Welcome to our MBTI personality tips.
Observing MBTI type in everyday life
When you talk to someone, pay attention to traits such as:
- What the person talks about
- How they say it – type of words (e.g. “I” vs. “We”), type and amount of questions (e.g. “what?”, “why?”)
- Body Language
You will discover that observing behaviours will become second nature. Soon you will observe behaviours without thinking.
Observe then assess those behaviours
Based on your observations, determine if the friend or family member is more:
- Introverted – talks about the present, speaks calmly and quietly, limited body language hesitant to make eye contact
- Extroverted – talks about the future, speaks loudly and with inflection, animated body language, maintains eye contact
Then determine if they are more
- Task Orientated – talks and asks about things, focuses more on tasks than people, does not show a lot of emotion
- People Orientated – talks and asks about people, focuses more on people than tasks, shows emotion fairly easily
HOW PERSONALITY AFFECTS YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCES
Although deciphering personality is more of an art than an exact science, unravelling your emotional predispositions can help you decide what travel environments you might thrive in.
The most popular way to quantify a person’s personality is the Myers-Briggs system, which breaks down behaviours into four opposing preferences:
- Extraversion (E) vs. Introversion (I)
- Sensing (S) vs. Intuition (N)
- Thinking (T) vs. Feeling (F)
- Judging (J) vs. Perceiving (P)
Not every personality type will enjoy every type of vacation. However, following the Myers-Briggs categorization, understanding the preferences and general attitudes of each and how much influence each trait has can help you plan your next adventure accordingly.
SENSING VS. INTUITION
When it comes to travel, the most important personality dimension is your sensing vs. intuition preference, says Molly Owens, the CEO of Truity, a company that develops personality assessments based on the Myers-Briggs theory.
“Sensors tend to be more concrete and comfortable with routine, so they’re more likely to choose relaxing vacations that are focused on simple pleasures — laying on a beach, playing or watching sports, or enjoying nature,” Owens says. “Intuitives, on the other hand, are more conceptual and future-oriented, so they like to travel that introduces them to new ideas and stimulates their minds.”
JUDGING VS. PERCEIVING
After deciding what type of itinerary you’re considering, judging vs. perceiving is the next personality factor to consider — especially if you plan to travel with other people.
Judgers are planners who book tickets and reservations way ahead of time, and whose guidebooks are smothered with dog-ears and notes. Whereas perceivers are more go-with-the-flow types who are okay with rolling the dice on a travel idea and leaving the rest up to chance.
The third important personality factor is whether you’re an introvert or an extravert. Although extraverts and introverts may enjoy similar vacation ideas, there are significant differences in how they approach the day-to-day travel experience. The more notable difference is stimulation tolerance.
Extraverts are much more comfortable with stimulation, so spending all day in a busy city or a noisy crowd of tourists won’t bother them as much as it will introverts, who will need more downtime in between these types of excursions.
HOW THE 16 MYERS-BRIGGS PERSONALITY TYPES SHOULD TRAVEL
The final Myers-Briggs factor to consider is thinkers vs. feelers.
Although each type may enjoy the same type of vacation, a thinker’s travel motivations are likely different than their feeler counterpart.
Your personality type also influences how often you’ll need a vacation, and what type of preparations you should take in advance of your vacation.
If your combination of the Myers-Briggs traits means you’re an INFJ, INTJ, INTP or INFP, you’re more likely to succumb to daily stressors and need to take a break and escape the chaos more frequently, says Rob Williams, a personality test design specialist with Rob Williams Assessment Ltd. Conversely, Williams says if you’re an ENTP, ESTP, ENFP or ESFP, you’re less likely to need frequent vacations because you’re predisposed to be more resilient against stress.
MBTI and travel tips
After you diagnose your personality type and couple it with how you manage things like stress, fear, anxiety, and new experiences, you can paint a picture of your travel persona. This persona can guide you during your travels, but keep in mind that it will likely evolve. If your vacations mirror who you are and foster personal growth, you’ll learn to travel better while developing the resilience and attitude that Gretzel says are crucial to have a rewarding vacation.
But before you book your ticket and wander through a stuffy airport, sleep-deprived and hangry, consider if your itinerary complements your personality type.
