Written By Kirsten Moodie
Here’s How Good You Are at Recognizing Subtlety, Based on Your Personality Type
While some people are great at picking up on subtlety, others can struggle with it. Here is how your personality type responds to subtlety.
INFJs can definitely recognize subtlety and are good at picking up on things. They pay attention to what people mean when they are expressing themselves, and look deeper than just the words they are speaking. INFJs naturally pick up on what is going on underneath the surface, and don’t need things to be obvious in order to understand them. They are definitely good at reading subtlety, as this is something they pick up on rather naturally. Their intuitive abilities help them read between the lines and grasp a deeper meaning of what they see.
ENFJs can certainly pick up on subtlety, even when people don’t want them to. They are highly intuitive and naturally skilled at reading underlying signals. ENFJs don’t simply see what is obvious and on the surface, they also read into things on a deeper level. They are good at understanding the emotions of others, without people conveying them in an obvious way. ENFJs can read even the slightest changes in people and their environments, which helps them pick up on even the most subtle details around them.
INFPs definitely can recognize certain subtleties because they do enjoy reading deeper into things. They don’t like looking at just the surface for their answers, and instead prefer to focus on understanding things sincerely. INFPs can miss certain subtleties though simply because they become distracted by something else. When they take notice they can certainly pick up on smaller details and subtle changes, but INFPs do prefer when people are upfront about their feelings and thoughts so that they don’t have to read into them.
While ENFPs are capable of picking up on things around them, they don’t always enjoy subtleties. They do enjoy being able to read into things and dive into a deeper meaning though. While they do believe it is important to understand the underlying meaning of things, there are certain subtleties they might not pick up on. ENFPs are very perceptive people but at the same time they become distracted somewhat easily. Their minds are constantly running through so many thoughts all at once that it causes them to struggle to pick up on people’s subtle desires.
INTJs can certainly pick up on subtleties but in most situations they prefer not to have to. They can pick up on subtle changes in their environment and dive into understanding a deeper meaning. Where INTJs struggle with subtlety is when they are dealing people and their emotions. When someone tries to subtly express something to the INTJ it can become frustrated for them, since they don’t always pay attention to those details. They prefer to have people be more upfront with them and honest when it comes to their expectations.
ENTJs don’t really like having to pay attention to subtle details, especially with things that don’t affect them closely. ENTJs aren’t great at reading subtle changes in people and their emotions either. They would rather their loved ones be upfront about their desires and needs, instead of having to read into their subtleties. ENTJs want to provide for the people they love but it can be really challenging for them to naturally read their emotions.
INTPs can certainly pay attention to subtleties around them and actually enjoy being able to read into things a bit deeper than what is on the surface. INTPs aren’t fans of people who don’t speak upfront about what they want though, and might become annoyed by this. While they can often tell when someone isn’t behaving the same and is trying to express themselves in a subtle way, the INTP might struggle to peg exactly what is going on with that person. So while they can sense a change they aren’t always capable of reading what exactly is going on with that individual.
ENTPs are perceptive people who like reading into things, at the same time they can become easily distracted. They will often read subtle changes in their environment enough to predict different outcomes or scenarios. While ENTPs will read these changes they can struggle when it comes to reading subtle emotionally changes with their loved ones. ENTPs don’t do great at remaining focused on one thing for too long and prefer to bounce around, which can sometimes cause them to miss out on subtle changes.
ISTJs definitely don’t enjoy having to pay attention to subtleties and prefer when things are upfront. They want clarity and enjoy being around people who express their needs and desires openly. Having to constantly try to pick up someone’s subtle suggestions is frustrating for the ISTJ. It often feels like a waste of time, since they have important things they need to focus their time and energy on. When people are clear about what they want it helps them process this and figure out how to implement these changes.
ESTJs really aren’t fans of subtlety, even when they can pick up on it. They are so focused on getting things done efficiently that someone being subtle can really stand in the way. For ESTJs being too subtle can lead to mistakes and errors because people aren’t openly expressing their wants or needs. They prefer when their loved ones and the people around them are upfront and honest. They would much rather deal with people who can tell the ESTJ their needs so that they can work towards making these things happen.
ISFJs can certainly pick up on subtleties, especially when it comes to their loved ones. They recognize changes in behavior and the emotional vibe that someone is giving off. ISFJs are naturals when it comes to paying close attention to their loved ones and will often pick up on their subtle hints. They always dig a little deeper when it comes to the people in their lives, since their main goal is to make them happy and maintain a sense of harmony in their environment.
ESFJs can certainly pick up on subtle hints, especially when it comes from their loved ones. They try to pay close attention to their behavior and any small change that they make. ESFJs are also naturally in tune with the emotions of others, which helps them when it comes to picking up on subtle changes and expressions. ESFJs simply want to care for their loved ones and will do whatever it takes to pay attention to their needs and desires.
ISTPs don’t really enjoy people who are constantly trying to be subtle about what they want. For them this can seem a bit evasive and somewhat annoying. ISTPs would rather people who are upfront and completely honest about themselves and their goals. Having to constantly read into the deeper meaning is exhausting for the ISTP, since they are practical people who focus on what is right in front of them. They are interested in facts and evidence, rather than underlying desires and meaning.
ESTPs don’t really enjoy having to pay attention to subtle hints or changes, but that doesn’t make them incapable of it. They prefer when people are upfront and express their needs and wants. ESTPs don’t want to have to focus on the deeper meaning and would rather someone express what they mean without having all of these underlying hints. For the ESTP it is important to practical and focus on what is right in front of them, rather than focusing on the subtleties.
ISFPs are often quiet people when they are around others, and enjoy paying attention to their environment. While they might not pick up on someone’s subtle emotional hints, they can pick up on their physical adjustments. If someone isn’t behaving quite the same or has a change in their appearance, the ISFP will certainly recognize this immediately. They aren’t necessarily subtle people themselves, but they are good at picking up on subtleties around them.
ESFPs aren’t the most subtle people, but they can recognize the most subtle physical changes. They are very connected to the world around them and live in the present moment. This helps ESFPs when something in their environment has been adjusted, or when someone’s physical appearance has changed even slightly. They can often tell when someone isn’t feeling well because of this, while everyone else might not even recognize the changes.