As very different types, INTP and ESFJ must learn the fine art of compromise in order to establish a solid relationship. While it requires much hard work from both parties, this pairing can succeed if communication, sensitivity, and tempering emotions with logic are all made top priorities within the relationship.
When INTP and ESFJ first meet, each will probably think there is not much basis for a substantial relationship. However, as they begin to converse and find out more about each other, both are surprised at how much they start to enjoy each other’s company.
In most of these meetings, it it the realization that each is committed strongly to helping others that forges a close bond. This, combined with a willingness to compromise when having discussions about personal matters and other topics, establishes a level of trust and respect that can be crucial should a friendship begin to take a more serious turn.
Summary Chart: INTP and ESFJ Compatibility vs. Potential Conflicts
|Both are empathetic||INTP can be too critical of ESFJ|
|Each appreciates flexibility and creativity||ESFJ can be too emotional when upset|
|Both are willing to compromise for their partner’s happiness||INTP may be too impatient with ESFJ|
|Each plays well to the other person’s strengths and weaknesses||ESFJ doesn’t focus enough on facts|
3 Reasons Why INTP and ESFJ are Good for Each Other
Since these two do play well to one another’s strengths and weaknesses, INTP and ESFJ can put in the hard work and discover they are very good for one another.
- Strong desire to understand one another
- Each wants to help others
- Both find it easy to trust one another
ESFJ is extremely good at figuring out what another person is feeling, which can be helpful when involved in a friendship or romance with an INTP, who usually has to work a little harder to open up emotionally.
INTP loves to examine and discuss new ideas about almost any topic, which will keep them very interesting to ESFJ. This comes in handy when both are working together on a project to help others, since it is often the INTP intellect and the ESFJ emotion that come together to make a project successful.
3 Reasons Why INTP and ESFJ are Not Good for Each Other
Because it can take so much work for these two to establish a close relationship, various obstacles can arise that make it clear both need to go their separate ways.
- INTP can be too critical of ESFJ’s feelings
- ESFJ can tire of INTP’s intellectual approach to life
- ESFJ can appear to be too illogical for INTP
When INTP and ESFJ are in the midst of a discussion, the reasons why they may not be good for one another become visible very quickly. INTP like to approach problems and solve them logically, while ESFJ is a person who wears their emotions on their sleeve.
Change can also become a roadblock with these two, especially with ESFJ. INTP deals with change much more easily, even when it comes about suddenly. However, ESFJ struggles mightily with evolution, since they can feel as if their world is spinning out of control.
Finally, since it takes more time for INTP to open up emotionally, ESFJ may grow impatient waiting to find out who the real INTP is underneath all that logic and reasoning.
INTP and ESFJ must learn not only how to compromise during the course of their conversations, but constantly make it a priority on a daily basis. If they don’t, this relationship will not work on any level.
For success to occur, INTP will need to trust ESFJ enough to open up emotionally about what may be bothering them, be it with the relationship or something else. Meanwhile, ESFJ will need to find the perfect combination of emotions and rationality during conversations, which can be tricky. Since ESFJ is a social butterfly and INTP is anything but that, figuring out how to get the perfect balance of social interaction with these two is usually a main source of conflict and conversation.
Where are they strong and why?
This duo is strong in their communication with one another because they realize the value of compromising. Even if each is exasperated with one another, the trust and respect they have toward one another pushes them toward a meeting in the middle, which each knows is the path to success within their relationship.
Where do they have problems and why?
Unfortunately, INTP and ESFJ can have many different problems when trying to master the fine art of communication with one another.
When discussing matters that are extremely important to one or both, INTP will always fall back on what they know best, which is logic and reasoning. However, ESFJ will do the exact opposite, instead tossing logic aside and framing the problem solely around how they are feeling.
As the talk drags on, INTP will become impatient and dismissive of the ESFJ problem-solving approach, lashing out at times with what may be harsh criticism. Once ESFJ feels emotionally wounded by INTP, the process of regaining trust will need to begin anew.
How might they improve communication?
To improve their communication, each will need to make sacrifices in terms of emotions and the amount of work they are willing to do to keep their relationship on track.
INTP, though being very logical and rational, also tends to be more disorganized than ESFJ would prefer, especially during a conversation where they go off on a tangent about various ideas and theories. Instead, it will be better for INTP to organize their thoughts and talk about their emotions.
ESFJ will need to be willing to listen to the logical arguments and facts presented to them by INTP, then take time to realize that there is something to what they are saying. It is also important for ESFJ to give INTP plenty of space to think since the INTP introvert can only take people for so long before they need to retreat.
