Written By Kirsten Moodie
Here’s How You Respond to Incompetence, Based on Your Personality Type
No matter how wonderful they might be, we all deal with people and their incompetence from time to time. Whether it be simply laziness, or because they aren’t ready for the job in front of them, it is something we all experience. Here is how you likely respond to incompetence, based on your personality type.
INFJs try to be patient with others, and can certainly empathize when someone is struggling at their job. INFJs try not to place judgement, especially when they can tell that person has a kind heart. While they do try to be as understanding as possible, there are times when incompetence can certainly get on their nerves. If someone is ordering others around and acting domineering, yet they cannot seem to handle their position, the incompetence will leave the INFJ feeling angry and extremely frustrated with this individual and their behavior.
ENFJs can certainly become frustrated with incompetence, and in some situation want to take charge in order to solve the problem at hand. ENFJs are compassionate and understanding people, who try to be patient with others when they are struggling. Where ENFJs will become angry, is when someone is both incompetent and also rude about it at the same time. ENFJs want things to get done smoothly, especially since they are perfectionists themselves. They often become annoyed with someone who is being incompetent and blaming others for it, and will step in and give them a piece of their mind.
INFPs are understanding people, who often realize that others can face difficulties in their jobs. They don’t like to place judgement when someone is struggling, and realize that there are many sides to a story. For INFPs sometimes making mistakes just means they are working towards progress, so they try to approach other people’s mistakes the same way. Where INFPs will become annoyed, is when someone is both incompetent and domineering. If they are in a workplace where the boss is not doing their job properly but blames others for it, they will become extremely frustrated. While the INFP might not speak out at first, eventually they will find holding in their frustration to be rather difficult.
ENFPs are moral people who also believe in giving others a chance to figure out their own path in life. They don’t often judge people for their incompetence and understand that making mistakes is how people often learn. They don’t like being too hard on others, and will try to show their support when they are struggling. ENFPs can actually become annoyed with people who constantly point out the mistakes that others make, especially in a work setting. ENFPs really only become annoyed with incompetence when it is tied to someone also behaving cruel towards those around them.
INTJs can really have a hard time with incompetent people, and become frustrated when others cannot be efficient. They try to contain their frustrations in most cases, but they can clearly see this persons mistakes. The INTJ becomes annoyed because they often believe people just aren’t putting forth enough effort and time, and can see very clearly how to solve the problem themselves. This is why INTJs often prefer to be on their own, since they are competent people who would rather handle things themselves most of the time.
ENTJs can certainly become annoyed when they are around incompetent people, and dislike when others cannot handle their jobs. ENTJs can easily see how someone can improve and they often feel like that person simply isn’t trying hard enough. They will give someone chances to change their ways, but in the end they can only help someone so much. ENTJs value efficiency and so they don’t handle incompetent people very well. They will likely express their annoyance and attempt to inform this person of how they could improve.
INTPs can handle incompetence at times, since they understand that mistakes help people improve. They likely will attempt to inform this person, and hope that they can help them become better. They don’t like to constantly judge people for their errors, especially people working in smaller level jobs which are likely thankless. INTPs often prefer to be cordial with these people, and will make do with what they have. They do analyze what the person is doing and will recognize how they can be much more efficient, but they likely will keep this information to themselves.
ENTPs realize that mistakes are an important part of learning and growing, and aren’t going to judge others for a few errors. While they don’t like to place judgement, ENTPs will likely notice other people’s incompetence. They can often see where that person is making mistakes and will recognize ways that they could easily improve. In some cases the ENTP will attempt to teach and inform that person, especially if they think it will help. In others situations they might just attempt to make light of it, by making a joke of the situation entirely.
ISTJs rarely handle incompetence all that well, and become quickly frustrated by it. They work hard to maintain a sense of stability in their lives, and go above and beyond in everything they do. ISTJs are not incompetent people by any means, and can become annoyed with people who are. For them it is about being lazy or simply not putting forth enough preparation, and this is why incompetent people frustrate the ISTJ. They can see how that person should improve and often have a hard time biting their tongue about it.
ESTJs become annoyed and extremely frustrated when they encounter incompetence and sometimes have a hard time keeping quiet about it. They often speak up when someone does not do their job properly, and want to make it known that they are not happy. ESTJs work hard to be the best at whatever they do, and always try to prepare for any challenges. When others cannot seem to get it together, the ESTJ often sees this as laziness. Any kind of inefficiency leaves the ESTJ feeling extremely frustrated, and they will likely wanted to scold this person.
ISFJs definitely don’t enjoy being around incompetent behavior, but they don’t want to upset people. They are less likely to speak out about it, and more like to step in and try to assist that person. ISFJs simply don’t want to disrupt the harmony in their environment, and so they rarely speak out about their frustrations. At the same time ISFJs definitely don’t appreciate when someone cannot seem to handle their job, and often find that it can hold up their own tasks.
ESFJs definitely become annoyed with incompetent behavior and might vent about this to their loved ones. While ESFJs might feel the need to vent their frustrations, they don’t actually want to do anything that might upset someone. They don’t want to be cruel to others, so in most cases they will bite their tongue. If the person who is being incompetent is also rude to those around them, then the ESFJ will feel differently. When someone is incapable of doing their job but seeks to blame others, the ESFJ will likely feel the need to defend the people around them.
ISTPs are capable people who know how to handle themselves without requesting constant assistance. While ISTPs can often figure out how to do their own job competently, they do become a bit annoyed with others who cannot. In most cases ISTPs prefer to handle things themselves, and avoid having to deal with others. They would rather avoid people who are incompetent entirely, instead of having to speak up about it to that individual. If they must though ISTPs are good at being informative in a way that comes across rather clear and precise.
ESTPs definitely value efficiency and can actually become annoyed with people who are incompetent. In most cases they try to keep to themselves, but will eventually reach a breaking point. If someone is spilling their incompetent behavior into the life or work of the ESTP, they will certainly snap. They can be short-tempered when someone continues to fail at their job, and will likely make their annoyance rather clear to this individual.
ISFPs are free spirits who enjoy being able to do things on their own. They don’t like to judge others for their mistakes and are rarely affected by incompetence. In most cases the ISFP will try to let it roll off their shoulders without become annoyed by the inefficiency of others. They don’t value constantly being efficient and would rather see people trying their best and following their hearts. For ISFPs it isn’t about someone’s abilities but rather who they are as a person.
ESFPs can certainly let incompetence slide, especially with people they sincerely like. They don’t feel the need to harp on the mistakes of others, and would rather move past it. When the ESFP feels like someone is mistreating them due to their incompetence that is an entirely different story. In these situations the ESFP can go from sweet and friendly, to being rather annoyed and even angry.
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