Which MBTI type is the most shy?

Shyness: “Lacking self confidance.”

Which MBTI type is the most shy? Well this question is definitely a tough one.

Some kids are really shy.

This kid is an example of somebody who is really shy.

The most shy MBTI type really can depend, and most people believe that any type can be as equally shy as the other types. However, in research it has been discovered that some types are more likely to be shy than others. Let’s look at this more closely.

Introverts are naturally seen as more shy. Although they may not necessarily be shy, they are not as loud and talkative as their fellow extroverts, and appear as if they are not confident with speaking. For the most part, introverts prefer not to speak and are more likely to be shy people. Extroverts also focus more on their external surroundings, and have more of a chance to conquer their shyness rather than introverts who isolate themselves away from others when they are shy.

Intuitive people are once again more likely to be shy. Whilst sensors pay attention to details and try to fit in socially by following current trends, intuitive people are more likely to withdraw from life and are less confident than sensors.

This part is a bit more obvious. Feelers think way too hard about people’s reactions when they are thinking about what they are going to say. However, thinkers just flat-out openly admit what they are going to say, careless of the result. Feelers are therefore more shy, because they are more sensitive to the reactions of other people.

Judgers are a lot more likely to be shy. This part is a little bit harder, but it makes sense when analyzed. Judgers are less inclined to break a habit and do something new. For example, perceivers may decide to join a new group of friends instantly. However, judgers will think about if they will have time for their other friends and whether it will fit in with their plans. Judgers are also more judging of other people and think about how the hierarchy will be effected when making decisions about whether they should be some bodies friend. Therefore, judgers are more shy than perceivers.

From this information, it is clear that INFJ’s are the most likely to be shy. A common example of an INFJ would be your psychologist, or even your local doctor. Watch as your doctor fearfully shakes his pen. Just looking at you makes him frightened. However, just remember that if we didn’t have shy people, we would be stuck with a bunch of people who can’t shut up and constantly interrupt each other! We don’t want that do we?

Which MBTI do you think? Leave your opinion in the comments section below!


About tatl33

Hello, my name is Tim! I am an INFJ interested in psychology currently residing in Australia. My aim is to provide you with information on MBTI and how it can be related to real life situations. Enjoy :)
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14 Responses to Which MBTI type is the most shy?

  1. Samuel Brown says:

    I agree with you and i think 2nd place is intj’s because they think in their heads alot so they dont talk much.

  2. tatl33 says:

    Yeah, but that’s being quiet not being shy. Being shy means “lacking confidence.”
    Feelers are more likely to lack confidance, thinkers have higher confidance. I’d have to say INFP’s have lower confidance than INTJ’s. But INTJ’s would be fairly close.

    • acerbusvenator says:

      “Feelers are more likely to lack confidance, thinkers have higher confidance”.
      Please, read up on MBTI.
      INFJ – Ni Fe “Ti” Se
      I’d say that INTPs and “maybe” INFJs have the lowest confidence in their social skills.
      INTPs especially seem to have problems due to inferior Fe.
      With INFJs it’s more of being heavy introvert.
      People with Fe and Ti in their function stack are more likely to lack confidence than people with Fi and Te in their function stack.

      • Ben says:

        True INTPs and INTJs don’t have good social skills (at all) but that does not mean they are shy. They don’t take much interest in socializing, but when they do, the have less problems being outspoken and saying what’s on their mind than does an INFP or INFJ.
        The INFJ’s and INFPs are more conscientious of people and social situations which makes them less likely to feel confident. INTPS and INTJs are often times unaware or don’t really care what others think of them.

        • tatl33 says:

          I would definitely agree with this. If you notice a thinker versus feeling type in a situation with a stranger, sometimes the feeling type will be nervous about saying certain things to get the approval of the person they’ve just met. T types don’t think about other people’s feelings as much, which I guess makes them more to the point and honest. I like your thinking!

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  4. Isa says:

    It is true that INFJ were socially awkward but this does’t make them shy. They just felt uncomfortable on crowd. Don’t call them shy cos they don’t like it. Just try to talk to them on one on one conversation, you’ll figure out how confident and intelligent they are. Shy people are those who have no Confidence. INFJ were quitely Confident

    • tatl33 says:

      Hey Isa, I wrote this article a while back so there are some stereotypes and labels in this entry. I recommend you read some of my newer articles 🙂

  5. F says:

    There is a difference between being shy and being quiet. In my opinion, INFJ and INTJ both share somewhat the same aura of quiet confidence. They will only ‘talk’ more when they find the right person to talk to.

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  7. This makes a lot of sense to me. I suspect any introverted feeler is more prone to experiencing shyness and social anxiety since they prefer spending more time alone and are concerned with how their words and actions affect others. Then when you think about the fact that many cultures prefer sensing over intuition, it’s really not surprising why many INFJs experience shyness/social anxiety and/or feel completely out of place.
    I’m an INFJ and have experienced shyness since childhood. Although I would describe myself as painfully shy as a child, I gradually gained more confidence over the years. I have learned that my preferences may not be understood or appreciated by a lot of people, so I lean more towards being reserved and polite toward people I don’t know well. Most people consider me a quiet person, but I can have intensely deep and meaningful conversations with some intuitive dominant types, though. It’s so infrequent that I find someone like that that I run the risk of talking their head off once I sense some sort of connection and mutual understanding.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I hardly think this was written by an INFJ, not a single line makes sense.

  9. Anonymous says:

    INFPs are the most shy because INFJ’s have more confidence, just in a quiet way. INFPs on the other hand are most likely to blush a lot and since they are Fi doms they sometimes can get self critical. And Fe is a more social function so it’ll be more active in joining new groups of friends whilst INFPs would more likely be daydreaming loners whom stay in their comfort zones. Also since they use Ne-Si so they’ll be more unsure of themselves than an INFJ or ISFP. Ne or Si users generally aren’t as bold or determined as Ni or Se users. Many shy characters are mostly INFPs such as Jane Eyre, Jane Bennett, Bella Swan, Anastasia Steele, etc.

  10. Bella says:

    You are wrong I am an INFJ and this is inaccurate.

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