Looking for the perfect plant? Perhaps it is time to look to the Myers-Briggs personality test to discover which houseplant will best match your personality!
The Myers-Briggs Personality Test delves into who you are and what you gravitate toward, as well as how you make decisions. Check out your Myers–Briggs Type Indicator type below and see which type of houseplant is right for you!
What is the Myers-Briggs personality test?
Developed by Isabel Myers and her mother, Katherine Briggs, with inspiration from psychologist Carl Jung’s theory of personality types, the Myers-Briggs Personality Test is a self-survey intended to identify a person’s unique strengths, weaknesses, and compatibility with other personality types. The questionnaire weighs the participant’s answers to assign them a specific label in four separate categories. The test lets one know whether they are an extrovert or introvert, an intuitive or sensor, a perceiver or judger, and a thinker or feeler. The combination of labels received in those four categories illuminates a person’s personality and can help them discover their own preferences. You can take the Myers-Briggs personality test for free on 16 Personalities.
The test takes about 6-10 minutes. I’ve taken it a few times over the last few years and I am always a Defender (ISFJ) with these personality traits: Introverted, Observant, Feeling, and Judging. These people tend to be warm and unassuming in their own steady way. They’re efficient and responsible, giving careful attention to practical details in their daily lives.
Which houseplant best suits my personality type?
The Architect (INTJ)
A person with an architect personality may enjoy the company of a Saguaro Cactus in their home. An Architect (INTJ) is a person with Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Judging personality traits. These thoughtful tacticians love perfecting the details of life, applying creativity and rationality to everything they do. Their inner world is often a private, complex one. Architects are talented strategists and thoughtful planners when it comes to interior design. The Saguaro Cactus unique presence will accent any brightly lit area of the house the architect deems suitable.
The Logician (INTP)
Someone with a Logician personality type will most likely enjoy having a Rattlesnake Calathea around the house. Logicians pride themselves on their inventiveness and creativity, their unique perspective, and vigorous intellect, according to 16 Personalities. The fractal pattern on the leaves will be most aesthetically pleasing to those with the logician’s thirst for uniqueness.
The Commander (ENTJ)
Those with the commander personality type are known for their boldness and strong will. They are decisive people who love momentum and accomplishment. They gather information to construct their creative visions but rarely hesitate for long before acting on them. That is why the Oxalis Triangularis or false shamrock houseplant is perfect for those lucky enough to call themselves the commander. The false shamrock plant demands all in the room’s attention with its unique outspokenness and vibrant colors.
The Debater (ENTP)
If there is one thing that Debater personality types enjoy, it is a challenge! Debaters tend to be bold and creative, deconstructing and rebuilding ideas with great mental agility. They pursue their goals vigorously despite any resistance they might encounter. The Alocasia Macrorrhizos “Borneo Giant,” or more commonly called Elephant Ear is a houseplant that is well worth the bit of extra work they need to stay vibrant and beautiful. Alocasia Borneo Giant features eye-catching tropical foliage with textural leaves that have a deep green topside.
The Advocate (INFJ)
Much like those who belong to the advocate personality type, varieties of Tradescantia are soft and mystical. Adcocate Personality types tend to approach life with deep thoughtfulness and imagination. Their inner vision, personal values, and a quiet, principled version of humanism guide them in all things.The tradescantia houseplant possesses velvet leaves to the touch- something that will surely compliment the quiet and gentle personality type of the advocates who choose to own it.
The Mediator (INFP)
Those with the Mediator personality type are poetic, kind, and altruistic. Their generosity and thoughtfulness make them the perfect candidates for owning a Calathea White Star. Calatheas love humidity and bright indirect light. We have one in our bathroom. They are so beautiful to look at! I love the fine white stripes!
The Protagonist (ENFJ)
People who fall under the protagonist personality type are inspiring leaders and great storytellers. Because they spend so much of their time out adventuring, the perfect houseplant for them requires little commitment. The Bunny Ear Cactus is a plant with a lot of personality – yet extremely easy to care for-, suiting the protagonist’s lifestyle and aura. It’s just so stinking cute!
The Campaigner (ENFP)
Those with the campaigner personality type are free-spirited and full of life. No houseplant says “life of the party” quite like the Bird of Paradise. Strelitzia reginae is a species of evergreen tropical herbaceous plant native to South Africa. Their dramatic, long, arching leaves make them the perfect tropical statement piece for any campaigner personality type!
The Logistician (ISTJ)
Logisticians are fact-based and pragmatic individuals. According to 16 Personalities, Logistician personalities are no-nonsense. When they’ve decided, they will relay the facts necessary to achieve their goal, expecting others to grasp the situation immediately and take action. The ZZ Raven will be pleasing to the eyes and mind because they are so easy to care for.
The Defender (ISFJ)
Individuals with the defender personality type are often society’s most talented healers. What better plant for someone with a natural urge to heal than Aloe Vera? The plant itself makes for both a beautiful decoration and a useful herbal remedy in burns or injury. Pictured here is Aloe brevifolia, more commonly called Crocodile or Alligator Plant, thanks to its “teeth.”
The Executive (ESTJ)
Executive personalities love proper management and organization! They often serve as a stabilizing force among others, able to offer solid direction amid adversity. The Petra Croton (codieaum variegatum) houseplant requires a predictable care regimen that an executive will appreciate in keeping them busy. Petra Crotons are coveted for their auburn, scarlet, and lemon-colored veins that mark its bright, bushy foliage.
The Consul (ESFJ)
Those who fall under the consul category of personality are known for their sociable and helpful nature. Consul personalities are attentive and people-focused, and they enjoy taking part in their social community. Their achievements are guided by decisive values, and they willingly offer guidance to others. The presence of Chinese Water Bamboo in a consul’s home is sure to complement their loving and zen attitudes. Dracaena sanderiana is a species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae. The Chinese Water Bamboo is commonly called “Lucky Bamboo.”
The Virtuoso (ISTP)
The virtuoso personality type is present in those who love experimenting. Virtuoso personalities tend to have an individualistic mindset, pursuing goals without needing much external connection. Dypsis lutescens, commonly known as Butterfly Palm or Areca Palm, is the perfect houseplant for those who love changing their style and interior design. Because the species can be placed in various sunlight levels, a virtuoso is not limited in where they decide to place the palm.
The Adventurer (ISFP)
Adventurers are always open to new experiences! The Ponytail Palm is a unique succulent that is sure to capture the attention of adventurer personalities. Even better for the adventurer, the plant itself is extremely adaptable and will survive any last-minute travel plans one may take on a whim!
The Entrepreneur (ESTP)
Entrepreneurs are smart and energetic people. Monstera Deliciosa, also like the split Leaf Philodendron Swiss Cheese plant, has such a unique and energizing presence that perfectly matches the entrepreneurs’ entrepreneur (ESTP) Extroverted, Observant, Thinking, and Prospecting personality traits. They love uncovering life’s opportunities, whether socializing with others or in more personal pursuits.
The Entertainer (ESFP)
Those with the entertainer personality type are constantly surrounded by company. They are spontaneous and energetic souls that provide endless fun and amusement for those lucky enough to get close with them. When it comes to their decorating choices, a mellow but playful succulent such as the Snake Plant works as the perfect contrast to their boldness.