Written By Kirsten Moodie
Here’s How You Handle Praise, Based on Your Personality Type
While some people love receiving praise, others can feel embarrassed by it. Here is who you handle being praised, based on your personality type.
INFJs can definitely become a bit uncomfortable with too much praise, especially if all eyes are on them. They don’t really enjoy being center of attention and can feel embarrassed in these situations. Even when someone they care for gives them praise it can cause the INFJ too feel flushed and a bit nervous. While they might truly enjoy having someone they care about tell them positive things and build them up, it can feel a bit stranger for them. INFJs aren’t really used to being the one receiving praise, since they don’t seek to make themselves the one in the spotlight.
ENFJs can definitely handle praise, especially when it comes from people they care for. They enjoy when the people closest to them appreciate their hard work and their constant efforts. ENFJs do a lot for their loved ones and want to be sure that they are recognized for this. They often go above and beyond to make the people around them happy, and at the same time ENFJs work to impress these people. They can be perfectionists at times, and dislike when they have disappointed anyone. This can cause the ENFJ to actually appreciate praise when they receive, since it makes them feel like they are achieving their goals.
INFPs can certainly feel awkward when receiving praise, especially if this makes them the center of attention. They prefer to keep to themselves a bit more and can become uncomfortable with too many eyes on them. INFPs might enjoy when their loved ones share their affections for them, but certain types of praise can feel a bit embarrassing. Even if the INFP enjoys these compliments, it isn’t something that immediately feels natural for them. They will certainly try to overcome these feelings, since it feels good to know that the people they love actually appreciate them.
ENFPs don’t mind being center of attention, and will do their best to settle into that role if others place them in it. They enjoy being charismatic and bringing people together in a fun-loving way. While ENFPs certainly don’t mind receiving attention from others, too much can eventually be overwhelming. They will likely want to appear modest and don’t want to let too much praise go to their heads. While they might avoid it at first, ENFPs do enjoy hearing kind words from the people they care for the most. ENFPs don’t require this constant praise, but they appreciate knowing where they stand with the people around them.
INTJs aren’t really ones for being in the spotlight, and prefer to be behind the scenes. While they aren’t fans of empty compliments, certain levels of praise can be rather enjoyable. For the INTJ it is all about the level of sincerity in the compliments and praise, and they can often tell the difference. If someone is simply trying to butter them up, the INTJ will find this very distasteful and often dislike fake praise. If the individual praising them for their accomplishments is sincere and their praise is about something meaningful, the INTJ will certainly appreciate this.
ENTJs actually do enjoy receiving praise, especially if it is for accomplishments they worked hard for. They like knowing that the people close to them recognize their efforts and everything they have worked towards. ENTJs don’t mind receiving positive attention in this way, and actually enjoy having this kind of recognition. They would rather receive praise from the people closest to them and from the ones they respect the most. When these individuals express that they are impressed with the ENTJ, it will certainly build them up.
INTPs can feel a bit embarrassed when they receive praise and might not know how to respond at first. They become especially uneasy when they feel like the praise is meaningless, and would rather not receive these compliments at all. When someone they care for does praise them in a sincere manner, the INTP will definitely feel good about this but at the same time struggle with how to respond. Being focused on in this way can leave them feeling awkward and a bit uncertain of how they are meant to react to it. They will enjoy praise the most if they aren’t made to feel obligated to respond in any specific manner and feel at ease.
ENTPs definitely enjoy praise, especially when it comes from the people they love and respect. ENTPs aren’t the types to constantly seek out compliments and praise, but they aren’t going to turn them away either. They are charismatic and outgoing people, who aren’t uncomfortable being the center of attention. ENTPs often enjoy being able to push themselves outside of their normal comfort zone, and sometimes this includes putting themselves in the spotlight. In most situations they will enjoy receiving praise, but they will recognize when it is sincere or simply possesses ulterior motives.
For ISTJs praise is actually important, since they want to be sure that their hard work is being noticed. They don’t enjoy receiving praise for prideful reasons, but they need to be sure that they are making the proper effort. ISTJs are constantly pushing themselves to improve feel it is important that this does not go unnoticed. They are always willing to find ways to adjust in order to continue accomplishing their goals in life. For ISTJs praise is simply a good way to gauge if what they are doing is working properly.
ESTJs definitely enjoy receiving praise, especially from the people they respect and care for. When the people around them do not express their appreciation for their efforts, it can leave the ESTJ feeling frustrated. They want to be sure that their hard work is recognized by the people closest to them, and especially by their bosses. ESTJs are constantly pushing themselves to improve and believe in always striving to be the best they can be. When it comes to praise ESTJs often need this in order to gauge if their efforts are actually being recognized.
ISFJs can feel a bit bashful when it comes to receiving praise, but that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy it. They like knowing that their loved ones recognize their efforts and the care that they give to others. ISFJs are compassionate people who strive to make their loved ones happy, they are happiest when this is recognized by others. When ISFJ go without some level of praise and appreciation, it can leave them feeling unhappy and even a bit depressed.
ESFJs definitely enjoy receiving praise, especially from their loved ones. If they go a long time without being recognized for their efforts it can leave them feeling unappreciated and completely frustrated. ESFJs simply want to know that everything they do for the people around them is noticed and that they are making these people happy. Praise certainly helps the ESFJ feel like their constant compassion for others is actually being recognized.
ISTPs can feel a bit uneasy with praise, especially if it does not feel sincere. For ISTPs the compliments and praise need to be delivered in a way that they actually appreciate. If someone is simply trying to butter them up they will likely notice this and become annoyed by it. They do enjoy when their loved ones give them praise, especially for the things they work rather hard on. ISTPs might enjoy this praise but in most cases they don’t need it in order to continue going after what they want.
ESTPs often love receiving praise and enjoy knowing how others view them. ESTPs work hard to impress others and are happiest when they can accomplish this goal. When the people closest to them give them praise and compliments it leaves the ESTP feeling truly appreciated and loved. While they might not actively seek out this praise, they are happier than they let on when they do receive it. For ESTPs it is important to be well received by the people around them, especially the ones they love.
ISFPs do enjoy receiving praise from the people they love, but they can feel a bit embarrassed by it. Certain showers of appreciation and affection can definitely cause the ISFP to feel nervous and bashful. They don’t dislike receiving praise, they simply feel overwhelmed by it sometimes. They are happiest when their loved ones give them sincere and meaningful compliments, and want to be sure that they come from the heart and aren’t just to make the ISFP happy.
ESFPs absolutely love receiving praise and often strive to be the center of attention. They enjoy feeling this affection from the ones closest to them, and want to be appreciated for who they are. ESFPs don’t shy away from praise but rather search for people who can give it to them. When they are praised for being themselves it can cause the ESFP to feel more confident and happy in their own skin. They simply enjoy knowing how their loved ones feel about them, and hope that they can make others happy.
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