Four Temperament Profiles of the 16 Myers-Briggs Personality Types

Updated on January 27, 2017
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Deidre has a Masters in applied linguistics and translation for her 20 years overseas, then she worked as a certified provider of the MBTI®.

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There are so many lenses through which to look at the 16 Myers-Briggs Personality Types® - often used for career and occupational tests. Various lenses help delineate the differences between people or the personality types. Let's take a brief look here at one of the well known lenses, the lens of Temperament.

I like the brief and precise descriptions used by John Lopker, in his following book Pictures of Personality. We can look at just a few examples of these where he describes the four Temperaments of SJs, SPs, NFs and NTs. Myers explains that these four groupings of the 16 personality types are vastly different in their attitudes and actions. Here are the 4 groupings.

1. SJs - Sensing Judging

The SJ temperament is the Stablizer. The four personality types with this temperament are ISTJ, ISFJ, ESTJ and ESFJ. They discern, easily make out in the world around them the organization of it. They use boundaries for protection against change, always seeking stability, and trust people who they see are within the boundaries of their group. As Stablizers, they are like people in the autumn preparing to survive the winter.

Discern, easily make out ...
Solidity and organization
Boundaries are ...
Protection against change
Seek Stability 
Confidence vs. Trust 
Trust those within their group 
Trust within Boundaries 
Like Autumn
Prepare and gather for "winter"

2. SPs - Sensing Perceiving

The SP temperament is the Activator. The four personality types with this temperament are ISTP, ISFP, ESTP and ESFP. They discern, easily make out in the world around them the energy and motion of it. They use boundaries as the breakthrough points of change, always seeking activity, and are confident in themselves believing they can do anything. As Activators, they are like people in the summer going out to seek adventure in the agreeable weather.

Discern, easily make out ...
Energy and motion
Boundaries are ...
Break through points of change 
Seek Activity 
Confidence vs. Trust 
Confident in themselves 
Believing is Boundless 
Like Summer 
Look for adventure 

3. NFs - iNtuition Feeling

The NF temperament is the Unifier or one who empowers others. The four personality types with this temperament are INFJ, INFP, ENFJ and ENFP. They are discerning; easily make out in the world around them the similarities that make up a whole picture. They blend boundaries to nurture change, always seeking to unify, and have boundless trust in people. As Unifiers, they are like people in the winter going deep inside to find their true quest.

Discerning, easily decifer the
whole picture.
See others as a whole person 
Boundaries are ...
blending points.
Minimize divisions to aid change
Confident in others' potential gives ...
boundless trust in them.
Belief in peope is boundless
Like winter, in that they ...
find their true quest deep within.
Search for the ideal

4. NTs - iNtuition Thinking

The NT temperament is the Clarifier. The four personality types with this temperament are INTJ, INTP, ENTJ and ENTP. They discern, easily make out in the world around them the distinctions in it, the dualities. They reveal boundaries to bring about change, always seeking clarity, and are confident in themselves believing they can do what they can understand. As Clarifiers, they are like people in the spring questioning how things begin.

Discern, easily make out ...
Distinctions and dualities 
Boundaries are ...
Revealed to bring about change 
Seek clarity 
Confidence vs. Trust
Confident in themselves 
Believing is bound to understanding 
Like Spring
Question how things begin

What type are you?

© 2010 Deidre Shelden


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      23 months ago

      Hi, i would to change some of the setting as i think you may have messed up my screen, now worries, i think it's because i accepted the youtube clips, i would like to change that as it has effected my screen size on youtube.

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      Deidre Shelden 

      9 years ago from Texas, USA

      It's neat to hear that your MBTI results have proved to be pretty much right on target. As an INTP, what do you think about my hub on the INTP Profile? Does it seem accurate? Appreciate your feedback :)

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      9 years ago from Pennsylvania

      It's amazing how people can be distilled into just 16 personality types and that the typing is actually pretty accurate. I remember taking the Meyers-Briggs a long time ago in college and I was classified as INTP, which was pretty much right on target.

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      Deidre Shelden 

      9 years ago from Texas, USA

      Hi bayoulady! No, have not actually read Lahaye's book. I understand he works from the ancient temperaments, or the four types of humours that Galen named "sanguine", "melancholic", "choleric" and "phlegmatic". I know there are a LOT of books and approaches based on those. Yes! Body language is a huge part of communication, isn't it :) I've always been intrigued by sign langnuage, too, though have never learned it.

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      9 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      Interesting!I love to read about personality types. Have you ever read Tim Lahaye's book on personality types? Also, I love the subject of body language.


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