Your personality influences what type of vacation you prefer, and it also affects your activities, how you get around, and who you bring along. Below are how each Myers-Briggs personality type prefers to travel and where they should consider taking a vacation.
As an INTJ, you don’t like waiting around for people and want to do things on your timetable. Solo travel can be a rewarding experience for you, as social environments will wear you out. Stay away from guided tours with large groups, and follow your own itinerary. If your itinerary requires a guide, look for companies that offer smaller, personal tour groups. You likely enjoy visiting historical locations and museums where you can soak up interesting facts and lesser-known tidbits of information.
Where INTJ should travel: Solo trip to a historical location
You’re constantly daydreaming about new ideas and like to keep your options open. You’d rather improvise and go where the wind blows you. If you’re going to interact with locals or other tourists, it’s best to travel with someone who knows you well because you can come off as shy and withdrawn when around new people. You crave new experiences, so look for opportunities to do something unique, whether it’s attending a cultural event, trying a new food or learning a new language.
Where INTP should travel: Secluded nature retreat
If there’s ever a challenge, you’re the first to step up to the plate. You’ll thrive during your trip if you create a detailed travel itinerary, which lets you maximize your time and know what to expect each day. It doesn’t matter if you’re alone or with friends. Much like your home life, you’ll have no problem meeting new people on your journey.
Where ENTJ should travel: Backpacking journey
Whether you’re chatting with your best friend or a crowd of strangers, you have no problem starting an interesting conversation. It’s best if you visit busy places with lively social environments and lots of opportunities to mingle with locals. You’ll likely enjoy your trip more if you don’t make concrete plans, and instead ask locals for advice on what to do and where to go.
Where ENTP should travel: Lively city trip
While you enjoy helping others, you also need to take time for yourself to unwind. Limit yourself to travelling with a few close friends or family members who understand that you’ll need some downtime by yourself to recharge. Choose a calm destination that will still provide you with humanitarian service opportunities — just make sure you plan out your days so you can get a good balance between serving others and relaxing.
Where INFJ should travel: Volunteering in a relaxing location
You’re probably caught daydreaming quite often, and where you travel shouldn’t change that habit. Choose destinations that are full of colours and creative cultures that feel like one of the fantasy worlds you’ve imagined. Travel with people who mean something to you, but keep your group small as you may become overwhelmed in a large group setting. Don’t make too many plans in your itinerary, and take time to express yourself when you’re feeling inspired.
Where INFP should travel: Creative get away with a couple of close friends
If you’re going on vacation, make sure it’s exotic and exhilarating. You should organize your trip well and make plans far in advance, especially if you’re travelling with a big group. It’s important to you that everyone sees and does what they want, so you’re willing to compromise and give up doing what you want in favour of others. But be careful not to sacrifice too much — it’s important that you enjoy yourself just as much as everyone else.
Where ENFJ should travel: Off-the-beaten-path
You’re a free spirit and have no reason to make or follow plans while travelling. Visit somewhere that’s exciting and full of life with lots of people, whether they’re tourists or locals. Stick with a lively group, whether they’re longtime friends or new acquaintances you met in the hotel lobby. You may get overwhelmed with the flourish of new sights, sounds and faces, so be sure to take a break when you start feeling stressed.
Where ENFP should travel: Mingle with the crowds in a bustling city
Planning should be your first priority when travelling, so organize your days in such a way that you’ll get to see and do everything on your list. Travelling alone ensures you don’t have anyone interfering with your plans, but it’s alright if you want to bring one or two other people along. Make sure those who are travelling with you know what the plan is and are prepared to follow it. But if your plans don’t quite go accordingly, don’t get too frustrated — you’ll still see and do more than most people.
Where ISTJ should travel: History-packed excursion with a close friend
Although you’re an introvert, you still thrive in social settings. When making your vacation plans, keep plenty of time free for unwinding and putting your feet up. Your travel companions should be devoted friends or family members who you care about deeply. You tend to take lots of pictures and buy lots of souvenirs to remember your travels, so leave plenty of room in your suitcase! But don’t get too caught up in these details or else you’ll miss out on the best parts of exploring a new culture.
- We recommend that ISFJ personality types would enjoy camping trips with close friends.
