Written By Kirsten Moodie
How Each Personality Type Feels About the Past
It can be rather difficult to reminisce about the days that are long gone. It is important to remember that even the present will become the past one day, and because of this we should live life to the fullest. Here is what each personality type thinks about the past.
INFJs are usually more focused on the future, than they are the past. In some instances, they might be holding onto positive memories from better times. If the INFJ is struggling to feel happy in their present lives, they might reminisce on the way things could have been. They may not remember details as well, but there are certain feelings or emotions that they will connect to those past times. The INFJ might go over different things they could have done better in order to change certain past occurrences. This can be a vicious cycle, since INFJs are best when focusing on the future. They naturally do well when they can keep their thoughts forward and analyze how to make the best out of the days to come.
ENFJs are much more present and future focused, and do not like to think about the past too much. They might have certain stories that they enjoy sharing with people, especially about things they are proud of. ENFJs can recall certain memories, but might be a bit fuzzy on the unimportant details. They prefer to focus on the future, and how they can improve upon it. ENFJs are constantly moving forward in hopes of making their lives and lives of their loved ones even better. They don’t mind thinking about a few fond memories, but do not want to dwell on the past.
INFPs can be rather nostalgic people sometimes, and will find themselves thinking about different past events. Anything from their past can stir up memories, like a certain song or smell. INFPs do think about the future a lot, but they also run over different memories in their minds. They will often recall both positive and negative situations, and can become rather caught up on these thoughts. They might run over different scenarios in their minds of how they possibly could have made things better. They can be somewhat hard on themselves, and will analyze these past situations. This can also help the INFP move forward and learn from their mistakes if they are willing to do so. Having this connection to the past is not at a bad thing, and can actually help the INFP grow and make a better future for themselves.
ENFPs may be generalized as feelers, but they have extremely active minds. They are constantly running through different thoughts about the past, present and future. ENFPs are definitely focused on living life to the fullest, and will often bounce around from one action to the next. They want to make the most of their present situation, and dislike dwelling on the negative too much. They do however, think about the past and everything that is tied to it. ENFPs will often reminisce about old times, and the fun things that they experienced in their lives. They might have moments where sad memories pop up as well, and this can drag them down for a bit. They may want to ignore those thoughts though, and will quickly snap into thinking about the future and focusing on the things they can change.
INTJs are extremely future focused people, and often prefer not to dwell on the past. They do enjoy running things over in their minds in order to properly learn from the past. INTJs use everything as an opportunity for growth and change, which makes the past important for them. They might not recall detailed memories, but they will consider and analyze certain actions and their results. INTJs enjoy being able to logically understand everything around them, and sometimes analyzing their past can help them do this. They do however, prefer to focus on the future and are constantly moving forward and trying to better themselves.
ENTJs prefer to live life moving forward, and do not dwell on the past all that much. They don’t mind analyzing certain past events in order to help themselves grow from them. ENTJs are much more focused on the present and the future, and want to make the most out of their situations. They rarely become nostalgic for how things could have been, but instead want to think about affecting how things could be. ENTJs are constantly pushing themselves forward and do not like staying still for too long. They are motivated to make the most out of life, and want to be successful and well-rounded individuals.
INTPs are constantly analyzing everything around them, this often includes the past. INTPs are more focused on the future, but their minds do become rather nostalgic at times. They can analyze different past situations, and might even consider ways in which they could have done better. If the INTP does not allow this to become a negative thing, it can really help them move forward and grow from it. They do have a tendency to be hard on themselves though, which might cause the INTP to overthink certain past mistakes. Their memories can be rather vivid, and might be triggered by the smallest smell or visual, and especially music. They do have a strong connection to the past and their memories, which can be both a good and a bad thing.
ENTPs are often connected to the past, present and the future. Their minds are constantly running through a million different thoughts and ideas, which can sometimes lead them to ponder past situations. ENTPs do not usually dwell on past events, but will often analyze them and consider how they could have done better. This can be extremely helpful for the future, and ENTPs truly love to learn. They are often more focused on absorbing the world around them, and working towards making a better future. ENTPs do not mind thinking about past events, but they can sometimes push aside negative memories. Instead of dwelling on these feelings, the ENTP would rather move forward.