Where do they connect? Why?
INTP and ESFJ will connect initially and in the long term because each wants to see others succeed. This empathy toward their fellow human beings, whether it is their own family and friends or complete strangers, helps both keep a good perspective on life. In fact, it will not be uncommon to find an INTP and ESFJ couple helping out at one charity event after another.
While ESFJ will use its emotional side to comfort those in need, INTP will be behind-the-scenes to ensure the event’s logistics go off as planned.
INTP and ESFJ: Values
The more INTP and ESFJ talk to each other, the more they realize they share many common values, especially in terms of how others are treated and personal commitment.
3 Things INTP Values
- Rational thinking
- Keeping one’s word
INTP is deeply appreciative of the rational thinking that can go into solving various problems of any scale. When involved in a relationship of any kind, personal or professional, it is critical to them that they keep their word and that others do the same towards them. In the mind of INTP, a person is only as good as their word.
INTP will also value the willingness to compromise since they see this as something that is becoming almost extinct in today’s world. Though it is difficult at times to make themselves compromise, they do so believing that it will reap many benefits for them and others in the days ahead.
3 Things ESFJ Values
- Empathy and support
- Strong connection with others
Knowing they can live life no other way but to wear their emotions on their sleeve, ESFJ has a strong appreciation for empathy and support. Since ESFJ truly enjoys meeting new people as much as possible, they work hard to establish a strong connection with anyone and everyone, believing this is the best way to find out what another person needs to make their life better.
No matter the type of situation in which they are involved, ESFJ wants sincerity. If there is one thing they do not like, it is people they consider to be phony. Always a person others gravitate to in social settings, ESFJ will not want to waste their time on anyone with whom they don’t feel an immediate connection.
How do their values match up?
Despite being different in so many important ways, INTP and ESFJ do share many common values that will serve them well in any type of relationship they form.
Each believes commitment is important and will work hard to meet whatever commitments are expected of them. Though they approach life and see the world very differently, both are determined to use compromise in a positive manner to solve their problems and those faced by others. Each realizes no person is perfect, which is the primary reason they are willing to work so hard at their own relationship to make it successful.
Love Language/Love Style
Like most other areas of their relationship, INTP and ESFJ are very different in the language of love. ESFJ is more prone to PDAs, while INTP prefers quality time spent with their significant other in more intimate settings.
Ways INTP Show Their Love
INTP will show their love for ESFJ in the following ways:
- Letting ESFJ talk about their feelings
- Opening up about their own emotions
- Arranging for special occasions (dinner, etc.)
Realizing their ESFJ partner is so emotional, INTP will put their impatience aside and take in all their ESFJ soulmate is thinking and feeling at the moment. As ESFJ does so, INTP will show their love by opening up about their own thoughts and feelings, giving ESFJ the deep personal connection they desire. Finally, it is not unusual for the rational and logical INTP to surprise ESFJ once in a while with a special dinner for two, a weekend B&B excursion, or other activity that will make it loud and clear just how much they love ESFJ.
Ways ESFJ Show Their Love
ESFJ will show their love for INTP in the following ways:
- Giving their partner space
- Active listening
- Tending to their partner’s emotional needs
Though they themselves are social butterflies and thus usually very popular at gatherings, ESFJ knows their INTP partner is the very opposite. Thus, they will give them the space needed to recharge their emotional batteries after social gatherings. Realizing their INTP lover is also not given to opening up about their emotions, ESFJ will be a very active listener during their conversations.
Last but not least, ESFJ will make their partner’s emotional needs a top priority. Like INTP, ESFJ will have no trouble arranging for something special that will put a big smile on that INTP face they love so much.
INTP and ESFJ in Bed
When these two get into bed, it is usually ESFJ who makes the most aggressive moves under the sheets. INTP does not mind this since they tend to get their sexual engines revved up when being with someone they truly love and respect. In most situations, it won’t take long for INTP to appreciate their partner’s sexual energy since they know this will keep plenty of spice in their relationship.
INTP and ESFJ Couples/Marriage
INTP Male and ESFJ Female
If the INTP male in this relationship does not mind having their ESFJ female be dominant in and out of bed, this can be a very successful long-term romantic relationship. If they can learn to compromise on what each other likes or dislikes, they can use their shared value of honoring one’s commitments to create a marriage that will weather almost any storm.
