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The Most to Least Vilified Myers-Briggs® Personality Types, Ranked

Today, we’re diving headfirst into the murky waters of the most vilified Myers-Briggs personality types. These rankings are based on my experiences as an MBTI® practitioner and over a decade of wading through the online quagmire of personality type communities online.

First up, we’ve got the most vilified types online. We’re talking about the ones with the biggest targets on their back in Facebook groups, Twitter threads, Tumblr blogs, and even the dark corners of Google searches.

Then, because we’re all about balance here, we’ll pivot and take a look at the rankings outside the digital wilderness. In the offline world of day-to-day interactions, those personality types that are virtually tarred and feathered online may find themselves on the top of the popularity heap. So let’s get started!

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The Most to Least Vilified Myers-Briggs® Personality Types, Ranked

#1 – The ENTJ

Let’s start with the much maligned ENTJ. A quick Google search for “ENTJ fictional characters” will give you a murderer’s row of villains – quite literally in some cases. Say hello to Patrick Bateman, Voldemort, Miranda Priestley and, oh, just the Dark Lord Sauron himself. NBD. Now, contrast that with an INFJ search. You’ll be greeted by the reassuringly wise, empathetic faces of Albus Dumbledore, Atticus Finch, Remus Lupin, and other such beloved characters. All this just because an ENTJ has an ‘E’ and ‘T’? Really?

ENTJs have been typecast as power-mongers who couldn’t care less about your feelings if they tried. But, like Jon Snow, we know nothing. The picture is far more nuanced. Sure, ENTJs are decisive, goal-oriented folks who pride themselves on being logical. But, lurking beneath that bold exterior is a heart that is actually striving to make the world a better place and to pursue a higher purpose, thanks to their introverted feeling backing up their Extraverted Thinking. So next time you meet one, don’t run. Be brave, say hello, and then run. Just kidding! Or am I…?

#10 Outside of the type community:

If you step outside the MBTI® bubble and wander into the real world, you’ll find that ENTJs continue to be misunderstood. Their blunt, no-nonsense style often misinterpreted as mean-spiritedness. Their intuitive nature is often shrugged off as “too unrealistic” or too “out there”. But while the haters are, well, hating, the ENTJs are out there busy making it rain. It’s no coincidence that, according to a study carried out by Visual Capitalist, ENTJs are the highest earning personality type. Their goal-oriented, decisive nature, which often gets them labeled as villains in the personality type world, is actually highly valued in the workforce. They’re the ones acing the job interviews, closing the deals, and sorting out their money to figure out what stays with them and what goes to the causes they really care about.

Find out more about ENTJs: 15 Times Tommy Shelby Exemplified the ENTJ Personality Type

#2 – The ESTJ

Hold on to your hats, folks. It’s time to delve into the world of the dreaded ESTJ. If you thought ENTJs had it tough, wait until we uncover the unjust vilification of our Extraverted Thinking comrades. A cursory search for “ESTJ fictional characters” will lead you to a motley crew of unpalatable personas such as Dolores Umbridge, Dwight Schrute, Cersei Lannister, and none other than Draco Malfoy himself. Punch in “Why are ESTJs” into Google and the autocomplete suggestions are enough to make your skin crawl. “Mean,” “controlling,” “annoying” are a few choice adjectives the internet seems to associate with ESTJs.

Yes, like ENTJs, many people think of ESTJs as power-hungry dictators. Yet unlike ENTJs who are seen as strategic masterminds with some deep-seated desire to rule the world, ESTJs are seen as heavy-handed traditionalists who can’t think outside the box. Come on, people! Let’s flip the coin to the other side. ESTJs are, in fact, driven by a relentless desire to create a more stable world. They don’t shy away from playing the “bad cop” when others falter, making those tough decisions that many of us would much rather avoid. Feelings? Yes, they have them. But they’ll push them aside if there’s work to be done!

And let’s talk a bit about communities. Community is a big deal for ESTJs. They often sideline their own desires and preferences to ensure they do “what needs to be done” for the greater good. So, before you jump on the ESTJ-bashing bandwagon, remember that they are often the ones shouldering the burdens you don’t want to deal with.

#15 Outside of the type community:

Alright, let’s step out of our Myers-Briggs echo chamber for a moment and get back to the reality. To your surprise, or maybe not, the world doesn’t hate ESTJs as much as the type community might lead you to believe. Sensing-Judgers, of which ESTJs are a part, make up a hefty chunk of the global population — 39% according to the latest MBTI® Manual to be precise.

You see, ESTJs have a knack for getting their stuff together. They’ve got their eyes on the prize, and they usually know how to claim it. A recent study by Visual Capitalist pointed out that ESTJs, much like their ENTJ counterparts, tend to pull in a pretty hefty income (take a look here if you don’t believe me).

But it’s not just about the Benjamins for them; ESTJs are deeply invested in their communities. They’re the ones getting their hands dirty, pitching in where it’s needed, and making real, practical changes. They’re not just about the talk; they walk the walk. So, outside of the type community, in the real, everyday world, ESTJs are less the villains and more the doers, movers, and shakers. They’re the ones making things happen, and they do it well. So let’s put away the pitchforks, shall we?

