Written By Kirsten Moodie
Here’s How Each Personality Type Handles External Stimulation
For some people feeling too much external stimulus is overwhelming, while for others it is entirely necessary.
INFJs have such rich inner worlds that they don’t really require much outside stimulation to feel fulfilled. Too much stimulus can actually cause them to feel overwhelmed and even a bit anxious. INFJs need to have plenty of time to process their inner thoughts and emotions without too many outside distractions. INFJs don’t require constant stimulation to feel challenged or entertained, since they have so much going on inside of their minds already.
ENFJs don’t require constant stimulation in order to feel entertained. They already have so much going on inside of their own minds that too much additional stimulus can be a distraction. ENFJs are hardworking people who can keep themselves busy without any help from the outside world. They are very active in the lives of their loved ones though and enjoy doing everything to help them.
INFPs don’t require constant external stimulus and actually become a bit anxious by it. They need time to themselves to process their inner thoughts and feelings. INFPs rich inner world keep them constantly entertained, without the need of much help from others. While INFPs do enjoy the occasional external stimulus to keep them challenged, it isn’t something they require at all.
ENFPs do have active inner worlds but they do require a certain amount of external stimulus. ENFPs can become bored rather easily and need to constantly feel challenged in some way. They enjoy experiencing new things and truly hate feeling stagnant. ENFPs enjoy external stimulus as a way of experiencing the many possibilities around them, and truly hate feeling like they aren’t participating in the world around them.
INTJs definitely do not require outside stimulus to feel entertained or challenged. They have such active and rich inner worlds that the INTJ can spend hours entertained within their minds. INTJs prefer to spend much of their time alone, researching and analyzing information. They don’t require constant stimulus in order to be excited or entertained, and might find that too much can overwhelm them.
ENTJs do enjoy having a certain amount of external stimulus or they become anxious. ENTJs want to constantly feel challenged and enjoy being able to experience the world around them. While ENTJs do enjoy a certain amount of external stimulus, they don’t require this constantly. ENTJs do have active inner minds and enjoy having some time to themselves to process information.
INTPs can handle a certain amount of external stimulus, since they enjoy being able to experience new things. INTPs seek to challenge themselves and want to be able to experience things first hand in order to properly understand the facts. While INTPs can handle the external stimulus to an extent, they also need plenty of alone time. They need to be able to dive into their own rich inner minds so that they can process and analyze information.
ENTPs do enjoy having plenty of external stimulus, or else their minds can become overactive. ENTPs have a million thoughts running through their minds all at once, which can actually become a bit overwhelming. They need a certain amount of distractions in order to keep themselves challenged and moving forward. If the ENTP doesn’t get to experience new things they will become stagnant and a bit unhappy.
ISTJs don’t enjoy having too much external stimulus and can feel overwhelmed by it. They actually enjoy their time alone and find themselves more entertained by their own inner thoughts. They often like being able to spend time with a good book or research. ISTJs can handle certain stimulus, since the are focused and hardworking people, they just don’t enjoy it all that much.
ESTJs definitely enjoy having enough external stimulus and can become anxious if they are still for too long. They need to feel like they are connected to the world around them and want to feel like a significant member of their community. ESTJs don’t enjoy too much down time by themselves and need interaction to feel like themselves.
ISFJs actually don’t mind a little external stimulus, since they need to feel connected to people. While ISFJ don’t mind a certain amount of interaction, they do need plenty of alone time. They can often find plenty of ways to entertain themselves without needing someone else to assist them.
ESFJs do enjoy having external stimulus to some extent, since they want to feel connect to the outside world. They enjoy interacting and experiencing things in the outside world. While ESFJs can certainly handle plenty of external stimulus, they also enjoy having time to themselves. They can be surprisingly sensitive constant stimulation, and might feel overwhelmed.
ISTPs enjoy having a certain amount of external stimulus since they are so connected to the physical world around them. They need to feel constantly challenged and enjoy being able to dive into anything new and exciting. ISTPs can become bored if they are stagnant for too long and require some sort of excitement.
ESTPs require a constant stream of external stimulus or else they can feel anxious and stagnant. They don’t enjoy letting their thoughts take control of them, and need to interact with others. ESTPs need to feel challenged and excited by new things constantly or else they become bored and unhappy.
ISFPs are very much connected to the physical world, which means they enjoy a certain amount of external stimulus. While ISFPs enjoy feeling connected to the world around them, constant stimulus can feel a bit exhausting. They need to have time to themselves in order to process their thoughts and feelings.
ESFPs enjoy plenty of external stimulus in order to keep themselves distracted. Feeling stagnant is rather miserable for ESFPs and can make them feel anxious. They need to constantly be experiencing something new and exiting in order to feel fully alive.