Here’s Why You’re Exhausted, Based On Your Myers-Briggs® Personality Type

Welcome, one and all, to the chronicles of the perpetually exhausted! In this article we’re delving into the thrilling mysteries of why every Myers-Briggs Personality Type is tired all the time. From the INTJs who see life as a game of chess to the INFJs whose hearts are aching for the world, all 16 personalities seem to share one thing in common: yawning is their favorite pastime. But what’s really going on here? That’s what we’re figuring out in today’s humorous take on exhaustion and typology.

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First on the tiredness totem pole, we have the ENFPs – the champions, the inspirers, the “let’s start a philosophical discussion at 2 am and wonder why we’re sleepy in the morning” types. Despite their reputation as the life of the party, these energetic extroverts are proof that even Energizer Bunnies need the snooze button sometimes.

The ENFP’s dominant Extraverted Intuition is like a rampant idea factory on a never-ending roller coaster, churning out a whirlwind of concepts, possibilities, and innovations. Their feeling side is brimming with unwavering conviction, constantly pushing them to stand up for their beliefs and make a difference. But this combination, while spectacular, is also the perfect recipe for exhaustion.

In a world that often values stability over change, the ENFP can feel like they’re trying to invent the wheel in a society perfectly content with dragging heavy objects around. As such, they often suffer from what we call the “ENFP Paradox.” They’re forever caught in a loop: excited by a novel idea, then deflated when reality doesn’t match their idealistic vision, or doesn’t accept it. They either forge on ahead anyway, often in the face of skepticism from the people they love, or move on to the next shiny concept. This roller coaster of emotional investment and disappointment is enough to tire out even the most seasoned  innovator.

Ways to Recoup Energy:

  1. Meditation: Yes, we know, asking an ENFP to sit still and focus on their breath for more than two minutes is like asking a seagull not to steal your sandwich. But believe it or not, a few minutes of inner stillness can recharge your mental batteries. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to ponder if you left the stove on.
  2. Nature Walks: Take a stroll in the great outdoors. Trees don’t expect you to solve their existential dilemmas, and the squirrels are too fast to follow. You’ll come back with a clear mind, ready to tackle your next thousand projects.
  3. An Unplanned Nap: Remember, sleeping is not just for babies and golden retrievers who’ve just caught a squirrel, it’s for ENFPs too. Don’t plan it, just let it surprise you. Like in a meeting. Or on your keyboard.
  4. Dance Party: Get your groove on in your living room. It’s a scientifically unproven fact that dancing to your favorite tunes can reboot any ENFP’s energy levels.
  5. Bubble Wrap Therapy: In the absence of concrete plans, the act of popping bubble wrap can provide immense satisfaction. It’s simple, it’s mindless, and you’re accomplishing something. So get popping!

Find out more about ENFPs: What It Means To Be an ENFP Personality Type


Now, we shift gears, and venture into the chaotic realm of the ENTPs – the debaters, the inventors, the “let’s build a rocket in the backyard and argue about quantum physics at midnight” types. These intellectual daredevils are known for their quick wit, broad interests, and insatiable urge to challenge the status quo. Their minds are like a ping-pong match played in the Large Hadron Collider, bouncing ideas back and forth with the energy of a million colliding particles.

The ENTP’s Dominant Extraverted Intuition is squinting into the future with a magnifying glass, excitedly identifying potential patterns and possibilities. Meanwhile, their thinking side is feverishly working to dissect these possibilities, striving to understand the fundamental principles at work. And their phone? It’s perpetually on 1% battery because they’re always texting everyone they know about their latest theoretical breakthroughs. They’re so engrossed in revolutionizing the way we understand the universe that they often forget that their body might need, you know, food. Or sleep. Or a stretch every 72 hours.

Ways to Recoup Energy:

  1. Puzzles: Take a break from the grand mysteries of the universe, and engage with a jigsaw or crossword puzzle. It’s still a challenge, but one where the coffee table isn’t questioning its own existence.
  2. Deep-Dive Reading: Lose yourself in a thick, complex book. Preferably one about quantum mechanics or ancient civilizations – something light.
  3. Power Naps: Don’t underestimate the power of a 20-minute nap. It’s the perfect length – not long enough for a dream debate with Plato, not short enough to feel cheated.
  4. Improv Comedy: Yes, it’s out of the blue, but so is everything else you do. Join an improv group. It’s like real life, but without the consequences, ideal for your risk-taking spirit.
  5. Origami: A little paper folding can go a long way in grounding you. Plus, if you accidentally create a universe in the process, it will at least be contained within a beautiful swan.

