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How You’d Survive as the Last Person On Earth, Based On Your Myers-Briggs® Personality Type

Today we’re diving into the terrifying but absurd world of an apocalypse that has left only one human standing. How would your personality type cope as the last human on earth? Let’s take a look and find out!

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How You’d Survive as the Last Person On Earth, Based On Your Myers-Briggs® Personality Type

Estimated reading time: 29 minutes

ENTP

Upon waking up to an eerily silent world, our ENTP friend might initially think, “Well, this is awkward.” Faced with a planet devoid of human companions, this personality type would quickly spring into action, turning the desolate Earth into one giant laboratory for their next big experiment. No lines at the coffee shop mean an endless supply of caffeine to fuel their maverick ingenuity. “Coffee-powered hovercraft, to see the neighbors? Not a bad idea,” they’d muse. Of course, there would be no neighbors, but that’s just a minor detail.

The ENTP would be concocting elaborate schemes to fill the dead air, perhaps developing a robot buddy merely to argue with. “It’s the sine qua non of human existence!” they would exclaim to their mechanical counterpart. Through trial and error, they’d teach it to challenge their theories, all the while missing the nuance of human contradiction and the spark of unplanned debate. The ENTP might even repurpose town squares into giant chessboards, if only for a moment of strategic triumph. “Checkmate!” they’d shout, to no one in particular.

In between sighs of exasperation and debates with the air, the ENTP would face the ultimate conundrum – a boundless world of potential, but no one to share in the absurdity of it all. With a wry smile and an ironic toast to the audience that used to be, “Here’s to humanity – we had a good run, but now I’m off to debate the central themes of existentialism with a volleyball.”

INTP

As the sun rises on a desolate world, an INTP opens their eyes, not to the sound of an alarm, but to the deafening silence of solitude. “Huh, social obligations have been cancelled indefinitely?” they’d mumble, a smirk tugging at the corner of their mouth. They’d savor the uninterrupted time for deep reflections—why did civilization collapse? Was it a nuclear uprising gone bad or AI going sentient? Their mind wanders through the intricacies of causation like a kid skipping through a field of daisies, if the daisies were philosophical quandaries.

The INTP, in a playground of potential, becomes a solitary nomad, meandering through libraries now silent as tombs, accumulating knowledge for no one’s benefit but their own. “Interesting, so that’s how to genetically engineer a potato to taste like pizza,” they’d muse while perusing a doomsday DIY manual. With no peers to scoff or stomachs to satisfy but their own, every curiosity is worth pursuing, every rabbit hole worth tumbling down.

Lost in thought, they connect the dots between disparate phenomena, crafting theories that make sense only to the walls that can’t criticize them. Yet, in the corner of their solitude, they’d miss the debate, the challenge that comes from other human brains. Sure, they’re introverts, but even their cherished autonomy turns bittersweet when there’s no one to surprise with their discoveries.

Donning the hat of an amateur geneticist-roboticist, they’d gingerly attempt to reboot humanity, or at least something to argue with. Forget kombucha starters—this is about spawning a new age! They’d fashion artificial companions from toasters and laptops, only to be irked when the ‘conversation’ becomes too binary.

But somewhere between the solitary inventions and silent conversations, they’d chuckle to themselves and concede, “You know, I always joked I needed space from humanity, but this is ridiculous.”

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ENFP

The morning after the apocalypse didn’t start with coffee for the ENFP—it started with an existential crisis and a dramatic monologue to the sun. “Oh, Sol, giver of life, what cruel joke is this? Just me and the void!” they’d wail, giving Shakespeare a run for his money. This type would feel the heart-wrenching absence of their compatriots deeply, but their innate optimism would not allow despair to take the wheel for long.

Desolate but not defeated, our ENFP doesn’t just think outside of the box—they’d use it to create a bonfire of hope. Undeterred, they’d liberate a cruise ship, christen it ‘The S.S. Possibility,’ and with their trusty guinea pig—now the first officer—embark on a quest as Captain to find the remaining members of their human tribe. The empty seas become their canvas, and the solitude, a source of poetic inspiration. “Lo! The sea, she speaks of loneliness, yet promises companionship beyond her horizon!” they’d proclaim, jotting down verses while steering through the vast blue.

In between bursts of loneliness, the ENFP’s mind would explode with innovation. They’d fashion a solar-powered paragliding suit from the ship’s sails for swooping island searches or build a high-tech signal beacon from casino slot machines—jackpot noises replaced by SOS signals. Their diary would swell with entries of high hopes, punctuated with sketches of potential human hideaways or the design for a coconut radio.