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#3 – The INFP

As we slide further down the vilification scale, the spotlight falls on the INFPs. Often depicted as the “dreamers,” “idealists,” or the “healers,” these individuals are among the most misunderstood and underestimated, both inside and outside the Myers-Briggs community. Online, INFPs are mercilessly mischaracterized as “cry babies” or “overly sensitive.” In fact, it seems like being labeled an INFP is synonymous with being labeled “whiny” or “emo”. In reality, they are more mysterious and reserved than many other personality types, thanks to their introverted feeling that prefers to keep emotions internalized rather than overtly displayed.

A quick Google search for “why are INFPs so” will autofill with descriptors such as “sad,” “weird,” “hated,” “annoying,” and “sensitive.” Interestingly, “cute” also makes the cut, although many INFPs might find this more annoying than complimentary.

Driven by meaning, conviction, and imagination, INFPs are often the visionaries behind the most influential works of literature, the trailblazing authors, responsible for catalyzing change and spinning worlds out of words. The world of INFP authors boasts names such as Albert Camus, George Orwell, A.A. Milne, Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, and George R.R. Martin – personalities who’ve left indelible marks on the literary landscape.

#3 Outside the type community

In a society that prizes external measures of success like money, status, and material possessions, the conviction, creativity, and deep emotional sensitivity of INFPs is often downplayed. Many are advised to change career paths during their formative years and to trade their pencils, notebooks, or sketchbooks for something more traditional.

INFPs, with their depth of inner emotions, are often misunderstood. They’re moved by profound human experiences and have an innate sensitivity that should be cherished. Instead, they are told to toughen up and suppress their sensitivity. Outside the type community, they’re the third most vilified type, often nudged into situations and careers that fail to align with their values.

According to the MBTI® Manual, INFPs are among the most dissatisfied types in terms of the work they do, the places they work, and the future work opportunities available (page 97). They also demonstrate the highest levels of depression among the 16 types dealing with chronic pain and rank second highest in dissatisfaction with “Marriage/intimate relationship” (“Uses of Type in Counseling and Psychotherapy,” MBTI® Manual Third Edition).

It’s not easy for INFPs. But as they continue to navigate a world that frequently undervalues their unique strengths, we hope that they remain true to their authentic selves and keep on bringing us the amazing creativity and depth they provide. The world wouldn’t be nearly as magical and full of promise without them.

Find out more about INFPs: 24 Signs That You’re an INFP, the Dreamer Personality Type

#4 – The INTP

Now let’s dive into the world of the INTP, the misunderstood geniuses who are often typecast as argumentative, pedantic, and “absent-minded” by the Myers-Briggs community. Punch “why are INTPs” into the Google search bar and you’ll be hit with a flurry of less-than-flattering terms like “so weird,” “so mean,” “so lazy,” and although “so smart” appears, it’s not exactly the saving grace in this situation. Is it any wonder that INTPs have trouble finding acceptance both within the online communities and outside their echo chambers?

These intellectual mavericks, in their dogged pursuit of precision and accuracy, often mistakenly comes across as provoking or mean-spirited. Their love for a hearty debate on current issues often lands them in the hot seat for not adhering to the politically correct norms of discussion.

#1 Outside of the type community:

Outside the type community, INTPs take the crown as the #1 most vilified type. Their intelligence isn’t as focused on performance and results, as with TJ types, but a relentless quest for truth, a characteristic that often has teachers, supervisors, and even parents wishing they’d just follow the rules and stop questioning everything.

Social situations can be a minefield for INTPs due to their inferior Extraverted Feeling. They are often uncertain about social norms and where they stand with people. They genuinely want to build good relationships and yearn for that sense of connection, often feeling a deep-seated loneliness due to their inability to effortlessly interact with others. This longing for human connection, however, is marred by a pesky feeling of awkwardness and self-doubt, especially when they’re young. Creating rapport and setting the right social tempo can be a brutal challenge for INTPs, an endeavor they often find as perplexing as deciphering hieroglyphics (actually, that might be easier).

But hey, it’s not all doom and gloom for our beloved INTPs. Actually, the opposite is true. Once they navigate past life’s early social tempests, they often find their tribe – people who value their imaginative minds, resonate with their unique perspectives, and appreciate their uncompromising pursuit of truth. These people understand that while INTPs might not be the most adept at small talk, they are wizards at conjuring groundbreaking theories, mind-bending inventions, and innovative solutions. So, dear INTPs, while it may sometimes feel like you’re lost in translation, remember that your quirks aren’t a bug, but a feature. And in the grand scheme of things, you’re not just marching to a different drummer; you ARE the drummer, making your own rhythm and setting your own pace.

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#5 – The ISTJ

Pack up your preconceptions, friends – it’s about time we tackled the not-so-glamorous reputation of the ISTJ. If you’ve spent any time asking “why are ISTJs” on Google, you’ll get a droning chorus of “boring,” “sheep,” “too quiet,” “so mean,” and “annoyingly practical”. But, let’s not forget, in the search bar of life, Google isn’t exactly the most reliable source of character judgment. This stereotype of ISTJs as emotionless, stubborn traditionalists who wouldn’t know a good time if it hit them in the face with a beach ball is not just unfair, it’s inaccurate.