Discover more about ENTPs: 12 Amazing Fictional ENTP Characters


Next up, we’ve got the INFPs – the mediators, the idealists, the “let’s sit in a coffee shop, sipping a latte while writing a screenplay about babies and dragons cohabiting in a post-apocalyptic world” types. These sensitive souls are like portable dream factories, manufacturing fairy tales and cosmic philosophies even when they’re just ordering pizza. Living in their own vibrant, magical universe, they often end up feeling drained by a reality that doesn’t always appreciate the beauty of a well-placed metaphor, or the profound existential implications of a Pixar movie

The INFP’s Dominant Introverted Feeling (Fi) is like an internal moral compass, always orienting them towards authenticity and values-based decisions. Their Fi can feel like having a tiny Gandalf within, constantly advising, “You shall not pass… unless it aligns with your core values!”. Meanwhile, their intuitive side is like a kaleidoscope, constantly twisting and turning to show them new patterns and possibilities. However, these patterns often involve dragons, time travel, or the precise probability of them becoming an acclaimed novelist within the next five years.

In a world that often values practicality over imagination, INFPs can feel a bit like a left-handed unicorn in a right-handed horse stable. Their struggle to stick to efficient plans is akin to asking a goldfish to climb a tree. They’re always in a perpetual state of “I’ve made a schedule, checked it twice, and now I’m going to completely ignore it because I got an idea for a poem.” Consequently, they’re constantly battling the draining forces of reality while trying to uphold their bastion of idealism. It’s like being a mix between J.R.R. Tolkien and a caffeine-deprived sloth, but with more existential dread and fewer opportunities to hang upside down. No wonder they are always tired.

Ways to Recoup Energy:

  1. Journaling: Penning down your thoughts acts like an anchor to the real world. Plus, your future biographers will thank you.
  2. Yoga: It’s a great way to ground yourself in the present moment and center your energy, allowing you to explore your inner depths without drowning in possibilities. Plus, no unicorns were harmed in the making of this suggestion.
  3. Spontaneous Arts and Crafts: You don’t always need a masterpiece. Sometimes, just the act of creating can recharge your batteries. Make a birdhouse. Paint a rock. Just unleash that creative energy.
  4. Alone Time with Music: Create a playlist of your favorite tunes, don those headphones, and let the music wash over you. It’s like a bath, but for your soul.
  5. Plant a Garden: It’s peaceful, it’s quiet, and it’s zen. Plus, you get to create life! Okay, not in the Frankenstein sense, but still rewarding.

Find out more about the INFP personality type: 3 Weird and Wonderful Secrets of the INFP Personality Type


Let’s bravely tread into the labyrinth of the INTPs – the logicians, the architects, the “let’s spend a weekend developing a mathematical model for the likelihood of winning the lottery using quantum physics” folks. These walking, talking enigmas are less like human beings and more like anthropomorphized versions of Sherlock Holmes’ mind palace, filled with rooms of theories, conundrums, paradoxes, and an entire wing dedicated to the existential implications of socks disappearing in the laundry.

The INTP’s Dominant Introverted Thinking is like an incessantly whirling gear, grinding day and night in an unending quest to decipher the fundamental truths of existence. Their intuitive side, on the other hand, thrives on unconventional thinking, constantly concocting out-of-the-box theories faster than a popcorn machine at a movie theater. In essence, being an INTP is like hosting a round-the-clock brainstorming party where Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, and Doctor Who are the main guests, and the hot topic is the correlation between the price of cheese and the rotation of the earth. Except it’s all happening in your brain.

And let’s not even get started on their social needs – or should we say, the ones they like to think aren’t “needs” at all. INTPs often find themselves desperately needing to recharge after an intense 5-minute chitchat about the weather. Their introverted nature and preference for solitude is like being a hermit crab in a world full of party-loving lobsters. They’re perfectly content in their cozy shell of thoughts, thank you very much. Hence, the simple act of socializing can feel as draining as running a marathon… backward… uphill… with a moose strapped to their back.