Yet, it is in the silent conversations with the ocean waves and starry nights that the ENFP’s spirit truly shines. They see not an empty world but a grand, unscripted adventure awaiting them. The once-lively banter halls of humanity might echo in their dreams, but the ENFP sails on. After all, to them, each deserted sunrise isn’t just a day survived; it’s a chance to tread where no personality type has tread before. “To infinity and beyond—or at least to the shore over yonder!” they’d cry out, guinea pig squeaking affirmatively, as ‘The S.S. Possibility’ cuts through the waters, fueled by dreams and the invincible human spirit.

INFP

Upon the cessation of mankind’s symphony, an INFP awakens in a world eerily silent. Initially undaunted (they like quiet), they’d mull over their morning coffee—home-brewed, of course—pondering the latest plot twist in their handwritten novella. “Seems like a good day to reread Rilke,” they’d muse, blissfully unaware of the emptiness beyond their book-laden walls.

Gradually, a creeping stillness seeps into their sanctuary, a quiet too profound for even the most introspective of souls. “Is everyone on a silent retreat?” they’d ponder, turning the record player on just to fill the void. The absence of conflict to resolve, or values to unpack with others, carves a hollow in their quest for purpose. The INFP’s heart, once buoyed by the therapy sessions they conducted with friends in cozy coffee shops, now feels the weight of the abandoned latte machines.

Venturing into the outside world, they’re met with a perturbing tableau—tumbleweeds frolicking where taxis once honked. Embracing their natural affinity for the dispossessed, the INFP sets off on a quest through desolate urban canyons and skeletal retail parks, seeking the faces they once helped to smile.

A shattered window of the local Barnes & Noble beckons. Amidst the toppled bookshelves, our hero constructs a literary fortress, a beacon of memories in a forsaken metropolis. Here, they begin the Great Rescue Operation—liberating their new-found companions from pet stores to populate this kingdom of words.

In a castle of classics and critters, the INFP curls up with Austen and a rescued terrier, journaling by candlelight to parse meaning from the void—each sentence a buoyant echo into the silence, “Maybe this is a fresh canvas, a world where the narrative is ours to inscribe afresh.” A story unfolds: an apocalyptic adventure, inked not in despair, but in the boundlessness of imagination where every soulful encounter with the feral-eyed felines and the loyal dogs becomes a chapter in their chronicle of solitude.

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ENTJ

In the wake of this unexpected solo existence, an ENTJ springs into action, less like a castaway and more akin to a CEO on a corporate salvage mission. “Time to strategize,” they’d mutter, unfazed, adjusting imaginary cufflinks as they prepare for an apocalypse devoid of board meetings and bottom lines. Their first executive order is crystal clear: build a time machine, post-haste. Channeling their inner Number Five from ‘The Umbrella Academy’, our ambitious ENTJ becomes an amalgam of Doc Brown and Elon Musk, rummaging through remnants for flux capacitors and DeLoreans, or these era’s equivalents.

The keys to the past (and the future) must be constructed out of discarded tech; smartphones, gaming consoles, perhaps the odd microwave – if it beeps or blinks, it’s useful. It’s not madness; it’s method, ENTJ style. “No time for dithering; there’s history to revise!” they’d announce to the silent rat king with the earnestness of a wartime general rallying troops.

And speaking of troops, our lone leader turns to Mother Nature’s menagerie, marshalling squads of bewildered critters. It’s day one, and there’s already a hierarchy in place. The smarter animals get tasks—dolphins are on scouting duty (obviously), while crows are to barter for shiny bits of leftover tech.

Resources? Managed. Progress? On the agenda. A PowerPoint presentation titled “Rebuild Civilization: A Ten-Point Plan” beams onto the cracked walls of a deserted Apple Store, outlining the ENTJ’s blueprint for a new society. The only problem? The usual audience of besuited nodders is replaced by curious squirrels, whose tail flicks are grossly misinterpreted as enthusiastic approval.

With the same fervor reserved for quarterly growth figures, they embark on large-scale projects—toiling in the dirt, constructing hydroponic farms, and sketching city blueprints that would make L’Enfant proud, all to the bemused gazes of raccoons that couldn’t care less about urban planning.

