Written By Kirsten Moodie
Something That Each Myers-Briggs Type Finds Boring
Everyone can get bored from time to time. What one person may find exciting, another person may find endlessly boring. Here is what each personality type finds boring and possibly even frustrating.
INFJs are often very bored by simple small-talk. They enjoy real conversations and become drained when things are too surface focused. This appears completely pointless to the INFJ and like a waste of their time. If the INFJ doesn’t feel mentally or emotionally stimulated they will feel extremely bored of their activity. They need to feel affected by what they or doing, or else it is boring to the INFJ. They may even become discouraged or bored by activities that they feel they aren’t getting the hang of quickly. INFJs enjoy being able to accomplish things very well, so they may become annoyed at their own perfectionist qualities. They need things that will stimulate their passions in just the right way to feel excited. Anything that is shallow or meaningless is completely boring to the INFJ.
ENFJs keep themselves distracted by their daily activities and often do not have the time to become bored. Something that seems to be wasting their time will definitely bore and even annoy the ENFJ. They want to be helping others and often take more tasks upon themselves than any one person can truly handle. The ENFJ dislikes when people bog them down with negativity or pointless things. They enjoy being able to help others, so they often enjoy when people share their problems with the ENFJ. ENFJs often find they are bored with too many monotonous tasks that don’t seem to actually help anyone or do any real good.
INFPs despise small-talk or anything that is shallow or meaningless. They enjoy being able to make deep and real connections with people. To the INFP sitting in a crowded room with vacuous individuals who do not share any real conversation, is both exhausting and boring. They are stimulated by honesty and meaning in their lives, wanting to connect with people on a deeper level. If the INFP is forced to listen to someone babble on about something pointless and shallow, they will become very irritated. INFPs enjoy being stimulated by something, becoming bored if they aren’t allowed to let their imagination wander. INFPs enjoy things that emotionally or mentally stimulate them, wanting to keep their minds busy and excited. Too many monotonous tasks will both exhaust and bore the INFP greatly.
ENFPs are actually prone to getting bored easily if they are not constantly stimulated. The ENFP enjoys being able to explore new things to keep their minds excited. They enjoy challenging themselves and jumping into something new and unexplored. They want to keep their minds fueled, often enjoying bouncing from one project to the next. They want to be immersed in things and people that will excite and challenge the mind of the ENFP. They are often good at finding new things to keep them busy, but will become frustrated in situations where they aren’t allowed to explore new ideas. If they are forced to sit in a boring class for example, or listen to someone ramble on about something pointless and shallow. Those sorts of situations may bore the ENFP, and they may be forced to find something else to distract them.
INTJs may become bored easily by things that do not stimulate their minds. They enjoy being challenged and love to absorb their mind into learning something new. INTJs are often bored easily because they do not feel challenged or stimulated by the tasks at hand. They are often very adept in many different subjects, since they spend a vast amount of their time immersed in knowledge. When someone is blabbing about an old idea or about something the INTJ finds uninteresting, they will become extremely bored. People or tasks that have nothing new or thought-provoking to offer the INTJ, will often leave them drained and bored.
ENTJs become easily bored with monotony or silly people. They enjoy being around others who are capable of challenging them and keeping their minds going. They are often fast paced and driven individuals, who enjoy constantly being challenged. They are strategic and intelligent, wanting to be capable of achieving their future goals. The ENTJ becomes frustrated by people who are overly emotional or desire to babble on about silly pointless things. The ENTJ wants to be mentally stimulated, enjoying people who push them in the right direction.
INTPs may become bored easily if they become too stuck inside their minds to explore new things. They may enjoy taking on a new hobby or activity to keep themselves distracted. The INTP needs time to explore their thoughts combined with time to dive into new projects or activities. INTPs need to be constantly challenged with new ideas and possibilities or they become bored. They may be capable of discussing shallow or pointless ideas, but they will become extremely bored by this. They enjoy allowing their minds to mull over the many thoughts that they have on a daily basis. INTPs become extremely bored with monotonous tasks that do not keep their minds excited and engaged.
ENTPs need to be constantly challenged or else they become bored very easily. The ENTP needs to be able to explore new ideas and possibilities in their surroundings. ENTPs also enjoy being able to discuss their ideas with others, becoming bored when they cannot do this. They need to be able to debate their thoughts with people and bounce ideas off of them. When the ENTP is stuck in the same boring tasks they become frustrated and intensely bored. The ENTP needs newness to feel excited and wants to be able to challenge themselves constantly. Small-talk with someone who doesn’t challenge the ENTP will bore them immensely. They need to be around exciting and enticing individuals to keep the ENTP entertained. Focusing on one thing for too long will cause the ENTPs mind to wander and become bored with the task at hand.
