Every personality type has something incredibly valuable to offer the world. Each comes with a slightly different way of learning new information, seeing the world, making decisions, and interacting with others. And that means that we each have the potential to positively impact the world in different ways.
A person’s Myers-Briggs® type doesn’t explain everything about them. But it does describe how our minds work, and that can give us an idea of how each type can use their strengths to make the world a better place.
For this list, I’ve paired the types that use the same primary and co-pilot functions together. For example, both ESFJ and ISFJ use Extroverted Feeling and Introverted Sensing as their preferred functions, just in a different order. If you’re new to Myers-Briggs® theory or want a quick refresher, you can click here for a quick intro to how functions work.
ESFJ and ISFJ
ESFJs and ISFJs change the world by connecting with and supporting other people, as well as preserving and passing on valuable lessons of the past.
Having Extroverted Feeling as either their primary or co-pilot function gives SFJ types a strong desire to help and support other people. They tend to personalize everything they do and care so deeply about others that they may forget their own needs while selflessly serving those around them. They’re also really good at picking up on what other people are feeling.
With Introverted Sensing as either their primary or co-pilot function, SFJs have a strong desire to learn from the past. It’s the function that helps us make sure we remember what was learned in our personal and collective histories so we don’t keep repeating failures as we go forward.
ENFJ and INFJ
ENFJs and INFJs change the world by bridging gaps between people who have different perspectives and offering a vision for what the future could look like on both personal and societal levels.
With Extroverted Feeling as either their primary or co-pilot function, NFJs are really good at picking up on other people’s emotions. They have a strong desire to help and support others and may forget their own needs while selflessly serving those around them. For these types, everything they do seems personal.
Because Introverted Intuition is their primary or co-pilot function, NFJ types are really good at understanding things from multiple perspectives. Their pattern-recognition abilities lets them imagine simulated realities, shift perspectives, and predict possible futures.
ESTJ and ISTJ
ESTJs and ISTJs change the world by finding effective, sustainable solutions to problems of today using reliable, proven principles learned through trial and error in the past.
Using Extroverted Thinking as their primary or co-pilot function gives STJs the ability to critically analyze their thoughts and make logical decisions based on impersonal criteria. These types excel at measuring and weighing information, establishing reliable systems, and finding workable solutions to problems.
With Introverted Sensing as either their primary or co-pilot function, STJs excel at organizing and understanding reliable principles learned in the past. They’re the sort of people who make sure we remember valuable lessons already learned so we don’t have to keep repeating the same failures as we go forward.
ENTJ and INTJ
ENTJs and INTJs change the world by showing how everything connects, generating far-reaching objectives, and finding practical solutions today for the problems of tomorrow.
With Extroverted Thinking as their primary or co-pilot function, NTJs are really good at critical analysis and at making logical decisions based on impersonal criteria. These types excel at measuring and weighing information, establishing reliable systems, and finding sustainable and effective solutions to problems.
Having Introverted Intuition as their primary or co-pilot function gives NTJ types strong pattern-recognition abilities. They’re really good at seeing how everything connects and how situations affect each other. They can also see things from multiple perspectives, predict possible outcomes, and simulate different realities in their minds.
ESFP and ISFP
ESFPs and ISFPs change the world by teaching us to adapt to an ever-changing reality while living in harmony with our personal beliefs.
With Extroverted Sensing as either their primary or co-pilot process, SFPs have what Personality Hacker calls “real-time kinetic” skills. Brain scans indicate that types using this function are always ready for something intriguing, unexpected, or exciting to happen. One of their biggest strengths is an ability to adapt quickly to change.
Using Introverted Feeling as their primary or co-pilot gives SFPs an ability to look inward and find their authentic selves, as well as to appreciate that others are also struggling to figure out who they are. It’s a function that explores complex human emotions and holds to deeply personal values. It’s also good at sorting through messy, complicated emotional questions.
ESTP and ISTP
ESTPs and ISTPs change the world by finding resourceful solutions to real-time problems while also challenging us to think critically and recognize the value of truth.
Having Extroverted Sensing as either their primary or co-pilot process gives STPs the ability to quickly adapt to change. They’re always ready for something intriguing, unexpected, or exciting to happen. They like to verify information and learn new skills by interacting with reality directly.
With Introverted Thinking as their primary or co-pilot function, STPs excel at problem solving and at defining personal truth. It’s a function that’s good at sorting through messy, complicated questions of reason and logic. These types are rigorous about refining ideas and think critically about every decision.
ENFP and INFP
ENFPs and INFPs change the world by standing up against pressures to conform, helping others reach their full potential, and encouraging individual perspectives.
With Extroverted Intuition as their primary or co-pilot mental process, NFPs thrive on exploring future possibilities in the real world. They like to focus on novelty, new connections, and innovative ideas. This function works very rapidly, letting NFPs types quickly put information together and then visualize options that don’t yet exist.
Having Introverted Feeling as their primary or co-pilot gives NFPs an ability to look inward and find their authentic selves. They can also appreciate it when others are also struggling to figure out who they are and are eager to help them realize their potential. This function is good at sorting through complicated emotional questions, exploring complex emotions, and holding on to deeply personal values.
ENTP and INTP
ENTPs and INTPs change the world by sharing an innovative vision for the future that is grounded in logical reasoning and personal truth.
Using Extroverted Intuition as their primary or co-pilot mental process lets NTPs thrive on exploring possibilities in the real world and coming up with innovative explanations for patterns they observe. This function is good at quickly putting information together and then visualizing options that don’t yet exist. It’s also very flexible and imaginative.
With Introverted Thinking as their primary or co-pilot function, NTPs excel at problem solving. They also have a keen interest in exploring and defining personal truth. They’re good at sorting through messy, complicated questions of reason and logic. They tend to be independent, self-motivated, and place a high value on internal accuracy.
Every personality type has the potential to change the world in unique, exciting ways. And when we learn about each others’ strengths, then perhaps personality theory can help us appreciate what each type brings to the table and work together to make a positive impact.
What do you think? How do you want to change the world?
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