Which MBTI type is most likely to write?

After filling many different requests of what to write about, I forgot about one comment that was particularly important for me to write about, however I was reminded when I was requested to write about MBTI and writing via email. This reminded me of the comment above, and encouraged me to answer this very question.

After surveying the internet, I discovered a few noticeable trends. Firstly, on the MBTI related articles I found a significantly high number of readers and writers who are INFJ’s; it was still higher than usual when considering the over population of INFJ’s who are interested in MBTI. Secondly, when looking at writers and authors in general, I discovered how many were quiet, creative, often emotional people; INFJ’s and INFP’s.

This got me thinking; why are INFJ’s so interested in writing?

Introverts are often described as having the ability to think deeply and for a thorough amount of time. Many introverts are better at communicating a message via writing rather than speaking. This is due to their ability to focus on the one topic for a long period of time. In the case of writing for long periods of time, introverts can focus on their subject without being distracted from the outside world, making introverts most likely to write.

Secondly, intuitive people are generally more analytical thinkers, meaning they have the ability to summarize and conclude the messages they want to present in a text as they can see the connections and underlying connotations in texts. They also have the ability to create ideas off the top of their heads.

On the one hand, objective writing can be found in scientific text books and non-fiction, which is where thinking types most likely will be found writing. However, with a larger number of topics in the non-fiction world, and with an arguably more interesting writing field in opinion based blog in today’s world, feeling type’s dominate the writing industry due to their ability to capture the desire of what a reader wants to read, and due to the interesting topics that surround the feeling type writing medium.

Finally, judging types are more determined to achieve in the writing industry. Judging types are organized and effecient, and whilst many perceivers will have the ideas, they may not complete them and put them to paper. This can best explain why INFJ’s are most likely to write.

What do you want me to write about next? Leave a suggestion in the comments below, and I will address it if it is a reasonable request.


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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13 Responses to Which MBTI type is most likely to write?

  1. Julie says:

    “and whilst many perceivers will have the ideas, they may not complete them and put them to paper.”
    Story of my life.
    My bestfriend is an INFJ and I’m a INFP. We’re both in to reading and writing, but he’s the only one of us to have completed a text longer than 10 pages. On the other hand, I have an easier time coming up with ideas than him.

    • tatl33 says:

      Haha yeah, and as I mentioned in the article, if you managed to stop your fatal flaw (procrastinating) you INFP’s end up out-writing us INFJ’s.

      If you can do that, and I wish you good luck with it, you could achieve anything 😀

    • Simon says:

      I always have difficulties coming up with ideas for stories, I guess that could make me an INFJ then 🙂 haha. My request for the next blog entry is which MBTI type is most likely to tell lies to people!! I think that would be interesting… Good blog man keep it up

  2. Charity says:

    Too true. INFJs also have that damned perfectionism side to them, so we re-write all the time. I have an INFP friend. She isn’t great at finishing her projects but when she does write, she’s amazing. Selfishly, now and again I hope she stays her usual disorganized self, since I’d much rather be the writer of the group. 😉

    • tatl33 says:

      haha that’s so true 😛 It is annoying when you have a famous author P type who is a great writer who just doesn’t have the motivation and rush to complete, and changes focus onto another book or whatever. But in situations like your INFP friend, lucky for you!

  3. Danyal Zia says:

    I agree that INFJs are most likely to write, but we (INFJs) also struggle a lot in finishing our work, because we are so obsessed with our thoughts due to our judging function and get writer’s block occasionally. INFPs are more comfortable while writing, because they usually have less anxiety due to their perceiving function. But, since we INFJs can do everything to pursue our dreams, we can nevertheless become great writers 🙂

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  5. lilibetp says:

    Why don’t we all work together? The INFP can supply the stories and the INFJ can finish the writing. I think I’m an INFJ, but I have tons of stories started. Most of them I dream. Is that unusual?

    • Liss says:

      Actually I’m the same, most of my stories begin in my dreams 🙂 I think INFJ are attracted to writing because we love languages and are expressive. The written word is the means by which we can convey our feelings and ideas to many people at once. Most INFJ’s want to feel understood, and writing provides us with the perfect platform to express our inner selves.

  6. I’m ENFP and doing Creative Writing at Uni.. I tend to write humour, or light and fluffy, which could explain a lot.

  7. kalistavidyadhara says:

    I am both, INFP and INFJ. 😀

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