Written By Kirsten Moodie
Here’s How Good You Are at Making Excuses, Based on Your Personality Type
While some people don’t believe in making excuses, others just aren’t that good at it. Here is how good you are at making excuses, based on your personality type.
INFJs don’t often make excuses and can actually blame themselves for more things than they should. While some people have a hard time accepting their mistakes, INFJs are often acutely aware of them. They can be rather hard on themselves even when they should be cut some slack. INFJs try to avoid being the type of people who will constantly make excuses for their actions, and instead will apologize for their mistakes. While INFJs might not make excuses for themselves, they are excellent at making excuses for their loved ones.
While ENFJs can often blame themselves for things they shouldn’t, they might have a hard time admitting this to others. They often want their loved ones to see them as near perfect, so they might make excuses for their mistakes. ENFJs are great at reading people and figuring out how to best communicate with them, which makes them fairly good at coming up with excuses. ENFJs simply don’t want to let others down, so they might naturally start making excuses for any mistakes that have occurred as a way to cover.
INFPs are creative people, which makes them surprisingly skilled at coming up with quick excuses. While they are naturally skilled at making up excuses that are believable, in most cases they avoid doing this. INFPs don’t enjoy lying and want to be completely honest, especially with their loved ones. If they believe that making a quick excuse is the best choice to avoid hurting someone, they might consider it acceptable. This is only when the excuse is a small one, and nothing that constitutes a serious lie.
ENFPs are surprisingly great at coming up with excuses, and seem to concoct a believable story within seconds. While ENFPs don’t like to lie to their loved ones, there are situations where a quick excuse isn’t all that bad. If they decide there is a valid reason for calling out of work, the ENFP will be able to come up with a perfect and very believable last minute excuse. While ENFPs don’t enjoy lying, they might find making small excuses to be an acceptable response.
INTJs are intelligent people who can often come up with back up plans to avoid certain situations. They aren’t afraid of coming up with a quick excuse if they feel like they are wasting time with someone. Instead of investing energy telling someone the truth, they will likely come up with a decent excuse to avoid them altogether. INTJs might not do this often, and instead might just be blunt with someone. But in some cases they simply don’t want to have to invest their energy trying to convince someone they dislike.
ENTJs are definitely capable of making excuses, but in most cases they would rather be sincere and direct. ENTJs want to get things done efficiently and this rarely requires making excuses for people or situations. Instead of coming up with a twist to their story, the ENTJ would prefer to be upfront in order to get things done. They aren’t afraid of making mistakes, and would rather find ways to overcome any situation honestly.
While INTPs would much rather be precise and honest, they are capable of making decent excuses for situations. They are creative people which helps them come up with a story that seems very believable. While INTPs don’t often do this, there are times when they make excuses for their actions that were in response to buried emotions. INTPs don’t always find themselves easily in touch with their own feelings, which can cause them to react unusually in certain situations. In these cases the INTP might come up with an excuse, without entirely being aware they are doing this.
ENTPs are more than capable of coming up with quick and believable excuses. They will likely do this when they want to observe the reactions, and enjoy pushing the boundaries. Sometimes ENTPs will simply make an excuse to see how people respond, and will likely use this as a learning experience. They do enjoy trying new things, and will often play devil’s advocate just for the sake of a understanding opposing sides. For the sake of new experiences and reaching a deeper understanding of things, ENTPs will certainly utilize their natural ability to make believable excuses.
ISTJs are not the type to make excuses and would rather be upfront and direct. They work hard to avoid having to make excuses for their actions, and would rather be completely accurate with their words. ISTJs want to ensure that everything around them is being done efficiently and with maximum effort. They don’t enjoy excuses because it often leads to failures and future mistakes.
ESTJs can sometimes make excuses for their actions, especially if they feel like they aren’t in a safe space. They don’t want people to think less of them, so they can often find ways around certain situations. This is often done because ESTJs can struggle when it comes to trusting others. They don’t enjoy being stuck in a situation where they have to reveal their own mistakes to someone who might use it against them. Because of this the ESTJ can often come up with useful excuses to move forward from a situation.
While ISFJs strive to be sincere and honest with their loved ones, there are situations when making excuses seems reasonable to them. They don’t enjoy hurting anyone’s feelings, which sometimes means they have to make a good excuse to avoid this. If the ISFJ doesn’t want to attend certain plans with someone, they might want to come up with a good excuse to avoid upsetting them. In these situations ISFJs are often great at making excuses, especially for the sake of someone they love.
ESFJs are definitely good at coming up with excuses in order to avoid hurting someone. They don’t want their actions to upset others and can often come up with a quick excuse to avoid letting this happen. They don’t enjoy being insincere though, especially to the people closest to them. While ESFJs might make excuses to avoid hurting people, they will try to avoid doing this when it comes to their closest friends and loved ones. ESFJs are also great at making excuses for others, in order to protect them in some ways.
ISTPs are charismatic people which often makes them skilled at making good excuses. They would often prefer to be precise and sincere with their words, but there are times when their actions call for a good excuse. ISTPs can get themselves into trouble from time to time and need to come up with a reasoning to avoid getting in even deeper. They often use their wit and charm as a way to avoid making things worse, and will try to come up with a believable excuse.
ESTPs can definitely come up with a quick excuse, especially when they feel it is necessary. They aren’t opposed to telling a white lie now and then, and sometimes feel like it is what they need to do. ESTPs can be somewhat reckless which often leads to them getting into trouble in certain situations. When the ESTP finds themselves in a bind they might feel the need to use their natural charisma as a way to get themselves out of trouble. They combine their charm with a few good excuses, and likely can get out without too much damage.
ISFPs aren’t great at making excuses, mostly because they don’t like being in a situation where they feel the need to. ISFPs would rather be completely honest and upfront with others, especially with their loved ones. ISFPs dislike being insincere and want to be true to themselves, which often avoids lying or making excuses for their actions. They don’t enjoy feeling like they cannot be themselves, and would rather avoid making excuses.
ESFPs aren’t really great at coming up with excuses, since they have a natural drive to be sincere. In their hearts ESFPs would rather be able to tell the truth and be upfront with people. While they will sometimes try and make an excuse to avoid having someone become upset with them, their loved ones can often sense when they aren’t being completely truthful. ESFPs simply have a hard time when it comes to lying but will try and use their charm as a way to make up for it.
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