You’re an extravert and it’s normal for you to be part of a group, especially when travelling. You are a natural leader and will undoubtedly take the lead on planning your group’s trip. When making plans, remember that not everyone will enjoy fast-paced days that are full of activities. To keep everyone happy, including yourself, choose a bustling city with something for everyone.
- Our overall travel recommendation for an ESTJ is travelling to a large city with a big group of friends
Family is your first priority in life and you’d appreciate a vacation with them the most. Choose a well-known, picturesque destination where you can take holiday card-worthy photos with your loved ones. Make plans with your family members in mind and be sure to add downtime to the calendar to reminisce about the day’s experiences.
- Our overall travel recommendation for an ESFJ is to go on vacation with the family.
As an introvert, you value time away from crowds of people. It’s best to travel solo as your alone time is what helps you re-energize and gives you the freedom to explore as you please. If you’re bringing a travel companion, make sure it’s someone who’s alright with giving you your space. While you don’t need to plan much, you should look into hands-on opportunities to dive into other cultures, like learning a native art form, eating a traditional meal, or attending a holiday event.
- Our overall travel recommendation for ISTP types is to do a cultural trip.
Planning is not your strength and you should embrace that. You can easily buy a plane ticket on a whim or hop in the car and set off on an adventure. You enjoy connecting with people, so bring a few good friends along for the ride. But being around people requires a lot of your energy. To make sure you don’t feel too drained, get some alone time, or at least set quiet time for the group so you can collect your thoughts.
- Our overall travel recommendations are road trips with good friends (for ISFP Adventurer types)
You don’t need to make too many plans for your vacation— you’re fine with taking risks and you’re good at figuring things out as you go. Travel with a band of adventurous pals or meet up with an organized group so you won’t be alone during your trip. Find a destination with many outdoor activities like surfing, kayaking and canyoning that will push your limits and keep your adrenaline pumping.
We recommend adrenaline-rush experiences for an ESTP personality type.
Treat yourself to a luxury vacation with a couple of friends. Head to a place with perfect weather and great views where you can sit back and indulge in the finer things. Plans aren’t important since you’ll be relaxing most of the time. But make sure you’re able to hit a few parties or social gatherings where you can do what you do best— entertain the masses and make lots of new connections.
We recommend a high-end luxury break for ESFP personality types.
For more on this very interesting subject don’t miss the full article by Kalon Surf with a mention of our contribution.
The MBTI is based on the work of Jung. Although he is more likely to have endorsed 3 personality styles (Extraversion- Introversion, Sensing-Intuitive, Thinking-Feeling). Rather than including the 4th personality styles measured by the MBTI (Judging-Perceiving).
It has considerable supporting materials in terms of books and different types of the personality test report.
Personality type tests – Psychometric insights
There’s valuable insights from ‘how’ a candidate plays a game or completes an assessment. For example, their response time or the choices they make.
Firstly, traditional assessment counts points scored. Secondly, new assessments like work style and game based assessment collect many more data points. Thus providing so much more information to interpret.
Knowing not only what score a candidate achieved but how they went about it can help you to prevent cheating and spot potential.
Each candidate processes info in a unique way. Plus we all uniquely answer the online assessment. The candidate’s psychometric fingerprint’.
Other Types Tests – Enneagram Archetypes
Once you answer the questions, you may fall into a variety of categories. You may be classified as a reformer, an enthusiast or even an achiever.
One of the cool things this test tells you is how you work with co-workers. Better yet, it shows you how to improve in certain areas where you may have scored low.
Overall, this test offers a lot. It’s one of the only tests that tries to help you improve areas that you score low in.
MBTI Tips to remember
When completing the Myers-Briggs personality test remember to:
- Firstly, the personality test questions in the MBTI are a statement and word pairs. Word pairs are a less common form of psychometric test format than other commonly used personality test questions.
- Secondly, employers are looking for certain personality traits in any role – as indicators of high job performance in key areas.
- Also, since the MBTI is for development purposes – not selection – there is no need to consider faking it.
INSIGHTS personality test
So, there’s another commonly used personality test with a similar type-based approach to the MBTI. This is called INSIGHTS. The test and the INSIGHTS report content are all based on the personality work of Jung which balanced personality traits or energies.
Unlike the MBTI, the INSIGHTS approach:
- Is based on colour
- Has the personality types displayed on the INSIGHTS Wheel in the INSIGHTS reports.
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