The result of all this? INTPs are awash in a sea of fatigue brought on by their incessant mental gymnastics, their relentless pursuit of truth, and the energy-draining venture that is human interaction.

Ways to Recoup Energy:

  1. Solo Hiking: Trade your mental mountains for physical ones. The quiet serenity of nature can be a great way to recharge your intellectual batteries, and the physical exertion is a good reminder that you do, in fact, own a physical body.
  2. Documentary Marathon: Yes, we know, it’s just another form of learning. But at least you won’t be the one doing the digging. Plus, who knows? You might stumble upon a new rabbit hole.
  3. Cooking Experiment: Turn your kitchen into a laboratory. Try a complex recipe. It’s like solving a puzzle, but you get to eat the results.
  4. Meditation: It’s like a system reboot for your mind. Plus, it gives you some quiet time to figure out if you’re still human or if you’ve ascended into a higher form of cognition.
  5. Get coffee with a friend or family member: This will wake up your Extraverted Feeling, but without overwhelming you. This is a good challenge, like trying to complete a Sudoku puzzle while riding a unicycle on a tightrope… during a windstorm. Nah, we’re kidding. Just try it and thank me later.

Discover more about INTPs: 24 Signs That You’re an INTP, the Prodigy Personality Type


Now let’s explore the lively, colorful world of ESFPs, the Entertainers, the Adventurers, the “let’s plan a spontaneous road trip to Vegas right now because we found a sparkly sequin on the floor” folks. They’re less like human beings and more like living, breathing celebrations in a world that’s too busy filing tax returns. It’s a tiring personality type to be, and here’s why:

Imagine being powered by a turbo-charged engine of Extraverted Sensing that feeds off the adrenaline rush of new experiences. This is like being a Labrador given an unlimited supply of tennis balls – to say they’re enthusiastic would be an understatement. Adventure is everywhere!  Yet, their Introverted Feeling demands a deeper, more profound purpose to their shenanigans, making them feel like a philosopher stuck in a party animal’s body; imagine Socrates wearing a sombrero at a fiesta.

The ESFP’s insatiable appetite for new experiences and the relentless quest for personal meaning keeps their minds buzzing at all times. Bottom line? ESFPs are constantly pulled between their desire to experience life in all its vibrancy and their need for purpose, which can leave them in a perpetual state of exhaustion. It’s like they’re running a marathon with a party hat on, a philosophical tome in one hand, and a sparkler in the other.

Ways to Recoup Energy:

  1. Sit Still and Breathe: Yes, we know it sounds like a punishment, but give it a try. Sit somewhere quiet, take deep breaths, and try not to make friends with anyone nearby. It’s like a staring contest, but with your own hyperactive energy.
  2. Take a Bath: And no, you can’t turn it into a pool party. Fill the tub, add some bubbles, play some calming music, and just soak. You’ll be surprised how refreshing doing absolutely nothing can be.
  3. Journal: Writing down your thoughts and feelings in the moment can help ground you back to reality. Plus, future historians will be grateful for the first-person account of what it’s like to live life at a hundred miles an hour.
  4. Read a Book: It’s a great way to travel without actually going anywhere. Choose something light-hearted, and try not to throw a party for the characters in the book.
  5. Stargaze: Lie down on a clear night, and just gaze up at the sky. It’s a great reminder of how small we all are in the grand scheme of things. Plus, it’s a great way to rest your mind. Who knows? Maybe you’ll finally and unintentionally take a nap.

Find out more about ESFPs: ESFP Cognitive Function Guide


Queue the fireworks and fasten your seatbelts because we’re diving into the world of the ESTPs – the Daredevils, the Doers, the “Why simply walk when you can sprint, somersault, and backflip your way there?” types. These adventurous individuals are less like your average Joe and more like an action movie star who’s had a few too many espresso shots.

Picture this: your brain is a high-octane sports car equipped with the turbocharged engine of Extraverted Sensing, designed for zero to a hundred in no time flat. You’re wired for unexpected twists, turns, and opportunities for action – to say that ESTPs are energetic would be like calling Mount Everest a mild incline. But there’s a twist – their Introverted Thinking auxiliary function is a skeptical, logic-driven analyst who insists on examining every nut and bolt of the vehicle mid-race. It’s like having Sherlock Holmes as your backseat driver during a NASCAR event.

