The Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator is a fascinating tool for employers, sociologists, and psychologists. It is something anyone can get lost in for hours dissecting their own lives and personality traits. There is something addictive about viewing your life choices through the lenses of Carl Jung’s philosophy. Developed by mother and daughter team Isabel Myers and Katherine Briggs, it uses a series of questions to determine what traits most describe and predict a person’s personality.
During World War II, they began developing the test they believed could be used to find an individual’s strengths, weaknesses, and preferences. Over the next two decades, they created an inventory that defined sixteen personality types. These include the Inspector, Crafter, Protector, Artist, Advocate, Mediator, Architect, Thinker, Persuedor, Director, Performer, Caregiver, Champion, Giver, Debator, and the Commander. Each of these types sits within a specific range of several sliding scales. Those scales are Introvert versus Extravert, Sensing versus Intuition, Thinking versus Feeling, and Judging versus Perceiving.
Although the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is readily available online, this is not the official version. The real test consists of nearly 100 questions. The various tests online are by no means exhaustive, but they can be very entertaining. Have you ever wanted suggestions for the best horror movies based on your personality type? If so, read on and take the test below to determine which type you are.
The Inspector(ISTJ) leans more Introverted, Sensing, Thinking and Judging. If you are an Inspector, you crave order and practicality. Loyalty and tradition are meaningful to you, and planning takes up a great deal of your time. When things aren’t orderly, it affects the rest of your life and results in poor sleep and stress. Your focus on goals makes you dependable and pragmatic but can also make you appear rigid and stubborn. Because of your desire to complete immediate tasks and prioritization of details, you can miss the forest for the trees. In other words, rational ideas have greater value than abstract ones. Therefore, films with lengthy explained posts should be avoided at all costs.
If a movie doesn’t have an obvious story arch, it probably holds little appeal to you. Overly obtuse films would be frustrating to this personality type. Additionally, movies with faulty science or poorly developed plot beats would distract from the viewing experience. Movies that would be satisfying are straightforward slashers with clear motivations and decisive endings. Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the original Nightmare on Elm Street, and the revenge thriller Last House On The Left would all be solid choices. Lesser-known picks would be Motel Hell, Wait Until Dark, Cherry Falls, and Hell Fest.
The Crafter(ISTP) is Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, and Perceiving. Crafters are fiercely independent and enjoy working at their own pace. If you are a Crafter, you love taking things apart to see how they work. You are practical but adventurous and enjoy new experiences and hands-on activities. These types of people are thrill-seekers who don’t want to dwell on problems and prefer to analyze the issue and develop a solution quickly. Crafters are often not comfortable with their emotions and can appear insensitive. Crafters can become bored with routines and seek new and exciting things daily.
Although Crafters value logic, their need for thrills can override their need for strict order. These viewers will love horror films with clear puzzles that contribute to the story and are well-conceived. Films like Escape Room and Invasion Of The Body Snatchers require problem-solving, and action-horror movies like The Purge universe would let you indulge your high-octane tendencies. Thrillers like Compliance based on a true story would also be a great choice as the fallibility of humans is something you can both believe in.
The Protector(ISFJ) is comprised primarily of Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, and Judging attributes. You are called Protector because you are the defender and helper to everyone. Protectors are warm-hearted and kind. This personality type tends to be reserved and keenly observant. Because you are so observant, you also retain that information well. Protectors have memories like elephants. If you are this type, you are well-tuned to others’ emotions but sometimes struggle expressing your own. You also enjoy learning new things for the practical application, and theory or philosophy-based knowledge would be of little use to you.
Because of your desire to avoid confrontation, very loud and violent movies may not appeal to you. Instead, more cerebral films that are heavily weighted toward psychological thrillers like M. Night Shyamalan’s Devil and the emotionality of 1922. Films with strong heroes like A Quiet Place and Deep Blue Sea would appeal to your sense of helping. Hidden gems for this personality type include Ghost Stories and Goodnight Mommy.
The Artist(ISFP) is Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, and Perceptive. Artists prefer to keep their options open and are easygoing and pliable. Because of their highly sensitive personalities, these kind, reserved types need time to decompress after social encounters. As an Artist, you prefer to focus on doing things rather than dreaming about them. You have a strong dislike for abstract thought and need personal space. Artists tend to have intense bonds with their pets and love all animals.
Movies about claustrophobia would not be a trigger for you. 47 Meters Down and Copycat would appeal to you because you aren’t terrified to be alone. Movies with killer animals would be bad choices as even the most dangerous beast would be sympathetic in your eyes. Films like Hush and Alien are great picks because you can relate to being a versatile and competent hero. You don’t need anyone to save you. You can save yourself. Train To Busan and The Ranger are lesser-known choices that capitalize on emotions and setting.
The Advocate(INFJ) is Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Judging. These easygoing perfectionists are enigmas. They are walking contradictions that often feel misunderstood. They are logical and emotional, creative and analytical. One of the rarest types, The Advocate, is compassionate and empathetic but refuses to yield on important issues. These dreamers don’t just think about changing the world. They make it happen. If you are an Advocate, you are very organized and enjoy making plans, but your decisions are often based on feelings and intuition as opposed to cold facts.
