‘Chart-Topping’ Personalities: K-Pop Idols & their MBTI
Let’s face it. Sometimes, our Roman empires have a specific type of personality. Oftentimes, we think about BTS’ Jungkook being an ISFP despite being so bubbly and outgoing or about why Seventeen’s Hoshi is now an INTJ coming from being an INFP but still an “I” despite his crazy personality. Yes, we often think about these things.
We’re no psychologists but with research and a bit of fangirling, you can read more below to find out BLACKPINK MBTI, BTS MBTI, STRAYKIDS, TWICE, AND MANY MORE!
Table of Contents
- Understanding MBTI
- The Popularity of Personality Tests in Korea
- MBTI Types of KPOP Idols
- INTJ – The Architect
- INTP – The Logician
- INFJ – The Advocate
- INFP – The Mediator (also The Dreamer)
- ISTJ – The Logistician
- ISFJ – The Defender
- ISTP – The Virtuoso
- ISFP – The Adventurer
- ENTJ – The Commander
- ENTP – The Debater
- ENFJ – The Protagonist
- ENFP – The Campaigner
- ESTJ – The Executive
- ESFJ – The Consul
- ESTP – The Entrepreneur
- ESFP – The Entertainer
In the world of KPOP, fans are not only interested in the music and performances of their favorite idols but also in getting to know them on a deeper level. One way that fans and celebrities alike have explored their personalities is through the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). This popular personality assessment tool has gained widespread popularity in the KPOP community, with fans eagerly discussing and sharing their favorite idols’ MBTI types not only because fans are curious but Idols themselves often mention their personality types on various variety and non-variety shows.
For those who don’t know or those who have little to no idea at all, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, developed by Katherine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers, is a self-report questionnaire that categorizes individuals into one of sixteen different personality types based on their preferences in four key areas: extraversion/introversion (E/I), sensing/intuition (S/N), thinking/feeling (T/F), and judging/perceiving (J/P). Each of these preferences contributes to a unique combination of cognitive functions, resulting in different personality types.
The Popularity of Personality Tests in Korea
Koreans have long been fascinated with personality tests, and MBTI is just one of many that have gained popularity in the country. Before MBTI, Koreans often used blood types as a way to categorize individuals and analyze their personalities. While these categorizations were based on vague characteristics, they were still seen as a way to gain insight into one’s own personality and understand others better. MBTI has emerged as a more sophisticated and nuanced personality test, replacing the blood type analysis.
Koreans’ interest in personality tests reflects their curiosity about themselves and their desire to understand others. It is not uncommon for Koreans to use these tests as conversation starters or to gauge compatibility with others. While some may criticize the tendency to label and categorize individuals, it is important to recognize that Koreans are simply interested in self-discovery and building connections with others.
MBTI Types of KPOP Idols
Now, let’s delve into the MBTI types of some popular Korean celebrities. It’s always interesting to see how their personalities align with our perceptions of them and you might also find out which KPOP Idol contrasts or connects with your personality.
INTJ – The Architect
Some notable INTJs in the KPOP industry include G-Dragon, Ryujin from ITZY, and Eunhyuk from Super Junior. INTJs are known for their imaginative and strategic thinking. They often have a plan for everything and are driven by their goals and ambitions plus they are also competitive. If your idol or bias is an INTJ, you must take note that they see the world as a chessboard. They are also the most independent. Their motto includes “There is always room for improvement” and they despise small talk.
Other INTJs are: Minzy, Yangyang from WayV, Hoshi and Woozi from Seventeen, New or Changmin from The Boyz, Krystal Jung, and Jiheon from Fromis 9.
INTP – The Logician
BTS members Jin and Suga (he was an INTP back then and is now an ISTP) fall under the INTP category. INTPs are innovative thinkers with a thirst for knowledge. They are often described as curious and enjoy exploring new ideas and concepts. They love problem-solving and challenging others to think so it’s no doubt that Jin of BTS belongs on this list! (Ps, have you seen him on Run BTS episodes?! Exactly.)
Other INTPs are: Sakura of Le Sserafim, Sehun from EXO, Soyeon from G-IDLE, Haerin from New Jeans, Lee Know from Stray Kids, Wonwoo from Seventeen, Hendery & Renjun from NCT, Cocona from XG, Hyungwon from Monsta X, and Yeosang from Ateez.
INFJ – The Advocate
This type is often seen as inspirational and has a deep understanding of others’ emotions. KAI from EXO and IU are examples of INFJs. INFJs are quiet and mystical individuals with a tireless passion for making a positive difference in the world. Cha Eunwoo from Astro, dubbed as one of the idols who has the most beautiful face is also an INFJ. They might give off psychic energy but they’re also very contemplative. They are also one of the rarest personality types.
