The Most Common Instinctual Stackings for each MBTI Type

Everything in our lives can broadly fit into one of the 6 instinctual stackings, made up of the 3 instincts (SocialSexualSelf-preservation) that drive us all (in varying degrees). 

Each stacking is more commonly represented by certain MBTI types. And vice versa, each MBTI type has a tendency to have particular instinctual stackings. 

The following instinctual stacking – MBTI correlations are based on my typings of celebrities, as well as people in “real life”.


Sp/So: ESTJ, ISTJ, ISFJ, ESFJ

So/Sp: ESTJ, ISTJ, ESFP, ENFJ, ENTJ, INTP

Sp/Sx: ISTP, ISTJ, ISFP, ISFJ, INTP, INFP, INTJ, INFJ

Sx/Sp: ISFP, ESFP, ENFP, ESTP, ISTP, ENFJ, ENTP, INFJ

Sx/SoENFP, ENFJ, ENTJ, INFP, INTJ, ESFP, ISFP, ESTP

So/Sx: ESFJ, ISFJ, ESFP, ENFP, INFP, ISFP, INFJ, ENFJ, ENTP


INFP: So/Sx, Sp/Sx, Sx/So, So/Sp
ENFP: Sx/So, Sx/Sp, So/Sx

INTP: Sp/Sx, So/Sp, Sx/Sp
ENTP: Sx/Sp, So/Sx

INFJ: Sx/Sp, Sp/Sx, So/Sx
ENFJ: Sx/So, So/Sp, So/Sx, Sx/Sp

INTJ: Sp/Sx, Sx/So, So/Sp
ENTJ: Sx/So, So/Sp

ISFP: Sp/Sx, Sx/Sp, So/Sx, Sx/So
ESFP: Sx/Sp, So/Sx, So/Sp, Sx/So

ISTP: Sp/Sx, Sx/Sp
ESTP: Sx/Sp, Sx/So

ISFJ: So/Sx, Sp/Sx, Sp/So, So/Sp
ESFJ: So/Sx, So/Sp, Sp/So, Sx/Sp

ISTJ: Sp/Sx, Sp/So, So/Sp
ESTJSp/So, So/Sp

7 comments

  1. Being an INTJ, my eyes are immediately drawn to that. I don’t see how ‘So’ can be first for the solitary INTJ since we have little regard for community-mindedness, social status, belongingness, etc. Care to explain?

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    • It might not make much sense at first, but then there are INTJs like Stephen Hawking who are So/Sp. Those INTJs may not outwardly show that they care for social status, and in some way they don’t. It depends a lot on what kind of Enneagram type someone has, too. Stephen Hawking is a Type 5w6, which is generally not stereotypically all about fame and fortune (this is rather an So/Sp Type 3 concern). However, So/Sp 5s yearn to have an impact on the social world through their knowledge and expertise. Another likely example of an So/Sp 5w6 (or possibly 6w5 with a strong 5 wing) would be John Nash in “A Beautiful Mind”. Winning a Nobel Prize is usually a desirable goal of Social first individuals, esp. those that are So/Sp.

      I am assuming you are Sp/Sx yourself, which seems to be the most common stacking for INTJ. And yes, Sp/Sx fits the stereotype of the solitary INTJ better. But this does not mean the So/Sp kind does not exist. The So/Sp INTJ is mostly found among scholars/college professors, philosophers, and CEOs.

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  2. INTJ and sp blind just seem really…surreal. It doesn’t actually even make any sense to me tbh. Then again, I’m sx/sp INTJ and if those variants really are common, then it’s kinda depressing. I really want to find more people to relate to and that doesn’t help x’D

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  3. Hi! do you mind explaining why Sx/Sp is not included in your common INFP stackings? Why is it that INFPs are more likely to be So/Sx or Sx/So than Sx/Sp

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    • Hey Naila! Good question. I can only speculate why that is. NFs are humanitarians, especially in combination with Extroverted Intuition. And that tends to involve a focus on the social instinct/social world. Sx/Sp is not impossible for INFP, but in my experience quite rare. Sp/Sx is more common for them. I’m assuming Sp/Sx is the exception because differently from Sx/Sp, it is not overtly focused on obtaining a significant other, which can be a rather extroverted and sensorial focus. Sp/Sx goes pretty well with introversion (the stereotypical introverted stacking).

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