In reality, ISTJs are the unsung heroes, the ones keeping the wheels of society turning. These individuals, often mistakenly typed as “unfeeling”, have a deeply ingrained sense of duty and loyalty. Their Introverted Feeling function, while not the most visible, provides a moral compass that guides their actions and decisions. They’re the ones who’ll lend a steady hand when chaos reigns, the ones who’d rather hold down the fort than chase fleeting desires or quixotic dreams. Yes, they might not be the loudest in the room but hey, who needs more noise?

#11 Outside of the type community:

Moving away from the Myers-Briggs echo chamber, it’s time to acknowledge that the world needs ISTJs more than it lets on. And they’re not quite as unpopular in the real world as they are in online communities. As Sensing-Judgers, they are part of the 39% of the global population who prefer stability over chaos and practicality over idealism. This love for consistency often results in stable, well-ordered lives – something that, admit it or not, we all secretly crave.

ISTJs are not just about getting by; they’re about getting ahead. According to the latest data, ISTJs are the fifth highest earning personality type, proving that their methodical approach and dedication to duty often pays off. So, before you roll your eyes at an ISTJ, remember this: while you’re off chasing the next big adventure, they’re the ones ensuring you still have a solid ground to come back to.

Find out more about ISTJs: 24 Signs That You’re an ISTJ, the Detective Personality Type

#6 – The ESFP

And now it’s finally time to push back on the type community’s caricature of ESFPs as shallow social butterflies who flit from party to party with nary a thoughtful bone in their bodies. A quick Google search for “why are ESFPs so” turns up words like “annoying,” “toxic,” and “dumb.” Sure, “attractive” is thrown into the mix, but let’s be honest – the other three carry a more profound weight. But frankly, all this chatter about ESFPs being air-headed or dim is just a heap of unwarranted bias. ESFPs, in the same vein as ESTPs, are the quintessential realists. Their philosophy? Take life as it comes, seize the moment, and trust in observable facts and first-hand experiences.

And let’s not forget about some of the famed ESFPs – Bill Clinton, Richard Branson, Mark Cuban, and Steven Spielberg, to name a few. Not exactly a crew of himbos, right? So they don’t spend their days pondering over the existential dimensions of a sunrise – that doesn’t make them unintelligent. They’re practical and grounded, and that’s a form of smart too.

#6 Outside of the type community:

Stepping outside the confines of the type community, ESFPs would rank around #6 on the vilification scale. In a more traditional setting like schooling, they are often chastised for not conforming to conventional learning methods such as repetitive memorization or maintaining statue-like stillness in class. Instead, ESFPs thrive on practical, hands-on learning. This active approach, however, doesn’t always sit well with the status quo. The real world doesn’t always appreciate those who are energetic, spontaneous, and led by a unique set of convictions (courtesy of their Introverted Feeling). More often than not, society values individuals who hunker down, fulfill their duties, and align with societal values that are widely accepted. But remember, ESFPs aren’t about fitting in; they’re about standing out – and that’s what makes them so compelling.

#7 – The INTJ

Prepare yourself for the INTJ – the personality type that’s often cast as the villainous mastermind in the grand theater of the Myers-Briggs stage. These practical geniuses are renowned for their strategic minds and their ability to formulate and execute complex plans. Yet, they are often perceived as aloof and excessively blunt, traits that have led them to be typecast as cold, calculating masterminds. A Google search for “Why are INTJs” churns out words like “so mean” and “so cold.” Yet, on the brighter side, it also throws up descriptors like “so attractive” and “so smart.” Yes, that’s right. It’s not all doom and gloom on the INTJ front!

Browse the list of fictional characters who are INTJs, and you’ll spot a host of infamous villains like Hannibal Lecter, Scar, Claire Underwood, and Sauron. It seems that the world of fiction has a penchant for painting INTJs as the archetypical villain. But within the complex matrix of the INTJ personality lies an inner sensitivity that often goes unnoticed and unappreciated by the masses.

#2 Outside the Type Community

Outside the type community, INTJs don’t fare much better. They’re often vilified for their quiet, contemplative nature, which is frequently misinterpreted as cold or mean. Their straightforwardness is often misconstrued as mean-spirited, when in reality, it’s just their way of expressing themselves directly and efficiently. And their visionary insights? While these big-picture ideas serve them well in entrepreneurial efforts, they are often belittled and dismissed by a world that sees them as too “out there” or too “abstract.”

INTJs also have the way they show love often hurled back in their faces. They show they care by problem-solving and providing logical advice or solutions. Unfortunately, this approach doesn’t always resonate with a world that wants empathy, a hug, or, I don’t know….validation. But to make an INTJ validate an emotion that isn’t grounded in logic is like asking an ESFJ to stand in a corner silently at a party. It’s not going to happen. This is particularly challenging for INTJ women, who are frequently misunderstood for their nuanced ways of expressing care and concern and pressured to look more like Feeling-Judging women.

