Here’s How Self-Righteous You Can Be, Based on Your Personality Type

Some people can get a little bit self-righteous, especially when they believe they are on the moral high ground. Even some of the best and kindest people can have trouble with this from time to time. Here is how self-righteous each personality type can be.



INFJs can seem a bit self-righteous when they feel very strongly about something. They often try to keep an open mind though, and don’t like to appear like they are superior to others. INFJs understand that everyone can have different opinions, and they are also aware that things are not as simple as black and white. While INFJs try to be humble and avoid allowing their self-righteous side to come out, there are times when people bring this out in them. If the INFJ is around someone who is clearly ignorant and also boatful about it, they can become rather determined to shut this person down.


ENFJs can have times when they appear self-righteous, especially when they have people to stand up for and defend. ENFJs don’t really like behaving superior to others, and in most cases try to keep this side of themselves at bay. They know how to connect with others which helps them avoid being smug towards them. The only times when the ENFJ will become self-righteous, is when they are around someone who brings this out in them. People who are cruel to others and believe they know better, might see the darker side of the ENFJ come out.


While INFPs are caring people who try to be humble, they can definitely have self-righteous moments once in a while. Their strong sense of inner morals can lead them down a path that causes the INFP to feel a bit superior to others in some ways. This isn’t something that occurs in all INFPs, and is only in the ones who don’t learn to strengthen their other functions. They can become a bit smug when they feel like the person they are speaking with is in the wrong and has a lack of morals. INFPs have a hard time connecting with people who do not follow a positive system of inner morals, and might become self-righteous around them.


ENFPs don’t often like to appear superior to others, and prefer to remain humble when they can. For ENFPs it is also important to have a strong sense of morals, and they strive to make the right choices. When the ENFP is around someone who is pushing others around, they can develop this self-righteous sense of morals which can make them become a bit smug towards those people. They are very interested in exploring new things and opening themselves up to possibilities, but some ENFP can become stuck in their inner morals to a point where it makes them appear self-righteous.



INTJs can sometimes become a bit self-righteous, especially when they are around people they see as ignorant. INTJs work hard to amass as much knowledge as possible, and dislike feeling ignorant in any situation. This combined with their own inner morals, can sometimes cause the INTJ to be a bit self-righteous around certain people. They are fully aware of the things they are knowledgeable in, and will lose respect for people who do not listen to their reason and logic. When the INTJ is around these types of people they certainly appear self-righteous and a bit smug.


ENTJs have moments of being a bit self-righteous, especially when it comes to the information they know to be true. They don’t like having people around them who are ignorant and incapable of opening themselves up to the proper facts being presented to them. When the ENTJ is around someone who is both ignorant and stubborn, they can become very self-righteous and even smug about it. ENTJs have strong beliefs and are very aware of their goals, and they will not allow someone to stand in their way.


INTPs do have times where they can appear a bit self-righteous, especially when they feel very strongly about something. They try to avoid being around people who have a hard time accepting their knowledge base, but this does happen from time to time. When the INTP is sure of something they have often spent a lot of time and energy working to be this aware of what the truth is. They don’t become sure until they have truly done the research, and sometimes this desire for precision can cause the INTP to appear self-righteous to those who do not fully understand them.


ENTPs don’t like to be self-righteous, and prefer to approach things from an open-minded perspective. ENTPs do enjoy learning and challenging people, so they might appear a bit smug sometimes. This isn’t because they sincerely are this self-righteous, they simply want to test the boundaries of the people around them in order to learn more. Sometimes this requires them to appear completely sure of one side, even if they are simply playing devil’s advocate. ENTPs are constantly searching to learn and experience new things, instead of remaining stagnant.



ISTJs aren’t really the self-righteous types, mostly because they prefer to keep to themselves. They would much rather get their work done and take care of things, and don’t want to get caught up in other people’s drama. The only time the self-righteous side of the ISTJ comes out, is when people continue to push their buttons and suggest they aren’t working hard enough. They might become rather frustrated to the point of finding a way to put this person in their place, and it can certainly come out in a rather self-righteous manner.


ESTJs can be self-righteous at times, simply because they know their accomplishments and their beliefs. When the ESTJ believes they are in the right, they will not back down to someone. They can be a bit haughty when they are sure of themselves, but this comes from years of effort and learning. ESTJs focus hard on something and will do whatever it takes to get the job done. They are efficient people who know how to solve the problems they are faced with, and can become a bit smug towards people who they see as lazy.


ISFJs aren’t often viewed as self-righteous people, since they prefer to remain humble. They don’t like to appear like they are superior to others, and find it easier to connect with them. An ISFJ who has grown up in the judgmental environment can however become a bit self-righteous. They are often products of their environment and will respond to things based on what they are accustomed to. The ISFJ who has been around this sort of upbringing can become self-righteous when they believe themselves to be in the moral high ground.


ESFJs aren’t often self-righteous people, especially since they have a strong sense of empathy. They can often connect with and understand people on a deeper level. The only times ESFJs can sometimes become self-righteous, is when they encounter people they deem to be cruel and selfish. They might feel superior to this person without intending to, and might behave smugly towards them. ESFJs simply believe in caring for others and strive to make their loved ones happy, and they believe strongly in this goal.



ISTPs aren’t often seen as self-righteous people simply because they prefer to be on their own most of the time. Instead of being the one to judge others, ISTPs simply want space and freedom. They understand that people are going to make errors in life, and they don’t mind as long as it does not affect them directly. The only times ISTPs can become a bit self-righteous is when they know the facts of a situation and someone continues to boast about incorrect information.


ESTPs do have moments where they can be a bit self-righteous, especially when they feel strongly about something. If the ESTP believes they are in the right and someone else is simply ignorant, they can get a bit smug about it. They amass a lot of knowledge from researching and learning, but sometimes this can cause them to appear a little haughty about what they do know. ESTPs don’t intend to behave this way though, and will certainly try not to appear judgmental or superior.


ISFPs aren’t often self-righteous people, even though they do have strong inner morals. They simply don’t like judging others and prefer to focus on doing good themselves. They strive to do the right thing, but they understand that everyone is different. ISFPs are free-spirits, and often want others to feel free to be themselves around them. They don’t really draw near to most people though, and find it challenging to find someone special enough to connect with on a deeper level.


ESFPs often prefer to focus on having fun and living in the present, which makes them avoid certain self-righteous behaviors. At their best the ESFP loves to connect with others and is capable of making every moment a complete party. They know how to make the most out of any given situation, and will have fun doing it. When ESFPs are at their worst however, they can appear self-righteous towards people they feel are cruel or selfish. They might feel that they are superior to those people, and as if they are much more giving.


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