Here’s What Makes Each Introverted Myers-Briggs Personality Type Angry

an introverted Myers-Briggs personality type feels angry

Everyone gets angry, but not everyone gets angry in the same way — or for the same reasons. And, while introverts aren’t always quick to show their anger on the outside, we can still get outraged if someone pushes our buttons. Here’s what gets each introverted Myers-Briggs personality type hopping mad.

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What Makes Each Introverted Personality Type Mad

ISTJ

You had your chance, and you blew it.

ISTJs believe in doing things carefully, doing them well, and getting them right the first time. And they’re perfectly happy to set about just doing that on their own. True, they don’t mind working as part of a team, or deferring to a leader who’s appointed to being in charge. But they don’t need anyone messing up something they could have done just fine on their own.

Want to drive an ISTJ up a wall? Blow off their experience. ISTJs aren’t quick to speak up, but when they do, it’s for a good reason — they probably know what they’re talking about. They don’t mind taking advice; as long as you bring up a good, practical point, they’ll see the wisdom in it and listen. But they expect the same courtesy in return.

If, instead, you get dismissive, get ready for it. Your ISTJ may leave, may keep working on their own as if you weren’t there, or may outright refuse to deal with you again. You were warned.

ISFJ

Did you see what he just did?

ISFJs have two major drives that affect everything they do: the instinct to care for others, and the desire for harmony around them. They dislike anything that upsets that harmony, especially when it creates awkwardness or anger between people. And they really hate it when the disruption is downright cruel.

So if you want to see an ISFJ flip from sweet to fierce, go ahead and do something selfish and rude (or actually, don’t, ’cuz that’s just not cool). Any act of bullying or overt selfish behavior will raise an ISFJ’s hackles and, in all likelihood, get them to jump into either protecting the person being bullied or raising the alarm.

Or — even worse — the ISFJ may simply decide that you’re just not worth the trouble. They’ll take the quiet approach, backing away slowly, until *poof,* they’re gone.

ISTP

Your opinion is not needed here.

ISTPs are always ready to react, take action, and handle things. And they’re perfectly happy to keep to themselves doing it — they have no desire to boss anybody else around. You do you, and they’ll do them.

So it might not come as a surprise that the number one thing that ticks off an ISTP is someone getting bossy. It’s one thing if it’s their actual boss, which an ISTP understands is part of work life (though many ISTPs make it a point to find jobs that are a lot more self-directed in the first place). But when a friend, coworker, or family member tries to control them? Look out.

If you want to suggest a different plan of action to an ISTP, it better be just that: a suggestion. Start pressuring them to do it your way, and you won’t just see them walk away — you may see them double down on doing the exact thing you didn’t want, just to prove a point.

ISFP

Is someone talking? Sorry, all I heard was LIES.

You know what ISFPs don’t stress over? Who they truly are.

And what shocks them is that others don’t.

That’s not to say that no ISFP can ever have an existential dilemma or a search for meaning. But, most of the time, ISFPs don’t need to think about whether something accords with their values or whether it’s right for them. Because they’re already doing what feels authentic.

So it should come as little surprise that inauthenticity, in any form, gets them riled.

It’s one thing when someone is acting fake. That’s pitiful, and they don’t want to associate with it, but at the end of the day, it’s someone else’s life.

But when someone tries to manipulate or trick them? That’s not just wrong, it’s filthy like sewage. Not that you’ll know the full extent of their anger; private and reserved, ISFPs keep most of their feelings on the inside. You, on the other hand, are done.

INFP

You can keep your G— D— money.

INFPs also have a strong sense of authenticity, but for them, it doesn’t just come from within; it comes from the values they support and live every day. Their sense of self is inseparable from how they relate to the world.

That’s why sticking to their values is the one thing an INFP can be uncompromising about. For them, the ultimate movie villain isn’t the mad scientist with the death ray — heck, at least that guy is being up-front about his intentions. It’s the manager who forces the band to sell out.