To counteract these negative conceptions of INTJs, let’s take a little stroll down the INTJ hall of fame. First up, we’ve got Nikola Tesla, the man who essentially said, “Who needs a phone charger when we can harness the power of the earth?” And then went on to invent the Tesla coil. People thought his ideas were unrealistic too.

Next, we have Ayn Rand. Now, whether you agree with her philosophy or not, you gotta admit, it takes guts to spit in the face of public opinion and declare, “I’ll do me, thanks.” The woman essentially made selfishness sound like a virtue. If that’s not a masterstroke of persuasion, I don’t know what is.

And then, of course, there’s Isaac Newton. The man who figured out gravity, invented calculus, and revolutionized optics in his free time. Casual, right? But let’s veer away from the clichéd apple-falling-on-the-head tale. This is the guy who stuck a needle in his own eye to better understand how light and color work. Talk about dedication… or insanity. It’s a thin line, really. But hey, nobody said that genius came without its quirks. He didn’t just rewrite the laws of physics, he gave them a complete makeover. So the next time you’re feeling a bit odd, remember: Newton was pushing needles into his eyes for science. Suddenly, your weird quarantine baking obsession doesn’t seem quite so out there, does it?

So next time you see an INTJ, remember they’re not just the villains of Myers-Briggs, they’re also the trailblazers, the boundary-pushers, the people who make us see the world a little differently. Where would our world really be without them?

Find out more about INTJs: The Underrated Kindness of the INTJ Personality Type

#8 – The ENFP

Now let’s move onto the lovable yet misunderstood ENFPs. According to the online MBTI kingdom, all ENFPs spread rainbows and pixie dust wherever they go while simultaneously struggling with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and an inability to get things done. The Google oracle also chimes in, suggesting that ENFPs are “so weird”, “so annoying”, “so cute”, “so dumb”, and “so funny”.

However, as we peel back the layers of misconception and stereotype, we discover a personality type that is infused with extraordinary creativity, a distinct ability to think outside the box, and a genuine capacity for changing the world. Take Walt Disney, the renowned ENFP who turned a simple sketch of a mouse into a global entertainment empire. His success story is one of many that highlight the immense potential of the ENFP personality type.

#8 Outside the Type Community

When we venture beyond the realm of the type community, ENFPs find themselves also at #8 on the vilification scale. Their relentless quest for possibilities is often dismissed as “unrealistic” or “too flighty”. As children, their free-spirited and non-conformist nature is frequently reprimanded, as they are urged to align with traditional classroom norms and practices. This disregard for their unique strengths and perspectives is indicative of a broader issue – a failure to recognize and value the diversity of human potential. The world may be quick to box ENFPs into stereotypes, but it’s time we appreciated them for their unique magic, their unyielding optimism, and their unwavering commitment to making a difference.

Find out more about ENFPs: 24 Signs That You’re an ENFP, The Visionary Personality Type

#9 – The ESTP

Next up on the vilification scale, we have the ESTPs, who, if the type community is to be believed, are hedonistic party animals with a penchant for daredevilry, a reckless abandonment of the future, and an unquenchable thirst for alcohol. The type descriptions paint them as being more beast than man, more jock than scholar. As if to hammer down this rather wild image, a quick Google search for “why are ESTPs” ends with words like “so hot”, “so mean”, “so attractive”, “so cool”, “so annoying”. Best Life Online even goes as far as branding them the 2nd type “most likely to cheat” But let’s take a moment here to cut through the haze of hyperbole, shall we?

In truth, ESTPs are realists who love a good challenge as much as they love a good party. They’re sharp, logical, and have a knack for untangling real-world problems while the rest of us are still scratching our heads. They’re the ones who would leap into a burning building to save a life without a moment’s hesitation.

Ever heard of Theodore Roosevelt? Yep, that’s right. The guy who said “speak softly and carry a big stick”, and then proceeded to build the Panama Canal, break up corporate monopolies, and win a Nobel Peace Prize. Not too shabby for a fellow who’s supposed to be more party animal than politician, eh?

And then there’s John F. Kennedy – the charismatic leader who captivated the nation with his inspiring speeches and navigated the treacherous waters of the Cuban Missile Crisis. All the while, he maintained that irresistible charm that made him, well, so darn attractive. Annoyingly so.

We also can’t forget Malcolm X, an influential figure who, despite his controversial methods, fought tirelessly for the rights and dignity of African Americans. He was unapologetically straightforward, fearless, and a catalyst for change.

#12 Outside of the type community

Outside of the type community, ESTPs land at #12 on the vilification scale. From a young age, they are often chastised for their energetic demeanors and inability to sit still – attributes that don’t exactly mesh well with traditional classroom norms. Despite this, their charm and cleverness often carry them far in their professional lives, although they continue to be underestimated. So, the next time you hear someone trash-talking an ESTP, remember: they’re more than the sum of their stereotypes, they’re often the real-world heroes in their own right.

