Personality types that get along (A Complete Guide)

In this article, we will discuss Personality types that get along. We will do that by discussing compatibility and its significance for interpersonal relationships. We shall also explain the Myers-Briggs type indicator cognitive functions and how they impact personalities and their compatibility. After that, we will discuss the satisfaction rate of commonly paired romantic couples. In the end, we will list down personalities who make good work partners at their job.

Personality types that get along 

MBTI personalities that are similar to each other are more likely to get along. Personalities with a sensing and judging function have a 79% satisfaction rate (ESTJ, ESFJ, ISTJ, ISFJ), personalities with an intuitive and feeling function have a 73% satisfaction rate (ENFP, INFP, ENFJ, and INFJ.), personalities with a common feeling function have a 86% satisfaction rate (ESFJ & INFJ with ENFP and INFP) when matched with people similar to themself. Intuitive/feeling/perceiving has a 42% satisfaction rate with sensing, thinking, and judging personalities (INFP and ENFP with ESTJ and ISTJ).  Some personalities, despite being similar are not compatible and have a 33% and 59% satisfaction rate (ISTP and ESTP; pairing among ENTP, INTP, ENTJ, and INTJ)

Personalities that work well with each other as a team at their workplace includes ISTJ & ESTP, ENFP & INFJ, ENTJ & ESTP, ISFP & ESFP, ENTP & ENFJ, ISFJ & INFP, and ESFJ & ESTJ.

Compatibility and its significance

Many people are interested in how different personality types get along with each other. This is because we can make meaningful connections with our friends, family, colleagues, and intimate partners by understanding their personality in a better way. Similarly, before making an important decision of dating or marriage, it is interesting and important to figure out your own personality and the type of people you do and do not get along with.

MBTI functions

We have heard the term opposites attract in which couples are contradictory to each other in terms of personality but still make it work. Similarly, another saying is that people who share similarities get along better because they understand each other better. In order to understand which personality types get along and which don’t, researchers have conducted interesting studies. Many of these studies are based on the Myers-Briggs type indicator which is based on the 16 personality types given by Carl Jung.

According to Myers-Briggs theory, people differ from each other based on how they process information, organize their thoughts, and make decisions. Four key areas of their life that make their personality distinct from others include the following:

Extroversion/introversion

This refers to our overall orientation to the world and how we prefer to get our energy. People who are more extroverted get energy from external stimulation especially by socializing with others. Compared to them, people who are introverted are internally oriented and get energy by spending time alone with their thoughts and feelings.

Sensing/intuition

This cognitive dimension refers to how we take in or gather information. People who are high on sensing, gather information from details, concrete data, and facts. They are practical and present-oriented. In contrast, people who are high on intuition, focus on abstract information, meanings, possibilities, and overall impressions of things. They are realistic and more imaginative in nature.

Thinking/feeling

This cognitive dimension determines our decision-making. Thinkers make decisions based on facts, logic, and evidence. Compared to them, feelers make decisions based on their values, emotions, and subjective ideas.

Judging/perceiving

This cognitive dimension determines how we organize our life. People who are high on judging like structure, plans, and schedules. They are task-oriented and dedicated to their goals. Compared to them, people who are high on the perceiving dimension are more open-ended, flexible, impulsive/spontaneous. They like to keep their options open and are accepting of multiple possibilities.

Research findings compatibility between MBTI couples

Prior studies on couple satisfaction have revealed that couples who share more similarities are more likely to get along better. This is because they can communicate openly and share the same values and interests. Even in disagreements, they can work out the conflict through open communication. So, we can say that even though opposites attract, with respect to practicality, people who are similar to each other have an easier time maintaining their relationship. This does not mean one has to be exactly like their partner, even two cognitive function similarities are enough for preventing excessive clash and ensuring a smoother relationship.

The greater conflict arises based on extroverted and introverted combinations. Whether we are sensing or intuitive types, plays a dominant role in if two people are attracted to each other and share a similar style of communication. Judging/perceiving and thinking/feeling functions have an important effect on what we prioritize in our life and how we communicate with each other.

Compatibility between MBTI couples

Possible combinations of similar partners that are likely to be successful include the following:

  • Sensing/judging functions are prevalent in ESTJ, ESFJ, ISTJ, ISFJ. These personalities are conventional, traditional, and pay a high priority to their commitments. They enjoy a 79% satisfaction rate when paired with people who are similar to them.
  • Intuitive/feeling functions are prevalent in ENFP, INFP, ENFJ, and INFJ. These personalities are open in communication and invest their effort in making their relationships healthy. They enjoy a 73% satisfaction rate when they are paired with people similar to them.
  • Intuitive/feeling/perceiving types include INFP and ENFP. When they are paired with sensing, thinking, and judging personalities like ESTJ and ISTJ, they have difficulty experiencing satisfaction especially since their satisfaction rate is only 42%. This is because STJ partners perceive their spouse to be unreliable and unpredictable. Whereas, NFP perceive their spouse to be traditionalists and stifling.
  • When two partners have a common feeling function, they can invest their effort and energy in building the relationship. Even if, they have other differences, they can compensate for that. Sensing, feeling, judging personalities are satisfied with intuitive, perceiving, feeling personalities e.g ESFJ & INFJ with ENFP and INFP at a 86% satisfaction rate.
  • Similar preferences do not always mean the partners will be satisfied with each other. For example, sensing, thinking, and perceiving types when paired with people similar to them had a very low satisfaction rate of 33% e.g. ISTP and ESTP. Similarly, intuitive and thinking personalities have a 59% satisfaction rate when they are paired with similar personality types e.g. ENTP, INTP, ENTJ, and INTJ.

