It's hard to find a more popular sitcom than Friends. Running for 10 seasons, this show followed the lives of Rachel Green, Chandler Bing, Joey Tribbiani, Phoebe Buffay, Monica Geller, and Ross Geller. Fans saw them grow up (while still acting totally immature... and totally hilarious), find love and try to succeed in their jobs. It's always a comforting show to watch when that kind of show is necessary.
Figuring out a TV character's Myers-Briggs personality is a lot of fun. Read on to find out the Myers-Briggs personalities of ten of the main characters on Friends. What is quirky Phoebe or fashionable Rachel's type? Let's take a look.
10. Richard: ISFJ
Even though many fans would agree that Chandler and Monica are a perfect couple who always needed to be together, it's tough not to love the character of Richard Burke.
He's a really great boyfriend for Monica and it seems like they would have stayed a couple if their age difference (and the fact that she wanted children) hadn't come between them. He's an ophthalmologist who seems like he has his life together and is very kind and practical. He's the Myers-Briggs personality type ISFJ: "Quiet, friendly, responsible, and conscientious. Committed and steady in meeting their obligations. Thorough, painstaking, and accurate. Loyal, considerate, notice and remember specifics about people who are important to them, concerned with how others feel."
9. Gunther: ISTP
Besides the main six characters on Friends, there are a few others who pop up every now and then. One of them is Gunther.
If fans could say one thing about Gunther, aka the owner of the coffee shop Central Perk, it's that he's got a massive crush on Rachel. Oh yeah, and he's also not the biggest fan of Ross. Because Gunther is often in the background of many of the show's scenes at the coffee shop, he could be described as a quiet person who often sees what's going on. He sounds like the Myers Briggs personality type ISTP, particularly this part of the description: "quiet observers until a problem appears."
8. Mike: ENTJ
Mike Hannigan marries Phoebe, and is played by Paul Rudd... and this character basically is Paul Rudd. Yup, it doesn't get any more adorable than that.
Mike is an easy-going, funny guy, and he likes that Phoebe has quirks. Mike is an ENTJ when it comes to his Myers-Briggs personality type because when he wants to say something, he totally says it. Nothing can stop him. Case in point: when he tells Phoebe that he loves her when they're with his mom and dad... and when he wants a dog to be in their wedding. He's like the description: "Frank, decisive, assume leadership readily. Quickly see illogical and inefficient procedures and policies, develop and implement comprehensive systems to solve organizational problems.... Forceful in presenting their ideas."
7. Janice: ESFP
Oh, Janice. This is one character that Friends fans will never forget. It's safe to say that even casual observers and watchers of this 90s sitcom will agree that she certainly makes a big impression.
When it comes to her Myers-Briggs personality type, she's totally an ESFP: "Outgoing, friendly, and accepting. Exuberant lovers of life, people, and material comforts. Enjoy working with others to make things happen... Flexible and spontaneous, adapt readily to new people and environments." The woman with the loud (and many would say irritating) voice is pretty hilarious. She does have a certain charm about her, but it's easy to see why she annoys Chandler and the rest of the gang.
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6. Joey: ENFP
Joey's Myers-Briggs personality type is ENFP: "Warmly enthusiastic and imaginative. See life as full of possibilities."
Is there a TV character who is sweeter or more optimistic than Joey Tribbiani?! Fans know that even when he's just won the lamest acting role ever, he approaches it with a big grin and a good attitude. He's a lover of life and enjoys being with his friends, especially his best friend Chandler. He's the kind of friend that everyone wants to have since he's often in a good mood and loves to have fun. He's also really lovable and charming (and he knows it).
5. Chandler: ISFP
Chandler Bing is adorable and seems like a good friend and a dependable guy. He's pretty middle-of-the-road as far as career success goes (and the running joke on Friends is that no one really knows what Chandler does for work). His Myers-Briggs personality type is definitely ISFP: "Quiet, friendly, sensitive, and kind. Enjoy the present moment, what's going on around them. Like to have their own space and to work within their own time frame. Loyal and committed to their values and to people who are important to them."
Chandler could be described as a happy-go-lucky kind of guy. He seems like he's pretty chill and often in a good mood, and he cares about the people in his life, but doesn't get too stressed out.
4. Ross: ISFJ
Ross Geller, on the other hand, is one character on Friends who does seem to get stressed out on a regular basis... even a daily basis. He's always worried about something or someone, and while it's played for comic relief since, of course, this is a sitcom, it seems like that would be tough to be around all the time.
His Myers Briggs personality type is ISFJ: "Quiet, friendly, responsible, and conscientious. Committed and steady in meeting their obligations. Thorough, painstaking, and accurate." That's exactly how he approaches his personal life, as well as his job, so this is his type for sure.
3. Phoebe: ESFP
Who doesn't love Phoebe Buffay?! She's sweet, loyal, hilarious, and a total hippie. She brings tons of comic relief to every single scene that she's in and the Friends group wouldn't be the same without her.
It's interesting to think about her Myers-Briggs personality type. ESFP is the one that comes to mind because she has a lot of the same traits: "Warmhearted, conscientious, and cooperative. Want harmony in their environment, work with determination to establish it. Like to work with others to complete tasks accurately and on time.... Notice what others need in their day-by-day lives and try to provide it. Want to be appreciated for who they are and for what they contribute."
Whether she's singing clever and funny songs or having someone else's babies, Phoebe is a good friend for sure.
2. Monica: ESTJ
Monica Geller: talented chef, neat freak, Ross's sister, and Chandler's one true love. Monica is funny in her own way... mostly when she's trying to make sure that absolutely everything is perfect.
While not everyone thinks that perfection is so attainable or even a good idea, everyone loves watching this character on the show. Her Myers-Briggs personality type has got to be ESTJ: "Practical, realistic, matter-of-fact. Decisive, quickly move to implement decisions. Organize projects and people to get things done, focus on getting results in the most efficient way possible. Take care of routine details." Sounds like a perfectionist, doesn't it?
1. Rachel: ENTP
Finally, there's Rachel Green. She's sweet and a little ditzy, but fans are used to that about her, and really love her personality. Her Myers-Briggs personality type is ENTP.
ENTP's are "Quick, ingenious, stimulating, alert, and outspoken. Resourceful in solving new and challenging problems." They're also "Bored by routine, will seldom do the same thing the same way, apt to turn to one new interest after another."
Rachel definitely loves to have a good time and is very outspoken and friendly. She's often the life of the party, but she's also a loyal friend and girlfriend (but we won't talk about the time she and Ross were on a break).