Cognitive functions influence how you respond and are your basic internal makeup. They are the reasons WHY you do WHAT you do. You have two dominant functions that influence your behavior, and two lesser functions that also play a role, with your fourth function, the weakest only showing up under extreme stress or anxiety.
For those of you who are not familiar with Myers-Briggs, it’s a personality profiling system based on Jung’s typological theory that was developed by Katherine Cook Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers. In the Myers-Briggs typeology system, there are sixteen personality types consisting of four letters: E for extrovert or I for introvert, S for sensor or N for intuitive, T for thinker or F for feeler, and P for perceiver or J for judger. You can read more about Myers-Briggs here and find books about it here. Just for fun, here are the Myers-Briggs types of the fictional characters of, Good Enough.
Lennox “Ali” Robinson
ESTJ – The Supervisor
Organized • Group Oriented • Focused • Conventional • Leader
ESTJs are traditionalists who like to take charge of situations. They are pragmatic and like things to be organized and clear. ESTJs like to organize anything that comes into their domain, and they will work energetically to complete tasks so they can quickly move from one to the next. Sensing orients their thinking to current facts and realities, and thus gives their thinking a pragmatic quality. ESTJs take their responsibilities seriously and believe others should do so as well. ESTJs comprise approximately 9% of the general population, 11% of men, and 6% of women.
ESFJ – The Provider
Organized • Outgoing • Affectionate • Open • Easy to Read
ESFJs are outgoing and community-minded people who value loyalty, dependability, and practicality. They are driven by an active and intense caring about people along with a strong desire to bring harmony to their relationships. ESFJs bring an aura of warmth to all that they do, and they naturally move into action to help others, to organize the world around them, and to get things done. Sensing orients their feeling to current facts and realities, and thus gives their feeling a hands-on pragmatic quality. ESFJs make up about 12% of the general population, 17% of women, and 8% of men.
Camisha “Cami” Robbins
ISFJ – The Protector
Polite • Easily Offended • Timid • Dutiful • Private
ISFJs are quiet, caring, and dependable people who have a strong sense of personal responsibility for doing what needs to be done in the here-and-now. Actions that are of practical help to others are of particular importance to ISFJs. Their realism, organizing abilities, and command of the facts lead to their thorough attention in completing tasks. ISFJs bring an aura of quiet warmth, caring, and dependability to all that they do; they take their work seriously and believe others should do so as well. They are realistic and excellent organizers. ISFJs make up about 14% of the general population, 19% of women, and 8% of men.
ISFP – The Composer
Disorganized • Modest • Suggestible • Indecisive • Guarded
ISFPs dominant quality in their lives is a deep-felt caring for living things, combined with a quietly playful and sometimes adventurous approach to life and all its experiences. They are the quintessential free spirit. They feel deeply and often have an adventurous approach to life. ISFPs typically show their caring in very practical ways, since they often prefer action to words. Their warmth and concern are generally not expressed openly, and what people often first encounter with ISFPs is their quiet adaptability, realism, and "free spirit" spontaneity. They are quiet, adaptable, and compassionate. ISFPs make up about 9% of the general population, 10% of women, and 8% of men.
ESTP – The Promoter
Content • Self-Confident • Outgoing • Open • Decisive
ESTPs are enthusiastic adventurers and realists who accept the world as it is and focus on enjoying new activities and challenges. For ESTPs the dominant quality in their lives is their enthusiastic attention to the outer world of hands-on and real-life experiences. ESTPs tend to be logical and analytical in their approach to life, and they have an acute sense of how objects, events, and people in the world work. ESTPs are typically energetic and adaptable realists, who prefer to experience and accept life rather than to judge or organize it. ESTPs make up about 4% of the general population, 6% of men, and 3% of women.
INTJ – The Mastermind
Loner • Observer • Perfectionist • Private • Skeptical
Lacey Robinson -
INTJs are idea people, driven by their inner world of possibilities and a deep need to understand the world around them. INTJs are logical, systematic thinkers who inherently trust their insights, and with their task-orientation will work intensely to make their visions into realities. They enjoy turning their visions into reality. INTJs make up about 2% of the general population, 3% of men, and 1% of women
Valentina Rose Barnett - Johannesen
ENFJ – The Teacher
Social • Emotional • Altruistic • Involved • Open
ENFJs care intensely about people and are driven by a need for relational harmony. They tend to be warmly expressive and empathetic people who enjoy helping others reach their potential. ENFJs are openly expressive and empathic people who bring an aura of warmth to all that they do. Intuition orients their feeling to the new and to the possible, thus ENFJs often enjoy working to manifest a humanitarian vision, or helping others develop their potential. ENFJs naturally and conscientiously move into action to care for others, to organize the world around them, and to get things done. ENFJs make up about 3% of the general population, 3% of women, and 2% of men.
Note: I referenced the type descriptions at the Center for Applications of Psychological Type, Truity, andSimilarMinds.com. Special thanks to Funky MBTI in Fiction for informing many of my type choices.