Here’s How You Handle Anticipation, Based on Your Personality Type

Anticipating something can be a wonderful and sometimes stressful thing, and some people handle this better than others. Here is how you likely handle anticipation, based on your personality type.



INFJs can often handle anticipation fairly well, since they have a good intuitive grasp on how to respond to the situation. INFJs do like being prepared though, and will likely spend their waiting time trying to find ways to prepare themselves better. INFJs don’t mind that feeling of anticipation, sometimes they even enjoy it. Being able to imagine how things will go, and prepare themselves for how it will feel, this is often a great experience for the INFJ. Where anticipation can be a bit stressful is when they are preparing for something like a job interview or something that puts a lot of pressure on them.


ENFJs often feel differently about anticipation depending on the situation they are waiting to arrive. If they are planning for something exciting then it will be truly enjoyable to anticipate this experience. They like thinking about how things will go and love feeling that excitement build inside of them. They will often take their waiting time to prepare and make sure everything will go smoothly. When the ENFJ is anticipating something a bit stressful, it can weigh heavily on their shoulders. They will certainly find a way to cope with this, but they do put a lot of pressure on themselves.


INFPs don’t mind anticipation, and will often find plenty of ways to distract themselves while they wait. Their minds are so vivid and filled with imaginations that they will often think about the future in detail. They find themselves running over what will happen, and imagining different scenarios before it even arrives. INFPs can become a bit stressed when they are anticipating the arrival of an appointment or chore that needs to be done, and might handle it by trying to ignore it entirely.


ENFPs can often handle anticipating something, usually they just try to distract themselves with other entertainment beforehand. They find ways to keep themselves busy and don’t like having to plan ahead too much. ENFPs can sometimes enjoy imagining how a scenario will work out in their minds, especially something they are anticipating in a positive manner. ENFPs just aren’t focused on constantly planning things out, so anticipation is something they can cope with most of the time.



INTJs usually handle their anticipation by making sure they plan things out perfectly. They strive to be prepared and will take the time they have to make sure they know what is really going on. INTJs don’t like walking into anything blind, and so for them anticipation is more about making sure they know what to look out for in the future. While they are waiting they often do plenty of research and consider different scenarios and how to navigate them.


ENTJs like to be prepared for things, and so they often manage their anticipation by researching and getting themselves ready for what is to come. When they are waiting for something to happen they do their best to learn and figure out how to properly plan ahead. ENTJs don’t like walking into anything without having learned and researched how to navigate the situation the most efficient way possible. For the ENTJ anticipation simply means they have time to get their head straight and get ready for what comes next.


INTPs can certainly become excited about something they are anticipating in the future, but sometimes this time in between can also be stressful. They might run this over in their minds repeatedly, imagining each scenario in detail. INTPs like to figure out the different potential outcomes of any situation, and so having time to anticipate the results can be a bit stressful for them. They will consider how things can go wrong and go over this in their minds in order to try and navigate it properly.


ENTPs often enjoy having things to anticipate, but at the same time they don’t like getting hung up on it too much. They don’t want this anticipation to hold them back from really diving into things that are happening in front of them. ENTPs will find distractions to keep them entertained, but they will often consider the future events in the back of their minds. They will often think about the things they are anticipating, and will imagine how these vents will play out.



ISTJs often try to plan things out accordingly, and so that is what they will do when they are anticipating something. Whether the thing they are anticipating is good or stressful, the ISTJ will simply try to be as prepared as possible. They will do plenty of research and do their best to make sure they know the event or situation perfectly. ISTJs strive for efficiency in everything they do, and truly don’t like making too many mistakes.


ESTJs can become a bit antsy when they are anticipating something, but they will try and use the time in between to become more prepared. They don’t like having to do things more than once, and value efficiency in their lives. Instead of just waiting for something to happen, they want to be ready for the situation as best they can. When there is something the ESTJ is anticipating they will simply use their time to prepare and plan it out.


ISFJs can become excited and even a bit anxious when they are anticipating something. Sometimes they can become obsessive with this coming event, wanting to make sure they plan everything out perfectly. They don’t like feeling like they have left anything up to chance, and want to navigate it as best they can. When they are anticipating something, whether it be good or bad, the ISFJ wants to be as prepared as they possible can for what is to come.


ESFJs can become anxious and worked up when there is something they are anticipating. If they are planning something exciting they will want to be as prepared as they possible can. ESFJs don’t like making mistakes and don’t want to let others down, so they will likely be very detail-oriented. When there is something they have to prepare for the ESFJ will become a bit obsessive as they try to make sure they have everything covered.



ISTPs often try to live in the present, so they don’t really like hung up on the future. While they do think about exciting events that are ahead of them, they still want to be able to enjoy there here and now. ISTPs might have this anticipation in the back of their minds, but at the same time they want to find ways to fill up their time in the present. They will likely seek out adventures and exciting distractions in order to keep themselves entertained.


ESTPs do like having things to anticipate, but only when these are big events that they are truly excited for. Otherwise ESTPs can become annoying waiting for something to happen, and would rather plan for something to occur sooner rather than later. They don’t really like having to wait for something, since ESTPs live so much in the present moment. When they have to wait for something they often want to find waits to fill up their time and keep them distracted.


ISFPs try to live in the present moment instead of getting too caught up in the future. While they do enjoy living in the present, there are some moments when they become truly excited about the future and events to come. If there is something they are really excited for they can become obsessive thinking about how it will happen, wishing the date would arrive sooner rather than later.


When the ESFP is anticipating something it can actually be rather exciting for them. They do become worked up over something they are happy about, and can even be a bit obsessive. While ESFPs anticipate the coming event they often try to find ways to keep themselves busy beforehand. They might want to make small purchases that prepare them for the event, or give them a taste of what is to come. ESFPs like living in the moment and want to be able to enjoy the present, so anticipation can sometimes be overwhelming.

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