Written By Kirsten Moodie
How Well Each Personality Type Follows Instructions
Following instructions can be a tiresome ordeal, even for those who are skilled at it. Some people are naturally great at following the directions they are given, while others will decide to scrap these instructions altogether. Here is how good each personality type is at following directions.
INFJs are often very intelligent people, which makes them capable of comprehending many different things. They can often follow instructions, but might take their own opinions and thoughts into consideration. If someone is far too particular about how they want things, but expects the INFJ to follow these tasks without proper instructions- they will become frustrated. For people who want things done a very specific way, they simple need to be detailed about their instructions. They are smart enough to understand instructions that are given to them, even if they don’t always believe they are the smartest demands. They do have a tendency to become distracted, especially when i comes to performing monotonous tasks.
ENFJs are excellent at receiving instructions, but they are also great at giving them. They often take charge of tasks, and might be able to find a better path to follow. Even if they don’t always get there the exact way they are expected to, the ENFJ will accomplish the task perfectly. If they know that they need to follow the instructions exactly, they will likely be able to do so. They might not enjoy following these instructions, since the ENFJ enjoys following their own path. They are very capable of comprehending many different subjects, and are great at getting things done.
INFPs may not seem that great at following instructions, especially since their minds are often elsewhere. They are generally skilled at different academic matters, but don’t always execute things that well. It’s not that INFPs are not intelligent, they simple have extremely active minds. The fact that their thoughts are always running through a million different ideas, can often cause the INFP to miss certain steps in the instructions they are given. They might become rather restless or frustrated if someone is taking too long to explain something to them. They often prefer to learn from trial and error, and want to be able to accomplish the task on their own.
ENFPs are very intelligent people, but don’t always follow instructions well. They want to try things their own way, and thankfully this way often ends well for them. They are extremely creative, which helps them find ways to get the job done without following the instructions of others. If the ENFP has people who give them enough space to do things their own way, they will often be much more successful. They might not always be the most organized, and they might not always follow instructions exactly- but they will be able to get things accomplished in their own way.
INTJs are often very capable of following instructions, and will be able to quickly pick up what someone else is explaining to them. They have the ability to follow instructions very well, but they might not always want to do so. INTJs can often see a better way of getting things done, and might find themselves mulling over different ideas before moving forward. This can cause the INTJ to frustrate others, especially if those people are on the more controlling side. They simple want to take a step back and observe, before jumping into the process. INTJs are smart and independent people, which means they do not take orders very well. They may be very capable of comprehending instructions, but that does not mean they will follow them.
ENTJs are excellent at comprehending instructions that are given to them. It won’t take long for them to understand exactly what they are being told in a way that helps them execute flawlessly. The ENTJ however, might not always desire to follow the instructions they are given. They often want to try their own path, which is what makes them excellent bosses. They are superb at giving instructions, and often enjoy coming up with a plan and instructing others how to follow it.
INTPs are very intelligent people, which often makes comprehending well described instructions very easy for them. If someone explains things well, it won’t be hard for the INTP to understand. They do however, encounter people who explain things in a rather nonsensical way. This can frustrate the INTP, especially when it comes to driving directions. They often prefer to figure things out on their own, and prefer to follow their own path in order to get things done. For the INTP to follow instructions that other people give them, they need to be well thought out and explained properly.
ENTPs are easily distracted, which can sometimes give them trouble when it comes to following instructions. If someone is long winded, the ENTP will find themselves wanting to ignore them completely. They are great at coming up with plans and ideas to get things done, they just aren’t always great at executing. ENTPs often do not want to follow the instructions of others, and prefer to come up with their own solutions. If someone describes the instructions in a logical and well planned way, the ENTP will be able to follow them.
ISTJs are often excellent at following instructions, it is a natural skill of theirs. They know how to get the job done, and will be able to follow the details of their instructions very well. If the ISTJ is being told how to do something, and they feel confused- they will simply ask for more information. They want to be able to accomplish their tasks without failure, and because of this the ISTJ is great at focusing on what needs to be done.
ESTJs are often great at following instructions, especially if they are explained in detail. They are more than capable of doing things exactly how they are told, this is a natural skill of theirs. ESTJs want to be able to get things done to the highest of standards, and because of this they work hard to be successful in their endeavors. ESTJs truly dislike failure, and would consider it a failure if they could not properly follow instructions that were given to them.
ISFJs are often good at following instructions, but might be afraid to ask for more information if needed. They want to be able to comprehend what they are being told, and desire to get the task done well. ISFJs are often great at following whatever orders they are given, and are good at comprehending these orders. They simply want to do their best at whatever they are doing, whether it be their career, home life, or social lives.
ESFJs are often good at following instructions, but might become frustrated if enough detail is not given. They won’t always ask for more instructions, especially if they feel they can figure it out on their own. If someone is very particular the ESFJ will become frustrated with their instructions. They are good at getting things done well, but dislike being ordered around. If someone gives them instructions without proper specifications, the ESFJ might attempt to get it done their own way.
ISTPs are often capable of understanding instructions very well, and are good at following them. They might however, dislike following someone else’s orders. ISTPs are skilled at problem solving, and can often figure out how to get things done on their own. They dislike being ordered around, and because of this the ISTP might disobey their instructions. They are skilled at finding the best possible path to accomplishing whatever task they are working on.
ESTPs are more than capable of following instructions, and are good at getting things done. They will often do whatever it takes to advance in their careers- which includes following instructions properly. If the ESTP feels like they can get the task done better their own way, they might decide to break away from the instructions they are given. They will only do this if they know they will not get caught in their attempts.
ISFPs are very dreamy people, which can sometimes leave them distracted. They might not always be great at following instructions, especially if they are given far too many details. The ISFP will do best if the person explaining something to them, does not attempt to overload them with the details. ISFPs enjoy being able to dive into things, and figure out how to get it done on their own. They often prefer a trial and error process, and don’t want to be forced by others.
ESFPs are good at following instructions if they are passionate about what they are doing. They can be good at planning, but only if they are planning for something fun and enjoyable. ESFPs might not be great at remembering the details of their instructions, especially if they find it boring. They may lose focus and become distracted, hoping to follow their own process in order to get things done.