#10 – The ISFP

Sitting at the tenth spot of the vilification chart are the ISFPs. According to popular type community stereotypes, ISFPs are often depicted as overly emotional individuals, akin to INFPs, and are ridiculed for their perceived hypersensitivity. However, this is a gross misrepresentation. Far from the crybaby image that’s perpetuated online, ISFPs are far more enigmatic and have a surprisingly good-humored disposition in reality.

ISFPs are unique in that they rarely fit into the stereotypical mold that society sets for individuals. With a distinctive, individualistic rhythm that guides their life, ISFPs are known for following their convictions, often against the tide of societal norms. This non-conformity is frequently met with condescension and patronization, a deplorable response to their refreshing difference of personality and preference. ISFPs are the creative individualists who might express their dreams in the form of a fierce, symbolic tattoo one day and bravely confront social injustices the next.

#7 Outside the Type Community

When we step outside the type community, ISFPs find themselves being the seventh most vilified type. Their quiet and stoic demeanor is often undervalued, and genuine understanding of them is rare. There is considerable pressure on ISFPs to deviate from their preferred creative pursuits and settle for more traditional career paths. In a world where conforming to societal expectations is often rewarded, the ISFPs find themselves misunderstood and pushed into roles they find stifling. But for ISFPs, the joy lies in creation, being true to themselves, and representing something they believe in.

If you need further proof that ISFPs are more than the stereotypes imply, let’s consider some famous ISFPs like Ulysses S. Grant, a decorated war hero and U.S. president who fought to end slavery, or Jonathan Ive, the design guru behind Apple’s iconic products. Both are sterling examples of ISFPs who’ve left indelible marks on the world. Then we have the iconic singer and performer, Rihanna, whose creativity isn’t confined to her music but also spills over into her fashion line, Fenty. And who could overlook Princess Diana, her compassion and dedication to humanitarian work still echoing years after her demise? Ridiculed or revered, ISFPs are a force to reckon with, and it’s time we say cheers to their unique personalities and invaluable contributions.

Want to know more about ISFPs? The Childhood Struggles of ISFPs

#11 – The ISTP

Navigating to the eleventh spot, we find the ISTPs. Now, this is a curious case. In the type community, sensors are typically marginalized, often perceived as less insightful or intelligent compared to their intuitive counterparts. This fallacy is further perpetuated by the online narrative that frames ISTPs as argumentative pedants who are difficult to decipher. A quick Google search for “Why are ISTPs so” returns an eclectic mix of descriptors like “mean”, “cool”, “attractive”, “cold”, “hated”, “weird”, “annoying”, and – brace yourselves – “boring”.

Some keyboard warriors have even dared to label ISTPs as the “less intelligent” versions of INTPs. The truth is, ISTPs are grounded in practicality and guided by an innate sense of logic, exhibiting a form of intelligence that is more tied to real-world applications than theories (as the INTPs are more drawn to). But this doesn’t make them any less shrewd, perceptive, or clever.

#5 Outside the Type Community

When we step into the real world, ISTPs clinch the fifth spot on the most villified list. Often chided for their nonconformity, they’re criticized for challenging redundant rules and for their perceived pedantry, similar to INTPs. The pressure to conform is persistent – to be more extroverted, more outcome-oriented, more group-friendly, and less inclined to voice potentially offensive viewpoints.

Living in a world where decisions are frequently more centered on societal norms and collective sentiment than pure logic can be a frustrating experience for many ISTPs. With that in mind, let’s look at some ISTPs who showcase the skills of this oft underestimated type:

First, let’s consider Miyamoto Musashi, the legendary Japanese swordsman and strategist, who, dare I say, was not keen on group projects. Or take Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter, who has undoubtedly perfected the art of saying a lot while saying very little – 280 characters at a time.

Let’s not forget the squinted squintiness of Clint Eastwood, who’s spent a career playing the quintessential ISTP – a man of few words, but when he does speak, you’d better listen. His ‘Dirty Harry’ practically wrote the book on ISTP stereotypes – the loner who plays by his own rules, not the ones society dictates.

Lastly, we have the glamorous Hedy Lamarr, the movie star who gave us secure Wi-Fi. An actress by day and inventor by night, she perfectly embodies the ISTP’s knack for applying their intellect to tangible, real-world challenges.

So, let’s pay homage to these unsung ISTP heroes, who, despite being vilified for their non-conforming nature, have enriched our world with their unique talents and perspectives.

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#12 – The ENTP

Picking up right where we left off, we’ve got the ENTPs at number 12. Now, talk about a group of people who’ve been typecast quicker than a Hollywood actor in a super-hero movie. In the type community, ENTPs are often slapped with the label of “debaters” as if they were born in a courtroom. A Google search for ENTPs might make you think they’re the internet’s favorite trolls, dedicated to the art of arguing for the sake of arguing.

But let’s peel back the layers of this oversimplified narrative. Behind the façade of this argumentative exterior lies a mind brimming with curiosity, intellect, and an unquenchable thirst for truth. How about we give a nod to that? Let’s not forget that the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, Catherine the Great, Steve Wozniak, and Robert Downey Jr. all fall under this category. Each of these individuals, in their own way, is a testament to the ENTP’s brilliance, wit, and insatiable craving for knowledge and innovation.

