Here’s How You Respond to Intolerance, Based on Your Personality Type

While some people become very angry when they witness intolerant behavior, others don’t feel the need to step in. Here is how you respond to intolerance, based on your personality type.



INFJs believe in standing up for others and have a strong belief in justice. When they witness someone being intolerant to others simply because they are different, it can deeply frustrate and even hurt them. INFJs care about others and want to make a difference when they can. If this occurs to someone they love the INFJ will become rather aggressive in their efforts to protect and defend that individual. When the INFJ truly cares for someone they will go out of their way to protect them from harm, especially when it comes from bullies. INFJs might even defend strangers if they feel the situation is going too far, since they really have a disdain for intolerant people.


ENFJS are definitely not fans of intolerant people, and can become frustrated with them. They try to see eye to eye with everyone and might hope to mediate a negative situation. ENFJs want to reach out to people in hopes of making them understand their behavior and bringing them to be more tolerant of others. When this does not work they can often become somewhat angered, especially if that individual is attacking their loved ones. ENFJs will become extremely protective of the people they care for, and will do whatever it takes to push away any person who seeks to harm them.


INFPs often become very frustrated when they are around people who are intolerant towards others. They believe in keeping an open mind, and strive to make a difference in the world around them. When someone is being hurtful or intolerant towards others simply because they are different, the INFP will certainly become annoyed with this. They can become a bit intense when they feel like they are in the right, and will defend their beliefs to the end. INFPs are seen as passive and sweet from the outside, but they are completely different when they are fighting for what they believe in. Their strong inner morals helps guide the INFP and helps them in their quest to help others.


ENFPs can become rather annoyed with intolerance, especially when it is directed towards someone they love. ENFPs can be protective of their loved ones, and truly appreciate the things that make them different. They rarely enjoy being around people who are the same as everyone else, and truly cherish those who are unique. ENFPs can become protective of some people, and will certainly speak their mind about intolerance. At the same time they don’t always feel the need to step in and defend everyone, and might even try to show that person how to protect themselves.



INTJs definitely don’t respect intolerant people, but at the same time they aren’t going to try and change them. They are more inclined to spread the truth, but avoid individuals who are foolish and ignorant. They prefer to separate themselves from those people, and they really aren’t the type to stand in front of someone. They will certainly protect their loved ones but INTJs don’t feel responsible for everyone around them. They might teach those people how to stand up for themselves, and try to help them with information. INTJs simply believe in being independent and focusing on their own needs and goals.


ENTJs really aren’t fans of intolerant behavior but they aren’t the type to stand in the gap. They are more focused on getting things done and can become annoyed with whiny people. ENTJs believe in taking care of themselves and feel it is important for others to learn how to handle themselves. If someone is being overly aggressive towards someone then they will certainly not be afraid of doing something. At the same time ENTJs are different when it comes to their loved ones and can be rather protective of them.


INTPs definitely don’t respect intolerant people, but they don’t often feel a need to make a stand. They are fully aware that there are plenty of ignorant individuals in the world, and they realize this really cannot be changed. INTPs try to make a difference by spreading the truth, but not everyone is receptive to this. They might pay attention to these kinds of people in order to study them and figure them out, but this often happens from a distance. INTPs don’t like feeling judged for their differences, and prefer to cut these type of people out of their lives.


ENTPs don’t enjoy intolerant people, and value being able to keep an open mind. ENTPs will try and figure these people out, and want to understand what makes them tick. They are naturally curious, always wanting to study and observe their surroundings. ENTPs value people who are a bit different and don’t enjoy seeing them in pain. They believe in spreading the truth where they can, and will definitely be capable of putting people in their place. ENTPs might be frustrated by these type of people, but they enjoy being able to debate with them and shut them down with facts.



ISTJs are independent people who prefer to have their own space. They don’t really feel a need to be a justice warrior, and would rather just avoid people they don’t respect. ISTJs can be protective of their loved ones though, and dislike seeing them victimized. While they are likely to step in when it comes to their loved ones, they don’t feel the need to constantly defend everyone. ISTJs might speak their mind if they are truly irritated with someone though, and don’t often hold back.


ESTJs can definitely become defensive of others, especially if it is a situation they feel personally connected to. They have strong beliefs, and this causes them to stand up for what they feel is right. ESTJs are very protective of their loved ones and become furious at someone who attempts to hurt them. While they can be protective people, ESTJs don’t often feel the need to defend the whole world. They understand that everyone is different and has their own beliefs, in most cases they don’t feel it is their business to step in.


ISFJs really don’t like intolerance, especially when it is directed towards someone they love. At the same time ISFJs aren’t always the most open minded people, and mind find themselves uneasy around someone who is very different to what they are used to. Even though they can be a bit uneasy outside of their comfort zones, ISFJs don’t believe in causing other people pain. They become angry around intolerance, if that intolerance causes people harm. They don’t like any disruption of their harmony and prefer to see people happy.


ESFJs can have complex feelings towards intolerance, since they prefer to try and understand people. They are naturally empathetic which causes them to search for ways to understand others. When someone is having a hard time being tolerant towards others, the ESFJ might attempt to reason with them and help them be more compassionate. But if that person continues to harm others they will become extremely angry at them. While ESFJs might not agree with everyone, they don’t like seeing people in pain and almost always feel like this needs to be stopped.



ISTPs aren’t really fans of intolerance, but they often avoid these people. They would rather not have someone in their life who they cannot respect or understand. ISTPs believe it is important to always spread the truth and try to remove ignorance. If someone is simply being foolish the ISTP will try to inform them with facts, but they won’t continue wasting their time if that individual will not listen. They don’t feel the need to constantly defend others, and prefer to help them learn how to defend themselves.


ESTPs often become personally frustrated by intolerance, especially when it is geared towards people in an ignorant way. For ESTPs it is more important to focus on facts, and when someone is spreading lies it angers them. They value people who are intelligent and who always search for the truth. While ESTPs aren’t the types to step in and defend everyone, they will provide proper information if they have the opportunity to do so.


ISFPs really don’t appreciate intolerant people, but they prefer to simply stay away from them. They are often rather unique themselves and appreciate those who share this drawing to the unusual. ISFPs don’t like to be around those who cannot respect others differences, and would rather avoid them. They simply want to be around people who understand them, and who aren’t likely to ruin the joy around them.


ESFPs don’t like intolerance, and prefer to live in the present moment. They believe it is important to enjoy the positives around them and they dislike getting caught up on negativity. Someone who is constantly intolerant of others really has a knack for taking away the joy from others, and ESFPs likely don’t want to be around this. They often try to ignore these behaviors in hopes of avoiding having it bring them or others down.

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