In the silence of the night, as they sit amidst the blueprints and gadgets, a profound cosmic question emerges from the depths of their strategy-oriented mind, “What is the universal significance of this solitary command?” Perhaps their relentless pursuit is the universe’s cosmic kick in the tailored pants, a reminder that not all plans proceed without a glitch—and that every great leader, even an ENTJ, sometimes needs to navigate the uncharted stars without a team to manage or a world to conquer.

INTJ

The INTJ, waking to a world emptied of the cacophony of human existence, would blink methodically and adjust their glasses—there’s research to be done. The first question to address: “Is this an introvert’s dream or an existential trial?” Leaning into their strategic prowess, they’d sketch out a master plan with the precision of a chess grandparent, except the game is “Humanity: The Re-Sequel,” and they’re both the player and the piece.

Before anxiety could kick in, the INTJ’s stoic sanctuary would manifest: the grandiose city library, now a fortress of solitude. Towering bookshelves become the ramparts, psychology texts the watchtowers, philosophy aisles the moats, and the sciences—oh, the sciences!—the castle keep. Here, they’d craft meticulous daily schedules—namespace “Operation Phoenix”—where every hour is a step towards reviving humanity.

Armed with tomes of genetics and biology, they venture on excursions to the deserted science center, collecting artifacts (formerly known as lab equipment). Each trip, a sacred pilgrimage to the temples of knowledge and specimen jars. Their solace: standing amid Bunsen burners and petri dishes, they envisage splicing DNA à la “Jurassic Park”—minus the reptilian chaos. There’s a thread of hope; perhaps they are the savior to restart the human engine—with proper documentation, of course.

This INTJ doesn’t simply mourn humanity; they are the archivist of its echo. Traipsing through homes, they gather photos, diaries, and the odd toothbrush for DNA. Absent mindedly, they confer with the portraits; pros and cons are discussed, hypotheses debated—all with the solemn nods to empty frames.

But it’s not all pet projects and solitude. The search for their loved ones becomes a Shakespearean quest, tragically poetic. A strand of hair, a favorite scarf, whispers of their essence that could, in their hands, become the seed of rebirth. With every solemn interment in cryogenic contraptions made of freezers and liquid nitrogen they find in abandoned grocery stores, they honor what was, and what might be again.

Evenings are spent atop their library fortress, looking out across the electrical grid they’ve managed to reboot—every light a testament to the INTJ’s vision and unyielding will. Scribbling out manifestos by the glow of constellations, they can’t help but wonder if, in their quest to play god, they’ve missed the punchline to the grandest cosmic joke: That in the end, it was never about commanding armies or shaping worlds, but simply about craving a single voice to whisper in the dark, “I understand your grand design.”

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ENFJ

Waking to a symphony of eerie silence rather than their much-loved harmonies of human interaction, the ENFJ blinks away the surreal fog to face the planet’s new dawn. “Please, not another self-help retreat gone wrong!” they’d quip, half-expecting a round of applause from an audience that no longer exists. Mirth subsides as they clasp their hands in solemn mourning, their hearts stitched with the rich tapestry of connections now lost. But what’s a mentor with no mentees, a visionary without an audience to inspire?

In a cascade of inspiration befitting their personality, the resourceful ENFJ embarks on an odyssey of emotional memorialization. With cans of spray paint salvaged from the remnants of craft stores, they transform cold, grey buildings into tributes vibrant with passion—a graffiti mausoleum dedicated to the remarkable souls they once knew. They’d stand back, a nod to every personal Picasso, and whisper, “You were here. You mattered.”

With eyes alight with purpose, the ENFJ traverses the vast continent’s expanse—a lone figure clutching at the hope of fellow survivors. At each crossroad, they erect signs scribbled with heartening messages: “If you’re reading this, follow the sunflowers!” Directional cues lay groundwork for their grand design: a messaging system, an optimistic beacon for stray humans, operated from the local post office, now free of junk mail and infinite credit card offers.

And who might their new congregation be? A fervent pack of golden retrievers and border collies, of course! Each wagging tail and soulful eye would be christened with names of philosophers and artists, their canine counsel filling the yawning silence. The ENFJ, undeterred, debriefs their four-legged companions on the day’s agenda, finds comfort in their approving barks, and together, they charge forth, a motley crew of hope.

The post-apocalyptic ENFJ’s legacy wouldn’t just be heartfelt epistles strung along the interstate or canine-led parliaments—they’d be the stubborn preserve of faith in togetherness, fiercely defending the idea that around some dusty bend, others like themselves yearn for connection, guidance, or maybe just a good belly rub.

