It’s floriography Friday again! Last week I wrote about the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator and flowers that could be associated with four of the 16 types. (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.
Remember, each type is in one of four groups, according to David Kiersey (a dude who studied this theory extensively). He believed that the Artisan’s primary goal is “sensation seeking“. These individuals are focused on experiences and pride themselves on being spontaneous risk-takers. Basically, they’re really fun to be around! Their optimism and effervescence is contagious.
SPs enjoy living in the “here and now”. They are charming and artistic, and they are always up for an adventure. At first glance, they appear to be similar to the Idealists (NFs). The main thing that sets them apart is they prefer concrete ideas to abstract ones.
As we continue, I want to remind you how I’ve structured this series on MBTI flowers. Each type has two positive traits I’ve picked out as well as one weakness. This is not a critique and hopefully doesn’t hurt any feelings; the best part of MBTI is it helps us examine our shortcomings and we can learn where we struggle and how to overcome them!
The Flower of the Artisans
The primary “parent plant” I’ve chosen for the SPs is Nasturtium. This happy little flower’s literal meaning is “Let’s have fun!” It also conveys creative freedom. These highly creative and adaptable individuals embody nasturtium perfectly. Our world would be much more boring (and have a lot fewer roller coasters and places to go bungee jumping) without our wonderful SP friends.
Flowers for ISTP – The Crafter
In exploring possible MBTI flowers for each type, I have more extensively studied the characteristics of each group. ISTPs are logical, flexible, and resourceful. They have a keen awareness of the world around them and can problem solve quickly by taking in their environment and looking for possible solutions. Their ability to solve issues so rapidly is a benefit to those around them, but can also lead to a darker side: impatience.
The Crafter’s flowers are clematis, which is a nod to their ingenuity and cleverness, and the Himalayan Basalm, which has connotations of impatience and being ill-at-ease. Their tree is the hickory, which denotes flexibility and fluidity. Together, these paint a picture of a brilliant individual who thrives on their ability to tackle issues head on. While they may struggle with restlessness, that’s nothing they can’t figure out how to solve!
Flowers for ISFP – The Composer
ISFPs are typically highly talented in the arts. They love working with their hands; many of the best sculptors and painters have been ISFPs. The Composer is creative, spontaneous, and enthusiastic (though quietly so). Usually reserved until they get to know a person, their warmth is second to none and they can light up a room. Highly aesthetic individuals, appearances and beauty in their surroundings are critical to them. This type is observant and can read people and situations quite well using their sensory abilities. A problem-area for the Composer is a tendency toward indecisiveness. This can hinder them in the long-run if not kept in check.
Star-gazer lilies speak of spontaneity, while the sycamore tree hints at the reserved being of the Composer. The solidago (or goldenrod as is commonly known) speaks of an indecisive and overly-cautious nature. All of these together are incredibly beautiful and aesthetically pleasing. As mentioned previously, this is extremely important to the ISFP.
Flowers of the ESTP – The Promoter
Terribly charming, the ESTP is a thrill-seeker. Often you’ll find these types working and excelling at sports and sales, but they’re also incredible at intense jobs like firefighting. They’re bold, funny, and believe they can do just about anything. This type doesn’t let the heaviness of the world get to them often as they prefer to keep things lighthearted and fun. Their biggest pitfall is an aversion to commitment – whether in jobs, relationships, or really anything where they feel their freedom and ability to be consistently entertained is threatened.
The first flower seen here is the London Pride. It touches on the ESTP’s fear of commitment and frivolity. Even by the somewhat prickly look of it, you can tell this flower says, “don’t get too close”. The spruce is the Promoter’s tree, indicating their boldness and confidence. The red lechenaultia, native to Western Australia, is connected with belief in oneself. This fits perfectly with the ESTP’s can-do attitude. Together, I believe these flowers point to an ESTP’s ability to do anything (which can even include falling in love and staying in love).
Flowers for ESFP – The Performer
ESFPs make up a large portion of the entertainers we love so much. They’re bubbly, excitable, and make everyone feel at home. People who otherwise don’t open up will often be drawn out of their shell around the Performer. They enjoy being in the spotlight and are supportive friends. A pitfall for the ESFP is a tendency toward being selfish at times. Sometimes they’re so focused on being in the limelight, they can inadvertently hurt those around them trying to stay there.
The gladiolus has several meanings, but one of them is ego, even a bit over-inflated ego. Larch trees are tied to self-confidence and self-expression, something at which the Performer is unrivaled. Oleanders in ancient days literally meant “notice me“, perfect for our spotlight-loving friends. (Sidenote: DO NOT eat this, in any form. Oleander is highly poisonous.)
I hope you enjoyed this post about Artisans and their MBTI flowers. Artisans make up a good portion of the population (about 35%) and aren’t we happy for it!? Largely because of them, we are able to have fun and beauty!
Tune in next week for our NT friends, the Rationals.
What type are you? Do you feel your flowers connect with you as a person? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time,
Stay safe & sane, lovelies!