The result? ESTPs are stuck in a high-speed chase with opportunity, vigilantly scanning their environment for the next exciting venture while simultaneously questioning the logic of each move. It’s like trying to play Mastermind on a rollercoaster – exhilarating, but utterly exhausting.

Ways to Recoup Energy:

  1. Try Yoga: Not the “pretzel-twisting, chakras-aligning” routine. Just the basic stretching and breathing. It’s like a safe stunt where the only thing you risk is a twisted ankle or a sudden realization that your body isn’t as flexible as you thought.
  2. Tabletop Games: Engage in some old-school fun. Nothing says adrenaline rush like pulling out the cornerstone in a Jenga tower.
  3. Be alone in nature: Choose a spot in the woods, take some time to explore, and just be. And please, don’t turn the forest into a parkour obstacle course.
  4. Go for a drive: Solo driving engages your Extraverted Sensing and your Introverted functions. You get the thrill of the open road, plus the mental space to think and reflect.
  5. Meditation: Relax and clear your mind. It’s like free-falling, but without the wind noise and the fear of imminent death. Plus, it gives you a break from all those adrenaline-fueled adventures.


Let’s shift our gaze to the ISFPs – the artists, the dreamers, the “let’s sit quietly in an interpretive dance party and ponder the mysteries of life” tribe. These deeply feeling souls are all about exploring beauty, emotion, and the human experience, painting their world with the hues of their feelings. Their Dominant Introverted Feeling seeks meaning, emotional resonance, and integrity. Meanwhile, their sensing side is always ready to soak up the scenic beauty and vibrant colors of the world around. But life isn’t built for an ISFP’s preferences – life demands deadlines, wake-up calls, and work performance. It’s like being Van Gogh, but with a 9-5 job, both ears intact, and a decided lack of sunflowers.

Ways to Recoup Energy:

  1. Artistic Expression: Sketch, paint, write poetry or play an instrument. You don’t have to be good at it, stick figures are nicer than they let on.
  2. Forest Bathing: Immerse yourself in nature. It’s like a spa for your senses. And unlike the the developed world, forests don’t have Wi-Fi, so you can actually disconnect from the modern world and reconnect with yourself.
  3. Puppy Therapy: Spend quality time with a furry friend. It’s a proven stress-reliever and a whole lot cuter than your boss.
  4. DIY Projects: Get your hands dirty with some home improvement or craft project. There’s something soothing about creating something from scratch – it’s like playing God, but with less responsibility and more glitter glue.
  5. Solo Dance Party: Turn on your favorite music and dance like nobody’s watching because, well, no one is. It’s a fun, liberating way to express yourself and let off some steam – plus, it’s less awkward than that interpretive dance at a party.

Find out more about ISFPs: 10 Things That Excite the ISFP Personality Type


Now we turn our attention to the ISTPs, the Virtuosos, the Analysts, the “I will take apart this toaster and figure out how it works or die trying” types. Imagine being MacGyver, but instead of being a resourceful secret agent, you’re a quiet introvert whose idea of a good time is reverse-engineering a Rubik’s cube. Intrigued by the physical world, ISTPs are like toddlers with a screwdriver set, always eager to explore what makes things tick.

The ISTP’s dominant function, Introverted Thinking, is like the overeager director of a perpetual science fair in their brain. It’s always on a mission to investigate, analyze, and understand the nitty-gritty details of their environment. When an ISTP looks at a clock, they don’t see the time, they see gears, springs, and a fascinating network of interlocking pieces. How does it work? Should the ISTP break it and remake it even better?

And then there’s the auxiliary function, Extraverted Sensing (Se). Se is like the over-enthusiastic intern who’s always bringing in new projects for Introverted Thinking to work on. It’s constantly dragging in piles of details and information, like a dog that can’t stop fetching sticks. “Look, a new fact! Oh, another shiny object! Hey, have you seen this unusual rock?” It hurls this barrage of data at Introverted Thinking, the beleaguered manager who’s just trying to finish one project before the next one lands. It’s like trying to build a sandcastle while the tide keeps bringing in more sand. And seaweed. And the occasional starfish.

