Written By Kirsten Moodie
Here’s How Stoic You Can Be, Based on Your Personality Type
While some people are extremely stoic, others have a hard time holding their emotions back. Here is how stoic each personality type is most likely to be.
INFJs are warm and giving people, but they do have an occasionally stoic side to their personality. They aren’t the most open with their emotions, especially with people they don’t know all that well. INFJs are very private people, who often fear exposing themselves too much. They have such rich inner minds that their world can be very caught up internally. When the INFJ is upset or bothered by something, they are very capable of remaining stoic and externally unchanged. While there is a sea of emotions going on inside of them, the INFJ can keep this from showing outwardly. They are entirely different with people they love and trust, and will likely feel a need to open up to those people.
ENFJs are outgoing and warm people, who strive to care for others. Their giving nature makes the ENFJ expressing and friendly towards people. They can have a rather high level of energy, since they are constantly pushing themselves to get things done. ENFJs never seem to sit still much and are always trying to move forward and keep it together. They can be both expressive and stoic, depending on the situation and who they are around. ENFJs will be willing to express certain emotions in front of others, and will only be stoic when they feel it is necessary to guard themselves.
INFPs are usually not stoic people, and prefer to be open and sincere. While INFPs can be a bit guarded in front of strangers, it can still be difficult for them to be completely stoic. INFPs have a hard time holding back their feelings, since they are simply upfront people. They dislike being fake, and prefer to be themselves no matter what. INFPs have a hard time with stoicism, and often have expressive reactions to things that cause them intense emotions. They have times when they are frustrated or angry, but that shows in a much different way.
ENFPs are definitely not stoic people, and are actually extremely expressive. They have a hard time containing their feelings, and can actually become very excited. ENFPs don’t want to pretend or hold back, and simply enjoy living their lives to the fullest. They aren’t afraid of being themselves, and often have a harder time holding back their feelings. They rarely appear stoic, and might find it to be a bit fake and unnecessary. ENFPs are positive and enthusiastic people, who enjoy being able to explore new things in life.
INTJs are definitely stoic people, and prefer to keep their emotions to themselves. They aren’t always the most outwardly expressive people, since that sort of emotional display does not come naturally for them. INTJs thoughts and feelings are extremely internal, since they have such active inner minds. They do best keeping these things to themselves, and naturally appear stoic to others. Sometimes INTJs even seem angry, but that is just because they are being pensive. Their stoicism can sometimes be misunderstood by others, but it simply comes from the fact that INTJs have so much going internally, which isn’t expressed easily.
ENTJs are sometimes stoic people, since they are so focused on getting things done. They aren’t the most emotionally expressive people, and are more interested in logic and efficiency. ENTJs are hardworking people, who are much more focused on their futures than they are expressing their emotions. They are capable of being fun and inviting people, it entirely depends upon their move and the current situation. They simply are not comfortable expressing their emotions, and struggle to be outwardly expressive people.
INTPs actually appear rather stoic, since they do not express their emotions easily. INTPs are very internal people, with rich and active inner minds. They spend a lot of their time and energy analyzing information, and enjoy being caught up in their own thoughts. INTPs might even believe they are being expressive, when their appearance is rather stoic. They don’t easily express their feelings, and aren’t the most emotionally open people. INTPs are often stoic, even when they are trying to be open and expressive.
ENTPs can be somewhat stoic people, especially if they are caught up in their own thoughts. They definitely are versatile people, who can bounce from being expressive and warm, to analytical and stoic. ENTPs enjoy being able to push their own boundaries, which can make them become more expressive than they are normally comfortable with. They are intelligent people, who are always exploring new things and trying to expand their lives. ENTPs have days when their minds are so active that they appear rather stoic to others, and have a hard time coming out of their thoughts.
ISTJs are internal and private people, which can make them appear rather stoic. They prefer to keep their thoughts and feelings to themselves, and struggle to be too expressive. ISTJs are generally stoic people simply because open expression does not come naturally for them. They are focused and driven individuals, who value efficiency and hard work. This makes the ISTJ distant from their emotions, and rarely allows them room to openly express themselves.
ESTJs are hardworking people who focus on efficiency and value community. While ESTJs are friendly and enjoy being around loved ones, they can also be a bit stoic. For ESTJs it entirely depends upon their mood and the current situation. When the ESTJ wants to give off a certain mood of being focused, they will be stoic and a bit zoned into their actions. If the ESTJ is spending time with loved ones, they can be more outgoing and expressive. They are rarely overly emotional people though, and still won’t be expressive with their feelings.
ISFJs are private and warm people, but sometimes they can be a bit stoic. If the ISFJ is very focused on getting something done, they can keep their emotions inside. They don’t want to become upset in front of others, especially if it will upset or disrupt the harmony in their environment. ISFJs want to tend to the needs of others, and being too expressive can hinder that. They enjoy being expressive in a fun and loving way, but not in a negative manner. If the ISFJ is feeling upset or overwhelmed, they will often become stoic in order to hide that.
ESFJs are caring and warm people, but they can be surprisingly stoic. While ESFJs enjoy hearing about other people’s feelings, and will do their best to be supportive, they are sometimes avoidant of their own emotions. ESFJs are naturally in tune with the emotions of others, but struggle to sort through their own. If the ESFJ feels like their expression of emotions is going to upset someone else, they will likely bottle those feelings up. They are very capable of appearing outwardly stoic, and sometimes struggle to be expressive with feelings. At the same time, ESFJs are fun and enthusiastic people who are expressive when they want to be.
ISTPs are sometimes stoic people, since they prefer to keep things to themselves. ISTPs are very internal with their thoughts, and can sometimes become intense about it. Their expression is usually as though they are aloof and emotionless, even when the ISTP has a mountain of thoughts and feelings inside of them. They prefer to keep things to themselves, and often find expression a bit unnatural. ISTPs keep most things to themselves, but would unlikely be expressive people even if they wanted to.
ESTPs are sometimes expressive and sometimes stoic, depending on their mood. When the ESTP wants to be friendly and outgoing, they have a hard time holding themselves back. They are also rather open with their loved ones, and can express their feelings to the people they trust deeply. While ESTPs are capable of being expressive, they can also be a bit stoic. If they are feeling overwhelmed and don’t want others to recognize this, the ESTP will likely shut down and be unexpressive people.
ISFPs are definitely not stoic people, and are naturally emotionally focused. They dislike holding things back and might feel that it is being fake and insincere. ISFPs believe in following their hearts, and don’t want to pretend for anyone. They might even have a hard time keeping their feelings inside, and will often have them written all of their faces. While the ISFP might not verbalize their emotions, they are rarely capable of being stoic about them.
ESFPs are not stoic people naturally, and are much more expressive. They often have a hard time holding things back, and are more comfortable being open. They are the type of people who will share information with completely strangers, simply because they are friendly and social. ESFPs hate having to hold themselves back, because they enjoy feeling comfortable being themselves. They don’t hide their emotions, and don’t feel like they should have to do so. ESFPs will likely have a hard time being stoic even if they wanted to, it just isn’t who they are.
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