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The First Impression Others Have of You Based on MBTI Type

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They say you only have one chance to make a first impression. First impressions can have a lasting and powerful influence in shaping our perception of others. If you make a terrible first impression, it can leave a stain that will long after impact how you are perceived no matter what you do afterwards. Here is a look at the type of first impression others may often have of you based on your MBTI personality type.


Upon first impression, many people may immediately perceive the INFP as sincere and deeply thoughtful. INFPs tend to choose their words carefully and are not apt to ever come across as glib or perfunctory in their speech. People will often view the INFP as a gentle soul, and may feel unthreatened by their friendly and easygoing energy. From afar, INFPs can appear standoffish and even gloomy or boring. INFPs tend to be more reserved in groups and among people they don’t know well. INFPs are generally very polite and shy unless they are in an excitable and frivolous mood.


INFJs may come across as a bit mysterious and weird but in an often attractive and alluring way. They may seem very phlegmatic, aloof and unemotive despite the depth of feeling we all know INFJs experience according to type descriptions. INFJs are less likely to be perceived as self-indulgent as other introverted types and manage to convey a spirit of goodwill and attentiveness to others. People may easily recognize them as empathetic and sensitive yet self-contained and stoic. INFJs care a good deal about how they are perceived and valued by others and this may often drive them to put effort into fostering a positive social image and being liked by others.


Right off the bat, ENFPs come across as someone who is cultured, creative and candid. They seem like interesting and caring people with a good head on their shoulders. They naturally attract people with their warmth and positive energy. Whoever encounters them will likely perceive them as smart, insightful and emotionally dynamic. ENFPs are very expressive and engaging and their strong values and personal sense of integrity is likely to come through even when meeting them for the first time.


ENFJs love people and the opportunity to make a good impression on them. They are very conscious of —and concerned with —how and what other people think of them. Unsurprisingly, ENFJs often come across as very charming, personable and engaging and they are highly motivated to put their best foot forward when meeting new people. ENFJs are good at building rapport with others and making them feel understood and appreciated. People appreciate this, and are inclined to perceive the ENFJ as someone who is fun, sensitive and popular.


INTPs can often come across as know-it-alls. Many INTPs can appreciate the importance of making a good impression, but most will not bother to put up much of a charade to get into the good graces of another person. INTPs are often very nice and kind individuals but their shyness or apathy is often a barrier that prevents others from seeing it. Whether intentional or not, INTPs convey an apathetic attitude through their habits and behaviors. If INTPs are too quiet and isolated, people may often get the sense that the INTP thinks they’re better or smarter than everyone by virtue of how little they engage or participate with the rest of the group.


Upon first impression, INTJs can come across as someone who is intense and serious. They carry themselves with a certain stoic dignity that compels others to take them seriously. At the same time, they can come off as arrogant, blunt and overly confident in their assertions and opinions. People can often sense the aura of orderliness and calculation that goes on in the mind of an INTJ. Male INTJs may be instantly spotted for their rugged yet well groomed appearance and manicured facial hair. Females are likely recognized by their simple, economical style and angular haircuts.


Upon first impression, the ENTP is likely to come across as a bit weird or unusual in an interesting way. They will often appear as amusing and witty conversationalists or a slick talking provocateurs. ENTPs give off a bohemian and irreverent vibe that lets people know that they are open minded and fun to talk to. Many people will get the sense that ENTP has the capacity for mischief and cheeky antics. They exude a light and airy disposition and someone who is full of weird knowledge and insights.


ENTJs have a strong presence and their strong personality will come through from the very first encounter with them. They are assertive and forward with others and don’t seem to be worried about tiptoeing around people’s sensitivities. They can sometimes come across as arrogant jerks when they unwittingly (or intentionally) step on the feelings of others with their unapologetic frankness. ENTJs have a natural “boss” vibe and others can sense right away that they are not pushovers or people who can be taken advantage of easily.


ISFJs give off a warm and friendly vibe with a touch of shyness and reserve. They treat most people like a good friend and seem like naturally caring and compassionate souls. ISFJs don’t come across as arrogant or self centered. On the contrary, they can seem anxious and attentive to other people. People tend to perceive them as generous, likeable and easy to get along with. They also seem trustworthy and many people may feel comfortable sharing personal things with them.


The first impression that ISTJs tend to make is that of being a serious and reserved individual. They can seem very mature for their age and communicate in a generally straightforward and forthright manner. ISTJs can seem more bashful when they are talking about themselves or anything that is personal for them. ISTJs will often come across as very smart and particular about what they like and don’t like. They can seem very interesting when they get to discuss one of their interests or areas of expertise.


ESFJs are bound to make a strong impression that is generally positive. People may immediately perceive them as someone who is very accommodating and seems to genuinely care about people. ESFJs can be very chipper and bubbly which for some people can seem annoying. Most people will appreciate and enjoy their warm and engaging presence and may regard the ESFJ as a great and wholesome type of person.


ESTJs upon first impression can seem very business-like and direct. They have a direct gaze and they don’t beat around the bush. ESTJs can come across as forceful, bossy and formidable. Like the ENTJ, they seem well put together and competent. They are likely to appear very professional and mature in their appearance as well which naturally engenders from others, the respect and esteem that ESTJs so desire.


ISFPs tend to come across as very chill and friendly individuals. Their vibe is quite pleasant and calm and many people appreciate this about them. On the other hand, ISFPs may give off the impression that they are more “other people” oriented than they really are. People may perceive the ISFP as someone in whom they can dump their emotional baggage on and have listen to them drone on about their lives. In reality, ISFPs have a stronger focus on “self” and may start to assert their ego more with people who seem to treat them like their personal therapist.


ISTP can come off as a bit mysterious and private but deeply thoughtful and interesting. They have a kind of detached demeanor that some people my find either alluring or boring. Upon meeting an ISTP, you likely get the sense that there is more to them than meets the eye. ISTPs have the capacity to surprise others when they put their skills on display. People will generally perceive them as a type of quiet maverick, strong silent type or a socially withdrawn genius with amazing talent.


ESTPs have a mischievous twinkle in their eye. People can tell from their energy that they are fun, restless and unpredictable. Most people will find the ESTP to be exciting, forceful and interesting but also intimidating. They have a strong presence and seem ready to go tit-for-tat with anyone who wants to. ESTPs can seem like provocateurs without an agenda but to have a good time and be their own person.


ESFPs come off as very charming, flirty and a bit impulsive They have an infectious energy and enthusiasm that makes them naturally popular with people. People often want to be friends with them and enjoy the attention, humor and companionship that ESFPs seem to offer. ESFPs come across as friendly free spirits but can also get perceived as trouble-makers and irresponsible woo-hoos who don’t take life and certain responsibilities seriously.

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