Living with this constant desire for hands-on exploration and practical problem-solving can be incredibly taxing. Imagine hosting a never-ending episode of ‘MythBusters’ in your head, where you’re both the host and the test subject. That’s the ISTP’s everyday life – no wonder they’re always tired!

Ways to Recoup Energy:

  1. Tinker: Pull apart an old gadget, fix a bicycle, or build a model. It’s like a puzzle, but with more grease and fewer missing pieces.
  2. Silent Walks: Stroll through nature or your neighborhood. It’s like window shopping, but for thoughts and ideas.
  3. Solo Sports: Try skateboarding or cycling. This lets you get the thrill of movement without the need for team coordination (or awkward shower conversations).
  4. Play a video game: It’s like a scavenger hunt in a digital world. Plus, the stakes are much lower than real life – when you die in the game, you can always hit ‘restart’.
  5. Cancel a plan: Nothing rejuvenates like a cancelled plan. It’s like rolling over and snoozing your alarm – but for life.

Find out more about ISTPs: The ISTP – An In-Depth Look


For our next personality spotlight, we turn to the ENFJs – the inspirers, the motivators, the “let’s form a group to save the world using only metaphors and movie interpretations” types. These sociable creatures are always in the thick of things, organizing, leading, and helping their friends navigate everything from relationship woes to mid-life crises.

The ENFJ’s Dominant Extraverted Feeling is like a high-powered magnet for emotions, sucking up all the joy, sorrow, and angst in their surroundings and carrying it like Atlas with the world on his shoulders. Couple this with their Auxiliary Introverted Intuition constantly whispering in their ear about potential future ripple-effects, and it’s no wonder ENFJs are perpetually drained. It’s like being a cross between Mother Teresa and Morpheus from the Matrix, but without the cool trenchcoat or sunglasses.

Ways to Recoup Energy:

  1. Self-Care Day: Try a bubble bath, a spa day, or face masks. No, not the COVID kind. The cucumber eye kind.
  2. Meditate in Nature: Find a spot outdoors and settle down for some silent reflection. Enjoy the fresh air, the tranquility, and dive into your Intuition.
  3. Digital Detox: Take a break from your devices. It’s like escaping from prison, but with fewer guard dogs and more withdrawal symptoms.
  4. Adopt a Plant: Something living to care for, that doesn’t talk back or need emotional support at 2 am. Plus, they look great on Instagram.
  5. Journaling: Jot down your thoughts, feelings, and ideas. It’s like talking to yourself but on paper, and without attracting weird looks from strangers.


Ah, the ENTJs – the Commanders, the Chiefs, the “let’s take over the world by Tuesday, and after lunch, we’ll sketch out plans for a self-sufficient colony on Mars” types. These individuals can be like a caffeinated thunderstorm, brimming with the force, determination, and the uncontainable enthusiasm of a hundred motivational speakers. Their mighty Extroverted Thinking is like a supercomputer, ceaselessly evaluating, strategizing, and discarding inefficient plans faster than you can say “wait, were we not going to conquer Venus first?”.

ENTJs have an insatiable thirst for achieving lofty goals and seeing life’s implications that would make even an eagle flying at its highest altitude say, “Whoa there, that’s a bit too high for me.” It’s as if they swallowed a magic bean and now have a beanstalk of ambitions growing at hyper-speed inside them. And let’s not forget their uncanny knack of seeing implications in everything. They see a slice of toast pop up from a toaster, and suddenly they’re drawing incredible parallels between carb-based breakfast items and the cyclical nature of life itself.

But here’s the catch: trying to stay on top of an ever-growing beanstalk of ambition while simultaneously deciphering the meaning of life from a slice of toast is like trying to juggle flaming chainsaws while riding a unicycle on a tightrope over a shark tank. If that doesn’t make you tired, I don’t know what will.

Ways to Recoup Energy:

  1. Power Naps: Short, quick snoozes. It’s like a reboot for your brain, but without the annoying software updates.
  2. Delegation: Pass on tasks to others. It’s like playing hot potato, but with responsibilities.
  3. Exercise: Just remember, you’re not panting, you’re shouting motivational slogans to your muscles.
  4. TED Talks: Watch a few inspiring talks. This lets you eavesdrop on the world’s best minds, but with their consent.
  5. Strategy Board Games: Chess, Risk or Settlers of Catan. It’s like a virtual world conquest, but with fewer actual casualties and more bragging rights.