Because this personality type is a walking contradiction, they often like just about anything intelligent and thrilling. Dumb slashers won’t appeal to you, but anything thoughtful and moody should fit the bill. Advocates love to think about the more significant meanings of everything. As such, films like Pandorum, Videodrome, and Midsommar are great choices. Lesser-known films like Braid, Coherence, and Titane will keep you thinking and talking for days.
The Mediator(INFP) is Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Perceptive. These personalities are idealistic and emotional. Mediators are often considered shy, but in reality, they prefer being on their own. If this describes you, details matter far less than the big picture. You are loyal and devoted to a small group of friends and work well alone. Mediators can take things personally and sometimes struggle with details, especially details and tasks they find dull or pointless.
If you must watch every moment to catch every detail, that horror movie isn’t for you. Films like Sinister and The Thing have strong, morally driven protagonists who want to improve the world. Independent films like Gaia and They Live should appeal to you with their focus on world-saving and nature’s resilience. Political films like The People Under The Stairs and The Crazies should also be on your list.
The Architect(INTJ) is Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Judging. Sometimes referred to as the Strategist, this personality type is highly analytical and creative. These fairly rare logical thinkers focus on the abstract big picture instead of the minutia. These personality types like early planning and value order. They have very high expectations for themselves and others. Architects tend to be good listeners and take criticism well but can seem cold because they avoid emotional openness.
Because of the Architect’s interest in abstract ideas, future-forward movies are always a hit. Therefore, sci-fi horror films like Event Horizon and Prometheus should be hits. Additionally, thoughtful movies with larger-than-life moral protagonists like Unbreakable, Constantine, or Hellboy would be solid choices for their strong visual aesthetic, morally complex but ultimately righteous heroes, and world-ending implications. Finally, Pan’s Labyrinth is a sleeper pick as the gorgeous dark fairy tale is profoundly emotional but so symbolically layered it will appeal to the Architect’s creative spirit and intellect.
The Thinker(INTP) leans Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Perceiving. Thinkers are problem solvers with rich inner worlds. They prefer to spend time with their own thoughts, figuring out how things work and coming up with solutions. Usually, Thinkers have small groups of close friends and do not enjoy large groups. If you are this personality type, you like nothing better than spending hours discussing theoretical concepts and value objective decision making over subjective decision making. As a result of all their thinking, these people feel restricted by over-planning and prefer to make decisions on the spot. They are flexible and are great outside-the-box thinkers.
Thinkers aren’t so great about following rules, so rebellious heroes will appeal to you. Movies like Happy Death Day are perfect choices because of the protagonist’s quest to puzzle her way out of her situation. You can relate to feeling insecure in large groups, so Valentine might be something you can relate to. Goofy horror movies with preparation montages like The Monster Squad will appeal to your in-the-moment planning style. Insanely gory movies with plenty of humor and inventive bloodshed like the remake of The Queen Of Black Magic should also be on your list.
The Persuader(ESTP) is Extroverted, Sensing, Thinking, and Perceiving. Persuaders are all about action. They prefer to focus on today rather than worry about tomorrow. Outgoing and lively, these personality types make friends and make decisions quickly. Planning restricts them, and they often value practicality or abstraction. Witty and clever, they can be intimidating, and their impulsive nature causes them to make mistakes in their lives and relationships.
Because the Persuader is easily bred and very competitive, films like Scream and Cube, with their narrative structure, will appeal to them. If you are a Persuader, you like movies with clear good guys and bad guys, and It Parts 1 and 2 are probably favorites. Deeper cuts should include the Mark Duplass vehicle Creep, a bonkers unsettling thrill ride, and Disturbing Behavior because the Stepford Wives style story is just so much fun. The Faculty is another overlooked movie that should also appeal to Persuaders.
The Director(ESTJ) is Extroverted, Sensing, Thinking, and Judging. Directors want things to always run smoothly, with no surprises. They love making sure things get done right the first time and detest rule breakers. They are incredibly confident in their values and expect others to be of the same standards. These personalities are one of four Guardian sub-types. They are Guardian Supervisors. Their desire for order makes them interested in civic duties, volunteerism, and politics. Directors are confident leaders who can be viewed as overly rigid because of their commitment to the status quo and stability.
As practical thinkers, anything overly complicated would not be appreciated. Straightforward thrillers are a must. Directors will like films like Friday The Thirteenth and Tremors for their predictable but still enjoyable storylines. Overly political films won’t appeal to you, nor will movies where the initial bossy leader gets killed off early like Mindhunters aren’t going to be your cup of tea. The Ruins and Stay Alive, or two older films that feature clear plot beats, rules for survival, and aren’t too fantastical.
The Performer(ESFP) is Extroverted, Sensing, Feeling, and Perceiving. The life of the party personality type is outgoing and resourceful. They crave attention and excitement. If you are a Performer, you prefer learning through experience to a traditional school. Activities rather than discussions are necessities. If you are a Performer, your desire for spontaneity can get you into trouble. You likely have to figure things out as you go when unexpected complications arise. This empathetic personality type quickly senses others’ feelings and, although loves being the star of the show, never holds anyone else back.
