In South Korea, understanding your MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) personality type has become a significant cultural trend. Before the MBTI craze, people used to identify themselves based on their blood type, but the MBTI quickly took over, especially among younger generations. It's now common for individuals to share their personality types and discuss them in everyday conversations.
The MBTI, a personality assessment tool with 16 types based on traits like Introvert/Extrovert, Sensors/Intuitives, Thinkers/Feelers, and Judgers/Perceivers, was developed by Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers. Its influence in South Korea is unparalleled, shaping how individuals understand themselves and interact with others. This phenomenon showcases Korea's enduring interest in self-discovery and relationships.
This phenomenon has made the MBTI an essential part of South Korean culture, helping people better understand themselves and others. Social media platforms have played a significant role in spreading the trend. The MBTI's influence extends to dating and job interviews, with some employers even requiring applicants to take the test. While the MBTI isn't scientifically precise, it has become a crucial aspect of social life in South Korea and remains a popular topic of conversation.
Now, let's take a look at some Korean celebrities and their MBTI types:
ESTP - Entrepreneur
NCT’s Jaehyun, Lee Youngji, RIIZE’s Sungchan, TXT’s Taehyun, and Shin Dong Yeop.
ESFP - Entertainer
Lee Jae Wook, Park Bo Young, Girls Generation’s Sooyoung, Stray Kids Changbin, and TWICE’s Jihyo.
ESTJ - Executive
EXO’s Baekhyun, GOT7’s Bambam, Ryu Jun Yeol, Lee Min Ki, and Nam Ji Hyun.
ESFJ - Consul
Park Bo Gum, Yoo Inna, BTS J-Hope, BLACKPINK’s Lisa, and NU’EST’s Minhyun.
ENFJ - Protagonist
BTS Jimin, EXO’s Suho, Kang Daniel, Lee Sung Kyung, and Song Joong Ki.
ENFP - Campaigner
Kim Go Eun, Park Min Young, PSY, BLACKPINK’s Rosé, and BTS RM.
ENTJ - Commander
Red Velvet’s Irene, TVXQ’s Yunho, Block B’s Zico, Yeo Jin Goo, and Lee Seung Gi.
ENTP - Debater
Im Ji Yeon, Lee Yi Kyung, Jeon Yeo Been, NCT 127’s Johnny, and ENHYPEN’s Niki.
INFJ - Advocate
ASTRO’s Cha Eunwoo, 2 PM’s Lee Junho, IU, Bae Suzy, and Zo In Sung.
INFP - Mediator
Lee Joon Gi, Bae Doona, ASTRO’s Moonbin, MAMAMOO’s Hwasa, and BTS V.
INTJ - Architect
Super Junior’s Eunhyuk, ITZY’s Ryujin, Namgoong Min, Ha Ji Won, and Kang Dong Won.
INTP - Logician
Ahn Hyo Seop, Song Kang, Kim Woo Bin, APINK’s Eunji, and BTS Jin.
ISTJ - Logistician
IVE’s Gaeul, ENHYPEN’s Jake, Cha Tae Hyun, Lee Se Young, and Moon Chae Won.
ISFJ - Defender
Wi Ha Joon, Jang Do Yeon, BIGBANG’s Daesung, TWICE’s Dahyun, and GOT7’s Jinyoung.
ISTP - Virtuoso
LE SSERAFIM’s Chaewon, NewJeans Haerin, aespa’s Winter, Yoo Yeon Seok, and Go Youn Jung.
ISFP - Adventurer
Yoo Jae Suk, Kim Seon Ho, NMIXX’s Sullyoon, BTS Jungkook, and SEVENTEEN’s Vernon.
What about you? What's your MBTI, and with which Korean celebrity do you share a personality?