The MBTI® Test ESTJ Personality Type and Emotional Intelligence

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The ESTJ type has tendency to be overly logical. Work on showing empathy and sympathy toward others.

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Emotional intelligence varies across different personality types, and knowing how your Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI test) type acts in the face of emotions is extremely beneficial for your personal emotional wellbeing and your interactions with your friends and peers. Here, we’ll learn about how Extraverted Thinking with Introverted Sensing (ESTJ) types process, develop, deal with emotions, and how they can modify themselves to further increase their emotional intelligence.

Emotional intelligence is defined as “a complex ability to regulate your impulses, empathize with others, and persist and be resilient in the face of obstacles.” (Pearman, 2002, CPP) ESTJ personality types enjoy accomplishing goals and greeting a challenge head on, and are confident but realistic in their own abilities and competencies. They are lovers of clarity and clear direction, and when a plan is made, they are very adamant about making sure that it comes to fruition, almost too persistently. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)

MBTI test ESTJ types are often very disciplined in various areas of their lives, including work, organization, drive, and physical condition. This discipline carries over into their logical minds, where they prefer structured plans and well-defined duties in most areas. They may have trouble cooperating with others if they do not share the ESTJ types strict adherence to plans, goals, and objectives. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)

ESTJ types believe in themselves, and therefore enjoy working alone—although they still do spend their time working in groups, occasionally they feel intimidated by the potential emotional situations that could arise, and feel that their work could suffer. They follow plans to a “T”, meaning that there is no room for emotional interferences either from themselves or from those working with them. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)

Similarly, because ESTJ types are often so focused on following a plan toward an expected outcome (even in the metaphorical sense), they may miss certain cues that something isn’t right or just not pay attention to their friends’ feelings. They also, for this reason, don’t seem to care so much about making a good first impression (or second or third), focusing more on the outcome of whatever they’re currently working on. Interestingly, ESTJ types do, however, need the attention of others so as to provide feedback on their accomplishments; otherwise they begin to feel unappreciated. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)

In order to augment their emotional intelligence, there are several things that MBTI ESTJ personality types can do. First off, it behooves ESTJ types, for the sake of their emotional intelligence and the strength of their relationships, to openly and intentionally show empathy and sympathy for others. They should also actively try to assess certain emotional situations or feelings that arise in specific situations, so that they can respond accordingly. Being more open and flexible with other peoples’ feelings, ideas, and views will also help ESTJ types grow emotionally. If Myers-Briggs ESTJ types proactively change their views of others’ emotions and make their peers’ emotional wellbeing a priority, they will in turn enhance their own emotional intelligence, and will become more welcoming, sympathetic, and enjoyable to be around. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)


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