#9 Outside the Type Community

Venturing into the real world, the ENTPs slide a few spots up the vilification chart, landing at number 9. Their talent for spotting logical loopholes isn’t met with high fives and applause, but rather with furrowed brows and accusatory glares. They’re seen as defiant and rebellious, with their questioning nature often misbranded as disruptive or problematic.

Rather than being appreciated for their inquisitive minds, society seems to prefer that they keep their heads down, color within the lines, and aspire for straight A’s rather than question the math teacher. But that’s akin to asking a bird not to fly; questioning, exploring, and seeking clarity is just the ENTP way! It’s their relentless pursuit for understanding that often leads them to innovation and inspiration, and it’s high time we began to appreciate this rather than admonish it.

Find out more about ENTPs: A Look at the ENTP Leader

#13 – The ESFJ

Next on the ladder of vilification, we find the ESFJs. Now, here’s a group who’ve been dealt a rough hand in the online world, painted as the “Regina George” of personality types. Type “Why are ESFJs so” into your trusty Google search bar, and one might stumble upon some not-so-flattering terms like “dumb”, “mean”, and “attractive” (that last one’s not so bad, come to think of it). They’re often branded as the hosts-with-the-most, the chatterboxes who’d rather throw a party than engage in deep introspection. That’s a pretty shallow pool to swim in for a personality type that encompasses much more.

ESFJs are the ones who will remember all the details about your favorite dog that died when you were five. They’re the keepers of the family photo albums, the steadfast lighthouse guiding us back to what’s practical and down-to-earth. Yes, there are ESFJs who might revel in the latest neighborhood gossip, but there are just as many who’d gladly give you the shirt off their backs or volunteer at the local soup kitchen. Heck, they are the soup kitchen!

#16 Outside the Type Community

In the real world, ESFJs get the velvet rope treatment, coming in at #16 on the vilification chart. Rather than being vilified, they are often praised. They are the friendly neighbors who remember everyone’s birthdays, the unifiers who bring people together for a good cause, or a good party – sometimes both. Their knack for social navigation, their interpersonal intelligence, and their value for tradition makes them often the glue that holds communities together.

So whether you love them or hate them, there is something to celebrate in the ESFJs in our lives, from the everyday heroes who run our community outreach programs, to the likes of Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, whose tireless efforts in advocating for human rights embodies the quintessential ESFJ trait of being a force for unity and goodwill. And let’s not forget Jennifer Garner, the talented actress and philanthropist who’s as well-known for her work off-screen as she is for her on-screen roles. Her practicality, friendliness, and down-to-earth humor make her the ultimate ESFJ representative in Hollywood.

#14 – The INFJ

Now let’s turn our sights to the INFJs, an intriguing case indeed. In the type community, they’re hailed with reverence for their rarity, insight, and empathy. Oh, and did I mention they’re rare? Like, super rare. So rare that if INFJs were a coin, they’d be the 1913 Liberty Head nickel, with only five known to exist. This perceived rarity has made them a sort of ‘holy grail’ in the type community, and has led to a bizarre paradox where everyone and their dog claims to be an INFJ.

But here’s the kicker – many of these self-proclaimed INFJs are met with suspicion, accused of having a sycophantic desire to be seen as the mystical unicorn of personalities, rather than a genuine quest for self-understanding. It’s like we’ve created our very own Bigfoot myth, where INFJs are elusive creatures who are more legend than reality. If you met an INFJ after reading about them online, you’d probably expect them to look like Gandalf or Dumbledore, but in reality, they look like a quiet, friendly person (albeit with a little bit of magic sprinkled in).

#4 outside the type community

In the wider world, where personality types are less of a hot topic at dinner parties, INFJs find themselves at #4 on the vilification chart. Here, their profound insights and visions are often viewed as ‘woo woo’, met with dismissive waves and raised eyebrows. Their desire for deep connections and meaningful dialogue often leaves them feeling like an alien in a world of small talk and superficiality. Picture a philosopher at a frat party, or a monk at a monster truck rally.

Famous INFJs such as Carl Jung (the Godfather of personality types), Mahatma Gandhi (casual liberator of India), Dante Alighieri (just the guy who defined hell, no biggie), Mary Wollstonecraft (oh, just the mother of feminism), or Baruch Spinoza (the 17th-century philosopher who got excommunicated for his groundbreaking ideas – ouch!) all endured similar trials. Their far-reaching visions were often misunderstood or discounted, yet their contributions have transcended time to influence generations. Sure, they might have felt like they were shouting into the void at times, but let’s remember, it’s often the lone voice that echoes the longest.

Discover more about INFJs: 4 Reasons You Might Be Lonely as an INFJ

#15 – The ENFJ

Ah, the ENFJs! The ‘Morpheus’ of the Myers-Briggs world. They’re the architects of dreams, the weavers of visions, and the conductors of the human spirit. Rising above the mundane, they see the world with a panoramic lens, spotting the interconnectedness of things and ideals that others might miss. Their empathetic nature and profound insight create a magnetic charisma, casting a spell that not only draws people in, but inspires them to see the world through a more compassionate and optimistic lens. That’s right, we’re talking about the type who’s capable of “freeing your mind” faster than our leather-coat-wearing, sunglasses-at-night friend from The Matrix.

