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MBTI Fad in Korea & Celebrity MBTI Types

Find out your favorite star's MBTI and see how it matches with yours!

Namdong Park.
8 months ago

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In the Korean community, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a hot topic. It has become a popular online meme, and almost everyone has taken the test to find out their personality type or to introduce their MBTI type to other people. 

In this posting, we'll cover; what MBTI is, why Koreans love it, and celebrities' MBTI types. It'll be interesting to see which MBTI type your favourite star falls under and compare it with your MBTI result!


What is MBTI?

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a self-report questionnaire developed by Katherine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers. It was widely used among companies to analyze their employees, but due to its weak points (e.g. poor validity and reliability), it is more used among the general population for fun now.

mbti personality types keyFour areas that classify your personality into sixteen types

In the MBTI test, 93 questions analyze your personality in four areas. Each area has two types, so if you add up all the personality types, there are sixteen different personality types.

You can find your own MBTI type and learn about each MBTI on the official website.


Koreans' Love for Personality Tests

MBTI is not the first personality test to become popular in the Korean society. People used to classify each blood type with characteristics and use them to analyze people. 

Blood TypeCharacteristics
AThoughtful / Cautious
Emotional / Shy
BCheerful / Sociable
Unpredictable / Weak-willed
OCalm / Strong-willed
Inflexible / Individualist
ABInner characteristics of type A
External characteristics of type B

Even though those characteristics are vague and applicable to almost all people, it makes you believe that the test matches you perfectly. It used to be a popular activity to find out your favourite star's blood type and see how it matches with yours. You can say that MBTI is a more sophisticated version of the personality test that replaced the blood test.

korean personality testsThere are hundreds of tests to find out about yourself (Source: vonvon.me)

There are countless types of personality tests for Koreans if you look them up on the Internet. You can tell from this that Koreans are curious about themselves, and what's more is that they worry about how they appear to others. If you get close to Korean friends, they might try to find out more about you through these personality tests.

Some might criticize that Korean people like to categorize each other into labels, regardless of their distinct characteristics. But on the other hand, it shows how Koreans are interested in knowing each other and themselves. Anyhow, it's a fun and easy topic to start a conversation with someone you've just met!


Korean Celebs' MBTI Results

Now let's take a look at which Korean celebrities were determined to have each MBTI type. Find out whether the image you had about them matches their test results. After that, find out how your personality fits with your favourite star. Here is a list of celebrities who have officially spoken about their MBTI!

INTJ - Architect 

Imaginative and strategic thinker, with a plan for everything.

korean celebrity mbti, gang dong-won, ryujin itzy, eunhyuk super junior

Gang Dong-won, Ryujin (ITZY), Eunhyuk (Super Junior), BoA, Minzy

INTP - Logician

Innovative inventors with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

korean celebrity mbti intp, jin, suga, song kang

Jin (BTS), Suga (BTS), Song Kang, Jung Eunji (Apink), Wheein (Mamamoo) 

ENTJ - Commander

Bold, imaginative and strong-willed leaders, always finding a way – or making one.

korean celebrity mbti entj, siwon, tiffany, key

Siwon (Super Junior), Tiffany (Girls' Generation), Key (SHINee), Ravi (VIXX), Seohyun (Girls' Generation), Leeteuk (Super Junior), Yunho (TVXQ), Zico, Yeo Jin-goo, Lee Seung-gi

ENTP - Debater

Smart and curious thinkers who cannot resist an intellectual challenge.

korean celebrity mbti entp, kihyun, minhyuk, han yeseul

Kihyun (MONSTA X), Minhyuk (MONSTA X), Han Ye-seul, Jessi, Johnny (NCT), Kim Se-jeong, Lee Young-ji

INFJ - Advocate

Quiet and mystical, yet very inspiring and tireless idealists.

korean celebrity mbti infj, seo kang joon, kai, heo sung-tae

Seo Kang-joon, Kai (EXO), Heo Sung-tae, Nichkhun (2PM), Mark (NCT), Ren (NU'EST), Min Kyung-hoon, Solar (Mamamoo), Suzy, IU, WinWin (NCT), Jiho (Oh My Girl), Jo In-sung, Junho (2PM), Ten (NCT), HyunA

INFP - Mediator

Poetic, kind and altruistic people, always eager to help a good cause.

korean celebrity mbti infp, v, joy, arin

V (BTS), Joy (Red Velvet) Arin (Oh My Girl), Kang Ho-dong, Heechul (Super Junior), Momo (TWICE), Chaeyoung (TWICE), Moonbin (Astro), Bae Doo-na, Sunmi, Yeri (Red Velvet), Oh Hayoung (Apink), Yugyeom (Got7), Lee Jun-ki, Jaeyoon (SF9)

ENFJ - Protagonist

Charismatic and inspiring leaders, able to mesmerize their listeners.

