Personality types of teenagers – characteristics, strengths and weaknesses
The Myers Briggs personality types indicator can be used to assess typical characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of teens. Your teen’s personality type will have a direct or indirect impact on life skills, life outcomes, career and his or her relationship with you and the rest of the family.
Understanding your teen’s personality is a crucial step in the process of forming a great relationship with your teen.
Introverted personality types – your strengths and weaknesses
The characteristics of the intraverted personality types are described below. Characteristics of extraverted personality types can be found in our Teen Personality Types – The Extroverts section.
The labels named beside each type (e.g. “the Inspector” for ISTJ) are labels mapped by David W Keirsey as part of the Keirsey Temperament Sorter. The Sorter is not directly associated with the Myers Briggs personality types indicator.
ISTJ – the Inspector
Strength: The key characteristics of ISTJ individuals are that they are dutiful and dependable. ISTJs value loyalty and are highly organized and sensible. ISTJs tend to be serious and thorough in their work.
Weakness: ISTJs may be over-focused on a task and may fail to respond to emotional needs of others.
ISTP – The Crafter
Strength: ISTPs make excellent analysts and can assess a given situation well. ISTPs are naturally quiet and are interested in the operation of machines and systems. They are easily bored with routine, preferring to explore or experiment new things.
Weakness: ISTPs may be seen as being too detached and analytical.
ISFJ – The Protector
Strength: ISFJs are protectors and nurturers. They are quiet but at the same time, very aware of the world around them. ISFJs are observant and very respectful of feelings of others.
Weakness: ISFJs may be taken advantage of as they have a strong sense of service to others.
ISFP – The Composer
Strength: ISFPs are easy-going individuals who abhor conflict. They are creative and considerate with a well developed sense of appreciation for natural beauty surrounding them.
Weakness: ISFPs tend to shy away from arguments, even if values important to them are compromised.
INFJ – The Counselor
Strength: INFJs are assertive and value-driven. INFJs are introverts that may be mistaken for extroverts. INFJs however, prefer to work behind the scene, quietly influencing decisions that way. INFJs are usually well-liked by their peers.
Weakness: INFJs tend to be misread as extroverts and may be assigned roles and duties that do not suit their personality.
INFP – The Healer
Strength: INFPs are idealists, passionate and very focused on their beliefs. INFPs are quick to spot opportunities that fit their ideals. They have a well developed sense of service to humanity.
Weakness: INFPs may be too idealistic in their values and beliefs on occasion, leading to hurt and disappointment.
INTJ – The Mastermind
Strength: INTJs are independent and persevering. They are competent individuals with very high standards of performance. They similarly expect that same level of performance from others. INTJs often defy authority and have no time for sentiment and conventions.
Weakness: INTJs may be over-analytical and may fail to understand social norms and behavior.a
INTP – The Artchitect
Strength: INTPs are logical thinkers and are driven to analyse situations from all angles. INTPs prefer to spend time alone, working on problems and developing solutions.
Weakness: INTPs may come across as impatient individuals.