Which MBTI type is the best at which sports?

Another question that I have discovered is being asked quite often is something that I have been pondering for a while now. Which MBTI type is the best at which sports? Obviously some types are better at more individual orientated sports, whilst some are more focused towards team orientated sports. If you or somebody you know is in desperate search of a sport that they will enjoy, they have come to the right place. This article will examine which types are better at certain things and why.

In a previous article, I mentioned that the ESTP type is the type that is generally the best athlete. However, whilst writing that article I knew that this was a rather vague article, as there is a wide range of sports which are best suited to a various range of types. When it comes to the extroverted types, team sports are better suited for these people. Sports such as football, Rugby, basketball, baseball, cricket and hockey are best suited for people who enjoy playing with a wide range of people. For introverts, individual sports are more suitable. Sports such as tennis, golf, athletics, swimming, gymnastics and martial arts allow participants to place all performance results on their shoulders, which many introverts like to do.

When it comes to sensing and intuition, there really isn’t a huge difference for sport preference. However, intuitive sport players will be able to focus on the big picture, aiming to find missing flaws and strategies in the opponent and themselves that allow them to win the game that others can’t see. Sensors can focus on the small details, and being put into a position where they can observe the techniques of players during the game.

Thirdly, thinking sports involve games where there is a definite score; scoring is determined in a logical way, whereby bystanders all know exactly what is needed to score. For example, in football, each goal scored tallies one more point to your team. However, in feeling based sports, such as cheerleading and ballet, scoring is subjective and opinion based. Don’t worry though guys- feelers can be involved in games like football and basketball too! All they need is a supportive team that encourages them to achieve success- feelers need a reason to play sport, and keeping the team happy is a wonderful reason.

Finally, perceivers play sports “in the moment.” A perceiver will be playing each match to win, whilst the judging type will be playing the season to win. Perceivers will often get bored of sports easier, and be more inclined to swap sports than judgers. Perceivers will also enjoy thrill seeking sports such as skating, snowboarding, surfing, motorbiking, and racing. On the other hand, judgers may enjoy more predictable games such as golf and bowling, where they can make conscious efforts to change their decisions (sensors use their past experience to factor into achieving better results, whilst intuitive people will envision and predict there next best way to bowl or swing the club.)

Hopefully, this article has given you a thorough analysis of which MBTI types are best at certain sports. 🙂

Which MBTI type 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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2 Responses to Which MBTI type is the best at which sports?

  1. Pingback: Des traits de personnalité gagnants en sport d'équipe - Qi Sport Performance

  2. Chitoh says:

    ISFJ – Hockey

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