And now we tiptoe into the enigmatic world of INFJs – the seers, the empaths, the “let’s sit in a corner and brood about an impending apocalypse while simultaneously feeling sorry for the spider whose web was destroyed in the rain” types. These silent warriors are a paradoxical blend of clairvoyant seer and emotional sponge. Their Dominant Introverted Intuition is always on overdrive, painting vivid (and sometimes gloomy) pictures of future possibilities in their minds. Meanwhile, their Auxiliary Extraverted Feeling sucks up emotions like a high-powered Dyson vacuum, leaving them feeling like the emotional equivalent of a used teabag. So between predicting global catastrophes and trying to emotionally babysit every living creature, it’s no surprise that INFJs are perpetually exhausted. It’s like being a cross between Nostradamus and a tamagotchi, but with more existential dread and fewer feeding times.

Ways to Recoup Energy:

  1. Alone Time: It’s you, a cup of tea, and your favorite novel. It’s like a date, but without the awkward conversation and the check.
  2. Creative Outlets: Paint, write, or sculpt. Your feelings are your canvas, and your anxiety is your brush.
  3. Volunteer: Helping others can help you feel better.
  4. Listen to Music while Journaling: It’s like getting your feelings out to a therapist, but with a better rhythm and no copay.
  5. Deep conversations: Find a friend and get lost in deep, philosophical discussions about life’s big questions.

Find out more about INFJs: 24 Signs You’re an INFJ, the Mystic Personality Type


Now let’s march on over to the INTJs – the architects, the masterminds, the “let’s stay in on a Friday night to redesign civilization while simultaneously judging the logical inconsistencies of sci-fi movies” types. These solitary trailblazers are the human equivalent of a chess super-computer – except instead of chess, they’re strategizing life, the universe, and everything in between. Their Dominant Introverted Intuition is like a hyperactive webslinger, shooting out threads of possible futures in every direction. Meanwhile, their thinking side is busy pruning threads that lack merit and weaving the remaining threads into a grand tapestry of revolutionary strategies.

But in a world that doesn’t always value long-term strategy, and is more interested in the latest TikTok trend, INTJs can feel like they’re playing chess in a game of Go Fish. No wonder they find solace in their infamous ‘death glare’ – it’s less about hostility and more about an eye roll that got stuck mid-roll due to sheer disbelief. Wielding logic like a lightsaber and their ‘death glare’ like a deflector shield, it’s no wonder these misunderstood visionaries are always fatigued. It’s like being a cross between Elon Musk and Dracula, but with more existential ennui and fewer opportunities to bite people.

Ways to Recoup Energy:

  1. Reading: Get lost in a book. It’s a vacation, but without the bothersome luggage and tourist traps.
  2. Strategy Games: Dive into games of strategy like chess or Civilization. It’s like conquering the world, but without the need for a diplomatic passport or a tetanus shot.
  3. Alone Time: Just you and your mind. What more could you want?
  4. Nature Walks: Engage with the physical world and remind yourself that your senses actually do exist.
  5. Intellectual Debates: Argue for fun. It’s like mental gymnastics, but without the leotards and awkward landings.

Discover more about INTJs: The Childhood Struggles of INTJs


Now let’s enter the world of ESFJs – the caregivers, the providers, the “let’s throw a surprise party for Bob because he looked a little sad when he didn’t have milk for his coffee” types. These social butterflies flutter around the garden of humanity, pollinating it with kindness, care, and an alarming number of Pinterest-worthy events decor. Their Dominant Extraverted Feeling is a radar for emotional undercurrents, detecting distress signals like a bat in the dark. Meanwhile, their Auxiliary Introverted Sensing meticulously remembers everyone’s likes and dislikes, including Aunt Gertrude’s fear of purple and John’s inexplicable aversion to semi-colons.