Other INFJs are Yunjin from Le Sserafim, Rei of IVE, Heeseung of Enhypen, and Xiaojun from NCT.
INFP – The Mediator (also The Dreamer)
V from BTS, Jennie from Blackpink, and Joy from Red Velvet fall under the INFP category. INFPs are poetic and kind individuals who are always eager to help others. V’s “tata mic” expression is very INFP of him. Hyunjin from Straykids is also an INFP. They have a strong sense of justice and are deeply in tune with their emotions that’s why they enjoy performing noble service to aid society. Let’s also say they are very hyper-aware and get very deep with their feelings.
Other INFPs are: 2NE1’s Sandara Park, Yeri from Red Velvet, Chaeyoung from Twice, Seeun from StayC, Jisung from NCT, Younghoon from The Boyz, and Mashiro from Kep1er.
ISTJ – The Logistician
Sunny from Girls’ Generation and Sungkyu from Infinite fall under the ISTJ category together with Irene from Red Velvet. ISTJs are practical and reliable individuals who excel at managing tasks and responsibilities. They are known for their attention to detail and strong work ethic. ISTJ is also one of the most common MBTI in South Korea. Just like the queen of POP, BoA, you can always count on ISTJs.
Other ISTJs are: Tzuyu from Twice, Sunghoon from Enhypen, Gaeul from IVE, and D.O from EXO.
ISFJ – The Defender
ISFJs, like Dahyun from TWICE and Changmin from TVXQ, are dedicated protectors who are always ready to defend their loved ones. Le Sserafim’s maknae, Eunchae is also one. They are loyal and warm-hearted individuals who value stability and harmony in their relationships. They have a high sense of duty. Although their decisions mostly depend on their emotions, one thing is for sure: they value friendship the most!
Other ISFJs are: Jeongyeon from Twice, Jeonghan and Joshua from Seventeen, Doyoung & Jaemin from NCT, Jinyoung from GOT7, Jungwon from Enhypen, Seungmin from Stray Kids, Yeji & Chaeryeong from Itzy, Sullyoon from NMIXX, and soloist Wonho.
ISTP – The Virtuoso
ISTPs, represented by Winter of Aespa and Haerin of New Jeans, are bold and practical experimenters. They have a natural talent for using various tools and enjoy exploring different avenues in life. They’re very pragmatic and always ready to try anything. Their composed manners can imply an unwavering stolidity, yet most surprisingly, they can be rather unpredictable due to their occasional sudden outbursts.
Other ISTPs are: Hueningkai & Taehyun from TXT, Jeno of NCT, and Juyeon from The Boyz.
ISFP – The Adventurer
Jungkook from BTS and Mina from TWICE are examples of ISFPs. ISFPs are flexible and charming artists who are always ready to explore new experiences. They have a natural creative flair and enjoy expressing themselves through various forms of art. ISFPs belong to the most artistic population out there. They can also be shy and randomly energetic. Also, the rules often don’t apply to them. They’re a wanderlust in the wilderness.
Other ISFPs are: Soobin from TXT, Seulgi from Red Velvet, Chaewon from Le Sserafim, I.N from Stray Kids, Bae Suzy, Taemin from Shinee, Momo from Twice, THE8 from Seventeen, Hwasa from Mamamoo, Ten and Taeyeong from NCT, Kevin from The Boyz, Rocky from ASTRO, and San from Ateez.
ENTJ – The Commander
ENTJs, such as Siwon from Super Junior and Tiffany from Girls’ Generation, are bold and strong-willed leaders. They are known for their ability to find solutions and make things happen. ENTJs are charismatic and have a natural talent for inspiring others. One word that could best describe them is: WITTY. It’s no secret though, they are called commanders for a reason. They make you follow the rules (a.k.a their rules). They are often misunderstood as control freaks but they do all these because they want to achieve success in the most efficient way.
Other ENTJs are: Aisha from Everglow, Key from Shinee, Ni-ki from Enhypen, and Jurin from XG.
ENTP – The Debater
Some well-known ENTPs in the KPOP industry include Kihyun and Minhyuk from MONSTA X. ENTPs are smart and curious thinkers who love intellectual challenges. Take a look at Jessi who’s a bold soloist. They enjoy engaging in debates and are skilled at presenting their ideas convincingly. They are never afraid to disagree. If this is the series, Divergent, they are Erudites. Since they seek knowledge, they are also very inventive.
Other ENTPs are: Johnny from NCT, Jay from Enhypen, Mingi & Yunho from Ateez, Sunwoo & Hyunjae from The Boyz, Han from Stray Kids, Soloist Kim Sejeong, Yeonjun from TXT, and Chen from EXO.