INTP Female and ESFJ Male
With this couple, it will usually be the INTP female who keeps the relationship on a steady course. Should this couple marry and have children, the ESFJ male will rant and rave when the kids do something wrong. However, it will be the INTP female who lets their partner have their say, then sits them down and uses their powers of logic and reasoning to make sure the problem gets solved and the kids know how much they are still loved.
INTP and ESFJ Conflicts
A relationship of any type will bring with it conflicts at some point. This is especially true of INTP and ESFJ since both bring such vast differences to their relationship.
Possible Areas of Conflict and Why
Conflict may occur more often than they like between these two because of the following:
- INTP’s impatience with ESFJ emotions
- ESFJ is irritated by INTP’s lack of organization
- ESFJ’s difficulty with embracing change on any level
Within this relationship, it is the different approach each takes with their emotions that usually leads to the most conflict. When talking things over, INTP wants to get to the root of the problem quickly through logic, while ESFJ focuses on how the situation is making them feel. If INTP feels like the conversation is going nowhere fast, they will start to become impatient and critical of ESFJ, hurting their feelings and making it even more unlikely a solution will be arrived at anytime soon.
Conflict can also arise regarding social connections. ESFJ loves to go out and about regularly, while INTP wants to stay home and relax in quiet surroundings. Should ESFJ start to go out more on their own or complain to INTP that they never take them anywhere, this will likely become a constant source of stress with this couple.
How do they resolve conflict?
When conflict surfaces between INTP and ESFJ, it can be difficult to resolve, yet not impossible.
INTP will definitely need to embrace their sensitive side since ESFJ will be an emotional first and logical second during any and all discussions. To stem the tide of conflict, ESFJ will need to learn how to take some time to gather their thoughts before diving headfirst into a conversation. Otherwise, things may get said that won’t be forgotten for a long time.
If there is one saving grace with this couple when resolving conflict, it is their shared sense of empathy. Since they do care so deeply for one another, even the most heated arguments eventually take a turn for the better, thanks to an eventual willingness to compromise.
How do they build trust?
To build trust in an INTP and ESFJ relationship, each will need to remember the importance of being sensitive to the other’s needs. Since empathy and respect are cornerstones of their relationship, this can go a long way in helping establish high levels of trust early on in their relationship.
Since INTP can be somewhat disorganized, they will appreciate an ESFJ who gives them room to be creative and flexible and will also love it when their ESFJ sprinkles in some logical reasoning with their emotions.
ESFJ will trust INTP when their partner starts to open up emotionally, even if they do so in very small steps. So long as they know their INTP partner is making the effort to open up emotionally and let them express their emotions as well, more and more trust will be established.
INTP and ESFJ Friendships
On their initial meeting, INTP and ESFJ will probably have a hard time concluding that they will one day be the best of friends. However, since opposites do attract, they will find they share more similarities than differences, enabling them to create a friendship that may last for decades.
INTP vs. ESFJ: Approaches to Friendship
When INTP and ESFJ set out on the path to friendship, their approaches are much more similar than most people would think. Each is very big on keeping their word, meaning one can count on the other to be there when they are needed most.
Personal space will also be crucial to making this friendship work. Complete opposites in terms of socializing, it will be important for INTP to let ESFJ have a busy social calendar, even if this means they won’t be attending every event together. ESFJ will appreciate this and will give INTP space to themselves.
As long as the two head out to dinner or other activities together often enough, their friendship should remain on course.
INTP and ESFJ Friendship Dynamics
The introvert and extrovert work very well together as friends since each is capable of seeing where the other is weakest and helping them get stronger in those areas. When working together on the job or elsewhere, utilizing each other’s strengths and weaknesses results in success and lets them see things from various perspectives.
What makes them good for each other as friends?
As just stated, being able to play off of each other’s strengths and weaknesses makes INTP and ESFJ great as friends. They often encourage and motivate one another by solving difficult and complex problems, considering multiple perspectives along the way, and keeping their communications very casual and friendly.
Could they be close friends?
If they can learn to love the differences each brings to their friendship, INTP and ESFJ can become close friends. Since emotions will play such a big role in how this friendship progresses, it will be crucial that INTP open up about their feelings, while ESFJ will need to keep their emotions in check just enough to satisfy INTP.
What areas may cause them problems as friends?
Generally, it will be the unwillingness of INTP to open up emotionally and ESFJ being too emotional about things that may keep these two from having as good a friendship as they would like. This, coupled with ESFJ always wanting to go out on the town and INTP preferring to stay home, could lead to problems that may eventually cause these two to drift apart as friends.