Learn about Myers-Briggs types and relationships
People with an INTP (Thinker) personality type tend to be extremely analytical, objective, and logical in their behavior. They love exploring new theories and ideas, which means they’re often responsible for amazing discoveries in their field of choice. They are likely to approach interactions with others in a logical way, rather than relying on emotion.
People with the ESFJ (Provider) personality type tend to be empathetic, warm-hearted, and supportive in their behavior. They’re often social butterflies, and their desire to connect with people makes them popular. Highly aware of the others’ needs, they may seek to help frequently and sincerely.
How can ESFJ and INTP types communicate effectively with each other?
Because these two personalities are very different, it can be difficult to find a common way of communicating and processing. It’s important for each person to understand how the other prefers to communicate and at least meet them in the middle.
INTP personalities should learn to be more open with their own feelings. ESFJs will appreciate it if an INTP offers intentional time and works on being a little more organized.
ESFJ types should allow INTP types to have plenty of space; ESFJs need to avoid overly emotional expressions and be a bit more patient with INTPs’ disorganization.
How can ESFJ and INTP Types resolve conflict?
Conflict can be difficult for ESFJ types to face, so INTP types should try to be more sensitive; ESFJs should also work to focus carefully on the facts of the situation and avoid overly emotional expressions.
It’s important to allow ESFJs to take some time to gather their thoughts in these discussions, so INTPs should be patient, which may require more energy for them.
Overall, it’s important that the two types work together to effectively communicate with one another; it’s even more important to be empathetic toward the other person in times of stress.
How can ESFJ and INTP types build trust?
The two types can build trust by being sensitive to the needs of the other, despite the fact that they are different from their own. When they empathize with and respect one another, they can begin to establish trust.
INTP types are more likely to be trusting of ESFJs who allow room for creativity and flexibility, while communicating logically with INTPs.
ESFJ types may find it easier to trust INTPs who work at being encouraging and opening up emotionally, even if only a little. In general, as long as there is a mutual effort to meet the others’ needs, the two types have the potential for strong trust.
How can ESFJ and INTP types work together?
INTP and ESFJ types can actually work really well together because of their differences; processing and expressing themselves differently means they are more likely to come up with different ideas and solutions to problems.
ESFJs can help INTPs to stay on track and finish projects as they near the end, while INTPs can help ESFJs think through decisions.
Once they learn to work together and appreciate their distinctions, their partnership is likely to be well-rounded and highly functional.
How can ESFJs and INTPs deal with change?
Due to their Perceiving trait, INTPs tend to be adaptable and accepting of change. ESFJs may struggle a bit more with change, especially if it is unexpected. During this time, INTPs should help ESFJs process and understand the new situation; encouraging them to create a new plan or routine after the change can be helpful, as it may provide ESFJs with a necessary sense of control.
How can ESFJs and INTPs manage stress?
ESFJs and INTPs need to seek to understand what brings stress to the other type and should try to avoid causing stress when possible.
ESFJs are easily stressed by…
INTPs are easily stressed by…
The two types should work together, each compromising at times to help the other feel more at peace. Though it may be difficult, stress can be avoided by mutual understanding and conscious work.
ESFJs can help INTPs by addressing conflict in one on one environments, allowing them to have space from others.
INTPs should accompany feedback to ESFJs with praise for what they’ve done well; this will help ESFJs to feel appreciated and challenged, rather than attacked.
How can INTP and ESFJ types encourage and motivate each other?
INTPs and ESFJs can encourage and motivate each other in their personal and professional lives.
ESFJs are motivated by…
INTPs are motivated by…
ESFJs can motivate INTPs by appreciating their thorough thinking and allowing them space to work separately.
INTPs can motivate ESFJs by communicating positively and staying relatively organized in their workspace.