Written By Kirsten Moodie
The Way That Each Myers-Briggs Type Reacts To Change
Change is an often frightening thing, making some people very uneasy. For some people change is a miserable experience, while for others it is welcomed. Here is how we believe each personality type will react to changes.
For an INFJ change can be a struggle, but it really all depends on what kind of change they are enduring. Any kind of relationship changes can be very hard on an INFJ, whether this be romantic relationships or friendships. They want to have lasting relationships in their lives and become very unhappy when they have to let go of people. This is something that the INFJ has a very hard time dealing with. INFJs often do not mind change as long as this change is their owning doing. They dislike living a boring life, but want to be able to prepare themselves for what is to come. They may come to realize that change is an inevitable part of life, but they honestly do not enjoy it. Small distracting changes can be interesting to the INFJ, but any large changes make them unhappy.
ENFJs like to keep their life organized, they enjoy being able to foresee what is to come. The ENFJ wants to be able to keep harmony in their environment and works very hard to maintain balance. When things become too disarrayed or altered, the ENFJ will become extremely stressed. They work very hard to make sure that everything in their lives is figured out and taken care of. If things become too much of a mess the ENFJ may not be able to take care of their loved ones, that is simply unacceptable. Making others happy is extremely important to the ENFJ, this is why they want to keep everything in order. Change could mean bad things for their loved ones, so the ENFJ definitely does not appreciate that.
INFPs often enjoy some change in their life, but need certain things to remain stable. They want relationships that are lifelong and committed, the INFP will dislike if they change in bad ways. This type of change is very upsetting to an INFP, and they will need time to come to terms with it. Small change is something that they often welcome and enjoy. INFPs like for things to be new and exciting, making minimal changes pleasant for them. When they are younger the INFP often likes the idea of making changes to their lives, in an attempt to figure out what truly makes them happy. As the INFP gets older they probably find less enjoyment in change, since they have already gone through many changes.
ENFPs enjoy certain aspects of change, mostly they enjoy change that they personally initiate. They want to seek excitement in life, which often means taking risks and making changes. The ENFP often does not enjoy when change is enforced on them, because that feels somewhat limiting. They want to feel free to make their own changes in life, without having these imposed upon them. They often enjoy a positive change, things like building new friendships or a nice change of scenery. They can often find ways of coping with change that they do not see coming and will try to look on the positive side. Not much can keep the ENFP down, they will attempt to bounce back from whatever change comes their way.
INTJs often analyze the change in an attempt to figure out what sort of affects it will have. They want to find out if this is a good or bad change, and how they should be reacting to it. They understand that change is a legitimate part of life, they rarely attempt to fight it. They will find themselves intuitively navigating the best way to weather this change. Depending on the change INTJs may attempt to alter the situation, but usually they will accept the change and move forward. They are future thinking individuals and are very good at finding the best strategic ways to navigate their goals. INTJs are open to evolving and growing themselves as they witness changes in their environment, they are often skilled at adapting. INTJs do enjoy having enough notice to be able to navigate the change ahead of them, since they enjoy being able to keep things controlled. Their strong sense of intuition often makes them capable of seeing the change around the corner.
ENTJs often enjoy being able to keep control of their environment. Because of this need for organization and structure, the ENTJ may become uneasy with change. This entirely depends on the type of change though, since ENTJs do enjoy opportunities to grow. They enjoy being able to take on new and exciting challenges in their lives. They are very skilled at devising strategies and often enjoy the chance to expand their minds. Sometimes change can be welcomed by the ENTJ as a chance to overcome a new challenge. As long as the ENTJ is able to figure out a way through the change that makes for an optimal future, they might actually enjoy it.
INTPs enjoy being knowledgeable about many things, this often helps them weather change. They want to be able to navigate any possible situation, spending most of their time absorbing as much information as possible. INTPs are very capable of adapting, and will scurry to learn as much as they can about the change that comes upon them. They enjoy little changes, things that excite and intrigue them. After a while though the INTP may become annoyed with too many life changes that are not positive. INTPs are very good at going with the flow and often figure out new things about themselves as they are enduring change. They enjoy being able to experience possibilities, which often requires change. As long as there are some constants in their lives, the INTP will often welcome change with an open mind.
