Which Myers-Briggs Type Lives The Longest? If You’re This Type, Good News
When watching a horror movie, it's often easy to know who will, well, go next based on their decision to venture into the basement alone. While genetics and lifestyle are factors in determining the longevity of one's life, so is, according to studies, personality type. So, on a scale of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test, is there a Myers-Briggs type that lives the longest? I threw it back to my college days and compared the 16 personality types to the traits ~scientific~ studies have pin-pointed as those belonging to people who live the longest. Hey, I took Personality 101 for my science requirement, so trust me on this.
Basically, whoever wouldn't wander into a basement when weird stuff is happening around them (displaying common sense) will do better than those who would (lacking common sense). I'm looking at you, ESTP, no offense. The desire to live forever is a tale of survival that's been told through time. But alas, the fountain of youth is just an effort in applying serums and sticking to health routines. While we can't make it forever, we can enjoy the time we have. And apparently depending on what MB type you are, you might just be enjoying it a little longer.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test was developed by Isabel Briggs Myers and Katherine Briggs. Based off of Carl Jung's theory of psychological types, the purpose of the personality type identifier is to make Jung's theory of psychological types useful for our daily life. Like reading your sun sign's daily horoscope, but more ~scientific~. From this comes 16 different personality types based on how certain people process information, make decisions, structure their lives in the outside world, and if that person is a introvert or extrovert. Knowing what MB type you are helps when it comes to career choice, relationships and just maybe the probability of determining the length of life.
In a study that was conducted over 75 years, researchers found that there were "four key traits that emerged as key measures of longevity," as told by Business Insider. While there were two traits assigned to women and two assigned to men, supporting research shows that the traits are actually genderless. I mean, duh. That conclusion was a mere reflection of the time. Which was the 1930s. These core traits of longevity, as echoed by Mind Body Green were conscientious, being open, emotional stableness, and friendly. Moving along to our own ~very scientific~ conclusion, which MB type most fits in these borders?
It's a close call between ENFJ and ESFJ. Both MB types express all four of the key traits to a long life. ENFJ (Extraversion, Intuition, Feeling, Judgement), according to myersbriggs.org, can be described as "actively sociable ... expressive ... warm ... cooperative ... conscientious." Sharing these long-life traits is the ESFJ type (Extraversion, Sensing, Feeling, Judgement). Literally, the only seeming difference between the types is that ESFJ might be more practical than ENFJ.
This doesn't mean that if you're an introvert you're going to find yourself in the wrong room in a haunted house like all the ill fated characters in a horror movie. Again, a long life isn't solely measured by your comfort level in social situations (I am awkward as can be and so choose to sit at home most nights). It also has to do with genetics and the likelihood of your ability to take care of yourself. No matter what type you find yourself to be, take your vitamins and don't forget to make annual check ups with your doctor. Excuse me, I have a Ph.D to pursue in psychology now.