Not all of the 16 personality types occur at the same rate. Let’s find out more about rare and popular personality types.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a popular personality assessment tool that categorizes individuals into one of 16 personality types. The MBTI test is based on their preferences in four dichotomies:
INFJ is the Rarest Personality Type
INFJ, also known as the Advocate is the rarest personality type. INFJ stands for introverted, intuitive, feeling, and judging.
Someone with this personality type lets their values and vision guide them. Only 1.5% of the general population has this personality type.
They tend to prioritize integrity, and they may have big goals. While they’re introverts, they enjoy making connections with other people.
Other rare personality types include the closely related ENTJ and INTJ, the Commander and Architect, respectively. Unlike the rarest Myers Brigg type INFJs, ENTJs and INTJs think rather than feel.
Famous people with the INFJ: Elon Musk, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Lady Gaga, and Martin Freeman.
Personality Types by Popularity (MBTI Percentages and Statistics)
The 16 personality types all vary by popularity. Consider where each one falls from most to least common and the percentage of the population each type makes up.
The data in this table doesn’t add up exactly to 100% due to rounding. However, it gives a good idea of how common certain personality types are, especially compared to the others.
Also, you may notice that different lists have slightly different data. But the list of the most popular and least popular types shouldn’t change much.
Pros of a Rare Personality Type
The rarest personality type, INFJ, makes up only 1.5% of the population, or 3 out of every 200 people. It might be rare, but having this personality type or another rare one isn’t all bad.
Consider the following pros of rare personality types.
Having a rare personality type, even if it’s not the rarest, offers you some unique strengths. For example, INFJ people tend to be ambitious, and they work toward their goals. That can help you get your dream job or promotion.
You may also be able to use the attributes of your personality type to stand out in school. If you struggle to get attention, use your personality type to your advantage.
When you’re a rare personality type, you’ll probably spend most of your life with people who have different personalities and opinions from you. That gives you the perfect chance to learn more about how other people see the world.
You can also contribute your ideas to the discussion. Then, others will be able to learn more about how you think about things.
Cons of a Rare Personality Type
Of course, having a rare personality type can have some drawbacks. While you can’t change your personality type, you should prepare for the following.
Hard to Relate To
Whether you’re an INFJ, ENTJ, or something else, you may find it hard to relate to the people around you. They may be more extroverted, or they may think when you feel or vice versa.
All of that can make it hard to fit in with a group. Meeting other people who share your personality type will be more difficult since it makes up a smaller percentage of the overall population.
When it comes to the INFJ personality type, you tend to have lofty goals. On the one hand, this is great because it means you want to do great things.
However, others may not understand your desire to help the world. That can make it hard to put your goals in motion.
Most Common Personality Type
Making up 13.8% of the population, ISFJ is the most common personality type. That’s particularly interesting considering INFJ, only one letter different, is the rarest.
If you’re an ISJF, you’re the Defender. The letters stand for introverted, observant, feeling, and judging. Some common traits of this personality type include loyalty and having high standards, so you can count on an ISFJ to do a good job.
Famous people with this personality type include Beyonce, Selena Gomez, and Queen Elizabeth II. Other common personality types include ESFJ and ISTJ.
Pros of a Common Personality Type
The top five most common personality types show up in over 55% of all people. Being part of this group can come with some benefits.
Easy to Relate to Others
If you have one of the most common personality types, you may find it easy to relate to other people that you meet. This can happen in school, work, or your personal life.
Others with the same or a similar personality may help you fit in more easily. You can feel like others listen when you have something to say.
Easy to Understand
Similarly, having a common personality type also means it’s easy for other people to understand you and your thoughts. You might also find it easy to understand the people around you.
Rarer personality types struggle to fit in with a group and to understand others. Not having to worry about that can lift a huge weight off your shoulders.
Cons of a Common Personality Type
Unfortunately, having one of the more popular personality types isn’t perfect. Consider the following cons.
Less Diverse Thinking
If everyone in your group at school or work has the same personality, you may not be able to explore as many ideas. You might all have the same idea, which can make it easier to choose which one to use.
However, you can miss out on other perspectives that are just as important. Finding people with rarer personality types is more difficult, and you might not always have access to those opinions.
Hard to Stand Out
You also can’t rely on your personality type to make you unique. If you rely on your personality alone, you might fall through the cracks with teachers or your boss.
While you can develop other skills to stand out, that takes time and effort that you might not want to put in. It may not be as easy to get certain opportunities when you’re just like everyone else, personality-wise.