Written By Kirsten Moodie
Here’s How Well You Respond to Body Language, Based on Your Personality Type
Body language is a major part of communication, but some people don’t pay enough attention to it. Here is how you respond to body language, based on your personality type.
INFJs are responsive people, who pay attention to their surroundings. They pay attention to the details and behaviors of people, which is why they can often read them so well. INFJs can certainly recognize certain body language behaviors and will use them to better understand someone and what they are feeling. INFJs are in tune with the emotions of others, and while verbal responses are a bit part of how they understand others, their body language is an even bigger part. INFJs are not the most verbal people sometimes, which is why others being able to pick up on body language is important for them.
ENFJs are definitely good at understanding body language, which is why they are so good at reading the emotions of others. While ENFJs pay attention to what people are saying, they pay even more attention to their body language. They realize that the way people behave physically can often show how they are feeling much more than what they are saying. Body language is important to ENFJs and they naturally have an ability to recognize people’s physical cues.
INFPs are introverted people, so they often prefer to take a step back instead of getting into the center of thing. This can help them pick up on cues that other people are expressing to others. They definitely respond to body language, but they also don’t like to pry. They want to give people space, which is why they aren’t constantly paying close attention to the inner emotions of others. INFPs would rather let people express themselves when they are ready to do so.
ENFPs do pay attention to the body language of others, even if they don’t make this clear about themselves. They don’t always want people to realize how much they are picking up on, and enjoy giving people freedom. They will pay attention to people’s behaviors and simply store it away in case they need that information later on. ENFPs prefer to focus on their own independence and don’t like to hover or smother people with their observations.
INTJs definitely try to pay attention to as much information as they can absorb, but only when it seems important. INTJs might not always pay close attention to other people’s body language, since they might not care to. They don’t enjoy having to read into the tiniest details of someone else’s behavior, since they prefer people to be upfront and honest. If for some reason the INTJ believes it is important, they will take the time to figure out what is going on with that individual. INTJs also aren’t the most expressive people themselves, so body language might be the best way to understand their behaviors or feelings.
ENTJs are more focused on paying attention to their goals and strive to get things done. They prefer to focus on their own priorities and responsibilities, and dislike having to constantly pay attention to the emotions of others. For the ENTJ it is important to maintain a sense of space from those around them, and they enjoy having independence. ENTJs aren’t great at reading others, since they prefer not to constantly pay attention to their behaviors unless it is someone they care deeply for.
INTPs definitely try to pay close attention to details, and often will attempt to read body language more than verbal responses. INTPs realize that not everything people say is actually what they mean. They are well aware that body language is an important means of expressing oneself, and will definitely try to read this in others. They definitely attempt to pay close attention to the body language of those around them in order to get a better read on their behaviors. INTPs simply aren’t great at understanding emotions, so what they pick up on can be difficult for them to process.
ENTPs definitely realize that body language is an important part of understanding others. They will certainly pay close attention to someone’s physical responses when they are attempting to read them better. While ENTPs can pick up on body language and try to understand someone’s behaviors better this way, they can lack understanding of their emotions. It might be difficult for them to process what they perceive in that person, since emotions aren’t really their strong suit.
ISTJs aren’t always great at reading body language, since they prefer that people are upfront with what they want. They aren’t fans of having to dig deeper, since reading emotions can be difficult for them. ISTJs want the people around them to be clear and honest with them about what they want and what they are feeling. This way the ISTJ can find a practical solution to whatever problem that person is facing. For ISTJs having to pick up on subtle cues isn’t really their strong suit.
ESTJs definitely aren’t fans of having to pick up on body language and more subtle behaviors. They would rather be around people who are independent and upfront about their needs. If someone is upset or in need of something the ESTJ wants that person to clearly express this to them without holding back. People who constantly require someone to read their body language, will frustrate and confuse the ESTJ immensely.
ISFJs are caring people who definitely want to pay close attention to the needs of those around them. ISFJs recognize the importance of body language and will definitely pay close attention. They realize that picking up on the physical behavior of those around them will help to understand what they are actually feeling. People don’t always express themselves sincerely, and their body language will give away what they are truly feeling.
ESFJs definitely respond well to body language and take time to recognize someone’s physical responses. ESFJs often naturally do this, which helps them understand the emotions of those around them. ESFJs are in tune with the feelings of others and care deeply about the needs of their loved ones. Because of this connection to the emotions of others, ESFJs pay close attention to their body language in order to understand what they are actually feeling and not just what they are verbalizing to others.
ISTPs don’t really pay close attention to the emotions of others, since they prefer to maintain a sense of independence. They don’t like having to pick up on the subtle behavior of others and prefer individuals who are upfront with what they want. ISTPs are physical people, so they do realize when people are showing different physical responses. They simply aren’t great at deciphering emotions, which makes it difficult to put everything together.
ESTPs definitely recognize when someone is displaying different body language than usual. They know when someone isn’t responding to them the way they usually do and will react to this. They can become very upset if their loved ones start to become physically distant, since ESTPs are strongly connected to the physical world around them. They will naturally be aware of physical changes in someone, and will want to respond to this accordingly.
ISFPs do notice body language and the different changes in people’s physical behavior. They do prefer when people are capable of openly expressing themselves though, since reading these cues can feel invasive. ISFPs want their loved ones to be upfront and honest with them, and to express their feelings in a more open manner.
ESFPs often recognize body language more than anything else, since they are in tune with the physical world around them. They will often notice when someone is behaving different or not feeling well, simply based on their body language and physical appearance. For ESFPs it is often easier to understand people based on how they convey themselves physically, than it is verbally.