Here’s How You Respond to Bragging, Based on Your Personality Type
While most people don’t take well to someone who brags constantly, everyone responds to this behavior a bit differently. Here is how you respond to bragging, based on your personality type.
INFJs really don’t appreciate a bragger, especially someone who acts superior to others. They might try to avoid this person at first, in hopes of preventing any drama. INFJs will ultimately become more frustrated with a bragger, when that person constantly demeans the people they care for. This might result in the INFJ feeling the need to put that individual in their place somehow. They are often good at saying the right things to get underneath a person’s skin, they simply prefer not to do this. In most situations the INFJ prefers to simply remove that bragging individual from their lives, but on occasion they will find a way to knock them down a peg.
ENFJs can become annoyed with braggers, but less so if it is someone they care for. They often enjoy seeing their loved ones feel proud of their accomplishments, and might even help them brag a bit. ENFJs like a sense of confidence, as long as it does not become demeaning to others. When someone starts putting other people down in order to feel good about themselves, the ENFJ will become rather frustrated and feel the need to defend that person. ENFJs can often find ways to shut people down, especially since they are accomplished and empathetic people.
INFPs really dislike arrogant people, especially people who don’t understand how to be humble. They do enjoy confidence, but not someone who constantly brags about themselves. INFPs prefer a silent confidence, someone who is clearly comfortable with themselves but doesn’t need to brag about it to others. When they are around someone who brags often they might try to ignore it for a while, until they eventually feel pushed too far. INFPs have a limit for certain things, and eventually it will lead to them completely unloading a bomb of truth onto someone who has pushed their boundaries.
ENFPs don’t mind when someone expresses a little confidence, especially if it is in a joking manner. ENFPs can playfully brag sometimes, but this is just meant to be a bit over the top and silly. They do become rather frustrated with people who competitively brag, especially when they do it constantly. When a person continues to push their limits, the ENFP will try to be cordial at first. When it comes cross the line they will likely start to find ways of proving that person wrong and might even challenge their brags if they appear untrue. ENFPs do know how to put people in their place, they simply don’t like having to do this.
INTJs don’t mind confidence and might even take someone bragging as a challenge. When a person continues to be overly cocky, it can really cause the INTJ to become annoyed. When they reach this point they will stop competing and might want to completely remove this person from their lives. They especially dislike when someone brags about things that are untrue, and will likely want to prove them wrong in front of others. INTJs usually just cut people from their lives when they behave in toxic ways, but if that person is spreading lies it sometimes becomes a problem the INTJ feels the need to take care of.
ENTJs are often used to being around people who brag a bit, since they are naturally in competitive environments. They usually can handle this sort of behavior just fine, especially since they are so good at putting people in their place. ENTJs often take an arrogant person as a challenge, as someone they can stand up to and find a way of making them realize they need to back down. ENTJs don’t like someone who is falsely proud, and would much prefer individuals whose accomplishments actually speak for themselves.
INTPs really don’t enjoy being around people who brag often, especially when those people are falsely proud. INTPs don’t mind confidence, they just become truly annoyed with people who feel the need to put others down. When they are around someone who constantly brags in order to make themselves seem a certain way, it is become something the INTP does not like to be around. They might try to bite their tongue for a while in order to avoid drama, but eventually their feelings find a way out. INTPs are often good at shutting someone down when they are being arrogant, and will likely make that person feel pretty bad about their actions.
ENTPs don’t really become bothered by someone bragging unless they take it too far. They are actually very good at putting someone in their place, and might feel the need to shut that person down. ENTPs are good at proving people wrong since they absolutely love to argue. They will take the person’s bragging as a challenge, and a way to ride to the occasion. They are competitive people by nature and enjoy being able cross certain lines and push boundaries in order to uncover the truth and to grow.
ISTJs really don’t enjoy being around people who brag constantly, especially when they act like they are better than others. For the ISTJ it is more important to focus on getting things done, rather than pretending to be better than everyone else. They often try to ignore people like this, and want to maintain their distance. ISTJs can become frustrated after a while though, and might feel the need to challenge this person in some ways. They are great at remembering facts and knowing the truth, so they might feel the need to shut this person down in front of others by showing how wrong they are.
ESTJs often don’t feel that uncomfortable around people who brag and can easily ignore them. Sometimes they take it as a challenge, and will feel the need to prove that they are better than this person. ESTJs can often take someone else’s bragging as a reason to prove their own capabilities. They don’t really becoming easily offended by it though, and will likely be able to ignore it most of the time. ESTJs only become truly annoyed by someone’s bragging if that person lacks efficiency and a strong work ethic.
ISFJs really don’t like being around people who are constantly bragging, especially if this makes other’s feel inferior. ISFJs dislike arrogance and people who push others around to feel better about themselves. When someone constantly brags about things in a way that is overbearing, the ISFJ will likely become uneasy around this person. They enjoy maintaining the harmony in their environment, and someone who is this consistently arrogance can really cause trouble. ISFJs might try to make this person see the error of their ways, but if this does not work they will likely find a way to remove them from their lives.
ESFJs really don’t like people who constantly brag, especially when they make other people feel less than. They prefer to be around people who don’t feel the need to act better than everyone else. ESFJs will likely try to ignore this, and will simply try to steer the conversations in different directions. If this does not work then the ESFJ is not afraid of shutting this person down when it is necessary. They might even remove this person from their lives, since they dislike anyone who disrupts the harmony in their environment.
ISTPs certainly don’t enjoy people who brag constantly, but they might feel it is best to avoid them. ISTPs are often good at ignoring others, since they actually prefer to be on their own most of the time. They don’t like getting involved in pointless drama and often would rather remove toxic people from their lives. When the ISTP does feel like someone is going overboard they will find a way to shut them down and possibly even embarrass them. ISTPs catalog a lot of information over time and using those facts can help them take charge when they have to.
ESTPs can sometimes become competitive when they are around people who brag. They might feel the need to match this behavior and prove that they are better. ESTPs are naturally competitive people who want to prove their abilities and show how capable they are. If someone constantly brags around the ESTP they might take this as a challenge and will want to find ways of proving this person to be insincere. They might also show that they have accomplished more in some ways, or that they know more information.
ISFPs really aren’t fans of braggers, especially people who act better than everyone else. They might enjoy confidence to some extent, but they don’t like someone who cannot seem to stop acting superior. ISFPs will likely try to ignore this person and might even try to brush off their behavior. If it goes too far then the ISFP might feel like they have to cut this person from their lives, especially if they constantly make others feel inferior.