But even superheroes have their Achilles heel, and for ENFJs, it’s the criticism that they’re too manipulative. A quick Google search of “Why are ENFJs so” might leave you with a raised eyebrow, with results like “attractive” (okay, not bad), “hated” (ouch), “annoying” (really?), “manipulative” (hold up, what?), and “popular” (redeemed!). Apparently, So Syncd even crowned them as the most manipulative personality type!

#13 outside of the type community

Outside the type community, ENFJs are ranked #13 on the vilification scale. The tragedy of the ENFJ’s curse lies in their deep-seated desire for meaningful, big-picture discussions, which are frequently shrugged off as too “impractical” or “idealistic”. Picture trying to discuss the merits of different economic systems at a Super Bowl party.

ENFJs are often accused of being “fake” due to their intense friendliness and warmth, with skeptics suspecting ulterior motives. But let’s be real here. These guys are empathetic, socially intelligent, and incredibly attuned to the emotional undercurrents around them. They read people like well-written novels, feeling the pages of emotions and desires beneath their fingers. So despite the suspicions, they manage to remain popular. They’re like the high school quarterback who also happens to be valedictorian and the president of the drama club.

Notable ENFJs include Martin Luther King Jr., who didn’t just have a dream, but shared it in such a way that it became ours too. Then there’s Oprah Winfrey, who turned afternoon TV into a platform for empathy, understanding, and of course, awesome giveaways (“You get a car! You get a car! Everybody gets a car!”). We have Nelson Mandela, who showed the world that love is stronger than hate.

So, the next time you encounter an ENFJ, don’t be quick to judge. Instead, take a moment to appreciate the depth and complexity that lies beneath their surface. Who knows, they might just change your world.

Discover more about ENFJs: A Look Inside the ENFJ Mind

#16 – The ISFJ

Enter the ISFJ, the ‘Samwise Gamgee’ of the Myers-Briggs world. They’re the unsung heroes, the ones behind the scenes who quietly and diligently keep things ticking along. Yet, despite their significant contributions, they’re rarely the ones grabbing the spotlight. In fact, it’s almost impossible to imagine an ISFJ as the villain of the story. Can you picture Samwise plotting to throw Frodo into Mount Doom? Didn’t think so. Yet, while ISFJs might escape vilification, they often find themselves subject to stereotypes and type descriptions lacking in nuance. Yes, they are natural caretakers, but there’s more to their personalities than most online stereotypes suggest.

There’s an underlying magic to ISFJs that’s often overlooked. They’re like time capsules, preserving meaningful moments from the past and recognizing the beauty in the details that others might miss – a fallen leaf, the rich aroma of their morning coffee. They’re curators of the sentimental, champions of the nostalgic. Yet, a quick Google search of “why are ISFJs so” yields results like “common”, “boring”, “cute”, “dumb”, and “quiet”. It’s as if they’re being handed participation trophies while the lead roles are being handed out elsewhere.

#14 outside of the type community

Outside the type community, ISFJs are ranked at #14 on the vilification scale. They often find themselves combating the fast-paced, extroverted nature of our society. The traditions they hold dear are sometimes dismissed as “quaint” or “outdated”, and they may feel as though they’re on a treadmill that’s always just a little too fast. It’s as if they’re a rotary phone in a 5G world.

But let’s not forget, some of our most revered figures have been ISFJs. Jimmy Carter, for instance, who single-handedly made cardigans cool again while doing a fair bit of peace brokering. Then there’s Rosa Parks, who proved that sometimes the quietest people can roar the loudest. And, of course, Mother Teresa, who showed us the extraordinary power of love in action. These underappreciated archivists of the human experience are the quiet custodians of our shared history.

So next time you come across an ISFJ, don’t just see them as the shy, retiring types. Look closer, and you might just discover a treasure trove of wisdom, kindness, and a quiet strength that holds the world together.

What Are Your Thoughts?

Now I’m curious about your experiences. Do you know an ENFJ or ISFJ who perfectly fits or completely defies these descriptions? What stories do you have to share about your interactions with these personality types? Or perhaps you’re an ISTP or an INTP and have a unique perspective to share. Whatever it may be, we’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences in the comments below. Because after all, each personality type is a different lens through which to view the world, and your perspective enriches the conversation.

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References:

MBTI® Manual – A Guide to the Development and Use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Instrument by Isabel Briggs -Myers, Mary H. McCaulley, Naomi L. Quenk, and Allen L. Hammer (CPP, Inc. 2003)

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  1. INFJs – the Internet consensus is that Carl Jung was one, even though he himself said he was a thinking type. The Internet consensus also labels Hitler an INFJ, but I disagree with this as well. He seems more like an ENTJ to me. Doesn’t Jesus also get labeled and INFJ? He seems more like an ENFP to me….

