Organisation Styles Based on MBTI Type

Kerissa asked: I’ve noticed that you organise your posts one within the other, like stacking boxes. For example, when you hover on ‘Idiot’s guide to MBTI’ there’s ‘Typing Guide’ as an option. Click on that and there’s a list of articles. Click on the first of those and it’s ‘First, Get to Know the Crucial Concepts.’ From there it goes to another list. Some of those links go to a post, others go to a collection of posts. This boxes within boxes approach is a lot how I organize my Google Drive, folders within folders, and I was wondering if it had to do with the functions. It seems like a behavioral thing that actually would relate to functions without being a stereotype.

Somebody is paying attention to the way I organise!

Usually people with a Te function tend to have a specific mode of organisation that they follow (this is not usually true of Ti, especially upper Ti).

Intuitive (Ni & Ne) people are more likely to organise starting with the general, and then working to the specific.

Sensors (and here, I’m talking about Si) are going to organise from the specific to the general.

For instance, my ESTJ mother will organise everything according to specific type (Si) and function (Te). In her sewing room, she has a box for fabric, a box for thread, and a box for elastic, a box for stuffing etc.

Specific combinations of functions are also going to give you different results as well.

As an INTJ, I organise from the general idea of a thing (Ni) and move next to its function (Te).

For instance, I have a large toolbox in which I store my art supplies. Inside the toolbox, you would find a large quantity of smaller cigar boxes in which I’ve stored art supplies and tools according to what they’re used for.

In terms of blog and document storage, I do the same thing. I look at the content of my documents and then arrange them into folders, then subfolders and so on. For this reason, one of my favourite writing programs to use is Scrivener, because it allows me to organise everything of the same topic in one place. I use it for writing novels, poetry, and even taking notes in class.

My ESFP sibling organises based on appearance only (Se). If there is nothing on the floor, their bedroom qualifies as “clean.” Just so long as they can’t see the mess, it’s “organised.”

My ENFP sibling is great at keeping things organised once they’re organised (for the most part – her Te is tertiary), but their Ne sees so many possibilities that they doesn’t always know where to start. I helped them move into their new apartment this fall, and I did most of the organising for them.

At which point, the grand truth dawned on them that I’m better at organising than they are. All these years, they assumed that because I have so many boxes inside of boxes and folders inside of folders etc. that my stuff was merely cluttered. It had never occurred to them that it was organised, only that it looked chaotic because the method behind it was so structured.

My INTP dad cannot organise at all. At all. He looks at clutter and has absolutely no idea where to start. Part of this is a lack of Te function (Te is a natural organisation function, and part of it is his Ne getting distracted before he can start.


5 thoughts on “Organisation Styles Based on MBTI Type

  1. I’m slightly surprised that I didn’t notice how you organized or at least give it a bit of thought, but then again it is literally the same way I organize things and therefore seems quite normal to me… Even when I look at projects or writing I did when I was younger I find the same way of organizing is consistent throughout.

    One thing that I hate is when I want to have something organized but I don’t have the proper thing to put it in or enough space to do it correctly and it just gets messed up :/. The struggle is real.


  2. Another fun fact I recognised: I asked an INTJ and two xSTJs about their organisation style. I went with a simple, “Do you organise things from the specific to the general or from the general to the specific?” question.

    While the INTJ could immediately answer with a “From the general to the specific, obviously. It makes sense that way because you can find everything.”, the two xSTJs could only think in specifics, so they both needed me to come up with an example for them to process the question. After then, the ESTJ could immediately cut to the core and tell me how she would organise her stuff, while the ISTJ got lost in the details and needed me to be even more specific.


  3. (INTP) The way I organize, it sometimes still feels messy, and sometimes the way I’ve organized something is not the most…definite? way. Like, it’ll quickly get messy again, since I didn’t organize it a certain way in the first place. I didn’t go to the root of the problem. I will often put off organizing, too, sometimes because I don’t know where to start, and sometimes because I am in some doubt about one aspect of the task. Like, if I can’t get a complete job done, what’s the point of starting?
    I do try to organize, though, so that’s something, haha.


  4. I had noticed your way of organising, too.

    Reflecting about it, I’m the opposite of your ENFP sibling: I’m good at devising organisation systems (using Ni), but not so good at keeping them (having no Te). Your post has made me wonder what use can be applied to Ti with objects and storage, and I’ve come to the conclusion that, as Ti is a precision function, it may be good at decluttering and getting rid of useless things.

    When I was younger I was too attached to things, but now I find a pleasure in cleaning and discarding: the folders on my computer, the wardrobe during change of seasons, my bookshelves (that’s the most difficult part)… It may be a consequence of developing Ti.


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