Personality tests, like The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), can tell you a lot about how you live your life. And since I am interested in how personality types affects dietary choices, I did a little research. And instead of writing an essay type blog that could have you scrolling for days, I’m summarizing my research in the form of sandwiches. So the next time your boss asks you what personality type you are, instead of saying INTP, you can say, “I’m a BLT or a Sloppy Joe”.
The Personality Categories
The questionnaire asks a variety of questions to determine:
- your preferences in social settings and how you are energized. This gets categorized as either introvert (I) or extrovert (E).
- if you pay more attention to physical reality (sensing, S) or more attention to meanings, patterns, or impressions of information (intuition, I).
- how we make decisions and whether you place more weight on objective principles (thinking, T) or more weight on subjective ideas and the people involved (feeling, F)?
- the amount of daily structure you need. Those that need more structure are categorized as judging (J) and those that are more flexible are considered perceiving (P).
You can find lots more information at the Myers & Briggs Foundation website. Can you determine which sandwich you are based on your Myers-Briggs personality score?
ISTJ – Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
As someone who values tradition, loyalty, and habits, this childhood favorite sandwich is much like you. ISTJs tend to have favorite foods that they come back to again and again. ISTJ’s can be sensitive to strong or spicy foods, unless they grew up eating these foods regularly. PB&J speaks to ISTJs because they tend to not be very food adventurous.
ISFJ – Grilled Nutella & Marshmallow Sandwich
As one who likes to take care of others, this sandwich is worthy of sharing with friends and family. Many ISFJs enjoy creating delicious meals for others and finding ways to serve the community, like contributing something sweet to a bake sale. ISFJs are warm and like to bring out the best in others.
INFJ – Veggie Tuna Salad Wrap
Tuna and veggies are perfect for someone who is committed to firm values and serving others. INFJs usually enjoy a variety of foods and enjoy tasting new foods. But INFJs also tend to forget to eat so a filling sandwich is perfect.
INTJ – Chicken and Waffle Sandwich
Who knew that chicken and waffles went so well together? Probably, an INTJ did. Someone who is always experimenting with ideas and likes to try new foods.
ISTP – Roast Beef Sandwich
The eat-because-I-have-to sandwich. ISTPs are usually very rational, but sometimes can be quite spontaneous. You usually know what you’re getting with a roast beef sandwich but with just the right ingredients can be a bit of surprise, which ISTPs who are connoisseurs of good food will appreciate.
ISFP – Caprese Panini with Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella
Just the title of this sandwich would send an ISTJ out of the kitchen. But for an ISFP, your enjoy combining flavors and are creative chefs. ISFPs want to live their life to the fullest and discover new things.
INFP – Chickpea and Avocado Sandwich
It seemed it took a while for others to feel familiar with this sandwich but you were quick to see it’s potential. As someone who is always analytical, you knew it provides a lot of nutrition.
INTP – Sardine Sandwich
Not many people enjoy a sardine sandwich. But as someone who does enjoys doing life on their own, this is your kind of sandwich. It’s also quick and something that you can put together without having to spend a lot of time on.
ESTP – A Bison Burger
A friend to many, burgers are a crowd-pleaser, just like you. And since ESTPs tend to relish new and exciting flavors, a twist on a classic burger is perfect.
ESFP – Doughnut Bacon Cheeseburger
Enjoy eating, is your motto! ESFPs tend to enjoy the celebratory aspect of eating and creating new foods.
ENFP – Sloppy Joe
Much like you, sloppy joes get voted as the most liked sandwich. ENFPs love the social aspect of sharing a meal with others and let’s face it, you don’t make sloppy joes for yourself.
ENTP – Cucumber Sandwich
Seeing things in an innovative way is how you roll. You’re always looking for solutions and pursuing new possibilities. So when someone is looking for a low-carb sandwich, why not stick the cucumber on the outside?
ESTJ – Buffalo Shrimp Sandwich
Oh, the spice on this sandwich makes for a challenge, which you are up for. ESTJs are leaders, in the office and in the kitchen. Buffalo shrimp are hot at first but are loved by many, just like you.
ESFJ – Grilled Cheese (with a side of tomato soup)
You enjoy using food as a way to reach out to people. So you may not be eating this sandwich but you make it for your sick friend. Grilled cheese and tomato soup work so well together, just as you do with just about everybody. ESFJs are everyone’s go-to friend.
ENFJ – Sliders
Most likely you’re not eating your sandwich alone, so it’s important to have a few extra to share. ENFJs love helping others, and that’s no different when it comes to food. A slider would be perfect in your husband’s lunch box, don’t you think?
ENTJ – Turkey Club Sandwich
As someone who is always on the go, there’s no time for extravagant lunches. A turkey club sandwich is easy to assemble, budget-friendly, and quick-to-eat – addressing all of the things you’re concerned about.
In All Seriousness
I enjoyed exploring the different personalities and which foods each one tends to gravitate towards. So, which sandwich are you? And do you feel your personality tends to influence your food choices?
<<Please note that in no way is this scientific or representative of all individuals. >>