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It recently occurred to me that a number of book genres seem perfectly designed to appeal to people of certain Myers-Briggs types. If you’re not familiar, Myers-Briggs is a personality typing system. In the Myers-Briggs system, there are sixteen personality types. Each type consists of four letters–E (extrovert) or I (introvert), S (sensor) or N (iNtuitive), F (feeler) or T (thinker), and P (perceiver) or J (judger). Click here to learn more about each of these preferences.
I made a list of genres and Myers-Briggs types and paired them up. Sure enough, certain Myers-Briggs types and genres go together like ham and cheese. Of course, there will be exceptions, but here’s which genre I think best fits each personality type.
ESTJ | Political, Legal, + Military Thriller
ESTJs are decisive, forceful, and always ready to fight for their principles. They’re fairly traditional and more likely than the average person to have strong feelings about God and country. The idea of defending the public from corrupt politicians, lawbreakers, and hostile foreign powers usually appeals to people of this type. Think Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, and Tom Clancy (an ESTJ himself). Get started with these Goodreads lists of political, legal, and military thrillers.
ISTJ | History + Biography
ISTJs are practical, responsible, and detail-oriented. They have a tendency to focus on the past. As such, history is a subject most ISTJs find fascinating. ISTJs are also sticklers for accuracy, so nonfiction history books are a better bet than historical fiction, which can play fast and loose with the facts. Pick a time period or historical figure and dive in!Here's which book genre best fits your #MyersBriggs personality type.Click To Tweet
ESFJ | Romance
ESFJs are heart-centered people. They’re big on community cooperation, family values, and harmony in the home. The typical romance novel that ends with commitment, marriage, and a happily-ever-after appeals to the ESFJ personality. One classic romance novel I highly recommend to ESFJs is North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. The protagonist, Margaret Hale, is an ESFJ and the theme of justice for the working class, which runs throughout the novel, will also appeal to ESFJs. Also check out this list of popular classic romance novels.