Written By Kirsten Moodie
Here’s How Each Personality Type Handles Awkward Situations
While some people do not mind a little awkwardness, others want to find a way to avoid it completely. Here is how you handle awkward situations, according to your personality type.
INFJs often don’t mind awkward situations, although they are very aware of them. They are in tune with the emotions of other people, which makes it easy for them to register when people are feeling uncomfortable. At the same time, INFJs don’t mind feeling awkward themselves and have likely become more at ease with their occasionally awkward personalities. They can sometimes become uncomfortable for the sake of others, especially when they can tell that person is feeling embarrassed.
ENFJs are the type of people who are skilled at making an awkward situation perfectly comfortable. They are good at redirecting the emotions of a room, which is one of their greatest skills. If people are feeling awkward or nervous, the ENFJ will work hard to make things comfortable and at ease. They are great at making their loved ones feel like they are in the right place. ENFJs don’t mind awkwardness in their own personality, but don’t want to see their loved ones feeling embarrassed. They are more likely to try to help others who are feeling awkward, than they are to ease the situation for themselves.
INFPs don’t really mind an awkward situation, and might find it entertaining. They enjoy being awkward themselves sometimes, since they want to be free to be themselves. INFPs can be awkward in certain social situations, but it isn’t usually something that bothers them. They enjoy being unique and want to be around other people who can relate to them. INFPs feel more uncomfortable when they are put on the spot though, and dislike having to have all the attention focused on them.
ENFPs often embrace an awkward situation by utilizing their playful and charismatic personality. People enjoy ENFPs unique brand of charm, which often deters them away from the awkwardness at hand. ENFPs are actually very skilled at taking an awkward situation and making it completely laid back and even a bit humorous. They are fun people, who often do not mind a little awkwardness in their lives. They are usually well-liked by others, and have a way of making things fun.
INTJs don’t really care much for fixing an awkward situation, and will likely take a step back and watch it unfold. They are much more concerned with their own internal thoughts and intuition, than they are the emotions of others. If people around them feel awkward, the INTJ probably won’t pay too much attention to this. In some situations they might even find it a little bit amusing if things become a bit awkward. INTJs try not to become embarrassed in most situations, especially when it relates to social norms. INTJs realize that being a little awkward isn’t that big of a deal, and is something most people experience from time to time.
ENTJs are charismatic people, who know how to command a room. Often when things become awkward the ENTJ will be capable of veering things in their own direction. They don’t want the situation to become too uncomfortable or weird, especially if they are around people who are important to them. ENTJs don’t often feel embarrassed themselves, but they realize this is something that can easily happen to others. If the ENTJ wants to, they can often turn things around and help to distract from the awkwardness.
INTPs rarely care about an awkward situation, and are oddly good at ignoring it. They are often most comfortable being the fly on the wall, and will sit back and observe. INTPs just don’t mind a little awkwardness, and might even find it to be entertaining. If the INTP is the one feeling particularly awkward, they will either find a way to step away from the situation or will try to distract everyone with humor or wit. INTPs usually don’t mind being seen as awkward, unless they are around loved ones who they hope to impress in some way.
ENTPs really don’t mind awkward situations, and will likely plow right through them. ENTPs can easily use their charm and sense of humor as a way to deter an awkward situation. They are skilled at pushing people out of their comfort zones, and aren’t afraid to dive into something that seems a bit awkward. ENTPs enjoy feeling challenged, and sometimes feeling a little embarrassed can do that. ENTPs are great at making a tense situation a bit more fun and entertaining for everyone. If they are sincerely feeling awkward then ENTPs will likely deflect with humor, which is what they often do.
ISTJs are introverted and internal people, who prefer to keep to themselves most of the time. They don’t really enjoy awkward situations, and can become a tad uncomfortable in them. ISTJs want things to be efficient and well organized in their environment, which is often how they avoid awkward situations. They are intelligent people who are well aware of their actions and intentions. ISTJs have a sense of confidence which can often help them to avoid feeling awkward or embarrassed in most situations.
ESTJs rarely recognize when people are feeling awkward, since they aren’t very in touch with the emotions of others. If they are personally feeling awkward they will attempt to make light of it. They don’t really become embarrassed easily, but they don’t want to be viewed as weird to others. The ESTJ will likely try to charm everyone around them, and distract from the awkwardness. They are skilled at taking charge of a room, and they aren’t afraid to do this if they must.
ISFJs value having harmony in their environment, and want to ensure that everyone around them feels comfortable. They dislike awkward situations because they realize it disrupts the peace of the room, and don’t want to see their loved ones feeling uncomfortable. ISFJs will do what they can to ensure that everyone is feeling at ease and will do what they can to remove the awkwardness from a situation. ISFJs are very skilled at altering the emotions of a room, and will do what they can for the sake of everyone else.
ESFJs are extremely in touch with the emotions of others, which can make them want to fix and awkward situation. If they sense that their loved ones are uncomfortable, the ESFJ will try to mend things and make it more relaxed for everyone. ESFJs are excellent at bringing harmony to any situation, and often know how to alter the emotions of a room. They are good at bringing people together, and know how to put them all at ease. While ESFJs don’t mind feeling a little awkward themselves, they realize that other people might dislike it.
ISTPs rarely feel embarrassed, which means awkward situations usually do not bother them. They are well aware that most people dislike feeling awkward, but they are fine with it most of the time. ISTPs will likely handle this situation by pushing through them, or avoiding them altogether. They dislike paying much attention to anything that doesn’t excite or interest them. ISTPs want to seek out adventure in their lives, and enjoy being able to experience new things.
ESTPs often dislike awkward situations, but it is hard for them to feel embarrassed. Most of the time ESTPs are outgoing and charming people, who enjoy soaking up the present moment. When ESTPs feel like they are the cause of the awkwardness they will attempt to distract everyone and lead things in a better direction. They might hide behind the presence of a friend, and enjoy having a buffer for situations like this.
ISFPs enjoy spending their time alone, but they do enjoy the presence of special people. They want to have loved ones who value them and appreciate them for who they are. This is why ISFPs often do not mind being a little awkward, since they really only want people in their lives who don’t mind their awkwardness. If they are in a social setting they enjoy having a buffer, a friend who helps them escape when things become awkward or embarrassing for them.
ESFPs don’t enjoy feeling awkward, and will likely try to find a distraction. They want their loved ones to be amazed and proud of them, and don’t want to let their embarrassing behavior cause discomfort in any way. ESFPs enjoy having fun and dislike things that will bring them down or cause negativity. ESFPs want to live in the present moment, so they will try not to dwell on the past. This helps them to overcome awkwardness, and try to bring the attention to them in a positive way.