INFJ

The INFJ, sage and empathic, would rise to a silent planet with a sorrow so profound it could be its own gravitational force. The last human, swaddled in metaphysical mourning? It’s enough to make an old soul weep. They’d exhale deeply—the first unofficial eulogy for humanity—and with that breath, they’d feel the weight of their sole-survivor crown. “Why me?” they’d muse, their rich inner world echoing back, “Why not you?”

Channeling their intrinsic empathy, the INFJ would set out on a quest that weaves through the deserted streets – less ‘I Am Legend’ and more ‘I Am Listener,’ nodding an understanding ear to the tales once whispered by ghosts of the past. They’d trail fingers along dusty bookshelves, thumb love-worn letters, charitable in their audience to remnants of love, heartbreak, and to-do lists never crossed off.

But, ah — the INFJ’s prescient eye would twitch; beneath layers of despair, they sense the pulse of potential life. Like Dante himself, they embark upon their Divine Comedy, circumnavigating their new realm in search of Virgil among the stars. They would search endlessly for other survivors while simultaneously memorializing the lives lost. Past makeshift tributes (where they place fresh flowers they’ve found growing defiantly through sidewalk cracks), they roam, knowing there’s a lesson in every ending and a beginning within themselves.

Eventually, the INFJ embarks on their motorcycle journey across the continent. They are not alone; a bearded dragon perches in their backpack, its head poking out to survey the land with a stoic curiosity. This quest is not just a search for survivors, but a pilgrimage for meaning, synchronicity, and every hapless animal in need of rescue in this post-apocalyptic expanse. With every mile, the INFJ reflects on the interconnectedness of all beings, the bearded dragon becoming an emblematic co-pilgrim in the pursuit of purpose.

They navigate the desolate highways with an intuitive compass, guided by an internal narrative that weaves together the remnants of the old world and visions of the new. Metaphorically, the motorcycle transforms into a steel steed of salvation, its engine’s hum a meditative mantra amidst the silence. The journey is slow, deliberate, allowing the INFJ to detect the faintest whiff of life, whether it be a weary traveler or a stray dog in the ruins.

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ESTP

Behold the ESTP, the adventurer turned post-apocalyptic daredevil, standing atop the highest remaining skyscraper, grinning into the void with their signature swagger. With a world gone silent, they’d chuckle to themselves, “Party’s over, but the afterparty’s wherever I am!” Undaunted by the absence of human compadres, they’d gear up for a day of extreme sports — because if there’s no one around to call you reckless, are you really living on the edge?

Helmet? Optional. Limits? Made to be pushed. The ESTP would race through abandoned streets on a motorcycle, skidding in artful donuts around bewildered squirrels, their only audience. Next on the agenda: skydiving from derelict buildings, their parachute a repurposed movie theater screen because, why not? They’d land flawlessly, raising a fist to the cosmos, shouting, “Did you see that, universe?”

Dinner time would be a hasty BBQ on the lawns of the White House, grilling whatever they’d hunted – because if there’s no supermarket, you go back to hunting-gathering. And while they’re at it, they’d go fishing, swimming, cliff-diving — all within the boundaries of a federal monument that would make every remaining historian cringe. Between stunts, they’d perfect their backhand on a tennis court turned survivalist veggie garden and climb monuments with Spider-Man agility.

But it’s not all antics and solo sportsmanship. Their strategic side thrives as they draft plans for a one-hero rescue squad, convinced that somewhere out there, a fellow human itches for a high-five. The ESTP would commandeer abandoned walkie-talkies, setting them to broadcast their rallying cry: “Any fellow thrill-seekers out there? Over.”

Impromptu parkour courses are constructed in empty malls, where mannequins now serve as their audience, their waxy faces styled with neon paint and sunglasses for the end-of-the-world fashion trend no one can see. At night, their campfires blaze out Morse code, and with a can of beer in hand – looted from a bar they now own by default – they’d recount heroic tales to the stars, each twinkle a rapt nod to their undying spirit.

In a world that’s gone excessively quiet, the ESTP stands as the unflappable master of ceremonies for Earth’s final shindig, their spirit impossibly vibrant against the stillness, echoing their unspoken motto in every boisterous laugh: “Life is but a game, and I, my friends, am always ‘it’.”