    Maybe I’m biased, but it seems to me that INTJs are the most vilified. They’re portrayed as villains often. And unlike the ENTJ, who at least gets respect as a powerful boss, the INTJ is seen more of a nerd who nobody likes.

  2. Type practitioner for over 30 years, adherent to ethical use, now retired; I really liked Otto Kroeger ‘s(RIP) appreciation of all types. Always an uphill battle to keep clients/trainees from stereotyping, vilifying other types. My biggest shock, 15 years into my practice, was when I shared her results with my BFF. A solid INFP (as am I), she said “man, that sounds like such a weirdo!” I just own it, lol.

  3. Patrick Bateman was not a strategic mastermind, he was after superficial instant gratification. He spent hours every day on self care. Although he was an executive, he apparently did not work – it is implied that he didn’t earn his position. ENTJs are chess players, we work very hard, and we infamously sacrifice self care in exchange for whatever big long term vision we are working to achieve. Pathological ENTJs can be dangerous because they could be so many steps ahead before people see the plans unfold (e.g., Sauron, Voldemort) – a victim could be a pawn in a game they don’t understand. Patrick Bateman was not an ENTJ.

  4. When I first discovered MBTI, I was also prejudiced against ExTJ, thinking they were uninteresting. But then I realised one of my biggest loves was… an ENTJ. So I got to look at them differently. He is really generous and has so many awesome qualities, when he has time of course.

    About ESTJ, one of my best friends is one, she’s also extremely generous but she’s also… she’s totally absent-minded sometimes, like no mind in sight at all.

    I’m INTP, and an 8, so it’s tough sometimes. Many friends end up distancing, not sure if it’s me or just distance and life, at some point. My partner is INTJ and we joke about the fact I’m the misunderstood genius and he’s the understood one. People see his worth, they don’t see mine. As a woman, being an INTP and an 8 is (seen as) really bad….. I don’t fit the stéréotypes expected of a woman.

    When I see how my partner can behave without anyone thinking it’s problematic, I’m like wow my life would be so different if I was a man. Not that I wish to be one. But people would react very differently to me.

    But it’s also true that the friends I have left are the best. I’m satisfied with my social life now.

    1. “I’m like wow my life would be so different if I was a man. Not that I wish to be one. But people would react very differently to me.” My thoughts exactly.

  5. Wow…so INTPs are the most universally hated. This might help explain why, in grade school, I was targeted for bullying when other girls who were equally quiet and soft-spoken were much more likely to find allies. From my perspective I simply do my thing and mind my own business, but so often over my lifetime it has seemed that others bring the fight to me. I can identify with Anne above in that I don’t think or act like a “typical woman” either. Most people likely relate to my husband much better than to me, and he will be the one they miss when his time here is done. I don’t know what his type is but we make a good team and we appreciate each other’s qualities.

    Still I have managed to make friends here and there and when I do I’m very consistent and loyal imo, provided they remain trustworthy. I even empathize and stand up for others who are vilified and gossiped about for simply existing. The one type I avoid is the ENTJ, not due to reputation but personal experience. Perhaps it’s true what they say about what they’re really like, but most of the ones I’ve met apparently didn’t like me. Oil and water, I suppose…

    1. You’re just unique. Fact is you’re basically the smarter version of me (an INFP). I don’t know if I have to sound it loud till it sinks in. YOU ARE UNIQUE. I love how you envision the world too. Not for what it is, but for what it can be.

    2. I can understand the vilification of the ENTJ archetype (and anyone with Te high in the function stack). I want to be clear, I’m not advocating ostracization against any type. That would be most unwise. Rather, I’m asking us to pause and reflect on a serious issue. Here’s the rub – Te is the Capitalist function. The engine that makes it go. By and large, this type is living large in the global economy. Living large by way of a socioeconomic system that promotes incredible amounts of violence on humanity to perpetuate itself, I might add. ENTJ’s are among the most ardent apologists and practitioners (Corporate CEO’s). That might not be a problem, but unfortunately this manifests in countless dysfunctional social dynamics. The costs are incalculable. In many ways, our dysfunctional society reflects back to us the image of an unhealthy ENTJ.

      How so, you ask? On account of this violence – emotional, spiritual, physical – how many are addicted to alcohol, addicted to drugs, addicted to food, addicted to competition, addicted to winning, addicted to gambling, addicted to sex, addicted to shopping, addicted to work, addicted to consumerism, addicted to war, addicted to external validation, addicted to fame, addicted to external perceptions of success or in the case of the political and corporate elites, addicted to power and control over others?

  6. I’m not surprised we’re #1.
    Reminded me of that time I got bullied in 6th grade for the dumbest reason ever. There was a girl in our class who was two years ahead (a smart, nice girl I already knew from 5th grade). I had no problem with her, and she had no problem with me.
    But then our first report card came, and I had (slightly) better grades than she did. She was disappointed in herself for not being first (her mother was pressuring her to be the best). And out of nowhere, OTHER STUDENTS started bullying me “on her behalf” (I suspect she didn’t even know), for stealing the first place.

    At the time, I thought they were hating me for being smart, but then I realized they liked her just fine and she was DEFINITELY smart.

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