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

While some people are naturally good at fitting in when it comes to formal gatherings, others feel far too stiff and uncomfortable. Here is how you feel about formal settings, based on your personality type.



INFJs don’t usually enjoy formal settings, but they can fit in just fine. They know how to keep themselves composed in a way that doesn’t upset anyone. While INFJs can definitely blend in when it comes to a formal setting, they usually don’t enjoy it. Having to behave a certain way and conduct themselves in a formal manner can feel a bit stiff and tiresome. INFJs simply know how to blend when they have to and are naturally good chameleons.


ENFJs are often very capable of blending in and adapting to any situation. They are good at knowing how to handle a formal situation, but their larger than life personalities can stand out sometimes. They simply don’t enjoy anything too stuffy, even if they are good at finding a way to fit in. ENFJs are naturals when it comes to any social situation, and find it easy to adapt to what others want. They are good at reading situation and have a way when it comes to communicating with others.


INFPs don’t usually take well to uptight and formal situations, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t capable of blending in. They will if they have to, and some aspects of it might be enjoyable for the INFP. They simply don’t like having to behave a certain way in order to please others. This can feel a bit soul sucking for the INFP, since they enjoy being able to be themselves without constantly paying attention to how other people will respond to them.


ENFPs are capable of blending into new situations, especially since they are charming and friendly people. While they are often good at fitting in and finding ways to adapt, formal situations can become draining for them after a while. ENFPs like being able to try new things, so being in a formal situation might have some fun aspects at first. After a while having to fit into the expectations and stiffness of an overly formal situation can leave the ENFP feeling a bit exhausted.



INTJs can often handle formal situations rather well, since they know how to conduct themselves. INTJs don’t mind when things are a bit formal, since it gives them a chance to observe their surroundings. They aren’t really bothered by having to behave in a more formal manner, since INTJs can sometimes behave this way naturally. They just aren’t open people and don’t express themselves in a way that appears vulnerable or over the top.


ENTJs often enjoy formal situations, especially since it gives them a chance to network and get to know how people conduct themselves. ENTJs are hardworking people with a head for business, and so they want to be able to accomplish their goals in life. ENTJs don’t feel stifled in formal situations, but that doesn’t mean they prefer them over simply kicking back with their close friends. ENTJs are aware that there is a time and place for everything, and so it is important to focus on adapting to whatever they need to.


INTPs are often good at adapting to certain situations, and will do well in a formal setting. They are especially good in these situations if they grew up with a family and community that required it. While INTPs might handle formal situations well, they don’t often enjoy it. Feeling like everyone is paying attention to how they behave and respond is definitely exhausting and even boring for the INTP. They are often easily bored by something too formal, feeling like there isn’t much value in it.


While ENTPs are adaptable and charming people, formal situations can be a bit draining for them. Unless they find ways to entertain themselves, possibly by subtly making fun of people or coming up with little hidden games. ENTPs have a way of making the most of things, especially if they feel a bit like the situation calls for some livening up. While ENTPs can become bored easily they will try to find ways to keep themselves entertained and keep themselves interacting with the situation.



ISTJs do often enjoy formal settings and are rather good at fitting in. They are reserved people in public, and don’t like being too expressive. Being able to dress up and handle conversing with people in a formal manner, is honestly pretty easy for ISTJs. This is why they often do well in their careers, since they can handle the formalities of the situation with a sense of grace and focus.


ESTJs can definitely handle a formal setting, especially if they grew up dealing with it. ESTJs who never really encountered any sort of formal situation growing up, might struggle at first. They are adaptable people though, and will do their best to fit in. ESTJs are business minded people who don’t want to make mistakes with the things that are important to them. If they need to focus on being formal and fitting into these situations, they will certainly find a way.


ISFJs are often most comfortable in situations that they are used to. If the ISFJ grew up exposed to a more formal lifestyle, they will be very good at handling this. They take from their past experiences and this is what helps them conduct themselves in the future. While an ISFJ who isn’t used to any formal situations might struggle a bit at first, they will find a way to adapt as best they can. They are often good at keeping a sense of poise and grace in most situations.


ESFJs are often good at adapting to most situations by observing others and reading their emotions. ESFJs usually know what people expect of them and this helps them adapt to just about any situation. ESFJs can often handle a formal setting fairly well, especially when they have been exposed to this from a young age. While they usually can fit in during most situations, ESFJs might feel a bit stifled and uncomfortable with the idea that everyone is paying attention to how they behave.



ISTPs rarely find themselves all that comfortable in overly formal situations, even though they know how to behave in them. They can become annoyed having to fit into some sort of behavior that others find suitable. ISTPs need space on their own to do what they please, instead of having to fit into something that others expect of them.


ESTPs usually find formal settings to be a bit boring and even overwhelming. They prefer to be in their own environment doing the things they enjoy. Having to fit into some idea of what other people expect of them can become a bit exhausting after a while. While the ESTP might be able to fit into a formal setting when it is for their work, they will definitely do their best to be charming and sociable.


ISFPs don’t usually enjoy a formal setting, since it feels a bit stifling for them. They are free-spirits who enjoy soaking up the present moment and living their lives with a sense of freedom. They don’t like most formal settings because it often feels draining and causes them to feel trapped in the situation. ISFPs are good at blending in and can certainly handle these situations, they just don’t usually enjoy them.


ESFPs are interesting people who often live as a product of their environment. They enjoy living in the moment and want to soak up all of the finer things in life. An ESFP who has been raised in a constantly formal environment will know how to handle themselves, but that does not mean they will enjoy it. They are fun people, who don’t like being stifled or trapped into one way of living.

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