We’ve all had stories of nightmare co-writes with people who had clashing personalities. Maybe it wasn’t even you. Maybe you were in a room with two other people and they couldn’t make it work!

Co-writes should be productive.

Knowing the personalities in the room and how to engage with them can help you do that even during the worst co-writes!

Myers-Briggs is a great way to quickly figure out who you’re sitting in a co-write with, or downstream, who’s across the negotiation table as you’re pitching your songs.

You can probably figure out yours by reading the bullets. If not, there are a few links to the test.

Use the people and fictional character examples to help you ID people around you. I’ve found that comparing someone to another “known” is always easier than memorizing traits.

For example, we all know an Eeyore when we meet one. It’s not good or bad, it’s just easier to classify the person as an ISTJ.

How does that translate to your co-write?

Get ready for a high dose of realism as you’re writing. If your lyrics tend not to be very logical and fact-based, you’ll be hearing some conflicting ideas throughout your session.

Since this is something you’ll have to adjust to as you work through the song, knowing their type will allow you to adjust mentally to accommodate their approach.

So you know to work with them, you may want to throw out song ideas that are more linear in terms of the story line.


Take the full Myers-Briggs (93 questions – Note: you’ll be asked to register)

Take the short version (72 questions)


Basic Types


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ISTJ (Introversion, Sensing, Thinking, Judgement)

The Inspector

(Eeyore, George Washington, Kris Krisstofferson, George Strait, Sting)

  • Focused on details and facts
  • Realistic
  • Interested in the present more than the future
  • Observant, but slightly subjective
  • Interested in the internal world
  • Logical and practical
  • Orderly and organized


ISTP (Introversion, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving

The Crafter

(Keith Richards, Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, Frida Kahlo)

  • Highly logical
  • Enjoys learning by experience
  • Action oriented
  • Very realistic and practical
  • Likes excitement and new experiences
  • Self-confident and easy-going


ISFJ (Introversion, Sensing, Feeling, Judgement

The Defender

(Robert E. Lee, Mother Teresa, Kenny Chesney, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin)

  • Reliable, stable and down-to-earth
  • Enjoys order and structure
  • Dislikes conflict and confrontation
  • Kind, warm-hearted and considerate
  • Practical-minded
  • Likes concrete information
  • Very aware of other people’s feelings
  • Has a great memory for detail


ISFP (Introversion, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving)

The Adventurer

(Barbara Streisand, Paul McCartney, Mozart, Jim Morrison, Prince)

  • A strong awareness of their environment
  • Prefers concrete, practical information
  • Dislikes abstract, theoretical information
  • Reserved and quiet
  • Enjoys hands-on learning
  • Strong need for personal space
  • Loyal to values and beliefs
  • Dislikes arguments and conflict


INFJ (Introversion, iNtuition, Feeling, Judgement)

The Advocate

(Martin Luther King, Alanis Morissette, Nelson Mandela, Taylor Swift, Leonard Cohen)

  • Idealistic
  • Sensitive to the needs of others
  • Highly creative and artistic
  • Reserved
  • Focused on the future
  • Private
  • Values close, deep relationships
  • Enjoys thinking about the meaning of life


INFP (Introversion, iNtuition, Feeling, Perceiving)

The Virtuoso

(Princess Diana, Vincent Van Gogh, Joni Mitchell, Carlos Santana, Jack White) 

  • Loyal and devoted
  • Sensitive to feelings
  • Warm, caring and interested in other people
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Prefers to work alone
  • Values close relationships
  • Focuses on the “big picture” rather than the details


INTJ (Introversion, iNtuition, Thinking, Judgement)

The Architect

(John F. Kennedy, Thomas Jefferson, Beethoven, Jay-Z, Elvis Costello)

  • Enjoys theoretical and abstract concepts
  • Dislikes confusion, disorganization and inefficiency
  • Reserved and prefers solitary work to group work
  • Orderly and structured
  • Perfectionist
  • High expectations and standards
  • More focused on the future than on the present


