What Is a Meaningful Life According to Different MBTI Personality Types?

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ESTP – Living in the moment

You won’t find ESTP’s with pension or funeral plans. They are spontaneous, live in the here-and-now and want things to happen immediately. They can be quite hedonistic but only in the sense that they enjoy short-term experiences of comfort and pleasure.

They enjoy material things and new adventures and love being surprised. These types are always rushing around, doing fun stuff and experiencing everything they possibly can.

ESFP – Being the life and soul of the party

Open the fridge door and these people will perform. Outgoing, extrovert, quick-witted and loves being the centre of attention. This type is a born performer and if they are not already professional then they’ll be entertaining their friends and family.

You will not see ESFP’s staying in for some ‘alone time’, in fact, they’ll get itchy feet and grumpy if there’s no one to go out with so they can show off a little. Natural party hosts, they are the life and soul of a great night out. They also make work a lot more fun and brighten up the office whenever they walk in.

ENFP – Finding new adventures

To say that ENFP’s are easily bored is a true understatement. They are one of the most spontaneous and flexible of all the MBTI types. They love starting new projects but are not great at finishing them.

Stick an ENFP in a routine 9-5 job and watch them die of boredom. Give them a creative role within a laidback atmosphere and watch them shine.

The same is true for their personal life. You won’t find these types holidaying to the same place year after year or visiting the same restaurants. New adventures give their lives meaning.

ENTP – Values their freedom

Only when the ENTP is free from ties and responsibilities will they find true meaning in their lives. You won’t find them in a boring routine job. They are too outspoken for a start.

Always looking to the future, they’ll have a vision for the way they want their life to turn out. This vision will always be changing as they consider other possibilities. So long as it doesn’t bore them and challenges their sense of adventure, they’ll run with it.

Stick them in a campervan with no map and that is pure happiness to them.

ESTJ – Organising others

Give an ESTJ a role where they are leading a group and they are happy. They are fantastic organisers, methodical and matter-of-fact decisive people. They find it easy to make logical decisions which is why people flock to them for direction and supervision.

ESTJ’s love their role as leaders and are flattered that people want their help. They have a need for organisation and a practical knowledge of getting things done. Their frustration for disorganised environments means they’re motivated to create happy ones so they offer to take on the leadership roles.

ESFJ – Helping people

being kind

People give this type meaning in their life. They are happiest around them when they are providing for them, helping them and working with them. They are fiercely loyal, once trust has been established.

These types are instinctive in knowing what others need, even before others do. Harmonious and cooperative, they find it easy to work with others, so long as they can be in charge. They do need some appreciation for what they do or achieve as validation for their actions is important to them.

ENFJ – Fighting for the rights of others

These are the true humanitarians. They put their own needs aside to fight for other’s rights. Empathetic and warm, they are naturally sociable and inspire others to join a cause.

ENFJ’s have to have a purpose in life and helping others in distress provides them with just that. You will often see them as aid workers, councilmen and women, politicians and social workers.

Material possessions are not important to them. They want a kinder world and are prepared to do their part to spread the word.

ENTJ – Leading others

Another MBTI type that gets meaning from assuming leadership roles. They differ from other types as they are particularly forthright and blunt. Decisive and straightforward, they will assume leadership quickly and can be pretty vocal when stating their ideas.

Some might find them overpowering and could easily be crushed by their strength of character. They are all powerful types who can come across as brusque and curt, but they do have a natural gift for leadership. To those who can understand them a little better, this brusque nature will present as charm and efficiency.

Obviously, we all have different ideas about what constitutes a meaningful life. Do you agree with our assessment?


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Janey Davies has been published online for over 8 years. She is the head writer for Shoppersbase.com, she also writes for AvecAgnes.co.uk, Ewawigs.com and has contributed to inside3DP.com. She has an Honours Degree in Psychology and her passions include learning about the mind, popular science and politics. When she is relaxing she likes to walk her dog, read science fiction and listen to Muse.


  1. Diana Hall July 11, 2018 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    I have taken the MBTI test several tines when I was younger and thought it was a pretty true standard. So I agree with your assessment. I can definitely see myself and my kids here. I think every employer should use the MBTI as a tool for running a meaningful and successful enterprise. It’s also important for people to understand that thete are different degrees of each type. For instance I am a high Introvert. That has been indicated every time I’ve been tested. But sometimes I am a high Sensate and other times not so high, dependi g on what’s happeing in my life. I am happy to see the MBTI coming up again. I always promote it, but now I have memory loss and it’s hard to keep the details straight in my mind. Thank you for an excellent read!

  2. Tammara Elizabeth July 11, 2018 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    I’m an INFP & ABSOLUTELY CORRECT! Writing is DEFINITELY how I Express myself best & also my #1 choice when I have a choice when expressing myself. I’d also like to add that I’ve taken every different type of personality test I have been able to find & then even retaken them all several times throughout different times in my life because I was curious how accurate they were & I’ve always gotten the same results! Also I’d have to say 98% – 99% of what I’ve read about my personality type is accurate!

  3. Stephen Clee July 12, 2018 at 10:39 am - Reply

    Before exploring this topic, a true definition of the word ‘life’ needs to be established; only then can a meaning be derived, A personality is a manipulation of the character of life that is formulated at conception by the blending of the three instincts of life.

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