ISTP

Enter the ISTP, the mechanic of the apocalypse, with a demeanor as chill as the now-silent freezers of every ice cream shop. They’d awaken to the great void with a wrench in hand and a calm twinkle in their eye that screams, “Challenge accepted.” The first order of business? A solemn nod to humanity’s swan song, followed immediately by cracking open a Best Buy with the finesse of a bank heist movie lead—not to loot, oh no, but to procure the necessary tech for their grand survival scheme.

Once armed with gadgets galore, the ISTP would set their sights on Bass Pro Shops, turning this outdoor paradise into their personal Q-branch. There, amidst the scent of untouched flannels and fishing lures, they’d rig up a solar-powered command center, decking out fishing rods with drone tech because who needs fishfinders when you have aerial surveillance?

Their environment is now their workshop, and Mother Nature, their unwitting apprentice. With a mind that’s part tactical genius, part insatiable curiosity, the ISTP would assemble a fleet of motorcycles—each one modified for terrain so wild, Evel Knievel’s ghost would give a standing ovation. They’d rev engines in a salute to a world ripe for exploration and set off across the continent, ready to jump the Grand Canyon or carve new paths through the Rockies.

Always one to help, the ISTP would set up problem-solving stations along their route, complete with toolkits and manuals for dummies (written, of course, by them). They’d leave no stone unturned, no machine unassembled, and no problem unsolved—even if the only thanks they get is from the wind rustling through once-busy cities.

In moments of solitude, they might stare wistfully at their desert campfire, missing the hustle of humanity. But as they motorcycle toward the horizon, the ISTP would wear their renewed sense of purpose like a badge, their heart in sync with the pulse of the dormant world, ever ready to jump-start it back to life. With each tinkering triumph, they’d pave the way for a resurrection of civilization—one improvised explosive and solar-powered generator at a time.

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ESFP

Cue the ESFP, our hero with a heart of gold, marooned in the silent world. They awaken each morning with a twinkle in their eyes, stretching as the neighborhood dogs gather, sensing the benevolent pied piper of the apocalypse. These extroverted saviors of fun and kinship would kick off their survival by turning a Costco into their personal papal enclave, their edicts echoing through the baroque halls of bulk goods.

“Behold ye of little faith, for I shall turn water into… well, more water!” they’d declare, installing rainwater collection systems because hydration is the key to post-apocalyptic merriment. Their garden — a verdant Eden in the parking lot — grows not just crops but hopes, with each plant named after a fondly remembered friend. “Hang in there, Tomato-Tammy. You got this, Cucumber-Carl.”

Every supply run is a mission for connection; they don’t just scavenge, they ballet through the ruins. Picture this: ESFPs repurposing drones not for surveillance, but to airlift motivational banners across the city skyline, proclaiming “YOU’RE DOING GREAT” to precisely no one and everyone all at once. They transform abandoned theaters into mammoth echo chambers where they orate stirring speeches to rescued cats about perseverance and the indomitable human spirit — which, mind you, the cats seem to appreciate with silent ovation.

Risk-taking? For sure! In their quest for human touch, our ESFP friends would strap on rollerblades, defying gravity and reason, turning decaying freeway overpasses into the ultimate roller derby arena. And when they stumble upon the desolate remains of a zoo? They unleash their innate Dr. Dolittle charisma, gingerly unlocking the enclosures as they rally a Noah’s Ark of the modern epoch. Picture lions sunbathing on highway medians, pandas frolicking in playgrounds, and peacocks strutting down Main Street—all under the watchful, loving gaze of the ESFP. They orchestrate a wildlife utopia, setting up habitats in football stadiums and bringing creatures one step closer to their rightful place — at the top of the food chain.

In between concocting filters from soda bottles and choreographing flash mobs with monkeys for their next TikTok hit (because surely satellite internet still works), these adrenaline-fueled saints stop to handwrite letters to future generations, stuffed into bottles not sent to sea, but delicately placed in mall fountains. “Life, dear strangers,” they’d write, “is about finding the beat in the silence. Dance on, for the encore is yours to command.”

As they zip-line between buildings (more practical than you’d think), ESFPs thrive in the ashes, defying the stillness by embodying the mantra that while life’s party may be on hiatus, the confetti can still fly, the streamers can still unfurl, and every passerby, be it squirrel or escaped komodo dragon, is an ally in the dance of determination. It’s not just about survival; it’s about maintaining hope that someone else is still out there, one improvised tap dance at a time.

