Which MBTI Type is the Most Narcissistic?

By Jack Speer | April 2, 2017

Is there a narcissistic MBTI personality type? That’s a question recently posed by a friend of mine. Great question!

Plain observation can tell us that there are some MBTI types that can be more prone to being narcissistic—they typically see themselves as leaders. Who are the narcissists in your world? I’d love to get your comments. Tweet me or write on our Facebook page.

There’s some narcissism in all of us. Narcissists come in many sizes and versions. Could there be a bit in you? See the table below. What’s the likelihood that you could be a narcissist?

What’s the difference between a narcissist and a person with a healthy self-concept and high confidence? In healthy personalities, confidence, motivation, and skill might help you win class president. With poise and charm you could become CEO of a large company.

A narcissist, on the other hand, grabs power in an organization, supported by a groveling group of underlings who feed his or her ego and do his or her will. People in the organization may profit from their leadership, but no one is safe from being used and kicked to the curb. When the narcissist deems the moment is right, they’ll break the organization and sell the pieces—consequences be damned for all who helped them.

The narcissist rarely maintains long term relationships, because people don’t serve their needs over time. They feed on people’s praise, become enraged over criticism, never admit they’re wrong or say they’re sorry. They are experts on everything and if things go south they simply walk away.

Narcissistic leadership tends to show up in less than half of personality types—regularly in six. The other ten are unlikely have generate narcissistic leadership. Narcissism shows up in different ways, depending on the personality type—take a look and see if you agree with the way we believe it shows up in your type.

ISTJ (11.6% of population)

A narcissistic ISTJ positions himself/herself at the in the center of the organizational machinery—accounting, purchasing, HR.  They make the rules and they enforce the rule.  Senior managers love them—at least in the beginning.  They bring order and predictability to an organization.  Friends and admirers of a narcissistic ISTJ get their budget approved faster, and their permission to hire paperwork floats to the top of the pile.  A really successful ISTJ narcissist can have a tight grip on the organization.  Soon they control senior management and nothing moves without their approval.

ISFJ (13.8% of population)

A narcissistic ISFJ?  Sounds like fantasy.  ISFJ’s are often found serving in hospitals, schools, religious communities, clients and organizations general.  Yet the ISFJ, whose passion is to help, can be narcissistic as they draw around themselves an adulating group of admirers, followers, and people they help.  They often find themselves as leaders of powerful institutions, and a few can be quite narcissistic.

INFJ (1.5% of population)

A narcissistic leader?  Unlikely.  Mystical, idealistic, visionary, this tiny, but powerful personality type rarely produces narcissists—but there are those within the type.  There are the Mother Theresa’s, Nelson Mandela, and other powerful mystics.  But INFJ’s can also produce cult leaders who use their power and vision to control admiring followers…and that might be what INFJ Narcissism looks like.

INTJ (2.1% of population)

Yes, intellect and narcissism can go together.  This brainy, theoretical type is most often seen in the role of professor, lecturer, and inventor.  They are often quite popular and have a gift for verbal expression and can explain the unexplainable.  They can become narcissistic because of their general tendency to be both idealistic and cynical.  They can become quite toxic when they become “justifiably narcissistic” when they feel they system is rigged and they draw a group around them to bring down the crooked system.  They can become quite powerful narcissistic leaders.

ISTP (5.4% of population)

ISTP’s are unlikely to be narcissistic leaders.  ISTP’s, mechanically inclined and loyal to their comrades, are very private people, quiet observers who can be quite charming and gregarious.  They have little opportunity to exercise oversized egos.

ISFP (4.4% of population)

A quite unlikely narcissist. As an adventurer and someone who dances to his or her own drumbeat, An ISFP is extremely unlikely to be a narcissistic leader. They live through their experiences, which they may share with others, but are quite unlikely to be interested in bringing others together to fulfill their own needs.

