Written By Kirsten Moodie
Here’s How Optimistic You Are, According To Your Personality Type
While some people are extremely pessimistic, others prefer to maintain a sense of optimism in life. Here is how optimistic each personality type actually is.
INFJs are generally more cynical and realistic than they are optimistic. They do have a deep hope inside of them that the world can be a beautiful place, and often feel burdened to find a way to help in changing things. INFJs want to make the world a better place, and believe in being kind and helpful to others. They often have this nagging belief that they are meant to serve a greater purpose, and this is often why INFJ do make a different in the world- even if that difference is only for the people close to them. They sometimes are fearful of being too optimistic, because this can cause them to feel overwhelmed when they become disappointment.
ENFJs are definitely optimistic people, with a drive to push themselves forward. They want to make a difference for others, and because of this they never stop trying. ENFJs are almost always seen on-the-go, and are constantly juggling a million errands. The ENFJ wants to help others and enjoys making people happy, which is what makes them such wonderful people to be around. Their warm hearts cause the ENFJ to feel hopeful and optimistic that there are other good people out there in the world. They are often the ones who create their own positivity, simply because they put forth the effort.
INFPs are often a mix of emotions, they can be both pessimistic and optimistic. For the INFP it entirely depends upon their current mood, since they experience a rainbow of emotions all at once. There are sometimes when the INFP feels unbelievably pessimistic, and this is often after they experience a great disappointment in their lives. There are other times in their lives where the INFP feels very hopeful and optimistic for the future ahead of them. They actually have a healthy combination of both emotions, which helps the INFP to cope with what happens in their lives.
ENFPs are generally very optimistic people, who enjoy remaining positive. They dislike allowing life to get them down, even when they go through struggles. ENFPs realize that life is hard for everyone, but there is no need to be miserable about it all of the time. They would rather remain optimistic and hopeful that things will continue to get better and move forward in their lives. This optimistic attitude really helps the ENFP find healthy ways to cope with stress and anything negative that happens in their lives. Like anyone they do have times where they feel overwhelmed and a bit pessimistic, but ENFPs try to remain positive.
INTJs are not optimistic people, they are simply realistic people. They like to observe and understand the facts, instead of allowing emotions to overtake them. INTJs are not pessimistic either, but instead they like to take things for what they are. The INTJ will be as realistic as possible when making decisions and when looking towards the future. This awareness truly helps the INTJ to navigate their lives in a beneficial and intelligent manner. Instead of being blindly optimistic, the INTJ will observe the potential negative outcomes and find ways to plan for it.
ENTJs are certainly positive people, but that does not mean they are blindly optimistic. Instead of allowing emotions to control them, ENTJs prefer to focus on the facts and information at hand. They are often very strategic people, and will assess the situation in order to find the best possible path forward. ENTJs are realistic people, but they also have a true passion for life and everything it has to offer. They know how to be focused and driven people, but at the same time they also know how to have fun.
INTPs are certainly not optimistic people, and if anything they are often cynical. INTPs are skilled at observing all of the various possibilities, which can cause them to be a bit negative about how things might turn out. Their ability to see the various possible outcomes of the future, can bring the INTP down a bit sometimes. They are capable of finding out exactly what could go wrong, but they are also skilled at planning ways around this. INTPs are realistic, which can sometimes cause them to be cynical minded people.
ENTPs are an unusual combination of cynical and optimistic- which makes them very interesting people. They are often accepting of the way things are, and realize that they don’t have the let it bring them down. When the ENTP has people in their lives who care for them, it helps them to remain positive and hopeful about the future. They use their intelligence and passion as a way to help them remain optimistic about things. ENTPs do have moments of cynicism though, but they often use humor to deflect against their feelings.
ISTJs are certainly not optimistic people, but instead they are realistic. ISTJs prefer to see things how they are, instead of being blindly optimistic. They realize that things can go wrong, and would much rather prepare for those situations. ISTJs ability to research and understand things, helps them to plan for the future in an intelligent way. They are often positive about the future, but they want to plan things and prepare for the bad beforehand. Being prepared helps the ISTJ feel ready for whatever might come.
ESTJs are often optimistic people, but at the same time they prefer to be prepared. When the ESTJ is capable of researching and preparing for the future, they feel extremely positive about it. They dislike walking into things without being ready for all of the negative possibilities, because they are fully aware that there are many things that could go wrong. ESTJs are certainly not pessimistic people, but they dislike being naïve in any situation.
ISTJs are actually surprisingly optimistic people, who are constantly hoping for the best. They can be a bit high stress though, and want to do what they can to prepare for things. ISFJs worry about their loved ones very much, and want to prepare for the worst at all times. When the ISFJ is capable of preparing for things, they will feel extremely optimistic for the future. They dislike dwelling on too much negativity, and want to keep harmony in their environment.
ESFJs are often affected by their surroundings and the people closest to them. This causes the ESFJ to be pessimistic or optimistic, depending on the company that they keep. If the people in their lives truly need someone to be optimistic in order to help them, the ESFJ will become this person. They do whatever it takes to make their loved ones as happy as possible. ESFJs dislike feeling out of control, and want to ensure that things are taken care of. At their core ESFJs are hopeful people who are constantly trying to stay optimistic about the future.
ISTPs are often cynical and realistic people, who prefer to understand things fully. They do not want to be naively optimistic about the future, and instead would be aware of things ISTP realize that things can go wrong, but at the same time they are resign to this fact. They understand that life is all about the ups and down, and you simply have to take things as they come. ISTPs are certainly not optimistic people but they are not pessimistic either. Instead the ISTP is a realist, with a desire to enjoy the present moment.
ESTPs are definitely not optimistic people, but instead of more realistic. They understand that life is not always going to be perfect, but they believe that they can achieve their goals. The ESTP often wants to take matters into their own hands in order to create a better future for themselves and their loved ones. Instead of just allowing things the happen, the ESTP will work hard to obtain what they want in life. They realize that things aren’t going to come their way if they don’t reach for their goals.
ISFPs are very optimistic people, who prefer to remain positive and at peace with their lives. They almost always believe that things will get better, even when they are experiencing dark times. The ISFP knows that if they remain positive, good things will come their way. They want to enjoy the present moment, instead of dwelling on the past or pushing too hard towards the future. ISFPs realize that life is about enjoying the moment, before it passes you by.
ESFPs are extremely optimistic people, which can sometimes get them into trouble. They want to remain positive about the future, and dislike too much negativity. ESFPs can be the worst situation possible, and they will still try their hardest to remain optimistic. They might have moments where they feel down and simply want to cry to their loved ones- but the ESFP will never give up hope that things will get better. They often believe that things will change, and are constantly trying to be strong.