MBTI Explorer Types
Clint Eastwood is an ISTP!
Ever heard the phrase, “I like to work with my hands” come out of someone’s mouth? Well, chances are they are the ISTP personality type. People of this type make up about 5% of the population, so this is a fairly uncommon type. ISTP types love getting their hands dirty, and as such most of them are mechanics, engineers, factory workers, and craftsmen. They find joy in the act of taking something apart, making it function better, and putting it back together again. ISTPs explore ideas by creating, modifying, troubleshooting, and trial and error. They enjoy having people show interest in their projects, as long as they don’t get in the way. Private, calm, and focused at times, friendly, spontaneous and curious at other times, ISTPs are very unique charismatically. ISTPs have very thin lines when it comes to rules and acceptable behavior, and other personality types can be insulted much easier since there’s not as much of a clear boundary regarding jokes, horseplay, and other situations. ISTP can give a wonderful practical solution, but don’t expect them to write you a book explaining how they did it.
Some strengths of the ISTP type are their optimism and energy, considering they’re usually working on something and rarely get stressed out. ISTPs are creative yet practical, mixing their unique imaginations with using their hands and getting something to work. The ability to switch spontaneity to logic at will makes ISTPs very valuable, and that fact that they can store spontaneity to use later is as well, not many other types can do this. They’re great in a crisis because danger doesn’t turn them away, and they can keep a cool head and stay relaxed all the time.
Stubborn, Insensitive, and very private, ISTPs don’t take criticism well. Even when they try to meet others halfway with empathy, it rarely comes out like that. ISTPs are hard to get to know, being true introverts, they prefer silence to chit-chat. Although ISTPs enjoy tinkering and novelty, they’re pretty unreliable in the long term because they can get bored quickly, and they do not like a long term commitment, preferring to take things day by day instead. This allure to danger that ISTPs have can be dangerous to others if an ISTP is in a position of leadership, because ISTPs are known to escalate danger and conflict just to see what happens.
Michael Jackson was an ISFP!
A true artist, ISFPs use aesthetics, design, and sometimes their choices and actions to change the perspective on social convention. They enjoy upsetting traditional expectations like beauty and behavior. ISFPs don’t plan their future around assets and retirement. Instead, they focus on actions and behaviors that contribute to a sense of identity. Their inspiration comes from connections with people and their ideas. They love to be spontaneous, testing out and experimenting on baseline connections in an attempt to make new ones. ISFP is the only type capable of this. Although all of these facts point to extraverted behavior, ISFP is mostly introverted. They work on their introspection and their principles while they are alone, so that they are able to gain energy to be back out in society again. ISFPs live to be passionate. Gambling, extreme sports, and the joy of high speed travel are all more common with people of this type, as they enjoy living in the moment. ISFPs are good at getting people to trust them with these risky tasks, because if they didn’t have a lot of confidence, they’d injure themselves. ISFPs value others’ feelings and enjoy balance, harmony. One of the hardest tasks facing ISFPs is planning for their future. Living in the moment is great, but sometimes one must look to the future and ask, ” Is this what I want to be doing later on in life?”
ISFPs are artistic individuals. It’s one of their greatest strengths. With ease, they create works of art, beautiful and stunning. Whether it be song, dance, painting/drawing, or even presenting logical information like statistics, ISFPs can show their audience what they’re talking about and getting their audience to visualize it better than most. An ISFP could be the greatest artist that ever lived and never be known if ISFPs didn’t radiate passion when they are interested in something. ISFP passion is unique because it’s the drive that creates those gorgeous visuals we’ve all come to admire. Their sensitivity to emotion allows them to connect with people, understand them, and word things the way that their audience wants to hear it. This all culminates to create a charming person. ISFPs are relaxed, warm, and generally are popular.
There are a few significant weaknesses that an ISFP must be aware of if they want to become a better person. Most ISFPs are wildly unpredictable, always living in the moment can do that. While it may be challenging to accept that some things work better in the long-term, this is for the best because when situations get out of control, because having a long-term plan in place reduces stress. Speaking of stress, ISFPs have lots of it. This is because they’re full of emotion, and when an ISFP gets too stressed, they shut down. Their competitive nature doesn’t help this, as they can turn very small situations into competitions blown way out of proportion and are unhappy when they lose. Many of the time, since ISFPs are mainly artists of some kind, their skills and passion are dismissed, which is a huge blow. Generally, ISFPs have low self-esteem, and will start to believe naysayers without even trying.
Samuel L. Jackson was an ESTP!
Theory, conceptualization, and discussion do not interest ESTPs, as they flit around parties, with people around them in a state of constant laughter, they keep conversations energetic while still intelligent. Making up 4% of the population, ESTPs like to just go out and do it, with an absolute all-in mentality, all the time. Risky behavior is quite common for ESTPs, and they enjoy drama like no other personality types. They’re hands-on learners, and school is not hands-on enough for many ESTPs. Structured lecturing and formal education just don’t do it for ESTPs, and it takes a large amount of maturity to see the process of education as necessary for the future. ESTPs generally follow their own rules, and it can be a challenge for them to conform to someone else’s moral compass. Passion and energy are complemented by a rational yet distracted mind. Natural leaders, ESTPs show people the road less travelled, and blaze the trail, allowing others to follow.
Bold, direct, and sociable, ESTPs push boundaries while communicating clearly. These strengths add up to a perceptive, original individual. ESTPs notice when things change and are capable of on-the-spot thinking where others freeze up. This, combined with their sociability, makes ESTPs natural leaders.
Insensitivity and impatience lead to an ESTP’s downfall. Their impatience, or “lack of ability to slow down” can lead them astray, into risk-prone behavior. “Seeing the big picture” is challenging for many ESTPs. Emotional situations are difficult for ESTPs to feel comfortable around. This type of person will have an especially difficult time expressing their own feelings.
Marilyn Monroe was an ESFP!
This is the personality type Disney was designed around. Every single Disney princess is an ESFP. Why? Because this is the type that bursts into song randomly. ESFPs are energetic and the master of encouragement. Completely social, this type has the most fun when surrounded by friends. They love putting on a show, which is probably why most ESFPs are actors. They’ve got an eye for fashion and enjoy grooming and tailoring to their own unique style. Surprisingly, ESFPs have an attunement for empathy, easily able to pick up on sensitivity and emotion. They love drama, as long as they’re not the center of it. In fact, if there’s a conflict, and it’s centered around an ESFP, good luck finding them as they’re not too likely to stick around conflict centered around them. The hardest time an ESFP will have is when they’re required to have responsibility, as they enjoy pleasure and luck over analysis and repetition. Just like others in the Explorer group, this type does better at things when they’re short term. Long term plans and projects tend to not get finished as ESFP types like the thrill of the moment.
The perfect ESFP can be bold and original while still being practical. They’re not known for holding back, and the love for experimentation allows them to come up with new styles, new fashions, and new ways to stick out. ESFPs are not the philosophical type, as they enjoy seeing and doing over intangible what-ifs. They have excellent people skills, being the talkative, witty, happy & satisfied bunch that they are. On the other hand, some of their weaker points include how reactive and sensitive they are to criticism, and how strong their emotions can be. This leads to a lack of motivation with conflict, so many of this type shy away from fights and arguments. They’re unfocused and bad long-term planners because ESFPs get bored very easily. If you’re an ESFP, find pleasure in tasks of varying time length.
These are the Explorer types, and this is one of four groups of personalities. Stay tuned to MasterSelf for the Analyst, Sentinel, and Diplomat personality group articles, out now or coming soon!
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