Written By Kirsten Moodie
Here’s How Important Happy Endings Are to You, Based on Your Personality Type
To some people happy endings are extremely important, or else they feel disillusioned and a bit depressed. To others the happy ending isn’t vital, as long as the journey takes them somewhere special and helps them expand their mind and soul. Here is how important happy endings are to you, based on your personality type.
INFJs do enjoy a happy ending, but it isn’t vital for them to enjoy a story or experience. They are more focused on the emotions it inspires and the message the story is trying to convey. They don’t require a happy ending in order to feel something deep and sincere, and so they won’t feel like the story is ruined simply because it does not end with joy. INFJs can often handle these gloomy emotions, and they don’t feel a need to abandon them or ignore their existence. Sometimes having a film or book which connects to these very real emotions, is something that they will respect even more.
ENFJs do like to experience happy endings from time to time, but it isn’t a requirement. While they like stories that end happily and can take joy in the experience, they can also find themselves drawn to the much gloomier endings. ENFJs simply want to feel something real when they watch a movie or read a book, and believe it is important that the emotion within them is sincere. Sometimes a happy ending just doesn’t feel real or honest, and in those situations the ENFJ will certainly respect the choice to make the ending a much sadder one.
INFPs don’t really require a happy ending in order to enjoy a story, it is more about preserving the integrity of the story itself. They want to emotion to be real and sincere, and prefer when they can truly believe what is happening. They aren’t afraid of somber or gloomy emotions, and won’t become angry just because the ending is not happy. INFPs do want the ending to hold a deeper meaning, and so sometimes sadness is valid when it comes to making sure the story is sincere and believable. INFPs don’t shy away from the harder emotions, instead they welcome them and try to understand them.
ENFPs can become upset with certain unhappy endings, especially if done in a way that feels insincere. They sometimes feel like intentionally making an ending sad is simply done to gain attention, and this is frustrating for them. ENFPs are good at seeing past the pretentiousness of certain films and books, and in those cases they become a bit frustrated with where the story goes. If they truly love a character and sometimes happens to them, it can feel a bit too personal to them. There are some instances where they don’t mind a sad ending, but most of the time they want things to work out for the characters they love.
INTJs don’t require a happy ending in order to appreciate a story, and sometimes they even prefer a more somber finish. For the INTJ it is more about conveying a message and making the story realistic, rather than simply forcing a positive ending. They don’t require that everything end in a cheery and hopeful manner, they simply want to follow a story they can believe and experience in a realistic way. That doesn’t mean they are against happy endings, but they often realize that they can be a bit unrealistic, setting an example for people which makes them believe that fairytales exist.
ENTJs don’t really need a happy ending in their stories, as long as it is a valuable journey. While they do enjoy the occasional happy ending, it needs to have some sort of purpose and reasoning behind it. Sometimes overly happy and perfect endings can seem contrived and entirely unrealistic. For the ENTJ it is better to have an ending that supports the story and actually makes sense. They understand that life isn’t filled with happy endings, and so books and movies shouldn’t make everything happy either.
INTPs don’t require constant happy endings, as long as the story makes sense. They don’t feel the need to make everything falsely happy and peppy, instead they would rather it be sincere and valuable. For them an overly happy ending can feel fake and insincere, and possible lacking in true depth. INTPs enjoy a sad or somber ending if the story truly calls for this to occur. They can handle it most of the time and don’t find themselves angered if the ending doesn’t create this perfect world for the characters in the story.
For the ENTP happy endings can be nice from time to time, but they aren’t a requirement for good entertainment. They often prefer to have the story make sense or convey a deep and meaningful point. If the ending is a bit somber or even heartbreaking, the ENTP just wants it to express something valuable and realistic. They understand that life isn’t filled with happy endings and so stories shouldn’t always make things end with some perfect existence. The ENTP can handle a bit of sadness in their endings, as long as it is done tastefully and with intent.
ISTJs don’t mind when the ending isn’t perfectly happy, but they often enjoy when things work out for their favorite characters. Too much perfection often feels a bit contrived for the ISTJ, and they do enjoy when things go wrong in some situations. They might enjoy things like mysteries, which does usually result in a bad ending for some of the characters. For the ISTJ it is nice to have things come to a positive conclusion though, even though they don’t require this in every storyline.
ESTJs often enjoy a happy ending, even if they don’t need everything to be perfectly joyful for everyone. They do like having things work out for their favorite characters, and become upset if things fall apart too much. ESTJs simply want a story with characters they can enjoy following and so they do like some realism in the process. While ESTJs might enjoy a happy ending, they don’t need things to be perfectly smooth for everyone in the story.
ISFJs usually prefer a happy ending in their stories and can actually become upset if things don’t go how they want. They realize that life isn’t all cheery and perfect, but they often want their movies and books to have happier endings than real life. ISFJs can actually become upset with truly sad endings, and might even be bothered with them for a while afterwards. ISFJs carry a lot of emotions with them and can be affected by stories when they become attached to the characters.
ESFJs usually prefer a happy ending in their stories, since they understand that in life things don’t always end so happily. They would rather be able to follow these characters and connect with them, and feel pleased with how their lives end up. ESFJs can actually become deeply affected by a truly bad ending, especially if it is heartbreaking or disturbing. They don’t like seeing these characters they care for end up miserable, and it can be somewhat upsetting for them.
ISTPs don’t usually require a happy ending in a story, but they might prefer it. They are realistic people who focus on the facts in order to solve problems that are in front of them. While they operate based on facts and logic, that doesn’t mean they always want a somber and realistic ending. ISTPs might prefer a little excitement and positivity in their stories, since it brings up their current mood. While they can appreciate a movie or book with a somewhat sad ending, it often has to have some glimmer of hope in order to make it intriguing.
ESTPs often prefer happy endings in their stories, since they are realistic people in life. While they understand that life does not always end happily, sometimes it is nice to enjoy a book or movie with a more positive ending. ESTPs can handle a bit of darkness in their stories, they simply want things to have some sort of hope for their main characters. They prefer things that are exciting and entertaining, with at least a little bit of happiness involved.
ISFPs often enjoy happy endings, but don’t mind if the story is a little somber. They want to feel hopeful that things can work out in the end and so they prefer when their movies and books have some sort of positivity in their endings. ISFPs want things in life to be happy and positive, and they often try to enjoy the present without feeling held back by negativity. They prefer when their favorite characters have some sort of happy ending and can become bothered if things go down a bad path for them.
ESFPs often prefer a happy ending and can become upset if things don’t work out well for their favorite characters. They enjoy stories where there are trials and struggles but they want to experience hopefulness in the end. ESFPs usually try to stay on the positive side of life, and dislike when things drag them down or sap their happy energy. For the ESFP it is often more enjoyable to experience a movie or book where things actually work out in the end.