ENFJ – The Protagonist
Jimin from BTS and Yuna of ITZY are examples of ENFJs in the KPOP industry. ENFJs are charismatic leaders who have the ability to captivate and inspire others. They are known for their empathy and dedication to making a positive impact on society. They thrive heavily in group settings. Others view them as manipulative but they are just very very very persuasive. They see sunshine through the rain and maneuver through social situations.
Other ENFJs are: Mingyu from Seventeen, Chanyeol & Suho from EXO, Eric & Q from The Boyz, Minnie from G-IDLE, Solar from Mamamoo, Beomgyu from TXT, Danielle from New Jeans, and Bang Chan from Stray Kids.
ENFP – The Campaigner
ENFPs, such as Rosé from BLACKPINK and RM from BTS, are enthusiastic and creative individuals who bring a sense of joy wherever they go. They are sociable and always find a reason to smile, making them natural entertainers. They are the epitome of versatility. Both gregarious and introverted, they can instantly shift from the limelight to a meaningful discussion across the room. They are undoubtedly well-liked by everyone around them because they are superb communicators.
Other ENFPs are: Sana from Twice, Miyeon from G-IDLE, Leeseo from IVE, Sunoo from Enhypen, BIBI, Lia from Itzy, Lily & Bae from NMIXX, and Jeon Somi.
ESTJ – The Executive
Jisoo from Blackpink is a perfect example of an ESTJs. ESTJs are excellent administrators who excel at managing people and tasks. They are reliable and have a strong sense of responsibility. They are the inbetweeners, the peacemakers. ESTJs are also life’s administrators, meaning, they are systematic and they bring out the rules. They’re like the HR of a company.
Other ESTJs are: Bambam of GOT7, Minji of New Jeans, Jihyo of Twice, Dino of Seventeen, and Hwang Minhyun (NUEST)
ESFJ – The Consul
J-Hope from BTS and Lisa from BLACKPINK are both ESFJs. ESFJs are caring and social individuals who are always eager to help others. They are popular and have a natural talent for building strong connections with those around them. They enjoy taking care of the universe. Their moral compass is crystal clear, and it drives them to always act morally. Though they are benevolent, their moral standards for their loved ones are high since they are devoted pals. One of the perks of having them as friends is that they are good at organizing social events even though they spend most time at the party asking if everyone’s okay.
Other ESFJs are: Dahyun of Twice, Karina of Aespa, Mark Lee of NCT, Bahiyyih of Kep1er, Isa of STAYC, Seungkwan of Seventeen, Minho of Shinee, Shotaro of Riize, Wendy of Red Velvet, Harvey of XG, Jungwoo of NCT, and Rowoon of SF9
ESTP – The Entrepreneur
Yook Sungjae from BtoB falls under the ESTP category. ESTPs are smart and perceptive individuals who enjoy living life on the edge. They are often drawn to entrepreneurial endeavors and embrace new challenges. They are the LIFE of the parties! Always bold, and always up for risks. So you can say that they are that one friend whom you will ask to go bungee jumping and they would instantly say yes.
Other ESTPs are: 2NE1s CL, Haewon from NMIXX, Dayeon from Kep1er, Chenle & Yuta from NCT, Jake from Enhypen, Changbin from Stray Kids, Yuqi from G-IDLE, and rapper Jay Park.
ESFP – The Entertainer
Rain and NCT’s Jaehyun are examples of ESFPs in the KPOP industry. ESFPs are spontaneous and energetic individuals who bring excitement and entertainment wherever they go. They have a natural ability to captivate audiences and make people laugh. You know why? cuz they love the spotlight! But this doesn’t mean that they are attention seekers, they are just naturally talented when it comes to entertaining others and most ESFPs can be spotted doing dramas or in between fashion stuff.
Other ESFPs are: S. Coups & DK from Seventeen, Chisa from XG, Baekhyun from EXO, Wonyoung from IVE, Giselle from Aespa, Hyein from New Jeans, and Wooyong from Ateez.
Are these personality types permanent? definitely not that’s why it is also important to take the Personality Test from time to time. So your bias might be an “I” back then but is an “E” now. Personality types can be shaped by environment so it’s a no-brainer that one’s type is inconsistent which makes this whole MBTI fun, interesting, and most importantly, informative!
By understanding the different MBTI types (especially yours), we can gain insight into the unique characteristics and traits of our favorite KPOP celebrities. Whether they align with our expectations or surprise us, the MBTI types of these celebrities add another layer of fascination to their already captivating personas. So, the next time you dive into the world of KPOP, consider exploring the MBTI types of your favorite idols and see how they align with your own personality.