zest for life is something that ESFPs also share – they enjoy living in the moment and embracing all of life’s offerings. Like pixies, they often take pleasure in being surrounded by others, connecting with people, and creating fun experiences. Ultimately, ESFPs can use their natural enthusiasm and creativity to bring joy and light into the world around them.

Find Out More About ESFPs: What It Means to be an ESFP Personality Type

ESTP – Phoenix

The ESTP mythical creature is the Phoenix

“What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.” — Charles Bukowski

The Phoenix is a mythical creature that is born again and again from the ashes of its former self. This timeless symbol of regeneration has been used to represent hope, renewal and overcoming adversity. I chose ESTPs for this mythical creature because they are often resilient in the face of difficulty, bouncing back quickly and tackling whatever comes their way. With their natural curiosity and sharp wit, ESTPs are problem-solvers who don’t shy away from danger or chaos. They are not easily deterred and use their adaptability and resourcefulness to make the most out of each day, as if it’s a whole new lifetime. Ultimately, ESTPs have the ability to come out stronger than ever even in the most trying of times.

Discover more about ESTPs: 24 Signs That You’re an ESTP, the Daredevil Personality Type

ISFP – Elf

The ISFP mythical creature is the elf #ISFP

“We do not want merely to see beauty… we want something else which can hardly be put into words- to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it. That is why we have peopled air and earth and water with gods and goddesses, and nymphs and elves.” – C.S. Lewis

Elves are mythological creatures known for their beauty and connection to nature. They have a strong appreciation for the natural world, often living in harmony with its wonders. ISFPs also share this passion – they find the beauty and inspiration in everything around them. Like elves, ISFPs often enjoy finding solace in nature allowing them to connect with the world in a deeper way and stay in touch with their inner selves. ISFPs can use this connection to tap into their creativity and draw from their sensitivity to create something beautiful for the world around them.

Find Out More About ISFPs: 10 Things You Should Never Say to an ISFP

ISTP – Cyclops

The ISTP mythical creature is the Cyclops. #ISTP
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“There is something deeply satisfying in shaping something with your hands. Proper artificing is like a song made solid. It is an act of creation.” – Patrick Rothfuss

Cyclops was a solitary figure that was gifted with immense strength and intelligence. He was a master of craftsmanship and could create incredible objects from everyday materials. For Zeus, he created thunderbolts, for Hades he created a helmet that could turn invisible, and for Poseidon, he created the infamous trident. Cyclops was someone who defied convention and refused to live according to government rules. He believed in making his own way in life, which is something that ISTPs can relate to. Like the Cyclops, they are independent thinkers and prefer to use their logical minds and hands-on approach to find solutions on their own. They often strive for excellence in their work, figuring out all the bits and pieces of how things are made. For some ISTPs this innovative creativity shows up in craftsmanship, for others it shows up in problem-solving. In any case, they use their ingenuity and practicality to make the world a better place.

Find out more about ISTPs: 12 Amazing Fictional ISTPs

The ESFJ – Chinese Dragon

The ESFJ mythical creature is the Chinese dragon

“None of the animals is so wise as the dragon. His blessing power is not a false one. He can be smaller than small, bigger than big, higher than high, and lower than low.” – Lu Dian, Chinese Scholar

Chinese dragons are unique in that they weren’t considered dangerous or sinister like dragons in other cultures. Instead, they symbolized benevolence, good luck, and healing. They were also rain deities that were meant to foster harmony. The Chinese dragon is often seen as a gentle yet powerful force that guards over the people it encounters. ESFJs at their best are also benevolent, giving, and protective. They enjoy taking care of people and have a practical, down-to-earth quality that is comforting to people who have lost their way. Like Chinese dragons, ESFJs have the ability to weather storms and remain by your side no matter what life throws at them.

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The ESTJ – Aqrabuamelu

The ESTJ mythical creature is the Aqrabuamelu
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“You must remain persistently committed to your definite course with strong will of determination of diligence to divine duty.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

The ultimate guardian, Aqrabuamelu was created to wage war against the gods. These scorpioned men hail from Akkadian myths and the Babylonian version of Epic of Gilgamesh. They were created by Tiamat, the goddess of the sea, in order to stand guard outside the gates of Samash (the sun god’s) mountains. These fierce but protective beings would warn others of the dangers of entering the gods’ realm, but if someone dared cross their threshold they would put up a fight. Strong-willed, opinionated, and responsible, the Aqrabuamelu were fiercely devoted to what they believed in and weren’t afraid to do hard things. ESTJs also value responsibility, and don’t mind fighting for the things that matter to them. Like the Aqrabuamelu, they tend to be opinionated and strong-willed, decisively leading the way for others to follow. And if betrayed, ESTJs can also be a force to be reckoned with.

The ISFJ – Ghillie Dhu

The ISFJ mythical creature is the Ghillie Dhu #ISFJ
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“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl

Ghillie Dhu was a gentle, nature-loving elf in Scottish folklore who dwelled in the forest. He was known for his kind yet timid nature, and for guiding lost children find their way home from deep in the forest. ISFJs embody Ghillie Dhu’s nurturing and protective spirit, as they too are devoted protectors of their loved ones. They take great pleasure in looking after the people in their lives, doing whatever they can to keep them safe and secure. ISFJs have a gentle quality that gives them the ability to soothe and comfort others in times of distress. And like the Ghillie Dhu, ISFJs have a love of nature and the outdoors that helps them appreciate the beauty of the world around them.

Find Out More About ISFJs: 7 Reasons Why You Need an ISFJ Friend in Your Life

The ISTJ – Komainu

The ISTJ mythical creature is the Komainu

“The faithful man perceives nothing less than opportunity in difficulties. Flowing through his spine, faith and courage work together: Such a man does not fear losing his life, thus he will risk losing it at times in order to empower it. By this he actually values his life more than the man who fears losing his life. It is much like leaping from a window in order to avoid a fire yet in that most crucial moment knowing that God will appear to catch you.” – Criss Jami

Komainu, also known as lion-dogs, are a pair of mythical creatures in Japanese folklore that guard the entrance to shrines and temples. These fierce guardians have been revered for centuries for their unwavering loyalty and commitment to protecting sacred places. ISTJs embody this same sense of duty and responsibility. They take their commitments seriously and are dependable, pragmatic, and reliable. At the same time, ISTJs will not “suffer fools” and are passionate about standing up for what is right. While they may appear stoic and reserved, there’s a quiet power and strength to ISTJs that allows them to courageously defend their beliefs. Just like the Komainu, once they have chosen a course of action nothing will stop them in their mission.

Find Out More About ISTJs: 24 Signs That You’re an ISTJ, the Detective Personality Type

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  1. Cool list. I’ve never heard of Cecaelia, but that creature sounds like me. I’ll have to read more about it.

  2. Thanks!! I’ve been waiting for a post like this for ages!
    Personally I would lean to swap INTJ and ENTJ, as Chiron was a mentor, whereas dragons – I believe – are more lonely creatures.
    Thanks again for this great post! I really appreciate the research that seems to have gone in, all of them are very good matches.

  3. Wow I love this list, so original and I love that you referenced mythical creatures from so many different cultures. I am ENFP and love mermaids/mermen very much, so awesome!

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