There is no doubt that in certain stages of life, different MBTI types have different advantages. This article shall address which MBTI type achieves maximum happiness (which assumes it is the best type) at six stages of life- primary school, secondary school, University, young adulthood, mid adulthood and retirement. Infancy is not covered, because it is assumed that babies MBTI types haven’t developed and it is difficult to record when we have no infants to ask.
When children are young, introverts are generally more shy whereas extroverts are generally more sociable. This makes being an extrovert in primary school far easier. Additionally, in primary school T types generally succeed as they don’t get as personally offended by their peers honesty. Thinking types are generally more honest and more rational, and combined with the more concrete, practical thinking of S types, this can make for a happy, easy going childhood. Additionally, perceiving types are most likely to enjoy the fun activities presented by many of the primary school activities.
In high school, being a T type is helpful in order to show resilience to the high school drama surrounding you. Additionally, being a J type is useful in order to achieve social status, in a stage of life where peers opinions and social hierarchy are considered most important. Finally, extroverted types are more likely to succeed in high school life, to be invited to many fun events and get involved in the active high school community.
Assuming that University is attended, the intuitive types shine far more in University. They are surrounded by clubs that allow them to enjoy different open minded activities, and they more quickly figure out (and enjoy) theoretical concepts. In particular, University allows for flexibility in sharing a vast array of ideas, making Ne types particularly stand out. Additionally, University is a time in which there is a lack of social structure, where everyone can hang out with anybody depending on who they enjoy. This makes the harmonious and peaceful Fi types fit in well. Therefore, ENFP types generally succeed most at the University stage of life.
In early adulthood, things start to change. Social life is not considered as important, and according to Erickson’s stages of psychological development, intimacy is perceived as the most fundamental value. This means that close-knit relationships, such as family, close friends and serious relationships start to form. Generally, introverts, particularly the hard working Si types, are likely to succeed at both working hard in their field and fulfilling their ambitions in the workplace, as well as maintaining these interpersonal relationships due to the stable characteristics of introverted sensing types. Generally, this Si, combined with Te, allows the practical and logical ISTJ dominate learning the early steps of adulthood with caution, consistency and bravery.
In mid adulthood, things begin to change. By this stage, most are parents and their goal, according to Erikson, is to look after the household, children and succeed in work. Again, this allows the SJ types to succeed. Additionally, the nurturing Fe types will thoroughly enjoy this stage as they get to watch their children grow. This makes the ESFJ types most successful in this stage of life.
Finally, in the retirement stage, INTP are generally most happy. For once in their lives, INTP types are given the opportunity for: flexibility to explore ideas (Ne), only do things when they wish to (P), only socialize when they wish (I) and generally fascinate over their intensely interesting ideas and theories. Therefore, INTP’s succeed in the retirement age.