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ISFP

Enter the ISFP, the quiet doer armed with a paintbrush in one hand and a heart full of dreams in the other. As the last echoes of human chatter fade, our ISFP friends would delve into an artistic crusade, painting murals over the gray concrete of lost cities. They’d turn the town square into a canvas, spin street signs into stanzas, and skyscrapers into sonnets of color, all while a rescued parrot — now their staunch critique partner — squawks in approval.

They mourn humanity with every stroke of color, remembering the lost world—a tear may fall, but it just adds to the watercolor forming new rivers in their revolutionary artwork. They’re determined to leave legacies of beauty in the places where laughter and arguments once filled the air. Abandoned zoos aren’t just reclaimed; they’re transformed into safe havens of whimsy and nature. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen giraffes wandering amongst the surreal cityscapes painted on the sides of former financial districts.

Amid the wistful gravesites, formerly known as pet stores, our ISFP protagonist gets to work. Cage by cage, they unleash creatures into this new world, not before fitting each with a stylish, personalized collar. Imagine coming across a meowing tabby with a collar that simply reads “Sir Whiskers of the Fifth Avenue Apocalypse,” styled by an ISFP who knows this feline deserves nothing less than nobility.

But their mission doesn’t stop there. Oh no. Spotting the vacant Grand Central Station, the ISFP envisions the ultimate art installation: a tranquil forest scene within its walls, where one can nestle among the painted underbrush, gazing up at a ceiling of dappled light and faux birds in mid-flight — making urban cosmology the new astrology. Here, people were the shooting stars, and now, this place serves as an observatory to the soul.

In a moment of silence and solitude, our ISFP hero dreams of others like them silently painting their own cities, continents away. They create art installations in public libraries, perfectly capturing the quietness of abandoned stories with sculptures made from books frozen mid-page turn. These oases of serenity — including an IMAX theater turned giant snow globe after an ill-thought experiment with a leaf blower and some styrofoam — are not so much safe zones but invitations: “Survivors welcome, come be part of this silent symphony.”

Their poetry isn’t just in their words but in their actions; like arranging for a family of raccoons to dine at the long-abandoned tables of a Michelin-star restaurant, because in this new world there’s no such thing as ‘too formal’ for our adorable trash pandas. Each night, the ISFP falls asleep beneath their painted constellations, dreaming of serendipitous visitors finding solace in their post-apocalyptic panorama, proving that even as the world falls silent, beauty can still shout from the rooftops.

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ESTJ

Waking up as the last person on Earth would have the ESTJ momentarily pausing for introspection—followed swiftly by assuming control of the situation with the gusto of a four-star general commanding a parade. In this new world, our ESTJ overlord would firstly allocate tasks to themselves (as attendance is disappointingly low), systematically prioritizing resource management and the preservation of civilization’s greatest hits.

With a nostalgic tear and a determined jaw, they’d raid libraries (using the Dewey Decimal System, naturally) to stack their new abode, a repurposed City Hall, with all the tactical handbooks and historical records to rebuild the planet. “How to Build a Log Cabin” nestles on the shelf beside “The Art of War” — because you just never know.

Their days would be regimented with military precision: 0500 hours for calisthenics, 0530 for breakfast (oatmeal, no sugar, sustenance is key), then proceeding to their grand project, restoring power to the grid. Why? Because the ESTJ’s new society is built on electricity and the archives of internet wisdom. All hail, mighty Google!

“Let’s make a spreadsheet for that,” becomes the rallying cry (into the void). Excel is king as they chart out crop planting schedules, waste management flowcharts, and of course, an inventory of all functional coffee machines within a 5-mile radius. Because really, society can’t rise from the ashes without caffeine.

Yet, the iron fist softens for just a moment each day at precisely 1800 hours when the ESTJ pays homage to their foregone brethren by playing VHS tapes of old sitcoms in a makeshift outdoor cinema. They’ve single-handedly kept the popcorn industry alive and mastered the art of rewinding. It’s a small but necessary reminder that even in times of crisis, laughter is still medicine.

And yet, even the most meticulous ESTJ would not ignore the pressing human desire to find others in this expansive solitude. Their quest for survivors would be as organized as a military campaign, with the creation of a Command and Reconnaissance Center headquartered at the top floor of the sturdiest skyscraper. They would adorn any remaining drones with loudspeakers, blaring out a call to assembly at designated times and coordinates, chosen with the strategic precision of a master chess player.

