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Which Board Game Should You Play Based On Your Myers-Briggs® Type?

Whether one is a board game purist or a lover of the recent boom in table top games, it is safe to say that people love board games. The friendly competition, the simple yet engaging gameplay, and the ability to absolutely destroy one's friends in the spirit of fun is a type of enjoyment that can not be replicated through any other means. Whether one prefers the more modern games or sticks to the beloved classics, there is a board game for everyone. But which board games go best with each personality? By using the Myers-Briggs personality typing system, this article will attempt to help any readers pick their perfect board game in order to ensure a fun evening of competition and play.

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10 INFJ: Battleship

Those people who fall under the INFJ type on the MBTI system are known for their determination and value system. In a game as easy to cheat at as Battleship, it goes without saying that this game has a strict set of rules that both players need to abide by in order to prevent anyone from gaining an unfair advantage.

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Those people who fall under the INFJ umbrella will love steering everyone toward the moral roads and ensuring that no one sneaks a peek over the top of the partition.

9 ESTP: Connect-Four

Those who belong to the ESTP type like quick results that can be directly influenced by their own actions. These people will seek fast-paced and easily completed board games such as Connect Four. The people who fall under this type are usually not too overly concerned with rules or such things; therefore, a simple game like Connect Four which only has one or two rules on how to play is the best option for these quick-paced and impatient rebels.

8 ISFJ: Operation

Those who fall under the ISTJ umbrella are known for their perception, love of tradition, and innate need to put everyone else before themselves. Those who belong to the ISTJ type will love a quiet and slow-paced game of Operation.

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Their love for traditional things will be satisfied by this classic game and the quiet, detailed, and slow nature of the game will provide a wonderful and fitting experience. They will also appreciate the care-orientated aspect of the gameplay and will not stop until the man on the table is fully cured.

7 INTP: Chess

Since the people who belong to the INTP Myers-Briggs type prefer situations in which they can engage with the logical side of life, they will love a classic and strategic game of chess. Those who fall under the INTP type love theories, thinking, and spending as much time as they possibly can within their own minds. The social and simple nature of most other board games might bore the INTP. But a spirited game of Chess is guaranteed to be intellectually stimulating and fully engaging.

6 ESFP: Scene-It

People belonging to the ESFP type love to perform; therefore a game which requires players to occasionally stand up and act out different scenes from classic films is perfect for these actors and actresses.

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The Scene-It games are party games which has a certain mode of gameplay that can allow all players to compete in the same round at the same time. And this sort of competitive free-for-all is absolutely perfect for the fun loving, social, and performative ESFP's.

5 INFP: Scrabble

Those who belong to the INFP type love quiet and laid back games. They are not fans of shouting, competition, or aggressive opponents. They prefer a game that can be played mostly inside one's own head. Their idealistic and creative nature makes INFP types veer towards writing and writing-related activities. Which makes them the utter perfect candidate for an intriguing and thought-provoking game of Scrabble. Anecdotally, this writer is both an INFP and loves nothing more than a quiet night at home with a toasty hot cocoa and someone to play a lovely game of Scrabble with.

4 ESFJ: Pictionary

Those who belong to the ESFJ type are known for their love of traditions and positive reinforcement/praise/validation. And since a competitive environment is what most board games are played in, few games do foster such a positive and praise-filled environment. However, both of these needs are addressed by the classic game that is Pictionary.

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Not only is it one of the classic staples in the board game world but the fact that it is played as teams fosters an environment for teammates to encourage and praise their friends' drawings in order to create a positive spirit within their team.

3 ISFP: Life

Those who belong to the ISFP type are known for their love of creative pursuits and aversion to conflict and/or leadership roles. Which is why The Game of Life is absolutely perfect. Since the game requires players to focus on their own characters and choices rather than directly competing with and trying to usurp each other, the likelihood of conflict is much lower than it is in other classic board games. Their need for creativity will also be nurtured by the ability to design one's own life in a unique and fun way.

2 ENTJ: Monopoly

A classic board game for people who seek to fight with their siblings and friends. Unless one has an ENTJ present, that is. The people who belong to the ENTJ type are known for their love of leadership, organization, and coming up with solid solutions to presented problems.

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The ENTJ will study the rule book, take charge of the game of Monopoly, and ensure that no one cheats by enforcing and reminding everyone of the rules at regular intervals. The ENTJ will keep the game on track and love doing so.

1 ISTP: Mouse Trap

Those who belong to the ISTP type are known for their love of all things mechanical. The ISTP loves knowing just how and why things work and love taking things apart and putting them back together until their curiosity is sated. Though the ISTP types will most likely ignore the rule based aspect of game play and focus solely on building and executing the trap itself, they will glean endless joy from building and deconstruction the trap itself and figuring out exactly how and why it works in the way that it does. Give an ISTP their own copy of Mouse Trap and they will be occupied for literal hours.

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