Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator Flowers (MBTI) [Part 1]

August 14, 2020

Guardian Temperament

MBTI Flowers

A few months ago I made a post about the Hogwarts houses and flowers that correspond to each. Afterward, I created a poll on Instagram asking if any followers were interested in seeing flowers which correlate to the Ennegram or MBTI. The overwhelming response showed the majority of the followers wanted to see both; so I’m starting with MBTI first, and I’ll move on to Enneagram eventually.

This is a long one, so buckle up…

What is MBTI?

If you’ve gotten this far and you’re asking yourself, “mmkay, what’s the flower lady talking about?”, you’re likely not alone. Though the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator is used in a variety of settings, in my opinion it is underused…by a lot. Essentially, the theory is people typically fit into one of sixteen personality types at their core (their personalities are further shaped and individualized by experiences, choices, hard work, and other things).

It may seem simplistic, but it’s astounding how accurate it is. I had a teacher in high school who had us take the MBTI test during class and I will never forget the first time I read my results..and I nearly fainted. It seemed someone had taken a blueprint of my soul and written it down! As I grew, I learned about how it combines with other personality tests like the Enneagram (and even the Zodiac) and even further niches down on a personality.

Of course, I’m not saying that two people who are the same type are exactly the same, or will even react the same to any given situation. It is helpful though, when communicating to know how a person processes information because you can foresee any potential misunderstandings before they happen. Knowing the flowers for MBTI type? That’s just a fun bonus.

The Four Categories

There are sixteen basic types which can be broken down into four categories. David Kiersey developed these categories to show types that process information in similar ways. His theory is that each group is primarily looking for a certain thing in their lives and will process information accordingly.
The Guardians: ISTJ, ISFJ, ESTJ, ESFJ – “security seeking”
The Artisans: ISTP, ISFP, ESTP, ESFP – “sensation seeking”
The Rationals: INTJ, INTP, ENTJ, ENTP -“knowledge seeking”
The Idealists: INFJ, INFP, ENFJ, ENFP – “identity seeking”

The Letters

What do the letters mean?
E / I – Extroverted / Introverted – do you gain or lose energy by being near people?
S / N – Sensing / iNtuition – how you process information. Sensors love concrete facts and will use sensory information to gather intel. Intuitives tend to search for deeper meaning or go off of “vibes”.
T / F – Thinking / Feeling – how do you make decisions? Objectively using facts and your head? Subjectively using your heart and what feels best?
J / P – Judging / Perceiving – how you organize your world. Neat and orderly or more open-ended and flexible?

Further Reading & the Tests

If this interests you, I encourage you to read up on MBTI. There is a wealth of information online. There are tests you can take to see (be cautious, sometimes testing isn’t always accurate because on any given day you may think one way and another day you’ll have different thoughts), but the best thing I have found was reading up on the three or four most likely candidates and narrowing it down. I almost always test the same, though sometimes I test introverted rather than extroverted. After multiple test attempts, my husband had multiple potential types (he got a different type nearly every time)! We found his type by process of elimination and once we figured it out, it made SO much sense.

As I progress through these, I’ll be sharing flowers and trees for both strengths and weaknesses for each type. There are of course many flowers that could fit each type, but I have narrowed it down to two for strengths, and one for a weakness. As anyone who has followed me for a while will know, every flower has a variety of connotations and could therefore work for multiple types, but I chose the meanings that seemed to resonate most in my opinion.

Without further ado…the flowers for MBTI types!

The Flower of the Guardians

When choosing MBTI flowers, I decided to choose a “parent” plant to encompass the whole group about which I’m writing. I’ve chosen one tree to relate to all the Guardians – the Oak, which stands for steadfastness. The “SJ” group are some of the most dependable people in the world. Our security-seeking friends help society function. It’s due largely to their rationale, hard work, and reliability. They’re amazing people!

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Flowers for ISTJ – The Inspector

ISTJs are practical, determined, and loyal. They value hard work and aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. My childhood best friend and my mom are both ISTJs – their reliability and honesty is second to none. A weakness of theirs can be a resistance to change. They value security, peace, and safety and a threat to their routine can be frustrating or scary to them.

Their tree is the maple, which signifies practicality. The Siberian Iris’ literal meaning is “failure to change”, but I feel that’s a bit harsh. No ISTJ I know FAILS at anything…ever. But change is definitely hard for them. The hydrangea represents perseverance, which when paired with the Siberian Iris can actually mean “a willingness to overcome and push through changes”.

Flowers for ISFJ – The Protector

ISFJs are sweet, nurturing, and peaceful individuals. They value honesty (though not blunt honesty…saying things in a gentle way is key) and integrity. The ISFJs in my life are kind and always willing to lend a hand or a listening ear to a friend in need. They do tend to take things too personally sometimes, minor criticisms can leave them feeling crushed for days.

The primrose signifies nurturing and kindness, perfect for these protectors. The aspen tree hints at their tendency toward over-sensitivity at times, but sensitivity can also be a good thing when applied in certain situations. The Marguerite daisy has connotations of gentleness. Together, these paint a picture of an individual who is full of love and will always strive for peace in their lives and in the lives of those around them.

Flowers for ESTJ – The Supervisor

ESTJs are truly one of the types that keeps society functioning somewhat normally. This type values efficiency and their integrity is second to none. Extremely organized individuals, they possess the ability and desire to lead and take charge of projects. They have a clear sense of right and wrong, but that can lead them down a path of being a bit judgmental if they fail to recognize their way is not the only way.

The Prunus Mume (Chinese Plum) tree is indicative of the ESTJs outstanding integrity. Monkshood is a poisonous plant and has a darker meaning related to judgement – judgement can be a poison when not used responsibly. The cosmos signify orderliness and organization (if you look at them long enough, you’ll see why – they’re some of the more meticulously formed flowers alive).

Flowers for ESFJ – The Provider

ESFJs are some of the warmest and friendliest people around. They love coming to the aid of those around them and are very in tune with the emotions of others. They value cooperation, dedication, and the ability to follow through. There is a tendency to need to control every situation…this can be harmful to those around the ESFJ, so should be kept in check and used within healthy boundaries.

Alstroemerias mean “I am your friend”, which is often the ESFJ’s most-voiced sentiment. The Black Orchid symbolizes their need for control – and though beautiful and helpful in the right circumstances, if left unchecked can be a dark spot in the relationships kept by the ESFJ. The Acacia tree again has connections to friendship, but also to success – as this is something the Provider is continually working toward.

Next time…

So, there it is, my friends! The Guardians and their floral counterparts. I hope you’ve enjoyed MBTI flowers pt. 1…Tune in next week for my post on the Artisans (SP)!

Are you one of the Guardians? What did you think; do these flowers/trees resonate with your soul? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time, lovelies!
Stay safe & sane,

-xoxo, MJ

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  1. […] Last week I wrote about the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator and flowers that could be associated with f… (For a refresher on what exactly MBTI is, read the first part of last week’s post. If you still don’t know your type, head to this link to take a test, it might help!) The Guardian types are our steadfast and reliable friends who keep society running functionally. Today, we are going to chat about our Artisan friends, the SPs, and their MBTI flowers. […]

  2. […] the 16 personality types also fit into one of four broader groups according to David Kiersey. Our first post was about the Guardians (ISTJ, ISFJ, ESTJ, ESFJ). These are our friends who are steadfast, […]

  3. […] far, we have discussed Guardians (ISTJ, ISFJ,ESTJ, ESFJ), Artisans (ISTP, ISFP, ESTP, ESFP), and Rationals (INTJ, INTP, ENTJ, ENTP). […]

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