Helping people find their paths: How personality type can help empower individuals and communities

As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said, “Everyone can be great, because everybody can serve.” There is no single “right” way to give back. Helping other people comes in all shapes and sizes. 

At Truity, our mission is to ensure that scientifically validated personality tests are available to everyone who can benefit from them -- as powerful tools for self-development and career and relationship growth. Year-round, Truity provides free or low-cost personality and career assessments to nonprofits and schools. 

In honor of the legacy of Dr. King and to kick off MLK Service Week this year, Truity is donating 10% of its sales to support nonprofits that are working to help foster youth, the homeless and the incarcerated find their paths in life. Our non-profit partners include:

  • The Right Way Foundation, which provides programs for foster youth that address past trauma, support successful employment, and promote healing and self-sufficiency.
  • Project WeHOPE, a non-profit committed to ending hunger and homelessness.
  • The Last Mile, which provides opportunities for personal and professional growth for justice-impacted individuals through technology training and education.

You can help support these organizations by purchasing any of Truity’s personality and career assessments between January 18 and January 25, 2021. 

And if you’re looking for more ways to give back during service week—and beyond—here are some ideas for how you can help improve your communities, based on your Myers-Briggs personality type. 

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ENTJ: Offer consulting services to underprivileged people in your community. 

As a bold and determined ENTJ, you are naturally skilled at mentoring and coaching others. Pay it forward by using your expertise to help underprivileged youth and others in your community. 

INTJ: Donate old books and textbooks. 

Studious and analytical, you love to learn—and most likely have a library that’s overflowing with well-read books. Consider donating some of your older books and textbooks to students who are struggling to afford them. 

ESTJ: Organize college application help for local high school students. 

When it comes to giving back, you can put your natural leadership and planning skills to good use by helping local high schoolers apply for college. The application process can be overwhelming for many students, and as an ESTJ you are well equipped to guide them through the process.  

ISTJ: Send cards and letters to soldiers overseas. 

Volunteering doesn’t have to mean being out and about in your community. You can make a difference from the comfort of your own home by writing and mailing letters and cards to soldiers. This understated but meaningful gesture is perfect for reserved and loyal ISTJs

ENFJ: Offer students looking for work experience job shadowing opportunities.

As the “Teacher” personality type, you can use your warm and energetic personality to help guide students toward the right career path by offering job shadowing opportunities. Reach out to your local high schools or colleges to learn what sort of programs already exist and how to get involved.  

INFJ: Volunteer to facilitate group conversations at a local support group. 

As an INFJ, you have a unique ability to intuitively understand people’s feelings, making you a great facilitator of emotional discussions. Consider giving back by volunteering as a facilitator at a local support group. 

ESFJ: Collect gently used clothes from your colleagues or congregation to donate. 

You’re an excellent planner and communicator—skills that come in handy when planning community charity events. Make a difference by planning a collection drive for gently used clothing and other items. 

ISFJ: Visit a nursing home and hand out handmade cards and goodies. 

As a loyal and nurturing caretaker, you are often able to put others at ease and lift people’s spirits. You likely already give back—in more ways than one. But if you’re looking for more opportunities to serve, considering visiting the elderly at a local nursing or retirement home. 

ESTP: Host a field day for children with special needs. 

Your dynamic energy and sense of humor make life more fun—for yourself and others. And how you give back should be fun as well! Consider hosting a fun-filled field day for kids in your area with special needs. 

ISTP: Teach sports or a specialty to underprivileged kids. 

As an ISTP, you likely have a skill or specialty that you can share with others. Due to your independent nature, you typically prefer to work alone, but you may be surprised at the joy you can find in teaching others, especially underprivileged kids in your community. 

ESFP: Volunteer at a local animal shelter. 

You have a lot of love to share, ESFP. And while it’s frequently given to the people (and animals) in your life, there is likely still quite a bit left to go around. Use your upbeat energy for the greater good and volunteer to play with and take care of animals at a shelter near you. 

ISFP: Leave kind notes on strangers windshields. 

You understand—probably more than most—how small acts of kindness can make a big difference. Show a little love while also putting your natural creativity to good use by writing kind and humorous notes and leaving them on strangers’ windshields. 

ENFP: Speak at local underprivileged schools about your job or industry.

You have a contagious enthusiasm that inspires others. Share your passion and help others at the same time by volunteering to speak about your work or area of expertise at local underprivileged schools. 

INFP: Hang posters around your city for the organization of your choice.

As an INFP, you are likely extremely committed to the causes and organizations that you care about. Show these causes some extra support by volunteering to hang posters or hand out fliers around your community. 

ENTP: Buy and deliver meals for the homeless.

As an open-minded and unconventional ENTP, you can make a difference in your community by delivering meals and other necessities to homeless individuals. Your energy and wit can help lift spirits, and in helping people directly, you get to give back in your own unique way. 

INTP: Host a free garage sale, where gently used items can be given to the underprivileged.

You’ve likely got quite the collection of books, gadgets, and other items that piqued your interest at one time or another, INTP. If some of those things are starting to gather dust, consider hosting a free garage sale or donating them to a local school or non-profit organization. 

There are thousands of ways to give back and make a difference. What’s important is that you find a way that is motivating and fulfilling to you—and also uses your unique gifts to serve others. 

Megan Malone

Megan is a freelance writer and brand marketing consultant at Truity. She is passionate about helping people improve their relationships, careers, and quality of life using personality psychology. An INFJ and Enneagram 9, Megan lives quietly in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and two pups. You can chat with her on Twitter @meganmmalone.

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