But, being the emotional equivalent of a Swiss army knife has its downsides. In a world where people can’t decide between vanilla and chocolate, the ESFJ’s role as the emotional glue holding everyone together is as exhausting as it’s rewarding. With their relentless attention to detail, they often end up spreading themselves too thin. It’s like being a cross between a UN peacekeeper and Martha Stewart, but with more thank you notes and fewer chances for a ceasefire.

Ways to Recoup Energy:

  1. Self-Care: Treat yourself to a spa day. And please, leave your concern over Aunt Gertrude’s fear of purple at the door.
  2. Journaling: Reflect on your day. Have a conversation with yourself for a change. You might discover you’re amazing company!
  3. Hobby Classes: Learn something new, like pottery or painting. You’re not just making a mess, you’re creating art.
  4. Netflix and Comfort Food: It’s like going to the movies, but without the overpriced popcorn and sticky floors.
  5. Saying No: It’s not just a word, it’s power. Use it liberally.


Now let’s stride forth into the world of the ESTJs – the executives, the organizers, the “let’s sort out the neighborhood recycling system at 6 am on a Sunday because efficiency” types. These tireless juggernauts are the human embodiment of a Swiss Watch – precision, reliability, and an inexplicable obsession with gears. Their Dominant Extraverted Thinking is like a wind-up toy on a caffeine rampage, perpetually ticking and tocking towards a more organized world. Meanwhile, their sensing side is busy creating a meticulous database of protocols and procedures that would make the Dewey Decimal System break out in a cold sweat of inadequacy.

But existing in a world that can’t tell a spreadsheet from a spin class takes its toll on these detail-oriented types. Often, they find themselves trapped in a cycle of perpetual facepalms, as they grapple with the chaos of their surroundings. It’s like being a cross between a librarian and a drill sergeant, but with more color-coded binders and fewer chances to shout “drop and give me 20!”

Ways to Recoup Energy:

  1. Structured Play: Engage in organized sports or board games. You can feel like you’re working towards something, but with more high-fives and less paperwork.
  2. Time Management Books: Read up on the latest efficiency hacks. It’s like gaining superpowers, but with less radioactive spiders and more bullet journals.
  3. DIY Projects: Fix that leaky faucet or build a birdhouse. Nothing screams relaxation like a successfully completed task.
  4. Take a walk in nature: No, don’t try to be Man vs. Wild, just let yourself enjoy the serenity that nature offers. Breathe in the fresh air, listen to the rustling leaves, and just be.
  5. Delegation: Learn to let go. It’s not giving up control, it’s empowering others (and conserving your sanity).


Now let’s delve into the world of ISFJs – the defenders, the protectors, the “let’s make sure all the hangers in the closet face in the same direction because details” types. These noble souls are a blend of Florence Nightingale and Marie Kondo, but with more freshly baked cookies and less money in the bank. Their dominant sensing side is like a seasoned librarian, scrutinizing every detail with the precision of a hawk sporting bifocals. Meanwhile, their feeling side is perpetually on the prowl, sniffing out discomfort and emotional wavelengths like a truffle pig in a mushroom field.

But life for these detail-oriented, harmony-seeking types isn’t a walk in an immaculately groomed park. In a world that can’t seem to decide whether socks should be rolled or folded, the duty of maintaining order and harmony can leave ISFJs feeling as stretched as a century-old rubber band. Yes, these types are like a cross between a medieval knight and a skilled therapist, always riding to the rescue, but instead of a horse and a lance, they carry a box of tissues and the uncanny ability to remember your third cousin’s hamster’s birthday.

Ways to Recoup Energy:

  1. Gardening: Tend to your plants. It’s like caring for others, but with more photosynthesis and less small talk.
  2. Make a favorite recipe: There’s something comforting about measuring, mixing, and making a meal that you love.
  3. Teatime Solitude: Brew your favorite tea and sip it in silence. No, you don’t need to ask the tea how it’s feeling.
  4. Puzzles: Engage in jigsaw puzzles or Sudoku. It’s like organizing a chaotic world, but without the need to mediate a peace treaty between rogue socks.
  5. Movie Marathon: Watch a series of films from your favorite genre. Just remember, it’s not your job to ensure the characters are emotionally okay.