And INFPs have to defend against it constantly. They know that most of the world pays lip service to ideals but doesn’t really live them. And they know that most people will compromise even their deepest values if it means getting ahead. The INFP can smell that stuff a thousand yards away.

Once it comes near them, though? Well, let’s just say that for an INFP, the lure of selling out isn’t a siren-song. It’s a battle cry.

Every INFP has different values, but every INFP will go from dreamer to soldier in a heartbeat when they’re told to violate what they believe. And when that happens, the person pressuring them may as well just give up. They’re already dead in the INFP’s eyes.


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INTP

I never would have thought of that…

At their best, INTPs run on one thing: data. Sure, every INTP has an emotional side, but in terms of how they make decisions, they want to gather the info they need to make the right decision — or at least the smartest one available — every time. And this is, frankly, what makes them superstars in so many careers.

But there’s a funny thing that happens when you run on data. You start to notice that a lot of people, well, don’t.

Including a lot of people who have fancy titles, degrees, credentials and, you guessed it, authority.

Because most of humanity is wired to defer to authority, a lot of non-INTPs take those credentials as a proxy for someone being correct or smart. But when you compulsively devour information like an INTP does, you quickly realize that many of the people with titles and credentials never looked at the data. Or they’re interpreting it wrong. Or they’re strongly biased.

INTPs aren’t actually rebellious by nature, and they respect authority when it’s earned. But throwing around unearned authority — or worse, pretending to be an expert and hoping no one will call you out on it — well, that’s the red line you don’t cross. (Heck, it’s enough to trigger the five stages of INTP anger.)

INFJ

Byeeeeee.

Like the ISFJ, the INFJ wants harmony and for everybody to be good to each other. But INFJs tend to be much more concerned with how that plays out on a big, society-wide level. They are born to be activists, organizers, and crusaders for the things they believe in — which are almost always about helping the downtrodden, injured, or misunderstood.

That means that acts of injustice take a real toll on an INFJ, and large acts of cruelty make them downright angry.

Of course, we all hate seeing injustices on the nightly news. But INFJs fundamentally believe we can do something about it — and they have zero patience for cynics, apologists, or anyone who is flippant about the unfairness of it.

If you think it’s “fun” to play devil’s advocate about acts of injustice, good luck. As far as the INFJ is concerned, your own cruelty is now embodying the injustice you’re taking the side of. You’re gonna want to watch your fingers when that door slams. Bye Felicia!

INTJ

Are you trying to eff this up?

Let’s start with the obvious: INTJs usually look tee’d-off no matter what’s going on (don’t make me trot out the pictures of INTJs trying to “smile” for the camera). And, while that death stare could bely a perfectly happy mood on the inside, I’m just going to go ahead and admit this: yeah, we INTJs are often grumpy, critical, and/or negative. Like, a lot.

Most of that, though, is because we can always see a better way of doing things. At our heart, we’re idealists — some would say visionaries (ahem, why thank you); we can see exactly how great the world could be with just a few changes. And our first instinct is to put in whatever planning, time, and hard work it takes to get there.

That means we get extremely upset by incompetence — especially in any leadership position. Depending on the situation, “incompetent” can mean short-sighted (painfully common), poor planning (ditto), or just outright stupidity (not common, but don’t think we won’t reach for this word when we’re angry).

Wanna see us go from bothered to ballistic? Put that incompetent person in charge of us. Yep, those are death rays coming out of our eyes.

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Andre Sólo is an advocate for introverts and highly sensitive people, and the co-founder of Highly Sensitive Refuge. He writes about heroism, spirituality, introversion, and using travel as a transformative practice. In 2013, he released Lúnasa Days, a novella set at the height of the Great Recession. Reviewers have described Lúnasa Days as "a masterpiece of magical realism." In his spare time, he pesters his cats, makes up stories, and swears he's fixing his bicycle.