Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) [Part 3]

August 28, 2020

Rational Temperament

MBTI Flowers

Happy Floriography Friday! I hope you’ve had a fantastic week and that this weekend will be even better! For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been blogging a series about MBTI Flowers. If you missed the last couple of posts and don’t know your MBTI type yet, you can take the online version of the test here. (Keep in mind, tests are not always accurate. The best way to find your type is to use the test as a guide for your top few types to explore.)

Quick Refresher

Here’s a rundown of the types we’ve discussed so far. We’re working on the premise that each of 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, reliable, and keep the world running smoothly. They’re partial to structure and rules and help others uphold the law. They make up 45% of the world’s population, so chances are good that you know a few of them!

The next post was about Artisans (ISTP, ISFP, ESTP, ESFP). Our fun-loving, spontaneous, and optimistic friends make up about 30% of the population. Because of them, we have fun things like theme parks and a variety of art to enjoy as they typically love working with their hands. They can see the beauty in nearly anything!

The Rationals

This week, we’re discussing the rarest of the groups, the Rationals. Finding MBTI flowers for them was a fun challenge! These friends make up only about 10% of the population (but with a world population of 7.6 billion, it’s likely you know a few). Rationals are strategic, cool, collected, and independent. Kiersey believed the INTJ, INTP, ENTJ, and ENTPs are primarily “knowledge seeking“. These types are problem solvers. They enjoy analyzing issues in society and figuring out how to fix them. They’re not afraid to push the envelope and change things for the better.

MBTI Flower of the Rationals

For each group so far, I’ve chosen a “parent plant” to represent them and their qualities. For the Rationals, I can think of no better plant than the Redwood tree. While there are many meanings for this tree, among the top meanings are wisdom, inspiration, and attaining higher knowledge. It’s easy to see why these meanings are attributed to this beautiful trees if you’ve ever been to the Redwood Forest, you’ve seen how tall they get. Their upward movement is not-so-subtly a symbol of upward movement and gaining greater heights.

Redwood tree indicates knowledge, wisdom, upward movement.
Photo by Ricardo Esquivel from Pexels

Flowers for INTJ – The Mastermind

I have a huge soft spot for INTJs, even though they’re often portrayed as villains in books and movies. I happen to believe they’re often misrepresented in media because while they COULD use their brains for evil, most of them are truly good people. One of my closest friends from my short-lived university days is an INTJ, and my husband is also. The Masterminds have the unique ability to look at everything strategically. As curious as they are confident, this type spends a lot of time in their own mind, analyzing a variety of topics at length. These friends often have an air of mystery and aloofness as they are so quiet. A potential pitfall for this type is their tendency toward arrogance. They are often incredibly intelligent, but sometimes don’t have patience for those who don’t operate on quite the same intellectual level. The good news is, a well-developed (often older) INTJ will find out how to manage this and channel their arrogance into a more healthy confidence that doesn’t look down on others’ way of thinking.

The Mastermind’s flowers are amaryllis, the sycamore tree, and the black calla lily. The amaryllis has direct connections to pride and arrogance. The yew tree speaks to the Masterminds’ love of knowledge.While all colors of calla lily carry connotation of dignity, the black calla lily specifically refers to a mysterious person. This seems well-aligned with the many-layered INTJs I’ve encountered. Together, these plants paint a beautiful picture of a person who is self-assured, intelligent, and passionate about seeking truth.

Flowers for INTP – The Architect

INTPs are unique and quirky. Another fascinating type, these brilliant minds often seem to be in their own world as they have rich inner minds. The Architects are amazing at finding patterns and making connections others may miss. They question everything and like to come up with unconventional solutions to problems. Have you ever seen those chain-reaction videos where people devise a machine to do a simple task? A lot of those people (of course not all) are INTPs. A blind area for the Architect is they can be a bit absent-minded. Consumed with brilliant ways to fix problems, they can neglect day-to-day necessities. Disorganization is a hallmark of this type, but of course with time and focus, they can overcome this. Their MBTI flowers are pictured below:

The wood betony, pictured in the first image, hints at the detachment that is prevalent among INTPs. While it’s alright to spend much time in one’s head, it’s important to touch base with the world around as well. The ceibo tree depicts a unique nature, and an air of quirkiness. The lupine speaks of vivid imagination. It’s no coincidence that two of the flowers of the INTP are purple, which historically has symbolized creativity and wisdom. The color is both stimulating and relaxing to humans, and so reminds me of the INTP spirit…a little laid back while also excitable.

Flowers for ENTJ – The Commander

ENTJs are often leaders in our society. You’ll find them often in politics, as military leaders, and in other positions of power. They have an innate ability to inspire those around them and compel them into action. Charismatic and forward-thinking, Commanders (like the Masterminds) can often see how a person will fit into their plans from the moment they meet. Their ambition pushes them forward. Highly logical, they can come across as a bit puffed-up or pompous to others. However with time and a bit of development, they can drop this facade and truly connect with their peers.

The spiked willow herb conveys the less-than-lovely meaning of pretentiousness, while the alder tree hints at determination and a self-assured nature. The Phalaenopsis orchid denotes charisma and the ability to inspire. All together, these plants combine to speak of a person who is confident who struggles a bit with how to convey that to others without coming off as lofty.

Flowers for ENTP – The Visionary

ENTPs are another type that are near and dear to my heart, my dad is one! The Visionaries are innovative, creative, free thinkers who love analyzing and understanding the world around them. They use their wit and confidence to influence and inspire those around them. They’re a lot like INTPs, just louder. Remember those chain reaction videos? ENTPs like those also, but they’re more likely to put together one like this. (Explosions!) If they have a downfall, it’s that they can be a bit impractical and capricious at times.

The ragged robin has ties to wit and hints at the ENTPs love of banter. The sequoia symbolizes vision (for the future) and also courage. The purple carnations can indicate a tendency toward capriciousness and fickleness. Noticing a lot of purple hues here as well? Similar to INTP, this type is creative, but needs to retain a balance. Their MBTI flowers all together show wit and their visionary nature, and remind them to reign in their flightiness just a touch.

Next week…

I hope you learned something cool about the language of flowers and/or personality types this week! The Rationals are such innovative and brilliant minds, aren’t we happy to have them around?
Next week we’ll finish up our MBTI flowers series with the Idealists, NFs. And boy, there’s a lot of material there! I’ve got my work cut out for me in sifting through all the information and trying to present it coherently for you over the next week!

Until next time,
Stay safe & sane, lovelies!

-xoxo, MJ


  1. […] far, we have discussed Guardians (ISTJ, ISFJ,ESTJ, ESFJ), Artisans (ISTP, ISFP, ESTP, ESFP), and Rationals (INTJ, INTP, ENTJ, ENTP). Each of these four groups have key traits in common. The Guardians are […]


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