Donning their crisply ironed ‘Search and Rescue’ uniform—self-stitched using the best YouTube tutorial available—they’d chart out methodical search grids across the city. Each morning, with a walkie-talkie attached securely to their belt despite the static silence, the ESTJ would embark on search and rescue explorations through neighborhoods, drawing X’s on a mounted, oversized city map to mark the zones diligently scoured for signs of life.

The ESTJ’s approach, both formidable and unfaltering, would be complimented by a montage of Home Alone-esque traps, cleverly designed to alert them of any human activity—a string of cans here, a strategically placed pile of twigs there. They would have high hopes for these traps, but just in case, they would also meticulously research and memorize the workings of every firearm available as self-protection.

But as the sun sets with no response, they’d realign their walkie-talkie, muster a salute to the enduring spirits of humanity, and prepare for yet another day of disciplined searching—because in an ESTJ’s world, hope is not a strategy, but resilience most certainly is.

ISTJ

Surviving the apocalypse was never in the ISTJ’s planner, but adjustments must be made. After spending an appropriate (minimal) amount of time mourning humanity, our ISTJ would channel their inner Rick Grimes, sans the cowboy hat. Why? It’s impractical, and there’s no room for impracticality when you’re the last stickler for rules on earth.

Their abode quickly transforms into a fortress of solitude and survival. Think Home Depot meets zombie bunker, outfitted with spreadsheets rather than canned beans. Each corner is stocked with a contingency plan; every escape route is marked with a Post-it note. The ISTJ maps the city with the efficiency of a GPS satellite, outlining zones for scavenging, foraging, and—if it really hits the fan—retreating on their trusty, well-maintained bicycle.

And those wild animals thinking they run the show? Not on the ISTJ’s watch. They’ve crafted an array of passive-aggressive signs discouraging loitering—it’s private property, after all. Plus, a comprehensive array of snares, nets, and booby traps—all labeled and diagrammed in a leather-bound manual for easy troubleshooting when the world’s internet finally fizzles out. Wild animals, meet systematic human ingenuity.

But it’s not all work for our ISTJ hero. Oh no, there’s also the meticulous schedule of survivor search-and-rescue drills, complete with log entries and twice-daily radio broadcasts (because everyone knows consistency is key in post-apocalyptic survival). The broadcasts aren’t just SOS calls; they’re also punctuated with reminders on the importance of a well-organized tool shed—because clearly, that’s what kept the ISTJ alive this long.

As night encroaches and crickets dare to break the solemn silence, the ISTJ fires up their generator (the fuel rationed, of course), lights an efficient campfire, and ponders over their logs. Are they lonely? Maybe. But with the company of their clipboard and the satisfaction of a world meticulously mapped and managed, they feel a spark of hope. Tomorrow is another day in the schedule for saving humanity, one carefully planned step at a time.

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ESFJ

Post-apocalypse, our ESFJ stands amidst the debris, a beacon of hope, and hilariously dismayed—there’s no one left to host for their legendary potlucks. They brush off the dust from their favorite apron—a beacon of former social triumphs—as memories of Aunt Mabel’s potato salad recipes send a pang through their heart. Who will compliment their choice of napkin folds now?

But alas, the ESFJ’s superpower is their indomitable spirit. With a MacGyver-like resourcefulness, they repurpose broadcast equipment and erect giant movie screens across what’s left of the continent—because nothing says ‘human connection’ quite like the shared laughter during a film. They start “Project Happily Ever After”, projecting feel-good classics—because if you play it, they will come… they hope.

Day by day, our social architect befriends every dog, cat, and raccoon that comes for the popcorn. Adopting them isn’t just a kindness; it’s a strategy. Each pet gets a name tag, contact info, and instructions to bring back any humans they find. Yes, you read that right: our ESFJ is running a ‘Lost and Found’ using pets as pigeon post.

In their grandiose effort to reach fellow survivors, the ESFJ sets up the “HopeLine,” a network of makeshift payphones powered by generators. Each booth is a vintage throwback, painted in hopeful yellows and greens, emblazoned with the message, “Call Home, We’re Waiting!” They scatter these hubs of communication like dandelions in the wind, on every street corner that still stands.

Understanding that not all may be able to reach these beacons, the ESFJ records their voice on thousands of wind-up toys, each carrying a plea for companionship and a promise of community. These mechanical messengers travel through the ruins, a surreal symphony of invites amidst the silence.