These party people have a field day with horror comedies. Anything that can be laughed at with a group of friends is a perfect pick. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil and Idle Hands are perfect picks. Additionally, films like Cujo and Jaws, with their get it done and stay safe nonstop action, will appeal to you. Beetlejuice can’t be overlooked as he is this personality type himself. Slow burners like The Witch and The Wailing should be avoided at all costs. Instead, stream Snakes On A Plane and Shudder’s Mayhem.
The Caregiver(ESFJ) is Extroverted, Sensing, Feeling, and Judging. These outgoing loyalists bring out the best in others but can be duped because of their willingness to only see the best in people. If you are a Caregiver, you want to be liked and are the consummate helper. You base your morals on the community at large and are sensitive to others’ emotions. Unfortunately, you get your feelings hurt easily when your good deeds go unnoticed or are not appreciated. If raised with a strong sense of right and wrong, caregivers become caring, sympathetic adults. When Caregivers are not raised around solid values, however, they can become narcissistic and manipulative.
The Ring is an excellent choice for the Caregiver as it will appeal to their sympathetic side and their need for order and planning. Jennifer’s Body and Candyman are also wonderful choices as the villains are horrific and scary but also sympathetic and relatable. Finally, your sense of justice will be quenched with Nic Cage’s acid-fueled Mandy, and the nurturer will enjoy the seriously scary The Orphanage.
The Champion(ENFP) is Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Perceiving. Champions are heroic charmers who are easygoing and creative. They work best without constraints and enjoy the benefits of their excellent people skills. If you are a Champion, you are a dreamer. You can come up with unique ideas but often struggle with follow-through. As a result, you procrastinate and avoid planning. Although fun-loving and spontaneous, Champions can also be highly emotional, needy, and can become stressed out when they overthink things leading to inactivity.
With the Champion’s natural desire to focus on what could be rather than what is, films with intense action and sci-fi elements work best. Vin Diesel’s Pitch Black or Ghost Of Mars might be good selections. Your extroverted nature makes party movies great, so horror-comedy, Scary Movie, or classic The Blair Witch Project would be fun. Anything found footage like Paranormal Activity or ’80s cheesefest The Gate should keep you satisfied.
The Giver(ENFJ) is Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Judging. The Giver is the most supportive of all the personality types. They have strong moral codes and can sense others’ feelings easily. If you are a Giver, you make friends quickly and love helping others, sometimes to the detriment of yourself. You have an uncanny knack for bringing cohesion to any group, but you are occasionally indecisive and self-sacrificing. Decisions are made almost exclusively based on the impact on every but themselves. Givers’ focus on the big picture can hamper their ability to take necessary steps to achieve goals.
Blumhouse’s Unfriended will appeal to you with its strong message about what true friends really are. Fantasy Island and Truth Or Dare are similar films that are worth watching once. Your sympathetic nature will make films like Get Out, and Babadook hit home. Lesser-known films you will enjoy include Starfish, We Need To Talk About Kevin, and The Descent, with its solid performances, creatures, and clear relationship narrative.
The Debator(ENTP) is Extroverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Perceiving. This personality type is innovative, expressive, and creative. They are the inventors and the visionaries of the world. These people need structured thinkers around them as they often come up with countless great ideas but never act on them. Debaters are fantastic communicators who love a good conversation, especially around areas of interest. Debaters require constant learning to quench their curiosity about the world around them. Unfortunately, their enthusiasm for arguments can make them seem insensitive. Debaters hate being controlled and can be unfocused.
Any movie with loads of ambiguity would be great for the Debater. American Psycho, The Shining, and Identity should be included on every list. Existential dread films like In The Mouth Of Madness or sleeper hit eXistenZ will keep you thinking for hours. Additionally, terrible horror movies that could have their merit discussed would be fun for the Debater. Which Fright Night or Night Of The Living Dead movie is best would be a quality evening for this personality type.
The Commander(ENTJ) is Extroverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Judging. Commanders recharge by utilizing their verbal skills in large groups. Decisions are made based on objective outcomes rather than the feelings of others around them. These natural leaders identify problems quickly and excel at making plans to solve them efficiently. However, their assertiveness can often come across as aggressive, and their desire to hide their emotions can make them seem cold.
Chaos is the enemy of the Commander, so movies with zero narrative structure are strict no-nos. Films like Tetsuo The Iron Man and November should be avoided at all costs. Most David Lynch films will not appeal to this personality type because of their time and reality-warping nature. The Cabin In The Woods is a great choice because although things take a wild turn, all the clues to solve the puzzle box horror movie are there. You’re Next and Don’t Breathe should also be included on your list if you are a Commander. If you like things on the funny side, you can’t go wrong with Zombieland.
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As the Managing Editor for Signal Horizon, I love watching and writing about genre entertainment. I grew up with old-school slashers, but my real passion is television and all things weird and ambiguous. My work can be found here and Travel Weird, where I am the Editor in Chief.