Written By Kirsten Moodie
Here’s How Each Personality Type Feels About Noise
While background noise can be enjoyable for some people, it can be extremely overwhelming for others. Here is how noise affects you, based on your personality type.
INFJs are often seen as quiet people, who enjoy keeping to themselves. They actually can become overstimulated by too much noise, and might feel uncomfortable by it. INFJs prefer to have plenty of space and time to think, and too much noise can just become a frustrating distraction. As introverts they can be sensitive to sounds and stimulation like this, and feel overwhelmed and agitated by constant noise. This is why INFJs enjoy people who are capable of being calm, and not being obnoxiously loud. INFJs enjoy the silence, and find that their active minds can fill it more than any pointless chatter.
ENFJs definitely don’t mind a little noise, and can handle a certain amount of stimulation. ENFJs often have a lot going on in their lives because they are always striving to take care of others. They do enjoy a silence now and then though, since they have such active inner minds. The ENFJ can handle noise when they are socializing, or when they are running certain errands but are entirely different when they are alone in their rooms. During those times they want to be able to dive into their own thoughts and analyze and process information.
INFPs definitely dislike too much noise, and can become frustrated by people who cannot be quiet. They prefer to be on their own most of the time, and require plenty of peace and quiet. INFPs often dislike too much outside noise, because their inners minds are already so loud. The INFP can become agitated by people who cannot keep quiet, especially if they create too much unnecessary sound. INFPs prefer companions who can respect them, and who only make noise that is actually providing value. They enjoy listening to their loved ones speak, but they certainly don’t want to hear a blasting television for no reason at all.
ENFPs are fun and energetic people, which often means they enjoy noise to some extent. ENFPs want to experience things that challenge and excite them, and have very passionate souls. When the ENFP is stagnant or bored for too long, their active minds can run away with them a bit. Because of this the ENFP actually enjoys a little outside stimulation to distract them and keep them moving forward. They do dislike people who are obnoxiously loud though, and don’t want noise that seems pointless and rude. ENFPs enjoy a good balance when it comes to noise in their lives, which is actually a positive thing.
INTJs enjoy plenty of peace and quiet in their lives, and actually despise too much noise. They have such loud and active inner minds, which is why the INTJ favors a quiet environment. When someone is being obnoxious and loud, the INTJ will seek a way to escape from wherever that person is. They want to have plenty of space and time to themselves in order to process and analyze their thoughts. INTJs are sensitive to stimulus, and don’t require an onslaught of useless chatter in order to properly stimulate their minds.
ENTJs definitely don’t mind a little noise, and are not extremely sensitive to sound. While ENTJs can handle a certain amount of background noise, they do become frustrated with obnoxiously loud people. They simply are capable of tuning out the sound around them, in order to focus on what is truly important. ENTJs don’t mind having certain stimulation in their environment, and sometimes find it useful. If the ENTJ is overwhelmed by the sound because of the active thoughts in their head, they will find a way to remove it in order to focus.
INTPs have such loud and active inner minds that they can become easily vexed by external sounds. If someone is making too much unnecessary noise, the INTP will become aggravated and even a bit overwhelmed. They don’t need a lot of stimulus in order to grasp what is going on around them, and can feel bogged down by a lot of noise. INTPs often prefer a quiet environment, where they can focus on their thoughts and analyze information. INTPs do enjoy things like music and sound that they choose to explore, but they dislike when people overwhelmed them with unnecessary noise.
ENTPs are outgoing and enthusiastic people, who enjoy diving into new things. They often don’t mind a little background noise, and can easily absorb a lot of information all at once. They are usually seen bouncing from one thing to the next rather quickly, and enjoy feeling a bit overwhelmed sometimes. ENTPs love being able to challenge themselves sin many different ways, and this sometimes includes overwhelming background noise while they focus on one thing. Being overstimulated is often exciting for the ENTP, since they thrive on excitement and intensity.
ISTJs are definitely reserved people who enjoy having their peace and quiet. Too much outside noise is extremely aggravating for the ISTJ, since they prefer to focus on their own thoughts. They enjoy being able to be by themselves most of the time, researching and processing information. ISTJs are not fans of obnoxiously loud people, and prefer individuals who are calm and rational. They simply don’t enjoy unnecessary noise in their environments, which is why the ISTJ likes to keep to themselves.
ESTJs can actually be somewhat noisy and outgoing people themselves. They rarely might a little extra background noise, and might find that they require it in order to focus. ESTJs have active minds, and are often going a mile a minute in order to get things done. They enjoy having noise around them, and it often helps them drown out the other things inside of their heads. ESTJs don’t mind distractions or things that seem a bit loud to others, they often enjoy these things as a way to keep them stimulated.
ISFJs are somewhat reserved people, who enjoy their peace and quiet. They want to keep harmony in their environment, and become uncomfortable by too much noise and intensity. ISFJs often enjoy being by themselves, or simply sitting in the quiet with a loved one. They don’t like having too much unnecessary noise, and can easily become overwhelmed by this. If their loved ones are talking or in need of help, that is an entirely different situation and ISFJs will certainly oblige.
ESFJs are extraverted people, who enjoy being around their loved ones. While they don’t mind a little background noise, they can easily become overwhelmed by too much chatter. ESFJs are extremely sensitive to the emotions and feelings of others, which can be something that feels a bit intense for them. If there is too much overwhelmed and unnecessary noise it can make them feel a bit hypersensitive and unfocused.
ISTPs enjoy having time to themselves, and have fairly active and loud inner minds. Because of their active thoughts the ISTP can become easily annoyed by too much outside stimulus. ISTPs dislike being around people who are noisy and will find them rather obnoxious. They don’t mind feeling a little overwhelmed by outside sound, but eventually they will want to retreat and avoid it.
ESTPs can be somewhat noisy people themselves, so they certainly don’t mind a lot of sound. They enjoy things that excite and challenge them, so they don’t mind distractions. The ESTP often enjoys a little background noise to keep their thoughts from taking over, and might event require these little distractions in their lives. They don’t become overwhelmed by noise most of the time, unless they are already frustrated or on edge.
ISFPs certainly don’t enjoy a lot of outside noise, and can become overwhelmed rather quickly. They enjoy time to themselves, feeling relaxed and in touch with their own feelings. ISFPs like the peace and quiet from time to time, especially if they are around a close loved ones who they can share in this with. ISFPs don’t mind having times where they are experiencing some adventure or a bit of outside stimulus, but they simply don’t want pointless noise.
ESFPs enjoy things that excite and intrigue them, and often enjoy outside stimulus. Noise rarely bothers the ESFP, especially if it something that is keeping them entertained. They can become agitated by too much silence, and might feel stagnant and bored by it. ESFPs need some background noise in order to keep them entertained and keep their thoughts going. They don’t enjoy when someone is trying to be obnoxious though, and do require some time to themselves.