And for those beyond the auditory reach, the ESFJ releases bottles into the rivers with hand-written invitations to the world’s most exclusive party—entry requirement: being human. Our ESFJ’s heart beats in hope with each released message. Surely, amidst the quiet apocalypse, the call for a good chat and a shared meal will guide the survivors home.

As evening falls, they host movie marathons under the starry sky, with titles like ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ and ‘Finding Nemo’—because, metaphorically, that’s what they’re doing. With every scene, they narrate fervently to their furry entourage, bonding over cinematic moments and teaching puppies not to bark at dramatic plot twists.

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ISFJ

Upon realizing they are the presumed last human on Earth, the ISFJ wakes up in a state of deep existential panic. Yet, they exhibit zero hesitation in slipping into their favorite sweater—the one with the quaint, comforting pattern that screams “reliable friend”—something inherently necessary for the day’s unforeseen challenges.

The world is silent, but the ISFJ feels an urgent need to keep up appearances, just in case civilization decides to swing by for tea. Their abode becomes the epitome of a cozy apocalypse; scented candles are lit (the stockpile from every past birthday was truly a visionary move) because apocalypse or not, ambiance is everything, right?

Their survival instincts, flavored with a dash of domestic skill, kick into overdrive. They begin by baking bread—the smell alone, they reason, should be enough to attract any hidden humans from a five-mile radius. And while loaves solemnly rise in the oven, they painstakingly knit more sweaters; you never know when a chilly survivor might stumble through the door in need of some warmth and TLC.

With a to-do list that would put pre-apocalyptic Santa Claus to shame, the ISFJ sets out on their quest: planting survival gardens with perfect rows of vegetables, each plot complete with polite, hand-painted “Please Grow” signs because manners shouldn’t die even if human civilization has.

The ISFJ, ever the nurturer, can’t bear the thought of others being alone, so they embark on a carefully structured search operation. With a hand-crafted map of the local area—complete with potential hot spots for human hideouts—they begin their quest at dawn, the air crisp, their survival satchel packed with freshly baked bread and knitted sweaters for any soul they might find.

Each day, they leave their cozy haven at exactly the same time, following a consistent route and maintaining a set speed—not too fast to miss any signs of life, not too slow to waste daylight. Methodically, they knock on every door, peek through windows, and call out with a voice that manages to be both authoritative and comforting. They listen hard for any response, a cough, a shuffle, anything human.

ISFJ’s unwavering determination is coupled with the unique approach of leaving personalized, handwritten notes in each mailbox—notes that reassure any reader of a warm, waiting friend. These notes aren’t simple messages; they’re crafted with the recipient’s potential needs in mind, offering help, food, and even the promise of being able to pet a sweater-adorned dog.

And one can’t overlook the ISFJ’s meticulously organized library, an archive of ‘How-To’ books, ranging from ‘Rebuilding Society’ to ‘Amateur Dentistry for the Lone Survivor’. It goes without saying, evening social activities include book club discussions where the ISFJ elaborates on narratives to their mute audience, nodding along to an internally satisfying discussion.

Before dusk, they broadcast heartwarming messages of reassurance through a high-tech speaker system; their voice, like a lighthouse in the dark apocalypse seascape, soothing and steady, promising that they will never give up looking for fellow survivors.

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6 Comments

  1. Mostly spot-on, but you forgot about founding a brave new society of highly-trained goats and/or dolphins (so, coastal goats). Also, scouring the world for every rare musical instrument, then learning to play them ALL. (ENFP)

  2. This post confirms a growing sneaking suspicion I’ve become aware of recently. Your Enneagram and MBTI are showing a decidedly Xtrian point of view. Other cultures, traditions and philosophical perspectives recognize a more dynamic well-balanced personal expression as evidence of evolving optimal spiritual development.

  3. I don’t think I’d last very long. My frantic race against time and the limits of biological survival would be my downfall.
    Weapons first, because I can’t do anything if I’m dead. Then my running to release every pet, farm animal and zoo critter would lead to some sort of accident that would be fatal. Hopefully immediately, but eventually if not.
    For as many nights as I had before my demise, I’d write notes telling of my thoughts and activities to leave in plain view, in waterproof containers. Probably sprinkled with glitter or adorned with butterfly stickers.
    (INFP)

  4. I might sound like an INFP when I say this, but statements like this well up my eyes – “In the end, it was never about commanding armies or shaping worlds, but simply about craving a single voice to whisper in the dark, “I understand your grand design.”

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