Welcome to the realm of the ISTJs – the inspectors, the logisticians, the “let’s recheck the office fire evacuation plan at midnight because safety” types. These individuals are the human equivalent of a seasoned accountant at tax time, parting the sea of receipts with the fervor of Moses, but with a sharper pencil and less divine intervention. Their Dominant Introverted Sensing is akin to a relentless detective, ferreting out discrepancies and inconsistencies with the tenacity of a bloodhound on the scent of an escaped ham sandwich. Their thinking side, on the other hand, plans and organizes with the precision of a neurosurgeon performing a delicate procedure – but with fewer scrubs and a lot more spreadsheets.

But the life of these tireless types isn’t all roses and perfectly balanced ledger books. In a world where people can’t tell the difference between a W-2 and a W-4, ISTJs find themselves performing the herculean task of maintaining order and stability. It’s much like being a cross between a tenured professor and an air traffic controller, but with more red pens and fewer opportunities to wear those cool glowing batons.

Ways to Recoup Energy:

  1. Quiet Reading: Dive into the world of books. It’s like solving mysteries, but without the need to interrogate Bob from accounting over a missing receipt.
  2. Nature Walks: Engage with the environment at a leisurely pace. Remember, squirrels don’t require TPS reports.
  3. Solo Music Sessions: Listen to your favorite tunes. The beatles won’t care if you’re not solving their problems.
  4. Tinkering: Grab your favorite hobby and tinker away. It’s like auditing the fiscal year, but instead of tax loopholes, you’re dealing with model train tracks or knitting patterns.
  5. Set Boundaries: It’s not just a concept, it’s a need. Learn to gently but firmly tell others that your “me-time” is non-negotiable.

Find out more about ISTJs: The ISTJ Leader

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  1. As an INTP I’ve apparently come to the same solutions for recharging, as I routinely take my dog for walks and do a lot of cooking from scratch – including seat-of-the-pants recipes that I had to concoct last-minute to get dinner on the table. I also spend most mornings in Bible study. The other two suggestions remain untried but I could get into documentaries, as long as they weren’t about WWII; as for coffee with a friend, that would require an actual, ahem…friend.

  2. I really love your writing style! I read about just my personality type at first and enjoyed it so much that I scrolled back up for the rest

  3. Yes! I am definitely the “let’s sit in a coffee shop, sipping a latte while writing a screenplay about babies and dragons cohabiting in a post-apocalyptic world” type, INFP. My little world is so much better than the world we live in☺️. The article was really fun and there’s so much truth to it! Thank you for a much needed giggle 🤭

  4. My only problem, is some of these posts lean very, very heavily into stereotypes. Not every type is 100% that type. The world is too huge to compact in so many people. I cannot “fully” relate to any single one. Maybe I’m just overthinking this. I’m not a psychologist (though I’ve been to a handful!)

    Out of this comment, I wonder what type you’d think I was.

    Regardless of some stereotypes, I like how you write. It flows and is nice to read. The humor is also great. Thank you for all the work you put into these posts. My critic is not meant to be mean. It’s just how I feel/think about the system in general.

    1. Hi, Tiffany. I’m just passing by, but I strongly relate to what you said, and your challenge intrigue me. Your criticism of what doesn’t suit you, combined with the desire not to offend anyone, makes me think that you are an INFP (or at least an NF type). Overthinking and hate for sterotype are bonus clues 🙂

  5. I personally do enjoy meditation, actually, as it affords me the ability to slow down my thoughts. Contrary to popular opinion, meditation doesn’t have to make you quiet your mind entirely. It just slows your thoughts somewhat so your own thoughts and anxieties are not constantly racing in your head, so it’s easier to control, make sense of, or think clearly. Weirdly enough, in meditation circles online, there are a lot of types you’d usually associate with the practice like NFs, but a lot of INTPs and INTJs for some reason too. There are some polls in meditation forums out there and some INTx also show up for some reason too, and maybe because it’s actually something that could help slow down the endless spiral of thinking and thinking and thinking, that seems almost impossible for the average introverted NT to get a hold of. If anyone’s curious, look up these phrases online if you’re curious. 1. Meditation websites 2. 100 scientific benefits of meditation 3. How to meditate for beginners 4. Types of meditation 5. Guided meditations online 6. Meditation forums 7. Mindfulness techniques 8. Grounding techniques list 9. Meditation blogs 10. Guided meditations on YouTube.

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