INFP (5.4% of population)

INFP narcissist?  Not likely.  It is inconsistent with a live and let live point of view and way of operating.  INFP personalities are surprising originals with great insights into people and a very personal vision of themselves.  Although an INFP might demonstrate some narcissistic attributes, they are unlikely to be classic narcissists.  INFP’s exercise control in their dark side by going underground, rationing themselves and what they give to others.

ESFP (8.5% of population)

The ESFP could be the least likely to succeed at being a maniacal, narcissistic ego driven leader.  Their problem?  They’re just too nice.  They may not be moving the world, but they are making it more fun.  Instead of participating in a hostile take-over, they’re rather beginning the part.

INTP (3.3% of population)

INTP, narcissist?  Probably not.  INTP’s almost invariably look at systems and organizations and deconstruct them with their very capable intellects.  They keenly observe what doesn’t work, what is contradictory.   Their group approach often is, “Let’s take this down to ground zero and build it again, this time right.”  It is unlikely the INTP would ever be the narcissistic type to lead a group to their narcissistic goals.

ESTP (4.3% of population)

An ESTP is quite improbable to become a narcissistic leader.  The ESTP is often characterized as an adventurous, luxury loving James Bond type.  More often, however, they are much more like their “type cousins,” the ESTJ.  They like to deploy in frameworks that are defined and where there are boundaries set.  They are most unlikely to be an ego driven leader.

ENFP (8.1% of population)

ENFP’s can be narcissists. ENFP’s at their most effective, are the heart of organizational communication and strategy. They are loved and revered by a loyal following who are just waiting for their direction. ENFP’s transmit love and appreciation to their loyal follows—and, most would agree, ENFP’s love and appreciate themselves. Few ENFP’s have any problem with low self-esteem. Those around them usually are eager to line up behind what they say. ENFP’s have a gift for communicating change to those in the organization for whom change is unwelcome. ENFP’s have the ability to sell change, both good and bad, because of the natural bond they form with people. They are often seen as the mouthpiece of management, which can be for good or not so good.

ENTP (3.2% of population)

ENTP’s are fertile fields for narcissists.  They have a large supply of technical and communications skills that enable them to hold sway over people.  Because they lead with their iNtuition, they sense where people are and how to move them both in person and in social media.   They can be thin skinned and very receptive to praise and adulation. They can be very successful in organizing resources and people for good or for ill.

ESTJ (8.7% of population)

ESTJ’s are rarely narcissistic.  They most often feel secure working with a context of organization, and are rarely the swash-buckling pirate, entrepreneurial types.  They can be enablers and collaborators with narcissists and bask in their resources and praise.

ESFJ (12.3% of population)

ESFJ, narcissist? That’s the closest thing possible to impossible. The ESFJ is a team coordinator, constantly caring for the team and its needs. They are fearlessly ethical, and anyone around them who is not totally honest could be in real trouble—whistles will blow! No narcissist here.

ENFJ (2.5% of population)

Rarely could the ENFJ be a narcissist leader, but when in those rare cases they are, watch out.  ENFJ are articulate, skilled, and often charismatic facilitators who find consensus in opposing points of view.  They can be great academics, non-profit, and religious leaders.  In some few cases, ENFJ’s can become narcissistic leaders, leading organizations with charm, but with little ability to collaborate with their colleagues, thin skinned, lacking empathy,  and a future vision.  The ENFJ has such natural buy-in from those around them, that often the organization is in trouble before anyone knows it.

ENTJ (1.8% of population)

Yes, ENTJ’s can be narcissistic leaders, especially in difficult situations where they won against all odds—which frequently happens with ENTJs.  They are often chosen as CEOs of organizations that are underperforming or in great danger.  The ENTJ often believes that getting the right outcome is more important than following conventional protocols.  ENTJs can cut corners and be quite manipulative when getting close to accomplishing a goal.  They can be quite defensive when challenged and consider disagreement as disloyalty.  The more power they control, the more dictatorial they can become and turn into a huge narcissistic leader.