ISTJs are extremely past oriented, and often use the past as a way to create a positive future. ISTJs will naturally analyze things that occurred in the past, as a way to make proper adjustments. They know that focusing on methods that have worked effectively, will help them to continue with this progress. ISTJs care about paving the way for a better future, and are very focused on caring for their loved ones. Remembering certain actions and their results really helps the ISTJs to decide where to go in the future. They can also be nostalgic people, and enjoy reminiscing on happy times with their loved ones. The past is very important for ISTJs, and is something that can help them more forward as well.
ESTJs are often very focused on the past, and enjoy reminiscing about the good old days. They enjoy remembering the positive things from their past, and like to retell these stories to their friends and loved ones. ESTJs also use past events to analyze and help them make better decisions in the future. Using methods that they know worked efficiently in the past, helps the ESTJ to continue to be successful in their lives. If they have already tried something and seen that it works, they will continue to use this method. This also helps the ESTJ realize which things to avoid, if they have not worked out well for them in the past.
ISFJs are extremely focused on the past, and often use this as a way to make a better future. They recall certain actions and whether or not they had a positive result. ISFJs will often avoid certain things that did not go over well in the past, and prefer to stick to methods that have worked for them. They can become somewhat fearful of trying new things, simply because this rarely goes well in their experience. ISFJs enjoy being able to use the same patterns that have worked effectively for them in the past. ISFJs can also be very nostalgic, and enjoy reminiscing about happier times from their past. They might even attempt to recreate these happy events, by celebrating holidays and going on similar trips.
ESFJs can be very past oriented, especially when it comes to making decisions. If they look back on methods that have worked effectively for them, the ESFJ will continue to use those patterns. They often realize that trying too many new things, can result in negative outcomes. The ESFJ will prefer to use the methods that they know have worked for them and their loved ones. They can also be a bit nostalgic when it comes to remembering happy times from their past. They enjoy thinking about positive things that have happened in their lives, and might even desire to relive those moments. ESFJs can also analyze negative things that happened in the past, which can make them sad sometimes. They especially become saddened if they consider all of the ways they could have changed certain things.
ISTPs are much more focused on the present moment than they are the past. They often prefer to move forward, and do not enjoy reminiscing for long periods of time. ISTPs prefer to enjoy the present, and make the most out of what they have. They often have excellent memories, and can recall extremely specific details. ISTPs do think about the past and the future, but they are much more focused on living in the present moment. They make decisions based on their current circumstances, and do not let the past hold them back from doing what they want.
ESTPs often enjoy reminiscing about certain past events, especially since they are skilled at recalling them in detail. Certain things that other people forget, the ESTP can often remember entirely. They can often shock people with their recollection, but that doesn’t mean they are focused on the past. ESTPs use their current surroundings to make decisions about the future, and do not like focusing on past events to do this. They are not afraid to try something new, and won’t allow the past to make them afraid of this. ESTPs definitely enjoy telling stories about past events, but they are much more focused on the present moment.
ISFPs are much more focused on living their lives in the present moment. They dislike dwelling on the past, and often become sad if they focus on it for too long. They enjoy nostalgic and happy moments, but only if they can relive them in certain ways. ISFPs prefer to live in the present, and enjoy everything around them. They want to remain positive, and dislike feeling like memories are holding them back. ISFPs are sensitive souls, and are extremely connected to the world around them.
ESFPs can be nostalgic sometimes, especially if they dislike their present situation. They can often recall specific details from their past, and enjoy telling stories about the glory days. They love having people listen to their stories, and will often be able to recall them in amazing detail. Even though they enjoy their memories, ESFPs prefer to make the most out of the present. They enjoy living in the moment, and will rarely make decisions based on past events. They do not let negative things from their past hold them back, and are often focused on making themselves happy in their current situation.