How to Identify Personality Types by their Thanksgiving Dish?

How to identify personality types by their Thanksgiving dish? Guessing another’s type is a fun diversion that I hope brings smiles and laughter. As I always say, your personality type impacts and influences everything you do in life, including the dish you bring to Thanksgiving, whether it’s home-cooked or store-bought! All 16 types are explored!

I am passionate about helping you find your true self, but sometimes we have to play and have fun. I hope this blog brings a laugh and a smile, and that you find it to be a delightful way to learn more about your personality type and those that gather with you around the Thanksgiving table. 

Let us get cooking.

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A Fun Look at How to Identify Personality Types by a Thanksgiving Dish

Your personality type reveals fun, complex, and unique characteristics. Embrace it all because it is a bowl of uniqueness, a heaping plate of inspiration, and a side dish of triggers showing up if you are in the kitchen, on the road, or on a spiritual journey. Keep on reading to see if I have identified the Thanksgiving dish that has you saying YES, that is so ME. Please leave a comment below of your type and what you typically bring to a Thanksgiving feast. I’d love to add it to the post!


Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. – American motivational writer, William Arthur Ward.


Thanksgiving Dishes for Sensory Perceptive Personality Types (SP Types)

SP types are charming, fun, and exciting Thanksgiving guests or hosts who believe variety is the spice of life. As a dinner guest or the host of the Thanksgiving meal, their generosity has no bounds, going above and beyond. They live for joie de vivre celebrations and Thanksgiving is no exception. Adaptable and artistic, they will turn sweet potatoes into an elegant dish. Think bourbon mashed sweet potatoes with a fluffy meringue topping versus a classic marshmallow hat. They are hands-on guests who enjoy life. Expect help in the kitchen if they are a guest!

A Fun Dish For Everyone 

Spirited Types (ESTP) are bold and theatrical. They may show up with grilled Huli Huli turkey (the recipe calls for chicken, but they will use turkey instead), drumsticks, and wings. After enjoying Huli Huli, join them for a Hawaiian-inspired song.

Active Types (ISTP) may be busy fixing a broken electronic tool, and they are likely to use an electric knife to carve the turkey. They are impulsive—look for them to fill their plates several times because they can. They are often soft-spoken and may be late for dinner as they are too busy enjoying a new hobby, but a store-bought dessert may be their contribution.

Playful Types (ESFP) are the life of the party. They may only grab a small plate because they are too busy entertaining everyone with their wonderful sense of humor or musical skills, inspiring everyone around them to have a good time. They are likely to show up with a sophisticated charcuterie board.

Abstract Types (ISFP) may show up with their pet and have a picnic basket full of goodies to get everyone outside to enjoy a fire and roast ooey-gooey smores. It is all about memory-making for these types.


I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. – American naturalist, poet, and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau, is said to be a Seeking type (INFP).


Thanksgiving Dishes for Sensory Judging Personality Types (SJ Types)

The holidays are a special time of the year for SJ types, as they usher in a season of festivities and frolicking. SJ types are protectors and guardians of societal traditions and are very responsible. They will have a gorgeous turkey on the table with all the traditional fixings, along with cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy… You can rely on them to do what is needed and help to get it all done. One plate refill will be enough because they’re busy doing the thankless cleaning up everyone else passed on.

A Dish Of Thoughtfulness?

Dutiful Types (ESTJ) will prepare a conventional Thanksgiving feast and are likely to supervise the details and meal preparation of the turkey with all the stuffings. A generational family recipe will be used; some could date as far back as the early 1900s. If they routinely go for refills, they will go for a refill. For them, it’s all about the routine.

Grounded Types (ISTJ) are the ideal people to rely on for Thanksgiving dinner as they attend to every detail. With thoughtfulness and care, they ensure everything is on hand for a delightful dinner—the sky is the limit. They may savor a Pilgrim Thanksgiving feast, enjoying a plate or two. Please don’t be late, as they are a stickler for schedules.

