Here’s How Well You Compartmentalize Your Life, Based on Your Personality Type

For some people separating and organizing parts of their life is often natural. They can compartmentalize their feelings and their lives in a way that helps them keep things separated. Others find this challenging and feel like there should be an even flow with everything in their lives. Here is how well you compartmentalize things, based on your personality type.



INFJs often want the different parts of their lives to be connected, but they are good at compartmentalizing if they must. For the INFJ it is important to look at everything from a different perspective, since they realize that people will respond differently based on how they behave. When the INFJ is in different situations or with different people, they often behave accordingly. This is because they can compartmentalize parts of their lives and their personality, in order to pull out what is needed in that situation.


ENFJs can certainly compartmentalize their lives, especially when it is necessary. They often need to keep things separate and organized in their lives so that they can get things done and take care of everyone. Sometimes the ENFJs needs to compartmentalize in order to actually be around certain people, and sometimes they do this for their own sanity. ENFJs seem very open to most people but they are actually very personal people who don’t open up to just anyone. They want to people to think they are open with them though, so the ENFJ will share things in a way that doesn’t really expose themselves.


For the INFP compartmentalizing can be a bit challenging, since they want their lives to be integrated. They don’t like keep certain parts of themselves or their lives separate from one another. The INFP wants to feel comfortable being open with everyone and with themselves as well. They don’t like having to keep things separate, and want to feel like they can share each part of their lives with someone special. When it comes to their relationships INFPs really dislike the idea of compartmentalizing, and prefer to have things flow naturally.


ENFPs can sometimes struggle to compartmentalize things in their lives, since this can feel like too much effort for them. They want everything to be connected and want a comfortable flow within the structure of their lives. ENFPs might feel like there is something insincere about compartmentalizing, and almost like it means they are hiding things. They are happiest when they are open and everything flows naturally within their lives. Some ENFPs might compartmentalize themselves, but this usually happens when they have been deeply hurt and feel the need to protect against this in the future.



For the INTJ compartmentalizing often comes naturally, and happens because they see it as the most logical action. When it comes to having good business sense the INTJ often realizes that this requires them to compartmentalize many things in their lives. They can be focused and somewhat cold when they are at work, but at caring and patient when they are with loved ones. The INTJ realizes that it is important to keep certain behaviors and thoughts separated in order to function at their absolute best in life.


ENTJs often compartmentalize things naturally, since this helps them become more efficient in their lives. For the ENTJ being focused and efficient is extremely important, and they don’t like letting anything stand in their way. They realize that they often need to keep things separated in their lives, in order to function at their absolute best. In order to get things done at work, the ENTJ needs to leave their personal life aside and needs to be more cold and focused. When they are with loved ones they need to shift gears in a way that comes from compartmentalizing their lives.


INTPs can actually struggle to compartmentalize actively within their lives, but in some ways they will do it naturally. INTPs often compartmentalize themselves and their behaviors when they are around different friends, since they feel differently with each unique personality they spend time with. Where INTPs can struggle with compartmentalizing, is when it comes to their personal and professional lives. Sometimes these things start to bleed into one another, and the INTP has trouble differentiating their behaviors between the two.


ENTPs can sometimes have a hard time compartmentalizing, since they live their lives bouncing from one thing to the next. They aren’t always great at separating certain behaviors and parts of themselves, since they prefer to see how different responses might affect those around them. ENTPs don’t often want to compartmentalize, instead they want to let things flow in a way that helps them learn and experience things to the fullest. ENTPs also dislike trying to behave a certain way to please others, and would rather just be themselves regardless.



ISTJs are often capable of compartmentalizing when it comes to how they know they should behave in front of certain people. ISTJs are aware that in order to achieve their goals and get along with others, they must keep parts of themselves separated in the right way. ISTJs realize that they need to behave cordially at work, and keep parts of their personality private. They only share their true personality with the select few people they trust completely, because to them most would not understand.


ESTJs do understand how to compartmentalize, especially when it comes to separating their personal and business lives. The ESTJ realizes that they need to keep parts of their personality private, and only share them with a select few people. They also do this because they are often guarded people, who don’t feel at ease being completely open about themselves with everyone. ESTJs have layers of themselves which they only share with people who they can trust on a deeper level.


ISFJs can definitely compartmentalize their lives when it seems like the right decision. They are people pleasers, and so they will often behave differently in order to keep the peace. ISFJs want to create a sense of harmony in their environment and care deeply about making their loved ones happy. They will do whatever they can to please others and this often requires compartmentalizing parts of themselves and their lives in order to do so.


ESFJs are definitely capable of compartmentalizing, and usually do this depending on the people they are around. ESFJs will behave differently in order to please those around them, and keep them more at ease. When the ESFJ is at work they often have a different tone, versus how they behave with their friends. ESFJs want people to see them as open, so that they can truly connect with others. While they want it seem this way ESFJ often keep a lot of themselves completely private, only trusting a rare few people with this side of themselves.



ISTPs don’t really like having to compartmentalize their lives, but they are capable of it. They simply don’t like doing this in order to please others and will allow themselves to behave whatever way they want. ISTPs live in the present and sometimes can bounce from one thing to the next rather quickly. This desire to live in the moment can actually cause them to avoid compartmentalizing their lives, since they live with less structure than is required to do this.


ESTPs do compartmentalize when they absolutely have to, but they often struggle with it. They live their lives in the present and sometimes they bounce from one thing to the next. This causes the ESTP to be more open and have a hard time keeping things separated. ESTPs believe in living life on their own terms and this sometimes makes it challenging for them to keep things separate, causing parts of their lives to bleed together.


ISFPs do have a hard time compartmentalizing themselves and their lives, because they want to be open about who they are. For the ISFP it often feels unnatural to hide parts of themselves just to please the people around them. They want to be sincere in everything they do and live their lives following their hearts. The fact that they follow their inner emotions can make it truly difficult for the ISFP to compartmentalize.


ESFPs often have a hard time compartmentalizing their lives and their personalities. They are open and expressive and don’t like having to refrain who they are just to please others. They don’t like having to hold back parts of themselves just to get the response they might want. ESFPs like to be open and want to be themselves no matter what that means for those around them. It can actually be rather challenging for them to compartmentalize, and often this doesn’t feel natural.

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