 Compatibility between MBTI work partners

A few personality types that work well together at their workplace include the following:

  • ISTJ and ESTP work well with each other. This is because ISTJ is an organized, factual, and problem-solving personality paired with ESTP who is analytical, social, and energetic. In short, ISTJs work in the background to lay the foundation and ESTPs works to extend/market it to others.
  •  ENFP and INFJ make good teams. As ENFP’s are creative, have good communication skills. Whereas INFJs have people reading skills, and sensitive to the needs of others. Together they create work that is meaningful and creative.
  • ENTJs are good leaders, logical, practical and expert critical thinkers. They work well with ESTPs who are natural problem solvers with a preference for structure and organization.
  • ISFP are nurturing, adaptable, sympathetic personalities who work well with ESFP that are open-minded, energetic, and excitement seeking. Together, they create work that attracts the attention of others. 
  • ENTP good leaders and problem solvers who work well with ENFJ that pay attention to the emotional aspect of their work. They make an excellent and energetic team who communicate their ideas to others well.
  •  ISFJs are detail-oriented, organized, and helpful to others. They work well with INFP’s who have good communication skills and creativity.
  •  ESFJ are people oriented, social, and sensitive to the needs of others. They work well with ESTJ who are logical thinkers and natural leaders. 

FAQs: Personality types that get along

Which personality types are more prone to anxiety?

Studies show that some personalities have traits that make them vulnerable to anxiety. This can include people who have a perfectionistic tendency, have low self-esteem, get easily flustered, are highly controlling, shy, and inhibited. These people are more likely to develop symptoms of anxiety either during childhood or as they grow up to be adults.

Which personality type is the rarest?

INFJ personality type from the 16 Myer Brigg personality types is the rarest, only 1% of the total population is an INFJ. These people are introverted, intuitive, feeling, and judging personalities.

Which personality type is the richest?

According to Truity research,  ENTJs personality types are rich and high earners. They are extroverted, intuitive, thinking, and judging personalities. ESTJ i.e. extroverted, sensing, thinking, and judging personality earns even more than an ESTJ. They make up to 77$K per year. whereas, ENTJ makes 76$k per year.

Are ENFP and ISFP compatible?

Yes. ENFPs and ISFPs are compatible. Although they are not each other’s ideal partners, they can still have a healthy relationship. They are both feelers, have compassion for others, and are flexible in views. Yet, their differences in their need for socialization, approach to change, communication style, and preference for routine in life may need to be worked upon for a smoother relationship.

Are ENFP and ESFP compatible?

ENFPs and ESFPs can enjoy a healthy relationship as they share similar values, a people-focused approach, and an unstructured/relaxed approach to life.  However, they have their area of differences that would require active work especially on how they sense & understand the world, their communication style, and how they view relationships.

Conclusion

In this article, we discussed Personality types that get along. We found that MBTI personalities that are similar to each other are more likely to get along. Personalities with a sensing and judging function have a 79% satisfaction rate (ESTJ, ESFJ, ISTJ, ISFJ), personalities with an intuitive and feeling function have a 73% satisfaction rate (ENFP, INFP, ENFJ, and INFJ.), personalities with a common feeling function have a 86% satisfaction rate (ESFJ & INFJ with ENFP and INFP) when matched with people similar to themself. Intuitive/feeling/perceiving has a 42% satisfaction rate with sensing, thinking, and judging personalities (INFP and ENFP with ESTJ and ISTJ).  Some personalities, despite being similar are not compatible and have a 33% and 59% satisfaction rate (ISTP and ESTP; pairing among ENTP, INTP, ENTJ, and INTJ)

Personalities that work well with each other as a team at their workplace includes ISTJ & ESTP, ENFP & INFJ, ENTJ & ESTP, ISFP & ESFP, ENTP & ENFJ, ISFJ & INFP, and ESFJ & ESTJ.

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Citations

https://www.business2community.com/leadership/key-personality-types-work-well-together-01934388

https://www.truity.com/myers-briggs/compatibility-myers-briggs-personality-type

Divya is currently a Clinical Psychology Trainee in a Master of Philosophy program and holds a Master’s in clinical psychology. She has a special interest in Personality studies and disorders, having researched the subject before, and Neuropsychology; with an additional interest being Mood disorders. She likes to write about Psychiatric issues, having worked in multiple specialty setups during her time as a clinical psychology student, and in her free time she likes to cook and read.

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