Attentive Types (ESFJ) will ensure their family and friends celebrate a bountiful traditional Thanksgiving. If something goes wrong, rest assured their hopeful energy will soothe the host, or they will reassure their guests everything will be just fine. They may have three plates going at once because they are so busy making sure everyone is having a good time.

Kindly Types (ISFJ) are likely to host a time-honored Thanksgiving Day meal, yet your thoughtful ways will prepare dishes for guests with restricted diets. Supportive and warm-hearted, they help a family member in need, and often they are so busy helping others they forget to eat!


We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.– The 35th President of the U.S., John F. Kennedy, was said to be a Spirited type (ESTP).


Thanksgiving Dishes for Intuitive Feeling Personality Types (NF Types)

Inspirational to the core, NF types will have their Thanksgiving guests giving thanks and helping others find meaning in the holiday. Their quest for self-improvement and self-knowledge will trickle into Thanksgiving dinner, celebrating with a new prayer, or initiating a gratitude circle.

An Unexpected Dish Made With Love?

Harmonious Types (ENFJ) will likely be in the kitchen, introducing family, business associates, neighbors, and friends to their favorite recipes. Their confidence bubbles over like a pot of fresh cranberries. Expect them to refill several plates as they sample their creations and others.

Insightful Types (INFJ) are engaging and nurturing, seeing the potential in every Thanksgiving guest. They tend to be perfectionists and will probably bring a creative dish, such as brie cranberry turkey stuffed pastries.

Expressive Types (ENFP) will bring a dish with a new twist to the Thanksgiving festivities; think pork sausage apple stuffing in pancetta cups. They love to try anything new, loading their plate with small samples of everything. If they host, expect a new tradition each year.

Seeking Types (INFP) are the perfect people to bring peace to the Thanksgiving feast if they show up. They’re flexible, and the kitchen may be a mess, but it’s an effort to please their family and friends. They’ll show up or serve a creative new dish, such as turkey sliders with a stuffing biscuit.


What if, today, we were grateful for everything?”– TV series named after the famed Charlie Brown character, said to be a Kindly type (ISFJ).


Thanksgiving Dishes for Intuitive Thinking Personality Types (NT Types)

Running into problems this Thanksgiving? Just rely on NT types; they are solutions-oriented, intelligent, and focused. NT types want to know how everything works, so they have an answer to your craziest holiday challenge. They are inventive and likely bring an eccentric or boho vibe to the Thanksgiving table. Uber-independent is a signature behavior, so get out of the way, as they’ll whip up a Thanksgiving spread without needing assistance.

A Well-Thought-Out Dish

Assured Types (ENTJ) will have the entire meal planned and rally family and guests (and business associates?), happily taking control. They’re outspoken and love being in charge, carving the turkey, and hijacking the champagne toast, aka bellinis. They will be back for a few plates.

Inventive Types (INTJ) won’t worry if the turkey burns. These types will have a pre-made spare in the refrigerator. They may stick to a strict diet; a one-plate serving may be enough, and if a game of Thanksgiving trivia is part of the festivities, pick the Inventive type to be on your team, as they’re walking encyclopedias.

Curious Types (ENTP) will make a Thanksgiving dinner and look for inventive menu ideas, such as a vegan version or a Thanksgiving bowl. They are lively and enthusiastic; it’s how they get their guests to try something new.

Ingenious Types (INTP) are quiet, rational, and intense, yet they turn into lively, animated conversationalists when a topic interests them. These types are likely to prepare inventive, minimalist menus to make them memorable, such as bohemian squash salad. They like to keep things simple and streamlined, enjoying a plate or two.


How to Identify Personality Types by a Thanksgiving Dish?

Did you enjoy “How to Identify Personality Types by a Thanksgiving Dish?” My goal is to bring a fun new take on personality typing with a spiritual understanding. I want to help you see your persona as more than a career tool. It’s a lifestyle tool! Did I correctly identify your personality types by the Thanksgiving dish? Does this sound like you at Thanksgiving dinner?

I’m passionate about introducing the idea of spirituality as a component of personality typing. It took me many years to develop a relationship with my Divinely Inspired persona. I did the work (I’m still doing it) to move beyond my untruths to get to my true self—the real me.



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