ISTJs become bored if they are forced to relax for too long. An ISTJ without a job to do is definitely a bored and frustrated ISTJ. They need to be able to accomplish tasks and get things done constantly. When they are forced to relax for too long with nothing practical to do, the ISTJ will become very bored. This is draining for an ISTJ who feels the need to get things done and organize the world around them. ISTJs are dutiful and considerate individuals, who find it important to be a valued member of their society. It may not be outwardly obvious that the ISTJ is bored, since they are not the most emotionally expressive individuals. They do become both bored and annoyed when they cannot get things done in their lives. It is important for the ISTJ to be preoccupied and busy doing the important work. Too many theoretical ideas that have no practical implications will be very boring and annoying to them.
When an ESTJ is forced to sit still they will often become bored. They need to be doing something productive and practical or else they become bored and frustrated. Anything too abstract or unrealistic is boring and annoying to the ESTJ. They want to be getting the real work done, and trying hard to keep control of their environment. ESTJs often need to keep active and want to be productive in their lives. They dislike being held back by others and will become bored with abstract ideas or theories. ESTJs can actually become bored rather easily if they cannot get things done and do the real work in life. They want to keep busy and preoccupied with active chores and duties. They will even be entertained by intense discussions with others about things that interest the ESTJ. As long as they are active the ESTJ will be able to fend off boredom.
ISFJ become bored with too many abstract or unrealistic ideas. If someone is talking in too many terms of “what ifs” the ISFJ may become annoyed and bored with such a discussion. They want to be able to actively take care of their loved ones and may feel bored with their lives if they cannot do this. Being around family and the people that they care about is what excites and brings joy to the ISFJ. They become bored when they are forced to be separated from their loved ones, wanting to be around the people that they love. Discussing too many abstract theories or ideas is not something that the ISFJ finds useful and they may become bored with these types of discussions. They want to be able to help others, they enjoy getting the real work done.
ESFJs become both bored and frustrated when they cannot help their loved ones. If they are ill or incapable of doing things to help others they become uneasy and intensely bored. The ESFJ needs to be tending to the needs of others, wanting to help their practical and emotional needs. If the ESFJ is forced to listen to too many abstract ideas they will become bored and possibly frustrated. They want to be there for others, so they may listen even when they are become bored. ESFJs want to be able to realistically help others, becoming bored and frustrated if they feel they cannot do so. Having to wait around and being unable to get things done is boring to the ESFJ. They also hate when people continuously cancel plans and ESFJ cannot figure out how to organize their schedules. This is both boring and annoying to the ESFJ.
ISTPs often become bored easily if they cannot keep their minds busy. ISTPs enjoy thrills and excitement in life, wanting to keep themselves excited and distracted. They enjoy exploring new things and learning as much as they can about the world around them. ISTPs enjoy being engaged in their world, wanting to find new ways to keep themselves thrilled. The ISTP will become bored if they are forced to stay stagnant for too long, without anything to keep their minds busy. They enjoy seeking out new activities and monotony will quickly bore the ISTP. ISTPs actually become bored rather easily, since they enjoy keeping busy and excited by new things. Doing the same thing over and over again will both bore and annoy the ISTP.
Much like the ISTP, ESTPs become intensely bored if they are forced to stay stagnant for too long. They enjoy exciting activities that keep their minds busy and distracted. They enjoy learning, but above all else they enjoy seeking out new thrills and adventures. ESTPs want to be able to feel excitement in their lives, living very much in the present moment. If the ESTP is forced to stay still for too long without something to keep them busy they will become quickly bored. ESTPs enjoy realistic ideas and information that they can absorb and understand. When the ESTP isn’t capable of keeping busy they will become annoyed and bored.
The ISFP may become bored with too many monotonous activities. They enjoy exploring new things and seeking out fun adventures to take part in. The ISFP becomes annoyed with small-talk, wanting to seek out passionate and fun conversations with others. They enjoy being able to live in the moment, becoming bored with too many future focused ideas. The ISFP wants to make life enjoyable and fun, surrounding themselves with things that they are passionate about. Anything that the ISFP cannot connect to on a personal level will become boring to them.
ESFPs will become bored if they are forced to stay stagnant for too long. They enjoy making life fun, too many things that are serious and theoretical will become very boring for the ESFP. If someone is talking about something that is too idea or future focused the ESFP will become very bored. They enjoy living in the moment and may become annoyed with ideas that focus too much on “what if”. ESFPs dislike too much negativity and stress in their lives, wanting to focus on the positive and enjoyable aspects of life.