The Type of Happiness We Choose from Birth

I believe that our Personal Type supposes not only well-known Jungian psychological differences (attitudes of Extraversion-Introversion, functions of Sensing-Intuiting and functions of Thinking-Feeling). I believe that our inborn preferences predetermine different kinds of personal happiness.

My research has shown that the happiest people above all tend to follow their innate Mind (i.e. Thinking-Feeling preference) — regardless of whether they realize this or not. And vice versa: the most miserable situations in life occur when we betray our innate mind.

Two other important ingredients of the personal happiness are: our “Soul-preference” (this is the Intuitive-Sensing preference which dictates our actual, keen interests in life), and an “Energy-source” (attitudes of Extraversion-Introversion).

In this respect, personal happiness means four specific combinations of the mentioned psychological preferences, and the back bone here is an axis of rational functions Thinking-Feeling – however unromantic it may seem.

Group 1. Analysts (ENTP, ENTJ, INTP, INTJ):
Thinking plus Intuition equals “The Search for Truth”

“I am just overfull of intellect”

The Intuition-preference means that the interests (Soul) of such a person are much more intellectual and abstract, than practical and utilitarian. The Thinking-preference means that the Mind of this person tends to process all obtained information in a logical way and then to reach a dispassionate conclusion. Such a person is, in some sense, a “human computer” and might be naturally described as an Analyst.

No one can compete with an Analyst in his ability to “load” his brain and store gigantic amounts of information. His head is like a public library, because he retains amazing quantities of knowledge. Analysts are natural “perpetual scholars” — the people who want to learn and study all their lives to know everything about everything.

Analysts are also inborn scientists, theorists, and strategists who are ready to sacrifice their life for a specific field of science or technology.

An Analyst’s personal happiness is the happiness of intellectual effort, which allow him to approach Her Majesty, the Truth—in everything, and first and foremost in various areas of knowledge. This is the happiness of research, scientific work, and final discovery, as well as the happiness of teaching, dissemination, and making good use of knowledge, including turning it into a profitable high-tech business.

Group 2. Realists (ESTP, ESTJ, ISTP, ISTJ):
Thinking plus Sensing equals “The Search for Wealth”

“I am just overfull of pragmatism”

The Thinking-Sensing-preferences combination means that these are people of practical interests and logical decisions. Unlike the Analysts, such people are pragmatists and strategists, with concrete goals and concrete actions. The individuals in this group are born Realists.

The personal ideology of the Realists is oriented toward achieving a practical result in the best way possible right here and now. Every Realist always knows what he wants, why, with whom, and by when. He clearly defines which life- and business-games he will play, and which ones he won’t.

Naturally, the Realist will never agree to be “smart, but not rich”—quite unlike the Analyst, who remains the “perpetual scholar”! For Realists, a smart person is above all a successful person.

While the Analyst spends time seeking after Her Majesty, the Truth, the Realist prefers to firmly grasp the bird of his personal happiness—the well-being, financial success, and prestige. Most Realists become really happy only when their success is visible and tangible.

Group 3. Enthusiasts (ESFP, ENFP, ESFJ, ENFJ):
Feeling plus Extraversion equals “The Search for Glory”

Now we move on to another part of mankind— these are the Feelers, people who prefer living “among people” and make their decisions by reasoning about people’s feelings and emotions.

The first group of Feelers is a group of Extroverts-Feelers, and the motto of their personal happiness is:

“I am just overfull of enthusiasm”

Enthusiast is a person who mostly invests his/her psychic and physical energy in the external world. At the same time it is unthinkable for the Enthusiast to exist apart from other people and their opinions.

Distinguishing feature of Enthusiasts is a tremendous amount of energy that these people apply to anything that captivates them. The pursuit of happiness spurs them not just to mostly drastic action in the outer world, but to action directed toward showing their own worth and receiving due recognition. Enthusiasts orient their decisions and actions toward being noticed and, even better, toward being affirmed by people and mankind as a whole. 

Unlike the Analysts with their thirst for knowledge and the Realists with their thirst for well-being, the Enthusiasts are born with the thirst for life and glory. Usually they embark upon life with an innate optimism and enterprising spirit. The practical planning and appraisal of life, which is second nature to the Realists, is incomprehensible and boring to the Enthusiasts. The long ruminations and doubts of the Analysts do not attract them, either. They adore a life-process filled with action and beautiful, striking goals—the atmosphere of achievement excites every Enthusiast.

The personal happiness of the Enthusiast is the happiness of universal recognition, as a reward for active and creative work in the external world, which lets mankind move forward instead of marking time.

Group 4. Caretakers (ISFP, INFP, ISFJ, INFJ):
Feeling plus Introversion equals “The Search for Harmony”

“I am just overfull of care”

These people really get inspired when they get a chance to help anybody who has been deprived of harmonious existence in some way. These are natural Caretakers.

The secret of their innate and sincere altruism lies in their personal Mind-Energy combination: as Feelers, they cannot live and act without considering people’s feelings; as Introverts, they are mostly interested in their inner world and their subjective ideas. One of these ideas, which lives at the heart of every Caretaker and usually forms his life-goals, is the wish for a peaceful and harmonious world.

The negative human emotions and hardships are like suffocating smoke for the Caretakers, polluting the atmosphere. As sensitive ecologists, they strive to do everything within their power to remove and prevent the very possibility of this “pollution,” trying to smooth out the rough edges through compromises, and taking care of those who seem to require help.

However, when confronting those who “overstep all limits,” Caretakers are prepared to take strict measures, including depriving them of freedom in order to remove this source of disharmony from human society.

The Caretaker’s personal happiness and reason for living is to harmonize people’s reality and to eliminate hardship from people’s lives. The question of sympathy and support is the cornerstone of the Caretaker’s ideology, and you can be confident that this person will come to your aid not for the sake of praise but for his own internal principles.