Written By Kirsten Moodie
Here’s How Often Each Personality Type Tends to Pander
While some people hate the idea of pandering, others find it useful in some ways. Here is how likely you are to pander, according to your personality type.
INFJs are caring people who try to be as sincere as possible. There are times when they might pander to others though, and cater to their wishes. When something is clearly in need of being built up, the INFJ will want to aid in this. It might seem to some like the INFJ is being insincere, but to them a few white lies to help make someone happy, really isn’t so bad. INFJs hate seeing people in pain, and want to do what they can to avoid this Sometimes they will pander just to avoid people though, and will use it as a way to get some peace and quiet in their lives.
ENFJs care deeply about the well-being of others and want to maintain a sense of peace. They will often pander if it helps keep others happy, and don’t find anything wrong with that. While some people believe in being harshly honest, ENFJs believe the right thing to do is to help others be happy about themselves. They truly want to keep harmony in their environment and enjoy making other people feel better about themselves.
INFPs are definitely not the type of people to pander to someone, and would much rather be sincere. They are certainly willing to give sincere compliments, and would much rather find something positive to say that they truly mean. Pandering can make them feel a bit uneasy, almost like they are lying to that person. INFPs don’t want to simply appeal to someone in order to make things easier, and would rather keep quiet if that is their own option.
ENFPs definitely don’t like to pander to people, and would much rather be sincere. They may have moments where they want to gain someone’s trust though, in order to get something they want. While ENFPs value honesty, they don’t mind a little pandering in order to charm someone the right way. ENFPs are likable people, who are very good at making others feel good about themselves. They have rather charming personalities, and are skilled at seeing the best in others.
INTJs are definitely not panderers, and would rather be upfront and even a little blunt. For INTJs having to appeal to someone in order to get what they want, sounds both exhausting and wasteful. They would much rather get things done themselves, and don’t feel the need to pander in order to make someone else happy with them. INTJs can handle being on their own, and enjoy the silence and time to themselves. INTJs are capable of getting what they want without having to appeal to someone else, pandering to them feels insincere and a bit dirty.
ENTJs are definitely not the pandering type, and would much rather be honest. They can be a little harsh sometimes when it comes to correcting people, but ENTJs simply want to be upfront with others. In most cases ENTJs would rather be sincere, but there are moments when pandering can really benefit them. ENTJs can seem a bit harsh to others, but when they need to charm someone in order to get what they need, the ENTJ will be surprisingly smooth and charismatic.
INTPs can become irritated with people who are insincere and seem to pander to others. INTPs can see this as being insincere and even using people’s weaknesses against them. They would much rather spend their time with people who need this sort of fake reassurance. INTPs are capable of seeing the good in others, they just don’t hand out compliments constantly. They would much rather share these things in an honest way, when it feels right to them. That is why a compliment from an INTP is such a valuable thing, if they say it they likely mean it on a deeper level.
ENTPs are interesting people, who simply enjoy pushing the boundaries in order to learn more about something. While ENTPs are sometimes blunt and upfront people, they also pander on occasion. They enjoy seeing how people will respond, and want to figure out just how capable they are of charming others. ENTPs will sometimes pander, just to see how far they can take someone with their flattery. ENTPs love being able to push the limits, and want to challenge themselves.
ITSJs are definitely sincere people, who would rather be blunt than fake. They don’t want to pander to people just to make them happy, and feel like this is a bit shady. ISTJs would rather move forward in life by being honest and working hard. They are always pushing themselves to do the best they can, which often gets them far in life. ISTJs definitely don’t enjoy having to pander to people, and in most cases they will refuse to compromise themselves in this way.
ESTJs are definitely not panderers, and would much rather be upfront with people. ESTJs can actually be a little blunt with others, and might have a hard time dishing out compliments. They prefer to focus on getting things done, and value efficiency over protecting the feelings of others. ESTJs do care deeply for their loved ones, they just aren’t focused on tending to their emotional needs. ESTJs would much rather take care of the practical needs of the people close to them, and believe those to be more important.
ISFJs are very focused on the emotions of others, and would much rather maintain harmony. They can sometimes pander to others, in order to ensure that they are happy. They don’t want to see people upset, and the ISFJ will often try very hard to make them feel better. If things are getting out of the hand, they will utilize their ability to appeal to others, and will often pander in order to make that person feel better and maintain a sense of calm.
ESFJs are definitely capable of pandering, and might do this in order to maintain a sense of harmony. They want to make others happy, and hate seeing others uncomfortable with themselves. ESFJs will sometimes pander to the emotions of others, in order to calm them down and make them feel better. They don’t do this for malicious reasons, but simply want to make people feel better. ESFJs hate seeing others in pain and will do whatever it takes to fix this.
ISTPs are definitely not pandering people, and would much rather be sincere. In most cases the ISTP will keep to themselves, and enjoy having time to dive into their own thoughts. They don’t enjoy having to suck up to someone, just to get what they want. ISTPs would much rather do their own thing, and rarely find it necessary to toss out random compliments. They are certainly capable of giving sincere compliments to people they care for, but will only do this when it feels right.
ESTPs are not usually the type to pander and would rather be upfront with people. ESTPs can be a bit blunt when it comes to expressing themselves, and would rather spread factual information. While ESTPs do prefer to be upfront with others, they do have moments where pandering makes sense to them. If the ESTP feels like appealing to someone will help them be more likable or move forward in some way, they will certainly be capable of this.
ISFPs are definitely more interested in being sincere, but they are very sensitive to the emotions of others. They don’t want to see someone upset or hurting, and will likely try to bring up their mood. The ISFP is skilled at seeing the best in people, and will try to bring out sincere compliments. ISFPs don’t do this just to pander, and would rather be as honest as possible. While they might enjoy making people feel good, they want to do this in an honest way.
ESFPs are definitely considerate of other people, and might pander a bit to make them feel better. ESFPs can sometimes appeal to people’s emotions in order to make them like them. They are very aware that being charming can get the right amount of attention from others, and ESFPs enjoy when others like them. They simply dislike negativity, so they often try to find a way to bring up the mood.