Here’s How Well You Handle Being Rescued, Based on Your Personality Type

Even though we all need help from time to time, some people struggle with this idea of being rescued. While some prefer to be the ones rescuing others, it can be challenging for them to be on the receiving end. Here is how well you handle being rescued, based on your personality type.



INFJs can actually have a hard time with the idea of being rescued, and are more comfortable reversing those roles. They can feel guilty or like they aren’t worthy of being rescued by someone else. This can make them a bit avoidant in these situations, and they might try to push people away who are trying to help them. The INFJ who does need rescuing can sometimes be in denial of this, but when someone continues to push through their walls in order to help them it ultimately is something the INFJ will appreciate on a deep level.


ENFJs don’t usually like being the one that needs rescuing, instead they prefer to help others. They are often the ones who strive to be stable and capable of taking care of things themselves. ENFJs can become upset if it seems like they aren’t doing well and aren’t in control, so they rarely accept the idea of needing help. When the ENFJ needs to be rescued they can be a bit standoffish, denying that they truly need this assistance. When someone does come in and help them though, it can be something they greatly appreciate if it is done the right way.


INFPs can handle being rescued if it is by someone who they care for and admire. If they need someone to come in and help them it can actually be something they romanticize in some ways. The idea of someone coming in to rescue them when they are in need, is not something that leaves the INFP feeling insecure. While they want to be capable of taking care of things themselves, it is more about the idea that someone would care about them enough to go out of their way to help the INFP.


ENFPs can struggle with the idea of being rescued sometimes, wanting to be strong and independent. Deep down they might romanticize the idea of someone loving them enough to come out of nowhere and save them from the negative things in their lives. For ENFPs it can be challenging to figure out which parts of their lives are fantasy and which they want to be their reality. They do have a romantic side and sometimes that can make the thought of being saved rather nice. For them it is often appealing to think of finding someone where they can actually save each other in different ways.



INTJs rarely enjoy the thought of being rescued, and would much rather rescue themselves. They don’t usually accept help from others, unless it is someone they trust completely. INTJs would rather find a way to take care of their own problems, and so they often struggle the thought of needing to be rescued. They are independent people who strive to do things their own way and are always trying to learn to improve themselves in whatever way they can.


ENTJs usually don’t see themselves being rescued, instead they prefer to be the ones doing the rescuing. They enjoy being someone who is strong and capable and can swoop in and save the day. ENTJs might see it as weakness if they need help from someone else, and would rarely allow someone to rescue them from a situation. They are a bit stubborn when it comes to these things, and can be proud people as far as accepting assistance from those around them.


INTPs don’t like the idea of being rescued and can actually be a bit stubborn when needing help. They are independent people who can be a bit prideful in situations where others try to help them. Sometimes INTPs can misunderstand when someone is seeking to assist them, and will feel like they are being patronized. They want to be able to do things themselves without constantly having people hover over them, since this can feel a bit smothering for the INTP.


ENTPs aren’t like to take being rescued well at all, unless it is truly necessary. Someone who is constantly trying to help them can actually feel like they are being smothered. ENTPs like to follow their own path and most of the time they don’t feel like they need someone to rescue them. If they are making mistakes they want to be able to learn from them without having someone swoop in to fix it. ENTPs aren’t fans of being rescued, they prefer to take care of these things themselves.



ISTJs usually prefer to be the ones doing the rescuing, since they are capable of focused people. Having someone try to help them can be a bit frustrating, and might make them feel overwhelmed. ISTJs prefer to take care of things themselves and can see it as a sign of weakness if they accept too much help from others. They simply want to work hard to grow and become capable and efficient people. When the ISTJ has someone who consistently tries to rescue them, it might feel like they are failing.


ESTJs definitely don’t like being rescued and are more likely to be the one doing the rescuing. They seek to be strong and efficient people, always chasing after their goals. If someone consistently tries to help the ESTJ it can feel patronizing and will likely frustrate them immensely. They sometimes take it as a sign of weakness to need someone to come in and rescue them, and so they don’t like this type of situation at all.


While ISFJs are hardworking and giving people, the idea of being rescued can be hard to handle sometimes. They don’t want to be seen as weak and sometimes it can cause them to struggle when they need help from someone. While ISFJs might struggle with this at first, ultimately if they really need the help they will enjoy having someone who cares enough to step in.


ESFJs are giving and focused people, who try hard to always provide for their loved ones. While it can be hard for them to ask for help, that doesn’t mean they won’t accept it. If someone swoops in and tries to rescue the ESFJ, it can actually be truly touching for them. They work so hard to take care of everyone else, so having someone see that they need help and actually step in to do so, that is somewhat of a dream come true for the ESFJ.



ISTPs definitely don’t take well to the idea of being rescued, and can become a bit surly from it. Someone trying to help them can feel like they are being judged, or like they don’t respect their choices. ISTPs are perfectly fine with cleaning up their own messes and rarely want someone to step in and fix everything for them.


ESTPs aren’t really fans of being rescued in most situations, and would rather take care of things themselves. If the ESTP is truly struggling though, and feels like they are in over their heads, it can be nice to have someone come in and help. They don’t like asking for help though, and really need someone who is willing to step in without being asked.


ISFPs actually don’t mind the idea of being rescued, especially by someone who cares for them. The thought that someone would save them from whatever they are struggling with, is truly touching for the ISFP. They want to be able to make their own choices and live with a sense of independence, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a romantic spirit.


While ESFPs can appear independent and strong-willed, they do enjoy the thought of being rescued. Having someone swoop in and save them from their struggles, is truly a fantasy for most ESFPs. It is more about the idea that someone cares enough to rescue them, and that person will do anything for the ESFP. They enjoy having people they can rely on when things get tough, and this is what helps them feel truly loved.

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