INTP (Introversion, iNtuition, Thinking, Perceiving)

The Logician

(Tina Fey, Abraham Lincoln, Bob Newhart, Charles Darwin, Mark Mothersbaugh – Devo)

  • Quiet, reserved and thoughtful
  • Enjoys theoretical thinking
  • Tends to be flexible and tolerant
  • Highly logical and objective
  • Good at thinking “outside of the box”


ESTJ (Extraversion, Sensing, Thinking, Judgement)

The Executive

(Andrew Jackson, Sam Walton, Dr. Phil McGraw, Trisha Yearwood, Celine Dion)

  • Practical and realistic
  • Dependable
  • Self-confidence
  • Hard-working
  • Traditional
  • Enjoys leading
  • Very structured and organized
  • Sticks to their standards
  • Strongly dislikes inefficiency and disorganization
  • Seeks out like-minded individuals


ESTP (Extraversion, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving)

The Entrepreneur

(Madonna, Ernest Hemingway, Lucille Ball, Captain Jack Sparrow, Axl Rose, Travis Tritt)

  • Gregarious & energetic
  • Funny
  • Competitive
  • Good at influencing others
  • Action-oriented & impulsive
  • Lives in the present
  • Adaptable and resourceful
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Observant with a strong memory for details
  • Can be dramatic at times


ESFJ (Extraversion, Sensing, Feeling, Judgement)

The Consul

(Bill Clinton, Hugh Jackman, Shania Twain, Jennifer Lopez, Ed Sheeran, Reba McEntire)

  • Kind and sympathetic to others
  • Fun and outgoing
  • Highly organized
  • Practical
  • Loyal
  • Enjoys helping others
  • Self-sacrificing
  • Dependable
  • Approval-seeking


ESFP (Extraversion, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving)

The Entertainer

(Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope, Elvis Presley, Katy Perry, Dolly Parton, Pink)

  • Optimistic
  • Practical
  • Seeks out new experiences
  • Spontaneous and sometimes impulsive
  • Like facts and concrete information
  • Dislikes theories and abstract information
  • Gregarious
  • Enjoys people and socializing
  • Focused on the present
  • Like variety, dislikes monotony


ENFJ (Extraversion, iNtuition, Feeling, Judgement)

The Protagonist

(Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Peyton Manning, Bono, Demi Lovato)

  • Prefers harmony to discord
  • Outgoing and warm-hearted
  • Genuinely interest in the feelings of others
  • Often have a diverse range of friends and acquaintances
  • Great at supporting and encouraging others
  • Excellent organizers
  • Seek approval from other people


ENFP (Extraversion, iNtuition, Feeling, Perceiving)

The Campaigner

(Bob Dylan, Robin Williams, John Lennon, Gwen Stefani, Melissa Etheridge)

  • Warm and enthusiastic
  • Empathetic and caring
  • Strong people skills; relates well to others
  • Able to think abstractly and understand difficult, complex concepts
  • Needs approval from others
  • Disorganized
  • Strong communication skills
  • Fun and spontaneous
  • Highly creative


ENTJ (Extraversion, iNtuition, Thinking, Judgement)

The Commander

(Margaret Thatcher, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Steve Vai, Gene Simmons, Adele)

  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Self-assured
  • Strong communication abilities
  • Appreciates organization and structure
  • Good at making decisions
  • Likes to plan
  • Assertive and outspoken


ENTP (Extraversion, iNtuition, Thinking, Perceiving)

The Debater

(Thomas Edison, Theodore Roosevelt, Amy Poehler, John Cleese, Gene Wilder)

  • Innovative
  • Very creative; full of ideas
  • Excellent conversationalist
  • Enjoys debating topics with other people
  • Places a great deal of emphasis on knowledge
  • Dislike schedules and routines
  • Good at leading others
  • Does not like to be controlled
  • Very logical