Which MBTI type is best for different life stages?

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.


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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12 Responses to Which MBTI type is best for different life stages?

  1. The Crazy Cat Lady says:

    This is a great post! I think that education-wise, high school would sort of be suited for iNtuitives. From my experience, in high school, people are asked to do in-depth studies, as well as prepare for their careers.

    • Amy says:

      I disagree and would say that SJs – in particular the estj – would have the best time, grades-wise. Highschool is all about being well-organised (Judger), good at memorising facts (Si) and just being how you should be. Si is all about behaving as one believes os their duty. Think about it, is Ne really that useful in highschool? Who cares about new ideas, just rote-learn whatever you’re told. In highschool the concepts aren’t usually complicated or advanced enough to require understanding of abstract concepts, so it can all be memorised. I have inferior Si + ADD so highschool is a bitch (forgetting mundane but essential things) yay. Actually now that I think about it ISxJ probably is the best, because the teachers like silent kids.

      • The Crazy Cat Lady says:

        Well, I’m in the Gifted program, so I might have had different experiences, but I have had experience with teachers asking you to explain your answer. For example, “why is this the tone of the passage?” And I’ve just finished working on an in-depth presentation study of the Salem witch trials for history. By in-depth, I mean that you have to be an expert, not just read off the PowerPoint.

      • tatl33 says:

        I agree with everything you just said! Thanks for your input Amy! đŸ™‚

  2. Amy says:

    It’s true that teachers do ask for the core idea behind a topic, but in my experience you can get by most subjects by rote-learning. I know that english favours intuitive types because of the emphasis on symbolism and ideas. In your presentation, are you required to be creative or interpret the meaning of witch trials? My guess is that you do need some of that, but the task is marked based on the recording of facts and dates. I must also ask you what you mean by expert, e.g do you mean knowing a lot about the topic or personal experience?

    • The Crazy Cat Lady says:

      Well, our teacher had us choose a very specific topic so it would be easier to know a lot about it. Mine was about the common qualities of those accused in the trials. We were asked to use technology, but we had to actually present like a teacher. By expert, I mean knowing a lot about the topic (I couldn’t personally experience witch trials xD). We were asked to focus on the facts and what was going on, and there was a very small amount of recording dates. However, I, personally, also investigated the why of things, which my teacher gave me extra points for. (I presented today, by the way. I did a lot better than I thought I would.)

      Language Arts and History are VERY intuitive for me. As a Sensor, that sometimes gets frustrating because I prefer getting a straight answer. Science is more focused on Sensing and remembering things, but I think that my teacher is intuitive because she brings her own personal opinions into it.

      • Arakkun says:

        Science is more intuitive than people think.
        It’s just that… most teacher of science are Si.
        Most Scientist who actually made advancement in the field of science are,in fact,NTs.
        Starting from Einstein(INTP), passing through Tesla(INTJ), Galileo(INTP), Leonardo da Vinci(ENTP), Werner Heisenerg(ENTP) and so (ENTJ are rarer as scientists).

        They should teach you how to use your Ne to learn the science, but they end up making you memorizing things at memory and “given for good”. Which, for Ti-user especially, is the fucking hell.

        • tatl33 says:

          That is so true. Luckily as you further your degree you will start to learn more theoretical concepts and eventually you can head into creating your own experiments and research where you can utilise your NT. But only if you get through the Si stuff in school :p

  3. LongTom says:

    Maybe that’s why I can’t shake the creeping feeling that I will enjoy old age quite a bit…

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