korean. celebrity mbti enfj jimin song joongki, suho

Jimin (BTS), Song Joong-ki,  Suho (EXO), Kang Daniel, Donghae (Super Junior), Lia (ITZY), Park Jin-young, Shin Se-kyung, Yesung (Super Junior), Yuna (ITZY), Inseong (SF9), Im Si-wan, Chanyeol (EXO)


ENFP - Campaigner

Enthusiastic, creative and sociable free spirits, who can always find a reason to smile.

korean celebrity mbti enfp, jung ho-yeon, rose, rm

Jung Ho-yeon, Rosé (BLACKPINK), RM (BTS), Moonbyul (Mamamoo), Sana (TWICE), Jisoo (Lovelyz), Psy, Yoo Yeon-seok, Lee Hyo-ri, Jeon So-mi, Chuu (LOONA), Karina (aespa), Hwasa (Mamamoo)

ISTJ - Logistician

Practical and fact-minded individuals, whose reliability cannot be doubted.

korean celebrity mbti istj, sunny, cha tae-hyun, sunyoul

Sunny (Girls' Generation), Cha Tae-hyun, Sunyoul (Up10tion), Sungkyu (Infinite), Jake (ENHYPEN)

ISFJ - Defender

Very dedicated and warm protectors, always ready to defend their loved ones.

korean celebrity mbti

Taeyeon (Girls' Generation - Sometimes INFJ too), Dahyun (TWICE), Changmin (TVXQ), Sohee (Rocket Punch), Suyun (Rocket Punch), Xiumin (EXO), Isa (STAYC), Yuna (Brave Girls), Lee Gikwang (Highlight), Lee Minhyuk (BtoB), Jungyeon (TWICE), Jinyoung (GOT7), Hui (Pentagon)

ESTJ - Executive

Excellent administrators, unsurpassed at managing things or people.

korean celebrity mbti estj, cheetah, han chae-young, defconn

Cheetah, Han Chae-young, Defconn, Kim Junsu (JYJ), N (VIXX)

ESFJ - Consul

Extraordinarily caring, social and popular people, always eager to help.

korean celebrity mbti esfj, jhope, lisa, park bogum

J-Hope (BTS), Lisa (BLACKPINK), Park Bo-gum), Kim Namjoo (Apink), Kim Doyeon (Weki Meki), Rocky (Astro), Ryeowook (Super Junior), Park Chorong (Apink), Seo Eunkwang (BtoB), Hyeri (Girl's Day), Hwang Kwang-hee, Hyojung (Oh My Girl)

ISTP - Virtuoso

Bold and practical experimenters, masters of all kinds of tools.

korean celebrity mbti istp han hyejin, youn yuhjung, ha seokjin

Han Hye-jin, Youn Yuh-jung, Ha Seok-jin, Park Myung-soo, Jinho (Pentagon), Hong Jin-kyung

ISFP - Adventurer

Flexible and charming artists, always ready to explore and experience something new.

korean celebrity mbit isfp, jungkook, yoo jae-seok, kim seon-ho

Jungkook (BTS), Yoo Jae-suk, Kim Seon-ho, Mina (TWICE), Jihyo (Twice), Tzuyu (TWICE), Baekhyun (EXO), Vernon (SEVENTEEN), Shownu (MONSTA X), I.M (MONSTA X), Shotaro (NCT), Jeno (NCT), Taeil (NCT), Wendy (Red Velvet), Onew (SHINee), Yoon Bomi (Apink)


ESTP - Entrepreneur

Smart, energetic and very perceptive people, who truly enjoy living on the edge.

korean celebrity mbti estp, sungjae, sungchan, jeon hyun-moo

Yook Sungjae (BtoB), Sungchan (NCT), Jeon Hyun-moo, Jung Ilhoon (BtoB), Peniel (BtoB)

ESFP - Entertainer

Spontaneous, energetic and enthusiastic people – life is never boring around them.

korean celebrity mbti esfp, rain, ji seokjin, wooyoung

Rain, Ji Seok-jin, Wooyoung (2PM), Lee Suhyun (AKMU)


The MBTIs of the celebrities might have changed over time. MBTIs tend to change throughout life, according to the situations you are placed in. If there is any information that needs to be revised, please leave a comment!

Netizens have come up with lots of other tests derived from MBTIs, such as the 'Professions for your MBTI'. The most popular one is 'MBTI matches', which shows how your MBTI type will get along with another one. Check your MBTI with stars above and see which style matches you the best.

mbti compatibility chartIt's a surprise that the same MBTIs aren't the best match for each other.

So, if you are an INFP person there's a higher possibility of meeting your best friend in an ENFJ and ENTJ, such as Jimin and Tiffany Young. Just keep in mind that this is just for fun, and you might find a perfect fit for you regardless of the person's MBTI.


This posting was about MBTI's Popularity in Korea.  If you have questions or comments about the blog post, please leave a comment below or email us at support@creatrip.com 


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