ENTPs often find themselves making intentional changes in their lives, in order to keep things interesting. They enjoy being able to explore new possibilities and avenues for gaining knowledge and understanding. They love being able to take chances in life and enjoy the freedom that change can offer. ENTPs are very good at going with the flow, often finding themselves unafraid of change. They take life as it comes, finding themselves intrigued by whatever new possibilities that change can offer them. They are always willing to dive into something new and absorb as much knowledge as possible. More than anything the ENTP fears staying stagnant, disliking when things become too mundane.
ISTJs enjoy order and structure, making change a sometimes difficult thing for them. They want to always be capable of fulfilling their duties, making them loyal and hard-working individuals. When too many changes occur the ISTJ will find themselves scrambling to adapt. They are often good at figuring out new things and learning, but dislike being thrown into change. If they have a long amount of time to prepare for changes, they can often find ways to adjust. If the ISTJ does not see the change coming they will become stressed and anxious. They will often find themselves going into research mode, attempting to figure out how to adapt to their changes. Regardless of their ability to navigate change, ISTJs definitely do not find joy in it.
ESTJs often do not mind if things are changing for the better, but this needs to be clear to them. If the change occurring is negative or unknown, the ESTJ will instantly become stressed. They enjoy maintain control and order in their environment, which change can definitely mess up. The ESTJ wants to be sure of the future, disliking when things are unclear. If the ESTJ is stuck in a rut, they will welcome positive changes to their lives. Other than that they become high-strung and stressed out when change is presented in their lives. ESTJs enjoy having a scheduled and organized life.
ISFJs enjoy being able to keep harmony and order in their environments. Because of this they often become uneasy with any kind of change. They enjoy when things stay the same, and want to have a clear schedule in their lives. Chaos is one of the worst things for an ISFJ, this will make them extremely distressed. They may be okay if the change is clearly a good one, but still will be uneasy until they see for sure. They enjoy being able to navigate their environment, and are often thrown off by the presence of change. The ISFJs main goal is to create harmony and happiness for their loved ones, making changing a scary thing for them.
The main goal of the ESFJ is to make sure that their loved ones are happy. When change is presented to their lives they often become uneasy and anxious. They work very hard to create a sense of harmony in their environment, and often struggle when this is disrupted. They respond to the people around them, making them capable of welcoming small changes if the people they care about desire this. They will find ways of coping, but will still be uneasy with these changes. The ESFJ enjoys keeping their lives organized and concise. They want to know what is to come, disliking too many unknown variables. They attempt to balance the needs of everyone around them, which can be a very delicate task.
ISTPs often thrive on changes in their environments. They despise living a stagnant life that has no opportunity for learning. ISTPs enjoy excitement and actually thrive on the chance to explore the unknown. Any kind of thrill or intense experience, is actually enjoyable for the ISTP. Because of their ability to adapt and see the excitement in new experiences, ISTPs often welcome change. They are very good at coping with negative aspects of life, finding new ways to navigate any situation. Change often gives the ISTP that thrill that they are seeking in life.
ESTPs don’t mind certain kinds of change in their lives. They enjoy being able to be excited, often seeking out new thrills. As long as the change does not hold them back in any way, the ESTP will be excited by it. They enjoy being able to experience new things, taking in all that their surroundings have to offer. ESTPs dislike staying stagnant more than anything, making change an often welcomed experience. They will often attempt to see the positives that life has to offer, finding ways to navigate whatever change comes their way. Being able to meet new people, or see new places is something that the ESTP finds themselves intrigued by.
ISFPs often do not mind the idea of change, and are excited by adventure. They dislike experiencing too much change in their personal relationships, since they take them very seriously. Change that involves the people in their lives no longer being around them, will make the ISFP unhappy. If the change simply involves their environment or lifestyle, the ISFP is often willing to see the bright side of things. They dislike if things stay the same for too long, and are excited by new experiences. ISFPs are very capable of looking at the positive side of their lives, welcoming whatever may come their way. They are good at going with the flow, finding that the best way to live their lives.
ESFPs often enjoy the idea of change, and might prefer it over staying too stagnant. They might become bored easily if they are stuck in one place for too long. ESFP wants life to be a fun and positive experience, often wanting to see the bright side of things. As long as they are able to keep the people they love in their lives, the ESFP is very willing to accept change. They enjoy going with the flow, making life a constantly new and enriching experience.
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