Written By Kirsten Moodie
Here’s How Each Personality Type Feels About Self-Expression
While some people find constant self-expression unnecessary, others enjoy feeling free to express themselves. Here is how each personality type feels about self-expression.
INFJs often believe that self-expression is important, and don’t want to hold people back from being themselves. They want to feel free to be who they are, but at the same time INFJs often reserve this for special people. They certainly want to feel like they can express themselves, but rarely are they comfortable enough to do so. INFJs save most of their self-expression for the people they love and trust the most. There are certain parts of their personality which will shine through though, like in their wardrobe or the music they listen to. INFJs believe in self-expression, and don’t want to prevent anyone from being themselves.
ENFJs definitely believe in self-expression and want everyone to feel free to be themselves. They enjoy being able to wear certain clothes that shows who they are, or find little ways to express their inner selves to those around them. ENFJs don’t believe in hiding themselves from the world, and want everyone to feel comfortable being who they are. While ENFJs don’t mean to throw their opinions and interests in other people’s faces, they don’t want to be held back from being themselves. ENFJs realize that self-expression is an important way to find other like-minded individuals.
INFPs believe that self-expression is important, and don’t want to feel restrained or prevented from being themselves. INFPs might not want express every part of themselves to strangers, but there are certain things they enjoy expressing. They believe that being themselves is very important, and having ways to express this to others helps them seek out people who understand and relate to them. INFPs enjoy having a way to connect with others, especially since they can find their true friends that way.
Self-expression is extremely important to ENFPs, since they dislike being restrained by anyone. ENFPs want to feel free to be themselves and to express this in any way they want. They enjoy being able to express themselves so that they can meet other people who share similar interests. ENFPs don’t enjoy seeing people who are feeling oppressed or incapable of expressing themselves, and believe that it is very important. ENFPs don’t see any other option but being free to be themselves at all times.
INTJs often believe that a certain amount of self-expression is important, but they don’t need to flaunt their personal interests around. They would rather keep most of their personal desires to themselves, and only share with the people they trust. INTJs can sometimes see self-expression as a way for others to take advantage of them, since they can have a hard time trusting others. INTJs keep most things inside, and don’t like to be overtly expressive towards others. They might find it a bit agitating how people desire to label themselves so much in order to constantly be expressing their feelings to others.
ENTJs certainly enjoy a small amount of self-expression, which is often tied to their goals. They don’t want to feel restrained but at the same time they don’t want to shove their interests and desires in other people’s faces. ENTJs can become a little annoyed with people who feel a need to constantly find new ways to express themselves. They don’t mind it to a certain degree, but they often feel like people can over their desire to be expressive about their thoughts and feelings.
INTPs believe in a certain amount of self-expression, since they dislike seeing people’s personalities be snuffed out. They want to feel free to express themselves, even though they often prefer not to. INTPs enjoy having their own privacy and space, and only want to express themselves to the people they trust and care about. INTPs can have a hard time opening up, and don’t want to feel forced to express themselves. While they don’t often have a desire to be expressive, they do want others to feel free to find ways to express themselves.
ENTPs do enjoy some self-expression, especially when they are pushing certain boundaries. They like to go outside of their own comfort zone in order to discover more about themselves and others around them. ENTPs believe that a certain amount of self-expression is important in order to grow and even to learn about others. They enjoy being able to find others who share their interests and desires in life, so self-expression is somewhat important to them. At the same time ENTPs can become annoyed with people who feel like expression themselves on a constant basis.
ISTJs don’t really care much for self-expression, especially around strangers. They do enjoy being able to express themselves around the people they care for, and do want to share parts of themselves with those people. ISTJs simply don’t feel comfortable expressing themselves constantly to others, and might appear a bit reserved to some. They don’t mind when others feel the need for certain types of self-expression, but they also don’t want this shoved in their face all of the time.
ESTJs don’t really focus on the idea of self-expression and might find it a little exhausting when others want to express themselves all of the time. They often believe that self-expression has its proper time and place, and isn’t needed constantly. ESTJs prefer to focus on efficiency and hard work, and this constant desire to express oneself can only get in the way of that. They want to be able to provide for their loved ones, and don’t feel the need to constantly find means of self-expression.
ISFJs do believe that self-expression is important to some extent, but they don’t feel a need to constantly find ways to label themselves. They simply want their loved ones to feel free expressing themselves, and don’t want them to feel controlled or stifled. ISFJs care deeply about their loved ones, which is often their main priority. They don’t feel the need to always find ways to express themselves, and can often be very reserved about their own feelings and desires.
ESFJs do enjoy self-expression to some extent, and like finding ways to show their interests. They often use their wardrobe or appearance as a way to express themselves to others, and is a great way for them to find people who enjoy the same things. ESFJs don’t feel the need to shove their interests in others people faces, but often enjoy subtle ways of self-expression. ESFJs want their loved ones to feel safe expressing themselves, and try to find ways to make them feel safe.
ISTPs don’t mind a little self-expression, and enjoy having an appearance that reflects who they are. They enjoy being able to express their likes and dislikes with their wardrobe or actions. ISTPs really dislike the idea of people holding them back based and preventing them from expressing themselves. They have a strong sense of freedom and enjoy being able to be independent in their choices in life.
ESTPs do enjoy a certain amount of self-expression, especially since they enjoy having a sense of freedom in their lives. ESTPs want to feel like they can be themselves without someone else telling them what to do. They don’t feel the need to constantly express themselves externally, but they do enjoy having the option and the freedom to do so.
ISFPs do enjoy feeling free to express themselves, and often believe this is a good way to connect with others. ISFPs want friendships that will last and enjoy being able to connect with people who share similar interests and goals. Being able to find ways to express themselves openly, is certainly a great way to expose themselves to people who are similar to them.
ESFPs absolutely believe that self-expression is important, and want to feel free to be themselves. ESFPs don’t enjoy having people hold them back in life, and want to be able to show who they are. ESFPs are open people who want to connect with others in any way they possibly can. They feel like self-expression is a way to present themselves to others, and become open to making new friends who share similar interests.